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The F. League (in Japanese: "F・リーグ", Officially "日本フットサルリーグ",Nihon Futtosaru Rīgu) is the top league for Futsal in Japan. The winning team obtains the participation right to the AFC Futsal Club Championship.[1]

F.League
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Founded2007; 12 years ago
CountryJapan
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)All Japan Futsal Championship
F.League Ocean Cup
International cup(s)AFC Futsal Club Championship
Current championsNagoya Oceans
(2018–19)
Most championshipsNagoya Oceans (11 titles)
Websitewww.fleague.jp

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OverviewEdit

The league was formed in 2007 as a complement for the elimination tournament, (the current Puma Cup) which groups regional futsal champions into a final elimination phase.[2]

The league operates on the sports franchise system, with no promotion or relegation of clubs. The clubs are thus expansion teams. In 2009 the number of clubs was increased from 8 to 10 with the addition of Fuchu Athletic and Espolada Hokkaido.

In F. League play, the clubs battle each other three times: once at home, once away and once in a neutral venue (generally Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo). The season runs from August to February.

An elimination league cup, the Ocean Cup is played every season by the 12 F.League teams.

TeamsEdit

Teams playing the F.League 2019–20 season.

F1Edit

Team City/Area Main Arena Founded
Agleymina Hamamatsu Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Hamamatsu Arena 1996
Bardral Urayasu Urayasu, Chiba Urayasu General Gymnasium 1998
Pescadola Machida Machida, Tokyo Machida Municipal General Gymnasium 1999
Fuchu Athletic F.C. Fuchū, Tokyo Fuchu Sports Center 2000
Fugador Sumida Sumida, Tokyo Sumida City Gymnasium 2001
Shriker Osaka Osaka, Osaka Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium 2002
Vasagey Oita Oita, Oita Oozu Sports Park 2003
Nagoya Oceans Nagoya, Aichi Taiyo Yakuhin Ocean Arena 2006
Shonan Bellmare Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Odawara Arena 2007
Espolada Hokkaido Sapporo, Hokkaido Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center 2008
Voscuore Sendai Sendai, Miyagi Sendai Gymnasium 2012
F.League selection Nagoya, Aichi Taiyo Yakuhin Ocean Arena 2018

F2Edit

Team City/Area Main Arena Founded
Toruela Kashiwa Kashiwa, Chiba 2018
Y.S.C.C. Yokohama Yokohama, Kanagawa 2018
Boaluz Nagano Nagano, Nagano 2018
Vincedor Hakusan Hakusan, Ishikawa 2018
Deucao Kobe Kobe, Hyogo 2007
Hiroshima F DO Hiroshima, Hiroshima 2018
Porseid Hamada Hamada, Shimane 2018
Borkbulle Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 2018

HistoryEdit

Seasons Winner Runner-up Third place
2007–08 Nagoya Oceans Bardral Urayasu Deução Kobe
2008–09 Nagoya Oceans Bardral Urayasu Deução Kobe
2009–10 Nagoya Oceans Pescadola Machida Shriker Osaka
2010–11 Nagoya Oceans Deução Kobe Vasagey Oita
2011–12 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Deução Kobe
2012–13 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Fuchu Athletic
2013–14 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Vasagey Oita
2014–15 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Bardral Urayasu
2015–16 Nagoya Oceans Fuchu Athletic Shriker Osaka
2016–17 Shriker Osaka Pescadola Machida Nagoya Oceans
2017–18 Nagoya Oceans Pescadola Machida Shonan Bellmare
2018–19 Nagoya Oceans Shriker Osaka Tachikawa Fuchu Athletic

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ARITA, KENICHI (18 May 2012). "F.League hopes World Cup will boost sport's popularity". asahi.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Futsal league ready for the off". fifa.com. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 13 December 2013.

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