Facebook Says It’s the World’s Biggest Soccer Stadium


Facebook says it has over a half billion soccer (aka “football”) fans and about 48.9 milion in the United States.

This summer, all eyes will be on Brazil for one of the most popular sporting events in the world. Of the 1.2 billion people who are on Facebook, some 500 million are soccer fans. And, in the US alone, there are 48.9 million fans.
While the US may be better known for its fondness for another kind of football, it actually has the second-highest number of soccer fans on Facebook after Brazil. The best way to reach these fans is to be where they are during the game — on Facebook — the biggest stadium in the world.
Young and active
The majority of US soccer fans are young: 35% of them are between 18-24, and 25% are between 25-34. US women are almost as interested in the sport as men: 51% of fans are male, and 49% are female. US soccer fans tend to be highly connected and on the move: 62% of them were on Facebook every day of a recent week.
They are also highly active on Facebook: Compared to the average person on Facebook in the US, soccer fans post 1.7x more photos, send 1.9x more messages, post 1.8x more updates, upload 1.7x more videos and make 1.7x more comments.
Match time
During a soccer match this March, US soccer fans were particularly active on Facebook, with 16.8 million actions made related to the game, including posts, likes, comments and shares. Most of these actions happened during the pulse-racing moments at the beginning of the game and whenever either team scored a goal. The large majority of these actions, some 89%, were made on mobile phones.
In the stadium
Here are some suggestions how marketers can be successful on Facebook during the world football matches and beyond:
  • Reach people who are most likely to be engaged with the event — football fans or fans of specific teams
  • You can also target more specific groups, including the 10 million soccer fans in the US who have Hispanic affinity, and the 4 million soccer fans in neighboring Canada
  • People who watch the game need food and supplies to make the most of the experience. Target them with special offers before kick-off using Partner Categories to identify and reach the right people based on their activity off Facebook, including purchase history, intent and demographics.
  • As you develop your creative, you can use sight, sound and motion with Facebook’sPage post video ad to bring your message to life