The Sacramento Kings of the NBA (shown playing at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento) are the state capital’s only major professional sports team

There are many professional sports teams based in California, participating in sports such as baseball, American football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, and ultimate.

Major professional sports teams

National Hockey League

Anaheim Ducks

based in Anaheim (Main article)
  • Expansion team in 1993
  • Previously known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993–2006)
  • Currently play at Honda Center (1993–present)
  • No previous arenas (Honda Center was formerly known as Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim)
  • Stanley Cup Championships: 2007

Los Angeles Kings

based in Los Angeles (Main article)

San Jose Sharks

based in San Jose (Main article)

Major League Baseball

Los Angeles Angels

based in Anaheim (Main article)
  • Expansion team in 1961
  • Previously known as the Los Angeles Angels (1961–1965), California Angels (1965–1996), Anaheim Angels (1997–2004), and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–2015)
  • Currently play at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (1966–present)
  • Previously played at Wrigley Field (1961) and Dodger Stadium (1961–1965)
  • World Series Championships: 2002

Los Angeles Dodgers

based in Los Angeles (Main article)

Oakland Athletics

based in Oakland (Main article)

San Diego Padres

based in San Diego (Main article)
  • Expansion team in 1969
  • No previous monikers
  • Currently play at Petco Park (2004–present)
  • Previously played at San Diego Stadium (1969–2003)
  • World Series Championships: None

San Francisco Giants

based in San Francisco (Main article)

National Football League

Los Angeles Chargers

play in Inglewood; headquarters in Costa Mesa (Main article)

Los Angeles Rams

play in Inglewood; headquarters in Agoura Hills (Main article)

San Francisco 49ers

based in Santa Clara (stadium and HQ) (Main article)

National Basketball Association

Golden State Warriors

based in San Francisco (Main article)

Los Angeles Clippers

based in Los Angeles (Main article)

Los Angeles Lakers

based in Los Angeles (Main article)

Sacramento Kings

based in Sacramento (Main article)

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy

based in Carson (Main article)

Los Angeles FC

based in Los Angeles (Main article)

San Jose Earthquakes

based in San Jose (Main article)
  • Original team in league's 1996 inaugural season
  • Previously known as the San Jose Clash (1996–1999)
  • Franchise on hiatus in the 2006 and 2007 seasons; the original ownership relocated the team to Houston after the 2005 season as the Houston Dynamo, but MLS kept the name and history of the original franchise in San Jose for a new ownership group
  • Currently play at PayPal Park (2015–present), plus other venues for select games
  • Previously played at Spartan Stadium (1996–2005), Buck Shaw Stadium (2008–2014), and other venues for select games
  • Championships: MLS Cup (2001, 2003), Supporters' Shield (2005, 2012)

Other professional sports teams

Sport League Team City
Baseball Low-A West
(Low-A MiLB)
Fresno Grizzlies Fresno
Inland Empire 66ers San Bernardino
Lake Elsinore Storm Lake Elsinore
Modesto Nuts Modesto
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Rancho Cucamonga
San Jose Giants San Jose
Stockton Ports Stockton
Visalia Rawhide Visalia
Pacific Association Napa Silverados Napa
Sonoma Stompers Sonoma
Vallejo Admirals Vallejo
Triple-A West
(Triple-A MiLB)
Sacramento River Cats West Sacramento
Basketball American Basketball Association California Golden Tigers Oakland
California Sea-Kings Marina
Modesto Super Kats Modesto
Oceanside A-Team Oceanside
Orange County Novastars Irvine
San Diego Surf San Diego
NBA G League Agua Caliente Clippers Ontario
Santa Cruz Warriors Santa Cruz
South Bay Lakers El Segundo
Stockton Kings Stockton
Women's National Basketball Association Los Angeles Sparks Los Angeles
Football XFL (2020) Los Angeles Wildcats Carson
Ice hockey American Hockey League Bakersfield Condors Bakersfield
Coachella Valley Firebirds[b] Palm Desert
Ontario Reign Ontario
San Diego Gulls San Diego
San Jose Barracuda San Jose
Stockton Heat Stockton
Soccer National Women's Soccer League Angel City FC Los Angeles
San Diego Wave FC San Diego
USL Championship LA Galaxy II[c] Carson
Monterey Bay FC Seaside
Oakland Roots SC Oakland
Orange County SC Irvine
Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento
San Diego Loyal SC San Diego
MLS Next Pro Los Angeles[d] TBA in Los Angeles area
San Jose Earthquakes II San Jose
USL League One Central Valley Fuego FC Fresno
NISA Albion San Diego San Diego
Bay Cities FC Redwood City
California United Strikers FC Irvine
Los Angeles Force Los Angeles
1000 Oaks FC[e] Thousand Oaks
Major Arena Soccer League Ontario Fury Ontario
San Diego Sockers San Diego
Turlock Cal Express Turlock
Ultimate American Ultimate Disc League Los Angeles Aviators Los Angeles
San Diego Growlers San Diego
Oakland Spiders Oakland
Western Ultimate League Los Angeles Astra Los Angeles
San Diego Superbloom San Diego
San Francisco Falcons San Francisco
Rugby Union Major League Rugby LA Giltinis Los Angeles
San Diego Legion San Diego
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Only includes championships won while playing in California
  2. ^ Scheduled to start play in 2022.
  3. ^ Moving to MLS Next Pro in 2023.
  4. ^ Reserve side for Los Angeles FC; plans to start play in 2023.
  5. ^ Plans to start play in 2023.

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