| Football Club Rauma|
Äijänsuon stadion, Rauma
FC Rauma (abbreviated FCR) is a football club from Rauma, Finland. The club was formed in 1996 and their home ground is at the Äijänsuon stadion. The men's first team currently plays in the Kolmonen (Third Division).
FCR was established on 26 November 1996 as a result of the merger of the Rauman NMKY, Rauman Kisa-Veljet and Uotilan Työväen Urheilijat clubs. The biggest problem in establishing the new club was that the existing clubs had to abandon their constitutions along with their history and activities. Uotilan Työväen Urheilijat (UTU) had the longest history of almost 50 years while the other clubs were each over 30 years old. FCR began their competitive life in 1997 by taking the place of UTU in the Kolmonen (Third Division).
Following their early years in the Kolmonen (Third Division), the club have spent four seasons in the third tier of Finnish football, the Kakkonen (Second Division) from 2001 to 2004. At the end of the 2004 season FCR were relegated back to the Kolmonen (Third Division) where the club have resided ever since.
A notable achievement took place in 2002 when FC Rauma finished third in the West Group of the Kakkonen (Second Division) which represents their highest ever position. They were also five places higher than local rivals Pallo-Iirot.
FC Rauma run a large number of teams including 1 men's team, 1 ladies team, 1 men's veterans team, 7 boys teams and 5 girls teams. At the beginning of January 2010 the club had 245 registered players.
Every team trains all the year round. In Summer the younger players train at the Monna field and the older youngsters and adults at the Äijänsuo Stadium. During Winter the club use the excellent indoor facilities in the Äijänsuo area and the premises at local school buildings.
Besides the work with the teams the club have a special group for goalkeepers and a development group for talented juniors. In total the club has 25 junior coaches.
FC Rauma are competing in the Kolmonen (Third Division) section administered by the Satakunta SPL. This is the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 FCR finished in 4th place in the Kolmonen.
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