Top 50 Oldest Football Clubs in The World

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Today we are going to be taking a look at some of the oldest football clubs in the world. The history of football and the old football clubs is a fascinating topic for most football fans. Football history goes way back to the 18th century when it started to rise as a major sport. The peak of club football was seen in the 19th and 20th centuries and so on.

Very few of the oldest football clubs in the world receive the attention of those at the elite level of the sport, mainly because many of them are local sides plying their trade in the lower leagues of their respective origins.

The United Kingdom is considered as a birthplace for club football. However, football is now being played all over the world including Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas. The first official football match is recognized to have taken place on December 19th, 1863 in London, which lends to the fact that many of the oldest clubs in existence were formed within England, Scotland and Wales.

Whether amateur, semi-professional or professional, we will be listing down the top 50 oldest football clubs in the world keeping in mind the clubs will be ranked on the basis of how long they have been in existence.

50. Romford FC – 1876

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Romford Football Club is an English football club based in Romford, East London, and is one of the oldest football clubs in England. The club is currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and ground share with Barking at Mayesbrook Park.

Romford FC came into existence in 1876, making it one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club’s home ground is called Mayesbrook Park, Barking which has a seating capacity of 2500. The nickname of Romford FC is “The Boro“.

49. Partick Thistle FC – 1876

Patrick Thistle FC is among the oldest football clubs in Scotland

Partick Thistle Football Club is a professional football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, and is among the oldest football clubs in Scotland. Despite their name, the club is based at Firhill Stadium in the Maryhill area of the city. The club is currently playing in the Scottish League One.

Patrick Thistle Football Club came into existence in the late 1876 and is among the oldest football club still playing. The club’s home ground is known as Firhill Stadium.

48. Old Carthusians FC – 1876

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Old Carthusians FC is an association football club whose players are former pupils of Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey, England. The club was founded in 1876 and is among the oldest football clubs in the world. Old Carthusians Football Club is currently playing in the Arthurian Premier Division.

Old Carthusians FC is among the top 50 oldest football clubs in the world. The club’s home ground is located in the Charterhouse School’s playing fields.

47. Middlesbrough FC – 1876

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Middlesbrough FC is a professional football club based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. The club came into existence in 1876, making it one of the oldest clubs in England. The club is currently playing the Championship, the second tier of professional club football in England.

The club is the oldest football league club in Yorkshire and is also among the oldest active football clubs in the world.

46. Falkirk FC – 1876

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Falkirk Football Club is a Scottish professional association football club based in the town of Falkirk. The club came into existence in 1876 and competes in the Scottish League One, the third tier of Scottish football. The club is also a member of the Scottish Professional Football League.

The club’s home ground is known as the Filfirk Stadiu,. Falfkirk FC is among the oldest football clubs in Scotland. It also among the oldest football clubs in the UK.

45. Chirk AAA FC – 1876

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Chirk AAA FC is a professional football club based in Wales and the club was founded in 1876. The club is currently playing in Ardal Leagues North East. They were previously in the Premier Division of the Welsh National League since their relegation after only one season in the Cymru Alliance.

The club’s home ground is simply known as ‘Chirk’. Chirk AAA FC is among the oldest soccer teams in the world.

44. Newtown AFC – 1875

Newtown Association Football Club is a Welsh football club based in Newtown, Powys. This Welsh club came into existence in 1875 and is currently playing in the Cymru Premie Division. Coming into existence in 1875, Newtown AFC is among the oldest soccer clubs in the UK.

The club’s home ground is known as Latham Park which is located in Newtown, Powys.

43. Hibernian FC – 1875

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Another Scottish professional football club, Hibernian FC was founded in 1875 and is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The club is currently playing in the Scottish Premiership – the top tier of Scottish Professional Football Leagues. Hibernian FC is among the oldest soccer teams in the world with its history going way back to the 19th century.

The club’s home ground is called the East road with its training ground known as the Hibernian Training Centre.

42. Beith FC – 1875

Beith FC is another Scottish Professional Football Club based in the town of Beith, North Ayrshire. The club was founded in 1875 but it was dissolved in 1938 into a new club called Beith Juniors FC. Because the club was initially founded in 1875, Beith FC is among the oldest football clubs in the world. The club is currently playing in the West of Scotland Football League.

The club’s main rival is  Kilbirnie Ladeside. Beith FC’s home ground is known as Bellsdale Park.

41. Blackburn Rovers – 1875

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You all might be familiar with this club. Blackburn Rovers is an English Professional football club and it was founded in 1875. The club is located in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Blackburn Rovers is currently playing in the English Championship but they have also played in the Premier League before, making them one of the oldest football clubs in the Premier League. The club has also won a Premier League title.

The club’s home ground is called Blackburn Rovers Arena. Blackburn Rovers is one of the oldest soccer clubs in the world.

40. Birmingham City FC – 1875

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As the name suggests, Birmingham City FC is a professional soccer club based in the city of Birmingham, England. The club came into existence in 1875 and became one of the oldest football clubs in England. They are currently playing in the EFL Championship – the second tier of professional English club football.

The club was renamed Small Heath in 1888, Birmingham in 1905, and Birmingham City FC in 1943. Birmingham City FC’s home ground is called St. Andrews. The club is among the oldest football league clubs.

39. Wednesbury Old Athletic – 1874

Wednesbury Old Athletic was an English professional soccer club. It was based in Wednesbury, West Midlands, England. The club was founded in 1874, making it one of the oldest football clubs in England.

The club was dissolved in 1893 because of a club name dispute. There came a time when three football clubs had the same name. Wednesbury Old Athletic football club is not active anymore as it was dissolved in 1893.

38. Heart of Midlothian FC – 1874

Another Scottish soccer club in the list of oldest soccer clubs in the world, Heart of Midlothian FC was founded in 1874. The club is located in the Edinburgh region of Scotland and is among the oldest soccer clubs in Scotland. The team is currently playing in the Scottish Championship, the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League.

The club’s home ground is known as the Tynecastle Park. Heart of Midlothian FC is also known as The Hearts for short.

37. Hamilton Academical FC – 1874

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Hamilton Academical Football Club is a Scottish professional football club which came into existence in 1874. The club is among the oldest football clubs in Scotland as well as in the world. Hamilton Academical Football Club is also often known as Hamilton Accies, or The Accies as its nickname for short. Hamilton Accies is currently playing in the Scottish Premiership after being promoted in 2014.

The club’s home ground is known as Core Physio Ltd. Hamilton Academical Football Club is among the top 50 oldest football clubs in the world.

36. Greenock MortonFC – 1874

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We have another Scottish Professional soccer club on the list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Greenock Morton was founded in 1874 and it is based in the town of Greenock. The club’s name was Morton Football Club when it was founded in 1874. It was renamed Greenock Morton in 1994 due to its links with the Greenock Town.

Greenock Morton Football Club is among the oldest football clubs in Scotland.

35. Grantham Town FC – 1874

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Grantham Town FC is a football club based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. The club was founded in 1874, making it one of the oldest soccer clubs in England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Grantham Town Football Club’s home ground is called South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

35. Bolton Wanderers – 1874

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Bolton Wanderers FC is a professional club located in Horwich, Bolton, England. The club came into existence in 1874, making it one of the oldest teams in England. Bolton Wanderers are currently playing in the League 2 – the fourth tier of English football.

The home ground of Bolton Wanderers is called University of Bolton Stadium. The club’s first name was Christ Church Football Club in 1874. It was renamed Bolton Wanderers in 1877.

34. Aston Villa FC – 1874

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Aston Villa Football Club is a professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham, England. Founded in 1874, Aston Villa is among the oldest football clubs in the Premier League. The club is currently competing in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league system. Aston Villa FC is currently 7th in Premier League which is not too bad for a team with very low expenses. Before the Premier League, Aston Villa competed in the Football League First Division which was the top-tier division in the English football league system between 1888 and 1992. They won the English League title 5 times in their history. They are also the seven-time winners of the FA Cup and five-time winners of the League Cup.

Aston Villa FC’s home ground is called the Villa Park and it has a seating capacity of 42,785.

33. Arthurlie FC – 1874

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We have another Scottish professional soccer club on the list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Arthurlie FC is based in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire in Scotland. The club was founded in 1874 and is among the oldest soccer clubs in Scotland. Arthurlie FC is currently competing in the West of Scotland Football League. The club has also played in the Scottish Football League before – from 1901 to 1915 and 1923 to 1929.

Arthurlie FC’s home ground is called Dunterlie Park which has a seating capacity of 4000.

32. Third Lanark AC – 1872

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Third Lanark AC was a professional football club located in Glasglow, Scotland. The club was a member of the Scottish Football Association and it was founded in 1872, making it one of the 50 oldest football clubs in the world. The club was promoted to Scottish Football League in 1890 and continued competing in the league.

Third Lanark AC was dissolved in 1967 and it may be one of the forgotten clubs in the world.

31. Renton FC – 1872

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We have another forgotten soccer club in the list of the 50 oldest football clubs in the world. Renton FC was a Scottish professional football club and it was founded in 1872. The club was based in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Renton FC was a prominent soccer club in the early history of football in Scotland, making it one of the oldest soccer clubs in Scotland.

Renton FC’s home ground was called Tontine Park and the club was dissolved in 1922.

30. Rangers FC – 1872

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Rangers FC is one of the top-rated Scottish professional football clubs. It is based in the Govan district of Glasgow. The club was founded in 1872 and it is among the oldest soccer teams in the world. Rangers FC is currently competing in the Scottish Premiership under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. The club is on the verge of winning the Scottish Premiership once again since they are at the top of the league.

The home ground of Rangers FC is called Ibrox Stadium which has a seating capacity of 50,817. Rangers Football Club is among the oldest football teams in Scotland.

29. Dumbarton FC – 1872

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We have another Scottish football club on the list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Dumbarton FC is a Scottish semi-professional football club based in the region of Dumbarton, Scotland. Founded in 1872, Dumbarton Football Club is one of the oldest football clubs in Scotland. The club is currently playing in the Scottish League One.

Dumbarton FC’s home ground is called C&G Systems Stadium, with a seating capacity of 2,020.

28. Uxbridge FC – 1871

Uxbridge FC is a soccer club based in Yiewsley, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, England. Coming into existence in 1871, Uxbridge Football Club is one of the oldest football clubs in England. The club is currently competing in the Isthmian League South Central Division.

The home ground of Uxbridge Football Club is known as the “Honeycroft”.

27. Old Etonians – 1871

We have another soccer club from England on our list of the top 50 oldest football clubs in the world. The Old Etonians Association Football Club is an English association football club whose players are members of Eton College, in Eton, Berkshire, England. Old Etonians Football Club was founded in 1871, making it one of the oldest teams in England. The club is currently competing in  Arthurian League Premier Division.

The home ground of Old Etonians Football Club is located in Dutchman’s Playing Fields; Pococks Lane; Eton.

26. Reading FC – 1871

Reading FC is among the top 30 oldest football clubs in the world

Reading Football Club is one of the historic football teams of the beautiful game. The English club is based in Reading, Berkshire, England. Reading FC was founded in 1871, making it one of the top 30 oldest football clubs in the world. The English club is also among the oldest football clubs in the world still playing. Reading Football Club is currently playing in the EFL Championship – the second tier of English Professional Leagues.

The home ground of Reading Football Club is called Madejski Stadium and it has a seating capacity of 24,161.

25. Stranraer FC – 1870

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We have another Scottish football club on our list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Stranraer FC is a Scottish semi-professional soccer club based in the town of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. This club was founded in 1870 and it is the third-oldest football club in Scotland. Stranraer FC is also among the top 30 oldest football clubs in the world. The club is currently competing in Scottish League Two.

Stranraer Football Club’s home ground is called Stair Park, which has a total seating capacity of 4,178.

24. Marlow FC – 1870

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Another English soccer club on our list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Marlow Football Club is an English professional soccer club based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England. The club is currently members of the Isthmian League South Central Division. Founded in 1870, Marlow FC is among the oldest football clubs in England.

The home ground of Marlow Football Club is called Alfred Davis Memorial Ground.

23. Maidenhead United – 1870

Maidenhead United is an English semi-professional soccer club based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. The club came into existence in 1870, making it one of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Maidenhead United is currently a member of the National League -the fifth tier of English football.

The home ground of Maidenhead United is called the York Road and it has a seating capacity of 4,000.

22. Abingdon Town FC – 1870

We have another English soccer club on our list of the oldest football teams in the world. Abingdon Town FC is an English professional soccer club based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. Having being founded in 1870, the club is one of the oldest soccer clubs in England. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Division One East.

The home ground of Abingdon Town FC is called Culham Road, having a total capacity of 3,000.

21. Kilmarnock FC – 1869

We have another Scottish football club on our list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Kilmarnock FC is a Scottish professional soccer club based in the town of Kilmarnock. This club was founded in 1869 and it is the second-oldest football club in Scotland. Kilmarnock FC is also among the top 30 oldest football clubs in the world. The club is currently competing in the Scottish Premiership.

The home ground of Kilmarnock Football is called  Kilmarnock Football Club Shop and it has a total seating capacity of 17,889.

20. Clapham Rovers – 1869

Clapham Rovers was an English association soccer club and it was founded in 1869. The club was a leading English sports organization in the two dominant codes of football. Clapham Rovers was a prominent football club in the 19th century but it was dissolved in 1911, making it non-existent in the 20th century.

19. Swifts FC – 1868

Another club that was dissolved after early successes, Swifts FC was an English soccer club based in Slough, England. Swifts Football Club was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest football teams in the world. The club played its home matches on a ground near The Dolphin public house, Slough.

In 1890, Swifts merged with Slough Albion & Young Men’s Friendly Society, to form a new soccer club, Slough, who later became Slough Town FC.

18. Leyton FC – 1868

We have another defunct club on our list of the oldest football teams in the world. Leyton FC was an English Association Football Team based in Leyton, in the London Borough of the Waltham Forest. The club came into existence in 1868, making it one of the oldest football teams in England. Leyton FC is also among the top 30 oldest football clubs in the world.

The team withdrew from the Isthmian League Division One North in January 2011 and disbanded.

17. Sheffield Wednesday FC – 1867

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is one of the oldest football clubs in England and is also among the historic football clubs in the world. The club was founded in 1867 and is based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently competing in the EFL Championship, fighting for the Premier League promotion.

The home ground of Sheffield Wednesday FC is called The Hillsborough Stadium.

16. Queen’s Park FC – 1867

Queen's Park FC is the oldest football club in Scotland

So if you were wondering which football club is the oldest in Scotland, here is the answer. Queen’s Park Football Club is the oldest football team in Scotland and is the oldest outside England and Wales. The club is a professional Scottish football club and they are currently playing in Scottish League Two. Queen’s Park FC is also among the top 20 oldest football clubs in the world.

The home ground of Queen’s Park FC is called Hampden Park which has a total seating capacity of 51,866.

15. Cambridge University AFC – 1866

We have another English soccer team on our list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Cambridge University AFC is an Association Football Club representing the popular Cambridge University. Having being founded in 1866, Cambridge University AFC is among the top 20 oldest football clubs in the world. It is also among the oldest football teams in England.

The football stadium of Cambridge University AFC is called the Fenner’s and it has a total capacity of 1,000.

14. Nottingham Forest – 1865

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Nottingham Forest is one of the most successful and one of the oldest football teams in the world. It’s a sad moment to witness teams with history as rich and successful as 150-year-old Nottingham Forest endure constant setbacks. Nottingham Forest is a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Having being founded in 1865, the club is among the top 20 oldest football clubs in the world. They are currently playing in the Championship, but they have competed in the Premier League on several occasions in the past.

The club’s home stadium is called  The Nottingham Forest Football Club.

13. Hertfordshire Rangers FC – 1865

Hertfordshire Rangers FC was an English amateur football team based in Watford, Hertfordshire. The team was founded in 1865, making it one of the oldest football teams in the world. A notable mention is that they competed in the FA Cup and had two players represent England in international matches. Hertfordshire Rangers FC was dissolved in 1898. When the club folded in December 1898, it was because they were unable to replace players who had left the schools for university.

12. Harrow Chequers FC – 1865

We have another defunct soccer team on our list of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Harrow Chequers Football Club was a football club from London, England from the 1860s to the early 1890s. The club played as the Harrow Chequers from 1865 to 1876, when it was then renamed the Old Harrovians, and continued play until 1891 when it was dissolved due to unknown reasons. Having been originally founded in 1865, Harrow Chequers is among the oldest registered football clubs in the world.

The home ground of Harrow Chequers Football Club was called The Oval.

11. Wrexham AFC – 1864

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Wrexham AFC is another soccer team from Wales on the list of oldest soccer football clubs in the world. Wrexham Association Football Club is a professional association football club. It is based in the town of Wrexham, Wales. They are currently playing in the Conference Premier – the fifth tier of the English football league system. Wrexham AFC was founded in 1864, making it the oldest football club in Wales.

The Welsh club Wrexham AFC is also among the list of top 20 oldest football clubs in the world.

10. Brigg Town – 1864

Brigg town FC is an English professional soccer club based in the town of Brigg. The club is currently competing in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, the ninth level of the English football pyramid. Formed in 1864, Brigg Town FC is among the top ten oldest football clubs in the world still playing.

Most commonly referred to as the Zebras, the 151-year-old club plays at The Hawthorns in Lincolnshire.

9. Royal Engineers  – 1863

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We have another English club on our list of the top ten oldest football clubs in the world still playing. Royal Engineers is an Association Football Club and they represent the Crops of the British Army. The club is based in Chatham, Kent, England. Formed in 1863, Royal Engineers is among the oldest soccer teams in the world.

The nickname of the club is “the Sappers” and they play their home fixtures at the Kings Bastion in Brompton.

8. Stoke City – 1863

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Stoke City is one of the most iconic football clubs in English football history. Formed in 1863 as Stoke Ramblers, the club is among the oldest football clubs in the Premier League. Stoke City is a professional football team based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The club is currently playing in the EFL Championship, fighting for the Premier League promotion.

The stadium of Stoke City Football Club is called bet365 Stadium and it has a seating capacity of 30,089.

7. Barnes FC – 1862

Barnes FC was an English Association Football Club and it was founded in 1862, making it one of the oldest football clubs in England. The club had its origins in the town of Barnes, London, England. Barnes FC was a prominent football team in the nineteenth century and the club played great importance in the development of the beautiful game.

The football team of Barnes FC was dissolved later in the 19th century due to unspecified reasons. The club’s home ground was called Barn Elms Park.

6. Notts County – 1862

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We have another English club on our list of the oldest soccer teams in the world. Notts County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Nottingham, England. The team is currently competing in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. Having being founded in 1862, Notts County is among the oldest football clubs in the world.

The home ground of Notts County Football Club is called Meadow Lane and it has a seating capacity of 19,841.

5. Crystal Palace – 1861 (not identical with the Crystal Palace FC founded in 1905)

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Crystal Palace was an English amateur football club that was founded in 1861, making it to the list of the top 5 oldest football clubs in the world. The amateur club was thought to have disbanded around 1876, however, historians have found evidence to support claims that the professional Crystal Palace football club that exists today is directly linked and should be recognized as the same club. The theory claims that the Crystal Palace FC that exists today is owned by the same company that owned the previous club.

Simply, the current professional club of Crystal Palace FC has accepted the amateur club as part of its own history, making it one of the oldest football teams in England.

4. Hallam FC – 1860

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Hallam FC is another English professional football team on our list of the top 5 oldest football clubs in the world. The club is an English football team based in Crosspool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Hallam FC is currently competing in the Northern Counties East League Division One – at tier 10 of the English football league. Having being founded in 1860, Hallam FC is one of the top ten oldest football clubs in the world still playing.

The home ground of Hallam FC is called Sandygate Road and it has a total capacity of 1,000 (250 seated).

3. Lima CFC – 1859

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Lima CFC is a Peruvian cricket and football club and it is based in Peru’s capital city of Lima. Having being founded in 1859, Lima CFC claims that it is the oldest cricket and football club in South America, having been founded in 1859 by the city’s British community. The club is currently competing in the Copa Peru. Lima CFC is among the top 5 oldest football clubs in the world.

2. Wanderers FC – 1859

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We have another English football team on our list of the top ten oldest football clubs in the world still playing. Wanderers FC is an English football team based in the regions of Upper Norwood, London, England. Having being founded in 1859, Wanderers FC is the second oldest football club in the world. The original club was an amateur one founded as “Forest Football Club” in 1859. In 1864, it changed its name to “Wanderers FC”.

The home ground of Wanderers FC is called Prince George Playing Fields and their current manager is Joe Poxon.

1. Sheffield FC – 1857

Sheffield FC is the oldest soccer football club in the world

So the answer to the question about what’s the oldest football club in the world? Sheffield FC is the oldest soccer club in the world. It is also the world’s first-ever football club ever created. Sheffield Football Club is an English professional football club from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. However, they are now based in Dronfield, Derbyshire. The club is currently competing in Northern Premier League Division One.

Having being founded in 1857, Sheffield FC is oldest soccer football club in the world. The club is currently managed by former English football player Andy Kiwomya. Andy has a proud history and is arguably the more deserving holder of the oldest football club in the world.

Now we are going to take a look at top three football clubs in all parts of the world, in the list down below!

Oldest Football Clubs in England

The United Kingdom and mainly England is considered as a birthplace for club football. With that being said, we will now list down the oldest football teams in England down below.

  • Sheffield FC – 1857
  • Wanderers FC – 1859
  • Hallam FC – 1860

Oldest Football Clubs in London

London has produced some of the iconic and historic football teams in the world. So let’s take a look at some of the oldest football teams in London.

  • Wanderers FC – 1857
  • Fulham – 1879
  • Royal Arsenal (the current Arsenal) – 1891

Oldest Football Clubs in Spain

Spain has produced some of the legendary football teams the world has ever seen. Including the likes of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, etc. Now let’s list down the oldest football clubs in Spain.

  • Recreativo de Huelva – 1889
  • Sevilla FC – 1890
  •  FC Barcelona – 1899

Oldest Football Clubs in Scotland

Outside England, there are only a few football teams in the world that are historic. Scotland has produced some historic football teams so let’s take a look at the oldest football clubs in Scotland.

  • Queen’s Park FC – 1867
  • Kilmarnock FC – 1869
  • Stranraer FC – 1870

Oldest Football Clubs in Italy

Football is the most popular in Italy. The Italian national team is considered as one of the best football teams in the world. The Italian Serie A is also very popular among the soccer fans. So let’s take a look at few of the oldest football teams in Italy.

  • Genoa Cricket and Football Club – 1893
  • Turin (currently Juventus) – 1897

Oldest Football Clubs in Germany

BFC Germania 1888 is a German football club from Berlin. Founded on 15 April 1888, it is the oldest football club in Germany.

  • BFC Germania – 1888
  • Hertha Berlin – 1892
  • TSV 1860 Munich – 1899

Oldest Football Clubs in South Africa

The football league in South Africa is called PSL (Premier Soccer League). The PSL is relatively new to the world, but some of the clubs currently in it are way older than the league itself. So let’s have a look at some of the oldest football clubs in South Africa.

  • Amazulu FC – 1832
  • Orlando Pirates – 1837
  • Lamontville Golden Arrows – 1843

Oldest Football Clubs in India

Football in India was introduced by British soldiers back in the days of the sub-continent mid-nineteenth century. Sarada FC was the oldest football club in India at that time. Down below we are going to list down the oldest football clubs in India that are still active.

  • Mohun Bagan AC – 1889
  • Calcutta FC – 1890s
  • RB Ferguson FC – 1899

Oldest Football Clubs in Asia

Football in Asia started to become popular among the people during the mid-nineteenth century. India’s Mohun Bagan AC was established in 1889 as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club, and it is considered the oldest football club in Asia.

  • Mohun Bagan AC (India) – 1889
  • Al Ittihad Club (Saudi Arabia) – 1927
  • Toyo Kogyo Soccer Club (Japan) – 1938

Oldest Football Clubs in Russia

Russia is home to many football lovers and it also supports many football clubs in the country. There are several teams in Russia that are very old so let’s have a look at some of the oldest football clubs in Russia. Znamya Truda FC is the oldest football club in Russia having being founded in 1909.

  • Znamya Truda FC – 1909
  • FC Rotor Volgograd – 1929

Oldest Football Clubs in Europe

Football is the most popular in Europe and most of high-level football leagues are based in Europe. So it comes with no surprise that most of the old soccer teams are from Europe.

Having being founded in 1857, Sheffield FC is the oldest football club in Europe. It is also the world’s first-ever football club ever created. Below is the list of some of the oldest football clubs in Europe.

  • Sheffield FC – 1857
  • Wanderers FC – 1859 (dissolved in 1887)
  • Hallam FC – 1860

Oldest Football Clubs in Africa

Football is arguably the most popular sport in Africa. Since the sport was introduced to the continent it won the hearts of millions of people. Many football clubs have managed to build huge support bases over the years.

Savages FC is the oldest football club in Africa that remains in existence, having been founded in 1882. Below is the list of some of the oldest African football clubs.

  • Savages FC – 1882
  • Gezira SC – 1882
  • Alexandria SC – 1890

Oldest Football Clubs in Turkey

Football in Turkey during the Ottoman Empire was brought by the English men living in the area. In 1875, F.C. Smyrna was the first football club established in Turkey. Below is the list of the oldest football clubs in Turkey.

  • F.C. Smyrna – 1875
  • Hermes AC (currently known as AEK Athens F.C.) – 1877
  • Orpheus MSC (currently known as  Panionios G.S.S.) – 1890

Oldest Football Clubs Still Playing

There are only a few historic and iconic football clubs that are still professionally playing. Having been founded in 1857, FC Sheffield is the oldest football club in the world still playing. The club is currently competing in Northern Premier League Division One.

  • FC Sheffield – 1857
  • Lima CFC – 1859
  • Hallam FC – 1860

FAQ

Now we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the oldest football clubs in the world.

What’s the Oldest Football Club in the World?

FC Sheffield, having been founded in 1857, is the oldest football club in the world. It is also known to be the first football club ever created. Sheffield FC is an English professional football club from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

Who Is the Oldest Football Club in Australia?

The Melbourne Football Club was officially founded in 1859, making it the oldest football club existent in Australia. Melbourne and Geelong were the founding members of the Australian Football League (AFL).

Who Is the Oldest Football Club in London?

London has produced some of the most iconic and historic football teams over the centuries. Having been founded in 1879, Fulham is the oldest football club in London that is still active, competing in the Premier League.

Who Is the Oldest Football Club in the EPL?

Premier League is the highest tier of English professional football leagues. There are many historic soccer teams in the Premier League. Aston Villa was founded in 1874, making it the oldest football club in the Premier League.

Which Is the Oldest Football Club in Manchester?

A historian named Gary James claims that Hulme Athenaeum is the oldest football club in Manchester, England. Hulme Athenaeum was founded in 1863.

Is Wrexham the Oldest Football Club?

Wrexham Association Football Club is a team based in the country of Wales. Having been founded in 1864, Wrexham is the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest professional football club in the world.

Who is the Oldest Football Team?

Sheffield Football Club is the oldest football team in the world, having been founded in 1857.

Which Is the Oldest Football Club in India?

Sarada FC is believed the oldest football club in India as it was introduced in the country in the mid-nineteenth century by British soldiers.

Which Is the Oldest Football Club in Europe?

Kjøbenhavns Boldklub is a Danish club which was founded in 1876, making it the oldest football club in the continental Europe.

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