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|Full name||Football Club Kariya|
|Founded||1949 (as Nippon Denso Soccer Club)|
|Ground||Kariya Municipal Athletic Park
Kariya City, Aichi
|League||Tokai Regional League Div. 1|
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.
In 2015 Kariya became champions of the Tokai League and participated in the 2015 Regional League promotion play-offs.
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.
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.
Results in JFL
1996: (The former JFL 15th)
1997: (The former JFL 13th)
1998: (The former JFL 10th)
2009: 17th (relegated after losing test matches)
- (Japanese) Official Website
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