If our site looks a bit different than it used to, it is because SBI Soccer has undergone some changes that we hope will help the site continue giving our readers quality American soccer content on a regular basis.
Starting on Monday, SBI Soccer will be switching from an exclusively ad-based business model to a subscription model combined with ad-based free content. We are offering readers three subscription tiers to continue accessing the wide variety of content we will be creating in the months ahead.
SBI Soccer will still offer content that does not require a subscription, including site staples such as Soccer on TV, Americans Abroad Rewinds and daily news items, but those articles will be featured in pages with display ads, while those readers with subscriptions will be able to read those articles ad-free, and in many cases, will have early access to those articles.
Since launching as an independent soccer news site in January of 2008, SBI Soccer has operated as a free-to-read site with display advertising serving as our primary source of revenue. With the online publishing landscape changing dramatically over the years, we have seen the rise of subscription-based sites, both of the corporate and independent variety. The success of these ventures, coupled with the continued shrinking of the online advertising market, has led many sites to make the jump from ad-based sites to subscription-based sites and SBI Soccer has joined the growing list of sites to make that change.
There will be three levels of monthly subscriptions, the Squad Level ($3 per month), Starting XI Level ($5) and Captain Level ($8). Here is a closer look at the subscriptions now available for you to choose:
SQUAD LEVEL SUBSCRIPTION ($3 per month)
Joining the squad level gives you ad-free access to the site, and provides you early access to some of our main regular content, including Americans Abroad previews and Soccer on TV, as well as regular content covering the USMNT, MLS, Americans Abroad, NWSL and more.
Squad level subscribers will receive access to SBI’s new Newsletter, which will run down the top storylines in American soccer, and will also receive access to SBI’s Discord server, where readers and SBI staff will discuss the leading topics in soccer.
STARTING XI LEVEL SUBSCRIPTION ($5 per month)
Leveling up to the Starting XI provides you with the same benefits included in the squad level, while also granting access to regular feature articles, exclusive interviews and analysis pieces on USMNT, Americans Abroad, MLS and more.
The Starting XI level will also feature access to our weekly American soccer column by Ives Galarcep, video content and the SBI Staff podcast.
CAPTAIN LEVEL SUBSCRIPTION ($8 per month)
SBI’s all-access subscription level features everything included in the Squad and Starting XI subscription levels, as well as a variety of exclusives produced by SBI founder Ives Galarcep, who will provide regular USMNT, Americans Abroad and MLS content, both in written and video form, built around exclusive interviews with the biggest names in American soccer.
The Captain Level will also feature a regular Video Q&A where Ives answers questions from Captain Level subscribers.
The Captain Level will also feature regular monthly giveaways which subscribers will be eligible for.
We understand there is plenty of competition for your subscription dollar, and the challenge for the SBI staff will be to consistently create the type of quality content that makes an SBI Soccer subscription a must-have for every American soccer fan.
With that in mind, you can expect to see increased coverage of the U.S. men’s national team, Americans Abroad, MLS and much, as well as the addition of regular video content, and a new SBI staff podcast. We will also be launching a Discord server to give our subscribers a place to discuss the top stories of the day with each other and with members of the SBI staff.
There will continue to be free content available to readers who do not want to subscribe, so don’t let the new setup dissuade you from continuing to visit SBI Soccer even if you don’t intend to subscribe.
If you are interested in subscribing, you can do so here.
Thank you to all of you who have supported SBI over the years, and those of you who continue to support us as we evolve and work on continuing to be a go-to destination for American soccer fans.