NWSL supporters’ groups release Supporters’ Code of Conduct

CHICAGO, IL –  In light of the racist abuse reported at last weekend’s Utah Royals vs. Portland Thorns match, leaders of many National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) supporters’ groups convened under the umbrella of the Independent Supporters Council (ISC) to create the league’s first Supporters’ Group Code of Conduct. Groups representing supporters from every NWSL club have signed on in agreement.

The code affirms the values that these supporters’ groups already uphold and directs members to take appropriate and immediate action to stop future abuse as it may arise. The code also sets an expectation of open communication between front offices and supporters’ groups in order to ensure enforcement of the code’s commitments.

The Supporters’ Group Code of Conduct

As an NWSL supporters group we affirm that we expect our members to embrace diversity and treat all players, coaches, fans, supporters, officials, team and stadium staff with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate hateful or discriminatory words or actions based on race, gender identity, sexuality, citizenship status or nationality, age, appearance, disability, religious or cultural identity. We will also respect the privacy, personal space, and professional boundaries of players, team and league staff.


If group members are made aware of hateful or discriminatory words or actions taking place within our community at any point we affirm that we will take appropriate, immediate action to stop whoever is instigating hate and set the expectation that ownership, coaching staff, players, stadium personnel, and league-wide staff will do the same. Violence or threats of violence will absolutely not be tolerated in any context. 

We pledge to make our community a safe space for all who join us in good faith, with an open mind and the intention to be a part of a welcoming community. We also pledge to enforce this commitment in all of the spaces we occupy, including our online space. In the interest of ensuring enforcement of these commitments we expect that lines of communication between our supporter’s group and the team’s front office will remain open at all times and that this Code of Conduct along with any group-specific expectations will be shared with all group members. 

Hate, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in NWSL supporting culture. As supporters groups we will do everything in our power to ensure this is true and to grow the game with this commitment as our foundation.

Signed: 
9/10/2019
Bayou City Republic (@BayouCityRep, Houston Dash)
Chicago Local 134 (@ChicagoLocal134, Chicago Red Stars)*
Cloud 9 (@Cloud9SBFC, Sky Blue FC)*
The Court (@CourtofRoyals, Utah Royals)
Junkyard Dogs (@NCJunkyardDogs, North Carolina Courage)
Pride’s Crown (@PridesCrown, Orlando Pride)*
Rose City Riveters (PDXRivetersSG, Portland Thorns)*
Royal Guard (@RoyalGuard_SG, Reign FC)
Spirit Squadron (@SpiritSquadron, Washington Spirit)*
The Uproar (@UproarNC, North Carolina Courage)
*Indicates ISC membership

The Independent Supporters Council promotes supporters’ culture and advocates for fair treatment of supporters, both at home and on the road. The ISC also serves as a resource for members to share information about supporters’ issues. There are more than 60 members of the Independent Supporters Council in the US and Canada between MLS, NWSL, USL, NPSL, UPSL, and CPL.

Draft Shirt On Sale Now for a Limited Time!

To celebrate the NWSL Draft happening in Chicago on January 10th, we’ve released a special Local 134 Draft t-shirt!

The shirts are available in our Teespring store. Profits from these shirts will fund the purchase of shirts for the newly drafted Red Stars to welcome them to our great city.

Be sure to order your shirt in time to arrive before the Draft, and don’t forget about the social events we have scheduled in January:

  • Local 134 Night B4 Party – Wednesday, January 9th – 7:30 p.m.
    • Meet up with other NWSL fans and supporters at Punch Bowl Social Chicago the night before the 2019 NWSL College Draft!
    • The party is open to everyone! This is not a formal event. We will update with specifics on where to find us closer to the night of the party.
  • Local 134 NWSL Draft & Pre-Party – Thursday, January 10th
    • The 2019 NWSL College Draft is coming to Chicago and the Red Stars have the #1 pick! Get loud and join your favorite supporters’ group for the draft at the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place.
    • We will be having a pre-draft breakfast party The Spoke & Bird starting at 9:00 a.m. and then heading over to the Draft.

3rd Annual Benefit with Chicago Spurs

Join us on Thursday, May 24th for our 3rd Annual Benefit with Tottenham Hotspur Chicago for Connections for Abused Women and their Children. The event will take place at the Atlantic Bar & Grill from 6:30 to 9:30pm and feature games, a silent auction, and a meet and greet with Chicago Red Stars players. Past players have included Sofia Huerta, Danielle Colaprico, Alyssa Mautz, and Arin Gilliland.

This is a great event each year and we’re proud to share in the hosting with Chicago Spurs. Many Chicago Spurs members are Local 134 members as well.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for kids. Limited open bar and appetizers included. We’ll see you there!

Thank you!

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The season didn’t end with a win like we all hoped, but we’re proud of the community you’ve helped us create at Toyota Park and we’re excited for next year already. Only 5 or 6 more months!

Thanks to the Chicago Red Stars staff and owner Arnim for a great year and of course thanks to the players as well. We’ll be hosting some events over the off-season to watch our Red Stars play for the USWNT and perhaps W-League matches, if we can figure out how to do that…

See you soon!