Like a Local: Go to Washington, D.C. Soccer Games
In our family, it wouldn’t be a weekend without a soccer game. To my utter amazement, my daughter has fallen in love with the game, playing on multiple teams and enjoying watching the pros play. Washington, D.C. is fortunate to have two professional soccer teams, the Washington Spirit and D.C. United. Washington, D.C. soccer games are great events to add to your travel plans when you’re in D.C. with soccer-loving kids.
Where to Watch Soccer in Washington, DC
Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League plays in Germantown, Maryland. No doubt, this is a bit of a hike if you’re staying in Washington, D.C. It’s a solid 45-minute drive from downtown, but it’s a lovely field and really worth the visit for the soccer fan. The Spirit play in a small stadium, but that makes for a more intimate experience with an amazing view. We particularly like sitting on the grass hill behind the goal, although there are stadium seats if preferred.
Traveling with a group of kids? The Spirit have plenty of opportunities to get on the field, as ball kids to forming the team tunnel to escorting the players. Team tunnel? Awesome! Ball kid? A little stressful! You can contact the Spirit Youth Group Experiences for more information.
Or just hang out after a game; the team always comes out to sign autographs and meet their fans. Bring a soccer ball and Sharpie to get those signatures.
As I’ve said, getting to the Spirit’s stadium is a bit of a hike. If you have a car, it’s not difficult to get there and the parking is free. Without a car, you could take the Metro to its furthest destination on the red line (Shady Grove Metro) and Uber from there.
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D.C. United of Major League Soccer plays at RFK Stadium, which is a mere 2 miles from the Capitol Building. RFK Stadium is over 50 years old and looks it. I love seeing games there. Where else can you grab a pupusa as your mid-game snack?
This is the last season for D.C. United at RFK Stadium. In 2018, they’ll have a brand new stadium, so catch a game at RFK while you can. Tickets are very reasonable, often as low as $15, and that price gets you a great view of the game.
As with the Washington Spirit, D.C. United hosts many opportunities for kids to participate including forming the team tunnel to ball kids as well as being flag bearers of an enormous U.S. flag. You can contact D.C. United Fan Experiences for more information.
RFK is easy to access by car or public transit. If there are signs directing you to RFK, I have yet to find them, but your GPS or mapping app will easily get you there. There are a number of parking lots available that charge a flat fee, cash or credit. If you take the Metro, get off at the Stadium Armory Station (blue, orange or silver Metro line) to be within a block of RFK Stadium.
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For a beautiful evening of soccer in Washington, D.C., consider hanging out with us locals and enjoying one of our teams.
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Andrea is a single mom in Arlington, Virginia with a 15-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. Her children took their first trips when they were just four…