AFC Mobile is furthering soccer in the Azalea City. Our sole goal from the outset was to bring a high-level team to Mobile, Alabama – the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between St. Petersburg, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana. What started out as a dream in 2015 is quickly becoming a reality for AFC Mobile. We are honored to be playing our inaugural season in the Gulf Coast Premier League against clubs from New Orleans, Jackson, Biloxi, and Pensacola.
AFC Mobile is dedicated to providing the people of Mobile with a team they will be proud of and a family-friendly game day experience that will excite them, all at a low cost. Simply stated, we want AFC Mobile’s supporters to represent the entire spectrum of cultural diversity that makes Mobile such a great place to live.
And we need your help! Follow us on social media, share our posts, buy gear and wear it proudly, tell your friends about us, and come to games! We are all growing together. The City of Mobile is no longer a port without a soccer ship. Get on board!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where will the home games be played?
AFC Mobile will play its home games at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex (“The Lip”) located at 3610 Michael Blvd. in Mobile, Alabama. The Lip features a sprinturf field and seats 5,000. Help us fill it up!
2. Who will manage the team in the first year?
AFC Mobile is proud to have Nate Nicholas as its first head coach. Nicholas is a longtime member of the Mobile soccer community and is currently the head coach of the McGill-Toolen boys soccer team. Nicholas played soccer at the University of Mobile from 1998-2003 and won an NAIA national championship with the Rams. Nicholas coached at the Alabama School of Math and Science, Baldwin County High School, and UMS-Wright before landing at McGill-Toolen. He won back-to-back state championships with UMS-Wright in 2010 and 2011. He was named the Press-Register Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2011 and the Sports Academy Coach of the Year in 2010. In 2016, his McGill-Toolen team finished with a record of 20-6-3 after falling to Oak Mountain 2-1 in the 7A state championship game.
3. How will players be recruited and selected?
AFC Mobile hosted open and invitational tryouts before selecting its 25-man preliminary roster. Select graduating high school seniors will be evaluated following the conclusion of the AHSAA season, and a final roster will be released in May.
4. What type of organization is this?
The Association Football Club of Mobile is a member-managed limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Alabama.
5. Who’s doing all this?
Our board is currently comprised of ten members
- Abram Chamberlain – President
- Jeff Garl – Vice-President/CEO
- Sean Landry – CFO
- Mitchell Kahalley– Director of Communications
- Daniel McMillan– Director of Digital Communications
- JT Clark – Director of Marketing & Game Day Operations
- Patrick Dungan– General Counsel
- Michael Lynch – Member at Large
- Jeff Moody – Member at Large
- Zach Taylor – Member at Large
6. Are there other organizations like AFC Mobile that have succeeded?
AFC Mobile is following in the tradition of American clubs like Grand Rapids FC, Nashville FC, Indy Eleven, the Birmingham Hammers, and other grassroots-based teams. We started as nothing more than a group of fans who follow local soccer wanting to give people the chance to see the beautiful game played at a high level in Mobile, represent the city across the Gulf Coast, and showcase local players and coaches. The supporter-founded model is sweeping the country and finding great success in unique markets like Mobile.
7. What league will you play in?
AFC Mobile will play in the Gulf Coast Premier League, a USASA Elite League. The GCPL is a division 5 league in the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) structure. The top teams in the GCPL will qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. and the world’s third-longest-running open soccer tournament.
8. How do I get involved?
There are several ways you can support AFC Mobile. If you would like to be part of the group of initial funding supporters, you can contribute any amount to our GoFundMe campaign. You can also support us and represent your city by buying our merchandise and season tickets from our online store. The easiest ways to support us are to follow us on social media, share our posts, tell your friends about us, and come to games!
Keep checking this website and our social media pages, as we will continue to update them with additional information about the team and its events. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com
9. What sponsorship opportunities are available?
Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for AFC Mobile, e-mail us. We’ll work with you to tailor a sponsorship package specifically suited for your business.