AFC stands for A Fans' Club signifying that the organization is for the fans and created by the fans. The team played its home games at Byers Field in Parma, OH from 2009 to 2012. For the 2013 season the team moved to Krenzler Field on the Cleveland State University campus. On January 21, 2012, AFC Cleveland opened up the official team shop in Parma showing its commitment to developing a real fan base around the club.
Supporters of AFC Cleveland, Detroit City FC, and FC Buffalo and formed the 'Rust Belt Derby' modeled after the Cascadia Cup. The winner of the Derby is based on the head to head record of the midwestern clubs during regular season NPSL matches. Cleveland won the initial Rust Belt Derby on June 23, 2012 following a 1-1 draw with Detroit.