Professional Soccer Coming to Atlantic City in 2018
The National Premier Soccer League expansion Atlantic City FC will debut in the spring of 2018, competing in the Northeast Region’s Keystone Conference.
“We are very excited to see the continued growth of our Keystone Conference with a great addition like Atlantic City FC,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented in a press release. “Atlantic City is a tremendous market for soccer and we’re glad to have ACFC as part of the NPSL family.”
Team officials said on Thursday that they are finalizing arrangements to hold home matches at Stockton University, which has a 2,000 seat capacity.
Kristian O'Leary, 40, will coach the team during its inaugural season, who is best known for his time as a player and coach at Swansea City.
The National Premier Soccer League is the largest organized men’s soccer league in the United States with 96 teams competing across the country in 2017.
Each team plays about 10 games, with the regular season running from May to July.
ACFC sponsor, Tropicana Atlantic City was instrumental in the team's creation.
“Soccer is the fastest growing sport in the country. We are happy to bring more fun and excitement to the local community and our guests as a proud sponsor of the Atlantic City FC,” said Tropicana Atlantic City General Manager Steve Callender.