Japan national American football team

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Japan Japan 日本
Japan American Football National Team.png
Association JAFA
Region Asia (AFAF)
Founded 1984
Colors Red, White
Head coach Kiyoyuki Mori
General manager Shinzo Yamada
First international
 Japan 24–14  Sweden
(Palermo, Italy; June 28, 1999)
Biggest win
 Japan 88–0  South Korea
(Osaka, Japan; February 23, 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 12–59  United States
(Canton, United States; July 18, 2015)
IFAF World Championship
Appearances 5 (first in 1999)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (1999, 2003)
Japan national American football team
Medal record
Men’s American football
Representing  Japan
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 Italy Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 2003 Germany Team Competition
Silver medal – second place 2007 Japan Team Competition
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Austria Team Competition
Silver medal – second place 2015 United States Team Competition

The Japan national American football team represents Japan in international American football competitions. The team is controlled by the Japan American Football Association, and has been one of the world's strongest international teams since it began participating regularly in international tournaments in the 1990s, and currently possesses the second most American Football World Cups[1] (1999, 2003).

Japan won the inaugural 1999 IFAF World Championship and won again in 2003.[2] In 2007 they advanced to the final, losing to the United States 23–20 in overtime.[3][4][5] In 2010 Japan beat Germany 24–14 in the inaugural Germany-Japan Bowl.[6] On February 2011, Japan bested South Korea (76–0) to qualify for the 2011 IFAF World Championship.[7]

IFAF World Championship record[edit]

Year Position GP W L PF PA
Italy 1999 1st 3 3 0 84 14
Germany 2003 1st 2 2 0 57 20
Japan 2007 2nd 3 2 1 116 23
Austria 2011 3rd 4 3 1 103 61
United States 2015 2nd 3 1 2 65 109

2011 IFAF World Championship Roster[edit]

Japan National American Football Team 2011 IFAF World Championship roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Inactive List

Roster updated 2011-07-08

2014[edit]

Preparing for the qualification match for the 2015 IFAF World Championship, the JAFA scheduled an international friendly match against Germany on April 12, 2014 at Kawasaki Stadium in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. 85 players were initially chosen for the national team on March 11 which was whittled down to the required 45-men roster before April 12.[8] Before a crowd of 1,889, Japan defeated Germany 38-0 in a strong defensive showing for the Japanese which limited Germany to only 135 yards of total offense as well as cause four turnovers and two sacks, the latter of which was all in the second half.[9] Before going against the Philippines, Japan made 5 changes in their roster replacing WRs Ryoma Hagiyama and Naoki Maeda with Takeshi Akiyama and Junpei Yoshimoto, RB Keita Takanohashi with Takashi Miyako, LB Yuki Ikeda with Yoshiki Tanaka, and S Toshinari Masatani with Takeshi Miyake.[10] Against a young Philippine team that was in its first year in the IFAF, the Japanese showed no quarter, scoring on every offensive possession as well as holding the Philippines to only 1st down en route to a 86-0 victory, the 2nd biggest win in the national team's history.[11] With the win, Japan along with South Korea (which defeated Kuwait in the other qualification match 69-7.) qualified for the 2015 IFAF World Championship tournament in Canton, Ohio, United States.

Japan 2014 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

  • 14 Masashi Fujimoto (Obic) CB
  • 16 Takashi Miyake (Obic) S
  • 21 Koki Kato (LIXIL) CB
  • 16 Takashi Miyake (Obic) S
  • 22 Ryohei Imanishi (Panasonic) CB
  • 23 Hidetoshi Yano (LIXIL) S
  • 27 Atsushi Tsuji (Panasonic) S
  • 28 Keizaburo Sunagawa (Obic) CB
  • 36 Toshinori Masutani (Panasonic) S

Special Teams

Head Coach
  • Kiyoyuki Mori

[1] accessed 2016-03-09

2015[edit]

Due to Canada dropping out of the tournament due to personal team reasons, Japan was granted a bye on the scheduled match which was supposed to be on July 9 and in turn would play the winner of the Mexico-United States match on July 12. In their first match of the tournament, Japan, despite a strong defensive showing in the first half that included 2 interceptions and 29-yd field goal block eventually lost to the United States 18-43. In their 2nd match, Japan defeated Mexico 35-7 with a strong effort on offense and defense. The win ensured the Japanese a rematch with the United States for the Gold Medal. Team Japan would lose to the United States 12-59 in what is the national team's largest loss in history.

Japan 2015 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • 88 Takahiro Haruta (Fujitsu) TE/LS
Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers
  • 17 Kensuke Amaya (LIXIL)
  • 42 Shuhei Takeuchi (Fujitsu)
  • 96 Haruka Sawada (Obic)
  • 45 Shoichiro Suzuki (Fujitsu)
  • 5 Masayoshi Tsukada (Obic)

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Head Coach
  • Kiyoyuki Mori

Assistant Coaches

  • Tsuyoshi Kawada - Assistant Head Coach
  • Tominaga Hajime - Offensive Coordinator/Running backs and Tight Ends
  • Makoto Ohashi - Defensive Coordinator
  • Norikazu Nobuhara - Special Teams Coordinator/Secondary
  • Hayato Arima - Quarterbacks
  • Shoei Hasegawa - Wide Receivers
  • Masayoshi Yamanaka - Defensive Linemen
  • Masahara Fumitaka - Offensive Linemen
  • Gen Arisawa - Linebackers

Team Doctor

  • Takeshi Sorimachi

Trainers

  • Rika Yoshihiro
  • Shigenobu Okuma
  • Yoshinaga Takanori

Equipment Managers

  • Tomomi Nakamura
  • Kunie Makotochu
  • Shin Nishikawa

Director of Operations

  • Shinzo Yamada

[2] accessed 2016-03-09

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "IFAF Competition". IFAF. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.worldcup2003.info/
  3. ^ "U.S. edges Japan to win football World Cup". Bangor Daily News. July 16, 2007. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "U.S. wins American football title". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 15, 2007. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://wc2007.info/index_e.html
  6. ^ http://www.ifaf.info/articles/view/413/Lw==
  7. ^ http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sf20110227a1.html
  8. ^ "Japan names 45-man squad for clash with Germany". xleague.com. April 9, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ Marantz, Ken (April 14, 2014). "Japan grinds out 38-0 win over Germany". xleague.com. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Japan makes 5 changes for clash with Philippines". xleague.com. April 21, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ikezawa, Hiroshi (April 26, 2014). "Japan rolls to 2015 IFAF berth with rout". japantimes.co.jp. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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