The 2017 Fandom 250 includes the fans of eight soccer teams across the globe.
Soccer fans have a storied reputation for being some of the most ardent and passionate supporters. Some of it has been condemned, like awful hooliganism, some of it has been celebrated.
Incredible displays of support in the form of song, tifos and celebration. Fans banding together to despite their different allegiances, exchanging scarves despite physical barriers built to keep them separated.
Here are the eight soccer fandoms — unranked and in alphabetical order — you can expect to see on the Fandom 250 this year:
- Borussia Dortmund
- Manchester United
- Portland Timbers
- Real Madrid
- US Women’s Soccer
Check back on December 12 to see where each star’s fandom ranks.
As we put together our rankings, we want to hear from you. Who do you think has the best fans in this category? Let us hear from you on social media. Use the #Fandom250 hashtag, submit your photos and videos on Twitter and Instagram and @FanSided and tell us why your fanbase is the best.
Also, take part in our Reader Vote and let our editors know why your fan base is the best in the comments below!
What is the FanSided Fandom 250?
The Fandom 250 is the ultimate ranking of fandoms. From sports teams and movie franchises to Instagram celebrities and brands, if something has an avid, sometimes rabid, fanbase, FanSided wants to honor those fans and — in the spirit of healthy competition — rank ‘em.
The Fandom 250 is divided into 16 categories: NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, Soccer, NCAA, Sports Figures, Celebrities, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Comics, Gaming, Brands, Internet Famous and Other. All 250 qualifying fandoms will be ranked both within their categories and against the field, so fans can see how the object of their devotion stacks up against its peers and in the fan landscape at large.
Qualifying fandoms will be announced by category every Tuesday through early December, with the official ranking — and the big reveal of No. 1 fandom — announced on Dec. 12.