Tifo Etiquette

There are many spoken and unspoken rules about tifo. Some are well-known and ingrained in supporters culture throughout the world while others are unique to the Timbers Army.

  • The first rule of tifo is: you do not talk about tifo or share pictures of tifo until after it's been displayed in the stadium on match day.
  • The second rule of tifo is: you DO NOT talk about tifo!
  • The third rule of tifo is: you do not take home flags. Flags are not yours, they belong to all of us collectively and belong at the stadium. Taking flags out of the stadium as keepsakes is stealing.

  • The fourth rule of tifo is: you do not set off flares in the stadium. Use of flares may result in a stadium ban for those involved and potential elimination of our stadium access for future displays.
  • The fifth rule of tifo is: you do not light smoke bombs in the stadium unless you are a capo and in an approved area. Use of smoke bombs by non-capos may result in a stadium ban for those involved and potential elimination of our stadium access for future displays.
  • The sixth rule of tifo is: you do not punch the underside of an overhead banner. Overhead banners contain images or messages that can be obscured if they are in constant motion.
  • The seventh rule of tifo is: during a card* display, if you are physically able, you hold your card up high and tight. Card displays contain images or messages that can be obscured if cards are waved or shaken.
  • The eighth rule of tifo is: you do not use printed materials for two-sticks or banners. This goes against the do-it-yourself culture of the Timbers Army and printed materials can't compare to the blood, sweat, and passion that goes into painting tifo by hand.
*technically, cards are pieces of plastic tablecloth cut into squares


In the Section for the 2011 Home Opener


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