FC Ryūkyū

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F.C. Ryūkyū
Full name F.C. Ryūkyū
Founded 2003
Ground Okinawa General Athletic Stadium
Okinawa City, Okinawa
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Japan Ryo Shimoji
Manager Japan Norihiro Satsukawa
League J3 League
2013 10th

F.C. Ryūkyū (FC琉球 Efu Shī Ryūkyū?) are an Association football club from the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. They currently play in Japan's J3 League.

The team derive their name from Ryūkyū, the historic name for Okinawa Prefecture. The club also has futsal and handball teams.


The club was founded in 2003. Most of the players who initially joined the club were those who had left Okinawa Kariyushi F.C. after a rift with their management, which were beholden to the Kariyushi hotel chain. Their first 2003 season saw them win the championship in Okinawa Prefectural Division 3 North. They were allowed to skip to Division 1 the next season, where they again succeeded in finishing top of the table.

In the 2005 season, they belonged to the Kyūshū Regional League (Kyu League). After finishing 2nd and winning the Regional League play-off, they were promoted to the JFL and became the first ever Okinawan football side who played in a national league.

In December 2007, the club appointed former Japan national coach Philippe Troussier as their general manager. Jean-Paul Rabier was appointed as their manager in January 2008.

They applied for J. League Associate Membership in January 2008, but their application was declined at the J. League board meeting held on February 19, 2008.

In December 2008, the resignation of Rabier was announced. Former coach Hiroyuki Shinzato was promoted to be the new manager in January 2009.

In January 2015, FC Ryukyu announced a partnership with Seoul United from the Korean Challengers League. According to the agreement the teams will play a friendly match every year. The first match was scheduled for 1 March 2015

Team colour and crest[edit]

Their team colour is bengara, a shade of red pigment. It is called red ochre in English and can be generally described as claret. Bengara derives from a Dutch word bengala which in turn derives from Bengal, a region in India and Bangladesh. This name was given because the pigment was traditionally imported from Bengal to Japan. Okinawa has a close association with the bengara colour which is prominently applied to Shuri Castle, one of the most symbolic historical buildings in the area.

In 2008 they adopted a sky blue trim for their home uniform, apparently as their bengara pigment pattern was seen as too similar to Aston Villa from England (the claret and sky-blue pattern was around long before Troussier and the French staff arrived, so a coincidence in colors is feasible).[citation needed]

Their crest features a pair of Shisas, imaginary talismanic creatures in the area, and the crown of the kings of the former Ryūkyū Kingdom.


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2006 JFL 18 14 3,189
2007 JFL 18 17 2,443
2008 JFL 18 16 2,882
2009 JFL 18 16 1,348
2010 JFL 18 10 1,777 2nd Round
2011 JFL 18 9 1,860 2nd Round
2012 JFL 18 9 2,164 1st Round
2013 JFL 18 11 2,069 2nd Round
2014 J3 12 9 1,398 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Sunao Kasahara
2 Japan DF Daiki Asada
3 Japan DF Kazuya Kawabata
4 Japan DF Takahiro Urashima
5 Japan DF Koichi Maeda
6 Japan DF Daichi Okumiya
7 Japan MF Hikaru Mizuno
8 Japan MF Keisuke Tanabe
9 Japan FW Satoshi Nakayama
10 Japan FW Kenya Maeshiro
11 Japan MF Jumpei Obata
13 Japan MF Kazuki Kotera
14 Japan MF Yu Tomidokoro
No. Position Player
15 Japan MF Noritaka Fujisawa
17 Japan FW Shota Aoki (on loan from Yokohama FC)
18 Japan FW Satoru Makino
19 Japan FW Reino Shimamura
20 Japan DF Yuki Osawa
21 Japan GK Junichi Kouno
22 Japan DF Keitaro Koga
23 Japan DF Taishi Sunagawa
24 Japan DF Ryoya Ueda
25 Japan MF Yasuhiro Fukuda
26 Japan MF Yusuke Matsuda
27 Japan MF Kiichi Tomori
33 Japan GK Kenji Tanaka

Notable Former Players[edit]

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