FC Kariya

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F.C. Kariya
Full nameFootball Club Kariya
Nickname(s)FC Kariya
Founded1949 (as Nippon Denso Soccer Club)
GroundKariya Municipal Athletic Park
Kariya, Aichi
ChairmanJin Hase
ManagerUbirajara Veiga da Silva
LeagueTōkai Adult Soccer League (Div. 1)
WebsiteClub 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 21 April 2018.[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 Ryuya Sakai
4 Japan DF Yohei Fujimoto
5 Japan MF Keigo Kawano
6 Japan MF Mizuki Masato
7 Japan FW Yuta Nakano
8 Japan MF Shota Nakano
10 Japan FW Tatsuyoshi Sakamoto
13 Japan FW Yuta Imabe
14 Japan MF Kyosuke Hamada
15 Japan MF Satoru Uchida
16 Japan DF Masanobu Okiyama
17 Japan DF Hiroki Sasaki
No. Position Player
18 Japan MF Yasuhisa Hamada
19 Japan DF Ryu Zenmoto
20 Japan MF Shun Hase
21 Japan GK Okino Taito
22 Japan DF Tomoaki Hagino
23 Japan FW Itsuki Nishihara
24 Japan DF Sei Isogai
25 Japan MF Koki Hisamatu
26 Japan DF Wataru Sugawara
27 Japan MF Shunsuke Tomita
29 Japan DF Tomotaka Adachi
30 South Korea DF Min Kyung Joon
41 Japan GK Kei Nakamura

League record[edit]

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

Season League GP Pts W D L Position
2006 Japan Football
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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