AFC Ann Arbor

AFC Ann Arbor is an American soccer club based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that currently plays in USL League Two. The team played in the National Premier Soccer League from 2016 to 2019.

AFC Ann Arbor
Full nameAFC Ann Arbor
Nickname(s)The Mighty Oak
Founded2014 (2014)
StadiumConcordia University Ann Arbor
ManagerEric Rudland
LeagueUSL League Two
20192nd, Great Lakes Conference (NPSL)
WebsiteClub website


AFC Ann Arbor was started by a group of Ann Arbor residents with a desire to have a local team. The team had applied to the National Premier Soccer League for the 2015 season but its application was declined. Instead, AFC Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids FC, another team denied by the NPSL, decided to start a league of their own called the Great Lakes Premier League.[1] The new league held its inaugural meetings on January 17, 2015.

Starting with the 2016 season, AFC Ann Arbor played in the National Premier Soccer League as part of the Midwest Region[2] under manager Eric Rudland, formerly of Lansing United.[3] They finished in second place in the Great Lakes West Division in their first NPSL season, advancing to the national playoffs, but ultimately losing to AFC Cleveland on penalty kicks.

The 2017 season brought more success for AFC Ann Arbor as they won their first ever Great Lakes Division Championship and the inaugural Michigan Milk Cup in the process.[4] They again advanced to the NPSL national playoffs defeating the Dayton Dynamo in the second record (having received a bye in the first round) before falling to Detroit City FC 3–2 in extra time in the Midwest regional final.[5]

The 2018 season brought AFC Ann Arbor their second consecutive Great Lakes Division Championship, topping FC Columbus 1–0 for the championship.[6] AFCAA were given a bye to the semi-finals for the NPSL Midwest Regionals. The side hosted the semis and finals at Ann Arbor Huron High School.[7] The club topped Cleveland SC 1–0 in the semi-finals, but fell to Duluth FC in penalty kicks in the final.[8][9] Following the season's conclusion, Joseph Stanley Okumu, a center back that spent the 2018 season with the club, was named NPSL Player of the Year.[10]


AFCAA's home field beginning with the 2019 season is Concordia University's Cardinal Stadium, located off of Geddes Road in Ann Arbor.[11] Hollway Field, located at Pioneer High School, was AFCAA's home field for the first three seasons of the teams existence. The team then moved to Skyline High School for the 2018 season.[12]

Head Coaches

  • David Hebestreit (2014–2015)
  • Eric Rudland (2015–present)


Year Tier League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Average
2015 5 GLPL 3rd of 5 (2–2–4) N/A[A] Ineligible[B]
2016 4 NPSL 2nd of 7, Midwest-Great Lakes West (6–3–3) Regional semifinal Ineligible[B]
2017 4 NPSL 1st of 8, Midwest-Great Lakes (12–1–1) Regional Final First round
2018 4 NPSL 1st of 7, Midwest-Great Lakes (9–1–2) Regional Final First round
2019 4 NPSL 2nd of 8, Midwest-Great Lakes (9–2–3) Regional quarterfinal First round
  1. ^ A No playoffs were held in the inaugural season of the Great Lakes Premier League.
  2. ^ B To enter the U.S. Open Cup, a team must have belonged to an affiliated league with at least 4 teams that played a schedule of at least 10 games.[13]


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