FC Kariya

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F.C. Kariya
Full name Football Club Kariya
Nickname(s) FC Kariya
Founded 1949 (as Nippon Denso Soccer Club)
Ground Kariya Municipal Athletic Park
Kariya, Aichi
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Suzuharu Kamiya
Manager Ryo Iduka
League Tōkai Adult Soccer League (Div. 1)
2017 1st
Website Club website

F.C. Kariya (FC刈谷, Efu Shī Kariya) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Kariya, Aichi. They play in the first division of Tōkai Adult Soccer League and they're aiming towards professional leagues.


The club was founded in 1949 as Nippon Denso Soccer Club. They mainly played in the Tōkai Regional League; Kariya was already represented in the Japan Soccer League by the club belonging to Toyota Industries (not to be confused with nearby Toyota Motors, which is the club that became Nagoya Grampus).

Nippon Denso were finally promoted to the Japan Football League in 1996. They played their first JFL season under new name DENSO Soccer Club because of the change of their owner's name.

DENSO relinquished the ownership at the end of the 2005 season and non-profit organisation Kaeru Sports Club took over. Their name F.C. Kariya was chosen from entries from the public. Despite this change of ownership, F.C. Kariya did not show much ambition for J. League status in subsequent campaigns, and finished in 17th place on the 2009 season of the Japan Football League, being relegated back to the Tokai Regional League after losing a promotion/relegation series to the more ambitious Zweigen Kanazawa.[1]

In 2015 Kariya became champions of the Tōkai Adult Soccer League and participated in the 2015 Regional League promotion play-offs, reaching the Top 4, but not the promotion back to JFL. They also featured three times in the Emperor's Cup, reaching 2nd round both in 2007 and in 2012.

Shirt and colours[edit]

F.C. Kariya's shirt features the red sash (or Aka Dasuki in Japanese). This design was originally adopted by Kariya High School's soccer club who introduced the sport to the area in the Taishō period. Because of this, the red sash is regarded as the symbolic design of Kariya's football.


They play their home games mainly at Kariya Municipal Athletic Park, but Toyohashi City Iwata General Ballgame Stadium and Nagoya City Port Soccer Stadium are also used a couple of times a year. They practice at Denso Ikeda Factory ground which is not open to the public because it is in Denso's factory site.

Current squad[edit]

Updated to 12th November 2017.[2] 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 Junya Fujisawa
2 Japan DF Yuta Nagano
3 Japan DF Naoki Akaya
4 Japan DF Yohei Fujimoto
5 Japan DF Takato Yamada
6 Japan MF Koki Harada
7 Japan FW Yuta Nakano
8 Japan MF Jun Watanabe
9 Japan FW Yoshiyuki Hayashi
10 Japan MF Takuma Kuroda
11 Japan FW Naoki Mano
14 Japan MF Suguru Kanda
15 Japan DF Satoru Uchida
No. Position Player
16 Japan DF Kosuke Fukumoto
17 Japan DF Hiroki Sasaki
18 Japan MF Yasuhisa Hamada
19 Japan FW Tatsuyoshi Sakamoto
21 Japan GK Kyohei Shimazaki
22 Japan MF Kazuhiro Fushiki
24 Japan MF Akitsugu Takahashi
25 Japan MF Koki Hisamatu
26 Japan MF Keigo Kawano
27 Japan MF Hiroki Morisaki
29 Japan DF Kento Kuri
41 Japan GK Kentaro Kusunoki

League record[edit]

Here are listed only the seasons disputed as "FC Kariya"'.

Season League GP Pts W D L Position
2006 Japan
34 32 8 8 18 13th
2007 34 28 8 4 22 16th
2008 34 51 13 12 9 8th
2009 34 31 7 10 17 17th
2010 Tōkai Adult
Soccer League
(Div. 1)
16 35 10 5 1 2nd
2011 14 21 6 3 5 3rd
2012 14 18 5 3 6 4th
2013 14 25 8 1 5 3rd
2014 14 20 6 2 6 4th
2015 14 33 10 3 1 1st
2016 14 40 13 1 0 1st
2017 14 33 10 3 1 2nd


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