F.League

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F.League
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Country Japan
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 2007; 10 years ago
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) All Japan Futsal Championship
F.League Ocean Cup
International cup(s) AFC Futsal Club Championship
Current champions Nagoya Oceans
(2015–16)
Most championships Nagoya Oceans (9 titles)
Website www.fleague.jp
2016-17 F.League

The F. League (in Japanese: "F・リーグ", Officially "日本フットサルリーグ",Nihon Futtosaru Rīgu) is the top league for Futsal in Japan. The winning team obtains the participation right to the AFC Futsal Club Championship.[1]

Overview[edit]

The league was formed in 2007 as a complement for the elimination tournament, (the current Puma Cup) which groups regional futsal champions into a final elimination phase.[2]

The league operates on the sports franchise system, with no promotion or relegation of clubs. The clubs are thus expansion teams. In 2009 the number of clubs was increased from 8 to 10 with the addition of Fuchu Athletic and Espolada Hokkaido.

In F. League play, the clubs battle each other three times: once at home, once away and once in a neutral venue (generally Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo). The season runs from August to February.

An elimination league cup, the Ocean Cup is played every season by the 12 F.League teams.

Teams[edit]

Teams playing the F.League 2016–17 season.

History[edit]

Seasons Winner Runner-up Third place
2007–08 Nagoya Oceans Bardral Urayasu Deução Kobe
2008–09 Nagoya Oceans Bardral Urayasu Deução Kobe
2009–10 Nagoya Oceans Pescadola Machida Shriker Osaka
2010–11 Nagoya Oceans Deução Kobe Vasagey Oita
2011–12 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Deução Kobe
2012–13 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Fuchu Athletic
2013–14 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Vasagey Oita
2014-15 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Bardral Urayasu
2015-16 Nagoya Oceans Fuchu Athletic Shriker Osaka
2016-17 Shriker Osaka Pescadola Machida Nagoya Oceans

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ARITA, KENICHI (18 May 2012). "F.League hopes World Cup will boost sport's popularity". asahi.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Futsal league ready for the off". fifa.com. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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