National Soccer Day is July 28, and Greater Philadelphia offers plenty of opportunities — both this summer and beyond — to cheer on your favorite fútbol stars, both in-person (Philadelphia Union games at Subaru Park in Chester, Unity Cup games in Philly) and at the city’s major sports bars.
Plus, the Philadelphia region is currently vying to host matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with residents and visitors helping to support the cause by stopping by the Philadelphia Soccer 2026 Pitch at the Independence Visitor Center through October 31, 2021.
Read on for how to cheer for soccer in Greater Philadelphia in 2021.
Catch a Philadelphia Union Game at Subaru Park in Chester
Major League Soccer (MLS) is back in Chester!
The Philadelphia Union — who had the best regular-season record of any MLS team in 2020 — are in the midst of a busy season, playing 34 games in 2021 leading up to the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs begin on November 19, 2021.
With more than 10 home games left in 2021 as of press time, there’s plenty of time to swing by the gorgeous waterfront stadium that is Subaru Park to catch a game (and admire the stunning Delaware River views while you’re at it).
Plus: How about some bonus soccer, too? The Union hit pause on their regular season to play in the second of two CONCACAF Champions League semifinals matches against Club America, one of the most popular Mexican teams in the U.S., at Subaru Park in Chester on September 15, 2021.
The tournament pits the best teams in North America against each other to see who can claim the title of best of the continent.
Read more about the team by clicking the button below, then mark your calendar for a super-fun day in Chester at one of the region’s most stunning stadiums.
Welcome the Return of the Unity Cup in Philly
The City of Philadelphia celebrates its diverse immigrant communities with the Unity Cup, a World Cup-style soccer tournament representing more than 50 countries.
The tournament allows participants to play for civic pride and to showcase their prowess on the field.
After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the Unity Cup returns for 2021 beginning on August 27, when the U.S. team takes on England at Smith Playground.
Take a look at the 2021 schedule and check out a game or two (or three…) this summer and fall. Bonus: Each game is free for spectators to attend.
Cheer Your Favorite Team at a Philly Sports Bar
Whether you’re cheering for the Union or one of Europe’s bigger teams, it’s likely Philly’s sports bars have you covered for game day.
Below, find a list of soccer bars in Philly — plus the team or teams (or league) that folks typically root for there — all courtesy of Philadelphia Inquirer soccer reporter Jonathan Tannenwald of the
Support Philly’s Bid to Host World Cup Matches in 2026
Philadelphia is one of 17 cities currently vying to host World Cup matches during the 2026 World Cup — and residents and visitors can “pitch” in to help (while also having fun) at the Independence Visitor Center (IVC).
Stop by the Philadelphia Soccer 2026 Pitch at the IVC, open now through the end of October, to check out soccer challenges and interactive fun, and register to support the city’s bid to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Who can say no to free foosball? Learn more by clicking the button below.
Celebrate National Soccer Day
Observed annually by soccer fans in recognition of the wildly popular sport, National Soccer Day on July 28 is extra special in Philly for 2021. Select bars throughout Philadelphia have tons of giveaways in partnership with Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the city’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Head to any (or all!) of these bars on July 28 for a chance to win prize packs that include pennants, scarves, inflatable soccer balls and more: