Japan Football Association

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Japan Football Association
AFC
Japan FA logo.svg
Founded1921; 101 years ago (1921)[1]
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
FIFA affiliation1929[1]
AFC affiliation1954[1]
EAFF affiliation2002
PresidentKozo Tashima
Kazumichi Iwagami
Yoshinori Hayashi
Vice-PresidentMitsuru Murai
Websitewww.jfa.jp/eng/ (in English)

The Japan Football Association (JFA, Japanese: 日本サッカー協会, romanizedNihon Sakkā Kyōkai)[2] is the governing body responsible for the administration of football, futsal, beach soccer and efootball in Japan. It is responsible for the national team, as well as club competitions.[3]

National teams[edit]

Source:
JFA (in English)
JFA (in Japanese)

Men[edit]

Last updated: 9 February 2022

Level Manager Appointed Time as Manager Ref.
Senior Japan Hajime Moriyasu 26 July 2018 3 years, 334 days [4][5]
U-23 Japan Go Oiwa (U-21) 16 December 2021 191 days [6]
U-20 Japan Koichi Togashi (U-19) 16 December 2021 191 days [7]
U-17 Japan Yoshiro Moriyama (U-16) 16 December 2021 191 days [8]
University
Futsal Japan Kenichiro Kogure 23 November 2021 214 days [9]
U-20 futsal Japan Kenichiro Kogure (U-19 futsal) 1 January 2021 1 year, 175 days
Beach soccer Japan Ozu Moreira 18 June 2020 2 years, 7 days [10]
Esports

Women[edit]

Last updated: 9 February 2022

Level Manager Appointed Time as Manager Ref.
Senior Japan Futoshi Ikeda 1 October 2021 267 days [11]
U-23
U-20 Japan Futoshi Ikeda 1 January 2019 3 years, 175 days
U-17 Japan Michihisa Kano 1 January 2019 3 years, 175 days
University
Futsal Japan Takehiro Suga 23 November 2021 214 days [12]
U-18 futsal

Current title holders[edit]

Last updated: 16 June 2022

Source:
JFA (in English)
JFA (in Japanese)

International competitions[edit]

Senior[edit]

Competition Edition Teams Next edition[13]
National team
Kirin Cup Soccer 2022
(Final)
 Japan (hosts)
 Chile
 Ghana
 Tunisia
2023
(Final)
Kirin Challenge Cup [ja] 2022  Japan (hosts)
Cancelled
2 June
6 June
 Uzbekistan
 Paraguay
 Brazil
2023
National team (women)
MS&AD Cup 2021  Japan (hosts)
 Mexico
2022
Club teams
J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship 2022 Not held due to 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship. 2023
J.League World Challenge 2022 Japan Kawasaki Frontale (hosts)
20 July
France Paris Saint-Germain[14] 2023
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (hosts)
23 July
Japan Gamba Osaka (hosts)
25 July

Youth[edit]

Competition Edition Teams Next edition[13] Date(s)
National teams
Denso Cup Soccer annual Japan vs Korea university regular football match 2019  Japan (hosts)
 South Korea
2022 25 June 2022
SBS Cup 2019  Japan (hosts)
 Belgium
 Colombia
Japan Shizuoka Selection
2022 22–28 August 2022
International Youth Soccer in Niigata [ja] 2019  Japan (hosts)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Mexico
Japan Niigata Selection
2022 13–18 September 2022
U-16 International Dream Cup 2022  Japan (hosts)
 Mexico
 South Korea
 Uruguay
2023

Domestic competitions[edit]

Senior[edit]

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League
J1 League (J.League) 2021 Kawasaki Frontale 4th Yokohama F. Marinos 2022
J2 League (J.League) 2021 Júbilo Iwata 1st Kyoto Sanga 2022
J3 League (J.League) 2021 Roasso Kumamoto 1st Iwate Grulla Morioka 2022
Japan Football League 2021 Iwaki FC 1st Honda FC 2022
Relegation Playoffs 2021 2022
Japanese Regional Football League Competition 2021 Criacao Shinjuku 1st FC Ise-Shima 2022
Japanese Regional Leagues 2021 2022
Cup
Fujifilm Super Cup 2022 Urawa Red Diamonds 5th Kawasaki Frontale 2023
Emperor's Cup JFA Japan Football Championship 2021
(Final)
Urawa Red Diamonds 8th Oita Trinita 2022
(Final)
J.League YBC Levain Cup 2021
(Final)
Nagoya Grampus 1st Cerezo Osaka 2022
(Final)
Futsal
F.League Division 1
2021–22 Nagoya Oceans 14th Shonan Bellmare 2022–23
F.League Division 2
2021–22 Shinagawa City Futsal Club 2nd Deução Kobe 2022–23
JFA Japan Futsal Championship 2021 Shinagawa City Futsal Club 1st Fugador Sumida 2022
F.League Ocean Cup 2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2022
Beach soccer
JFA Japan Beach Soccer Tournament 2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2022
Esports
Esports Soccer Championship 2022 Mukasa (Kuromame/Yumi) Gosanke (Nasri/Agu) 2023
Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League (women)
WE League
WE League Japan logo.svg
2021–22 INAC Kobe Leonessa 1st Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies 2022–23
Nadeshiko League Division 1
2021 Iga FC Kunoichi Mie 1st Sfida Setagaya FC 2022
Nadeshiko League Division 2
2021 JFA Academy Fukushima 1st Bunnys Gunma FC White Star 2022
Regional Leagues 2021 2022
Cup (women)
Empress's Cup JFA Japan Women's Football Championship 2021
(Final)
Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies 1st JEF United Chiba Ladies 2022
(Final)
Nadeshiko League Cup 2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2022
Futsal (women)
Women's F.League 2021–22 Bardral Urayasu Las Bonitas 2nd SWH Futsal Club Ladies 2022–23
JFA Japan Women's Futsal Championship 2022 Bardral Urayasu Las Bonitas Arco Kobe 2023

Youth[edit]

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League 2019 Aomori Yamada High School 2nd Nagoya Grampus U-18 2022
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League Play-off 2021 2022
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Prince League 2021 2022
U-13 Regional Football League 2021 2022
Cup
Prime Minister Cup University Soccer Tournament 2021 2022
University Tournament 2021 Komazawa University 7th Hannan University 2022
Denso Cup Challenge Soccer 2021 2022
Club Youth (U-18) Championship 2021 Nagoya Grampus U-18 2nd Consadole Sapporo U-18 2022
High School Tournament 2021 Aomori Yamada High School 3rd Kumamoto Ozu High School 2022
Inter High School Sports Festival (football) 2021 2022
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-15 Japan Football Championship 2021 Sagan Tosu U-15 2nd FC Lavida 2022
Club Youth (U-15) Championship 2021 FC Tokyo U-15 Musashi 1st Sagan Tosu U-15 2022
Junior High School Sports Festival 2021 Kamimura Gakuen Junior High School 1st Aomori Yamada Junior High School 2022
JFA U-12 Championship 2021 Regista FC 1st Kashima Antlers U-12 2022
Futsal
University Futsal Championship 2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2022
JFA U-18 Futsal Championship 2021 Pescadola Machida U-18 1st Shriker Osaka U-18 2022
JFA U-15 Futsal Championship 2022 Hokkaido Consadole Asahikawa Tokyu S Reyes FC 2023
Vermont Cup JFA U-12 Futsal Championship 2019 Brincar FC 2nd Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo U-12 2022
Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League (women)
JFA U-15 Women's Football League 2021 2022[15]
Cup (women)
University Women's Championship 2021 Waseda University Shizuoka Sangyo University 2022
Club Youth (U-18) Women's Tournament 2021 JFA Academy Fukushima 2nd Nippon Sport Science University Fields Yokohama U-18 2022
High School Women's Championship 2021 Kamimura Gakuen High School Hinomoto Gakuen High School 2022
JFA U-18 Women's Championship 2022 Cerezo Osaka Sakai Girls Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies Youth 2023
JFA U-15 Women's Championship 2021 Tokyo Verdy Menina 3rd JFA Academy Fukushima 2022
Regional Girls-eight (U-12) Tournament 2020 2021
Futsal (women)
JFA U-15 Women's Futsal Tournament 2022 Jūmonji Junior High School AIC Seagull Hiroshima Ladies 2023

Defunct competitions[edit]

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up
League (women)
Nadeshiko League Division 3 2020 JFA Academy Fukushima 1st Angeviolet Hiroshima

Competitions[edit]

Source:
JFA (in English)
JFA (in Japanese)

History[edit]

The organisation was founded in 1921 as the Greater Japan Football Association (大日本蹴球協会, Dai-Nippon Shūkyū Kyōkai), and became affiliated with FIFA in 1921.[1] In 1945, the name of the organisation was changed to the Japan Football Association (日本蹴球協会, Nihon Shūkyū Kyōkai); its Japanese name was changed to the current title in 1975. This reflected common use of the word sakkā (サッカー), derived from "soccer", rather than the older Japanese word shūkyū (蹴球; literally "kick-ball"). The word sakkā gained popularity during the post-World War II occupation of Japan by the United States-led Allied powers. The association generally translates its name to "Japan Football Association" in English,[16] though "Japan Soccer Association" is also used.[17]

Source: JFA

Symbol[edit]

This is one of the designs of Yatagarasu.

The symbol of the JFA is the Yatagarasu, a mythical three-legged raven that guided Emperor Jimmu to Mount Kumano. Yatagarasu is also the messenger of the supreme Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu.[18]

Presidents[edit]

The following is a list of presidents of Japan Football Association (JFA). The Honorary President is Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.[19]

Last updated on 6 March 2022

Name Position Ref.
Japan Kohzo Tashima President [20][21]
Japan Mitsuru Murai Vice President [20][21]
Japan Kazumichi Iwagami 2nd Vice President [20][21]
Japan Yoshinori Hayashi 3rd Vice President [21]
Japan Kiyotaka Suhara General Secretary [20][21]
Japan Masashi Fukuda Treasurer [20]
Japan Tsuyoshi Nishimoto 2nd Treasurer [20]
Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi Technical Director [20][21]
Japan Hajime Moriyasu Team Coach (Men's) [20][21]
Japan Futoshi Ikeda Team Coach (Women's) [20][21]
Japan Hideki Kato Media/Communications Manager [20]
Japan Tsuyoshi Kitazawa Futsal Coordinator [20]
Japan Miiko Kaneko Referee Coordinator [22]

Source: JFA

Presidency President Took office Left office
1 Japan Jikichi Imamura 1921 1933
2 Japan Ryutaro Fukao 1935 1945
3 Japan Ryutaro Takahashi 1947 1954
4 Japan Yuzuru Nozu 1955 1976
5 Japan Tomisaburo Hirai 1976 1987
6 Japan Shizuo Fujita 1987 1992
7 Japan Hideo Shimada 1992 1994
8 Japan Ken Naganuma 1994 1998
9 Japan Shunichiro Okano 1998 2002
10 Japan Saburo Kawabuchi 2002 2008
11 Japan Motoaki Inukai 2008 2010
12 Japan Junji Ogura 2010 2012
13 Japan Kuniya Daini 2012 2016
14 Japan Kozo Tashima 2016 Present

Management[edit]

  • JFA Academy Fukushima
  • JFA Academy Sakai
  • JFA Academy Imabari
  • JFA Academy Kumamoto Uki

Source: JFA

Sponsorship[edit]

Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad.

JFA Official Partner[23]
Company Period
Kirin Beverage
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Kirin Holdings Company
1 January 2023 – 31 December 2030
JFA Official Supplier
Company Period
Adidas 20xx–present
JFA Supporting Companies
Company Period
au 20xx–present
The Asahi Shimbun 20xx–present
Credit Saison 20xx–present
FamilyMart 20xx–present
Japan Airlines 20xx–present
Mizuho Financial Group 20xx–present
MS&AD Insurance Group 20xx–present
Daito Trust Construction 20xx–present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "組織-JFA-日本サッカー協会". 公益財団法人 日本サッカー協会(JFA).
  3. ^ Byer, Tom (2011-02-02). "Asian Cup: Japan Is on the Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
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  7. ^ "Mr. TOGASHI Koichi appointed as Head Coach of U-19 Japan National Team". Japan Football Association (JFA). Tokyo. 16 December 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Mr. MORIYAMA Yoshiro appointed as Head Coach of U-16 Japan National Team". Japan Football Association (JFA). Tokyo. 16 December 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Japan Futsal National Team appoint Mr. KOGURE Kenichiro as Men's Head Coach and Mr. SUGA Takehiro as Women's Head Coach". Japan Football Association (JFA). Tokyo. 23 November 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Mr. MOREIRA Ozu appointed as new coach of Japan Beach Soccer National Team". Japan Football Association (JFA). Tokyo. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Mr. IKEDA Futoshi appointed as coach of Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team)". Japan Football Association (JFA). Tokyo. 1 October 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
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  17. ^ "World Cup Roundup: Japanese decide on a new coach". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 2, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
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  19. ^ "Empress's Cup of Soccer". Imperial Family website. January 2015.
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  23. ^ "「日本サッカー協会オフィシャルパートナー」契約に基本合意". www.kirinholdings.com (in Japanese). Kirin Holdings Company, Limited. 1 June 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.

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