The National Premier Soccer League announced Thursday that Charlottesville Alliance FC has joined the league as an expansion team.
The club, located in Charlottesville, Va., will compete in the Northeast Region’s Mid-Atlantic Conference.
“We are very excited to bring the NPSL to Charlottesville,” NPSL chairman Joe Barone said in a statement. “Virginia has always had a great history within the beautiful game and we’re confident that Charlottesville Alliance FC can add a great deal to that impressive legacy.”
The roots of Charlottesville Alliance FC were formed when the team, then named Aromas Café FC, made a highly successful run in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The team was made up of players from over 10 countries, a reflection of the diversity of the Charlottesville community.
The team expanded this experience to extensive community outreach. It has purchased soccer goals for in-need communities, mentored youth, played charity games, conducted free clinics, and even played soccer with incarcerated youths inside the local detention center.
CAFC, which is a 501 (c)(3) organization, is led by executive director David Deaton and a staff that includes local professionals, business owners, and ex-collegiate and professional soccer players.
“Our goal in the first year of launching the organization is to build a community asset, one that is competitive on the field, but equally important, one that uses soccer as a vehicle for unity and camaraderie,” Deaton said. “We plan to assemble a team, fan base, and community partners who believe in this vision. There will be opportunities for fans to meet and engage with coaches and players through community town halls, pre-game celebrations, and fundraising events.”
Home matches will be played at Charlottesville High School, which is located in the heart of the city. The stadium features a professional turf field, seating for 2,000 and ample parking.