Tochigi SC

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Tochigi S.C.
Full name Tochigi Soccer Club
Founded 1953; 62 years ago (1953)
Ground Tochigi Green Stadium
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Ground Capacity 18,025
Chairman Japan Kentaro Arai
Manager Japan Yuji Sakakura
League J. League Division 2
2014 12th
Website Club home page

Tochigi S.C. (栃木S.C. Tochigi Esu Shī?) are a football (soccer) club based in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. They play in the J. League Division 2. Their team colour is yellow.

Tochigi, uniquely, is the only major Japanese professional club to retain the word "soccer" in its English name, despite efforts by football authorities to minimize the incidence of the word in the J. League (the very Japanized pronunciation of the word is widely used in American English whereas "football" is more the more common term in Britain, and is thus seen as an effect of the American influence following their occupation after World War II). Its club emblem is very attractive as many clubs such as Tai Chung FC of the Hong Kong first division league also copy its emblem.


Teachers in Tochigi Prefecture founded the club in 1953. They were initially called self-explanatory Tochigi Teachers' Soccer Club (栃木教員サッカー部 Tochigi Kyōin Sakkā Bu). They started to welcome players with other professions in 1994 and renamed themselves as Tochigi Soccer Club. In 1999, Tochigi won the Kanto Regional League and were promoted to the Japan Football League after finishing runners-up in the Regional League play-off. In March 2005, they announced that they would set up a task force to give a serious consideration to turn professional and try to gain J. League status.

On January 2007 they achieved J. League Associate Membership status and in the 2008 season they secured qualification for promotion to professional status on November 16; on December 1 promotion was made official by J. League and Tochigi had competed in J2 since 2009.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2009 J2 18 17 4,706 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 10 4,157 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 10 4,939 3rd Round
2012 J2 22 11 3,850 2nd Round
2013 J2 22 9 4,922 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 12 5,294 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site

Current squad[edit]

As of January 31, 2015 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 Akihiko Takeshige
2 Japan DF Yoshiya Nishizawa
3 South Korea DF Park Hyung-jin (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
4 Japan MF Kenji Arabori
5 Japan DF Kei Omoto
6 South Korea DF Han Hee-hun
7 Japan MF Kazunori Kan
8 Japan FW Koji Hirose
9 Japan FW Yudai Nishikawa
10 Japan MF Makoto Sugimoto
11 Japan MF Yosuke Yuzawa
13 Japan FW Akito Kawamoto (on loan from Ventforet Kofu)
14 Japan FW Toyofumi Sakano (on loan from Urawa Reds)
No. Position Player
15 Japan MF Takuma Nagayoshi
16 Japan GK Shigeru Sakurai
17 Japan DF Tatsunori Yamagata
18 Japan DF Ryota Sakata
19 Japan DF Hideyuki Akai
20 South Korea FW Lee Dae-heon
21 Japan GK Daisuke Yoshimitsu
24 Brazil DF Felipe (on loan from Vegalta Sendai)
25 Japan MF Tatsuya Onodera
26 Japan DF Hiroshi Nakano
30 Japan MF Isao Homma
31 Japan FW Ryo Matsumura (on loan from Vissel Kobe)
38 Japan MF Keiya Nakami

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