Azul Claro Numazu
|Full name||Football Club Azul Claro Numazu|
|Founded||1977 (as Numazu Arsenal SC)|
2006 (as Azul Claro Numazu)
|Ground||Shizuoka Ashitaka Athletic Stadium|
|Azul Claro Suruga Corporation (NPO)|
Azul Claro Numazu (アスルクラロ沼津 Asuru Kuraro Numazu) is a Japanese professional football team based in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. They earned promotion to play at the nationwide third-tier J3 League starting in 2017.
Azul Claro Numazu was established in 1977 as Numazu Arsenal and slowly progressed through the tiers of Shizuoka prefectural leagues. In 2006 the club began the process of transformation into a professional organization with the ultimate goal of joining the J.League. The same year the club adopted its current name, Azul Claro (Meaning "light blue" in Portuguese and Spanish).
In 2012 Azul Claro won promotion to Tōkai Adult Soccer League and quickly progressed through its ranks, spending only a season in each of its divisions. Though they have finished only fourth in 2013 Tōkai League, they were considered as serious contenders for admission to the newly created J3 League. On September 17, 2013, the club has been granted the J. League Associate Membership and passed all stages of licensing and inspection by the league. However, they were only the 3rd choice club for the only Regional League spot in J3 so eventually, they had to give way to Grulla Morioka. The club has won the promotion anyway though—they were selected by the Japan Football League board as one of the teams to play in the 2014 season.
|2004||Shizuoka Prefectural League
League (Div. 1)
|2012||Tokai Football League (Div. 2)||2nd|
|2013||Tokai Football League (Div. 1)||4th|
|2014||Japan Football League||8th|
- Official Site (in Japanese)