Association Football Club Names - Initials


Initials presented in this table are presented with dot punctuation, this is for representation only, several clubs use the initials without dots, e.g. FC.

Initials Examples Meaning
1. F.C. 1. FC Kaiserslautern, 1. FC Köln, 1. FC Magdeburg, 1. FC Nuremberg 1. FC stands for First Football Club
A.C. A.C. Milan, A.C. Siena Associazione Calcio ("Football Association" in Italian)
AC St. Louis, A.C. Nagano Parceiro Athletic Club
A.F.C. Hull City A.F.C., Leeds United A.F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Workington A.F.C., Barrow A.F.C., A.F.C. Liverpool Association Football Club. Usually used to distinguish association football teams in towns where other football codes such as Rugby football are also commonly played.
A.F.C. Bournemouth Athletic Football Club
AFC Wimbledon According to the club, its initials have no official meaning. Some have used "Association Football Club" or "A Fan's Club". Also could mean Alternate Football Club when the original club ceases to exist—AFC Wimbledon was formed after the original Wimbledon F.C., now MK Dons, received approval to move to Milton Keynes in 2002.
A.I.F. Mjällby AIF, Motala AIF Allmänna Idrottsförening ("General Sport Society" in Swedish)
A.I.K. AIK Allmänna Idrottsklubben ("General Sport Club" in Swedish)
A.S. A.S. Roma, A.S. Livorno Calcio, A.S. Monaco, A.S. Saint-Étienne Italian: Associazione Sportiva ("Sport Association")
French: Association Sportive (same meaning)
A.Z. AZ Alkmaar Zaanstreek – from the 1967 merger of Alkmaar '54 and FC Zaanstreek
B.K. Aalborg BK, Halmstads BK, BK Häcken, Rosenborg BK Boldklub – "Ball Club" in Scandinavian languages
B.S.C. Hertha BSC Berliner Sport-Club
B.V. BV Borussia Dortmind Ballspielverein - "Ball Club" in German
C.A. CA Boca Juniors, CA River Plate Club Atlético
C.D. C.D. Chivas USA, C.D. Feirense Club Deportivo (Spanish), Clube Desportivo (Portuguese)
C.D.S.C. C.D.S.C. Cruz Azul Club Deportivo, Social y Cultural (Spanish: "Sporting, Social and Cultural Club")
C.F. CF Estrela da Amadora Club de Fútbol (Spanish), Clube de Futebol (Portuguese)
C.F.R. CFR Cluj Căile Ferate Române, the Romanian state railway system
C.R. CR Vasco da Gama Club de Regatas (Portuguese: "Rowing Club"). Vasco da Gama began as a rowing club before it established a football section.
e.V. FC Bayern München e.V., Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix e.V., 1. Frauen-Fußball-Club Turbine Potsdam 71 e. V., Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V. e.V. is the abbreviation for Eingetragener Verein, meaning registered club
F.C. FC Barcelona, FC Porto, FC Seoul, FC Dallas, F.C. Tokyo, Liverpool F.C., Toronto FC, Puebla F.C., Chonburi FC Football Club in various languages
F.C.R. FCR 2001 Duisburg Fußballclub Rumeln — German for "Football Club", plus a reference to FC Rumeln-Kaldenhausen, the original home to this women's football club
F.F. Kalmar FF, FF Jaro, Malmö FF, Trelleborgs FF Football Society in Swedish
F.F.C. 1. FFC Frankfurt Frauenfußballclub (= Women's football club)
F.K. FK Crvena Zvezda, FK Atlantas F.C. in various countries
F.S.V. FSV Frankfurt Fußballsportverein - German for Football Sport Association
G.I.F. GIF Sundsvall "Gymnastic Sport Society" in Swedish
I.F. Brøndby IF, Hammarby IF, Helsingborgs IF, Vålerenga IF Fotball "Sport Society" in the Scandinavian languages
I.K. IK Brage, Västerås IK "Sport Club" in Swedish
J.K. Helsingin JK, JK Viljandi Tulevik F.C. in Finnish and Estonian
Beşiktaş J.K. Jimnastik Kulübü (Turkish: "Gymnastics Club")
K.R.C. K.R.C. Genk Koninklijke Racing Club (Dutch: "Royal Racing Club")
K.S.V. Cercle Brugge K.SV. Koninklijke Sportvereniging (Dutch: "Royal Sport Union")
K.V. Club Brugge K.V. Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Dutch: "Royal Football Union")
M.S.V. MSV Duisburg German: Meidericher Sportverein (Meiderich Sport Association)
M.T.K. MTK Budapest FC Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre (Hungarian: "Circle of Hungarian Fitness Activists")
N.K. NK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Drava Ptuj F.C. in Croatian and Slovenian
N.S.C. NSC Minnesota Stars National Sports Center, the multisport facility that owns the club
P.F.C. PFC CSKA Moscow Professional Football Club
P.S.V. PSV Philips Sport Vereniging (Dutch: Philips Sport Union)
R.C. R.C. Strasbourg, R.C. Lens Racing Club
R.C.D. RCD Mallorca, RCD Espanyol Spanish: Real Club Deportivo, Catalan: Reial Club Deportiu (both "Royal Sporting Club")
R.S.C. R.S.C. Anderlecht Royal Sporting Club
S.C. Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Sport Club Internacional, SC Bastia, SC Freiburg, Sahel Sporting Club Sporting Club
Chicago Fire S.C., Erie Admirals SC, Tochigi S.C. Soccer Club, in countries where "soccer" is the standard term for the sport (such as the USA and Canada)
S.G. SG Wattenscheid 09 German: Sportgemeinschaft (= Sport Community)
S.K. SK Brann, Lierse S.K., Fenerbahçe S.K., Galatasaray S.K., SK Rapid Wien, Västerås SK Sport/Sporting Club in various languages
SpVgg. SpVgg Unterhaching, SpVgg Greuther Fürth German: Spielvereinigung (= Games Association)
S.S. S.S. Lazio, S.S. Murata S.S. is the abbreviation for Società Sportiva, Sport Society in Italian.
S.S.C. S.S.C. Napoli S.S.C. is the abbreviation for Società Sportiva Calcio, Football (Soccer) Sport Society in Italian.
S.V. Hamburger SV, SV Werder Bremen SV is the abbreviation for Sport Verein, meaning Sports Association
T.S.G. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, TSG Balingen, TSG Backnang 1919 German: Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft (= Gymnastics and Sport Community)
TSV or TuS TSV Crailsheim, TuS Koblenz German: Turn- und Sportverein (= Gymnastics and Sport Association)
U.C. U.C. Sampdoria, U.C. AlbinoLeffe U.C. is the abbreviation for Unione Calcio, Football Union in Italian.
U.S. U.S. Città di Palermo, U.S. Lecce U.S. is the abbreviation for Unione Sportiva, Sport Union in Italian.
VfB VfB Admira Wacker Mödling, VfB Auerbach, VfB Einheit zu Pankow, VfB Eppingen, VfB Fichte Bielefeld, VfB Fortuna Chemnitz, VfB Hermsdorf, VfB Hüls, VfB Lübeck, VfB Oldenburg, VfB Pößneck, VfB Stuttgart German for Verein für Bewegungsspiele (association for exercise games)
VfL VfL Bochum, VfL Gummersbach, VfL Halle 1896, VfL Klafeld-Geisweid 08, VfL Osnabrück, VfL Wolfsburg German for Verein für Leibesübungen (association for physical exercises)
VfR VfR Aalen, VfR Bürstadt, VfR Mannheim, VfR Schlesien Breslau, VfR Wormatia Worms German for Verein für Rasenspiele (association for lawn games)
V.V. Maastrichtse VV, K. Sint-Truidense V.V. (F.C. in Dutch)
Y.R.K.V. Y.R. K.V. Mechelen Yellow Red Koninklijke Voetbalclub—the team's colours in English, plus the Dutch for "Royal Football Club"

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