Football team

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Chelsea's football squad in 1905 pictured with support staff

A football team is a group of players selected to play together in the various team sports known as football. Such teams could be selected to play in a match against an opposing team, to represent a football club, group, state or nation, an all-star team or even selected as a hypothetical team (such as a Dream Team or Team of the Century) and never play an actual match.

The difference between a football team and a football club is incorporation, a football club is an entity which is formed and governed by a committee and has members which may consist of supporters in addition to players. The benefit of club formation is that it gives teams access to additional volunteer or paid support staff, facilities and equipment. However football club may fold if it becomes insolvent of is incapable of fielding a team to play matches. While records exist for most incorporated clubs, they do not exist for all football clubs. Football clubs may also be dormant for periods and be re-formed (for example going into recess for reasons such as war or lack of a league or competition to participate in) and even switch between football codes. The oldest football clubs continuously operating to the present day may date back as far as the 1830s.


There are several varieties of football. Some of which include, association football, gridiron football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union. The number of players selected for each team, within these varieties and their associated codes, can vary substantially. Sometimes, the word "team" is limited to those who play on the field in a match and does not always include other players who may take part as replacements or emergency players. "Football squad" may be used to be inclusive of these support and reserve players.

The term football club is the most commonly used for a sports club which is an organized or incorporated body with a president, committee, and a set of rules responsible for ensuring the continued playing existence of one or more teams which are selected for regular competition play (and which may participate in several different divisions or leagues). The oldest football clubs date back to the early 19th century. The words team and club are sometimes used interchangeably by supporters, although they typically refer to the team within the club playing in the highest division or competition.

Variation of player numbers among football codes[edit]

The 18 senior players of Port Adelaide Football Club's 1914 Champions of Australia team

The number of players that take part in the sport simultaneously, thus forming the team are:

Lists of association football teams[edit]

Lists of Australian rules football teams[edit]


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