CLUB OF PIONEERS

FOOTBALL PIONEERS

The Club of Pioneers is a worldwide network of the oldest continuing football clubs from each country in the world, originally founded by Sheffield FC, the world’s first football club in 2013. The Club of Pioneers aims to discover and connect the world’s oldest existing football clubs, to build a global network of like-minded football clubs to promote the importance of football history and the grass roots & amateur game.

    The Sheffield Football Club Foundation awards the honorary membership within the “Club of Pioneers” to those football clubs, who…. 

    1. Still play football in amateur or professional football competition today.
    2. Have constantly existed as a sports organisation since their date of foundation. (exceptions for periods of inactivity due to external reasons, for example war.)
    3. Are by definition the oldest existing football club of their country, referring to the foundation date of a football team as part of a multi-sport club or as a proper football club, playing to association football rules.
    4. Live and support the values of the game and amateur football: Integrity, Respect, Community.

    in the picture: Lt. Col. Sir Nathaniel Creswick – The first Honorary Secretary Treasurer and Captain of Sheffield Football Club.

    “AS FOOTBALL EVOLVES SO TOO MUST ITS PIONEERS!”

    Richard Tims
    Chairman, Sheffield FC

    If you wish to discuss the possibility of joining the Club of Pioneers, please email: [email protected] and [email protected].

      CURRENT MEMBERS

      CLUB

      FOUNDED

      COUNTRY

      CONTINENT

      Sheffield FC

      24 October 1857

      England

      Europe

      Wrexham AFC

      4 October 1864

      Wales

      Europe

      Queens Park

      9 July 1867

      Scotland

      Europe

      Kjøbenhavns Boldklub

      24 October 1878

      Denmark

      Europe

      FC St. Gallen

      19 April 1879

      Switzerland

      Europe

      Koninklijke HFC

      15 September 1879

      Netherlands

      Europe

      Cliftonville FC

      20 September 1879

      Northern Ireland

      Europe

      Royal Antwerp FC

      1880

      Belgium

      Europe

      Savages FC Pietermaritzburg

      1882

      South Africa

      Africa

      Hong Kong FC

      12 February 1886

      Hong Kong

      Asia

      Yokohama C&AC

      26 December 1886

      Japan

      Asia

      Associação Académica de Coimbra

      3 November 1887

      Portugal

      Europe

      North Shore Utd

      1887

      New Zealand

      Oceania

      BFC Germania 1888

      15 April 1888

      Germany

      Europe

      Real Club Recreativo de Huelva

      23 December 1889

      Spain

      Europe

      St. George’s FC

      1890

      Malta

      Europe

      Albion FC

      1 June 1891

      Uruguay

      South America

      Genoa CFC

      7 September 1893

      Italy

      Europe

      Odds Ballklubb

      31 March 1894

      Norway

      Europe

      First Vienna FC

      22 August 1894

      Austria

      Europe

      CS Fola Esch

      9 December 1906

      Luxembourg

      Europe

      FK Ljuboten Tetovo

      28 March 1919

      North-Macedonia

      Europe

      CURRENT MEMBERS

      Sheffield FC

      24 October 1857

      England

      Europe

      Wrexham AFC

      4 October 1864

      Wales

      Europe

      Queens Park

      9 July 1867

      Scotland

      Europe

      Kjøbenhavns Boldklub

      24 October 1878

      Denmark

      Europe

      FC St. Gallen

      19 April 1879

      Switzerland

      Europe

      Koninklijke HFC

      15 September 1879

      Netherlands

      Europe

      Cliftonville FC

      20 September 1879

      Northern Ireland

      Europe

      Royal Antwerp FC

      1880

      Belgium

      Europe

      Savages FC Pietermaritzburg

      1882

      South Africa

      Africa

      Hong Kong FC

      12 February 1886

      Hong Kong

      Asia

      Yokohama C&AC

      26 December 1886

      Japan

      Asia

      Associação Académica de Coimbra

      3 November 1887

      Portugal

      Europe

      North Shore Utd

      1887

      New Zealand

      Oceania

      BFC Germania 1888

      15 April 1888

      Germany

      Europe

      Real Club Recreativo de Huelva

      23 December 1889

      Spain

      Europe

      St. George’s FC

      1890

      Malta

      Europe

      Albion FC

      1 June 1891

      Uruguay

      South America

      Genoa CFC

      7 September 1893

      Italy

      Europe

      Odds Ballklubb

      31 March 1894

      Norway

      Europe

      First Vienna FC

      22 August 1894

      Austria

      Europe

      CS Fola Esch

      9 December 1906

      Luxembourg

      Europe

      FK Ljuboten Tetovo

      28 March 1919

      North-Macedonia

      Europe

      PIONEERS CUP

      Pioneers Cup 2013 – Sheffield, England

      Date: 16 November 2013

      Venue: Sheffield FC The Home of Football Stadium

      
Winners: Sheffield FC

      Participating Teams: Sheffield F.C (England) with Chris Waddle, Carlton Palmer & John Beresford, RC Recreativo de Huelva (Spain), Genoa CFC (Italy) with Tomáš Skuhravý & Gennaro Ruotolo.

      Pioneers Cup 2014 – Haarlem, Netherlands

      Date: 30 August 2014

      Venue: Haarlem, Netherlands

      Winners: Sheffield FC
      Participating Teams: Sheffield F.C (England) with Chris Dolby, Koninklijke HFC (Netherlands) with Tom Van Schaick, Royal Antwerp FC (Belgium)

      Pioneers Cup 2014 – Huelva, Spain

      Date: 6 September 2014

      Venue: Nuevo Colombino, Huelva, Spain
      Winners: RC Recreativo de Huelva
      Participating Teams: RC Recreativo de Huelva (Spain), Koninklijke HFC (Netherlands), Genoa CFC (Italy)

      Pioneers Cup 2016 – Antwerp, Belgium

      Date: 21 May 2016

      Venue: Bosuilstadion, Antwerp, Belgium


      Winners: Koninklijke HFC
      Participating Teams: Royal Antwerp F.C. (Belgium) with Jonas De Roeck, Koninklijke HFC (Netherlands) with Tom Van Schaik and Paulo Meijnderhagen, CS Fola Esch (Luxembourg) with Pascal Welter
      Other information: Pioneers Cup Ambassador: Laszlo Fazekas

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