FC Ryukyu

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FC Ryukyu
Full nameFC Ryukyu
GroundOkinawa General Athletic Stadium
Okinawa, Okinawa
ChairmanJapan Keishiro Kurabayashi
ManagerNorth Korea Kim Jong-song
LeagueJ3 League
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 J3 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 joined 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.

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, apparently as their bengara pigment pattern was seen as too 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 colors 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.


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2006 JFL 18 14 3,189
2007 JFL 18 17 2,443
2008 JFL 18 16 2,882
2009 JFL 18 16 1,348
2010 JFL 18 10 1,777 2nd Round
2011 JFL 18 9 1,860 2nd Round
2012 JFL 18 9 2,164 1st Round
2013 JFL 18 11 2,069 2nd Round
2014 J3 12 9 1,398 2nd Round
2015 J3 13 9 1,498 2nd Round
2016 J3 16 8 1,561 2nd Round
2017 J3 17 6 2,508 1st Round
2018 J3 17 1 3,146 1st Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance


Current squad[edit]

As of 11 December 2018.[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 North Korea GK Park Iru-gyu
2 Japan DF Kosuke Masutani
3 Japan DF Taishi Nishioka
5 Japan DF Shuhei Tokumoto
8 Japan MF Hayata Komatsu
9 Japan FW Yuta Togashi
10 Japan MF Yu Tomidokoro
11 Japan FW Ryuji Bando
13 Japan MF Kazaki Nakagawa
14 Japan FW Satoki Uejo
16 Japan MF Yuichiro Edamoto
No. Position Player
17 Japan GK Keisuke Tsumita
18 Japan DF Yuki Miyauchi
20 Japan FW Aio Fukuda
22 Japan DF Shuhei Takizawa
24 Japan MF Sho Otsuka
25 North Korea MF Kim Song-sun
27 Norway FW Fadel Karbon
TBA Japan DF Minoru Hanafusa
TBA Japan MF Yoshio Koizumi
TBA Japan DF Kenta Naito


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