Japanese Regional Leagues

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Japanese Regional Leagues
Founded1966 (Kansai and Tokai)
1967 (Kanto)
1973 (Chugoku and Kyushu)
1975 (Hokushin'etsu)
1977 (Shikoku and Tohoku)
1978 (Hokkaido)
CountryJapan
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Divisions5 (first level)
6 (second level)
Number of teams134
Level on pyramid5–6
Promotion toJapan Football League (1999–present)
Japan Football League (1992-1998)
Japan Soccer League (1966-1991)
Relegation toPrefectural Leagues
Domestic cup(s)Emperor's Cup
Shakaijin Cup
2018 Japanese Regional Leagues

Japanese Regional Leagues (Japanese: 地域リーグ, Hepburn: 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:

Additionally, the forerunners to Tosu Futures, Kashima Antlers, Avispa Fukuoka and Vissel Kobe were originally based in different regions (and won or were promoted from those regions) from where they, or their successors, are based today:

  • Kashima Antlers was originally based in Kansai but moved to Kantō in 1975 after reaching the JSL;
  • Tosu Futures was originally based in Tōkai but moved to Kyushu in 1994 after reaching the former JFL;
  • Avispa Fukuoka was originally based in Tōkai but moved to Kyushu in 1994 after reaching the former JFL;
  • Vissel Kobe was originally based in Chūgoku but moved to Kansai in 1995 after reaching the former JFL.

Regional Leagues clubs, 2019[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
Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth Obihiro, Hokkaido
Norbritz Hokkaido Ebetsu, Hokkaido
Sapporo Shūkyū Sapporo, Hokkaido
Nippon Steel Muroran Muroran, Hokkaido
Iwamizawa FC Hokusyukai Iwamizawa, Hokkaido
TOYOTA MOTOR HOKKAIDO Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Nippon Express FC Sapporo, Hokkaido
R.supelbe Kushiro Kushiro, 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
Morioka Zebra Morioka, Iwate
Fuji Club 2003 Hanamaki, Iwate
Nippon Steel Corp. Kamaishi SC Kamaishi, Iwate
FC Primeiro Fukushima Prefecture
Akita FC Cambiare Akita, Akita
Iwaki FC Iwaki, Fukushima
Saruta Kogyo Akita, Akita
Division 2 North Omiya Club Morioka, Iwate
Akita University Medical FC Akita, Akita
Hokuto Bank FC Akita, Akita
Mizusawa Club Mizusawa, Iwate
TDK Shinwakai Nikaho, Akita
NuPere HiraizumiMaesawa Hiraizumi, Iwate
Gonohe FC Gonohe, Aomori
North Asia University Akita, Akita
Iwate SC Iwate, Iwate
Lascivo Aomori Aomori, Aomori
Division 2 South Merry Fukushima, Fukushima
Bandits Iwaki Iwaki, Fukushima
Iwaki Furukawa FC Iwaki, Fukushima
FC SENDAI.UNIV Sendai, Miyagi
Sendai SASUKE FC Sendai, Miyagi
RICOH Industry Tohoku Shibata, Miyagi
Oyama Club Tsuruoka, Yamagata
F.F.C Matsushita Fukushima, Fukushima
Shichigahama SC Shichigahama, Miyagi
Mikawa SC Mikawa, Yamagata

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 Tochigi City FC Tochigi, Tochigi
Vonds Ichihara Ichihara, Chiba
Tokyo United FC Bunkyō, Tokyo
Tokyo 23 FC Special wards of Tokyo
Ryutsu Keizai University FC Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki
Briobecca Urayasu Urayasu, Chiba
Joyful Honda Tsukuba FC Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Yokohama Takeru Yokohama, Kanagawa
TUY Yokohama, Kanagawa
Hitachi Building System SC Chiyoda, Tokyo
Division 2 Vertfee Yaita Yaita, Tochigi
Saitama SC Sayama, Saitama
Tonan Maebashi Maebashi, Gunma
Identy Mirai Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki
Tokyo International University FC Sakado, Saitama
Esperanza SC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Kanagawa-ken Kyoin SC Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama
Waseda AFC Nishitōkyō, Tokyo
Criacao Shinjuku Shinjyuku, Tokyo
Toho Titanium SC Chigasaki, Kanagawa

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 Fukui United FC Fukui, Fukui
Artista Asama Tōmi, Nagano
Japan Soccer College Seiro, Niigata
Sakai Phoenix FC Sakai, Fukui
FC Hokuriku Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Toyama Shinjo Club Toyama, Toyama
FC Ueda Gentian Ueda, Nagano
'05 Kamo FC Kamo, Niigata
Division 2 '09 Keidai FC Kamo, Niigata
Hokuriku University Futures Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Nagaoka Billboard FC Nagaoka, Niigata
FC Antelope Shiojiri Shiojiri, Nagano
Cups Seiro Seiro, Niigata
Ōno FC Ōno, Fukui
Niigata University of Health and Welfare FC Niigata, Niigata
FC.Matsucelona Matsumoto, 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
Yazaki Valente Shimada, Shizuoka
FC Ise Shima Shima, Mie
Tokai Gakuen FC Miyoshi, Aichi
Fujieda City Hall SC Fujieda, Shizuoka
Toyota Shūkyūdan Toyota, Aichi
FC Gifu SECOND Gifu, Gifu
Chukyo University FC Toyota, Aichi
Division 2 Chukyo univ. FC Nagoya, Aichi
Rivielta Toyokawa Toyokawa, Aichi
Nagoya SC Nagoya, Aichi
Tokoha University Hamamatsu FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Toyota Industries SC Kariya, Aichi
Nagara Club Gifu, Gifu
FC Bonbonera GIFU Gifu, Gifu
FC Ogaki Kogans Ōgaki, Gifu

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 Banditonce Kakogawa Kakogawa, Hyogo
Ococias Kyoto AC Kyoto, Kyoto
Hannan University Club Matsubara, Osaka
FC TIAMO Hirakata Hirakata, Osaka
Arterivo Wakayama Wakayama, Wakayama
Kandai FC 2008 Suita, Osaka
St.Andrew's FC Izumi, Osaka
Lagend Shiga FC Moriyama, Shiga
Division 2 Takasago Mineiro FC Takasago, Hyōgo
AS. Laranja Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Porvenir Asuka Kashihara, Nara
Kyoto Shiko Club Kita-ku, Kyoto
Kanadai Club 2010 Suita, Osaka
FC EASY 02 Akashi Akashi, Hyōgo
Renaiss Kōka FC Kōka, Shiga
Biwako Seikei HIRA Ōtsu, Shiga

Chūgoku Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Chūgoku Soccer League
中国サッカーリーグ
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima FC Kurashiki, Okayama
SRC Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima
International Pacific University FC Okayama, Okayama
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Mizushima FC Kurashiki, Okayama
Harada Kogyo FC Fukuyama, Hiroshima
Fuji Xerox Hiroshima SC Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Hatsukaichi FC Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
NTN Okayama Bizen, Okayama
FC Baleine Shimonoseki Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi
Hamada FC COSMOS Hamada, Shimane

Shikoku Soccer League[edit]

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Shikoku Soccer League
四国社会人リーグ
Kōchi United SC Kōchi, Kōchi
FC Tokushima Tokushima, Tokushima
KUFC Nankoku Nankoku, Kōchi
Tadotsu FC Tadotsu, Kagawa
R.VELHO Takamatsu Takamatsu, Kagawa
Llamas Kōchi FC Kōchi, Kōchi
Niisho 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
Okinawa SV Uruma, Okinawa
NIFS KANOYA FC Kanoya, Kagoshima
Kumamoto Kyoin Shuyudan Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Nippon Steel Corp. Oita SC Ōita, Ōita
Kaihō Bank SC Naha, Okinawa
Saga LIXIL FC Kashima, Saga
Kawasoe Club Kawasoe, Saga
Kyushu Mitsubishi Motors FC Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Kyusyu SSC Usa, Oita

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