Japan Football Association
The Japan Football Association, sometimes known as the Japan Soccer Association (Japanese: Nippon Sakkā Kyōkai, 日本サッカー協会), is the governing body responsible for the administration of association football (soccer) in Japan. It is responsible for the national team as well as club competitions.
The organisation was founded in 1921 as the Greater Japan Football Association (大日本蹴球協会 Dai-Nippon Shūkyū Kyōkai ), and became affiliated with FIFA in 1929. In 1945, the name of the organisation was changed to the Japan Football Association (日本蹴球協会 Nihon Shūkyū Kyōkai ); its Japanese name was changed to the current title in 1975. This reflected common use of the word sakkā (サッカー), derived from "soccer", rather than the older Japanese word shūkyū (蹴球; literally "kick-ball"). The word sakkā gained popularity during the post-World War II occupation of Japan by the Allied powers. The association generally translates its name to "Japan Football Association" in English, though "Japan Soccer Association" is also used.
To promote the most popular sport of all, football, to the masses all over Japan and to pass the ball of friendship in Asia and worldwide, the Japan Football Association(JFA) pledges to live by the following Code of Conduct, as the JFA progresses towards its 100th anniversary in 2021.
- Fair play is the most important aspect of the game. It is also what unites people. Fair play should be observed not only during the game, at training, or in the stands, but fair play should also be observed at all times by everyone in the world.
- There should be no priorities, no discrimination by gender, age, or physical abilities. An environment shall be provided in which everyone is given the chance to enjoy football or any other physical activity.
- Efforts shall be made to build high-standard stadia all over Japan at which football matches, national and international alike, can be organised and comfortably enjoyed.
- The Japanese National Teams of all age groups shall be developed to represent Asia on a regular basis, seeking to play at a competitive level against the very top teams in the world.
- Apply all human, intellectual, and material resources accumulated towards the contribution to Asian and global football.
All of us involved with JFA will work hand in hand with those dedicated to sports and will play an active role in accomplishing our goal. We will endeavor to have football and all other sports become accepted as an essential part of our daily lives and to help create a society in which our children will grow up with dignity and respect as they develop into their roles as leaders of the 21st century.
Motto: Green Grass and A Ball Expands the Circle of Friendship
Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2006 their sponsorship income amounted to over 16.5 million pounds.
Competitions run by the JFA
- Emperor's Cup
- All Japan Senior Football Championship
- All Japan Women's Football Championship
- All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series
- All Japan High School Soccer Tournament (Youth)
- Prince Takamado Cup (Youth)
- Sports in Japan
- Association football in Japan
- Japan national football team
- Japan women's national football team
- J. League Division 1
- J. League Division 2
- Japan Football League
- Japanese Regional Leagues
- Japan international footballers
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- JFA General Info
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