About Us

Who We Are

Perdido Bay Futbol Club (PBFC) is a non-profit organization established in 2006 dedicated to the education and development of youth soccer players in all levels of competitive play.

PBFC is devoted to providing a structured development program that offers instruction for children ages 3-18. PBFC offers programs within the club at every level: recreational, academy and select soccer that challenges young players to obtain their full potential, have fun and make new friends.

PBFC believes success is measured by the overall development of the individual player (technical, tactical, physical and psychological) as opposed to the end result of a game or season. Every player will develop under PBFC’s development system that facilitates a player’s growth within our age appropriate training system.

PBFC believes in establishing the relationships between parents and players within the CLUB under the “ONE CLUB” concept and also seeks a strong relationship with the local community.

Mission Statement

Our goal is to promote the game of soccer by providing a postive learning enviroment where players can grow to meet their full potential.

Our purpose is to establish programs that suit the needs of all players, regardless of age and skill level.

PBFC wants to develop a “ONE CLUB” family mentality where PBFC’s members (parents and players) belong to more than just a team–they belong to a club. PBFC seeks to build a CLUB that has soccer teams at all levels of play, serves the community and is a social experience that develops friendships for life.

History of Perdido Bay FC

2003

Soccer participation grew under Hopper’s leadership and by 2003, more than 200 kids were playing each fall. The baseball outfields were getting crowded and an expansion was critical. Fortunately, local real estate developers, Jim and Alison Davenport, were able to negotiate with Sacred Heart Hospital to allow the soccer club to build new fields on the opposite side of the Winn Dixie, next to the parking lot. The Davenports had a daughter playing soccer and the family graciously financed most of the construction costs. More dedicated Perdido parents like Rob Chelico and other civic organizations donated the funds to sod the fields at the tune of $30,000. By the fall of 2004, Perdido Soccer had its own home.

2005

With year-round fields, the Soccer Committee decided to try Spring Soccer as an experiment. To everyone’s surprise, more than 200 kids signed up for the Spring 2005 season. Participation grew each season breaking records each year from 300 to 400 to 500 kids per season by 2011.

The soccer committee had expanded too. Fred Garth had taken over Randy Hopper’s position and others joined in like Ken Parsons, Jimmy Holmes, Jim Quinlan, John Brockman and many other dedicated volunteers.

2008

As soccer grew, the community was lobbying our county commissioners for more field space. Sacred Heart was rapidly getting over crowded. In 2008, the county spent $300,000 to build fields at Jim Bailey Middle School, also known as Seth Simpson Park. At the same time, Perdido Soccer launched a select soccer organization and practiced at the Bailey fields. The select club formed their own 501C-3 organization under the name, the Perdido Bay Futbol Club with founding members Fred Garth, Ken Parsons, John Guidroz and Fred Krause. Soon, PBFC had more than 10 teams traveling the Southeast and winning medals, a testament to the program that had been developed by Hopper and his crew.

2010

In 2010, the country bought 200+ acres on Bauer Road and then dedicated close to $10 million to build a state of the art soccer, baseball, softball and football sportsplex. In August 2012, the park opened to great fanfare and the very next month, the PBFC (which was now combined select and rec soccer) held a 200-team tournament that yielded a $2+ million economic impact for Escambia County and surrounding areas. This validated the investment and illustrated that soccer in Escambia County is not only great for kids but also for the economy.

2013/2014

As of 2013/2014, the PBFC is servicing 1,500 kids annually. The organization has more than 100 volunteer coaches and a volunteer committee of parents who continue to run an amazing soccer organization. The clubs also hosts two major tournaments per year in a partnership with SnapSoccer that bring millions of dollars into local area. Teams from as far away as Texas, Tennessee and Illinois travel to Perdido Key to play soccer, enjoy our beaches and eat our seafood.