Kagoshima United FC

Kagoshima United FC (鹿児島ユナイテッドFC, Kagoshima Yunaiteddo FC) is a football club in Japan that was formed from the merger of Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, both have been playing in Kyushu Soccer League before the merger. Their top team currently plays in J3 League, and their secondary team plays in Kyushu Soccer League.

Kagoshima United
Kagoshima United FC Crest
Full nameKagoshima United FC
Nickname(s)Yokanise Eleven
Founded1959; 62 years ago (1959) (as Volca Kagoshima)
2014; 7 years ago (2014) (as Kagoshima United)
GroundShiranami Stadium
Kagoshima, Kagoshima
ChairmanTsuyoshi Tokushige, Kenichiro Yuwaki (co-owners)
ManagerKim Jong-song 
LeagueJ3 League
2020J3 League, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Origins (1959–2013)Edit

Volca Kagoshima was established in 1959 as Kagoshima Teachers' Soccer Club. The club was a founding member of the Kyushu Soccer League in 1973. Since the league's inception, the club had always played in this league and never be relegated to the Prefectural Leagues until the merge with FC Kagoshima in 2014. They advanced to the Regional League promotion series five times, but never succeeded to promote to the upper tier, Japan Football League, known as the highest level for amateur club football in the country. The club changed the name from Kagoshima Teachers to Volca Kagoshima in 1995.

FC Kagoshima was established in 1994 as an affiliated club of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya. They were promoted to the Kyushu Soccer League as early as 2004 and changed the name to Osumi NIFS United FC.

Both of Volca and NIFS have been seeking the way to promote to the JFL separately. The idea of a merged club of Volca and FC Kagoshima (renamed from NIFS in 2010) had been discussed by the Kagoshima Prefectural Football Association as early as 2012, however, it was failed to reach an agreement at that time. Although Volca and FC Kagoshima had applied for J.League Associate Membership separately, both sides restarted their talk about the merger, then finally agreed with merging their clubs to aim promotion to the J.League, in response of the advisory by the J.League organization. As both clubs had advanced to the final round of the Regional League promotion series in 2013, the merged club earned the promotion to the JFL of 2014.

Kagoshima United (2014–)Edit

The two clubs, Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, were merged in 2014 and formed Kagoshima United. In November 2015, after concluding in promotion zone in 2015, they received J.League license to participate in the J3 League.[1]


The traditional rival of Kagoshima United is Roasso Kumamoto, the prefectural neighbours and former Kyushu Soccer League fellows since 1983 until 2005, except 20012002. Matches between the two clubs are labelled Hisatsu derby (肥薩ダービー, "Kumamoto-Kagoshima derby") and generate a lot of interest in both prefectures.

Crest and coloursEdit

The club crest has the illustrations of Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay, both symbolize Kagoshima Prefecture, on its background design, with red colour, which represents Volca, and light blue colour, represents FC Kagoshima.

Kit evolutionEdit

Kagoshima United's club colours are white and navy.


Season Div. Tms. Pos. GP W D L F A +/- Pts Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2014 JFL 14 3rd 26 18 3 5 45 19 26 57 1,825 2nd Round
2015 16 3rd 30 18 6 6 46 25 21 60 2,624 1st Round
2016 J3 16 5th 30 15 5 10 39 29 10 50 3,665 1st Round
2017 17 4th 32 17 4 11 49 37 12 55 3,508 2nd Round
2018 17 2nd 32 16 9 7 46 35 11 57 4,040 2nd Round
2019 J2 22 21st 42 11 7 24 41 73 -32 40 5,783 2nd Round
2020 J3 18 4th 34 18 4 12 55 43 12 58 2,214 Did not qualify
  • Tms. = Number of clubs
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league home attendance


Volca Kagoshima (1959–2013)Edit

FC Kagoshima (1994–2013)Edit

Kagoshima United (2014–)Edit

League historyEdit

  • Regional (Kyushu): 1973–2013
  • Division 4 (JFL): 2014–2015
  • Division 3 (J3): 2016–2018
  • Division 2 (J2): 2019
  • Division 3 (J3): 2020–

Current squadEdit

As of 28 June 2020.[2]

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   JPN Kazusa Iwasaki
2 DF   BRA Foguete
4 DF   JPN Kotaro Fujiwara
5 DF   JPN Ryo Hiraide
6 MF   JPN Keisuke Tanabe
7 MF   JPN Kento Nakamura
8 MF   JPN Taku Ushinohama
9 FW   JPN Takuma Sonoda
10 FW   JPN Masashi Wada
11 MF   JPN Junki Goryo
13 GK   JPN Shogo Onishi
14 MF   JPN Hiroya Nodake
15 DF   JPN Noritaka Fujisawa
16 MF   JPN Yuichiro Edamoto
17 FW   JPN Yusei Kayanuma
18 MF   JPN Junya Nodake
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   BRA João Gabriel
20 MF   JPN Noriyuki Sakemoto
21 MF   JPN Kohei Hattanda
22 DF   JPN Naoaki Aoyama
23 DF   JPN Katsunari Mizumoto
24 DF   JPN Kazuya Sunamori
26 DF   JPN Soichi Tanaka
27 MF   JPN Haruki Izawa
30 FW   JPN Yuma Kawamori
31 GK   JPN Minoru Hata
36 FW   JPN Rei Yonezawa
38 MF   JPN Shuto Nakahara
39 MF   BRA Nildo
41 MF   JPN Kaito Miyake
50 FW   JPN Kenji Baba


  1. ^ "Kagoshima United to join J3". J.League. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "トップチーム". Kagoshima United FC. Retrieved May 5, 2020.

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