AFC Cleveland

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AFC Cleveland
AFC Cleveland Crest.jpg
Full name AFC Cleveland
Nickname(s) Royals
Founded 2011
Stadium Stan Skoczen Stadium, Independence, OH
Ground Capacity 2,200[1]
Chairman Terry Lawriw
Manager Mike Sesar
League National Premier Soccer League
2016 1st, Great Lakes East
Website Club home page
Current season

AFC Cleveland is an American soccer team based in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, Ohio. Founded in 2011 and playing its first season in 2012, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Midwest Region.[2]


Following the folding of the Cleveland City Stars in 2009, the city of Cleveland was without a soccer team. On November 11, 2011, AFC Cleveland announced that they would join the National Premier Soccer League.

AFC stands for A Fans' Club signifying that the organization is for the fans and created by the fans.

Supporters Group[edit]

6th City Syndicate is the supporters’ group for Cleveland soccer.


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest-Great Lakes Regional Finals Did not qualify
2013 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest-Great Lakes Conference Semi-Finals Declined Entry[3]
2014 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest-Great Lakes East Did not qualify Did not qualify
2015 4 NPSL 2nd, Midwest Conference Regional Finals Did not qualify
2016 4 NPSL 1st, Midwest-Great Lakes East Champions 2nd Round


2017 Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Anthony Flowers
4 United States MF Mike Derezic
6 United States MF Brian Potocnik
7 United States DF Tom Beck
8 United States FW Ryder Bell
9 United States FW Vinny Bell
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Admir Suljević
No. Position Player
14 England DF Declan McGivern
16 United States DF Chris Cvecko
17 United States DF Coletun Long
20 England MF Ryan Ware
30 United States MF Skye Harter
32 United States GK Alex Ivanov

Head Coach[edit]


National Premier Soccer League

  • National Playoffs
    • Champions (1): 2016
  • Midwest Region
    • Champions (1): 2016
    • Runners-Up (2): 2012, 2015
  • Great Lakes Conference
    • Champions (2): 2012, 2016
  • Rust Belt Derby Champions: 2012
  • Perform Pain Reliever Presidential Cup Champions: 2013
  • I-71 Cup Champions: 2015


  • Supporters of AFC Cleveland, Detroit City FC, and FC Buffalo 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.[4] Cleveland won the initial Rust Belt Derby on June 23, 2012 following a 1-1 draw with Detroit.[5]
  • AFC Cleveland has also participated in in-state rivalry matches against the Cincinnati Saints and Zanesville Athletic.


2012: Byers Field

2013: Krenzler Field

2014: DiSanto Field

2015: Rocky River High School

2016: Stan Skoczen Stadium, Independence, Ohio

Kit Supplier and sponsorship[edit]

From 2012-13, the kit sponsor of the club was Admiral Sportswear.[6] In the 2014 season, Givova took over as the kit sponsor.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2012–2013 Admiral Sportswear
2014–2015 Givova Rocky River Urgent Care
2016– Joma NovaCare


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  2. ^ "Cleveland join revamped Midwestern NPSL". The Soccer Room. Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Josh Hakala (April 9, 2013). "Great Lakes Division teams decline 2013 US Open Cup berths as NPSL entries finalized". Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "The Rust Belt Derby". Soccer News Day. Soccer News Day. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ AFC Cleveland Begins with Admiral Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

Official External Links[edit]