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The Columbus Crew won its third MLS championship on home turf.


The men's & women's national teams have combined for nearly 30 matches in Columbus. The USWNT returns April 9, 2024 for the…

Fast Facts


  • Columbus hosts its third MLS All-Star Game July 24, 2024 at Lower.com Field.
  • The USWNT plays for the SheBelieves Cup April 9, 2024 at Lower.com Field. The Americans are 9-1-1 in Columbus since Mia Hamm led them to their first win in the city at Westerville South High School in 1993.
  • Ohio Stadium hosted PSG vs. Real Madrid for soccer at the 'Shoe. The 2016 friendly drew more than 88,000 fans.
  • Historic Crew Stadium became the first soccer-specific stadium in the MLS in 1999. More than twenty years later, Lower.com Field made Columbus the first city in the country with two.
  • In 1995, the Columbus Crew joined Major League Soccer as the first team in the league. Pro soccer has been in Ohio’s capital since 1979, starting with the Columbus Magic of the American Soccer League.
  • Lower.com Field hosts the annual Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships at Lower.com Field.
  • The USMNT has a 10-1-3 record in Columbus, which is the best record for any city that's hosted at least 10 matches. That includes nine World Cup qualifier wins in Columbus, the most of any city. 


Local Teams

The Crew have won three MLS Cups, three Supporters’ Shields, the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup. Off the field, supporters withstood a major challenge when they helped Save the Crew from relocation in 2018. In 2022, Crew 2 debuted in MLS NEXT Pro and won the development league's first title.

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While not the same soccer as you’ll see at Lower.com Field, fans stretch their love of the sport to futsal courts. Played indoors, the game has some of the same aspects of soccer. Columbus Futsal features youth, men’s and women’s teams. They’ve been a staple of the futsal community since 2006.

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Below the ranks of Columbus pro soccer is a strong layer of amateur teams for former HS and college athletes. SThe Columbus Eagles play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, the longest-running women’s soccer league in the United States. The Eagles have been here since 2014.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes, Ohio Dominican Panthers, Capital Comets and Otterbein Cardinals represent all divisions of NCAA soccer.


Ohio State men’s team plays its first match


The Columbus Magic debut in the American Soccer League

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Wilfried Nancy

Guided the Columbus Crew to its third MLS Cup in his first season at the helm.

Lamar Hunt

He helped found MLS and was integral in getting Historic Crew Stadium built. His statute sits inside the gates there today.

Brian McBride

The MLS Inaugural Draft No. 1 pick scored the first goal in Crew history and has a place in the club’s Circle of Honor.

Nichelle Prince

Prince tallied 27 goals and 20 assists at Ohio State before moving on to the WSL. She has represented team Canada since 2013.

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