Japanese Regional Leagues

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Japanese Regional Leagues
Country Japan Japan
Confederation AFC
Founded 1966 (Kansai and Tokai)
1967 (Kanto)
1973 (Chugoku and Kyushu)
1975 (Hokushin'etsu)
1977 (Shikoku and Tohoku)
1978 (Hokkaido)
Divisions 9 (first level)
6 (second level)
Number of teams 134
Levels on pyramid 5–6
Promotion to Japan Football League (1999-present)
Japan Football League (1992-1998)
Japan Soccer League (1966-1991)
Relegation to Prefectural Leagues
Domestic cup(s) Emperor's Cup
Shakaijin Cup
2013 Japanese Regional Leagues

Japanese Regional Leagues (地域リーグ Chiiki Rīgu) are a group of parallel association football leagues in Japan that are organized on the regional basis. They form the fifth tier of the Japanese association football league system below the nationwide Japan Football League.

Overview[edit]

Football regions in Japan:
      Hokkaido       Tōhoku       Kantō       Hokushinetsu       Tōkai       Kansai       Chūgoku       Shikoku       Kyushu
Hokkaido subdivision boundaries are by Block League.

Japan is divided regionally in a variety of ways, some of them administrative and some more historical. For the football purposes, the country is divided into nine regions. All regional league champions earn the right to participate in the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series at the end of the year. Runner-ups may also qualify according to criteria set by the Japan Football Association.

Regional league clubs also compete in the All Japan Senior Football Championship, a cup competition. The winner of this cup also earns a berth in the All Japan Promotion Series, and the runner-up may also qualify depending on space and JFA criteria.

Regional league clubs must win the qualifying cup in their home prefecture in order to compete in the Emperor's Cup.

Since the divisions rarely go over 10 members, the season is shorter and long summer breaks may be taken.

Among the existing Japanese clubs there are nine that have never played in the regional leagues. They are:

Regional Leagues clubs, 2014[edit]

Hokkaido Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Hokkaido Soccer League
北海道サッカーリーグ
Club Fields Norbritz Hokkaidō Ebetsu, Hokkaido
Tokachi Fairsky Genesis Obihiro, Hokkaido
Sapporo University Goal Plunderers Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sapporo Shūkyū Sapporo, Hokkaido
Rokkatei Marseitz Obihiro, Hokkaido
Nippon Steel Muroran Muroran, Hokkaido
R.Supelbe Kushiro Kushiro, Hokkaido
Komazawa OB F.C. Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League
東北社会人サッカーリーグ
Division 1 F.C. Ganju Iwate Morioka, Iwate
Cobaltore Onagawa Onagawa, Miyagi
Fuji Club 2003 Hanamaki, Iwate
F.C. Primeiro Fukushima Prefecture
Morioka Zebra Morioka, Iwate
Shiogama F.C. Wiese Shiogama, Miyagi
Bandits Iwaki Iwaki, Fukushima
Akita F.C Cambiare Akita, Akita
Reinmeer Aomori F.C. Aomori, Aomori
Merry Fukushima Prefecture
Division 2 North Mizusawa Club Mizusawa, Iwate
Omiya Club Morioka, Iwate
TDK Shinwakai Nikaho, Akita
Nippon Steel Corp. Kamaishi S.C. Kamaishi, Iwate
Blancdieu Hirosaki Hirosaki, Aomori
F.C. Fuji 08 Hanamaki, Iwate
Akita University Medical F.C. Akita, Akita
Oirase Town Football Association Oirase, Aomori
Iwate Club Iwate, Iwate
Saruta Kogyo Akita, Akita
Division 2 South Marysol Matsusima S.C. Matsushima, Miyagi
F.C. Scheinen Fukushima Fukushima, Fukushima
Iwaki Furukawa F.C. Iwaki, Fukushima
Sendai Nakata FC Taihaku-ku, Sendai
F.C. Parafrente Yonezawa Yonezawa, Yamagata
Soma S.C. Soma, Fukushima
Sendai SASUKE F.C. Sendai, Miyagi
Denryoku Nostalgia F.C. Sendai, Miyagi
Tozawa F.C. Tozawa, Yamagata
kureha S.C. Iwaki, Fukushima

Kantō Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Kanto Soccer League
関東サッカーリーグ
Division 1 F.C. Korea Tokyo
Vertfee Takahara Nasu Yaita, Tochigi
Tonan Maebashi Maebashi, Gunma
Tokyo 23 F.C. Special wards of Tokyo
Aries F.C. Tokyo Nerima, Tokyo
Hitachi Building System S.C. Chiyoda, Tokyo
Ryutsu Keizai University F.C. Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki
Saitama S.C. Sayama, Saitama
Urayasu S.C. Urayasu, Chiba
Vonds Ichihara Ichihara, Chiba
Division 2 Club Dragons Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki
Toho Titanium S.C. Chigasaki, Kanagawa
Yokohama Takeru Yokohama, Kanagawa
Kanagawa-ken Kyoin S.C. Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama
JMSDF Atsugi Marcus Atsugi, Kanagawa
Nihonkogakuin F・Marinos Yokohama, Kanagawa
Taisei City F.C. Sakado Sakado, Saitama
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co.,Ltd F.C. Chiyoda, Tokyo
Joyful Honda Tsukuba F.C. Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Tonan Maebashi Satellite Maebashi, Gunma

Hokushinetsu Football League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Hokushinetsu Football League
北信越フットボールリーグ
Division 1 Saurcos Fukui Awara, Fukui
Japan Soccer College Seiro, Niigata
Artista Tōmi Tōmi, Nagano
F.C. Antelope Shiojiri Shiojiri, Nagano
F.C. Hokuriku Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Valiente Toyama Toyama, Toyama
F.C. Ueda Gentian Ueda, Nagano
Sakai Phoenix F.C. Sakai, Fukui
Division 2 Toyama Shinjo Club Toyama, Toyama
Teihens F.C. Hakusan, Ishikawa
Niigata University of Management F.C. Kamo, Niigata
A.S. Jamineiro Niigata, Niigata
F.C. Abies Chino, Nagano
Nagaoka Bill Board F.C. Nagaoka, Niigata
Okuetsu F.C. Ōno, Fukui
Hokuriku University Futures Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Tōkai Adult League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Tōkai Adult Soccer League
東海社会人サッカーリーグ
Division 1 F.C. Gifu SECOND Gifu, Gifu
F.C. Kariya Kariya, Aichi
Toyota Shūkyūdan Toyota, Aichi
F.C. Suzuka Rampole Suzuka, Mie
Fujieda City Hall S.C. Fujieda, Shizuoka
Yazaki Valente Shimada, Shizuoka
Nagoya S.C. Nagoya, Aichi
Chukyo univ.FC Nagoya, Aichi
Division 2 Tokoha University Hamamatsu F.C. Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Kasugai Club Kasugai, Aichi
Ise YAMATO F.C. Ise, Mie
F.C. Kawasaki Gifu, Gifu
Nagara club Gifu, Gifu
JTEKT F.C. Kariya, Aichi
Toyota Industries S.C. Kariya, Aichi
Mindhouse Yokkaichi Yokkaichi, Mie

Kansai Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Kansai Soccer League
関西サッカーリーグ
Division 1 F.C. Osaka Osaka, Osaka
Amitie S.C. Kyoto, Kyoto
Lagend Shiga F.C. Shiga Prefecture
Banditonce Kakogawa F.C. Kakogawa, Hyogo
Nara Club Nara, Nara
Arterivo Wakayama Wakayama, Wakayama
Kandai F.C. 2008 Suita, Osaka
Hannan University F.C. Matsubara, Osaka
Division 2 AS. Laranja Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Ain Foods S.C. Izumi, Osaka
Diablossa Nara F.C. Yamatotakada, Nara
Kyoto Shiko Club Kita-ku, Kyoto
Takasago Mineiro F.C. Takasago, Hyōgo
Kwangaku Club Nishinomiya, Hyōgo
Tatsuno F.C. Tatsuno, Hyogo
F.C. TIAMO Hirakata, Osaka

Chūgoku Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Chūgoku Soccer League
中国サッカーリーグ
Dezzolla Shimane Hamada, Shimane
Matsue City F.C. Matsue, Shimane
NTN Okayama Bizen, Okayama
Fuji Xerox Hiroshima S.C. Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima F.C. Kurashiki, Okayama
Sagawa Express Chugoku S.C. Hiroshima, Hiroshima
SRC Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Mizushima F.C. Kurashiki, Okayama
Hitachi Kasado Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi
F.C. Ube YAHHH-MAN Ube, Yamaguchi

Shikoku Adult League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Shikoku Adult League
四国社会人リーグ
FC.IMABARI Imabari, Ehime
Igosso Kōchi F.C. Kōchi, Kōchi
Kochi U TORASTAR F.C. Nankoku, Kōchi
Tadotsu F.C. Tadotsu, Kagawa
R.VELHO Takamatsu, Kagawa
Llamas Kōchi F.C. Kōchi, Kōchi
Minami Club Takamatsu, Kagawa
Nakamura Club Shimanto, Kōchi

Kyushu Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Kyushu Soccer League
九州サッカーリーグ
Kagoshima United Second Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Nippon Steel Corp. Oita S.C. Ōita, Ōita
F.C. Nakatsu Nakatsu, Oita
Okinawa Kaihō Bank S.C. Naha, Okinawa
Kyushu Mitsubishi Motors F.C. Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Mitsubishi Heavy Industrial Nagasaki S.C. Nagasaki, Nagasaki
Saga LIXIL F.C. Kashima, Saga
F.C. Naha Naha, Okinawa
Nanakuma Tombies Fukuoka, Fukuoka
MSU F.C. Miyazaki, Miyazaki

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