In England, there is a group of people who are members of a group, a society called The 92 Club. The entry to the club is based on one premise: each member has attended a regulation soccer match at each of the stadiums of the 92 teams that make up the Premier League, the Championship, League One, and League Two. There are a few rules to qualify for entry into The 92 Club, namely counting only official club matches at the current home stadiums (cups count, friendlies do not). If they switch to a new stadium, then the old one no longer counts. At the end of the season when there is promotion and relegation, chances are that there are 3 new teams that enter League Two from the National League that could be new teams to see, new stadiums to cross off the list.
Fans who are chasing The 92 register on websites like DoingThe92.com or The92.net. They keep track of the stadiums they have visited and the ones still on the list to achieve their goal. They take pictures and videos and post on social media. In the end, once they have achieved The 92, they apply for admission to The 92 Club.
Because England is roughly the size of Alabama, travel to each of the 92 home stadiums means mostly a quick car, bus, or train ride. Sometimes, depending on the schedule, you can see several matches in a day or weekend. Still, it’s still a feat that has not been achieved by many, and most who attempt to do The 92 come up short.
So, what if this was something that could be done in the United States? Of course, the travel will be much greater, and the feat more insane to accomplish. The 92 represents the top 4 flights of English soccer. In the United States, the top 4 divisions would include 5 leagues: Major League Soccer, the USL Championship, USL League One, USL, League Two, and the National Premier Soccer League. Currently, those leagues comprise a total of 236 teams. That doesn’t include teams that will expand into those leagues, or teams that will move onto other leagues or contract completely.
So, the Community Corner this week asks you this: will America one day have its own version of The 92? And if so, which leagues do you think should comprise the challenge? Hit the comments and let us know whether you think this would be a cool idea, which leagues should be a part of the challenge, and—most importantly—whether you would try to do it!