Football Clubs In Nigeria: See The Detailed List (2023)

Football Clubs In Nigeria: See The Detailed List (2023)
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The Nigeria National League is the league system of Nigerian football where teams from all across the country come to compete for a chance at immortality. It is made up of three divisions which are the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Nationwide League (NWL).

The NNL and NWL are further broken down into divisions which accept the various amateur teams and academies who compete in regional tournaments affiliated to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Below is a list of all the clubs in Nigeria that compete for a spot in the NPFL.

Total list of football clubs in Nigeria

There are more than 300 teams operating in Nigeria today at all levels. However, most are still operating on an academy licence and some others are still in the process of sealing licences to be recognised as official football clubs in the country.

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Names of Football Clubs in Nigeria

  • Abia Comets
  • Abia Warriors F.C.
  • Abiola Babes
  • ABS F.C.
  • Abuja F.C.
  • ACB Lagos
  • Adamawa United F.C.
  • Akpor United F.C.
  • Akwa Starlets FC
  • Akwa United F.C.
  • Anambra Pillars F.C.
  • Anambra United F.C.
  • Apa United FC
  • Babanawa F.C.
  • Bayelsa United F.C.
  • BCC Lions
  • Bendel Insurance F.C.
  • Bridge Boys F.C.
  • Bussdor United F.C.
  • bravos knights F.C
  • C.O.D United football club of Lagos
  • Calabar Rovers
  • Crown F.C.
  • Cynosure FC of Ebonyi state
  • Dalhatu United
  • DSS FC
  • DaltaForce fc
  • El-Kanemi Warriors
  • Enugu Rangers
  • Enyimba International F.C.

  • Esan F.C.
  • First Bank F.C.
  • Fountain FC
  • Gateway United F.C.
  • Giwa FC
  • Go Round F.C.
  • Gombe United F.C.
  • Heartland F.C.
  • Ifeanyi Ubah F.C
  • Ikorodu United F.C.
  • Ilesa Dynamos F.C.
  • FC Inter Enugu
  • Jasper United
  • Jigawa Golden Stars F.C.
  • JUTH F.C.
  • Kada City F.C.
  • Kaduna United F.C.
  • Kano Pillars F.C.
  • Kogi United
  • Kwara United F.C.
  • Knights F.C. Ife
  • Leventis United
  • Lobi Stars F.C.
  • MFM FC
  • Mighty Jets F.C.
  • My People FC
  • NAF Rockets F.C.
  • Nasarawa United F.C.
  • Nembe City F.C.
  • NEPA Lagos
  • New Nigeria Bank F.C.
  • Niger Tornadoes F.C.
  • NITEL Vasco Da Gama F.C.
  • Oasis Football Club
  • Ocean Boys F.C.
  • Owazi F.C
  • Plateau United F.C.
  • Prime F.C.
  • Racca Rovers
  • Ranchers Bees FC
  • Remo FC
  • Rising Stars F.C.
  • Rivers United F.C.

  • Sharks F.C.
  • Shooting Stars SC
  • Sokoto United
  • Spotlight F.C.
  • Stationery Stores F.C.
  • Sunshine Stars F.C.
  • Super 11 F.C.
  • Taraba F.C.
  • Udoji United F.C.
  • Union Bank F.C.
  • Warri Wolves F.C.
  • Westside F.C.
  • Wikki Tourists F.C.
  • Wolonso United F.C.
  • Yankari Babes FC
  • Zabgai Fc of bauchi
  • Zamfara United F.C.

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NPFL teams

The NPFL is the top flight of Nigerian League Football. Consisting of 20 teams, it is played in two groups of 10 which culminates in a Super 6 tournament to determine the champions of the season.

Enyimba FC is the reigning champion, having won their ninth title in the 2022/23 season to extend their lead as Nigeria's most successful team in history. The NPFL teams that competed in the just-concluded season are below.

  1. Bendel Insurance
  2. Remo Stars
  3. Enyimba
  4. Akwa United
  5. Plateau United
  6. Shooting Stars
  7. Gombe United
  8. Kwara United
  9. Nasarawa United
  10. El-Kanemi Warriors
  11. Rivers United
  12. Lobi Stars
  13. Sunshine Stars
  14. Abia Warriors
  15. Doma United
  16. Niger Tornadoes
  17. Bayelsa United
  18. Enugu Rangers
  19. Wikki Tourists
  20. Dakkada FC

Wikki Tourists, Dakkada FC, El-Kanemi Warriors and Nasarawa United have been relegated from the league and will compete in the NNL in the 2023/24 season.

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Teams in the NNL

The NNL is the second tier of the Nigeria league system. Since 2023, it has been divided into two tiers: North and South. 42 teams compete in both tiers for the chance to be promoted into the NPFL. The teams that will be participating in the 2023 NNL season are as follows.

  1. Kano Pillars
  2. Katsina United
  3. Malumfashi FC
  4. City FC
  5. EFCC
  6. Mailantarki FC
  7. Hypebuzz
  8. NAF FC
  9. Sokoto United
  10. Yobe Desert Stars
  11. Mighty Jets
  12. ABS
  13. Police Barretta
  14. Jigawa Golden Stars
  15. Kebbi United
  16. Adamawa United
  17. DMD FC
  18. Green Berets
  19. Heartland
  20. Abia Comets
  21. Sporting Lagos
  22. Smart City
  23. Madiba
  24. Ikorodu City
  25. Nnewi United
  26. Aspire FC
  27. Ibom Youth
  28. Vandrezzer
  29. One Rocket
  30. Herserd
  31. Rovers
  32. Warri Wolves
  33. Cynosure
  34. Ekiti United
  35. Giant Brillars
  36. FC Ebedei
  37. Gateway Utd
  38. Ijebu United
  39. Abeokuta Stormers
  40. Crown FC
  41. Go Round
  42. FWC Champions

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Teams in the Nigeria Nationwide League

There are 132 teams participating in the Nigeria Nationwide League which is divided into two leagues: The Nigeria Nationwide League and the Nigeria Amateur League. This is where many of the academy teams compete and this is the league where the grassroot football clubs work towards as they build credibility for the NPFL.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 year ago

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