Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce Gold Coast International Association Football Club as a league member for the 2018 Fall Season.
Based in West Palm Beach (Fla.), Gold Coast International AFC will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference Florida South Division. Founded by Christian Franek, the club is owned by its supporters and players.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “The UPSL has been committed to Connecting American Soccer and its grass-roots, local and international clubs, and we’re really pleased to welcome Gold Coast Inter AFC to the Florida South Division. Founder Christian Franek has a vision for a fan-owned club and the Palm Beach community has responded positively at every step, both on and off the field. It’s inspiring to see, and we wish Gold Coast Inter AFC continued success.”
Franek, 47, played varsity soccer at Rome (Ga.)’s Darlington High School and a season at Kentfield (Calif.)’s College of Marin. A long-time amateur player in South Florida, Franek formed the first Gold Coast Inter team from a group of free agents in Florida’s popular Beaches Adult Soccer League (BASL).
With a little inspiration from international soccer legend Thomas Rongen, Franek created Inter Community Trust, Inc., a fan-owned non-profit organization, and the team came up with its iconic green and gold color scheme.
The club has quickly grown to two field teams, with Gold Coast Inter AFC ‘Gold’ claiming the BASL Spring 2018 championship.
Gold Coast Inter AFC General Manager Christian Franek said, “We’ve built upon some steady success and now here we are. We’ve got great sponsors in Icarus FC and Mellow Mushroom, and we’re ready and excited to join the UPSL and get going this Fall. The UPSL took notice of our efforts in the community, and now we want put our best foot forward.”
David Johnson is the Head Coach of Gold Coast Inter AFC. Johnson, 45, is a native of Jamaica and a former professional player and coach in Jamaica’s Premier League.
“We were presented with the option of joining the UPSL and everyone was saying, ‘Let’s just figure out how to do it,’ and that just made it an obvious choice,” Franek said. “It’s the right fit for us, and is the best choice amongst the leagues that exist currently.”
The club is currently exploring its venue options in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards. The team soon will announce its upcoming tryout and game schedule.