2018 Emperor's Cup

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2018 Emperor's Cup
Country Japan
Dates26 May – 9 December
Teams88
ChampionsUrawa Red Diamonds
Runners-upVegalta Sendai
AFC Champions LeagueUrawa Red Diamonds
2017
2019

The 98th Emperor's Cup (天皇杯 JFA 第98回全日本サッカー選手権大会) was the 2018 edition of the annual Japanese national football cup tournament, which began on 26 May 2018 and ended with the final on 9 December 2018 at the Saitama Stadium 2002.[1] The final was held earlier than the usual date of 1 January due to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The draw for the first four rounds was held on 29 March 2018.[2]

Calendar[edit]

Round Date Matches Clubs New entries this round
First Round 26, 27 May 24 47+1 → 24
Second Round 6 June 32 24+40 → 32
  • 18 J1 clubs
  • 22 J2 clubs
Third Round 11 July, 22 August 16 32 → 16
Fourth Round 22 August, 26 September 8 16 → 8
Quarter-finals 24 October, 21 November 4 8 → 4
Semi-finals 5 December 2 4 → 2
Final 9 December 1 2 → 1

Participating clubs[edit]

88 clubs competed in the tournament. Clubs playing in the 2018 J1 League and 2018 J2 League received a bye to the second round of the tournament. The remaining teams entered in the first round.

2018 J1 League
all clubs
2018 J2 League
all clubs
Amateur Best Team 47 prefectural tournament winners

Schedule and results[edit]

First Round[edit]

The first round matches were held on 26 and 27 May 2018.

Second Round[edit]

The second round matches were held on 6 June 2018.

* In this match, the original penalty shoot-out ended 4 – 5 as a win for Nara Club; however, on 11 June the JFA ruled that due to a mis-application of rules during the fourth shot taken by Nara Club, the penalty shoot-out would be replayed from the beginning.[3] The replayed penalty shoot-out was held on 28 June 2018.

Third Round[edit]

The third round matches were held on 11 July and 22 August 2018.

* Postponed to 22 August due to floods[4]

Fourth Round[edit]

The fourth round were held on 22 August and 26 September 2018.

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals and beyond was held on 12 September 2018.[5]

The quarter-finals will be held on 24 October 2018 and 21 November 2018.

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals were originally scheduled to be held on 16 December 2018. However, the semi-finals were rescheduled to be held on 5 December after Kashima Antlers won 2018 AFC Champions League and advanced to the Emperor's Cup semi-finals, due to the schedule conflict with 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.[6]

Final[edit]

The final was originally scheduled to be held on 24 December 2018. However, the final was rescheduled to be held on 9 December 2018 after Kashima Antlers won 2018 AFC Champions League and advanced to the Emperor's Cup semi-finals, due to the schedule conflict with 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "天皇杯 JFA 第98回全日本サッカー選手権大会 マッチスケジュールおよび決勝会場について" (in Japanese). Japan Football Association. 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ "天皇杯 JFA 第98回全日本サッカー選手権大会 組合せ決定" (in Japanese). Japan Football Association. 29 March 2018.
  3. ^ "【お詫び】天皇杯 JFA 第98回全日本サッカー選手権大会において競技規則適用ミスがあり、PK方式のやり直しを決定". Japan Football Association. 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ "第98回天皇杯 3回戦 サンフレッチェ広島 vs 名古屋グランパス 試合開催延期のお知らせ". Japan Football Association. 9 July 2018.
  5. ^ "第98回天皇杯 ベスト8抽選会を実施" (in Japanese). Japan Football Association. 13 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b "第98回天皇杯 準決勝・決勝 開催日変更の可能性について". Japan Football Association. 24 October 2018.

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