Japan Football Association

The Japan Football Association (JFA, Japanese: 日本サッカー協会, romanizedNihon Sakkā Kyōkai)[2] is the governing body responsible for the administration of football, futsal, beach soccer and efootball in Japan. It is responsible for the national team, as well as club competitions.[3]

Japan Football Association
AFC
Japan FA logo.svg
Founded1921; 101 years ago (1921)[1]
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
FIFA affiliation1929[1]
AFC affiliation1954[1]
EAFF affiliation2002
PresidentKozo Tashima
Kazumichi Iwagami
Yoshinori Hayashi
Vice-PresidentMitsuru Murai
Websitewww.jfa.jp/eng/ (in English)

National teamsEdit

Source: JFA (in English)

Men'sEdit

Last updated: 9 February 2022

Level Manager Appointed Time as Manager Ref.
Senior   Hajime Moriyasu 26 July 2018 4 years, 21 days [4][5]
U-23   Go Oiwa (U-21) 16 December 2021 243 days [6]
U-20   Koichi Togashi (U-19) 16 December 2021 243 days [7]
U-17   Yoshiro Moriyama (U-16) 16 December 2021 243 days [8]
University
Futsal   Kenichiro Kogure 23 November 2021 266 days [9]
U-20 futsal   Kenichiro Kogure (U-19 futsal) 1 January 2021 1 year, 227 days
Beach soccer   Teruki Tabata 18 June 2020 2 years, 59 days [10]
Esports

Women'sEdit

Last updated: 9 February 2022

Level Manager Appointed Time as Manager Ref.
Senior   Futoshi Ikeda 1 October 2021 319 days [11]
U-23
U-20   Futoshi Ikeda 1 January 2019 3 years, 227 days
U-17   Michihisa Kano 1 January 2019 3 years, 227 days
University
Futsal   Takehiro Suga 23 November 2021 266 days [12]
U-18 futsal

Current title holdersEdit

Source: Competitions calendar – jfa.jp (in English)

International competitionsEdit

SeniorEdit

Last updated: 27 June 2022

Competition Edition Teams Next edition[13]
National team
Kirin Cup Soccer 2022 (Final)   Japan (host)
  Chile
  Ghana
  Tunisia
2023 (Final)
Kirin Challenge Cup [ja] 2022   Japan (host)
Cancelled
2 June
6 June
  Uzbekistan
  Paraguay
  Brazil
2023
National team (women)
MS&AD Cup 2022   Japan (host)
9 October
  New Zealand 2023
Club teams
J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship 2022 Not held due to 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship. 2023
J.League World Challenge 2019   Kawasaki Frontale
19 July
  Chelsea 2022
Paris Saint-Germain JAPAN TOUR 2022[14][15]   Kawasaki Frontale
20 July
  Paris Saint-Germain
  Urawa Red Diamonds
23 July
  Gamba Osaka
25 July

YouthEdit

Last updated: 13 August 2022

Competition Edition Teams Next edition[13] Date(s)
National teams
Denso Cup Soccer annual Japan vs Korea university regular football match 2022   Japan (host)
  South Korea
2023
SBS Cup 2019   Japan (host)
  Belgium
  Colombia
  Shizuoka Prefecture Selection
2022 22–28 August 2022
International Youth Soccer in Niigata [ja] 2019   Japan (host)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Mexico
  Niigata Prefecture Selection
2022 13–18 September 2022
Prayer for Peace; Hiroshima International Youth Soccer Games 2022   Japan
  Hiroshima Prefecture U-18 Selection
  Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth
  Club León
2023
U-16 International Dream Cup 2022   Japan (host)
  Mexico
  South Korea
  Uruguay
2023
Tokyo U-14 International Youth Football Tournament [ja][16][17] 2022 12 teams 2023
National teams (women)
HiFA Peace Memorial Balcom BMW CUP Hiroshima Women's Soccer Festa 2022   Japan
  Hiroshima Prefecture U-15 Selection
  Nagasaki Prefecture U-15 Selection
  INAC Kobe Tesoro
2023

Domestic competitionsEdit

SeniorEdit

Last updated: 27 June 2022

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League
J1 League (J.League) 2021 Kawasaki Frontale 4th Yokohama F. Marinos 2022[18][19]
J2 League (J.League) 2021 Júbilo Iwata 1st Kyoto Sanga 2022[20][21]
J3 League (J.League) 2021 Roasso Kumamoto 1st Iwate Grulla Morioka 2022[22][23]
Japan Football League 2021 Iwaki FC 1st Honda FC 2022[24]
Relegation Playoffs 2021 2022
Japanese Regional Football League Competition 2021 Criacao Shinjuku 1st FC Ise-Shima 2022[25]
Japanese Regional Leagues 2021 2022
Cup
Fujifilm Super Cup 2022 Urawa Red Diamonds 5th Kawasaki Frontale 2023
Emperor's Cup JFA Japan Football Championship 2021 (Final) Urawa Red Diamonds 8th Oita Trinita 2022[26] (Final)
J.League YBC Levain Cup 2021 (Final) Nagoya Grampus 1st Cerezo Osaka 2022[27] (Final)
Futsal
F.League Division 1
2021–22 Nagoya Oceans 14th Shonan Bellmare 2022–23
F.League Division 2
2021–22 Shinagawa City Futsal Club 2nd Deução Kobe 2022–23
JFA Japan Futsal Championship 2022 Fuchu Athletic FC 1st Nagoya Oceans 2023
F.League Ocean Cup 2022 Nagoya Oceans 9th Fuchu Athletic FC 2023
Beach soccer
JFA Japan Beach Soccer Tournament 2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2022
Esports
Esports Soccer Championship 2022 Mukasa (Kuromame/Yumi) Gosanke (Nasri/Agu) 2023

Last updated: 27 June 2022

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League (women)
WE League
 
2021–22 INAC Kobe Leonessa 1st Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies 2022–23
Nadeshiko League Division 1
2021 Iga FC Kunoichi Mie 1st Sfida Setagaya FC 2022
Nadeshiko League Division 2
2021 JFA Academy Fukushima 1st Bunnys Gunma FC White Star 2022
Regional Leagues 2021 2022
Cup (women)
Empress's Cup JFA Japan Women's Football Championship 2021 (Final) Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies 1st JEF United Chiba Ladies 2022 (Final)
WE League Cup 2022–23
Nadeshiko League Cup 2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan
Futsal (women)
Women's F.League 2021–22 Bardral Urayasu Las Bonitas 2nd SWH Futsal Club Ladies 2022–23
JFA Japan Women's Futsal Championship 2022 Bardral Urayasu Las Bonitas Arco Kobe 2023

YouthEdit

Last updated: 10 August 2022

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League 2019 Aomori Yamada High School 2nd Nagoya Grampus U-18 2022
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League Play-off 2021 2022
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Prince League 2021 2022
U-13 Regional Football League 2021 2022
Cup
Prime Minister Cup University Soccer Tournament 2021 2022
University Tournament 2021 Komazawa University 7th Hannan University 2022
Denso Cup Challenge Soccer 2022 Kanto B 3rd 2023
Club Youth (U-18) Championship 2021 Nagoya Grampus U-18 2nd Consadole Sapporo U-18 2022
All Japan High School Soccer Tournament 2021 Aomori Yamada High School 3rd Kumamoto Ozu High School 2022
Inter High School Sports Festival (football) 2021 2022
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-15 Japan Football Championship 2021 Sagan Tosu U-15 2nd FC Lavida 2022
Club Youth (U-15) Championship 2021 FC Tokyo U-15 Musashi 1st Sagan Tosu U-15 2022
Junior High School Sports Festival 2021 Kamimura Gakuen Junior High School 1st Aomori Yamada Junior High School 2022
JFA U-12 Championship 2021 Regista FC 1st Kashima Antlers U-12 2022
Futsal
University Futsal Championship 2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2022
JFA U-18 Futsal Championship 2021 Pescadola Machida U-18 1st Shriker Osaka U-18 2022
JFA U-15 Futsal Championship 2022 Hokkaido Consadole Asahikawa Tokyu S Reyes FC 2023
Vermont Cup JFA U-12 Futsal Championship 2022 Brincar FC 3rd Vissel Kobe U-12 2023

Last updated: 10 August 2022

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up Next season[13]
League (women)
JFA U-15 Women's Football League 2021 2022[28]
Cup (women)
All Japan University Women's Football Tournament 2021 Waseda University Shizuoka Sangyo University 2022
XF CUP Japan Club Youth(U-18) Women's Football Tournament 2022 Cerezo Osaka Sakai Girls 1st JFA Academy Fukushima 2023
All Japan High School Women's Football Championship 2021 Kamimura Gakuen High School Hinomoto Gakuen High School 2022
JFA U-18 Women's Championship 2022 Cerezo Osaka Sakai Girls Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies Youth 2023
JFA U-15 Women's Championship 2021 Tokyo Verdy Menina 3rd JFA Academy Fukushima 2022
Regional Girls-eight (U-12) Tournament 2020 2021
Futsal (women)
JFA U-15 Women's Futsal Tournament 2022 Jūmonji Junior High School AIC Seagull Hiroshima Ladies 2023

Defunct competitionsEdit

Competition Season Champions Title Runners-up
League (women)
Nadeshiko League Division 3 2020 JFA Academy Fukushima 1st Angeviolet Hiroshima

CompetitionsEdit

Source: JFA (in English)

HistoryEdit

The organisation was founded in 1921 as the Greater Japan Football Association (大日本蹴球協会, Dai-Nippon Shūkyū Kyōkai), and became affiliated with FIFA in 1921.[1] In 1945, the name of the organisation was changed to the Japan Football Association (日本蹴球協会, Nihon Shūkyū Kyōkai); its Japanese name was changed to the current title in 1975. This reflected common use of the word sakkā (サッカー), derived from "soccer", rather than the older Japanese word shūkyū (蹴球; literally "kick-ball"). The word sakkā gained popularity during the post-World War II occupation of Japan by the United States-led Allied powers. The association generally translates its name to "Japan Football Association" in English,[29] though "Japan Soccer Association" is also used.[30]

Source: JFA (in English)

SymbolEdit

 
This is one of the designs of Yatagarasu.

The symbol of the JFA is the Yatagarasu, a mythical three-legged raven that guided Emperor Jimmu to Mount Kumano. Yatagarasu is also the messenger of the supreme Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu.[31]

PresidentsEdit

The following is a list of presidents of Japan Football Association (JFA). The Honorary President is Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.[32]

Last updated on 6 March 2022

Name Role Ref.
  Kohzo Tashima President [33][34]
  Mitsuru Murai Vice President [33][34]
  Kazumichi Iwagami 2nd Vice President [33][34]
  Yoshinori Hayashi 3rd Vice President [34]
  Kiyotaka Suhara General Secretary [33][34]
  Masashi Fukuda Treasurer [33]
  Tsuyoshi Nishimoto 2nd Treasurer [33]
  Yasuharu Sorimachi Technical Director [33][34]
  Hajime Moriyasu Team Coach (Men's) [33][34]
  Futoshi Ikeda Team Coach (Women's) [33][34]
  Hideki Kato Media/Communications Manager [33]
  Tsuyoshi Kitazawa Futsal Coordinator [33]
  Miiko Kaneko Referee Coordinator [35]

Source: JFA (in English)

Presidency President Took office Left office
1   Jikichi Imamura 1921 1933
2   Ryutaro Fukao 1935 1945
3   Ryutaro Takahashi 1947 1954
4   Yuzuru Nozu 1955 1976
5   Tomisaburo Hirai 1976 1987
6   Shizuo Fujita 1987 1992
7   Hideo Shimada 1992 1994
8   Ken Naganuma 1994 1998
9   Shunichiro Okano 1998 2002
10   Saburo Kawabuchi 2002 2008
11   Motoaki Inukai 2008 2010
12   Junji Ogura 2010 2012
13   Kuniya Daini 2012 2016
14   Kozo Tashima 2016 Present

ManagementEdit

  • JFA Academy Fukushima
  • JFA Academy Sakai
  • JFA Academy Imabari
  • JFA Academy Kumamoto Uki

Source: JFA (in English)

SponsorshipEdit

Last updated: 30 June 2022

JFA Official Partner[36]
Company Period
Kirin Beverage
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Kirin Holdings Company
1 January 2023 – 31 December 2030
JFA Official Supplier
Company Period
Adidas 20xx–present
JFA Supporting Companies
Company Period
au 20xx–present
The Asahi Shimbun 20xx–present
Credit Saison 20xx–present
FamilyMart 20xx–present
Japan Airlines 20xx–present
Mizuho Financial Group 20xx–present
MS&AD Insurance Group 20xx–present
Daito Trust Construction 20xx–present

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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