Kagoshima United FC
|Full name||Kagoshima United FC|
|Ground||Kagoshima Kamoike Stadium
|Chairman||Tsuyoshi Tokushige, Kenichiro Yuwaki (co-owners)|
|League||Japan Football League|
|Website||Club home page|
Kagoshima United FC (Kagoshima Yunaiteddo FC, 鹿児島ユナイテッドFC) is a football club in Japan that was formed from the merger of the old Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima clubs, both have been playing in Kyushu Soccer League before the merger. The top team currently play in Japan Football League, and their secondary team play in Kyushu Soccer League.
Volca Kagoshima had been playing in Kyushu Soccer League since 1973 and advanced to the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series five times, but never succeeded to promote to the upper tier, Japan Football League, known as the Japan Soccer League until the 1980s. Osumi NIFS United FC (the former club name of FC Kagoshima), originally affiliated with the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya in nearby Kanoya, have promoted to Kyushu Soccer League as early as 2004, but both Volca and NIFS have been seeking the way to promote to JFL separately.
The idea of a merged team of Volca and FC Kagoshima had been discussed by the Kagoshima Prefectural Football Association as early as 2012, but they failed to reach the agreement then. Although Volca and FC Kagoshima had applied for J. League Associate Membership separately, both side restarted their talk about the merger, then finally agreed with merging their teams to aim promotion to the J. League, in response of the advisory by the J. League organization. As both clubs had advanced to the final round of All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series in 2013, the merged team earned the promotion to 2014 Japan Football League.
Name and crest
The club crest has the illustrations of Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay, both symbolize Kagoshima Prefecture, on its background design, with red color, which represents Volca, and light blue color, represents FC Kagoshima.
As of July 16, 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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