FC Osaka 2019 JFL official game
FC Osaka (FC大阪, Efu Shi Osaka) is a Japanese football club playing in the Japan Football League, the fourth tier in the Japanese football league system.
On 2 September 2014, FC Osaka announced a partnership with Sporting Clube de Macau, which makes the transfer of players between Macau and Japan possible.
In 2018, they ranked 2nd place at Japan Football League.
The Japan Football League, also known as simply the JFL is the 4th tier of the Japanese association football league system, positioned beneath three divisions of the J.League, and the top tier of amateur football in the country. Despite its officially amateur status, the league features fully professional teams that hold J.League associate membership among its ranks.
The Japan Football League started from the 1999 season when the second division of J.League (J2) was also born. Until then, J.League consisted of only one division and the former JFL was the second highest division. Out of 16 teams who played the last season of the former JFL, 9 decided and were accepted to play in J2 and the other 7 teams as well as Yokogawa Electric, the winners of the Regional League Promotion Series, formed the new Japan Football League. These 8 teams together with Yokohama FC that was allowed to participate as a special case after the merger of Yokohama Flügels and Yokohama F. Marinos competed in the inaugural 1999 season.
The 9 teams that competed in the first season were as follows: Denso SC, Honda Motors, Jatco SC, Kokushikan University F.C., Mito HollyHock, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Sony Sendai, Yokohama FC and Yokogawa Electric.
In the second season the number of clubs was increased from 9 to 12, reaching 16 in 2001. In 2002 it was briefly 18 clubs before going back to 16 the next season and settling for good at 18 in 2006. For the 2012 season it had 17 clubs due to the late withdrawal of Arte Takasaki.
The league suffered another contraction after 2013 season, as 10 of its 18 teams joined the newly created J3 League. It also moved a tier down the pyramid, making it fourth-tier league since 2014.
Four former JFL clubs have competed in the top flight: Yokohama FC (2007), Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (2014, as Tokushima Vortis), Matsumoto Yamaga (2015), and V-Varen Nagasaki (2018).
Tokyo Musashino City F.C. is a football (soccer) club based in Musashino City, Tokyo, Japan. They play in the Japan Football League. Their team color is blue.
The club was founded as a football club of Yokogawa Electric Corporation in 1939. In 1978, the club achieved their first promotion to the Kanto Regional League. Despite experiencing the relegation to the Tokyo Prefecture League twice, they were determined to bounce back and gained the promotion to the Japan Football League in 1999. Although the club still has a strong association with Yokogawa Electric, they left the nest in 2003 and started the new life as a non-corporation club under the name Yokogawa Musashino until 2015. The club was renamed Tokyo Musashino City in January 2016.
Their home ground is Musashino Municipal Athletic Stadium but they also play some of their home games at Ajinomoto Stadium, Ajinomoto Stadium sub ground, Edogawa Stadium, and Nishigaoka Soccer Stadium.
Sony Sendai FC (ソニー仙台F.C. , Sonī Sendai Efu Shī) is a football club based in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan that plays in the Japan Football League. The team colour is navy.
The club was founded by the workers of Sony's Sendai factory in 1968. They kept a low profile playing mainly in the Miyagi Prefecture League for a long time. However, it changed suddenly in 1993 when they embarked on a challenging task to reach the former Japan Football League within 5 years. They became league champions for 4 consecutive seasons starting from 1994, first in the Prefecture League and the others in the Tōhoku Regional League. They achieved their goal and were promoted to the JFL by winning the 1997 Regional League play-off.
When the J. League Division 2 was formed in 1999, the club decided not to turn professional. They joined the newly organised Japan Football League instead and have been an established JFL side since then.
As a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Sony Sendai, with permission from the JFL, did not contest the first half of the 2011 season. They expectedly earned last place on points, but due to Machida Zelvia and Matsumoto Yamaga being promoted to Division 2 and JEF Reserves withdrawing from the competition, they were spared relegation.
In 2015 Sony Sendai won the second stage and earned its first JFL title by defeating first stage champions Vanraure Hachinohe on penalties after a tied two-leg final on aggregate.
MIO Biwako Shiga is a Japanese football club based in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, although they also play matches in Ōtsu and Konan.
They were promoted to Japan Football League for the first time at the end of 2007, and played their first season in 2008 where they finished 14th. "Biwako" is a reference to Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan.
The club was formed in 2005 from the former Sagawa Express SC Kyoto. They were first called FC Mi-O Biwako Kusatsu and in 2007, upon promotion to the JFL they renamed themselves simply MIO Biwako Kusatsu.
In 2007 they took third place in the regional playoffs and were promoted to the JFL for the 2008 season.
In 2012 they renamed themselves MIO Biwako Shiga, in order to extend their fanbase to all of Shiga Prefecture, particularly the area around southern Lake Biwa where they have mostly played matches.
Honda Lock S.C. is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Miyazaki, the capital city of Miyazaki Prefecture. They play in the Japan Football League. Their team colour is red.
The club was founded in 1964 by the factory workers of Honda Lock Manufacturing Co., an affiliate company of Honda Motor. They were promoted to the Kyushu Regional League in 1997 and acquired official backing from the company in 1999. They won the Kyushu Regional League in 2004 and were accepted by the Japan Football League following the Regional League promotion series.
They spent two years in the JFL but were relegated to the Kyūshū Regional League for the 2007 season after they lost to F.C. Gifu in the promotion/relegation play-offs.
Honda Lock returned to the JFL in 2009 after placing third in the 2008 Regional League promotion series.
Results in JFL
2006: 18th (relegated)
2007: (Kyushu Regional League)
2008: (Kyushu Regional League) 3rd, promoted as 3rd place in the Regional League promotion series
Honda FC is a Japanese football club based in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. They play in the Japan Football League.
The club was founded as Honda Motor, Honda works team in 1971. They were promoted to the Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1975 and to the JSL Division 1 in 1981; the closest they came to the title was in 1985–86 and 1990–91 seasons, when they finished in third place. In 1991 they also made the finals of both the Japan Soccer League Cup and Konica Cup, but lost both times. They also made the Emperor's Cup semi-finals in 1990 and 1991. They stayed in the top flight until the conclusion of the league in 1992.
In early 90's, the club considered the possibilities of turning professional and participating in J. League. They sought the merger with their sister club Honda Motor Sayama F.C. and Urawa was chosen as a possible hometown. However, they failed to persuade the owner Honda Motor who insisted they should abide by their principle to concentrate on their core business of automobile manufacturing.
As a result of this decision, many players left the club. They played in the newly formed Japan Football League Division 1 in 1992 and finished 9th out of 10. They were relegated to Division 2 where they won the championship in 1993. The 2 divisions of the JFL were merged in 1994 and the club joined the league.
In 1996, they won the championship in the JFL. Around that time, the club made the second effort to be a professional club. They acquired associate membership in J. League under new name Acute Hamamatsu but the inadequate stadium and insufficient local support (the closest professional club is Júbilo Iwata, formerly part of Yamaha Motor Corporation), forced them to give it up. Iwata was a common derby foe in the JSL and their fixtures were known as Tenryu-side Derby (天竜川決戦).
In 1999, the JFL was reorganised as the new JFL. They have been playing in the league since its inception.
Verspah Oita (ヴェルスパ大分 Verspah Ōita) is a Japanese football club currently competing in the Japan Football League. The year 2012 is their first year in the JFL after they were promoted from the 2011 Kyushu League.
The club was formed in 2003 as Hoyo FC. In 2005 they changed their name to Hoyo Atletico Elan, the name in which they competed for many years in the Kyushu Football League. The club is backed by the Hoyo Group, a digital camera and auto parts manufacturer based in nearby Kunisaki. In 2010 they changed their name to Hoyo Atletico Elan Oita. In 2011, they changed their name to Hoyo AC Elan Oita, they won the Kyushu Championship and then earned third place in the Regional League promotion series, and will compete in the JFL beginning in 2012. In 2012, they changed their name to Hoyo Oita.
In early December 2013, the club tried to be closer to the community, with the name of the club changed to Verspah Oita (ヴェルスパ大分 Verspah Ōita), for 2014 season onwards.
Hoyo Oita crest, used 2012–2013
Oita Prefecture League 3rd Division
Winners (1): 2005
Oita Prefecture League 2nd Division
Winners (1): 2006
Oita Prefecture League 2nd Division
Winners (1): 2009
Winners (2): 2010, 2011
FC Maruyasu Okazaki is a Japanese football team based in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. They currently play in Japan Football League, the fourth-tier of Japanese nationwide football and the top level of amateur football in the country.
The club has been established in 1968 as the corporate team of Maruyasu Industries. In 1976 the team won promotion to Tōkai Soccer League where remained ever since except for 2003 and 2004 seasons when they suffered relegation to Division 2. The club has won the league in 2013 and though they were unable to take up one of three promotion-granting places in the Regional League promotion series, they were admitted to participate in JFL in 2014 season by the league board.
Before their first season on the nationwide level the club has changed its name to FC Maruyasu Okazaki in order to appeal more to the local community.
The Ryutsu Keizai University Soccer Club (English: Ryutsu Keizai University Football Club) is a soccer club of the Ryutsu Keizai University in Ryukasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture. Founded in 1965, they played in the Ibaraki Prefecture University League until 1998. They were promoted to the Kantō University League Division 2 in 1999 but relegated after one season. They were promoted again in 2002.
In November 2004, with the recommendation from the Japan University Football Association, the club participated in the Regional League promotion series. They finished runners-up and were accepted by the Japan Football League. The club became the third university club that were allowed to play in the JFL following Kokushikan University SC and Shizuoka Sangyo University SC (the former withdrew and the latter was relegated).
As of 2010, the JFA has barred all university clubs from competing in the Regional Promotion Series, which means that no further university clubs can compete in the JFL. RKU, however, was still allowed to compete in the JFL until their relegation in the same season.
The club has 2 top teams. One play in the university competitions, and the other participate in the JFL. They also have a reserve team called Ryutsu Keizai Dragons who play in the Japan Football League (senior league), as well as 4 satellite teams categorized by age. All the players are students of the university.
Nara Club is a Japanese football club based in Nara, Nara Prefecture. They play in Japan Football League.
The Club was originally established in Nara in 1991 under the name Tonan Club and it became a member of the Football Association of Nara. The club went up to the top division in 1997. It was renamed its current name in 2008, and promoted to the regional league in 2009. In 2014 they won the Regional League promotion series and will play in the Japan Football League in 2015.
ReinMeer Aomori (ラインメール青森) is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Aomori, the capital city of Aomori Prefecture. They play in the Japan Football League. Their team colour is blue.
Founded in 1995, ReinMeer Aomori was managed by Aomori City Football Association picking players from existing clubs. The name comes by the mix of two German, Rein (clean) and Meer (sea). The name was picked to symbolize the nature of Aomori; the logo features the main protagonist of Aomori Nebuta Matsuri.
In 2016, they played for the first time in Japan Football League and the club hopes to reach J1 League by 2030.
FC Imabari is a Japanese football club based in Imabari city, Ehime Prefecture. They play in the Japan Football League.
The club was founded in 1976 and was promoted to the Shikoku Football League in 2001.
From 2009 to 2011 they were owned by Ehime F.C. as their reserve team, Ehime F.C. Shimanami. After spinning off yet again, the majority of FC Imabari was bought by former coach of Japan Takeshi Okada in 2014.
In February 2016, the club made another step forward toward the J. League since JFA recognised J. League Hundred Year Vision clubs. In November they won the Regional Promotion Series and were promoted to the Japan Football League. During their debut-season in JFL, they opened their new stadium and got a J3 League license for 2018 season.
Veertien Mie (ヴィアティン三重) is a Japanese football club based between Kuwana and Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. They play in the Japan Football League.
"Veertien" means "fourteen" in Dutch, after Johan Cruijff's playing number. As with V-Varen Nagasaki, their colors are orange with traces of blue. Founded in 2012 to bring a team from Mie Prefecture to professional football in Japan, Doru Isac was invited to overview the activities at the club. After using the name Veertien Kuwana for two seasons, they converted the denomination in 2014 to Veertien Mie.
Results came rapidly, since the club was able to clinch five promotions in a row, from the 3rd division of the Mie Prefectural League to the Japan Football League for the 2017 season. They also featured in one edition of the Emperor's Cup, reaching the 2nd round in 2014 and losing to Cerezo Osaka only after extra time.
Tegevajaro Miyazaki (テゲバジャーロ宮崎) is a football club based in Miyazaki, the capital city of Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan. They play in the Japan Football League, the highest tier of amateur football in Japan.
Born in 1965 as Kadokawa Club, the club changed twice their name: first they became Andiamo Kadokawa 1965 in 2004 and then MSU FC in 2007.The current name came only in January 2015: Tegevajaro is a mix formed by tege, the Miyazaki dialect pronunciation of the word sugoi ("cool, amazing") and the Spanish words vaca and pájaro (which mean "cow" and "bird"). In the logo, you can also visualize the Miyazaki-jingū.
Tegevajaro Miyazaki aims to become one of J. League clubs: they first pointed J3 League for 2017 season, but they now hope just to reach Japan Football League. Recently they've been able to sign pro managers and players: Nobuhiro Ishizaki was chosen in 2017 to coach the club, while former J1 League players Yasuhito Morishima and Keiji Takachi signed for the team.
Suzuka Unlimited FC (鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC) is a Japanese football club based in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. They play in Japan Football League.
The club was originally established in Nabari, Mie in 1980 under the name Mie Club, and it became a member of Mie Football Association to join the Mie prefectural league in 1982. The club went up to the top division in 1991 and remained there until 2005, when local organisers kicked off the idea of developing a larger and more ambitious football team.
The region to the southwest of Nagoya has been traditionally very populous but still undeveloped from a football perspective despite a number of successes by local high school football. In mid- 2005, a group of local businessmen, football fans and coaches from Mie Prefecture, who were eager to put together a team to represent the area, approached Bunji Kimura, an ex-football manager of Kyoto Sanga F.C. and Yokohama Flügels. Kimura was convinced to accept the position of the president and technical director of a club that was then going by the name of "W.S.C. Nabari Admiral". Kimura plunged in and began a very ambitious project to transform the team from a bunch of amateur kickers in a tiny town to a much more competitive and tightly-run organisation representing the aspirations of the entire prefecture.
At Kimura's insistence, the team in February 2006 took the name "MIE FC Rampole", taking its name from the famous Japanese mystery novel writer Rampo Edogawa, who was born in Mie Prefecture. The part "ole" of the name is supposedly a Spanish word "Olé" used to cheer and applaud (cf. Consadole Sapporo). Following the name change the club launched its official website on 22 February. Kimura quickly began drawing upon his network of J.League contacts to bring in more experienced coaches and organisers, and by the end of his first season in charge the club advanced to the second division of the Tōkai Regional League.
Whereas its progress on the pitch has stalled temporarily, with third-place finishes in both 2007 and 2008, the club has been focusing most of its attention on the organisational goals. An independent corporation was establisned in 2006, fulfilling one of the requirements of J. League Associate Membership, and in 2008 the team merged with nearby Suzuka Club, thereby absorbing a youth program that can help to meet another key requirement. Following the merger, the team announced on 1 September 2008 that it changed its name to "F.C. Suzuka Rampole", and moved its home playing ground from Ueno Athletic Park Stadium to Suzuka Sports Garden from 2009 season. The club carried out the move since 1) Suzuka is the city world-famous for the F1 circuit located outside town, and 2) its population base and location, squarely in the middle of Mie Prefecture's main population centres is considered to be ideal.
On January 28, 2016, the team announced an immediate change of the team name to Suzuka Unlimited FC.
Matsue City FC (松江シティフットボールクラブ) is a football club based in Matsue, which is located in Shimane Prefecture in Japan. They play in the Japan Football League.
Matsue City FC was founded on the basis of a precedent team, which already was playing in Chūgoku Soccer League, Vorador Matsue. In 2011, the new-born club started their new activities to join Japanese professional football as soon as they could. An NPO corporation was made to manage the club and push towards J. League, while winning twice the Chūgoku Soccer League.
They also featured four times in the Emperor's Cup, coming as far as they could in 2015 and 2017, reaching the 2nd round.