Tochigi SC

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Tochigi S.C.
Full name Tochigi Soccer Club
Founded 1953; 64 years ago (1953)
Ground Tochigi Green Stadium
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Ground Capacity 18,025
Chairman Japan Daisuke Hashimoto
Manager Japan Yuji Yokoyama
League J3 League
2016 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

Tochigi Soccer Club (栃木サッカークラブ),[1] commonly referred to as Tochigi SC are a football (soccer) club based in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. They will play in the J3 League. Their team colour is yellow.

Tochigi, uniquely, is the only major Japanese professional club to retain the word "soccer" in its English name, despite efforts by football authorities to minimize the incidence of the word in the J.League (the very Japanized pronunciation of the word is widely used in American English whereas "football" is more the more common term in British English, and is thus seen as an effect of the American influence following their occupation after World War II).


Teachers in Tochigi Prefecture founded the club in 1953. They were initially called self-explanatory Tochigi Teachers' Soccer Club (栃木教員サッカー部 Tochigi Kyōin Sakkā Bu). They started to welcome players with other professions in 1994 and renamed themselves as Tochigi Soccer Club. In 1999, Tochigi won the Kanto Regional League and were promoted to the Japan Football League after finishing runners-up in the Regional League play-off. In March 2005, they announced that they would set up a task force to give a serious consideration to turn professional and try to gain J.League status.

On January 2007 they achieved J.League Associate Membership status and in the 2008 season they secured qualification for promotion to professional status on November 16; on December 1 promotion was made official by J.League and Tochigi had competed in J2 since 2009. In 2015 Tochigi finished bottom and were relegated for the first time to J3, the third and lowest professional level in the league system.

Record as J.League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2009 J2 18 17 4,706 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 10 4,157 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 10 4,939 3rd Round
2012 J2 22 11 3,850 2nd Round
2013 J2 22 9 4,922 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 12 5,294 2nd Round
2015 J2 22 22 5,167 1st Round
2016 J3 16 2 4,917 -
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site

Current squad[edit]

As of February 14, 2017.[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Akihiko Takeshige
2 Japan MF Yoshiya Nishizawa
3 Japan DF Takamasa Taneoka
4 Japan DF Kenta Hirose (on loan from Shonan Bellmare)
5 Japan DF Kei Omoto
6 Japan MF Tatsuki Kohatsu
7 Japan MF Kazunori Kan
8 Japan FW Koji Hirose (captain)
9 Japan FW Koki Takenaka
10 Japan MF Makoto Sugimoto
11 Japan MF Kenya Okazaki
13 Japan FW Yosuke Kamigata
14 Japan MF Kazuki Nishiya
No. Position Player
15 Switzerland GK Johnny Leoni
16 Japan MF Ren Sengoku
17 Japan DF Shota Fukuoka
18 Japan DF Ryota Sakata
19 Japan FW Kohei Hattori
21 Japan MF Taku Ushinohama
23 Japan GK Shuhei Kawata
24 Japan MF Tatsuya Wada
26 Japan DF Ryosuke Tada
28 Japan MF Naoto Ando
33 Japan DF Masashi Nito
38 Japan MF Taisuke Miyazaki


  1. ^ "クラブ情報" [Club profile] (in Japanese). Tochigi SC. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
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