MLS Fan Code of Conduct

Major League Soccer, its Clubs and its venues are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable soccer experience for all guests in and around our stadiums and facilities.

MLS and its Clubs will immediately action the following behaviors as they represent a threat to the safety of the event:

  • Fighting and/or inciting others to fight or inciting or engaging in unruly or disruptive behavior
  • Causing significant damage to property
  • Using (including on any sign or other visible representation) political, threatening, abusive, insulting, offensive language and/or gestures, which includes racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist or otherwise inappropriate language behavior
    • Threatening and/or abusive behavior directed towards other fans, players, officials or staff members will be subject to sanctions even if done outside the time period of a MLS-SUM event (including on social media)
  • Entering or attempting to enter the field, the field track, the tunnel or any otherwise restricted area
  • Possession or use of an unauthorized pyrotechnic device, smoke or firework, or attempting to introduce one inside the venue.
  • Throwing any objects onto the field (including streamers)
  • Failing to follow directions from venue staff regarding compliance with the Fan Code of Conduct, stadium policies and emergency procedures
  • Declining to promptly return a ball that enters the stands
  • Inappropriate consumption of alcoholic beverages, which includes purchasing for, possession of, or consumption by a minor

The listed behaviors are prohibited based on safety and violations and will be subject to sanctions.


Level 1 Offenses

  • Fighting
  • Fan violence
  • Assaults/batteries on staff, vendors or other patrons
  • Using racial, sexual, xenophobic, and/or homophobic language (including on signs or visible representations) or gestures or conduct
  • Throwing objects, of any kind, towards the field, players, and/or officials
  • Causing significant damage to property
  • Provoking and/or inciting threatening or abusive behavior
  • Possession or use of an unauthorized pyrotechnic device, smoke, or firework, or attempting to introduce one inside the venue
  • Alcohol management – purchasing, or providing for consumption, alcohol for an underage minor
  • Field intrusion onto the field of play or a designated Critical Area

SANCTIONS: Level 1 offenses are considered serious offenses. These will carry a ban ranging from six months to one year based on aggravating and mitigating factors.

An individual must provide a written request for readmission and participate in the online Fan Code of Conduct Education Class (FCEC) for his/her access to be reinstated.


Level 2 Offenses

  • Targeted using obscene or abusive language or gestures, or displaying any inappropriate sign or visible representation
  • Entering, or attempting to enter, any unauthorized area outside the designated critical areas
  • Alcohol management – excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Ignoring instructions by League, Club & Stadium staff
  • Refusing to return the match ball
  • Other misconduct where the venue is the victim, i.e. theft, scalping, minor property damage, etc.

SANCTIONS: Level 2 offenses carry a range of suspensions, depending on if they are the 1st or 2nd offense. Prior to the 1st penalty, individuals can be given a warning for their behavior.

  • 1st offense ranges from 1-3 games
  • 2nd offense ranges from 3-5 games

An individual who commits any two offenses in the category has to complete the FCEC before he/she can be reinstated. Any 3rd offense in a 12 month period will trigger a 1 year ban.