Portsmouth Football Club ( listen) is a professional football club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, which plays in League One, the third tier of English football, following their promotion as League Two champions in the 2016–17 season. The club was founded on 5 April 1898 and home matches are played at Fratton Park.
Portsmouth have been the top tier Football League Champions of England twice consecutively in 1949 and 1950. Portsmouth have also won the FA Cup twice in 1939 and 2008, and have won the FA Charity Shield once in 1949. Portsmouth have also won the second tier division title once in 2002–03, the third tier division title three times in 1923–24 (South), 1961–62, 1982–83 and the fourth tier division title once in 2016–17, making Portsmouth F.C. southern England's most successful football club (in terms of cups, honours and titles) outside London. They are one of a handful of teams to have won all 4 divisions in English football.
The only time Portsmouth qualified for European competition, was in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. In this period, the club had international footballers including England players Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, David James and Sol Campbell. Financial problems, however, soon set in and Portsmouth were relegated to the Football League Championship in 2010. In 2012, they were again relegated, to League One, and again, in 2013, to League Two. They began the 2013–14 season in the fourth tier of the English football league system for the first time since the late 1970s.
After winning the League Two title in the final game of the 2016–17 season, Portsmouth became only the fifth club to win all four top tiers of professional English football (after Wolves, Burnley, Preston and Sheffield United).
Portsmouth F.C. were formerly the largest fan-owned football club in England from 2013–2017, after the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) gained possession of Fratton Park in April 2013. Portsmouth are currently owned by The Tornante Company, an investment company owned by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, having been purchased from the PST on 3 August 2017.Close