Japanese Regional Leagues

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Japanese Regional Leagues
Country Japan
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 1966 (Kansai and Tokai)
1967 (Kanto)
1973 (Chugoku and Kyushu)
1975 (Hokushin'etsu)
1977 (Shikoku and Tohoku)
1978 (Hokkaido)
Divisions 5 (first level)
6 (second level)
Number of teams 135
Level on pyramid 5–6
Promotion to Japan Football League (1999-present)
Japan Football League (1992-1998)
Japan Soccer League (1966-1991)
Relegation to Prefectural Leagues
Domestic cup(s) Emperor's Cup
Shakaijin Cup
2017 Japanese Regional Leagues

Japanese Regional Leagues (地域リーグ Chiiki Rīgu) are a group of parallel association football leagues in Japan that are organized on the regional basis. They form the fifth tier of the Japanese association football league system below the nationwide Japan Football League.

Overview[edit]

Football regions in Japan:
  Hokkaido   Tōhoku   Kantō   Hokushinetsu   Tōkai   Kansai   Chūgoku   Shikoku   Kyushu
Hokkaido subdivision boundaries are by Block League.

Japan is divided regionally in a variety of ways, some of them administrative and some more historical. For the football purposes, the country is divided into nine regions. All regional league champions earn the right to participate in the Regional Football League Competition at the end of the year. Runners-up may also qualify according to criteria set by the Japan Football Association.

Regional league clubs also compete in the All Japan Senior Football Championship, a cup competition. The winner of this cup also earns a berth in the Regional League promotion series, and the runner-up may also qualify depending on space and JFA criteria.

Regional league clubs must win the qualifying cup in their home prefecture in order to compete in the Emperor's Cup.

Since the divisions rarely go over 10 members, the season is shorter and long summer breaks may be taken.

Among the existing Japanese clubs there are nine that have never played in the regional leagues. They are:

Regional Leagues clubs, 2017[edit]

Hokkaido Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Hokkaido Soccer League
北海道サッカーリーグ
Norbritz Hokkaido Ebetsu, Hokkaido
Tokachi Fairsky FC Obihiro, Hokkaido
Sapporo Shūkyū Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sapporo University Goal Plunderers Sapporo, Hokkaido
Nippon Express FC Sapporo, Hokkaido
Iwamizawa FC Hokusyukai Iwamizawa, Hokkaido
Kyokusyukai Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Nippon Steel Muroran Muroran, Hokkaido

Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League
東北社会人サッカーリーグ
Division 1 Cobaltore Onagawa Onagawa, Miyagi
Blancdieu Hirosaki FC Hirosaki, Aomori
FC Ganju Iwate Morioka, Iwate
FC Primeiro Fukushima Prefecture
Morioka Zebra Morioka, Iwate
Bandits Iwaki Iwaki, Fukushima
Fuji Club 2003 Hanamaki, Iwate
Sendai SASUKE FC Sendai, Miyagi
Nippon Steel Corp. Kamaishi SC Kamaishi, Iwate
Merry Fukushima, Fukushima
Division 2 North Saruta Kogyo Akita, Akita
Akita FC Cambiare Akita, Akita
Akita University Medical FC Akita, Akita
Hachigakudai FC 2014 Hachinohe, Aomori
Omiya Club Morioka, Iwate
TDK Shinwakai Nikaho, Akita
Mizusawa Club Mizusawa, Iwate
Oirase FC Oirase, Aomori
Tōno Club Tōno, Iwate
Hokuto Bank Akita, Akita
Division 2 South Iwaki Furukawa FC Iwaki, Fukushima
Sōma SC Sōma, Fukushima
Nakaniida FC Kami, Miyagi
KUREHA SC Iwaki, Fukushima
F.C. Parafrente Yonezawa Yonezawa, Yamagata
DUOPARK.FC Izumi-ku, Sendai
Sendai Nakata Club Taihaku-ku, Sendai
RICOH Industry Tohoku Shibata, Miyagi
Mikawa FC Mikawa, Yamagata
Aizu Olympus Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima

Kantō Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Kanto Soccer League
関東サッカーリーグ
Division 1 Tokyo 23 FC Special wards of Tokyo
Vonds Ichihara Ichihara, Chiba
Yokohama Takeru Yokohama, Kanagawa
Vertfee Takahara Nasu Yaita, Tochigi
Joyful Honda Tsukuba FC Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Ryutsu Keizai University FC Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki
Saitama SC Sayama, Saitama
Aries FC Tokyo Nerima, Tokyo
TOKYO UNITED FC Bunkyō, Tokyo
Hitachi Building System SC Chiyoda, Tokyo
Division 2 Tonan Maebashi Maebashi, Gunma
FC Korea Tokyo
Kanagawa-ken Kyoin SC Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama
Nihonkogakuin F・Marinos Yokohama, Kanagawa
Esperanza SC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Toho Titanium SC Chigasaki, Kanagawa
Tokyo International University FC Sakado, Saitama
Waseda United Nishitōkyō, Tokyo
TUY Yokohama, Kanagawa
Yokohama GSFC Cobra Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama

Hokushinetsu Football League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Hokushinetsu Football League
北信越フットボールリーグ
Division 1 Artista Tōmi Tōmi, Nagano
Saurcos Fukui Fukui, Fukui
Japan Soccer College Seiro, Niigata
FC Hokuriku Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Sakai Phoenix FC Sakai, Fukui
Toyama Shinjo Club Toyama, Toyama
FC Antelope Shiojiri Shiojiri, Nagano
'09 Keidai FC Kamo, Niigata
Division 2 FC Ueda Gentian Ueda, Nagano
Hokuriku University Futures Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Nakano Esperanza Nakano, Nagano
Cups Seiro Seiro, Niigata
A.S. Jamineiro Niigata, Niigata
Teihens FC Hakusan, Ishikawa
'05 Kamo FC Kamo, Niigata
Artista Grande Tōmi, Nagano

Tōkai Adult League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Tōkai Adult Soccer League
東海社会人サッカーリーグ
Division 1 FC Kariya Kariya, Aichi
Suzuka Unlimited FC Suzuka, Mie
FC Ise Shima Ise, Mie
FC Gifu SECOND Gifu, Gifu
Chukyo univ. FC Nagoya, Aichi
Tokoha University Hamamatsu FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Toyota Shūkyūdan Toyota, Aichi
Tokai Gakuen FC Miyoshi, Aichi
Division 2 Fujieda City Hall SC Fujieda, Shizuoka
Yazaki Valente Shimada, Shizuoka
Kasugai Club Kasugai, Aichi
Toyota Industries SC Kariya, Aichi
Nagara Club Gifu, Gifu
Nagoya SC Nagoya, Aichi
Chukyo University FC Toyota, Aichi
TSV1973 Yokkaichi Yokkaichi, Mie

Kansai Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Kansai Soccer League
関西サッカーリーグ
Division 1 Arterivo Wakayama Wakayama, Wakayama
Amitie SC Kyoto Kyoto, Kyoto
Kandai FC 2008 Suita, Osaka
Hannan University Club Matsubara, Osaka
Banditonce Kakogawa Kakogawa, Hyogo
Lagend Shiga FC Moriyama, Shiga
FC TIAMO Hirakata Hirakata, Osaka
St.Andrew's FC Izumi, Osaka
Division 2 Renaiss Kōka FC Kōka, Shiga
Kyoto Shiko Club Kita-ku, Kyoto
Diablossa Nara FC Yamatotakada, Nara
AS. Laranja Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Ain Foods SC Izumi, Osaka
Takasago Mineiro FC Takasago, Hyōgo
FC EASY 02 Akashi, Hyōgo
Kanadai Club 2010 Suita, Osaka

Chūgoku Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Chūgoku Soccer League
中国サッカーリーグ
SRC Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Matsue City FC Matsue, Shimane
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima FC Kurashiki, Okayama
International Pacific University Okayama, Okayama
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Mizushima FC Kurashiki, Okayama
Dezzolla Shimane Hamada, Shimane
Hatsukaichi FC Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
NTN Okayama Bizen, Okayama
Panasonic Okayama Okayama, Okayama
Yonago Genki SC Yonago, Tottori

Shikoku Adult League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Shikoku Adult League
四国社会人リーグ
Kōchi United SC Nankoku, Kōchi
KUFC Nankoku Kōchi, Kōchi
Tadotsu FC Tadotsu, Kagawa
FC Tokushima CELESTE Tokushima, Tokushima
R.VELHO Takamatsu Takamatsu, Kagawa
Llamas Kōchi FC Kōchi, Kōchi
Niisyo Club Niihama, Ehime
Koyo Sealing Techno Aizumi, Tokushima

Kyushu Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Kyushu Soccer League
九州サッカーリーグ
J.FC Miyazaki Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Nippon Steel Corp. Oita SC Ōita, Ōita
Kyushu Mitsubishi Motors FC Fukuoka, Fukuoka
FC Nakatsu Nakatsu, Oita
Kumamoto Kyoin Shukyudan Kumamoto, Kumamoto
NIFS KANOYA FC Kanoya, Kagoshima
Okinawa Kaihō Bank SC Naha, Okinawa
Mitsubishi Heavy Industrial Nagasaki SC Nagasaki, Nagasaki
FC Naha Naha, Okinawa
Saga LIXIL FC Kashima, Saga

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