No, that doesn’t stand for ‘Youth Soccer Association.” ‘YSA’ is the acronym for arguably the most recognized (and divisive) chant known in American Soccer fandom – ‘You Suck A**H***.’ If you are a soccer fan in the tri-state area, or have taken in a single New York Red Bull game all season, you would be very familiar with the chant …
Always a point of contention, ‘YSA’ presents a unique dichotomy; it is both the most simple and thoughtless chant in the American supporters arsenal while arguably being the most recognized and effective call they have. Is it raunchy? You bet. Inappropriate? Absolutely. Yet, aside from the tried and true “U-S-A” chant, few other offerings ignite the participation of ‘YSA.’
Though still growing in number, American soccer enjoys a wide, diverse group of supporters from all walks of life. Soccer moms, soccer dads, hooligans, ultras and hipsters are just a sampling of the various crossroads that intersect to create an American soccer fanbase that is as diverse as the country itself. With that kind of diversity comes the monumental task of creating an environment that everyone can enjoy.
It has been well documented that U.S. Soccer (along with several domestic MLS sides) has been lobbying supporters to rid themselves of the swearing to create a more “classy” and “enjoyable” environment. For quite some time, the USSF has been working alongside America’s newest, and perhaps strongest, supporters group – “The American Outlaws” – to do just that. After the actions (and reactions) over the last couple of U.S. / Mexico clashes, the USSF has increased their insistence. This resulted in a mass e-mail from the Outlaws organizers calling on U.S. soccer supporters to move beyond the blue.
US Soccer is asking American Outlaws for help in giving U.S. fans a classy reputation by sticking to chants and songs that refrain from using foul language. US Soccer is not allowing banners behind the goal on Friday in reaction to foul chants during the Mexico match in Philadelphia (most likely from the “you suck a**hole” (YSA) chants following goal kicks).
Being a group of classy, passionate fans is a goal of American Outlaws. Gravitating to witty and passionate songs rather than aimless cussing yields a much brighter future for fan-dom of our boys in the future, and we ask that you please consider this when attending matches in the future. A recent poll on our website found 75% of visitors to our site would like our fans to do better than the “YSA” chant. While not the most scientifically accurate poll in the world, it does lead you to believe the majority of AO prefer thoughtful, positive, powerful songs to negative chants.
Thank you for continuing to make US fans proud by being above violence and racism, and help us to continue to exude class in the future.
The e-mail has received mixed reviews. On the one hand, it may very well be time to treat U.S. Soccer with the same type of ‘no swearing’ policies the rest of the countries professional teams enforce. On the other, this is the United States; since when does censorship become an accepted alternative?
Rumors are now bubbling that FIFA may have fined the USSF and FMF for their fans tasteless chanting. Is it time for a change? Have a vote and give your take after the jump.