All Japan Senior Football Championship

The All Japan Senior Football Championship (Japanese: 全国社会人サッカー選手権大会, Hepburn: Zenkoku Shakaijin Sakkā Senshuken Taikai) is a football (soccer) cup competition in Japan. It is run by the Japan Football Association. As it only involves non-league teams (teams not affiliated to either J.League or the Japan Football League), it can be considered an equivalent of the FA Trophy or FA Vase in England.

All Japan Senior Football Championship
Founded1965; 55 years ago (1965)
RegionJapan
Number of teams32
Current championsFC Tiamo Hirakata
(2019)
Most successful club(s)Urawa Club
Nagoya Grampus
Honda FC
Avispa Fukuoka
Sagan Tosu
Roasso Kumamoto
Tokyo Musashino City FC
(2 titles each)

OverviewEdit

The "Shakaijin" or "Zensha" as it is known, was first established in 1965 to determine potential entrants to the Japan Soccer League. The winner and runner-up played off in a promotion and relegation series against the bottom two clubs of the JSL. This continued even after the JSL added a Second Division in 1972. Since 1977, however, there is a system called the "Regional Football League Competition" to promote new league entrants (to the JSL 2nd Division, the former Japan Football League, and the current Japan Football League), thus the "Shakaijin" is now effectively a non-league cup competition. The 1999 edition was the only one to feature teams from the current JFL; otherwise, all participant clubs have been from the regional leagues.

The format is a week-long elimination tournament in a host locale (originally a single city, now a major metropolitan area) chosen by the JFA beforehand, and the best clubs of the regional leagues (currently 32 entrants) qualify. The final takes place in a major stadium in the largest host city or prefectural capital. The winner automatically qualifies to the Regional Promotion Series (runners-up and third places may also qualify depending on berth availability).

Many former Shakaijin winners are now J.League members, so the cup, despite no longer guaranteeing promotion, is considered a crucial stepping stone by ambitious clubs.

List of winnersEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up Tournament site(s)
1965 Nippon Kokan 3–1 Urawa Club Beppu, Ōita
1966 Urawa Club 1–0 Nippon Kokan Omiya
1967 Nagoya Bank 4–1 Toyota Motors Yokohama, Kanagawa
1968 Toyota Motors 1–0 Urawa Club Shimabara, Nagasaki
1969 Kofu Club (shared) 1–1
AET
Urawa Club (shared) Tōno, Iwate
1970 Toyota Motors 1–0 Kofu Club Fujieda, Shizuoka
1971 Towa Real Estate 1–0 Tanabe Pharmaceutical Saga
1972 Eidai Industries 5–0 Teijin SC Matsuyama Ichihara, Chiba
1973 Sumitomo 2–1 Hitachi Ibaraki Hitachi, Ibaraki
1974 Honda Giken 3–0 Yanmar Club Kagoshima
1975 Yanmar Club 3–1 Furukawa Electric Chiba Shizuoka
1976 Nissan Motors 1–0 Dainichi Nippon Densen
1977 Toshiba Horikawa-cho 2–0 NTT Kansai
1978 Saitama Teachers 2–0 Hyōgo Teachers Nobeoka, Miyazaki
1979 Toho Titanium 2–0 Mazda Auto Hiroshima
1980 Yamato Nippon Densen 2–0 Osaka Gas
1981 NTT Kanto 2–1 Hitachi Ibaraki
1982 Osaka Gas 3–1 Shizuoka Gas
1983 Matsushita 5–0 NTT Kansai
1984 Kyoto Police Dept. 2–1 Shimizu Club
1985 NTT Kansai (shared) 1–1 Yamanashi Club (shared)
1986 Furukawa Electric Chiba 4–3 Tokyo Gas
1987 Akita City Hall 1–0 Furukawa Electric Chiba
1988 Kyoto Shiko Club 2–0 Mazda Auto Hiroshima
1989 Chuo Bohan 2–0 Furukawa Electric Chiba Kasuga, Fukuoka
1990 Chuo Bohan 3–1 Hitachi Ibaraki Kanazawa
1991 PJM Futures 2–0 Seino Unyu Tsuruoka, Yamagata
1992 PJM Futures 2–0 Nippon Denso Takamatsu, Kagawa
1993 Yokogawa Denki 3–2 YKK
1994 Hitachi Ibaraki 1–0 Hokuriku Electric Power Co.
1995 Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura 1–0 Albireo Niigata
1996 F.C. Kyoto BAMB 1993 1–1
PK 4–3
Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura Takatsuki, Osaka
1997 Yokogawa Denki 1–0
AET
Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Yokohama, Kanagawa
1998 NTT Kyushu 3–0 Norbritz Hokkaido
1999 Honda Giken 4–0 Sony Sendai FC Toyama
Takaoka, Toyama
2000 Sagawa Express Tokyo SC 3–2 Sagawa Printing SC Sendai, Miyagi (final)
Naruse, Miyagi
Rifu, Miyagi
Shichigahama, Miyagi
Matsushima, Miyagi
2001 Sagawa Express Osaka S.C. 2–1
AET
Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. Nankoku, Kōchi (final)
Ochi, Kōchi
Haruno, Kōchi
Hidaka, Kōchi
Noichi, Kōchi
2002 Okinawa Kariyushi FC (shared) 0–0
AET
Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. (shared) Shimizu, Shizuoka
Fujieda, Shizuoka
2003 Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. 3–0 Shizuoka F.C. Saitama
Kawagoe, Saitama
2004 Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. 0–0 Okinawa Kariyushi FC Okayama (final)
Kurashiki, Okayama
Oku, Okayama
2005 Rosso Kumamoto (shared) 2–2
AET
New Nippon Steel Ōita (shared) Kobe, Hyōgo (final)
Goshiki, Hyōgo
Awaji, Hyōgo
Kakogawa, Hyōgo
Miki, Hyōgo
2006 V-Varen Nagasaki 1–0 Shizuoka F.C. Akita (final)
Yurihonjō, Akita
Nikaho, Akita
2007 F.C. Mi-O Biwako Kusatsu 3–1 Yazaki Valente Ōita
Beppu, Ōita
2008 A.C. Nagano Parceiro 2–1 NEC Tokin Niigata
2009 Matsumoto Yamaga 2–1 Zweigen Kanazawa Ichihara, Chiba
2010 Kamatamare Sanuki 2–0 Nagano Parceiro Yamaguchi
2011 Tokyo 23 FC 1–0 SC Sagamihara Ōgaki, Gifu
2012 F.C. Korea 1–0
AET
Fukushima United Chōfu, Tokyo
2013 Renofa Yamaguchi 1–1
PK 5–4
Grulla Morioka Shimabara, Nagasaki
2014 FC Osaka 2–0 Club Dragons Kamitonda, Wakayama
2015 Arterivo Wakayama 1–1
PK 5–3
Hannan University Morioka, Iwate(final)
Hanamaki, Iwate
Takizawa, Iwate
Tōno, Iwate
2016 Mitsubishi Mizushima FC 2–2
PK 5–3
Suzuka Unlimited FC Saijō, Ehime(final)
2017 Suzuka Unlimited FC 2–1 Matsue City FC Sakai, Fukui
2018 Matsue City FC 3–2 FC Kariya Kashima, Ibaraki (final)
Hitachinaka, Ibaraki
2019 FC Tiamo Hirakata 1–0 Ococias Kyoto AC Kirishima, Kagoshima (final)
Minamisatsuma, Kagoshima
Shibushi, Kagoshima

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