FC Ryukyu

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FC Ryukyu
Full nameFC Ryukyu
GroundTapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium
Okinawa, Okinawa
ChairmanKeishiro Kurabayashi
ManagerYasuhiro Higuchi
LeagueJ2 League
2020J2 League, 16th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Ryukyu (FC琉球, Efu Shī Ryūkyū) are an Association football club from the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. They currently play in Japan's J2 League.

The team derive their name from Ryukyu, the historic name for Okinawa Prefecture. The club once had futsal and handball teams.


The club was founded in 2003. Most of the players who initially joined the club were those who had left Okinawa Kariyushi FC after a rift with their management, which were beholden to the Kariyushi hotel chain. Their first 2003 season saw them win the championship in Okinawa Prefectural Division 3 North. They were allowed to skip to Division 1 the next season, where they again succeeded in finishing top of the table.

In the 2005 season, they belonged to the Kyūshū Regional League (Kyu League). After finishing 2nd and winning the Regional League play-off, they were promoted to the JFL and became the first ever Okinawan football side who played in a national league.

In December 2007, the club appointed former Japan national coach Philippe Troussier as their general manager. Jean-Paul Rabier was appointed as their manager in January 2008.

They applied for J. League Associate Membership in January 2008, but their application was declined at the J. League board meeting held on February 19, 2008.

In December 2008, the resignation of Rabier was announced. Former coach Hiroyuki Shinzato was promoted to be the new manager in January 2009.

In 2014, FC Ryukyu could finally join the J3 League.

In January 2015, FC Ryukyu announced a partnership with Seoul United from the Korean Challengers League. According to the agreement the teams will play a friendly match every year. The first match was scheduled for 1 March 2015.

FC Ryukyu have made steady progress in recent years, finishing in 8th place in J3 in 2016, and improving on that the following year, finishing 6th.

In the 2018 season they secured promotion to J2 with 3 games left after a 1–1 draw at Nagano Parceiro, and in the following game beat Thespakusatsu Gunma to claim the J3 title with two games to spare.

They started their first season in J2 in style with 4 straight wins to top the league, but faded as the season progressed eventually finishing in 14th place.

Team colour and crest[edit]

Their team colour is bengara, a shade of red pigment. It is called red ochre in English and can be generally described as claret. Bengara derives from a Dutch word bengala which in turn derives from Bengal, a region in India and Bangladesh. This name was given because the pigment was traditionally imported from Bengal to Japan. Okinawa has a close association with the bengara colour which is prominently applied to Shuri Castle, one of the most symbolic historical buildings in the area.

In 2008 they adopted a sky-blue trim for their home uniform, as their bengara pigment pattern was considered too and similar to Aston Villa from England (the claret and sky-blue pattern was around long before Troussier and the French staff arrived, so a coincidence in colours is feasible).[citation needed]

Their crest features a pair of Shisas, imaginary talismanic creatures in the area, and the crown of the kings of the former Ryukyu Kingdom.


Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's
2005 Kyushu Soccer
10 2nd -
2006 JFL 18 14th 3,189
2007 18 17th 2,443
2008 18 16th 2,882
2009 18 16th 1,348
2010 18 10th 1,777 2nd round
2011 18 9th 1,860 2nd round
2012 18 9th 2,164 1st round
2013 18 11th 2,069 2nd round
2014 J3 12 9th 1,398 2nd round
2015 13 9th 1,498 2nd round
2016 16 8th 1,561 2nd round
2017 17 6th 2,508 1st round
2018 17 1st 3,146 1st round
2019 J2 22 14th 4,953 2nd round
2020 22 16th 1,170 Did not qualify
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site


Current squad[edit]

As of 20 February 2021.[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Costa Rica CRC Danny Carvajal
2 DF Japan JPN Yuya Torikai
3 DF Japan JPN Ryoji Fukui
4 DF Japan JPN Ryohei Okazaki
5 DF Brazil BRA Felipe Tavares
6 MF Japan JPN Koki Kazama
7 DF Japan JPN Keita Tanaka
8 MF Japan JPN Koya Kazama
9 DF North Korea PRK Ri Yong-jik
10 MF Japan JPN Yu Tomidokoro
11 MF Japan JPN Kazaki Nakagawa (On loan from Kyoto Sanga)
13 MF Japan JPN Koki Kiyotake
14 DF Japan JPN Keigo Numata
15 DF Japan JPN Tetsuya Chinen
16 FW Japan JPN Takuma Abe
17 GK Japan JPN Keisuke Tsumita
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW Japan JPN Shintaro Shimizu
19 FW Japan JPN Takuya Hitomi
20 MF Japan JPN Kazumasa Uesato
21 FW Japan JPN Shinya Uehara
22 DF Japan JPN Makito Uehara
23 MF Japan JPN Ren Ikeda
24 FW Japan JPN Shingo Akamine
25 DF Japan JPN Reo Yamashita
26 GK Japan JPN Junto Taguchi
27 MF Japan JPN Shunsuke Motegi
28 MF Brazil BRA Ramon
29 MF Japan JPN Mizuki Ichimaru
30 DF Japan JPN Yusuke Murase
31 GK Japan JPN Kosuke Inose
32 MF Japan JPN Sho Sawada
33 FW Thailand THA Sittichok Paso (On loan from Chonburi)

Out on loan[edit]

March 8 2021. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Japan JPN Yukihide Gibo (On loan at Tegevajaro Miyazaki)


  1. ^ "PROFILE | 選手・スタッフ". ゲキサカ. Retrieved 20 February 2021.

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