Japanese Super Cup
The Japanese Super Cup (Japanese: スーパーカップ、スーパー杯) or Fuji Xerox Super Cup (Japanese: 富士ゼロックススーパーカップ, Hepburn: Fuji zerokkusu sūpā kappu) is an annual one-match association football competition in Japan organised by J. League and the Japan Football Association (JFA). This competition serves as the season opener and is played between the reigning J1 League champions and the Emperor's Cup winners. Fuji Xerox have sponsored the competition since its inception in 1994. The match is usually played in February each year.
|Number of teams||2|
|Current champions||Kawasaki Frontale|
|Most successful club(s)||Kashima Antlers |
|2021 Japanese Super Cup|
Under the normal circumstances, the following clubs participate:
* Since the 1998 Emperor's Cup winners Yokohama Flügels had been disbanded before the match, Shimizu S-Pulse as the runners-up qualified for the competition.
† The same club won both the J.League Division 1 and the Emperor's Cup; the cup's runners-up qualified for the competition.
‡ The same club won both the J1 League and the Emperor's Cup; the league's runners-up qualified for the competition.
Super Cup in JSL eraEdit
The Japanese Super Cup was also played during the Japan Soccer League (JSL) era from 1977 to 1984. However, it was never established as an independent competition as the second competition in 1978 was already served as a mere opening league match of the JSL. This previous Super Cup competition was taken less seriously than the current competition and made dormant after 8 years. All matches were held in the National Stadium in Tokyo except for the 1978 and 1980 matches, both held in Osaka.
|Year||JSL Division 1 champions||Score (PSO)||Emperor's Cup winners||Date||Venue|
|1977||Furukawa Electric||Yanmar Diesel†||10 April 1977||National Stadium, Tokyo|
|1978||Fujita Industries||Yanmar Diesel†||2 April 1978||Nagai Stadium, Osaka|
|Toyo Industries†||8 April 1979||National Stadium, Tokyo|
|1980||Fujita Industries||Mitsubishi Motors†||6 April 1980||Nagai Stadium, Osaka|
|Mitsubishi Motors||5 April 1981||National Stadium, Tokyo|
|1982||Fujita Industries||Nippon Kokan||28 March 1982|
|1983||Mitsubishi Motors||Yamaha Motors||27 March 1983|
|1984||Yomiuri SC||Nissan Motors||25 March 1984|
Years in italic indicate Japan Soccer League seasons. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Winning years||Runners-up years|
|Kashima Antlers||1997, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2017||2001, 2002, 2008, 2011|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||1979, 1980, 1983, 2006||1981, 2007, 2015, 2017, 2019|
|Tokyo Verdy||1984, 1994, 1995, 2005||1997|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||2008, 2013, 2014, 2016||1979|
|Júbilo Iwata||2000, 2003, 2004||1983, 1998|
|Gamba Osaka||2007, 2015||2006, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2021|
|Shonan Bellmare||1978, 1982||1980, 1995|
|Cerezo Osaka||1981, 2018||1977, 1978|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||2001, 2002||1999|
|Nagoya Grampus||1996, 2011||2000|
|Kawasaki Frontale||2019, 2021||2018|
|JEF United Chiba||1977|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||1984, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2020|
- Japanese association football league system
- League system
- Japan Football League (JFL) (IV)
- Japan Regional Football Champions League (Promotion Play-offs to JFL)
- Japanese Regional Leagues (V/VI)