by BILL REESE
Welcome to the first annual Empire of Soccer New York Soccer Census.
For more than 5 years, Empire of Soccer has had its finger on the pulse of the New York soccer scene — and what would that scene be if not for the fans of its big three clubs?
If you’ve read any of my articles, you know that—when I’m not pontificating on supporters group lyrics— I’m obsessed with statistics and data, which is what led me to create the EoS NY Soccer Census. The purpose of this exercise isn’t to measure and brag about which team has the most fans. Instead, what we are intrigued by is the makeup of the red, blue, and green fanbases in New York.
This survey hopes to challenge some of the preconceived notions and stereotypes about each set of fans. Are all Red Bulls fans from Jersey? Are all NYCFC fans brand new converts to soccer? Is there a single Cosmos fan who doesn’t want to see pro/rel? With enough responses, these are the questions that we hope to answer.
Please click the photo above (or click right here) and take about 3 minutes to fill out the EoS New York Soccer Census. The survey will ask a few questions about you, the reader, but nothing too specific or personal. We ask you to be truthful. Remember, this isn’t about who has the most fans, it’s about creating a profile of who the fans are.
The full results of the EoS New York Soccer Census will be published next Monday, October 10. In the interest of full disclosure, the author is, and has been, a Red Bulls fan for the last seven years, which is why we will publish the raw data of our results so that—if you don’t trust my analysis—you can make your own conclusions.
So please, share this article with fellow fans, be they blue, green, or red. Just like the real U.S. census, the more responses we get, the better you and your fellow fans will be represented.