Tochigi SC

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Tochigi S.C.
Full name Tochigi Soccer Club
Founded 1953; 61 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
2013 9th
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 J. League Cup 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
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of February 15 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 Kunihiro Shibasaki
2 Japan DF Yoshiya Nishizawa
3 Japan DF Naoya Okane (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
5 South Korea DF Cha Young-Hwan
6 South Korea MF Lee Min-Soo (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
7 Japan DF Ryuga Suzuki (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
8 Japan FW Koji Hirose
9 Japan FW Yuji Senuma (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
10 Japan MF Makoto Sugimoto
11 Japan FW Kentaro Shigematsu
13 Japan FW Satoshi Kukino
14 Japan MF Kazunori Kan
15 Japan MF Takuma Nagayoshi
No. Position Player
17 Japan DF Tatsunori Yamagata
18 Japan DF Ryota Sakata
19 Japan DF Hideyuki Akai
20 Japan MF Yosuke Yuzawa
21 Japan GK Tomoyuki Suzuki
22 Brazil DF Dudu
25 Japan MF Tatsuya Onodera
26 Japan DF Hiroshi Nakano
32 Japan FW Yusuke Kondo
37 Japan GK Tatsuya Enomoto
38 Japan MF Keiya Nakami
39 Japan FW Tetsuya Okubo (on loan from Yokohama FC)

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