FC Ryukyu

FC Ryukyu (FC琉球, Efu Shī Ryūkyū) are an Association football club from the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. They currently play in Japan's J2 League.

FC Ryukyu
Full nameFC Ryukyu
GroundTapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium
Okinawa, Okinawa
ChairmanKeishiro Kurabayashi
ManagerYasuhiro Higuchi
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 14th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The team derive their name from Ryukyu, the historic name for Okinawa Prefecture. The club once had futsal and handball teams.


The club was founded in 2003. Most of the players who initially joined the club were those who had left Okinawa Kariyushi FC after a rift with their management, which were beholden to the Kariyushi hotel chain. Their first 2003 season saw them win the championship in Okinawa Prefectural Division 3 North. They were allowed to skip to Division 1 the next season, where they again succeeded in finishing top of the table.

In the 2005 season, they belonged to the Kyūshū Regional League (Kyu League). After finishing 2nd and winning the Regional League play-off, they were promoted to the JFL and became the first ever Okinawan football side who played in a national league.

In December 2007, the club appointed former Japan national coach Philippe Troussier as their general manager. Jean-Paul Rabier was appointed as their manager in January 2008.

They applied for J. League Associate Membership in January 2008, but their application was declined at the J. League board meeting held on February 19, 2008.

In December 2008, the resignation of Rabier was announced. Former coach Hiroyuki Shinzato was promoted to be the new manager in January 2009.

In 2014, FC Ryukyu could finally join the J3 League.

In January 2015, FC Ryukyu announced a partnership with Seoul United from the Korean Challengers League. According to the agreement the teams will play a friendly match every year. The first match was scheduled for 1 March 2015.

FC Ryukyu have made steady progress in recent years, finishing in 8th place in J3 in 2016, and improving on that the following year, finishing 6th.

In the 2018 season they secured promotion to J2 with 3 games left after a 1–1 draw at Nagano Parceiro, and in the following game beat Thespakusatsu Gunma to claim the J3 title with two games to spare.

They started their first season in J2 in style with 4 straight wins to top the league, but faded as the season progressed eventually finishing in 14th place.

Team colour and crestEdit

Their team colour is bengara, a shade of red pigment. It is called red ochre in English and can be generally described as claret. Bengara derives from a Dutch word bengala which in turn derives from Bengal, a region in India and Bangladesh. This name was given because the pigment was traditionally imported from Bengal to Japan. Okinawa has a close association with the bengara colour which is prominently applied to Shuri Castle, one of the most symbolic historical buildings in the area.

In 2008 they adopted a sky blue trim for their home uniform, apparently as their bengara pigment pattern was seen as too similar to Aston Villa from England (the claret and sky-blue pattern was around long before Troussier and the French staff arrived, so a coincidence in colors is feasible).[citation needed]

Their crest features a pair of Shisas, imaginary talismanic creatures in the area, and the crown of the kings of the former Ryukyu Kingdom.


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2006 JFL 18 14 3,189
2007 JFL 18 17 2,443
2008 JFL 18 16 2,882
2009 JFL 18 16 1,348
2010 JFL 18 10 1,777 2nd round
2011 JFL 18 9 1,860 2nd round
2012 JFL 18 9 2,164 1st round
2013 JFL 18 11 2,069 2nd round
2014 J3 12 9 1,398 2nd round
2015 J3 13 9 1,498 2nd round
2016 J3 16 8 1,561 2nd round
2017 J3 17 6 2,508 1st round
2018 J3 17 1 3,146 1st round
2019 J2 22 14 4,953 2nd round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance


Current squadEdit

As of 28 June 2020.[1]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   CRC Danny Carvajal
2 DF   JPN Yuya Torikai
3 DF   JPN Ryoji Fukui
4 DF   JPN Ryohei Okazaki
5 DF   BRA Felipe Tavares
6 MF   JPN Koki Kazama
8 MF   JPN Koya Kazama
9 DF   PRK Ri Yong-jik
10 MF   JPN Yu Tomidokoro
11 MF   JPN Keita Tanaka
13 MF   JPN Shuto Kawai
14 DF   JPN Keigo Numata
15 DF   JPN Tetsuya Chinen
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW   JPN Takuma Abe
17 GK   JPN Keisuke Tsumita
18 MF   JPN Kazuki Yamaguchi
19 FW   JPN Takuya Hitomi
20 MF   JPN Kazumasa Uesato
21 FW   JPN Shinya Uehara
23 MF   JPN Ren Ikeda
24 DF   JPN Daisei Suzuki
25 MF   KOR Lee Ji-seong
26 GK   JPN Junto Taguchi
27 MF   JPN Shunsuke Motegi
28 MF   JPN Yoshio Koizumi
31 GK   JPN Kosuke Inose


  1. ^ "PROFILE | 選手・スタッフ". ゲキサカ. Retrieved 12 May 2020.

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