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).
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 pushed 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.
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.
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 only the 2nd trophy in the team’s history. Following the season Nick Wells, Cameron Saul, and Grace Balegamire moved on to the professional ranks.
The 2016–2017 off season brought many changes to the Revs organization. The team was moved from Conyers to McDonough in Henry County, Georgia. The move generated excitement in the local community and brought many more high quality players to the squad.
Additionally, the GA Revs Reserves were established in 2016 and play in the Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League, Atlanta’s oldest and most prestigious local league. The season goes from October through April. The team also participates in the Perrin Cup, an Inter-League knockout style tournament that includes teams from both Divisions and is played throughout the ADASL season.
The purpose of the Revs Reserves is to identify and develop local soccer players who have the potential of playing for the Georgia Revolution FC Senior Team. The Reserves are an extension of the club, providing players professional training from the NPSL coaching staff to improve the individual players, while maintaining the playing style and philosophy of the Senior Team. The team includes non-college players from the NPSL Team, adding quality of play and value to player development.
2016–2017 ADASL Season. The Revs Reserves played a strong first season in the ADASL, achieving a second-place finish in Division II and gaining promotion to Division I. They also advance to the Perrin Cup Semi-Final, losing to defending Champions Arsenal Atlanta. Five new players were promoted from the Revs Reserves to the Senior Team and competed during the 2017 NPSL Season, providing a pathway for players to reach the next level. Following the ADASL season, Chinedu Arinza signed professionally in Australia with with Wagga City Wanderers.
The 2017 NPSL season saw the worst in club history. Failing to win a single match, the head coach resigned and the club went back to the drawing board. Coach Steo Magennis was hired and given the mission to rebuild the NPLS team and coaching staff.
2017–2018 ADASL Season. Based on the success of the previous year, the Revs U23 Team was created to compete in DIV II of the ADASL. After the end of the NPSL season, three new players were promoted to the Senior Squad. Standout forward Steeve Selso Saint-Duc signed with Los Angeles FC mid-ADASL season.
During the 2018 NPLS season, the Revs Senior Team’s home matches were played at Warhawks Stadium at Henry County High School. This was the first time the team played in a stadium and also live streamed all home games. The team returned to the playoffs for only the third time and made club history by winning its first playoff game 3–2 over the New Orleans Jesters with goals by Ehjayson Henry, Jumar Oakley and Isaac Promise. Isaac Promise and Ehjayson Henry left the Revs after the season to join professional teams.
2018-2019 ADASL Season. The Revs added the Revs U21 Team to complete in DIV II of the ADASL. The season was very successful with the Revs Reserves winning the ADASL Championship and entering the 2020 the US Open Cup Qualifiers. Second year returner Clayton Adams signed with Austin Bold FC mid-ADASL season.
The 2019 NPSL season saw the Revs miss the playoffs by one game. The team performed well during the season but couldn’t seem to get a lucky bounce. Following the season, Team Captain Jack Gurr and Jumar Oakley both signed professional contracts. Coach Steo Magennis resigned to pursue other interested after achieving an amazing turnaround of the club.
Entering our 10th season in the NPSL, longtime Revs player and former Team Captain Scott Redding was hired as the new Head Coach of the Georgia Revolution.
All photos credited to Ken Switay.