67 Best Football Team Names: Funny, Creative, Cool, & More (Curated & Ranked) + Generator

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American football has only been around since the 1860s,[1] which makes it a relatively young sport, but despite its relatively recent history, it’s one of the most-loved and most-played games!

Football team names can be cool, funny, creative, or serious. Our list features a range of options to suit any football team from corny-but-hilarious puns to intimidating mascots.

A mascot-based name may be the way to go if you want your team to be around for a long time — the Arizona Cardinals, named after the bird, are the oldest continuously-playing team, competing since 1898![2]

If you don’t find the perfect option on our list or just want to create your own football team name, we also share some tips to help your creativity flow.

Football Team Names

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    The Fight Force

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    Gipper's Winners

    reference to George Gipp, Notre Dame’s first Walter Camp All-American player

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    Thunder

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    Masterminds

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    Conquerors

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    Gladiators[3]

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    The Clippers

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    Guardians

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    Black Mambas[4]

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    Shenanigans

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    Rough Rebels

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    Mayhem

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    Watchdogs

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    Commandos

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    Defenders

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    On Offense

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    Risk Takers

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    No Punt Intended[3]

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    Gridirony

    a play on the word “gridiron”

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    Rogue Rookies

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    Madd Dogs[4]

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    Fire Zone

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    No Rules

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    The Brut Brigade

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    Goal Getters

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    Comeback Crew

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    Grid of Iron

    a play on the word “gridiron”

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    Slaughter Squad

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    The Field Gulls

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    Punts Intended

    a play on the phrase “pun intended”

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    Invincibles

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    The Victors

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    Audible Alliance

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    Firecrackers[3]

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    Wildthings[3]

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    Wildcat Blitz

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    Pigskin Posse

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    Lineup League

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    Scrimmage Squad

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    Penalty Patrol

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    Back-Up Battalion

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    The Pass Rushers

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    Blitz Zone

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    Red Dog Diablos

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    Mobile Forces

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    Snap Decisions

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    Phenomenon

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    Trouble

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    The North Forty

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    Rabid Squirrels[4]

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    Best Effort

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    The Lethal Goalers[3]

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    Drop Kick Kids

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    Endzone Angels

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    Dark Horse Legacy

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    The Tail Greats

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    Fullback Influence

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    Gridiron Guild

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    Fumble Bees

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    Big Punts Bunch

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    Case in Punt

    a play on the phrase “case in point”

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    Humble Fumbles

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    Kick Keepers

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    Grit & Gusto

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    Freedom

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    Severe Threat

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    Menace Matrix

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How to Create a Good Football Team Name

Creating the perfect football team name can be a challenge; you’ll want to find something that reflects your team’s vibe and sounds good when pitted against competing teams.

If none of the options on our list above are exactly right for you, keep the following tips in mind and brainstorm more ideas with your team:

  • Get inspiration from your favorite professional teams. You won’t want to create a team name identical to your favorite pro team, but you can look up synonyms for your favorite team’s name, choose something that shares a similar meaning, or pick something that sounds similar. For example, if you like the Patriots, you might choose a similar word like “Commandos,” “Guardians,” or “Defenders.”
  • Get inspiration from your favorite professional player. If there’s a pro football player that your entire team admires, you can use their first name, last name, nickname, or number to influence your team name. Use the player’s actual name in your team name (for example, Payton’s Bears, a nod to Chicago Bears hall-of-famer Walter Payton) or choose something more abstract like “The 34s.”
  • Choose a team name completely unrelated to football, and perhaps add a football-related word to it. There’s no rule stating that your team name must be directly related to the sport. Choose a name that has nothing to do with football, like a favorite animal mascot, or combine a non-football word with a game term. For example, if your team loves beer, you can add a football term like “blitz” to it, and your new team name will be Beer Blitz. Think outside the box, and you’ll soon have an inventive and unique football team name like no other!

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