Florida Has Two of the Best Cities for Soccer Fans
The U.S. Women’s National Team’s journey in the FIFA World Cup is over, and the 2026 U.S. Open Cup final is approaching quickly. Soccer is gaining popularity among American fans, partly due to shows like “Welcome to Wrexham” and “Ted Lasso” have helped to popularize the sport, known as “football” in most other countries. TODAY also reported on soccer’s growing presence in pop culture. WalletHub, a personal finance website, has released its report on the best cities for soccer fans.
To do this, the personal finance website compared nearly 300 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional soccer team across five divisions comprising 52 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum season-ticket price for a game to stadium accessibility to the number of championship wins.
Two Florida cities make the top 8
Two cities from Florida have been ranked in the top eight. Overall, Orlando has claimed the fourth spot, and Miami is at number seven. Jacksonville and Tampa are also on the list, ranking 39th and 47th.
The study examined teams in five divisions and rated their performance on a scale of up to 100%. According to the study, the performance level of the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL stands at 64.40 percent, which is notably 4.4 times higher than Loudoun United FC, whose performance is at 14.57 percent. The study also revealed that Orlando has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for an NWSL game, priced at $140, presenting a cost 1.7 times lower than Houston, the city with the highest price of $240.
Ranking in the top three are Portland, OR, taking the third spot, Seattle, WA, positioned at number two, and Los Angeles, CA leading the pack at number one among the top three.
The study also included ranking by city size. In the midsize category, St. Petersburg holds the seventh position, followed by Gainesville at number 43, and Tallahassee at number 56. Among the small cities in the ranking, Fort Myers is placed 43rd, while Boca Raton takes the 95th spot, alongside various others.
See how other cities ranked by checking out the complete study here.