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Who We Are
Headquartered in Morgantown, WV, we are a group of folks who love soccer and love West Virginia. Currently, we are an amateur club playing against the top amateur teams in the country. In the future, we aspire to be West Virginia's first top level professional sports team. Our diverse group comes from all parts of the world, all walks of life, and we share a profound love for the beautiful game. For some of us, the mountain state is home. For others, it’s home away from home. Top to bottom, we are committed to bringing quality soccer to our beloved state.
- The mission of this club is to create a winning culture of excellence where everyone involved with AFC 1863 can feel proud of the product. If we all do our jobs in the long-term (players, coaches, and staff), we will build a fan base that can support a high-level soccer team based in North Central WV.
- We represent the state and the people of WV in everything we do, including our style of play (see Team Identity)
- We are all selfless and understand that the club must grow in organization, stature, and quality. This means that eventually, most (if not all) of us will likely be replaced by players with higher quality in order to continue moving the club forward. By showing and committing to a culture of selflessness, we put the success of our team before our own personal desires. That said, we fully expect to develop our player pool and expand opportunities for our players to further their playing careers.
- As players, we are a family. We help, encourage, and always act in each other’s best interest.
- We work hard to build bonds with each other, our community, and our state by being visible and making a positive impact at every opportunity.
- We hold ourselves and our teammates accountable to the highest of standards so that even if we are unable to attain our goals, we will have succeeded further than if we had not set any at all.
- The faces in our club may change, but our mission to represent our state with pride will always stay.
- We Play With a Blue Collar Work Ethic.
- We Earn Everything and We All Take Ownership of the Outcome.
- We Have Exceptional Team Chemistry and Camaraderie.
- We Have An & Upbeat, Positive Mindset.
- Our Team Is Intelligent, Disciplined, and Organized.
- We Play an Entertaining Brand of Football.
How Can You Help?
- Support: Currently, many of our games are away matches throughout PA, OH, DC, MD, VA, NJ, and NY. While we will have some home games in North Central WV, most of our matches can be followed digitally. Follow us on social media to find the best way to watch/follow each of our matches! (Facebook , Twitter , Instagram)
- Sponsors: We are bootstrapping this club and looking for long-term sponsors that are invested in the community and looking to be involved as we grow and mature as a club.
- Funding: Running a club is pretty expensive. Any donations/sponsorships will be used to cover the club's operating expenses (Coaching, Facilities, League Fees, Travel, Equipment). Long term, we plan to be a self-sustaining business, but we aren't there yet.
- Join The Team: We are always looking to welcome players, coaches, and administrators to contribute to growing the club. Reach out via our social media pages to get involved!
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