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Association Football club names are a part of the sport's culture, reflecting century-old traditions. Club names may reflect the geographical, cultural, religious or political affiliations – or simply be the brand name of a club's primary sponsor. Because of the British origin of the modern game and the prevalence of the English language, many clubs, even outside Europe, have their names written in English.

Official names often also contain common component (prepositions, conjunctions, etc.)

In Europe, many (if not most) clubs are named after their towns or cities (e.g. "Deportivo La Coruña", "Liverpool F.C.", "Hamburger SV"). In South America, clubs are more likely to have names that don't bear the city's name. Some clubs, like Hansa Rostock or Torpedo Moscow may have both.

Common versus official usage[edit]

It is not uncommon for a club to be known in common usage by a name other than its official name, or the name on the badge.

Other clubs are more usually known by nicknames or contractions of their full names, for instance, Vasco da Gama is usually called simply "Vasco", F.C. Internazionale Milano is contracted to Inter or Inter Milan, Sporting Clube de Portugal is often called Sporting or Sporting Lisbon. Manchester United is often shortened to Man Utd, and Lyon used instead of Olympique Lyonnais.

Some clubs are commonly referred to by their initials, such as PSG for Paris Saint-Germain and PNE for Preston North End.



Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Armed forces For sport clubs affiliated with the armed forces of a country. See also sports societies section.  Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI
 Hungary Budapest Honvéd FC
 Malaysia ATM FA
 Pakistan Pakistan Army
 Philippines Air Force
 Romania FC Steaua București
 South Korea Sangju Sangmu F.C.
 Suriname SNL
 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force F.C.
Arsenal Factories creating weapons  Argentina Arsenal de Sarandí
 England Arsenal
 Russia FC Arsenal Tula
 Suriname SV Arsenal
 Ukraine FC Arsenal Kyiv
Beer  Eritrea Asmara Brewery
 Peru Sporting Cristal
 Ukraine FC Obolon Kyiv
Copper Cobre is Spanish for copper, after association with copper mining  Chile Club de Deportes Cobreloa, Club de Deportes Cobresal
 Peru Cobresol F.B.C.
 Poland Miedź Legnica
Company name Club names containing the name of a company. These clubs were either founded as works teams by a company for its employees (e.g. PSV), bought by a company (e.g. the three Red Bull teams), or incorporate a corporate sponsor's name (e.g. Technogroup)  Austria FC Red Bull Salzburg
 Egypt Arab Contractors
 England Vauxhall Motors, Thames Ironworks (defunct)
 France Evian Thonon Gaillard
 Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen
 Greece Skoda Xanthi
 India Air India
 Japan Honda Motor
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai, Suwon Samsung Bluewings
 Mexico Cruz Azul
 Netherlands Philips Sport Vereniging
 Poland Elana Toruń, KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Stilon Gorzów, Stomil Olsztyn
 Republic of Ireland Ford, Jacobs (both defunct)
 Russia Lada Togliatti
 Suriname SV Leo Victor
 United States New York Red Bulls, Bethlehem Steel F.C. (defunct)
 Wales Airbus UK, Brymbo Steelworks (defunct)
Electrical Bargh: Persian for Electricity  Ecuador Emelec
 France Gazélec Ajaccio
 Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
 Iran Bargh Shiraz F.C.
 Philippines Loyola Meralco Sparks F.C.
 United States Houston Dynamo
Metallurgy Foolad, Zob Ahan, and Mes: Persian for Steel, Steelworks, and Copper. Vasas: "Vas- és Fémmunkások" Hungarian for "Iron and Steel Workers", Stålkameratene Norwegian for "Steel Comrades"
 Hungary Vasas SC
 Iran Foolad F.C.
 Norway IL Stålkameratene, Staal Jørpeland IL
 Poland Stal Mielec, Stal Rzeszów, Stal Sanok, Stal Stalowa Wola
 Russia Metallurg Lipetsk
 South Korea Pohang Steelers
 Turkey Kardemir Karabükspor
 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk, Stal Alchevsk
Mining GKS: Polish for miner sport clubs
Górnik: Polish for miner
Zagłębie: Polish for coalfield
Minero: Spanish for miner
Colliery: Coal mine
Shakhtar: Ukrainian for miner
 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Rudar Ugljevik Rudar Prijedor
 England Atherton Collieries, Gedling Miners Welfare, Kimberley Miners Welfare
 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
 Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja
 Peru Unión Minas
 Poland Górnik Konin, Górnik Łęczna, Górnik Polkowice, Górnik Radlin, Górnik Wałbrzych, Górnik Wieliczka, Górnik Zabrze
GKS Bełchatów, GKS Jastrzębie, GKS Piast Gliwice, GKS Katowice, GKS Victoria Jaworzno, GKS Tychy
Zagłębie Sosnowiec, Zagłębie Lubin, Zagłębie Wałbrzych
 Slovenia Rudar Velenje
 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
 Venezuela Atlético Club Mineros de Guayana
 Wales Llay Miners Welfare
Navy Malavan: Persian for Sailor
Flota: Polish for Fleet
 Iran Malavan F.C.
 Philippines Philippine Navy
 Poland Flota Świnoujście
 Thailand Navy FC
 United States Jacksonville Armada FC
Petroleum Naft: Persian for Petrol  Angola Atlético Petróleos Luanda
 Mexico Salamanca F.C.
 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
 Colombia Alianza Petrolera
 Ecuador Esmeraldas Petrolero
 Egypt Enppi
 Iran Sanat Naft F.C.
 Russia FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, FC Oktan Perm
 Ukraine Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka
Police For football clubs affiliated with a police force.

Al-Shorta: Arabic for police.

 Argentina Atlético Policial
 Botswana Police XI
 Cambodia Military Police
 China Vanguard Hubei Police Academy
 Ecuador Escuela Superior de Policía (ESPOLI)
 Egypt Ittihad El Shorta
 England Metropolitan Police
 India Punjab Police
 Iraq Al-Shorta
 Malaysia PDRM FA
   Nepal Nepal Police Club
 Poland Gwardia Koszalin, Gwardia Warszawa
 Suriname PVV, PSV
 Thailand Police United
 Singapore Home United
Railroad workers Rah Ahan (|Persian), Al Sekka Al Hadid: Arabic for railway, Ferro Carril (Spanish), for Railroad. Ferroviário (Portuguese) for Railroad. The "CFR" in CFR Cluj is Căile Ferate Române, the Romanian state railway system. Vasutas means "railroad worker" in Hungarian, Kigwancha means "locomotive" in Korean, Demir means "iron" in Turkish. KKS (Polish) for railway sport clubs.  Argentina Ferro Carril Oeste, Central Córdoba de Rosario, Central Córdoba de Santiago del Estero, Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba, Club Atlético Talleres (Córdoba)
 Brazil Ferroviário Atlético Clube
 Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Željezničar Sarajevo
 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa, Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Lokomotiv Sofia
 Croatia NK Lokomotiva
 Egypt Al Sekka Al Hadid
 England Harrogate Railway Athletic, Darlington Railway Athletic
 Germany 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
 Hungary Debreceni Vasutas Sport Klub
 Scotland Inverurie Loco Works F.C.
 Iran Rah Ahan F.C.
 Moldova Locomotiva Bălți
 Mozambique Clube Ferroviário da Beira
 Poland KKS Lech Poznań
 Republic of Ireland Midland Athletic (defunct)
 Romania CFR Cluj
 Russia FC Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Lokomotiv Liski
 Turkey Adana Demirspor
Shipbuilding  England Cammell Laird 1907 F.C.
 Scotland Burntisland Shipyard F.C.
 South Korea Ulsan Mipo Dockyard
Textile Nassaji: Persian for Textile Industry  Argentina Textil Mandiyú
 Croatia NK Varteks Varaždin
 Egypt Ghazl El-Mehalla
 India JCT FC (Jagatjit Cotton and Textile Football Club)
 Mozambique Grupo Desportivo da Companhia Têxtil do Punguè
 Russia FC Tekstilshchik Ivanovo
Tractor manufacturing  Belarus FC Traktor Minsk
 Iran Tractor Sazi F.C.
 Russia Rotor Volgograd
 Uzbekistan FK Traktor Tashkent


NB: Soccer teams associated with colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are not listed here. These clubs are not independent of the school, and are divisions within a much larger school sports program.

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Academic Affiliation with academics. See also Estudiantes, University, Polytechnic.  Bulgaria Akademik Sofia
 Denmark Akademisk Boldklub
 Moldova FC Academia Chișinău
 Portugal Académica de Coimbra
 Russia Sportakademklub Moscow
 Scotland Hamilton Academical FC
Polytechnic Affiliation with a polytechnical institution. See also Academical, Estudiantes, University, Technical College.  England Polytechnic F.C.
 Moldova FC Politehnica Chișinău
 Romania FC Politehnica Iași

Politehnica Știința Timișoara

Students Affiliation with students. See also Academical, Polytechnic, University.  Argentina Estudiantes de La Plata
 Peru Estudiantes de Medicina
 Mexico Estudiantes Tecos
 Romania Sportul Studențesc
University Affiliation with universities. See also Academical, Estudiantes, Polytechnic.
 Argentina Juventud Unida Universitario, Club Universitario de Córdoba,
 Australia Sydney Uni SFC, University of Queensland
 Bolivia Universitario de Sucre
 Chile Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Concepción
 Ecuador LDU Quito
 Ireland University College Dublin A.F.C.
 Mexico Estudiantes Tecos, Universidad Nacional
 New Zealand University-Mount Wellington
 Peru Universitario de Deportes
 Romania FC Universitatea Craiova, Universitatea Cluj
 South Africa University of Pretoria F.C.
 Wales Cardiff Metropolitan University

Days and dates[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Days of the week Clubs named after a specific day of the week  England Sheffield Wednesday
South Kirkby Wednesday
 Wales Abergavenny Thursdays
Independence Day Clubs named after the day of independence of the country or city  Argentina Nueve de Julio, Nueve de Julio de Morteros, Nueve de Julio de Río Tercero (9 July)
International Workers' Day  Angola Estrela Clube Primeiro de Maio
 Portugal Associação Naval 1º de Maio
Year of establishment Club names containing a reference to the year in which the club was established
(clubs are listed in chronological order by country).
 Australia Sydney United 58 FC
 Austria First Vienna FC 1894, FC Dornbirn 1913 Salzburger AK 1914, SC-ESV Parndorf 1919
 Belgium Eendracht Aalst 2002
 Canada Vancouver 86ers
 Denmark B.93, B.1903, B.1908, B.1909, B.1913
 England 1874 Northwich, Darlington 1883, Enfield 1893, Cammell Laird 1907, The 61
 Finland PK-35
 Germany 1860 München, SV Darmstadt 98, Hannover 96, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Schalke 04, BVB 09
 Greece Olympiacos Volou 1937
 Italy A.C. Fanfulla 1874, Ascoli Picchio F.C. 1898, Bologna F.C. 1909, A.C. Reggiana 1919, F.C. Bolzano 1996
 Netherlands Be Quick 1887, Fortuna '54, AZ '67, FC Dordrecht
 Norway Sarpsborg 08 FF
 Republic of Ireland Limerick 37
 Romania F.C. Argeș 1953, ASA 1962 Târgu Mureș (defunct), FC Vaslui 2002, SC Corvinul 2005 Hunedoara (defunct), ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș
 Scotland Gretna F.C. 2008
 Spain CP Granada 74
  Switzerland FC St. Gallen 1879, FC Basel 1893, FC Thun 1898, FC Wil 1900
Year of city founding Clubs named after the year of city establishment.  United States Legacy 76, Madison 56ers, Reno 1868 FC

Specific origins of club[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Great Chicago Fire Officially founded on 8 October 1997, the 126th anniversary of this pivotal event in the history of Chicago.  USA Chicago Fire
Heart of Midlothian Named for a dance hall, itself named for a novel by Walter Scott and a reference to the city of Edinburgh, located in the centre of Midlothian county  Scotland Heart of Midlothian
Homeless Nomads, Rovers, Wanderers. Excursionistas translates roughly as "The Voyagers". Originally a team without a home ground  Argentina Excursionistas
 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers FC
 Chile Santiago Wanderers
 England Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Northern Nomads, Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers
 Malta Sliema Wanderers
 New Zealand Napier City Rovers, Wanderers SC (defunct)
 Philippines Manila Nomads
 Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers
 Scotland Albion Rovers, Dundee Wanderers, Raith Rovers
 United States Boston Rovers (defunct), Derby City Rovers
 Uruguay Montevideo Wanderers
 Wales Connah's Quay Nomads
Ittihad Arabic for "the union", meaning the merger of clubs or clubs founders  Egypt Al Ittihad Al Sakandary, Ittihad El Shorta
 Libya Al-Ittihad (Tripoli)
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad (Jeddah)
Mohun Bagan The club was named after the palace, Mohun Bagan Villa, that was the site of the club's first ground  India Mohun Bagan
Park Avenue The club originally played at the Park Avenue ground  England Bradford Park Avenue
Rangers (Glasgow) The club founder saw the name Rangers in a Rugby annual  Scotland Rangers
Sounders From Puget Sound, on whose eastern shore the city of Seattle lies.  United States Seattle Sounders (NASL), Seattle Sounders (USL), Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Sounders Women
United Often (but not always) refers to the result of a merger.  Argentina Unión de Santa Fe, Unión de Mar del Plata, Unión de Sunchales
 Australia Gold Coast United, Adelaide United, Newcastle United Jets
 England Leeds United, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, West Ham United, and many more
 Finland Tampere United
 Jamaica Montego Bay United F.C., Portmore United F.C., Rivoli United F.C.
 Japan JEF United Ichihara Chiba
 Republic of Ireland Galway United, Drogheda United, Waterford United
 Scotland Ayr United, Dundee United
 South Korea Incheon United, Seoul United
 United States D.C. United, Atlanta United FC, Minnesota United FC

Ethnic, social, national or religious background[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Albion Archaic name for Great Britain  England Brighton & Hove Albion, Burton Albion, West Bromwich Albion.
 Scotland Albion Rovers F.C. Stirling Albion
 Wales Albion Rovers F.C. (Newport), Cefn Albion
Americans Usually, but not always, clubs made up of native citizens of the United States of America.  United States Baltimore Americans, Philadelphia Americans, New York Americans, New York Yankees
Arabi Al-Arabi is the Arabic for "Arab".  Kuwait Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait)
 Qatar Al-Arabi SC (Qatar)
Argentina  Argentina Argentinos Juniors, Argentino de Junín, Argentino de Rosario, Argentino de Quilmes, Argentino de Mendoza, Argentino de Merlo, Argentino Peñarol
Armenia Clubs founded by and for members of the Armenian diaspora.  Argentina Club Deportivo Armenio
Assyria Clubs founded by and for members of the Assyrian diaspora.  Sweden Assyriska BK, Assyriska Föreningen
Beitar Refers to Betar, for "Brit Yosef Trumpeldor", a Zionist youth movement founded in 1923.  Israel Beitar Jerusalem
Bohemians After Bohemia  Czech Republic FC Bohemians Praha
Borussia, Preußen Latin (Borussia) and German (Preußen) names for Prussia.  Germany Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Tennis Borussia Berlin, Preußen Münster
Caledonian  Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Elgin Caledonian (defunct)
 United States Caledonia, Paterson Caledonian (both defunct)
Canadian  Canada Vancouver Royal Canadians (defunct)
 United States Chicago Canadian Club (defunct)
Celtic Mostly clubs founded by and for members of the Irish diaspora. The name of Celta de Vigo did not come from an Irish diaspora, but was instead inspired by the ancient Celtic presence in the club's home region of Galicia.  England Farsley Celtic, Stalybridge Celtic, West Allotment Celtic
 Ireland Cork Celtic, Wayside Celtic
 Northern Ireland Donegal Celtic, Lurgan Celtic, Belfast Celtic (defunct)
 Scotland Celtic
 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic
 Spain Celta de Vigo
 United States Kearny Celtic, Brooklyn Celtic, Jersey City Celtics (both defunct)
 Wales Cwmbran Celtic
Croatia Clubs founded by and for members of the Croatian diaspora.  Australia Adelaide Croatia Soccer Club, SC Croatia, Sydney Croatia, North Perth Croatia, Newcastle Croatia, Whyalla Croatia, Fremantle Croatia, Gwelup Croatia, Dinamo Zagreb (formerly known as Croatia Zagreb)
 Canada Toronto Croatia
Dutch The Dutch Lions clubs are owned by the Dutch Lions Group and are affiliated with Dutch club FC Twente.  United States Dayton Dutch Lions, Cincinnati Dutch Lions, Houston Dutch Lions, Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions
Español, España Refers to the Spanish people.  Argentina Deportivo Español
 Chile Unión Española
 Mexico Real Club España, Atlético Español (both defunct)
 Spain RCD Espanyol
 United States Club España (defunct)
Germania, Alemannia Alternative names of Germany.  Germany BFC Germania, Alemannia Aachen, TSV Germania Windeck
Greece Greek: Ελλάς Hellas  Australia Pan-Hellenic, South Melbourne Hellas West Adelaide Hellas
 Italy Hellas Verona
 United States Greek American AA, Tampa Bay Hellenic
Guaraní Name of a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America.  Argentina Guaraní Antonio Franco
 Brazil Guarani Futebol Clube, Guarany Futebol Clube
 Paraguay Club Guaraní
Hibernia Clubs founded by and for members of the Irish diaspora.  Malta Hibernians
 Ireland Cork Hibernians (defunct)
 Scotland Dundee Hibernian, Duntocher Hibernian, Hibernian, Maryhill Hibernians
 United States Philadelphia Hibernian (defunct)
 Wales Wrexham Hibernians (defunct)
Homenetmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization  Lebanon Homenetmen Beirut F.C.
Homenmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization  Lebanon Homenmen Beirut
Hungaria, Magyar  United States Bethlehem Hungarian, Magyar-American, New York Hungaria (defunct)
International, global, worldwide  Australia Perth Kangaroos International FC, Inter Monaro (both defunct)
 Finland Inter Turku
 Italy Inter Milan
 Philippines Global F.C., General Trias International FC (defunct)
 United States Cleveland Internationals, San Antonio International (both defunct)
Italy Clubs founded by and for members of the Italian diaspora.  Argentina Sportivo Italiano
 Brazil Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (these two clubs were originally named Società Sportiva Palestra Italia and were obligated to rename in 1942 due to Brazilian WW2-era law).
 Canada Italia Shooters, Toronto Italia
 Chile Audax Club Sportivo Italiano
 Peru Circolo Sportivo Italiano
 United States Inter-Brooklyn Italians
 Venezuela Deportivo Italia
Korea  Japan F.C. Korea, Osaka Korean FC, Korea FC United Shikoku
Lechia Historical and alternative name for Poland, stemming from the word Lech  Poland Lechia Gdańsk, Lechia Zielona Góra, Lech Poznań
 Ukraine Lechia Lwów (defunct)
Maghreb Maghreb is the name of the region including the Atlas Mountains and the coastal plains of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya  Morocco Maghreb Association Sportive de Fez, Moghreb Tétouan
 Netherlands Magreb '90
Mohammedan Mohammedan is a term used as both a noun and an adjective meaning belonging or relating to either the religion of Islam or to that of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad  Bangladesh Mohammedan SC
 India Mohammedan SC
Monarchy Real is Spanish for Royal. Reial is the Catalan equivalent, and Koninklijke is a Dutch equivalent.

Spanish clubs with the "Real" or "Reial" name, as well as the Honduras club Real España, enjoy the patronage of the Spanish monarchy.

In Belgium, once a club has been in operation for 50 years, it is eligible to add "Royal" to its name, in any of the country's three official languages (Dutch, French, German) or in English.

 Belgium Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging, Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging, Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, Royal Antwerp FC, Royal Charleroi Sporting Club
 Canada Vancouver Royals (defunct)
 Colombia Real Cartagena, Real Santander
 Honduras Real España
 Mexico Monarcas Morelia
 Netherlands Koninklijke HFC, Koninklijke HC&VV, Koninklijke UD
 Peru Real Garcilaso
 Spain Real Madrid, Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza, Real Sporting de Gijón, Real Oviedo, Real Racing de Santander, Reial CD Espanyol de Barcelona, Real Sociedad, Real Unión Club de Irún, Real Betis Balompié, Real Jaén, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, Real Club Celta de Vigo, Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, Real Avilés, Real Valladolid, Real Murcia, Real Burgos, Real Sociedad Gimnástica de Torrelavega, Real Ávila, Real Sociedad Deportiva Alcalá, Real Unión de Tenerife
Mordovia  Russia FC Mordovia Saransk
National "Ahly" is Arabic for "national"  Brazil Nacional FC
 Colombia Atlético Nacional
 Ecuador El Nacional
 Egypt Al-Ahly
 Libya Al-Ahly, Al-Ahly (Benghazi)
 Paraguay Club Nacional
 Portugal C.D. Nacional
 Qatar Al-Ahli (Doha)
 Romania Naţional Bucureşti
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli (Jeddah)
 UAE Al-Ahli Football Club - Dubai
 Uruguay Nacional de Montevideo
Palestine Clubs founded by and for members of the Palestinian diaspora.  Chile Club Deportivo Palestino
 Honduras Palestino FC
Paraguay Clubs founded by and for members of the Paraguayan diaspora.  Argentina Deportivo Paraguayo
Polonia Refers to the Polish diaspora, from the Latin name for Poland  Czech Republic Polonia Karwina (defunct)
 Lithuania Polonia Wilno
 Poland Polonia Bydgoszcz, Polonia Bytom, Polonia Nowy Tomyśl, Polonia Poznań, Polonia Przemyśl, Polonia Słubice, Polonia Świdnica, Polonia Warszawa
Portugal Clubs founded by and for members of the Portuguese diaspora.  Andorra Lusitanos
 Brazil Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, Associação Atlética Portuguesa, Associação Portuguesa Londrinense, Associação Atlética Portuguesa Santista
 Canada Toronto Supra Portuguese
 France US Lusitanos Saint-Maur, US Créteil-Lusitanos
 United States Ludlow Lusitano, Newark Portuguese
 Venezuela Portuguesa Fútbol Club
Romania  England F.C. Romania
Russian  Russia Rusichi Oryol
Saint Santos is Portuguese and Spanish for saints.

Southampton were originally called St. Mary's Young Men's Association F.C. (usually abbreviated to "St. Mary's Y.M.A."), taking on the names St. Mary's F.C. and Southampton St. Mary's before settling on the present name.

 Angola Santos de Angola
 Brazil Santos FC, São Paulo FC
 Mexico Santos Laguna
 Moldova FC Sfîntul Gheorghe
 Scotland St Johnstone, St Mirren
 Wales The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid
 Peru San Agustín, Franciscano San Román, San José, San Martín, San Lorenzo de Almagro de Chiclayo, San Lorenzo
Serbia Clubs founded by and for members of the Serbian diaspora.  Australia Fitzroy City Serbia
 Canada Serbian White Eagles
Slav Slavia, Slavija and Slovan, all refer to the Slavic peoples  Belarus Slavia Mozyr
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Slavija Sarajevo
 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
 Czech Republic Slavia Praha, Slavia Orlová-Lutyně, Slovan Liberec
 Serbia Slavija Kragujevac
 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava, Slovan Duslo Šaľa,
 Slovenia ND Slovan
Turkey Clubs founded by and for members of the Turkish diaspora.  Germany Türkiyemspor Berlin
 Netherlands FC Türkiyemspor
 Sweden Konyaspor KIF
Ukraine Clubs founded by and for members of the Ukrainian diaspora.  Australia Inglewood Kiev, Essendon Lions
 Canada Montreal Ukrainians, Toronto Tridents, Toronto Ukrainians
 United States New York Ukrainians, Newark Ukrainian Sitch, Philadelphia Ukrainians, Rochester Ukrainians, Ukrainian Lions
Union Named for the Union of the Thirteen Colonies, of which the city of Philadelphia was the capital.  United States Philadelphia Union

Geographical features[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Country Country in name  Bahrain Bahrain SC
 France Racing Club de France
 Oman Oman Club
 Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal
 Qatar Qatar SC
Borough/Suburb Neighborhood or district  Argentina Lanús, Banfield, Boca Juniors Temperley, Quilmes, Chacarita, Las Palmas, Tigre, Almagro, Villa San Carlos, San Telmo, Deportivo Morón, Deportivo Merlo, Barracas Central, Sportivo Barracas, Defensores de Belgrano, Defensores de Cambaceres, Berazategui, Cañuelas, Dock Sud, Liniers, Luján, San Miguel, Ituzaingó, Claypole, Muñiz, General Paz Juniors
 Egypt Zamalek
 England Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Stevenage Borough, Shepherd's Bush (defunct)
 Germany FC Schalke 04, FC St. Pauli
 Italy Chievo, Sampdoria
 Japan Omiya Ardija, Shimizu S-Pulse, Urawa Red Diamonds (all former independent towns which merged into larger cities)
 Netherlands Feyenoord
 Norway Rosenborg, Strømsgodset, Vålerenga
 Poland Raków Częstochowa, Szczakowianka Jaworzno, Szombierki Bytom, Widzew Łódź
 Portugal S.L. Benfica, Boavista FC
 South Africa Orlando Pirates
 Spain Rayo Vallecano
 Sweden Djurgårdens IF, Hammarby IF, Örgryte IS
Capital Clubs that are from cities presently or formerly capitals of either states (such as Albany, New York or Baton Rouge, Louisiana) or countries (such as Ottawa's Capital City F.C.).  Canada Capital City F.C.
 United States Albany Capitals, Baton Rouge Capitals (both defunct)
Cardinal directions Södra means "southern" in Swedish; öster means "east". Ouest is French for west.
 Argentina Crucero del Norte
 Australia Northern Fury FC, South Melbourne FC, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
 England Manchester Central, Newcastle East End, Preston North End, South Liverpool, West Hartlepool
 France Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest
 Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club
 India NorthEast United FC
 Laos Eastern Star FC
 New Zealand Eastern Suburbs AFC, Southern United FC
 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars F.C.
 Scotland Dundee East End, Eastern, Forfar West End, Northern, Southern, Western
 Solomon Islands Western United
 Sweden Jönköpings Södra IF, Östers IF
 United States Central California Valley Hydra, East Los Angeles Cobras, Northern Nevada Aces, Southwest Florida Adrenaline, Western New York Flash
 Wales South Gower, Treharris Athletic Western, West End
Cerro Meaning hill in Spanish  Paraguay Cerro Corá, Cerro Porteño
 Uruguay C.A. Cerro
Citadel  Scotland Inverness Citadel (defunct)
City Città in Italian or ciudad in Spanish.

The City clubs of Manchester, Melbourne and New York are part of the City Football Group.

 Australia Adelaide City, Brisbane City, Melbourne City FC
 Canada Brampton City United, Capital City F.C., Forest City London, London City, Toronto City (defunct)
 England Birmingham City, Bradford City, Bristol City, Lincoln City, City of Liverpool, Exeter City, Norwich City, Leicester City, Manchester City, Stoke City
 Ireland Cork City, Derry City
 Italy Città di Palermo
 Netherlands Almere City FC
 Northern Ireland Armagh City, Derry City
 Scotland Brechin City, Elgin City
 Spain Ciudad de Murcia (defunct)
 Sweden Eskilstuna City FK
 USA City of Angels FC, New York City, Orlando City
 Wales Bangor City, Cardiff City, Newport City, Swansea City
Coast  Australia Central Coast Mariners, Gold Coast United FC (defunct), South Coast Wolves FC
 United States Central Coast Roadrunners (defunct), Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions
Common Common land or former common land is usually referred to as a common; for instance, Sutton Common.  England Sutton Common Rovers
County  England Derby County, Notts County
 Republic of Ireland Kildare County, Sporting Fingal (both defunct)
 Scotland Ross County, Nairn County
 United States Orange County Blues, Riverside County Elite (defunct), Sonoma County Sol
 Wales Haverfordwest County, Newport County
Forest Indicates a close proximity to a forest  England Nottingham Forest
 United States Portland Timbers
Gulf The present day HNK Rijeka were named after Kvarner Gulf and kept the original name until 1954.  Croatia Kvarner
Kingdom Srivijaya was an important centre for the expansion of Buddhism from the 8th to the 12th century.  Indonesia Sriwijaya F.C.
Lake Ko: Japanese  Japan MIO Biwako Kusatsu
 United States Real Salt Lake
Park These clubs are named after parks directly, or after the districts that take their names.  Australia Holland Park Hawks
 England Queens Park Rangers
 United States Swope Park Rangers
Peninsula  Wales South Gower
Port  England Port Vale
 Scotland Port Glasgow Athletic (defunct)
 Thailand Port FC
Prefecture Named after their home prefecture. If both a prefecture and its capital are homonyms, the club can be said to represent both.  Japan Ehime F.C., F.C. Gifu, Tochigi S.C., F.C. Tokyo
Province  Northern Ireland Ulster (defunct)
Region  Italy SS Lazio, F.C. Südtirol
 Canada SC Waterloo Region, York Region Shooters
 New Zealand Canterbury United, Hawke's Bay United, Otago United
 Peru Sport Áncash, Deportivo Junín
River Rio: Portuguese  Brazil River Atlético Clube, Clube Náutico Capibaribe
 Argentina River Plate
 Denmark BK Avarta
 Poland Wisła Kraków, Wisła Płock, Odra Wodzisław, Odra Opole, Warta Poznań
 Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Irtysh Omsk
 Portugal Rio Ave FC
 Ukraine FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
 United States Colorado Rapids (named for the rapids of the Colorado River)
State  Australia Queensland Lions
 Brazil Bahia, Ceará, Goiás, Paraná
 United States Arizona United, Colorado Rapids, Floridians FC, Minnesota United, New York/New Jersey MetroStars, North Carolina FC, Southern West Virginia King's Warriors
Street  England South Shields Adelaide Athletic (defunct)
 Wales Bridgend Street
Town  Ecuador Macará
 England Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town, Halifax Town, Grimsby Town, Ipswich Town, Luton Town, Shrewsbury Town, and many more
 Ireland Athlone Town, Longford Town
 Wales Aberystwyth Town, Caernarfon Town
Vale/Valley Named for teams located in a town in a vale.

Wadi: Arabic for vale

 Egypt Wadi Degla
 England Aylesbury Vale, Pewsey Vale, Raynes Park Vale
 India FC Green Valley
 United States Napa Valley 1839 FC, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, Central California Valley Hydra, San Fernando Valley Quakes (both defunct)
 Wales Cambrian & Clydach Vale
Village  United States The Villages SC
 Wales Llansantffraid Village

Celestial bodies[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Comet  United States Baltimore Comets, Colorado Comets (both defunct)
Galaxy Named the "Galaxy" because Los Angeles is considered home of the "stars" of the American entertainment industry  USA LA Galaxy
Star Astra is the Latin name for star, Asteras is the Greek name for star  France Red Star F.C.
 Greece Ethnikos Asteras F.C., Asteras Tripoli F.C., Agrotikos Asteras F.C., Kyanos Asteras Vari F.C., Asteras Amaliada F.C., Nafpaktiakos Asteras F.C., Asteras Magoula F.C., Neos Asteras Rethymno F.C., Asteras Exarchia
 Poland Astra Krotoszyn
 Romania Astra Ploieşti
 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
 Sweden IK Sirius
  Switzerland FC Blue Stars Zürich
 Wales Esclusham White Stars (defunct), Treowen Stars

Specific geographical features[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Africa Named after the African continent.  Ivory Coast Africa Sports
 Tunisia Club Africain
Americas Named after the American continent.  Brazil América Football Club, América de Natal, América Mineiro
 Colombia América de Cali
 Mexico América
 Paraguay Sol de América
Ancient cities Corinth
(often refers to the "Corinthian ideal" of amateurism in sport)
 Brazil Corinthians Paulista, Corinthians Alagoano, Atlético Clube Coríntians
 England Corinthian, Corinthian-Casuals F.C.
 Wales Cardiff Corinthians
 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
 England Blyth Spartans
 Malta Ħamrun Spartans
 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
 Norway Sparta Sarpsborg (merged)
 Scotland Spartans
 Wales Mynydd Isa Spartans
Baltic Sea  Poland Bałtyk Gdynia, Bałtyk Koszalin
 Russia FC Baltika Kaliningrad
Black Sea Cherno More in several Slavic languages  Bulgaria Chernomorets Burgas, Cherno More Varna
 Russia Chernomorets Novorossiysk
 Ukraine Chornomorets Odessa
Guadalquivir River Betis is the Latin name of Guadalquivir  Spain Real Betis
Mount Ararat  Armenia FC Ararat Yerevan
 Iran F.C. Ararat Tehran
Oder  Poland Odra Wodzisław, Odra Opole
River Plate  Argentina Club Atlético River Plate
 Uruguay Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay)
River Thames  England Thames Association
Siberia  Russia FC Sibir Novosibirsk
Silesia  Czech Republic Slezský FC Opava
 Poland Śląsk Wrocław
Vistula  Poland Wisła Kraków, Wisła Płock
Volyn  Ukraine Volyn Lutsk
Ural Mountains  Russia Ural Sverdlovsk


Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Oak  Ghana Hearts of Oak
Pine  Australia Frankston Pines
 Finland FC Honka
Rose The Portland Thorns name and logo intentionally reference its city's official nickname, "City of Roses".[1][2]  Australia Adamstown Rosebuds
 Scotland Linlithgow Rose F.C., Montrose Roselea F.C.
Shamrock Symbol of Ireland.  Ireland Shamrock Rovers
 United States Boston Shamrock Rovers, South Carolina Shamrocks, St. Louis Shamrocks (all defunct)
Thistle National symbol of Scotland  Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle
 United States Cleveland Thistles (defunct)
Timber Generic term for wood  United States Portland Timbers (as well as past teams of the same name)

Real or mythical creatures[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Antelope  Wales Llandegfan Antelope
Bee  England London Bees
 Nigeria Ranchers Bees
Buffalo  South Korea Jeonbuk Buffalo
 Zambia Green Buffaloes FC
Cattle Spanish: toro.  Mexico Toros Neza
 Panama Tauro F.C.
 USA Miami Toros, San Diego Toros (both defunct)
Cheetah  South Korea LG Cheetahs / Anyang LG Cheetahs
Cougar Also known as Pumas, Mountain Lions, and Catamounts  Bermuda Devonshire Cougars
 United States BYU Cougars,[3] Kitsap Pumas, Denver Cougars, Detroit Cougars (both defunct)
Eagle Norwegian: ørn, Polish: orzeł, Portuguese: águia, Spanish: águila.  Australia Parramatta Eagles
 Canada Serbian White Eagles
 El Salvador C.D. Águila
 Mexico Socio Águila
 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles
 Norway Trondheims-Ørn, Ørn-Horten
 Uganda Express Red Eagles
 United States Clarkstown SC Eagles
European bison In Romanian "Zimbru" = European bison  Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
Frog The San Jose Frogs were owned by Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design.  United States San Jose Frogs (defunct)
Goat Chivas: Spanish for goats.  Mexico Chivas de Guadalajara
 United States C.D. Chivas USA (Defunct), Chivas El Paso Patriots
Grasshopper   Switzerland Grasshopper Club Zürich
Hornet  Bermuda Dandy Town Hornets
Horse  Australia Marconi Stallions
 Bermuda St George's Colts
 Canada Brampton Stallions
 Honduras Broncos
Jaguar  Mexico Chiapas
 United States California Jaguars
Leopard  Kenya AFC Leopards
 Sierra Leone Golf Leopards
 South Africa Black Leopards
 Swaziland Royal Leopards
Lion Swahili: simba.
The logo of the now-defunct USA women's club FC Gold Pride includes a lioness.
 Australia Bankstown City Lions, Kingborough Lions, Preston Lions FC, Queensland Roar FC, Stirling Lions
 Ghana Heart of Lions
 Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar
 Senegal East End Lions
 Sierra Leone East End Lions
 Singapore Young Lions
 Tanzania Simba SC, African Lyon
 Uganda Simba FC
Panther  Australia South Adelaide Panthers
Pelican  Poland Pelikan Łowicz
Phoenix Spanish: fénix.  Argentina Fénix
 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix FC
 United States Twin Cities Phoenix, Phoenix Rising FC
 Uruguay Centro Atlético Fénix
Rhinoceros  United States Rochester Rhinos
 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
Shark French: requin  Nigeria Sharks F.C.
 United States Wilmington Hammerheads
Sleipnir Eightlegged horse of Odin in the old Norse mythology  Sweden IK Sleipner
Snake  Australia Adelaide Cobras
 Ghana Venomous Vipers
 United States Carolina Elite Cobras, Chicago Cobras (defunct)
Sphinx  England Coventry Sphinx
Squirrel Spanish: ardilla.  Japan Omiya Ardija
Swallow Portuguese: andorinha, Dutch: zwaluw  Netherlands Zwaluwen '30, SV Zwaluwen Wierden
 São Tomé and Príncipe Andorinha Sport Club
 South Africa Moroka Swallows FC
 Swaziland Mbabane Swallows
Swift  England Heybridge Swifts F.C., Stourport Swifts F.C.
 Luxembourg Swift Hesperange
 Northern Ireland Dungannon Swifts
 Scotland Jeanfield Swifts
Terrier  England Bedlington Terriers
Tiger Portuguese and Spanish  Argentina Club Atlético Tigre
 Australia A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers
 Bahamas Playtime Tigers
 Brazil Esporte Clube Tigres do Brasil
 England Kingsbury London Tigers
 Mexico UANL Tigres
 Thailand Ubon Tiger
Wasp  England Chalfont Wasps F.C.
Wolf Finnish: susi. The LA Wolves were originally the Wolverhampton Wanderers imported into the United Soccer Association.  Australia Wollongong Wolves
 Canada St. Catharines Wolves
 Finland Sudet
 United States Los Angeles Wolves (defunct)
Wolverine Norwegian: jerv.  Norway FK Jerv
Zebra  Australia Whittlesea Zebras
 Bermuda PHC Zebras
 Timor-Leste FC Zebra

Real or mythical people[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Ata Club names containing a reference to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and founder of the Republic of Turkey  Turkey Ata Spor Kulubu
Ajax Club names containing a reference to Ajax the Great or Ajax the Lesser. The South African and American clubs are so named due to their affiliation with AFC Ajax of the Netherlands.  Malta Rabat Ajax F.C.
 Netherlands AFC Ajax, Ajax Sportman Combinatie
 South Africa Ajax Cape Town
 Suriname VV Ajax (defunct)
 United States Ajax Orlando Prospects (defunct)
Apollo  Cyprus Apollon Limassol
 Greece Apollon Kalamarias, Apollon Athens
 United States Atlanta Apollos
Aris After the Greek God of War.  Greece Aris Thessaloniki
 Cyprus Aris Limassol
 Luxembourg Aris Bonnevoie
 United States Eau Claire Aris FC
Arminius Former Roman general, led a unified Germanic coalition to victory against the Roman Empire.  Germany Arminia Bielefeld
Atlas Club names containing a reference to Atlas.  Mexico Club Atlas
 Argentina Club Atlético Atlas
Simón Bolívar  Bolivia Club Bolívar
Hristo Botev Named after Hristo Botev, a Genius Bulgarian poet, revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria.  Bulgaria PFC Botev Plovdiv
Guillermo Brown  Argentina Club Almirante Brown
Andrea Doria  Italy Sampdoria (from merger of Sampierdarenese, team of San Pier d'Arena, borough of Genoa, and Società Ginnastica Andrea Doria, team so named from the Genoese admiral Andrea Doria)
Druids Celtic Priest  Wales Cefn Druids
Luis Ángel Firpo  El Salvador C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo
Hercules/Heracles After the Greek demi-god.  Greece Iraklis F.C.
 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
 Spain Hércules CF
Hotspur Named after Henry Percy, aka Harry Hotspur  England Tottenham Hotspur
 Wales Holyhead Hotspur
Joan of Arc  Réunion SS Jeanne d'Arc
 Senegal ASC Jeanne d'Arc
Lech Named after Lech, legendary founder of Polish nation.  Poland Lech Poznań, Lech Rypin
Vasil Levski Named after Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria.  Bulgaria Levski Sofia
Sam Mark Sam Mark was the club owner.  United States Fall River Marksmen (defunct)
Nerthus Germanic goddess of fertility.  Germany Hertha BSC
Odysseus Named after legendary Greek king and Homer's epic poem  Armenia Ulisses F.C.
Silvio Pettirossi  Paraguay Club Silvio Pettirossi
Rio Branco Named after the Baron of Rio Branco.  Brazil Rio Branco Atlético Clube, Rio Branco Esporte Clube, Clube Esportivo Rio Branco, Rio Branco Sport Club
Rob Roy  Scotland Kirkintilloch Rob Roy F.C.
Robin Hood  Suriname SV Robinhood
Santa Claus  Finland FC Santa Claus
Skënderbeu Named after the Albanian national hero, Skanderbeg.  Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
Solomon  Ghana King Solomon FC
Spartacus The famous leader of the slaves in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic (c. 73–71 BCE).  Bulgaria PFC Spartak Pleven, FC Spartak Plovdiv, PFC Spartak Varna
 Georgia FC Spartaki Tskhinvali
 Kazakhstan FC Spartak Semey
 Russia FC Spartak Moscow, FC Spartak Nalchik, FC Spartak Kostroma, FC Spartak Tambov, FC Spartak Yoshkar-Ola, FC Spartak Gorno-Altaysk
 Serbia FK Spartak Ljig, FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda
 Slovakia FC Spartak Trnava
 Ukraine FC Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk
Vasco da Gama Named after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.[4]  Brazil Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, Associação Desportiva Vasco da Gama
 India Vasco SC
 South Africa Vasco da Gama (South Africa)
Victoria Named after Queen Victoria.  England Northwich Victoria, Biddulph Victoria
 Wales Brymbo Victoria, Rhostyllen Victoria (defunct), Wrexham Victoria (defunct)
Vikings  Finland FC Viikingit
 Iceland Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
 Norway Viking
Willem II  Netherlands Willem II
Jorge Wilstermann  Bolivia Club Jorge Wilstermann
Zawisza Named after Zawisza Czarny, Polish knight and nobleman.  Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz
Zico  Brazil Centro de Futebol Zico Sociedade Esportiva


Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Actions Ruch in Polish means "movement", Naprzód means "forward"  Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles
 Poland Naprzód Jędziejów, Ruch Chorzów, Ruch Radzionków, Ruch Wysokie Mazowieckie, Ruch Zdzieszowice
 Sweden BK Forward
Athletics Club names containing a reference to athletes or athletics. In the United States, the term "athletics" refers to sport in general.  Angola Petro Atlético
 Brazil Atlético Mineiro, Atlético Paranaense
 Colombia Atlético Nacional, Atlético Bucaramanga
 England Charlton Athletic, Oldham Athletic, Wigan Athletic
 France Cercle Athlétique de Paris-Charenton
 Republic of Ireland Rathmines Athletic (defunct), St Patrick's Athletic
 Scotland Dunfermline Athletic, Forfar Athletic, Alloa Athletic, Annan Athletic
 Spain Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid
 United States New York Athletic Club, Athletic Club of St. Louis (defunct)
 Wales Wrexham Athletic
Casuals Clubs originating in amateur status teams.  England Corinthian-Casuals F.C.
Cricket Club names containing a term for cricket. Usually, the club also had a cricket team in the past.  Brazil Rio Cricket
 Italy Genoa C.F.C.
Fencing  Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
Gymnastics These clubs usually have a historical affiliation with gymnastics.  Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Gimnasia y Tiro de Salta
 France Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice-Côte d'Azur
 Germany Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1899 Hoffenheim
 Norway Larvik Turn & I.F.
 Spain Gimnàstic de Tarragona, Gimnástica de Torrelavega
 Turkey Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü
 Wales Wrexham Gymnasium (defunct)
Olympic Games Club names containing a reference to either the Olympic Games or the ancient city of Olympia, Greece.  Australia Adelaide Olympic, Sydney Olympic
 Azerbaijan FK Olimpik Baku
 Belgium Olympia Bruxelles, Olympic Charleroi
 England Blackburn Olympic, Rushall Olympic
 France Nîmes Olympique, Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique Marseille
 Ghana Accra Great Olympics
 Greece Olympiacos F.C., Olympiakos Volou 1937 F.C.
 Honduras CD Olimpia
 Paraguay Olimpia Asunción
 Poland Olimpia Elbląg, Olimpia Grudziądz, Olimpia Poznań (defunct)
 Romania Olimpia Satu Mare
 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana
Rambling Hillwalking  Republic of Ireland Cobh Ramblers F.C.
 England Burnham Ramblers F.C.
Racing The English Racing Club is so named due to the club playing in the locale of Warwick Racecourse.  Argentina Racing Avellaneda
 Belgium Koninklijke Racing Club Genk
 England Racing Club Warwick
 France Racing Club de France Colombes 92
Racing Club de Strasbourg
Racing Club de Lens
 Spain Racing Santander
 Uruguay Racing Montevideo
Rowing These clubs usually have a historical affiliation with rowing.  Brazil Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, Clube de Regatas Brasil, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Colo-Colo de Futebol e Regatas, Palmas Futebol e Regatas, Clube do Remo, São Cristóvão de Futebol e Regatas
Sport Club names containing the word "sport." Examples: deportivo and polideportivo (Spanish), desportivo and esportivo (Portuguese), sport (Dutch), spor (Turkish).  Brazil Desportiva Capixaba, Clube Esportivo de Bento Gonçalves, Sport Club do Recife
 Cape Verde Desportivo Ribeira Brava, Desportivo de Santa Cruz, Sporting Clube da Praia
 Chile Club Deportivo Huachipato, Club Deportivo O'Higgins, Deportivo Temuco
 Colombia Deportivo Cali, Deportivo Pereira, Deportes Quindío, Deportes Tolima, Deportivo Pasto, Depor FC
 Egypt Alexandria Sporting Club
EnglandEngland Woodley Sports, Mickleover Sports, Hullbridge Sports, Cowes Sports
 France Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest, Union Sportive du Littoral de Dunkerque
 Ghana Sporting Saint Mirren
 Republic of Ireland Sporting Fingal
 Jamaica Sporting Central Academy
 Netherlands Helmond Sport, Sportclub Heerenveen
 Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
 Peru Deportivo Wanka, Sport Boys
 Portugal Desportivo das Aves, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Sporting Braga
 Romania Sportul Studențesc
 Spain Sporting de Gijón, Deportivo de La Coruña, Club Polideportivo Granada 74, other clubs with RCD (Real Club Deportivo)
  Switzerland FC Lausanne-Sport
 Turkey Bursaspor, Trabzonspor, Samsunspor
 USA Sporting Kansas City
 Wales Prestatyn Sports
Stadium Club names containing the word "stadium." Examples: stade (French), stadion (Dutch and German).  Belgium Stade Leuven
 Côte d'Ivoire Stade d'Abidjan
 France Stade Rennes, Stade Reims, Stade Brest 29, Stade Saint-Brieuc, Stade Bordelais, Stade Français Paris, Stade Laval, Stade Plabennecois
 Gabon Stade d'Akébé, AS Stade Mandji
 Mali Stade Malien
 Senegal Stade Mbour
Tennis Football department was added to tennis club.  Germany Tennis Borussia Berlin

Sports societies[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Spal The Spal sports clubs, associated with Salesian Society.  Italy Spal Ferrara
Beitar The Betar movement, associated with Revisionist Zionism  Israel Beitar Jerusalem F.C., Beitar Tel Aviv F.C.
Rapid Rapid means fast (Latin).  Austria SK Rapid Wien
CSKA CSKA means Central Army Sports Club in most Slavic languages. CWKS is the Polish equivalent, and CSCA is the Romanian/Moldovan equivalent. Indicates that the team was originally part of the army.  Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
 Poland CWKS Legia Warszawa
 Romania CSCA Bucureşti
 Russia PFC CSKA Moscow
 Ukraine CSKA Kyiv
Dynamo Majority are Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Dynamo sport society or an equivalent such as Sportvereinigung Dynamo.  Albania KS Dinamo Tirana
 Belarus Dinamo Minsk, Dinamo Brest
 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
 Estonia Dünamo Tallinn
 Georgia Dinamo Batumi, Dinamo Tbilisi
 Germany Berliner FC Dynamo, SG Dynamo Dresden
 Latvia FK Dinamo-Rīnuži/LASD
 Moldova FC Dinamo Bender
 Romania Dinamo Bucharest
 Russia Dynamo Moscow, Dynamo Bryansk
 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv, Dinamo Luhansk
 Uzbekistan Dinamo Samarqand
Hapoel Hebrew for The Worker, an Israeli sport association, with links to trade unionism  Israel Hapoel Acre, Hapoel Ashkelon, Hapoel Asi Gilboa, Hapoel Balfouria, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Petah Tikva, Hapoel Ra'anana, Hapoel Ramat Gan, Hapoel Tel Aviv
Homenetmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization  Lebanon Homenetmen Beirut F.C.
Homenmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization  Lebanon Homenmen Beirut
IFK IFK, Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Swedish for Sporting Society Comrades. All Swedish clubs named IFK are members of IFK's central organisation, while clubs named IFK in Finland are not.  Finland Helsingfors IFK, IFK Mariehamn, Vasa IFK, Åbo IFK, Grankulla IFK
 Sweden IFK Eskilstuna, IFK Göteborg, IFK Malmö, IFK Norrköping, IFK Lidingö, IFK Stockholm, IFK Uddevalla, IFK Umeå, IFK Åmål, IFK Mora, IFK Luleå
Lokomotiv For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Lokomotiv sport society or an equivalent.  Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Lokomotiv Sofia
 Germany Lokomotive Leipzig
 Moldova Locomotiva Bălți
 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
 Kazakhstan Lokomotiv Astana
 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
Maccabi For Jewish teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Maccabi sport society.  Israel and others (see Maccabi)
Spartak For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Spartak sport society or an equivalent.  Bulgaria Spartak Varna
 Russia Spartak Moscow, Spartak Nalchik
Torpedo For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was once part of the Soviet republican VSS Trud.  Belarus FC Torpedo Minsk, FC Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino
 Georgia FC Torpedo Kutaisi
 Russia Torpedo Moscow, Torpedo-ZIL Moscow
 Ukraine FC Torpedo Zaporizhzhya
Vorwärts Armeesportvereinigung Vorwärts were the sports society of the East German Army.  East Germany/ Germany Vorwärts Berlin
Zenit For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Zenit sport society or an equivalent.  Czech Republic Zenit Čáslav
 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg, Zenit Penza

Values and ideals[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Freedom "libertas" meaning "freedom" in Latin, Libertad means freedom in Spanish  Argentina Libertad de Sunchales
 Ghana Liberty Professionals FC
 Italy Lucchese Libertas
 San Marino A.C. Libertas
Hope  Benin Espoir FC
 Cameroon Espérance FC
 France Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne
 Moldova FC Speranţa Cahul
 Niger Espoir FC
 Rwanda Espoir FC
 Tunisia Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Espérance Sportive de Zarzis, Espoir Sportif de Hammam-Sousse
Independence Persian: Esteghlal  Argentina Club Atlético Independiente
 Brazil Independência Futebol Clube, Independente Esportes Clube Macaé
 Colombia Independiente Medellín
 Iran Esteghlal Tehran F.C.
 United States Charlotte Independence
Multiculturalism "Cosmos" is short for "Cosmopolitan"  San Marino S.S. Cosmos
 South Africa Jomo Cosmos, OR Tambo Cosmos
 United States New York Cosmos
Unity An example of this is Alianza (Spanish).  El Salvador Alianza F.C.
 Germany 1. FC Union Berlin
 Peru Alianza Lima, Alianza Atlético
 Romania Unirea Urziceni, Unirea Alba-Iulia, Unirea Focşani
 United States Philadelphia Union
 Ukraine FC Yednist' Plysky
Victory Arabic: Al-Nasr  Australia Melbourne Victory FC
 Czech Republic FC Viktoria Plzeň
 Egypt Al Nasr
 Honduras Victoria
 Luxembourg FC Victoria Rosport
 Moldova Victoria Bardar
 Romania FC Victoria Brăneşti, Victoria București
 Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr
 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Sports Club
Youth Examples of this are "jeunesse" (French), "junior" (several languages) and "iuventūs" (Latin)  Algeria Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie
 Argentina Boca Juniors, Argentinos Juniors, Chacarita Juniors, Juventud Alianza de San Juan
 Belize Juventus (Belize)
 Brazil EC Juventude, CA Juventus
 Cameroon Jeunesse Bamiléké
 Cape Verde Juventude do Norte
 Colombia Junior de Barranquilla, Juventud Soacha
 Ecuador Juvenil Minera (Las Naves), Juvenil (Quinindé), Juvenil de Esmeraldas, Club Social y Deportivo Juventus, Juventud Italiana (Manta)
 Germany Deutsche Jugendkraft Don Bosco Bamberg
 Honduras Real Juventud
 Côte d'Ivoire Jeunesse Club d'Abidjan
 Indonesia Arema
 Ireland Wexford Youths
 Italy Juventus F.C., A.S. Fortis Juventus 1909, S.S. Juve Stabia, A.G. Nocerina 1910
 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch, Jeunesse Hautcharage, Jeunesse Sportive Verlorenkost
 Morocco Jeunesse Massira
 Romania Juventus Bucureşti
 Russia FC Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure
 Serbia Mladost Lučani, Mladost Apatin
  Switzerland BSC Young Boys
 Tunisia Jeunesse Sportive Kairouanaise
 Uruguay Rampla Juniors
 Wales Acrefair Youth, Johnstown Youth


  1. ^ Siemers, Erik (13 December 2012). "Timbers name new women's club Portland Thorns". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Portland women's pro team unveils "Thorns FC" as identity". Clubs. Soccer Wire. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ This men's team is owned and operated by Brigham Young University, whose athletic nickname is Cougars. However, it does not participate in NCAA competition, instead playing in the USL Premier Development League. The BYU women's soccer team, which also uses the Cougars nickname, does compete in the NCAA structure.
  4. ^ "Histórico". NetVasco. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23.