The football team FC Wacker 05 Nordhausen was founded on 1 November 1905 as an offshoot of a Protestant youth club in the city. By 14 June 1906 the team had broadened its scope to become the sports club SV Wacker 05 Nordhausen and in 1908 merged with local side Ballsport-Club Mars Nordhausen which had been formed in 1906. Until 1918 the club played as SV Wacker-Mars Nordhausen when it was renamed 1. SV Wacker 05 Nordhausen. Playing in the VMBV (Verband Mitteldeutscher Ballspiel Vereine or Federation of Middle German Ball Playing Teams), Wacker participated in the early rounds of the league championships in the mid- to late 20s, but without any success.
After the end of World War II occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs. The former membership of Wacker reorganized as SG Nordhausen in 1946 and this team went on to became the football department of the sports club BSG Motor Nordhausen in 1949. The club played briefly as KWU/Lok Nordhausen after a merger with an industrial club. From 1951 on the team played as BSG Motor Nordhausen-West in second tier East German football. Motor enjoyed some modest success in the early 80s but then slipped and was relegated to the third division Bezirkliga Erfurt in 1989.
After German reunification in 1990 the football department separated from the sports club to form FSV Wacker 90. The newly independent team took up play in the Amateur Oberliga Nordost/Sud (III) in the 1991–92 season and played at that level for seven years. The late 90s saw the team descent of the team beginning with relegation from the Regionalliga Nordost (III) to the Oberliga Nordost/Sud (IV) in 1998. Financial problems drove the club further down to the Landesliga Thuringen (V) in 2000–01 before they finally landed in the Landesklasse Thuringen-Ost (VI) in 2002 where they currently play as an upper table side.