February Frenzy Review: The Battle for the Supporter’s Sword

The Supporter’s Sword Tournament, dubbed the ‘February Frenzy’, was created to kick off American Soccer United’s Supporter Month, where we recognize the amazing fans of soccer teams around the country that make the growth of the world’s game successful here. While your team may be winning trophies on the field, fans deserve congratulations as well for the effort they put in week-in, week-out in the stands.

Thus, the Supporter’s Sword has been created to complement the historical fan creation of the Supporter’s Shield. And like the Supporter’s Shield isn’t a trophy but a shield, the Supporter’s Sword is an actual sword. However, the shield is a trophy that can only be awarded to MLS teams. In a country with a lower division culture that is growing and is as vibrant as America’s a supporter trophy should be available to every team and their fans regardless of division or gender.

This 64 team tournament took to Twitter to ask fans which team has the best supporters. Teams were put into groups of four based on their region, and the two teams with the most votes advance. Then the 34 teams that are still in the tournament are sorted into groups of four (staggered on voter turnout), with the top two advancing again. The 16 teams left are pitted against each other in a knockout round, going from the Sweet Sixteen to the Elite Eight then the Final Four to the Championship.

If you’re a fan of a team that didn’t make it into the tournament or didn’t advance past the first round, remember that there’s always next year! Get involved and get vocal to put your team in the running for the 2nd Annual Supporter’s Sword in February of 2018.

Round One

The initial round of the first February Frenzy has been widespread and tight. With well over 4000 votes in total, supporters have shown up from around the country to represent their respective clubs.

The first round saw close races and blow outs, and local rivalries being formed as much as stoked. Many self-proclaimed keyboard warriors represented their clubs well, and we weren’t short on surprises either.

Be it NYCFC’s fan base getting riled up at our tweet about their disappointing turn out and actually spurring their fan base to helping their team advance, or that a team that has yet to fill its roster, AFC Mobile, won their group.

The surprises are all but done as the tournament moves forward. The only thing that’s guaranteed is that supporter bases are going to have to step up if they want to claim the first ever Supporter’s Sword. We’ve witnessed two fan bases each claim that they’ve never lost an online poll, which is bound to make this tournament a nail biter until the last poll closes.

Without any further ado, here are the results of the first round.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group G

Group H

Group I

Group J

Group K

Group L

Group M

Group N

Group O

Group P

 

 

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