FFL Announces League Commissioner
November 10, 2020 - Raleigh - The First Flight League (FFL) is pleased to announce Zac Hines as the League Commissioner.
Hines will be working with the League board on developing FFL's standards, and production to create the best competitive adult developmental league across the state.
FFL Commissioner Zac Hines said, "I am excited to work with the FFL to create a state focused league that works for it's clubs first and foremost. The growth of soccer in North Carolina is only expanding and with the right vision and hard work I believe we can stake our claim as a powerhouse in the landscape."
Zac Hines is a Medical Support Technician and the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. One of the co-hosts of the podcast TriSocPod, and is involved with numerous soccer groups located in the Raleigh area.
"I came to the beautiful game later in my life, but knew I wanted to be involved as more than a fan from the very start. I believe that the sport is at its best when it is community driven, and that is what motivates me to see clubs at this level succeed."
A native of Middlesex (NC), Hines has spent his recent years involved with supporters groups for North Carolina FC (NCFC) and the North Carolina Courage (NCC). In 2019 he launched Cardinal Collective, a supporters group for the NCFC Academy and U23s. In 2020, along with co-host Zack Leischner, he launched TriSocPod; a news and discussion podcast covering amateur soccer in North Carolina.
First Flight League
The FFL will launch their inaugural season in Spring 2021 and currently includes nine teams across the state of North Carolina. FFL is a non-profit competitive adult developmental league with a focus on providing a club-first support network. Each club is individually owned and operated and is required to meet and maintain minimum standards.
FFL clubs are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds and the Carolinas Cup through the leagues affiliation with the North Carolina Adult Soccer Association (NCASA) and U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).