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TEXIAN ARMY BLOG

Texian Army Representatives Attend 2015 Independent Supporters Council Conference in Denver, Colorado

Independent Supporters Council Conference – Feb 6-7 2015, Denver, Colorado

The first weekend of February, Texian Army members Brandon Walker, Chris Smink and Leslie Mott journeyed to Denver, Colorado to represent Texian Army at the annual Independent Supporters Council (ISC) Conference. The ISC is comprised of over 30 organized soccer supporters groups from the United States & Canada who work together to promote supporters and supporter culture. Other attendees included:

  • Centennial 38 (Colorado Rapids)
  • Gorilla FC (Seattle Sounders)
  • Midnight Riders (New England Revolution)
  • Timbers Army (Portland Timbers)
  • Inferno/Lone Star Legion (FC Dallas)
  • Empire Supporter Club (New York Red Bulls)
  • Vancouver Southsiders (Vancouver Whitecaps)
  • Angel City Brigade (Los Angeles Galaxy)
  • Section 8 (Chicago Fire)
  • The Faultline (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • Rogue Cavalier Brigade (Real Salt Lake)
  • Sons of Ben (Philadelphia Union)
  • Screaming Eagles (DC United)
  • The Cauldron (Sporting Kansas City)

The Independent Supporters Council exists to:

  1. Advocate for the fair treatment and safety of home and away supporters;
  2. Promote the expression of supporter culture throughout the United States and Canada;
  3. Allow supporters’ groups to share information and resources for the advancement of supporter culture; and
  4. Oppose racism and bias in all forms, whether from supporters or from team management.

Highlights from the conference included:

  • Streamlined process of on-boarding new ISC members
  • Sharing of best practices in response to new and amended 2015 MLS supporters policies
  • Creation of three annual awards: Tifo of the Year, Community Engagement Supporters Group of the Year, and Front Office of the Year
  • Amended the ISC Supporters Bill of Rights to prioritize supporter safety
  • Election 2015 ISC officers

The official press release of the conference can be seen here.

Texian Army would like to thank Centenial 38 (C38), independent supporters group of the Colorado Rapids for hosting this year’s Conference. Thursday night, February 5, Centenial 38 hosted a Meet & Greet party at Denver soccer viewing staple The British Bulldog. The moment we walked through the door at The British Bulldog, Texian Army representatives were welcomed by a group of Rapids supporters who thanked us for traveling to Denver and bought our first round of drinks. C38 also graciously catered lunch for the Friday Conference meeting and organized a Pub Crawl bus that evening. We’re grateful for the connections we made with our hosts and the invitations for Texian Army to travel to Colorado during the regular season and join C38 for a joint tailgate at Dick Sporting Goods Park on game day.