Association Football Club Ann Arbor (AFC Ann Arbor) was founded in 2014 by local soccer fanatic, Jamey Amrine, with the goal of creating a community based club that would promote the game on a larger scale.
After launching the club, Amrine connected with a number of community members including former players, entrepreneurs, fans and families, creating a diverse ownership group, reflective of the greater Ann Arbor community.
After a successful first year in the regional Great Lakes Premier League (GLPL), the club made two major moves in the off-season hiring Head Coach & Sporting Director, Eric Rudland, as well as joining the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
In four seasons in the NPSL, a national league comprised of close to a hundred clubs, The Mighty Oak have finished top 16 (2016, 2019) as well as top 8 (in 2017 & 2018). The men have also won back-to-back Great Lakes Conference Champions (the only club in the conference to do so) in addition to back-to-back Midwest Region Finals appearances (the only club in the region to do so). In 2019 after qualifying for the playoffs for a fourth straight year, AFC Ann Arbor became the first and only club in the NPSL to make the playoffs four straight years, in their first four years in the league.
In 2017, Ann Arbor had it’s first former player selected in the MLS Draft when Lars Eckenrode was taken by Toronto FC. The club’s emphasis on developing top level talent continued and in 2018, Joseph Stanley Okumu was named TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Year just before signing with the Real Monarchs of the USL. In 2019, Okumu became the biggest transfer in USL history as he joined Swedish First Division side, IF Elfsborg. In total, the club has had 18 players wear the crest before turning professional.
On October 25th, 2018, AFCAA announced the addition of a women’s semi-pro side, an exciting move heading into the fifth year of the club. The inaugural goal for the women’s side came from former Japanese Women’s National Team player, Mami Yamaguchi. After the inaugural season for the women were complete, The Mighty Oak announced a promotion from within the club, seeing Boyzzz Khumalo appointed as the women’s new head coach.
On October 7th, 2019, the men’s side announced a move to USL2, the country’s elite pre-professional league.
First player drafted by MLS Club: Lars Eckenrode, Defender (Selected by Toronto FC // Jan 2017)
First player to play in European First Division: Joseph Stanley Okumu (TopDrawerSoccer.com 2018 National Player of the Year)
2017 & 2018 NPSL Great Lakes Conference Champions
2017 & 2018 NPSL Midwest Region Finalists
Finished second in 2015 USASA Region II Amateur Cup (first piece of silverware)
2017, 2018, 2019 U.S. Open Cup Bids
2017 Michigan Milk Cup Champions
2018 Michigan Milk Cup Finalist