The oldest football clubs trace their origins to the mid-19th century, a period when football evolved from being a casual pastime to an organised mainstream sport.
The identity of the oldest football clubs in the world, or even in a particular country, is often disputed or claimed by several clubs, across several codes of football. The Foot-Ball Club of Edinburgh is thought to be one of the oldest recorded football clubs in the world with records going back to 1824. Late[ clarification needed ] rugby clubs also referred to themselves, or continue to refer to themselves, as simply a "football club", or as a "rugby football club". "Club" has always meant an independent entity and, during the historical period in question, very few high school or university teams were independent of the educational institutions concerned. Consequently, school and university football teams were seldom referred to as "clubs". That has always been the case, for example, in American football, which has always had ties to college sport in general. Conversely, however, the oldest still-existing "football club" with a well-documented, continuous history is Dublin University Football Club, a rugby union club founded in 1854 at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, although there exists some record of Guy's Hospital Football Club being founded in 1843.
While the first clubs emerged in Britain, possibly as early as the fifteenth century, these are poorly-documented and defunct. For example, the records of the Brewers' Company of London between 1421 and 1423 mention the hiring out of their hall "by the "football players" for "20 pence", under the heading "Trades and Fraternities".The listing of football players as a "fraternity" or a group of players meeting socially under this identity is the earliest allusion to what might be considered a football club. Other early sporting bodies dedicated to playing football include "The Gymnastic Society" of London which met regularly during the second half of the eighteenth century to pursue two sports: football and wrestling. The club played its matches – for example between London-based natives of Cumberland and Westmorland – at the Kennington Common from well before 1789 until about 1800.
The Foot-Ball Club (active 1824–41) of Edinburgh, Scotland, is the first documented club dedicated to football, and the first to describe itself as a football club.The only surviving club rules forbade tripping, but allowed pushing and holding and the picking up of the ball. Other documents describe a game involving 39 players and "such kicking of shins and such tumbling".
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Other early clubs include the Great Leicestershire Cricket and Football Club present in 1840.
On Christmas Day 1841, an early documented match between two self-described "football clubs" took place. The Body-guard Club (of Rochdale) lost to the Fear-nought Club after using an ineligible player as a substitute.The complete rules used in this game are unknown, but they specified twelve players on each side, with each team providing its own umpire, and the game being started by the firing of a pistol.
A club for playing "cricket, quoits and football" was established in Newcastle on Tyne in or before 1848.The Surrey Football Club was established in 1849 and published the first non-school football list of rules (which were probably based upon the eighteenth century Gymnastic Society cited above ). Windsor Home Park F.C. was in existence as early as 1854, and would go on to compete in early editions of the FA Cup.
Supported by the Guinness Book of Records, and founded by staff at Guy's Hospital in London in 1843, the Guy's, Kings and St Thomas' RFC would be the oldest "football" club of any code. Nevertheless, the connection between the present club and the original "Guy's Hospital" formed in 1843 is still disputed,alleging that the present club is a modern amalgam of three formerly distinct hospital rugby clubs, starting with the Guy's Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital teams which were the first to merge following the union of their respective Medical Departments. The last department to merge was the King's College Hospital in 1999, although its club (founded in 1869) remained as a separate institution.
As the Guy's, Kings and St Thomas' RFC status is still disputed, other sources state that the Dublin University Football Club, founded in 1854,at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, would be the oldest "football" club. Dublin University currently plays rugby union.
It has been claimed that the present-day Barnes Rugby Football Club, from Barnes in London, is a continuation of the nineteenth-century Barnes Football Club, and moreover that the latter club was formed in 1839 and is thus the oldest club to have played football for its entire history.However, as of 2018, Barnes RFC's website claims only that the club was established in the 1920s, while alluding to "possibilities" that its history stretches back to 1862.
Sheffield F.C. in England, is the world's oldest surviving independent football club—that is, the oldest club not associated with an institution such as a school, hospital or university. It was founded in 1857.Sheffield F.C. initially played Sheffield rules, a code of its own devising, although the club's rules influenced those of the England Football Association (FA (1863) including handball, free kicks, corners and throw ins. While the international governing body of association football, FIFA and the FA recognise Sheffield F.C. as the "world's oldest football club", and the club joined the FA in 1863, it continued to use the Sheffield rules. Sheffield F.C. did not officially adopt association football until 1877.
Setting its birth date in 1856, Cambridge University A.F.C. has been described by the university as the oldest club now playing association football, : "Salopians formed a club of their own in the late 1830s/early 1840s but that was presumably absorbed by the Cambridge University Football Club that they were so influential in creating in 1846". According to Charles Astor Bristed, in the early 1840s at Cambridge, there were games played between clubs from colleges and houses. Football is documented as being played on the original club ground, Parkers Piece, as early as 1838. The earliest existing evidence of the Cambridge University Football Club comes from "The Laws of the University Football Club" dated 1856, and held at Shrewsbury School.being recognised by The FA itself. For example,
The only survivor among the FA's founding clubs still playing association football is Civil Service F.C.Six of the 18 founding members later adopted rugby exclusively. Cray Wanderers F.C., originally of St Mary Cray and currently playing in Bromley, founded in 1860, is the oldest club now playing association football in Greater London. The code played by Cray Wanderers in its earliest years is unknown.
Liverpool Football Club (not to be confused with Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League), later known as Liverpool St Helens F.C. were formed in 1857, which claims to be the oldest open rugby club in the world. The club adopted the Rugby Union rules in 1872, never playing association rules.
Some historians also state that Crystal Palace could be the oldest club currently playing professional football, as they seem to be a continuation of the original Crystal Palace, an amateur club owned by the same company and established in 1861. Although the football club appeared to stop playing in 1876, some historians have made claims that the current club is directly linked to it and have provided supporting evidence that they should be recognised as the same club,
Savages FC was the oldest club in Africa, founded on 26 August 1882.
Gezira SC was the oldest club in Egypt founded in 1882.
CDJ Oran was founded in 1894. It is the oldest club in Algeria and Maghreb.
ES Tunis was founded in 1919. It is the oldest club in Tunisia.
In Hong Kong, some of the oldest clubs are St Joseph's (1880)，Hong Kong Football Club (1886), Buffs (1886), all of these club are formed by the British. The first club formed by the locals is South China AA (1904).
In India, some of the oldest clubs are Calcutta Football Club (founded in 1872, later merged with Calcutta Cricket Club to form Calcutta Cricket and Football Club), Sarada F.C., Aryan F.C. (1884), Sovabazar F.C. (1886), Mohun Bagan A.C. (1889), all of these clubs from Kolkata.
In Japan, the oldest rugby (1866) and association football club (1886) is Yokohama Country & Athletic Club.
The oldest continuing association football club for men of nowadays Pakistan is Karachi Port Trust Football Club, founded in 1887, at the time of the British Raj, when Karachi was part of the Bombay Presidency.
For women, the oldest club is Diya W.F.C., established in Karachi in 2002.
The Danish Kjøbenhavns Boldklub is the oldest football club on continental Europe.The club was formed in 1876 and association football was first played two years later.
Football Club Spa was founded by the Hunter-Blair family of Blairquhan, Ayrshire, Scotland, and was in operation in 1863. The fourth Baronet took his family there in order to economise.
The first football club in France was established in Paris in 1863 by English expatriates, as the following excerpt from a contemporary newspaper shows: "A number of English gentlemen living in Paris have lately organised a football club.... The football contests take place in the Bois de Boulogne, by permission of the authorities and surprise the French amazingly."
Le Havre AC was founded as an athletics and rugby club in 1872, making it the oldest surviving football club registered in France and continental Europe.They began playing association football on a regular basis in 1894. Technically AS Strasbourg could be considered the first French association football team, being established in 1890; they were however a German team at the time.
The oldest surviving rugby football club is Heidelberger RK, which was founded on 9 May 1872 as a rowing and rugby club. The HRK has won 14 national titles 1927, 1928, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1986,2010-2015, 2017 and 2018. The biggest success of the club was the qualification for the Rugby European Challenge Cup 2018/19 - only to be denied participation, because their main sponsor owns Stade Francais. The second oldest still surviving rugby club is Hannover 1878 founded 1878 and winning 9 German championships. Both clubs still play in the 1. Bundesliga.
The first association football in Germany (and likely the first outside Great Britain) was Dresden English, founded on 18 March 1874. The club had over 70 members by then, primarily Englishmen working in Dresden, with its matches being attended by hundreds of spectators. Nevertheless, Dresden English was dissolved in 1898.
The oldest still active association football club is BFC Germania 1888 founded on 15 April 1888. They play in the 10th division as of season 2020/21 and never managed to win any national titles.
In Italy, Genoa C.F.C. is the oldest active football club: it was founded by Charles De Grave Sells, S. Green, George Blake, W. Rilley, George Dormer Fawcus, H.M. Sandys, E. De Thierry, Johnathan Summerhill Sr., Johnathan Summerhill Jr. and Sir Charles Alfred Payton in Genoa on 7 September 1893. However, Genoa C.F.C. is not the first Italian football club: this was Torino Football & Cricket Club (1887)but its history has lasted only for 4 years. Founded by Edoardo Bosio (owner of Bosio & Caratsch, the earliest brewery in Italy), the team broke up in 1891. Older than Genoa and Torino is Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Fanfulla, founded in Lodi in 1873, but its football section was established thirty-five years later, in 1908.
In Portugal, Académica de Coimbra is the oldest active football club, founded on 3 November 1887.
In Spain, Recreativo de Huelva is the oldest active football club, founded in 1889.
Although football variants have been played in North America since the 1820s, the claim of oldest continuous football club in North America is still a matter of debate.
Oneida Football Club of Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1862, was the first organised team to play any kind of football in the United States. The game played by the club, known as the "Boston game", was an informal local variant that predated the codification of rules for association or American football. The team, which consisted of graduates of Boston's elite preparatory schools, played on Boston Common from 1862 to 1865, during which time they reportedly never lost a game or even gave up a single point.
In terms of gridiron football the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League can trace their roots back to the Hamilton Football Club (nicknamed the Tigers) which formed in 1869, then later merged with the Hamilton Wildcats in 1950 to form the current franchise. Their rivals to the north, the Toronto Argonauts, were founded four years later in 1873 and have a mostly unchanged franchise history. Both clubs began as rugby football clubs and only later adapted to the gridiron-style of play which would become known as Canadian football. The oldest continuous rugby club in North America which still plays rugby is the McGill University Rugby Football Club which was established in 1863, although their first recorded game was not until 1865.The oldest independent (non-university) rugby club is the Westmount Rugby Club of Montreal, which formed in 1876.
In 1869, Rutgers University and Princeton University competed in the first US intercollegiate football game. According to U.S. Soccer, the rules of this game resembled rugby and association football more closely than gridiron football.Moreover, teams competing in intercollegiate championships are amateur teams rather than "clubs".
In the United States, gridiron-based variants of the game did not distinguish themselves from existing codes until 1871, when Harvard University began playing a variation known as the "Boston Game." This allowed a player to pick up the ball and run with it if he were chased and it quickly spread, with innovations added by Yale University student Walter Camp. The oldest existing non-university semiprofessional football club is the Watertown Red & Black, which was founded in 1896. The Arizona Cardinals, formed in Chicago in 1898, are the oldest team in the National Football League.
One of the first teams to have played "football" under the association rules in the US was Fall River Rovers, founded in 1884.
In 1858 in Melbourne, Victoria, members of the Melbourne Cricket Club formed a loosely organised football team, and played against other local football enthusiasts over the winter and spring of that year. The Melbourne Football Club was officially founded the following year on 14 May, and three days later (17 May), four members codified the first laws of Australian rules football. In June 1859 the Castlemaine Football Club and Melbourne University Football Club were formed and the Geelong Football Club was formed shortly afterwards in July, over the next decade, many more Australian rules football clubs were formed in Victoria. Melbourne and Geelong were founding members of the Victorian Football League (VFL)(now defunct) , making them the world's oldest football clubs that are now professional.
The Wellington Football Club based in Hataitai, Wellington is the oldest continuous rugby union club in New Zealand, having played the first rugby match in 1870. The honour of being the first organised association football club is likely to belong to Auckland's North Shore United (founded as Devonport in 1886). Two Dunedin-based clubs, Northern AFC and Wakari FC were officially founded in 1888, although it is possible that Northern had been playing as a team prior to this time.
Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club claims to be the oldest club still in existence in Argentina. According to the club's website, the club was founded before 8 December 1864 as a cricket institution.The date of foundation has been recognised by the Buenos Aires Rugby Union. It is however believed that the club was founded in 1831, with existing documentary evidence about a cricket match played by Buenos Aires that same year. Nevertheless, the practise of any "football" code did not start until 1951 when the BACC merged with the Buenos Aires F.C. and rugby union was added.
Club Atlético del Rosario was officially established in 1867 as a cricket institution. The club soon added association football, being the first club from Rosario playing in the Primera División, the top division of Argentina.In rugby union, Rosario AC played the first inter-clubs match in the country on 28 June 1886, when the team faced Buenos Aires Football Club.
Having been established in 1875, Club Mercedes is considered the oldest association football club still in existence in Argentina.This places Mercedes above Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata and Quilmes, both founded in 1887.
Oruro Royal was founded on 26 May 1896 by the English workers hired by the Bolivian Government to build the national railways, becoming the first Bolivian football squad.
São Paulo Athletic Club, founded on 13 May 1888 by English immigrants as a cricket club, could be considered the oldest Brazilian club to have played any code of "football", starting to play association football in 1898.After football retired from competitions in 1912, rugby union became the main sport of SPAC.
The oldest club to have been in continuous activity in association football is S.C. Rio Grande, founded in July 1900 (a famous misconception is that the oldest one would be A.A. Ponte Preta, named after the neighbourhood of the same name in the city of Campinas, but it was founded close to one month later, in August 1900.São Paulo Railway Company and São Paulo Gaz Company, both established in 1895 (and then defunct) played the first football match in Brazil that same year.
Paissandu Atlético Clube, founded on 15 August 1872, could be the oldest football club in Brazil but the team was dissolved in 1914, with only a futsal section remaining nowadays.
Santiago Wanderers was founded on 15 August 1892 by Irish community and was the first football club in Chile.
The defunct Barranquilla Football Club founded by British railway workers in 1908 was the first football club in Colombia.
Lima Cricket and Football Club claims to be the oldest football-practicing club in Peru and the Americas, having been founded in 1859 by the city's British community.
In Uruguay, the Montevideo Cricket Club, established in 1861, has however been ranked as the oldest rugby union club outside Europe by the World Rugby Museum of Twickenham,although the first certain rugby match played by MVCC was in 1875.
|Date||Club||Original code||Current codes||City/Suburb||Country||Status||Notes||Source|
|1843||Guy's Hospital||Rugby football||Rugby union||Blackheath||England||BUCS Rugby League||Oldest documented football club in the world and founding member of United Hospitals RFC Now known as Guy's, Kings and St Thomas' Rugby Football Club.|
|1850||Durham School Football Club||Rugby football||Rugby Union||Durham||England||Oldest documented football club in North East of England. Early member of the Durham Rugby Football Union (1876) who record their foundation as 1850/51.|
|1854||Dublin University||Rugby football||Rugby union||Trinity College||Ireland||All-Ireland League||Oldest documented football club in Ireland and the oldest to later play Rugby union. Now playing in AIL Division 1A.|
|1857, 24 October||Sheffield||Sheffield Rules||Association football||Sheffield||England||Northern Premier League Division One South||FA and FIFA's president Joseph Blatter recognised the club as the oldest now playing association football.|
|1856–57||Cambridge University||Cambridge rules||Association football||Cambridge||England||BUCS Midlands Division 2A||Official university publications have claimed that the club was formed in 1856, being also recognised as such by The Football Association. The FA awarded Cambridge a plaque in 2006 in honour of its "150th anniversary", giving its foundation date official recognition. Nevertheless, other sources state that the date of establisnment of the Cambridge AFC is not clear enough, setting it between 1856 and 1866, but ranking it 2nd after Sheffield.|
|1857, 10 November||Liverpool St Helens||Rugby football||Rugby union||Liverpool||England||North 1 West||The club's first match took place in 1857 when old boys from Rugby school challenged local boys to a game under their school rules. Liverpool Football Club were then formed. The oldest open rugby club not part of an academic institution in the world.|
|1857, 26 December||Edinburgh Academical||Rugby football||Rugby union||Edinburgh||Scotland||Scottish Premiership||Oldest football club in Scotland. Oldest documented rugby club in the UK.|
|1857||Edinburgh University||Rugby football||Rugby union||Edinburgh||Scotland||BUCS Rugby Union Premier North B||Joined the RFU in 1871 but resigned to become a founder member of the Scottish Football Union in 1873. The Edinburgh University Association Football Club (AFC) was formed in 1878 and was a founder member of the Scottish Football League.|
|1858||Blackheath||Rugby football||Rugby union||Blackheath||England||National League 1||Foundation member of the FA.|
|1858||University of St Andrews||Rugby football||Rugby union||St Andrews||Scotland||BUCS Scotland Div. 1||Founder member of the SRU.|
|1859, 14 May||Melbourne||Australian football||Australian football||Melbourne||Australia||Australian Football League||A loosely organised side played as Melbourne on several occasions in 1858. The club was officially formed the following year on 14 May 1859. On 17 May 1859, members of the club codified Australian rules football. It is the world's oldest football club of any code that is now professional.|
|1859, 14 June||Castlemaine||Australian football||Australian football||Castlemaine||Australia||Bendigo Football League||Foundation date recently rediscovered, but dormant for a period.|
|1859||Melbourne University||Australian football||Australian football||Melbourne University||Australia||Victorian Amateur Football Association Section A||Records of its formation are lost, however there are references of the club dating back to June 1859 and its first match was also in June 1859. Won Australian rules first ever trophy in 1861 by defeating Melbourne. Disbanded during World War I, but later reformed.|
|1859, 18 July||Geelong||Australian football||Australian football||Geelong||Australia||Australian Football League||The club's own code was played in the Geelong region and influenced the rewriting of the laws of Australian football in 1866.|
|Date||Club||Original code||Current codes||City/Suburb||Country||Status||Notes|
|1860, 17 May||1860 Munich||Gymnastics||Association football||Munich||Germany||3. Liga||Started practising association football on April 25th 1899. But only played their first game in 1902.|
|1860, 20 May||Ballarat||Australian football||Australian football||Ballarat||Australia||Ballarat Football League||Formed as a junior club; senior club established in 1862.|
|1860||Cray Wanderers||(Unknown)||Association Football||Bromley||England||Isthmian League Premier Division||The early years of Cray Wanderers are poorly documented with its early history based on oral recollections later in the 19th century. Based on the frequently stated year of 1860, it is the oldest club now playing association football in Greater London., preceding Civil Service F.C., the only surviving foundation member of the FA, by three years.|
|1860||Hallam||Sheffield Rules||Association football||Sheffield||England||Northern Counties East League Division One||Took part in first ever football tournament. Original club dissolved in 1886.|
|1860||Manchester||Rugby football||Rugby union||Manchester||England||South Lancs/Cheshire 1||No connection to association football clubs Manchester United F.C. or Manchester City F.C..|
|1861||Sandhurst||Australian football||Australian football||Bendigo||Australia||Bendigo Football League||Founded by J. B. Thompson, one of the inventors of Australian rules football.|
|1861||Richmond||Rugby football||Rugby union||Richmond||England||National League 1||One of the first two clubs (with Barnes) to play a game of Association football, despite not being a member of the FA.|
|1861||Sale Sharks||Rugby football||Rugby union||Sale||England||Gallagher Premiership||Currently in the peak domestic competition for rugby union in England.|
|1861, 18 July||Modbury||Australian football||Australian football||Modbury||Australia||South Australian Amateur Football League|
|1862||Notts County||Own code||Association football||Nottingham||England||National League||NCFC official site history. Oldest of all the association football clubs in the world that are now professional. Club officially founded December 1864, prior to this only existed informally|
|1863||St. George's Hospital Medical School||Rugby football||Rugby union||Hyde Park Corner||England||BUCS league, South Eastern Conference, League 2A||Founding member of United Hospitals RFC, and the only one of the original United Hospitals members that is in the same form as at inception. The team moved to Tooting, South West London, in the 1970s.|
|1863||Bradford||Rugby football||Association football||Bradford||England||National League North||Founding member of Northern Union (RFL) in 1895. Changed codes in 1907 and renamed Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C., which folded in 1974 and reformed in 1988.|
|1863||Darlington RFC||Rugby football||Rugby union||Darlington||England||Durham/Northumberland 2|
|1863||Stoke City||Charterhouse rules||Association football||Stoke-on-Trent||England||Championship||While there are claims of a football club in Stoke formed by old boys of Charterhouse School in 1863 and this is the date given by the current club, little evidence exists of this entity, however there are contemporaneous reports in 1868 of the formation of Stoke Ramblers, which changed its name after a few years to Stoke Football Club. This club did not contest the FA Cup until 1883–84. Continuous history from reformation in 1908 following the wind up of the original club. It changed its name to Stoke City in 1928 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted city status.|
|1863||Christchurch||Own code||Rugby union||Christchurch||New Zealand||Division One - Telecom Cup||Oldest club now playing rugby union in New Zealand.|
|1863||Sydney University||Rugby football, |
|Rugby union||University of Sydney||Australia||New South Wales Rugby Union||Foundation date disputed by historian Tom Hickie who argues that it was actually 1865. The oldest Australian rugby union club; according to fullpointsfooty.net, it "flirted with 'Victorian Rules' [Australian rules] in its formative stages." The current Australian rules club at the university, Sydney University Australian National Football Club, claims to be a spin-off of SUFC, although the university did not play an inter-club Australian rules game until 1887.|
|1863||Royal Engineers||(Unknown)||Association football||London||England||British Army competition||Won the FA Cup in 1875.|
|1863||Civil Service||Association football||Association football||London||England||Southern Amateur League Senior Division 2||The only founding member of the FA that still plays association football. The other founding clubs now play rugby or are defunct. Also known as the War Office Club.|
|1864||Wrexham||Association football||Association football||Wrexham||Wales||National League||Local reports of a football club of a similar name date back to 1864. The oldest football club in Wales of any code|
|1864||Huddersfield||Rugby football||Rugby league||Huddersfield||England||Super League||The world's oldest rugby league club. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014.|
|1864||Carlton||Australian football||Australian football||Carlton||Australia||Australian Football League||Source: Carlton Football Club. Carlton has participated at the highest level of its code longer than any other club.|
|1864||Williamstown||Australian football||Australian football||Williamstown||Australia||Victorian Football League||The second club from Williamstown which exists.|
|1864||Brigg Town||Association football||Association football||Brigg||England||Northern Counties East League Division One||Traditional date.|
|1864, 8 December||Buenos Aires C&RC||Cricket||Rugby union||San Fernando||Argentina||URBA Primera A||Although BACRC's itself sets the date of foundation "before 8 December 1864"., some historians claim that there is documentary evidence about a cricket match played by the club in 1831.|
|1865||West of Scotland||Rugby football||Rugby union||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish National League Division Three||One of the founder members of the SRU.|
|1865||Bath||Rugby football||Rugby union||Bath||England||Aviva Premiership||Currently in the peak domestic competition for rugby union in England.|
|1865||Hull||Rugby football||Rugby league||Kingston upon Hull||England||Super League||The world's second-oldest rugby league club.|
|1865||Nottingham Forest||(Unknown) (possibly Bandy)||Association football||Nottingham||England||Championship||The EFL confirmed that Nottingham Forest are now the current oldest member club due to the lack of evidence to support Stoke City's claim of having formed in 1863.|
|1866||Yokohama Foot Ball Club||Rugby football||Rugby union||Yokohama||Japan||First rugby club in Japan. Part of Yokohama Country & Athletic Club since 1884.|
|1866||Harlequins||Rugby football||Rugby union||Twickenham||England||Aviva Premiership||Founded as Hampstead Football Club, the club was renamed Harlequin Football Club in 1870 as the membership had ceased to be mainly Hampstead based. As the club's equipment and stationery was all monogrammed HFC, a dictionary was used to find an acceptable alternative name to Hampstead beginning with an H and all members agreed on Harlequin.|
|1866||Glasgow Academicals||Rugby football||Rugby union||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish National League Division Two||One of the founder members of the SRU.|
|1866||Kapunda||Australian football||Australian football||Kapunda||Australia||Barossa Light & Gawler Football Association|
|1866, 20 October||Swinton and Pendlebury||Rugby football||Rugby league||Swinton||England||RFL Championship||Won three rugby league Challenge Cups and six championships|
|1867, 27 March||Atlético del Rosario||Cricket||Rugby union||Rosario||Argentina||Top 12||The first rugby union match (which was also the first inter-clubs match in Argentina) was played on 28 June 1886, vs. Buenos Aires F.C..|
|1867, 9 July||Queen's Park||Own code||Association football||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish League Two||Until November 2019 the club operated as the only amateur club in the SPFL.|
|1867, 4 September||Sheffield Wednesday||Sheffield Rules||Association football||Sheffield||England||Championship||The Wednesday Cricket Club formed 1820 in Darnall, Sheffield. Sometimes known as Darnall Wednesday C.C or Sheffield Wednesday C.C. In 1867 a football section was formed known as The Wednesday Football Club. In 1929 the football club officially changed its name to Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.|
|1868||Tiverton||Rugby football||Rugby union||Tiverton||England||Tribute Cornwall/Devon League||Tiverton Rugby Club is known as Devon's oldest club.|
|1868||Fordingbridge Turks||(Unknown)||Association football||Fordingbridge||England||Bournemouth Saturday Football League|
|1868||Perthshire||Rugby football||Rugby union||Perth||Scotland||Scottish National League Division Three|
|1868||Brighton F.C.||Rugby football||Rugby union||Brighton||England||London & South East Premier||As they were founded before the RFU they are one of the few clubs who are designated F.C. rather than R.F.C.|
|1869||Glasgow University||Rugby football||Rugby union||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish University competitions|
|1869||Queen's University||Rugby Football||Rugby Union||Queen's University Belfast||Northern Ireland||All-Ireland League||Second oldest club in Northern Ireland. Current in Division 2A|
|1869, 3 November||Hamilton||Rugby football||Canadian football||Hamilton||Canada||Canadian Football League||The HFBC were nicknamed the "Tigers" in 1873. Merged with the Hamilton Flying Wildcats in 1950 to form the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Oldest current professional gridiron football team.|
|1869||North Melbourne||Australian football||Australian football||North Melbourne||Australia||Australian Football League||Was briefly known as the 'Hotham Football Club' between 1877 and 1888, due to a change in the town's name.|
|1869||Kilmarnock||Rugby football||Association football||Kilmarnock||Scotland||Scottish Premiership||Scotland's oldest professional club.|
|1869||Clapham Rovers||Association football||Association football||London||England||Sportsman Senior Amateur Division||Won the FA Cup in 1880|
|Date||Club||Original code||Current codes||City/Suburb||Country||Status||Notes|
|1870||Wellington Football Club||Rugby football||Rugby union||Wellington||New Zealand||Wellington RFU Seniors Premier Competition|
|1870||Maidenhead United||Association football||Association football||Maidenhead||England||National League|
|1870||Leeds Rhinos||Rugby football||Rugby league||Leeds||England||Super League|
|1870||Southend||Rugby football||Rugby union||Southend||England||National League 2 South|
|1870, 12 May||Port Adelaide||Australian football||Australian football||Port Adelaide||Australia||Australian Football League||Played in the SANFL until 1997 when it entered the AFL. Only pre-existing non-Victorian club to be competing in the league.|
|1870||Stranraer||Association football||Association football||Stranraer||Scotland||Scottish League Two|
|1870||Abingdon Town||Association football||Abingdon||England||Hellenic Football League|
|1870||Darwen||Rugby football||Association football||Darwen||England||West Lancashire Football League||The club was wound up in 2009 and later reformed as AFC Darwen.|
|1870||Burton||Rugby football||Rugby union||Burton upon Trent||England||Midlands 1 West||The club has since changed its name to Burton Rugby Football Club|
|1870, 22 November||Marlow||Association football||Association football||Marlow||England||Southern Football League|
|1870||Reigate Priory||Association football||Association football||Reigate||England||Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League||Participated in the first ever FA Cup draw. Believed to be the oldest club in Surrey. Still playing on their original ground.|
|1871||Henley Town Football Club||Football Oxfordshire||Henley on Thames||England|
|1871||Ararat Football Club||Australian football||Australian football||Ararat||Australia||Wimmera Football League|
|1871||Streatham-Croydon RFC||Rugby Football||Rugby Union||Thornton Heath||England||Founded as Streatham Rugby Club but later incorporated Croydon following a move from Streatham Common to Thornton Heath.|
|1871||Southall||Association Football||Association Football||Southall||England||Combined Counties League Premier Division North|
|1871||Uxbridge||Association Football||Association Football||Uxbridge||England||Southern Football League Division One Central|
|1871||Birkenhead Park||Rugby Football||Rugby union||Birkenhead||England||National League 3 North|
|1871||Rochdale Hornets||Rugby football||Rugby league||Rochdale||England||Championship 1|
|1871, 9 November||Oxford University||Association football||Association football||Oxford||England||BUCS Football League|
|1871, 25 December||Reading||Association football||Association football||Reading||England||Football League Championship|
|1872||Lutterworth||Rugby Union||Rugby Union||Lutterworth||England||Midlands 2 East (South)|
|1872||Dumbarton||Association football||Association football||Dumbarton||Scotland||Scottish League One||Founder member of the Scottish Football League, and joint winners of the first Scottish Football League title in 1890–1.|
|1872||Rangers||Association football||Association football||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish Premiership||Founder member of the Scottish Football League, and joint winners of the first Scottish Football League title in 1890–1.|
|1872||Heidelberger RK||Rugby union||Rugby union||Heidelberg||Germany||Rugby-Bundesliga|
|1872||Clifton||Rugby union||Rugby union||Clifton||England||National League 2 South|
|October 1872||Cefn Druids||Association Football||Association Football||Wrexham||Wales||Welsh Premier League||Year of 1872 claimed in club's official history. Druids merged with Acrefair United in 1923 to form Druids United. Druids United merged with Cefn Albion in 1992 to form Cefn Druids. There are many discrepancies in club's official history when compared to primary historical sources. Newspaper Archives show club was formed as Ruabon Rovers in 1872. Newspaper Archives also state club was formed as Plasmadoc in 1874. Druids name does not appear anywhere until 1876.|
|1872||Wigan Warriors||Rugby football||Rugby league||Wigan||England||Super League|
|1872||Cuckfield Town FC||Association football||Association football||Cuckfield||England||Mid Sussex Football League||Founded by Mr. Wyndham Burrell and Mr. G.T. Bunting in 1872 as claimed in club's official history. and founder members of the Mid Sussex League in 1900.|
|1872||Essendon||Australian football||Australian football||Essendon||Australia||Australian Football League||Although the exact date of foundation is still unclear, Essendon thought to have formed in 1872 at the home of Robert McCracken|
|1873, 2 April||St Kilda||Australian football||Australian football||St Kilda||Australia||Australian Football League|
|1873, 3 May||North Shore Rugby Football Club||Rugby Union||Rugby Union||Devonport, Auckland||New Zealand||North Harbour Rugby Union||The oldest rugby club still in existence in New Zealand.|
|1873||St Helens||Rugby football||Rugby league||St. Helens||England||Super League|
|1873||Wakefield Trinity||Rugby football||Rugby league||Wakefield||England||Super League|
|1873||Toronto Argonauts||Rugby football||Canadian football||Toronto||Canada||Canadian Football League||Founded as a rugby team by the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club, itself founded the year previous in 1872.|
|1873||Halifax||Rugby football||Rugby League||Halifax||England||Championship||Founding members of the Northern Rugby Union.|
|1873||Halesowen Town||Association football||Association football||Halesowen||England||Southern Football League Division One Central|
|1873||Chippenham Town||Association football||Association football||Chippenham||England||Southern Football League|
|1873||Exmouth||Rugby football||Rugby union||Exmouth||England||National League 2 South|
|1874, 8 June||Rochester Football Club||Australian football||Australian football||Rochester||Australia||Goulburn Valley Football League|
|1873, 1 October||Kirkcaldy||Rugby football||Rugby union||Kirkcaldy||Scotland||Scottish National League Division Two||Founded in 1873 but played its first recorded match on 3 January 1874.|
|1873||Salford Red Devils||Rugby football||Rugby league||Salford||England||Super League|
|1874, 19 June||Sydney Swans||Australian football||Australian football||Sydney||Australia||Australian Football League||Previously located and known as South Melbourne. Relocated to Sydney in 1981.|
|1874||Port Melbourne||Australian football||Australian football||Port Melbourne||Australia||Victorian Football League|
|1874||Invercargill Blues||Rugby Union||Rugby Union||Invercargill||New Zealand||Southland Premier Division||Reputedly the oldest rugby club still in existence in New Zealand.|
|1874||Ponsonby RFC||Rugby Union||Rugby Union||Auckland||New Zealand||Auckland Rugby Football Union||Oldest club in the Auckland union; second oldest in Auckland.|
|1874||Bolton Wanderers||Association Football||Association Football||Bolton||England||Football League One||The club was founded as Christ Church and was one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888.|
|1874||Greenock Morton||Association Football||Association Football||Greenock||Scotland||Scottish Championship|
|1874||Arthurlie||Association Football||Association Football||Barrhead||Scotland||West of Scotland League Conference A|
|1874||Heart of Midlothian||Association football||Association football||Edinburgh||Scotland||Scottish Championship|
|1874||Hamilton Academical||Association football||Association football||Hamilton||Scotland||Scottish Premiership|
|1874||Aston Villa||Association football||Association football||Perry Barr||England||Premier League||Founded in 1874, also founder member of the Football League. Oldest football club currently in the Premier League.|
|1874||Northwich Victoria||Association football||Association football||Northwich||England||Northern Premier League Premier Division||The foundation date of Northwich Victoria was at least as early as 1874. Founding member of the Cheshire FA, the Football League Second Division, The Combination and Cheshire County League. Their home ground Drill Field, at the time of its demolition in 2002, it was believed to be the oldest football ground in the world.|
|1874||Macclesfield Town||Association football||Association football||Macclesfield||England||Football League 2|
|1874||Portarlington Demons||Australian football||Australian football||Portarlington||Australia||Bellarine Football League|
|1875||Lampeter Town||Rugby football||Rugby union||Lampeter||Wales||WRU Division Four West||Officially recognised by the Welsh Rugby Union as the oldest Rugby Club in Wales, when the Reverend Rowland Williams brought the game with him to the College in 1850. The club currently plays within the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league system.|
|1875||Birmingham City||Association football||Association football||Small Heath||England||Football League Championship|
|1875||Blackburn Rovers||Association football||Association football||Blackburn||England||Football League Championship|
|1875, 11 September||Bournemouth||Association football||Association football||Bournemouth||England||Wessex League||Known as Bournemouth Poppies to avoid confusion with the League Club A.F.C. Bournemouth Founder Member of the Football Association, the Hampshire F.A. and the Bournemouth F.A.|
|1875||Dewsbury Rams||Rugby Football||Rugby League||Dewsbury||England||Championship (rugby league)||Won 2 Challenge Cups (1911–12, 1942–43) and 1 Championship (1972–73).|
|1875||Hibernian||Association football||Association football||Edinburgh||Scotland||Scottish Premiership||The Edinburgh derby match between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian is the oldest regularly played derby match in the world.|
|1875||Club Mercedes||Association football||Association football||Mercedes||Argentina||Torneo Federal C||The oldest club currently competing in any Argentine association football league.|
|1875||Redruth||Rugby football||Rugby union||Cornwall||England||National League 2 South|
|1875||Taunton||Rugby union||Rugby union||Taunton||England||National League 2 South|
|1875||Widnes Vikings||Rugby football||Rugby league||Widnes||England||Super League||Formed late 1875 as Farnworth & Appleton FC, becoming Widnes FC in May 1876 playing rugby rules although two games were played under Association rules versus Northwich Victoria in the first two seasons.|
|1875||Newtown AFC||Association football||Association football||Newtown||Wales||Welsh Premier League||Year of 1875 claimed in club's official history as this is the foundation date of Newtown White Stars. Newtown AFC formed in 1885 when Newtown White Stars merged with Newtown Excelsior.|
|1875||Montevideo C.C.||Cricket||Rugby union||Montevideo||Uruguay||Campeonato Uruguayo||The first sport practised was cricket, then adding association football and rugby. 1875 indicates the first registered rugby game by MVCC, although the sport had been introduced before.|
|1875||Barrow Raiders||Rugby football||Rugby league||Barrow-in-Furness||England||League 1||Joined the Northern Rugby Football Union came in 1897|
|1876||Old Carthusians||Association football||Association football||Surrey||England||Arthurian League|
|1876||Old Foresters||Association football||Association football||London||England||Arthurian League||Forest School, Walthamstow, started playing football c.1857. The Old Foresters played from shortly after this year, the earliest recorded match versus Forest School in September 1864, but the club was not officially formed until 1876.|
|1876||South Adelaide||Australian football||Australian football||Adelaide||Australia||SANFL||South Adelaide is the 2nd oldest football club in South Australia.|
|1876||Bangor City||Association Football||Association Football||Bangor||Wales||League of Wales|
|1876||Albury Tigers||Australian football||Australian football||Albury||Australia||Ovens & Murray Football League|
|1876||Warrington Wolves||Rugby football||Rugby league||Warrington||England||Super League|
|1876||Chirk AAA||Association Football||Association Football||Wrexham||Wales||Welsh National League (Wrexham Area)||Formed in 1876 as Chirk FC. Welsh Cup winners on 5 occasions.|
|1876||Westmount||Rugby football||Rugby union||Montreal||Canada||2nd Division of Quebec Rugby Federation||Oldest active rugby club (excluding university teams) in North America. Founded as Montreal Football Club.|
|1876||Port Vale||Association Football||Association Football||Burslem||England||Football League One||The club claim to have been founded in 1876, though contemporary research suggests the club was probably founded in 1879.|
|1876||Falkirk||Association football||Association football||Falkirk||Scotland||Scottish League One|
|1876||Stafford Rangers||Association football||Association football||Stafford||England||EVO-STIK Premier, England|
|1876||Middlesbrough||Association football||Association football||Middlesbrough||England||Football League Championship|
|1876||Partick Thistle||Association football||Association football||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish League One|
|1876||Kjøbenhavns Boldklub||Danish longball||Association football||Copenhagen||Denmark||Danish Superliga||Formed in 1876, but association football was only added in 1878. The club itself claims to be the oldest football club in continental Europe. In 1991, Kjøbenhavns Boldklub and B 1903 merged their professional football teams and formed F.C. Copenhagen.|
|1876||Tynedale||Rugby football||Rugby union||Corbridge||England||National League 1|
|1876||Keighley Cougars||Rugby football||Rugby league||Keighley||England||League 1|
|1876||Oldham||Rugby football||Rugby league||Oldham||England||RFL Championship|
|1877||Clyde||Association football||Association football||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish League One||Moved to Cumbernauld|
|1877||Crewe Alexandra||Association football||Association football||Crewe||England||Football League One|
|1877||St Mirren||Association football||Association football||Paisley||Scotland||Scottish Premiership|
|1877||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Association football||Association football||Wolverhampton||England||Premier League||Formed as St. Lukes, before merging with The Wanderers two years later. Founding member of the Football League.|
|1877||Western Bulldogs||Australian football||Australian football||Footscray||Australia||AFL||Founded as "Footscray Football Club".|
|1878||Coggeshall Town F.C.||Association football||Association football||Coggeshall||England||Isthmian League||The second oldest club in Essex, founded on 27 September 1878|
|1878||Norwood Football Club||Australian football||Australian football||Adelaide||Australia||SANFL||One of the oldest football clubs in South Australia|
|1878||West Bromwich Albion||Association football||Association football||West Bromwich||England||Football League Championship||Founded as West Bromwich Strollers, before adopting the Albion suffix two years later. Founding member of the Football League.|
|1878||Everton||Association football||Association football||Liverpool||England||Premier League||Also a founding member of the Football League. The club played cricket for two years before adopting association football, so could be said to have been formed in 1876.|
|1878||Manchester United||Association football||Association football||Manchester||England||Premier League||Founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford in 1910.|
|1878||Kirkintilloch Rob Roy||Association football||Association football||Kirkintilloch||Scotland||West of Scotland League Premier Division|
|1878||Lugar Boswell Thistle||Association football||Association football||Lugar||Scotland||West of Scotland League Conference A||Founded as Lugar Boswell and played until 1939 and reformed 1945 as Lugar Boswell Thistle.|
|1878||Leigh Centurions||Rugby football||Rugby league||Leigh||England||RFL Championship|
|1879||Melton||Australian football||Australian football||Melton||Australia||Ballarat Football League|
|1879||Fulham||Association football||Association football||London||England||Football League Championship|
|1879||Brora Rangers||Association football||Association football||Brora||Scotland||Highland League|
|1879||Sunderland||Association football||Association football||Sunderland||England||Football League One|
|1879||Koninklijke HFC||Association football||Association football||Haarlem||Netherlands||Tweede Divisie||Oldest Dutch club|
|1879||Doncaster Rovers||Association football||Association football||Doncaster||England||Football League One|
|1879||Swindon Town F.C.||Association football||Association football||Swindon||England||Football League Two||Founded as Swindon AFC in 1879, they became Spartans in 1880 and Swindon Town in 1883.|
|1879, 20 September||Cliftonville||Association football||Association football||Belfast||Northern Ireland||NIFL Premiership||Oldest football club in Ireland.|
|1879, 19 April||St. Gallen||Association football||Association football||St. Gallen||Switzerland||Swiss Super League|
|1879||Canterbury||Rugby union||Rugby union||Christchurch||New Zealand||ITM Cup||Oldest provincial rugby team in New Zealand.|
|1879||Sunbury||Australian football||Australian football||Sunbury||Australia||Ballarat Football League|
|Date||Club||Original code||Current codes||City/Suburb||Country||Status||Notes|
|1880, 11 Nov||Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA)||Association football||Association football||Buenos Aires||Argentina||URBA Primera C||Like the homonymous club from La Plata, Gimnasia y Esgrima was established as a gymnastics and fencing institution, then adding other sports. After GyE disaffiliated from AFA in the later 1910s, association football has remanined but only at amateur level. Rugby union would emerge as the predominant "football" code, competing in URBA leagues up to present|
|1880||SC 1880 Frankfurt||Rugby union||Rugby union||Frankfurt||Germany||Rugby-Bundesliga|
|1880||Northampton Saints||Rugby Football||Rugby Union||Northampton||England||Gallagher Premiership||Northampton R.F.C was founded by the clergy of St.James' Church in 1880. The Club have been Champions of England, Second Tier Champions, and Champions of Europe in recent times|
|1880||Preston North End||Association |
|Preston||England||Football League Championship||Preston North End was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. In the 1888–89 season, the team won both the inaugural league championship and the FA Cup, the latter without conceding a goal. They were the first team to achieve the "Double" in English football and, as they were unbeaten in all matches, are remembered as "The Invincibles".|
|1880||East Craigie||Association football||Association football||Dundee||Scotland||SJFA East Region Premiership North||The Scottish Junior Football Association was founded in 1886. East Craigie pre-date this and are one of the oldest Junior (i.e., non-SFA) clubs still in existence.|
|1880||Antwerp||Association football||Association football||Antwerp||Belgium||Belgian First Division||Antwerp was founded in 1880 by English students as Antwerp Athletic Club. A football division named Antwerp Football Club was formed in 1887. It was the first club to register to the Belgian Football Association in 1895 and they later received the matriculate number one.|
|1880||Manchester City||Association football||Association football||Manchester||England||Premier League||Formed in 1880 as St. Marks Gorton. Became Ardwick A.F.C in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894|
|1881||Kiveton Park||Association football||Association football||Sheffield||England||Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League|
|1881||Eastbourne Town||Association football||Association football||Eastbourne||England||Southern Combination Premier Division||Formed in 1881 as Devonshire Park, they played at the venue of the same name which is now the home of the Eastbourne International tennis tournament. Moved to their current ground of the Saffrons in 1886. Became Eastbourne F.C. in 1889 and Eastbourne Town F.C. in 1971.|
|1881||Watford Rovers||Association football||Association football||Watford||England||Premier League||One of the oldest clubs to never have won a major trophy.|
|1882, 18 May||Burnley||Association football||Association football||Burnley||England||Premier League|
|1882, October||Albion Rovers||Association football||Association football||Coatbridge||Scotland||Scottish League Two||First players drawn from two local Junior teams ' The Albion' and 'The Rovers'.|
|1882||QPR||Association football||Association football||White City||England||Premier League|
|1882||Tottenham Hotspur||Association football||Association football||Tottenham||England||Premier League|
|1882||Burgess Hill Town||Association football||Association football||Burgess Hill||England||Isthmian League Division One|
|1882||North Ballarat||Australian football||Australian football||Ballarat||Australia||Ballarat Football League|
|1882||Hull Kingston Rovers||Rugby union||Rugby league||Kingston upon Hull||England||Super League|
|1882||Roman Glass St. George||Association |
|Bristol||England||Western League||Oldest continuous club in Bristol. Originally St. George FC and Bristol St. George.|
|1883, 5 March||Gloucester City||Association football||Association football||Gloucester||England||National League North|
|1883||Balgownie Rangers||Association football||Association football||Balgownie||Australia||Illawarra District League||Oldest currently active association football club in Australia|
|1883||Bristol Rovers||Association football||Association football||Bristol||England||League One|
|1883||Stockport County||Association football||Association football||Stockport||England||National League North||Formed as Heaton Norris Rovers changing name to Stockport County FC in 1890|
|1883||Darlington||Association football||Association football||Darlington||England||National League North||Known as "Darlington 1883" between 2012 and 2017 due to "Darlington F.C." being temporarily expelled from the FA|
|1884||Derby County||Association football||Association football||Derby||England||Football League Championship||One of twelve founders of the Football League.|
|1884||Leicester City||Association football||Association football||Leicester||England||Premier League||Known as Leicester Fosse between 1884 and 1919.|
|1885, 20 February||Richmond||Australian football||Australian football||Richmond||Australia||Australian Football League||A number of teams formed in the Richmond area during Australian rules football's rapid expansion of the 1870s, and early 1880s. However, all played at a junior level and it was considered an anomaly that Richmond, one of Melbourne's biggest locales, did not boast a senior team. The wait ended when the Richmond Football Club was officially formed on 20 February 1885.|
|1885, 11 April||Luton Town||Association football||Association football||Luton||England||League One|
|1885, 13 May||Aalborg Boldspilklub||Association football||Association football||Aalborg||Denmark||Danish Superliga|
|1885||Bury||Association football||Association football||Bury||England||Bury were Second Division Champions in their inaugural season. Currently without a competition after being expelled from the EFL in 2019.|
|1885||Forfar||Association football||Association football||Forfar||Scotland||Scottish League First Division|
|1885||Southampton||Association football||Association football||Southampton||England||Premier League||Formed as St. Mary's Y.M.A..|
|1886||Glossop||Association football||Association football||Glossop||England||Northern Premier League||Glossop is one of the smallest towns in England to have had a Football League club, and it remains the smallest town whose team has played in the English top flight.|
|1886||Linfield||Association football||Association football||Belfast||Northern Ireland||NIFL Premiership|
|1886||Motherwell||Association football||Association football||Motherwell||Scotland||Scottish Premiership|
|1886||Arsenal||Association football||Association football||South London||England||Premier League|
|1886||North Shore United||Association football||Association football||Auckland||New Zealand||Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1||Founded as North Shore, NSU are reputedly the oldest extant football club in Oceania.|
|1886||Myrtleford Alpine Saints||Australian football||Australian football||Myrtleford||Australia||Ovens & Murray Football League|
|1887||Académica de Coimbra||Association football||Association football||Coimbra||Portugal||Segunda Liga||The oldest club currently playing football in the Iberian Peninsula. The club only started playing football in 1912.|
|1887||Barnsley||Association football||Association football||Barnsley||England||Football League Championship||Initially formed under the name "Barnsley St. Peters" but dropped "St. Peters" to become simply Barnsley in 1897.|
|1887||Wallsend||Association football||Association football||Wallsend||Australia||Northern NSW State League Division 1|
|1887||USV Hercules||Association football||Association football||Utrecht (stad)||Netherlands||Derde Divisie|
|1887, 3 June||Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)||Association football||Association football||La Plata||Argentina||Primera División||The first sports offered were, as its Spanish name indicates, gymnastics and fencing. Association football and other sports were added later.|
|1887, 12 July||Odense boldklub||Association football||Association football||Odense||Denmark||Danish Superliga|
|1887, 7 November||Celtic||Association football||Association football||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish Premiership||Founded in 1887 but played its first game against rivals Rangers in May 1888, winning 5–2.|
|1887, 27 November||Quilmes||Association football||Association football||Quilmes||Argentina||Primera B Nacional||The club claims to be established on 5 November 1887, although some local historians stated that the original "Quilmes" club founded that year was later dissolved and the "Quilmes Cricket Club" was in fact a completely new institution, not related with other clubs previously founded in the city of Quilmes.|
|1888, 13 May||São Paulo A.C.||Association football||Rugby union||São Paulo||Brazil||Brazilian Rugby Championship||First Brazilian football association and rugby union team.|
|1888||Northern||Association football||Association football||Dunedin||New Zealand||FootballSouth Premier League||Founded under its current name. Briefly renamed as Dunedin North End (1972–74) and North End United (1974–90).|
|1888||Roslyn-Wakari||Association football||Association football||Dunedin||New Zealand||FootballSouth Premier League||Founded as Wakari AFC. Name changed to Roslyn AFC in 1890. Team split into Roslyn AFC and Wakari AFC in 1895 before re-amalgamating under its current name in 1904.|
|1889, 26 February||Akademisk Boldklub||Association football||Association football||Gladsaxe||Denmark||Danish 2nd Division||Founded through a merger between Fredericia Studenternes Kricketklub and Polyteknisk Boldklub.|
|1889, 22 March||Sheffield United||Association football||Association football||Sheffield||England||Premier League||The oldest football team called United.|
|1889, 12 July||Adamstown Rosebud||Association football||Association football||Adamstown||Australia||National Premier Leagues|
|1889, 15 August||Mohun Bagan A.C.||Association football||Association football||Kolkata||India||Indian Super League||It has been dubbed as the National Club of India and has the distinction of being one of the oldest existing football clubs in Asia.|
|1889, 23 December||Recreativo de Huelva||Association football||Association football||Huelva||Spain||Segunda División||The oldest football club in Spain.|
|1889, 24 December||Rosario Central||Association football||Association football||Rosario||Argentina||Primera División||The peculiarity is that this club was designedly founded for the practice of football, unlike other Argentine clubs of the 1880s that incorporated it later|
1863 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
Sheffield Football Club is an English football club from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, although now based in Dronfield, Derbyshire. They currently compete in the Northern Premier League Division One East. Founded in October 1857, the club was recognised by FIFA as the oldest existing club still playing football in the world. Sheffield FC initially played games under the Sheffield Rules and did not officially adopt the new FA rules until 1878.
Hallam Football Club is an English football club based in Crosspool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, at level 10 of the English football league system. Founded in 1860, it is second only to local rivals Sheffield F.C. in the list of the oldest association football clubs in the world. Games between these two clubs are known as the Rules derby.
Association football is the most popular sport in the Argentine Republic and part of the culture in the country. It is the one with the most players and is the most popular recreational sport, played from childhood into old age. The percentage of Argentines that declare allegiance to an Argentine football club is about 90%.
Quilmes Atlético Club is an Argentine sports club based in the Quilmes district of Greater Buenos Aires. Established in 1887, Quilmes is the oldest club of Argentina still competing in championships organised by the Argentine Football Association. Quilmes' football team currently plays in Primera B Nacional, the second division of the Argentinian football.
The Sheffield Rules was a code of football devised and played in the English city of Sheffield between 1858 and 1877. The rules were initially created and revised by Sheffield Football Club, with responsibility for the laws passing to the Sheffield Football Association upon that body's creation in 1867. The rules spread beyond the city boundaries to other clubs and associations in the north and midlands of England, making them one of the most popular forms of football during the 1860s and 1870s.
Sheffield has a long history of involvement in sport. Although cricket was the first organised sport, it has gradually been supplanted by football. Both the main two local football teams grew out of cricket teams. Sheffield can claim many firsts in football the most famous one being Sheffield F.C. being the world's first and oldest football club. Today it has a club in every major team sport in England. Sheffield became the first UK National City of Sport in 1995 and is now home to the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
The following are events in the 1860s decade which are relevant to the development of association football. Included are events in closely related codes, such as the Sheffield Rules. All events happened in English football unless specified otherwise.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is rooted in medieval ball games and English public school games. The modern game of association football originated with mid-nineteenth century efforts between local football clubs to standardize the varying sets of rules, culminating in formation of The Football Association in London, England in 1863. The rules drafted by the association allowed clubs to play each other without dispute, and specifically banned both handling of the ball and hacking during open field play. After the fifth meeting of the association a schism emerged between association football and the rules played by the Rugby school, later to be called rugby football. Football has been an Olympic sport ever since the second modern Summer Olympic Games in 1900.
Cambridge University Association Football Club is an English football club representing the University of Cambridge. Official university publications have claimed that the club was formed in 1856, being also recognised as such by The Football Association. The FA awarded Cambridge a plaque in 2006 in honour of its "150th anniversary", giving its foundation date official recognition.
Lomas Athletic Club is an Argentine sports club from the Lomas de Zamora district of Greater Buenos Aires. One of Argentina's oldest clubs still in existence, Lomas is one of the four institutions that founded the "River Plate Rugby Championship" in 1899, The rugby union team currently plays in Primera A, the second division of the URBA league system.
The sport of association football has a long history in England.
Crystal Palace F.C. was an amateur football club formed in 1861 who contributed a major role in the development of association football during its formative years. They went on to become founder members of the Football Association in 1863, and competed in the first ever FA Cup competition in 1871–72.
Abbeydale Park is a sports venue in Dore, South Yorkshire, England. It is unusual in having hosted home games for two different county cricket teams.
Belgrano Athletic Club is an Argentine amateur sports club from Belgrano, Buenos Aires. One of Argentina's oldest institutions still in existence, Belgrano was one of the four clubs that founded the Argentine Rugby Union in 1899. The senior team currently competes at Top 12, the first division of the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires league system.
Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football normally means the form of football that is the most popular where the word is used. Sports commonly called football include association football ; gridiron football ; Australian rules football; rugby football ; and Gaelic football. These various forms of football share to varying extent common origins and are known as football codes.
The Montevideo Cricket Club is an Uruguayan sports club based in Montevideo, established in 1861 by English immigrants. Its predecessor had been the now defunct "Victoria Cricket Club", founded in 1842.
Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club, sometimes known simply as Buenos Aires, is an Argentine sports club based in San Fernando, Buenos Aires. Having set its official date of foundation on December 8, 1864, the club claims to be the oldest club still in existence in Argentina, according to reports of a cricket match played by the club in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, in 1831.
Old Georgian Club is an Argentine sports club located in Palermo, Buenos Aires. Founded in 1908 by alumni of St. George's College of Quilmes, the club sees itself as a pillar of Buenos Aires' British community.
Flores Athletic Club was an Argentine sports club from Flores, Buenos Aires. The club was pioneer in the practise of some sports that would become popular in Argentina, such as football, rugby union and polo.