About FC Honka
FC Honka was founded in 1957 under the name of Tapion Honka.
Tapion Honka was a multi-sports club involved in many different sports.
One by one these other branches of sports founded their own clubs and the club consisted of three different team sports: ice hockey, soccer and basketball.
In 1975 all of these three sports founded their own separate clubs called Jäähonka (ice hockey), Tapiolan Honka (basketball) and FC Honka.
FC Honka's hometown is Espoo, the second biggest city in Finland with 240.000 inhabitants. Espoo celebrated its 550th anniversary year in 2008.
Espoo is in fact a satellite town of the capital of Finland, Helsinki. The total greater Helsinki area consists of four cities Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen with a population close to one million inhabitants.
Most of the youth players in FC Honka are from the south eastern part of Espoo.
The centre of this area is Tapiola, often called the Garden City.
The men's first team got promoted to the Finnish Premier League in 2005. They reached the fourth place on their first season in 2006. In 2008 and 2009, the first team reached the second place in the Premier League. They have won the Finnish League Cup in 2010. The men's first team has also reached the Finnish Cup final in 1969, 2007 and 2008.
The women's team plays in the women's Premier League. They have won it three times - in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The women's team has won the Finnish Cup in 2009 and the League Cup in 2007 and 2008.
FC Honka is also known as a prominent youth club with many national youth team players. The youth teams have won numerous tournaments and are always treated with respect by the opponent teams.
FC Honka is also the founder of the Helsinki Cup, which was established in 1974. The Helsinki Cup annually attracts over 800 teams to participate in the international tournament. FC Honka is in charge of the arrangement for this tournament with KäPa (Käpylän Pallo), the other founder club of Helsinki Cup.
Number of players
For the last few years there have been an annual amount of over 1300-1400 licensed players in FC Honka,
which makes FC Honka the second biggest football club in Finland. The biggest is Ilves from Tampere.
Most of the players are youth players. There are both boys and girls teams in the club. Overall, there are over 6.000 licensed players in Espoo.
FC Honka was promoted for the first time to the Finnish Premier league in 2005 after 50 years of men's soccer in Tapiola.