The club was formed on August 21, 1925. When the Dutch professional league was formed in 1954, FC Emmen decided to remain an amateur club. In 1985, FC Emmen finally joined the professional ranks. The amateur section of the club retained the name FC Emmen, but the professional section used the name BVO Emmen ( Betaald Voetbal Organisatie, professional football organisation). In 2005, the club decided to return to the name FC Emmen, for two reasons. Firstly, it was hoped that the new name would better reflect the club's history, and secondly because many misunderstandings had arisen, among people who had grown to believe that BVO was an abbreviation similar to for instance PSV, RBC or ADO. FC Emmen's Univé Stadion, more popularly known as De Meerdijk, was the scene of several matches of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.
In November 1984 a working party was set up to level the path. President of it became thick Kreijkes who had been in daily living burgomaster Odoorn. It costed Emmen far according to only effort to be allowed on sport-loving grounds because the selection of the head class had been undermined qualitatively awfully. The KNVB approached Emmen eventually with a made more flexible regulation so that in 1985/86 the paid football to the Meerdijk of start could go.