Japan Football Association

The Japan Football Association or Japan FA (日本サッカー協会 Nihon Sakkā Kyōkai, literally "Japan Soccer Association")[2] is the governing body responsible for the administration of football in Japan. It is responsible for the national team as well as club competitions.[3]

Japan Football Association
AFC
Japan Football Association symbol
Founded1921
FIFA affiliation1921[1]
AFC affiliation1954
EAFF affiliation2002
PresidentKozo Tashima
WebsiteJfa.jp

History

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 Allied powers. The association generally translates its name to "Japan Football Association" in English,[4] though "Japan Soccer Association" is also used.[5]

Symbol

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.[6]

List of Presidents of JFA

The following is a list of presidents of Japan Football Association (JFA). The Honorary President is Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.[7]

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
Name Position Source
Japan Kohzo Tashima President [8]
Japan Mitsuru Murai Vice President [9]
Japan Kazumichi Iwagami 2nd Vice President [10]
Japan Kiyotaka Suhara General Secretary [11]
Japan Masashi Fukuda Treasurer [12]
Japan Tsuyoshi Nishimoto 2nd Treasurer [13]
Japan Takashi Sekizuka Technical Director [14]
Japan Hajime Moriyasu Team Coach (Men's) [15]
Japan Asako Takaura Team Coach (Women's) [16]
Japan Hideki Kato Media/Communications Manager [17]
Japan Tsuyoshi Kitazawa Futsal Coordinator [18]
Japan Yoshimi Ogawa Referee Coordinator [19]

Sponsorship

Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2010 their sponsorship income amounted to over 12.5 million pounds.

Primary sponsors include Kirin, Adidas, Panasonic, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, Fujifilm, ANA, Bank of Yokohama, NTT Docomo and Nissan.

Competitions run by the JFA

Management

  • JFA Academy Fukushima
  • JFA Academy Kumamotouki

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Japan Football Association - Association Information FIFA.com
  2. ^ "組織-JFA-日本サッカー協会". 公益財団法人 日本サッカー協会(JFA).
  3. ^ Byer, Tom (2011-02-02). "Asian Cup: Japan Is on the Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  4. ^ "Home | Japan Football Association Official Web Site". Jfa.or.jp. 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  5. ^ "World Cup Roundup: Japanese decide on a new coach". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 2, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "general information | Japan Football Association". Jfa.or.jp. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  7. ^ "Empress's Cup of Soccer". Imperial Family website.
  8. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  9. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  10. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  11. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  12. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  13. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  14. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  15. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  16. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  17. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  18. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/jpn/about
  19. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/irq/about

External links

2013 Suruga Bank Championship

The 2013 Suruga Bank Championship (Japanese: スルガ銀行チャンピオンシップ2013; Spanish: Copa Suruga Bank 2013) was the sixth edition of the Suruga Bank Championship, the club football match co-organized by the Japan Football Association, the football governing body of Japan, CONMEBOL, the football governing body of South America, and J. League, the professional football league of Japan, between the winners of the previous season's J. League Cup and Copa Sudamericana.

The match was contested between Japanese team Kashima Antlers, the 2012 J. League Cup champion, and Brazilian team São Paulo, the 2012 Copa Sudamericana champion. It was hosted by Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium in Kashima on August 7, 2013.

Kashima Antlers won 3–2 with Yuya Osako scoring a hat-trick, to win their second Suruga Bank Championship title in a row.

2014 Suruga Bank Championship

The 2014 Suruga Bank Championship (Japanese: スルガ銀行チャンピオンシップ2014; Spanish: Copa Suruga Bank 2014) was the seventh edition of the Suruga Bank Championship, the club football match co-organized by the Japan Football Association, the football governing body of Japan, CONMEBOL, the football governing body of South America, and J. League, the professional football league of Japan, between the winners of the previous season's J. League Cup and Copa Sudamericana.

The match was contested between Japanese team Kashiwa Reysol, the 2013 J. League Cup champion, and Argentine team Lanús, the 2013 Copa Sudamericana champion. It was hosted by Kashiwa Reysol at the Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium in Kashiwa on August 6, 2014.For the fifth consecutive year, the match was won by the Japanese host team, as Kashiwa Reysol won 2–1 to earn their first Suruga Bank Championship.

2015 Suruga Bank Championship

The 2015 Suruga Bank Championship (Japanese: スルガ銀行チャンピオンシップ2015; Spanish: Copa Suruga Bank 2015) was the eighth edition of the Suruga Bank Championship, the club football match co-organized by the Japan Football Association, the football governing body of Japan, CONMEBOL, the football governing body of South America, and J. League, the professional football league of Japan, between the winners of the previous season's J. League Cup and Copa Sudamericana.

The match was contested between Japanese team Gamba Osaka, the 2014 J. League Cup winners, and Argentine team River Plate, the 2014 Copa Sudamericana winners. It was hosted by Gamba Osaka at the Osaka Expo '70 Stadium in Suita on August 11, 2015.River Plate won the match 3–0 to win their third international club title in 2015, after the 2015 Recopa Sudamericana and the 2015 Copa Libertadores (where they played in the finals less than a week before), and also became the first South American team to win this competition since 2009.

2016 Suruga Bank Championship

The 2016 Suruga Bank Championship (Japanese: スルガ銀行チャンピオンシップ2016; Spanish: Copa Suruga Bank 2016) was the ninth edition of the Suruga Bank Championship, the club football match co-organized by the Japan Football Association, the football governing body of Japan, CONMEBOL, the football governing body of South America, and J.League, the professional football league of Japan, between the winners of the previous season's J.League Cup and Copa Sudamericana.

The match was contested between Japanese team Kashima Antlers, the 2015 J.League Cup winners, and Colombian team Santa Fe, the 2015 Copa Sudamericana winners. It was hosted by Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium in Kashima on 10 August 2016.Santa Fe defeated Kashima Antlers 1–0 to win their first Suruga Bank Championship title, and their second international title following their 2015 Copa Sudamericana triumph.

2017 Suruga Bank Championship

The 2017 Suruga Bank Championship (Japanese: スルガ銀行チャンピオンシップ2017; Spanish: Copa Suruga Bank 2017) was the tenth edition of the Suruga Bank Championship (also referred to as the J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship Final), the club football match co-organized by the Japan Football Association, the football governing body of Japan, CONMEBOL, the football governing body of South America, and J.League, the professional football league of Japan, between the champions of the previous season's J.League Cup and Copa Sudamericana.

The match was contested between Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds, the 2016 J.League Cup champions, and Brazilian team Chapecoense, the 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions. It was hosted by Urawa Red Diamonds at the Saitama Stadium 2002 in Saitama on 15 August 2017.Urawa Red Diamonds defeated Chapecoense 1–0 to win their first Suruga Bank Championship title.

2018 Emperor's Cup

The 98th Emperor's Cup (天皇杯 JFA 第98回全日本サッカー選手権大会) was the 2018 edition of the annual Japanese national football cup tournament, which began on 26 May 2018 and ended with the final on 9 December 2018 at the Saitama Stadium 2002. The final was held earlier than the usual date of 1 January due to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The draw for the first four rounds was held on 29 March 2018.

2018 Suruga Bank Championship

The 2018 Suruga Bank Championship (Japanese: スルガ銀行チャンピオンシップ2018; Spanish: Copa Suruga Bank 2018) was the eleventh edition of the Suruga Bank Championship (also referred to as the J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship Final), the club football match co-organized by the Japan Football Association, the football governing body of Japan, CONMEBOL, the football governing body of South America, and J.League, the professional football league of Japan, between the champions of the previous season's J.League Cup and Copa Sudamericana.

The match was contested between Japanese team Cerezo Osaka, the 2017 J.League Cup champions, and Argentinian team Independiente, the 2017 Copa Sudamericana champions. It was hosted by Cerezo Osaka at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka on 8 August 2018.Independiente defeated Cerezo Osaka 1–0 to win their first Suruga Bank Championship title.

2019 J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship Final

The 2019 J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship Final, officially known as the 2019 J. League YBC Levain Cup / CONMEBOL Sudamericana Championship Final (Japanese: JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ/CONMEBOLスダメリカーナ 王者決定戦2019), will be the 12th edition of the J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship Final (previously referred to as the Suruga Bank Championship until 2018), the club football match co-organized by the Japan Football Association, the football governing body of Japan, CONMEBOL, the football governing body of South America, and J.League, the professional football league of Japan, between the champions of the previous season's J.League Cup and Copa Sudamericana.

The match will be contested between Japanese team Shonan Bellmare, the 2018 J.League Cup champions, and Brazilian team Athletico Paranaense, the 2018 Copa Sudamericana champions. It will be hosted by Shonan Bellmare at the Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka in Hiratsuka on 7 August 2019.

Football in Japan

Association football is the second most popular sport in Japan, after Baseball. Its nationwide organization, Japan Football Association, administers the professional football league, J.League, which is the most successful association football league in Asia.

Japan national football team

The Japan national football team (サッカー日本代表, Sakkā Nippon Daihyō) represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for football in Japan. The current head coach is former footballer and current coach of the Japan national under-23 football team: Hajime Moriyasu.

Japan is one of the most successful teams in Asia, having qualified for the last six consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002, 2010, and 2018, and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. The team has also finished second in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea and most recently, Australia.

Japan was the first team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999, 2011, 2015, and 2019 editions of the tournament, although they only played in the 1999 and 2019 events.

Japan national futsal team

The Japan national futsal team represents Japan in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. It is one of the strongest teams in Asia, the champions in the 2006, 2012 and 2014 Asian Futsal Championships. Japan has also played in four FIFA Futsal World Cups.

Japan national under-17 football team

The Japan national under-17 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. The team were champions in the 1994 and 2006 AFC U-17 Championships, as well as the 2012 AFF U-16 Youth Championship.

Japan national under-20 football team

The Japan national under-20 football team is a national association football team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association..

Japan national under-23 football team

The Japan national under-23 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. The team won the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games and were champions in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship.

Japan women's national futsal team

The Japan women's national futsal team represents Japan in international women's futsal competitions and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. It is one of the strongest teams in Asia as the champions of the 2007, 2009 and 2013 Asian Indoor Games.

Japan women's national under-17 football team

The Japan women's national under-17 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association.

Ken Naganuma

Ken Naganuma (長沼 健, Naganuma Ken, September 5, 1930 – June 2, 2008) was a Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team. He also managed Japan national team. He was the president of the Japan Football Association from 1994 to 1998.

Kensuke Nagai

Kensuke Nagai (永井 謙佑, Nagai Kensuke, born 5 March 1989) is a Japanese football player who plays as a striker for J1 League club FC Tokyo.

Toru Kamikawa

Toru Kamikawa (上川徹, Kamikawa Tōru, born June 8, 1963) is a former Japanese football (soccer) referee, debuting in Japan's professional J. League in 1996.

Kamikawa was born in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. An international referee since 1998, he refereed one match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and three matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

In the 2002 World Cup, he refereed a first round match between Ireland and Cameroon.

In the 2006 World Cup, he refereed first round matches between Poland and Ecuador in Group A, and between England and Trinidad and Tobago in Group B. He also refereed the third place playoff match between Germany and Portugal.

He was the AFC Referee of the Year in 2002, and the J. League Referee of the Year in 2003 and 2006.

Kamikawa became the first Asian referee to officiate a Russian Premier League match when he refereed a match between Luch-Energia Vladivostok and Spartak Moscow on August 20, 2006 in Vladivostok.Before becoming a referee, he played football as a forward. He was educated at and played for Kagoshima National College of Technology and Tokai University. He represented Japan at an underage level in 1981. After the graduation, he joined Japan Soccer League side Fujita S.C. (current Shonan Bellmare) and finished his playing career there in 1991.

He announced his retirement from the international game in October 2006 partly because of his knee injury although he still had two years before he reached the mandatory retirement age of an international referee. He quit refereeing entirely in January 2007. He now works for the Japan Football Association to help younger referees to develop their skills.

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