The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) was founded in 2003. The Erie franchise was founded in 2009 as an extension of the successful Erie Admirals youth program. The franchise was originally purchased by Pedro Argaez, before then head coach, John Melody, decided to acquire ownership, while continuing to coach the team.
Since its inception, ECFC has achieved recognition on both the regional, and national level. The team has only failed to make the post season on three occasions, missing out marginally each time. When making the postseason, ECFC has made three Final Four appearances (2009, 2011, and 2013), also making it to the National Championship game undefeated in its inaugural season (2009).
After stepping away from the coaching role for a couple of seasons, Melody returned as the squad’s leader in 2016. He’s back for 2017 with sights set on returning to the postseason and facing some new foes this season including the Dayton Dynamo and Syracuse FC.
The team is a traditionally a perfect blend of youth and experience, the latter providing mentorship to the local Erie players who aspire to move on to college or even the professional level. Several of ECFC’s players have risen through the game to both semi-professional, and professional teams around the world.
The continued expansion of the NPSL makes each year more competitive. With over 100 franchises currently competing, and countless others in the planning stages, the league continues to go from strength-to-strength. It is the ambition of ECFC to continue its tradition of success on the field and bring home that elusive National Championship.
Off the field, ECFC promotes the game within the community, setting up camps and clinics in the local and regional vicinity for players of disparate demographics and backgrounds. The team prides itself on not only putting a show on for our supporters, but also giving back to the community. We have provided countless hours of community service over the years.