COVID 19

UPDATE (3/26/2020):

AFC Mobile Family, 

Due to the current global public health crisis, the NPSL Board of Directors unanimously decided yesterday to cancel the 2020 NPSL season.  While it is disappointing we’ve gotten to this point, we believe it is the right and responsible decision for our team and the league as a whole.

In the past two weeks, we at AFC Mobile have seen first-hand the devastating effect this pandemic is having on local businesses, including our own.  We stand in solidarity with our partners and friends in Mobile and ask that you continue to do whatever you can to support them now, and especially when it is safe for normal business activity to resume.

Although we are deeply saddened that we will not be able to spend Saturday nights with you at the Lip this summer, we promise you that we will work harder than ever throughout the next year to make sure that the 2021 AFC Mobile season is the best ever. 

If the coronavirus recedes in the coming months and local, state, and federal authorities allow for the relaxation of social distancing restrictions, we will explore the possibility of arranging friendly matches, summer training camps and other opportunities for us to gather and support our club and community. 

For those of you who have already purchased season tickets for the 2020 season, we will be in contact with you in the coming days to detail your options for refund or credit.  

Soccer is our passion, but the well-being of our people is of utmost importance.  Please continue to practice appropriate social distancing measures, good hygiene, and support local businesses such as restaurants by purchasing meals for take-out.  We will continue to provide information on how you can help your local community during this crisis on our website at afcmobile.net/covid19. Also, through April 20, we are donating 20% of all sales made in our club shop to Feeding the Gulf Coast.  You can find our shop at afcmobile.net/shop. If you prefer we wait to ship your products to you, just leave a note in the order or email us at information@afcmobile.net. We also ask that you support our local service industry by tipping a random server or bartender each time you have a meal or drink at home by visiting serviceindustry.tips/en/al/mobile. 

We thank you for your unwavering support of our mission to bring the highest level of soccer to Mobile in a fun, family-friendly environment, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. 

Yours in community,

The Board of Directors of AFC Mobile

ORIGINAL STATEMENT (3/20/20):

AFC Mobile Family, 

AFC Mobile has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on our partner businesses, our players and our community. The National Premier Soccer League board met yesterday, and we expect a final decision regarding the start of our season early next week. As a reminder, our home opener is scheduled for May 23. We are in communication with our staff and players about their health and well-being, and have made the decision to postpone the start of our training. 

Today, we have three asks of you, as supporters of AFC Mobile and members of our community:

1: Support your local community

This pandemic and the resulting necessary measures taken in response will have a dramatic impact on our community – especially the most vulnerable members of our community. We’re asking you to consider making a donation or safely volunteering to support one of the groups helping to care for these members of our community. Some examples:

There are many more organizations and people in our community working to assist their fellow Mobilians. We’ll do our best to keep you updated, and you can find more resources here: https://docs.google.com/document/u/2/d/1JbZaxv8TWtdqf0iawIn3aJs8rJE4I7XtW0Ged7-l5yw/mobilebasic

2: Support your local businesses

We’ve been proud over the last 3-4 years to work directly with some of the most exciting and passionate local businesses in Mobile. They’ve supported us when we desperately needed it, and now they need as much support as possible. If you can, consider picking up a gift card from a local business shut down during the break, or taking advantage of any of the curbside pickup and delivery options available: https://www.mobile.org/about/covid-19-update/local-business-updates/

We’ll also be updating our website at afcmobile.net/covid19 to track any local businesses who are still open and safely operating during this time. If you have a business you’d like shouted-out, just drop us a line at information@afcmobile.net.

Finally, Mobile’s got a fantastic, creative and caring service industry that is the face of our city and culture to so many. Without tips, they’ll be devastated. Thanks to our friend Galen Riley of the Chattahooligans, and members of our own Causeway Rebellion Supporters Group, we’re going to be utilizing the platform at https://serviceindustry.tips/en/al/mobile/ to show our appreciation. We hope you’ll do the same. If you know anyone in the service industry, that website will walk through how to get them listed. If you have any questions, we’ll try to help. 

3. Support your local club. 

Like any other business, AFC Mobile is dealing with the fallout from the pandemic. Our prospective and existing partners are going through a period of great uncertainty, and many are, understandably, reconsidering their ability to sponsor our team over the next few months. The month of March is where we usually see a big increase in merchandise and season ticket sales, which we have not seen this year. We are also dealing with uncertainty in our ability to host players, a severe delay in finding potential host families, delays in getting out-of-area players to Mobile, as well as drastically pushing back our training schedule. Every t-shirt, season ticket or scarf you buy helps us continue our mission of advocating for our city, culture and community while bringing a high level of passionate soccer to Mobile. Additionally, 20% of all shop proceeds will be donated to Feeding the Gulf Coast for the next 30 days. You can find our shop at afcmobile.net/shop. If you prefer we wait to ship your products to you, just leave a note in the order or email us at information@afcmobile.net

During this uncertain time, we value your safety and well-being above all. Each of us at AFC Mobile asks you to practice appropriate social distancing measures, good hygiene, and support local businesses such as restaurants by purchasing meals for take-out. Check out afcmobile.net/covid19 for a running list of local restaurants currently offering take-out and other resources. 

Yours in community,

The Board of Directors of AFC Mobile

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