2013 Emperor's Cup

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2013 Emperor's Cup
CountryFlag of Japan.svg Japan
Champions Yokohama F. Marinos
(7th title)
Runners-up Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Matches played87
Goals scored281 (3.23 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Takuma Sonoda (Fukuoka U.)
Kenyu Sugimoto (Cerezo)
Yoshihito Fujita (F. Marinos)
(4 goals each)

The 93rd Emperor's Cup (第93回天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会) is the regular edition of the annual Japanese national cup tournament. It started on 31 August 2013 and ended on 1 January 2014 with the final at National Stadium in Tokyo.

Emperors Cup

The Emperor's Cup JFA All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament, commonly known as The Emperor's Cup or The Emperor's Cup Soccer, is a Japanese association football competition. It has the longest tradition of any football tournament in Japan, dating back to 1921, before the formation of the J. League, Japan Football League and their predecessor, Japan Soccer League. Before World War II, teams could qualify not only from Japan proper but also from Korea, Taiwan, and sometimes Manchukuo. The women's counterpart is the Empress's Cup.


Yokohama F. Marinos defeated 2013 J.League Division 1 champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2–0 for their seventh Emperor's Cup, their first in twenty-one years and their second in the J.League era after winning 1992 Emperor's Cup as Nissan F.C. Yokohama Marinos. The cup winners would normally receive a berth in the upcoming AFC Champions League; as F. Marinos finished as J.League runners-up that year, the nod went to Cerezo Osaka, the fourth-placed team in the 2013 J.League Division 1.

Yokohama F. Marinos association football club

Yokohama F. Marinos is a Japanese association football team that participates in the J1 League.

The 2013 J.League Division 1 season was the 48th season of Japanese top-flight football and 21st since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on 2 March and finished on 7 December.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima association football club in Japan

Sanfrecce Hiroshima is a professional football club based in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. The club play in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country.


RoundDateMatchesClubsNew entries this round
First RoundAugust 31, September 12447+1 → 24
Second RoundSeptember 4, 7, 8, 113224+18+22  32
  • 18 J1 clubs
  • 22 J2 clubs
Third RoundOctober 13, 14, 161632 → 16
Fourth RoundNovember 16, 20816 → 8
QuarterfinalsDecember 2248 → 4
SemifinalsDecember 2924 → 2
FinalJanuary 1, 201412 → 1

Participating clubs

88 clubs compete in the tournament. The 18 J.League Division 1 clubs and 22 J.League Division 2 clubs receive a bye to the second round of the tournament. The other 47 teams earned berths by winning their respective prefectural cup tournaments, and will enter from the first round along with the JFL seeded team, the team with the best record after the 17th matchday.

Japan Football League association football league

The Japan Football League, also known as simply the JFL is the 4th tier of the Japanese association football league system, positioned beneath three divisions of the J.League, and the top tier of amateur football in the country. Despite its officially amateur status the league features fully professional teams that hold J.League associate membership among its ranks.

2013 J.League Division 1
all clubs
2013 J.League Division 2
all clubs
2013 Japan Football League
best club after matchday 17
47 prefectural tournament winners

First round

The 47 prefectural tournament winners join JFL seeded team Kamatamare Sanuki in the first round.

Kamatamare Sanuki

Kamatamare Sanuki is a football (soccer) club based in Takamatsu, the capital city of Kagawa Prefecture of Japan. They currently play in the J3 League. They entered the J League in 2014 after finishing as runner-up in the Japan Football League in 2013. The first part of their name was coined by combining the Japanese word Kamatama and the Italian Mare ("Sea"). The second part is what Kagawa Prefecture used to be called. Their name as well as their crest, which also features a kamatama udon bowl, are so unique that the club instantly became one of the most well-known non-J. League sides in Japan when announced in October 2005.

Second round

The 24 winners from the first round are joined by all 40 J.League teams. Ties that were played on September 11 had been moved from their originally-scheduled dates of September 7 and 8; the Kashiwa ReysolUniversity of Tsukuba match originally scheduled for the 7th was moved to the 10th, then the 4th due to a league scheduling conflict.

Kashiwa Reysol association football club

Kashiwa Reysol is a Japanese professional football club based in Kashiwa, Chiba. The team currently competes in the J2 League.

University of Tsukuba university in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

The University of Tsukuba, located in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, is one of the oldest national universities and one of the most comprehensive research universities in Japan. The university has 28 college clusters and schools with around 16,500 students. The main Tsukuba campus covers an area of 258 hectares, making it the second largest single campus in Japan. The branch campus is in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, which offers graduate programs for working adults in the capital and manages K-12 schools in Tokyo that are attached to the university.

Third round

A.C. Nagano Parceiro and Zweigen Kanazawa, both playing in the Japan Football League, were the lowest-ranked teams remaining at this stage in the competition.

Fourth round

The draw for the remaining rounds of the tournament was held on October 20. Only three teams outside the top flight remain: Consadole Sapporo and Montedio Yamagata of J.League Division 2 and A.C. Nagano Parceiro of the Japan Football League.

Matches between J1 sides were played on November 16; matches involving J2 or JFL clubs were played on November 20 to avoid scheduling conflicts.


The four quarter-final matches, all featuring J.League Division 1 clubs, will be played on December 22.



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