The 2018 AFC Mobile schedule is finally here! After months of anticipation, we now know the path the Azaleas will take as they attempt to bring home the Gulf Coast Premier League Cup.
AFC Mobile will return to the pitch for its second season on April 14th for an away friendly against the Atlanta Silverbacks of the National Premier Soccer League. After shattering Gulf Coast Premier League attendance records last season, the club will return to the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex (“the Lip”) on April 28th to face GCPL newcomers Northshore United (of Covington, Louisiana) in preseason action. The club will host another preseason friendly at the Lip on the weekend of May 5th. That opponent will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are looking forward to a more robust schedule of games this year,” stated AFC Mobile Sporting Director Zach Taylor. “There are some great sides in the GCPL, and the non-GCPL friendlies that we will announce later will also give us highly challenging opponents to measure ourselves against. I’m looking forward to seeing how we perform.”
The GCPL regular season begins on May 12th, as the Azaleas welcome Eastern Conference rivals Pensacola FC to the Lip.
The following weekend, the team travels to Lafayette, Louisiana to take on last year’s GCPL Cup Runner-Up Cajun Soccer Club. Cajun’s front line is lead by the 2017 GCPL Golden Boot winner Mickey Ledger.
On May 26th, the club will travel to Gulfport, Mississippi to face newly re-branded Port City FC (formerly known as Biloxi City FC) in the first Forgotten Coast Cup match of the season.
AFC Mobile will return to the Lip for a two-game homestand against Riverhawks FC out of Moss Point, Mississippi on June 2nd and Baldwin County’s GCPL newcomers Rangers FC on June 9th. The team will make the quick trip east on I-10 to Pensacola on June 16th. On June 28th, AFC Mobile will get its second cross-division matchup against Louisiana’s Alexandria FC “Pool Boys.”
The Azaleas will then head to Foley, Alabama on June 30th to play Rangers FC once more. The final road game of the season sees AFC Mobile traveling to Moss Point to play the Riverhawks on July 7th.
AFC Mobile will conclude the 2018 regular season with the second-leg of the Forgotten Coast Cup against Port City FC back home at the Lip on July 14th.
This season, AFC Mobile will compete in the GCPL Eastern Conference which, in addition to AFC Mobile, includes Port City FC (Gulfport, MS), Riverhawks FC (Moss Point, MS), Pensacola FC, and Rangers FC (Foley, AL). The top two clubs from the East will join the top two clubs from the West and Central Conferences in a single-elimination knockout tournament for the GCPL Cup Championship.
Information about season ticket sales coming soon!