AFC Ann Arbor
|Full name||AFC Ann Arbor|
|Nickname(s)||The Mighty Oak|
|Stadium||Skyline High School|
|League||National Premier Soccer League|
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. 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 under manager Eric Rudland, formerly of Lansing United. 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. 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.
The 2018 season brought AFC Ann Arbor their second consecutive Great Lakes Division Championship, topping FC Columbus 1–0 for the championship. 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. The club topped Cleveland SC 1–0 in the semi-finals, but fell to Duluth FC in penalty kicks in the final. Following the season's conclusion, Joseph Stanley Okumu, a center back that spent the 2018 season with the club, was named TopDrawerSoccer.com NPSL Player of the Year.
|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|
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- "2017 Roster". AFC Ann Arbor. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
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