BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. women's national soccer team kicks off their bid to defend their FIFA World Cup title Tuesday and local soccer fans are getting into the spirit.
American Outlaws: Boise is just one of 200 local chapters of American Outlaws. The group is the unofficial fan club of the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams and works to create a community locally and nationally to unite and strengthen U.S. soccer fans across the nation. As soccer grows in popularity in America, the American Outlaws grow in numbers as well, with at least 30,000 members currently.
The Boise chapter of American Outlaws is adding to the overall membership numbers. They boast 70 members right now and are always looking for more fans to join the ranks, no matter their level of soccer fandom.
"Come find me, I'll sit there and talk you through it," says Jake London, American Outlaws: Boise chapter president. "I've been playing for 27 years. I've reffed for 12, coaching for 10. I'm always looking for more people. Your experience can be nothing all the way up to knowing exactly what's going on."
AO: Boise is hosting a watch party as the USWNT makes their way through the group stage. The first match against Thailand kicks off at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th with a watch party at Double Tap Pub. Two more watch parties will be held at Double Tap for the USWNT's games against Chile (June 16th) and Sweden (June 20th). More information can be found at the AO: Boise Facebook page here.