Sparta Rotterdam is a professional football club from Rotterdam. Sparta was founded in 1888, making it the oldest professional football club in the Netherlands. Only eleven amateur clubs in the Netherlands are older than Sparta. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Sparta was one of the leading sports clubs in the Netherlands. The club also had a top period in the second half of the fifties. Since 1916, the club has had its stadium in the Spangen district of Rotterdam.
In addition to football, Sparta has traditionally been involved in other sports, such as cricket, athletics, baseball and softball. For several years now rugby has been played under the name Sparta. From the R.V. & A.V. Sparta also spawned several Rotterdam sports organizations. The general football club is still part of R.V. & A.V. Sparta. For professional football activities, the association set up the independently operating Sparta Rotterdam Foundation on 14 June 1976.