The club was founded in 1974 as Grupo Desportivo Farminhão. In 2005, Clube Académico de Futebol, an historic founded in 1917 which competed in four top division seasons in the 80's (the last being 1988–89), folded in 2006 due to financial problems.
Académico de Viseu Futebol Clube maintaining the logo of Clube Academico Futebol and team colours, and started competing again immediately, in the Viseu first regional league, achieving promotion to the fourth level in 2007.
In the last match of the 2008–09 season, after a 2–0 win against Anadia FC, the team promoted to the third division, a feat which was accomplished on goal difference. It would be however, immediately relegated back.