About the Club

History of the Shanghai Lions Football Club

Welcome to The Shanghai Lions Football Club, the best amateur football club in Shanghai! The history of our club started in 1996, when Brian McCloskey founded the Lions and entered an expat 9-aside football competition called Shanghai International Football League (SIFL). The league itself has been growing over the years as the level of competition got better and better. From 1996-2003, the Lions clinched several Championships trophies and won several SIFL Cup’s.

Founded the Shanghai Premier League (SPL) in 1998

When the opportunity came to start their own league in Pudong, the Lions were quick to take the chance and founded the Shanghai Premier League back in 1998. Until today, the Lions have been playing in the SPL and won several Cups and Championships.

Les “Bleus” merged with the Lions

In 2008, the Lions merged with “Les Bleus” a predominantly French team in order to be able to compete in both the SIFL and SPL. Its was at that time that the idea came up to enter as the Lions in many competitions as possible. The Lions entered into the Summer 7’s and into the Shanghai Masters (veterans) as well as the Fantasy League 7’s on Mondays. It has proven to be a success as we were able to win most of these competitions. The Lions even went overseas to Thailand to win the Phuket 7’s tournament in November 2011. 

Voted “best sports team in Shanghai”

As we started competing and wining many different leagues, our team was voted “Best Sports Team of Shanghai” two years in a row in 2010 and 2011. A great achievement!

Creation of the Shanghai Lions Football Club in 2012

Football in Shanghai is not like in Europe or America. The biggest problem is that there are not enough football fields and that there are no real Football Clubs. This was our motivation to start the Shanghai Lions Football Club in 2012. With the aim of bringing the “Club Feeling” that we all remember from back home to Shanghai. Don’t get us wrong, we all like to have fun, party and make new friends.

As we can’t get enough silverware, our aim is to win all high level amateur competition in Shanghai. In order to do so, our secret formula over the years has been a combination of Team Spirit,  Friendship,  Training and Discipline.


Go Lions!

  1. ADEKOLA says:

    my name is Adekola from Nigeria.I play forward and i want to join the lions club. I want to be a Lion. I will be glad if my request is granted. and if there is trials i will love to take part so i can show what am make of. thanks

  2. didymus peters says:

    Hello, i am Didymus Peters a Nigerian. i will love to play in your team. how can i get to your country and then join the team

    • FL says:

      You can’t. We’re an amateur club and we’re not organizing any kind of trials for players living abroad…

  3. Nassir says:


    I have a small enquiry – do you accept players who are in Shanghai for relatively short stays (I’ll be in Shanghai for 2 months doing an internship).

    Kind regards,


    • FL says:

      Yes we do. However, please note that it’s now summer break and we’ll start the new season and training late August.

  4. Orji ogbonna says:

    Please I am a Nigerian and base in Nigeria how can I make it up to join your club

    • FL says:

      You can’t join us if you’re not based in Shanghai. We’re an amateur club and all our players are living/working in Shanghai. All our team members are also paying to play as nothing is free in Shanghai…

  5. Hi, my name is Abraham Anane Ashrifie, a 22 year old footballer from Accra Ghana and I am searching for a club to join.
    I am currently under no contract and have been training so tirelessly on my own. I will be much grateful to hear a feedback from you.
    Kind Regards.

    • FL says:

      Hi. We don’t sign contract with anyone… We’re an amateur club and all our players are living/working in Shanghai. All our team members are also paying the club to play.

  6. Luke Blakebrough says:

    Hia. I’m moving to shanghai. I play low level semi-pro in the UK and looking to join a club to make friends and keep me playing football when I move. When/ where is training and do you know when it’s starts. King regards Luke

    • FL says:

      Sounds like a plan and welcome to Shanghai.
      Now is summer break but we’re still do football gathering on Saturday to keep with the fitness.
      During the season, we train every Tuesday in Pudong area from 19:30 to 21:00 while official games are held on Sunday (also in Pudong)
      Keep us posted if interested

  7. esther says:

    hi i am esther , i am currently living in shanghai , i would like to join the female team . Any details for joining the team

    • FL says:

      Hi Esther. We don’t have a female team.
      However, we used to have female players playing with us in the youth or veteran team for the past few years.

  8. arnaud herb says:

    Hi , i’m a young belgian player staying here for a year and really interested in joining the team. I played footbal for 10 years until 15 years old but i had to stop because of an injury. I played for a year in the National divison 2 Team Fc Liège. Kind regards. Ps : could you tell me the inscription and overall fee(s) to play with you?

  9. Kaylee says:

    Hi there,

    I have a son who is 10 years old (birthday: 3rd Feb 2008) who is looking for a team to train with.

    We just moved to Shanghai from Singapore 2 weeks ago.

    He used to train with Sporting Academy in Singapore and played in many international and local tournaments.

    Please let me know hot it works for him to have a trial.

    Thank you.


  10. Prem Kumar says:


    I am interested in signing up my son to the football club who is 8.5 years old. Please let me know the details.

  11. Adrián María Esparza Juandeaburre says:

    Hi mi name is Adrian Esparza I’m from Spain and I’m living in Shang I’m a long term worker here and I would love to play futsal my position is Goal keeper I played futsal in Spain level amateur and I would like to keep training and playing if I can join you.

  12. gabriele sarti says:

    Hi I’ll be in Shanghai from end of february till the end of june and I’m looking for a team to play. I’m an italian guy who is coming for an internship. If there is the possibility to play as amatour it would be great. Please reply on my wechat ID: cicciobiurtax

  13. Daan says:

    Hi! I’m Daan, 21 years old and a lifelong football player from the Netherlands. I will be living in Shanghai from ending February for about 5 months. Could I be able to join the club for this period? I’ve mostly played in the higher teams of my football club, although this is of course relative; what kind of levels does the Shanghai Lions have?

    Would be nice to meet you in Shanghai!

  14. Mo Bah says:

    Hi I’m Mo 36 years old goalkeper from the Netherlands i will like to playing for shanghai lions.

    thank you

  15. Clive says:

    Hello am clive and am in shanghai ,,,but i dont know how to get to your trining ground becuase am new here

  16. Mensa Albert says:

    I’m a 22 year old boy living in Shanghai. I wanna be part of this team

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