HISTORY OF THE GEORGIA REVOLUTION FC
The Georgia Revolution FC was founded in 2010 to begin play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. The original intent of the Revs was to be the top of the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) pyramid.
In the team’s first NPSL game on May 13, 2011, the Revs defeated Jacksonville United two to one.
2012 was the Revolution’s best season to date. An impressive 7-1-2 record in NPSL play resulted in being crowned Co-Conference Champions. The team also played at a high caliber in the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, defeating PDL side Mississippi Brilla on May 15, 2012. They moved on to the next round and faced the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks, where they lost 1-0. Later in their season they defeated the reigning NPSL champions, Jacksonville United 7-3. The team also brought home its first trophy by winning the Capital Cup.
Based on the previous season’s record, the Revolution again qualified for the Open Cup in 2013 and saw a rematch against second division state rivals, Atlanta Silverbacks, losing three to two.
After losing several key players to the professional ranks, 2014 was a rebuilding year under new Coach Robin Dixon. The team failed to make the playoffs but showed potential under the new coach’s plan.
In 2015, a late season push resulted in the Revs making the playoffs where they lost in the first round to the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Following the 2015 season the Revolution was sold by RYSA to a new ownership group. The new management’s goal is to be a truly local team consisting primarily of talented players living in the Atlanta Metro area.
During the 2016 season, new Head Coach Juergen Mauer rebuilt the team again after losing almost all of its players. The Revs were unable to make the playoffs but played some impressive games including a 1-1 draw against the 2015 and 2016 Conference Champion Myrtle Beach Mutiny. The season highlight was winning the inaugural I-20 Cup by an aggregate score of 2-0 over cross-border NPSL rival Birmingham Hammers, bringing home the 2nd trophy in the team’s history.
In 2016 a new crest was introduced. Paying homage to the history of the team, the new crest keeps the familiar Eagle’s Head and patriotic red, white, and blue colors. Transitioning to a circle which unites the entire crest symbolizing the team motto “United We Stand” while highlighting the name Georgia Revolution FC and the year the team was established, 2010.
All photos credited to Ken Switay.