A Brief History of FCFC

Early days

Forbidden City FC (FCFC) was founded in 2004 and is a not-for profit social club. The Club’s colours are yellow and red, reflecting the colours of the Forbidden City, which features on our club crest.

Forbidden City FC initially came into being following discussions around creating a Beijing touring football side that would participate in games and tours around China and rest of Asia. The name Forbidden City was chosen to best represent our Beijing roots. Our first tour was to Shanghai in August 2004 for the Shanghai Shooters Sevens where we beat the HK Squadron 3-2 to win the plate!

Club expansion

Following the club creation, City quickly became a football club of its own and rose to the top of the football scene in Beijing, expanding to include a second team, Summer Palace (Palace), in 2007. Only six years after being founded, FCFC claimed a historic double, winning the IFFC Premier Division and First Division in the same season.

Success for FCFC has continued in recent years with Forbidden City claiming another Premier Division title in 2014/15 and the Thomas Marechal Cup in both 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The social side

While we enjoy our football, FCFC is also about the finer points and pints of Beijing’s nightlife and beyond. Throughout the year FCFC organizes a number of events and parties that have a nasty habit of bringing full meaning to our unofficial club motto没有明天Meiyou Mingtian /There’s no tomorrow.

Opening and closing season parties, Xmas dinners, teppenyaki nights out, Hot pot evenings, music festivals, FCFC BBQ parties, Football fantasy league, hiking & camping weekends…Join the club and take part in the FCFC social scene…And remember to have one for the road

The rapid growth of the club both on and off the pitch means that we have continued to welcome new players and members each season, with every single person playing their part in building FCFC into the Beijing footballing institution it is today.


FCFC collecting trophies in 2012

FCFC collecting trophies in 2012






One club, two teams and excellent work on the pitch, at training, and socialising to make this the best club in Beijing!

Since 2004, more than 330 players representing all six continents and 30+ countries have played for Forbidden City Football Club.

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