Japan Football Association

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Japan Football Association
AFC
Japan Football Association symbol.png
Founded1921; 100 years ago (1921)
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
FIFA affiliation1929[1]
AFC affiliation1954[1]
EAFF affiliation2002
PresidentKozo Tashima[1]
Vice-PresidentMitsuru Murai
Kazumichi Iwagami
Yoshinori Hayashi
Websitehttp://www.jfa.or.jp

The Japan Football Association or Japan FA (日本サッカー協会, Nihon Sakkā Kyōkai)[2] is the governing body responsible for the administration of football in Japan. It is responsible for the national team, as well as club competitions.[3]

Competitions[edit]

Current title holders[edit]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Senior (Men's)
J1 League
(I)
2020 Kawasaki Frontale 3rd Gamba Osaka 2021
J2 League
(II)
2020 Tokushima Vortis 1st Avispa Fukuoka 2021
J3 League
(III)
2020 Blaublitz Akita 2nd SC Sagamihara 2021
Japan Football League (JFL)
(IV)
2020 Verspah Oita 1st Tegevajaro Miyazaki 2021
Regional Champions League
(Promotion play-offs to JFL)
2020 FC Tiamo Hirakata 1st FC Kariya 2021
Regional Leagues
(V/VI)
2020 2021
Fuji Xerox Super Cup
(Super Cup)
2021 Kawasaki Frontale 2nd Gamba Osaka 2022
Emperor's Cup
(National Cup)
2020 Kawasaki Frontale 1st Gamba Osaka 2021
J.League YBC Levain Cup
(League Cup)
2020 FC Tokyo 3rd Kashiwa Reysol 2021
F1 League
(Futsal League)
2020–21 Nagoya Oceans 13th 2021–22
F2 League
(Futsal League)
2020–21 Toruela Kashiwa [ja] 1st Deução Kobe 2021–22
Futsal Championship
(Futsal National Cup)
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2021
F.League Ocean Cup
(Futsal League Cup)
2019 Nagoya Oceans Shonan Bellmare futsal 2020
Beach Soccer Championship
(Beach Soccer National Cup)
2019 Tokyo Verdy BS Solmarpraia Okinawa [ja] 2020
Senior (Women's)
WE League
(I)
2021–22
Nadeshiko League Division 1
(II)
2020 Urawa Reds Ladies 4th INAC Kobe Leonessa 2021
Nadeshiko League Division 2
(III)
2020 Sfida Setagaya Elfen Saitama 2021
Nadeshiko League Division 3
(Defunct)
2020 JFA Academy Fukushima [ja] Angeviolet Hiroshima (Defunct)
Regional Leagues
(IV)
2020 2021
Empress's Cup
(National Cup)
2020 Tokyo Verdy Beleza 14th Urawa Reds Ladies 2021
Nadeshiko League Cup
(League Cup)
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2021
Women's F.League [ja]
(Futsal League)
2020 Arco Kobe [ja] 3rd Las Bonitas 2021
Women's Futsal Championship
(Futsal National Cup)
2020 SWH Nishinomiya Futsal Club Las Bonitas 2021

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 Allied powers. The association generally translates its name to "Japan Football Association" in English,[4] though "Japan Soccer Association" is also used.[5]

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.[6]

Presidents[edit]

The following is a list of presidents of Japan Football Association (JFA). The Honorary President is Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.[7]

Presidency President Took office Left office
1 Jikichi Imamura 1921 1933
2 Ryutaro Fukao 1935 1945
3 Ryutaro Takahashi 1947 1954
4 Yuzuru Nozu 1955 1976
5 Tomisaburo Hirai 1976 1987
6 Shizuo Fujita 1987 1992
7 Hideo Shimada 1992 1994
8 Ken Naganuma 1994 1998
9 Shunichiro Okano 1998 2002
10 Saburo Kawabuchi 2002 2008
11 Motoaki Inukai 2008 2010
12 Junji Ogura 2010 2012
13 Kuniya Daini 2012 2016
14 Kozo Tashima 2016 Present
Name Position Source
Japan Kohzo Tashima President [8][9]
Japan Mitsuru Murai Vice President [8][9]
Japan Kazumichi Iwagami 2nd Vice President [8][9]
Japan Yoshinori Hayashi 3rd Vice President [9]
Japan Kiyotaka Suhara General Secretary [8][9]
Japan Masashi Fukuda Treasurer [8]
Japan Tsuyoshi Nishimoto 2nd Treasurer [8]
Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi Technical Director [8][9]
Japan Hajime Moriyasu Team Coach (Men's) [8][9]
Japan Asako Takakura Team Coach (Women's) [8][9]
Japan Hideki Kato Media/Communications Manager [8]
Japan Tsuyoshi Kitazawa Futsal Coordinator [8]
Japan Miiko Kaneko Referee Coordinator [10]

Management[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2010, their sponsorship income amounted to over 12.5 million pounds.

Primary sponsors include Kirin, Adidas, Panasonic, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, Fujifilm, ANA, Bank of Yokohama, NTT Docomo and Nissan.

See also[edit]

National teams
Men's
Women's

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Organisation JFA Japan Football Association". www.jfa.jp. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  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.
  4. ^ "Home | Japan Football Association Official Web Site". Jfa.or.jp. 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  5. ^ "World Cup Roundup: Japanese decide on a new coach". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 2, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "general information | Japan Football Association". Jfa.or.jp. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  7. ^ "Empress's Cup of Soccer". Imperial Family website.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Member Association - Japan - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  10. ^ "Member Association - Iraq - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.

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