Barra brava is a name for organized supporter groups of football teams in Latin America. This style of supporting is very similar to European ultras. It includes standing throughout the match, singing and other enthusiastic behavior. Some barras bravas have developed reputations for hooliganism. The phenomenon originated in Argentina in 1950s, but it has spread throughout the Americas in the '90s. In Brazil, the torcidas organizadas plays a similar role and in Mexico both the terms barras and porras are used.
In Argentina there are the largest and strongest organized supporter groups in the world.
There have been 301 hooligan related deaths in the history of Argentine football up to August 2012. Several recent deaths and shootings are the result of rival factions within the same clubs.
Barras bravas are also common in many other South American countries, such as Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and Chile. The Latin American influence of barra bravas have led to supporter groups being established in other parts of the world, most notably the United States where the supporter culture and interest in association football is largely dominated by the U.S. Latino minority.