|Champions||Gamba Osaka (5th title)|
|Runners-up||Urawa Red Diamonds|
The 95th Emperor's Cup (第95回天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会) was the regular edition of the annual Japanese national cup tournament, which was held from 29 August 2015 to its final on 1 January 2016.
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.
The winners, Gamba Osaka, qualified to the group stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League.
Gamba Osaka is a Japanese professional association football club, currently playing in the J1 League. The team's name Gamba comes from the Italian word "gamba" meaning "leg" and the Japanese ganbaru (頑張る), meaning "to do your best" or "to stand firm". Located in Suita, Osaka, the team's home stadium is Suita City Football Stadium.
The 2016 AFC Champions League was the 35th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 14th under the current AFC Champions League title.
|Round||Date||Matches||Clubs||New entries this round|
|First round||29, 30 August||36||47+1+2+22 → 36|
|Second round||5, 6, 9 September||24||36+12 → 24|
|Third round||10, 11, 14 October||12||24 → 12|
|Fourth round||11, 14, 15 November||8||12+4 → 8|
|Quarterfinals||26 December||4||8 → 4|
|Semifinals||29 December||2||4 → 2|
|Final||1 January 2016||1||2 → 1|
88 clubs competed in the tournament. The 18 clubs from 2015 J1 League and 22 clubs from 2015 J2 League received a bye to the second round of the tournament. The other 47 teams earned berths by winning their respective prefectural cup tournaments, and entered from the first round along with the JFL seeded team, the Apertura Champion.
The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season was the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.
The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season was the 44th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 17th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season began on 8 March 2015 and ended on 23 November 2015.
| 2015 J1 League |
| 2015 J2 League |
| 2015 Japan Football League |
|47 prefectural tournament winners|
|29 August 2015No.1||FC Maruyasu Okazaki||1 – 4||Toin University of Yokohama||Nagoya City Minato Soccer Stadium, Nagoya|
|29 August 2015No.2||Matsumoto Yamaga||3 – 0||Saurcos Fukui||Matsumotodaira Football Stadium, Matsumoto, Nagano|
|30 August 2015No.3||Zweigen Kanazawa||6 – 3 (a.e.t.)||FC Imabari||Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium, Kanazawa|
|29 August 2015No.5||V-Varen Nagasaki||7 – 0||Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Nagasaki S.C.||Nagasaki Athletic Stadium, Isahaya, Nagasaki|
|29 August 2015No.6||MIO Biwako Shiga||3 – 2 (a.e.t.)||Arterivo Wakayama||Higashiomi Nunobiki Sports Park Athletics Stadium, Higashiōmi|
|30 August 2015No.7||Toyama Shinjo Club||0 – 5||FC Ryukyu||Toyama Athletic Stadium, Toyama|
|29 August 2015No.8||Mito HollyHock||4 – 2||ReinMeer Aomori F.C||K's denki Stadium Mito, Mito, Ibaraki|
|29 August 2015No.9||Giravanz Kitakyushu||2 – 1||J. FC Miyazaki||Honjō Athletic Stadium, Kitakyushu|
|29 August 2015No.10||Nirasaki Astros||0 – 3||Juntendo University||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium, Kōfu|
|30 August 2015No.12||Ehime FC||1 – 0||Tadotsu Club||Ningineer Stadium, Matsuyama, Ehime|
|29 August 2015No.13||Yokkaichi University||1 – 6||Verspah Oita||Suzuka Sports Garden, Suzuka, Mie|
|29 August 2015No.14||Consadole Sapporo||5 – 1||Sapporo University||Sapporo Atsubetsu Park Stadium, Sapporo|
|30 August 2015No.15||Yokohama FC||3 – 0||Tonan Maebashi||Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium, Yokohama|
|30 August 2015No.16||Blaublitz Akita||3 – 0||Fukushima United||Akita Municipal Yabase Football Stadium, Akita|
|29 August 2015No.17||Tokushima Vortis||7 – 0||Fagiano Okayama Next||Pocarisweat Stadium, Naruto, Tokushima|
|29 August 2015No.18||Thespakusatsu Gunma||1 – 2||FC Gifu Second||Gunma Shikishima Soccer Stadium, Maebashi|
|29 August 2015No.19||Nara Club||0 – 0 (a.e.t.)|
(5 – 6 p)
|Fujieda MYFC||Nara Prefectural Kashihara Oyakesono Athletics Stadium, Kashihara, Nara|
|29 August 2015No.20||Montedio Yamagata||7 – 1||Yamagata University||ND Soft Stadium Yamagata, Tendō, Yamagata|
|30 August 2015No.21||Kamatamare Sanuki||1 – 0||Kōchi University||Kagawa Marugame Stadium, Marugame, Kagawa|
|30 August 2015No.22||Hiroshima University of Economics||2 – 0||University of Tokushima||Hiroshima Regional Park, Hiroshima|
|29 August 2015No.23||Roasso Kumamoto||1 – 0||Fukuoka University||Suizenji Stadium, Kumamoto|
|29 August 2015No.24||Gainare Tottori||2 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Fagiano Okayama FC||Tottori Bank Bird Stadium, Tottori|
|30 August 2015No.25||Grulla Morioka||0 – 3||FC Machida Zelvia||Iwate Athletic Stadium, Morioka|
|29 August 2015No.26||Júbilo Iwata||1 – 0||Hokuriku University||Yamaha Stadium, Iwata, Shizuoka|
|30 August 2015No.27||Avispa Fukuoka||3 – 0||Tokai University||Level-5 Stadium, Fukuoka|
|30 August 2015No.28||Vanraure Hachinohe||0 – 1||Sendai University||Hachinohe East Sports Park Athletic Stadium, Hachinohe, Aomori|
|29 August 2015No.29||Omiya Ardija||4 – 0||Tochigi Uva FC||NACK5 Stadium Omiya, Saitama|
|29 August 2015No.30||Tokyo Verdy||5 – 1||College of Upward Players in Soccer||Nishigaoka Soccer Stadium, Kita, Tokyo|
|29 August 2015No.31||Matsue City football club||1 – 0||Kagoshima United FC||Matsue Athletic Stadium, Matsue|
|30 August 2015No.32||Kyoto Sanga||2 – 2 (a.e.t.)|
(5 – 3 p)
|Ritsumeikan University||Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium, Kyoto|
|29 August 2015No.33||Tochigi SC||0 – 0 (a.e.t.)|
(3 – 4 p)
|Ryutsu Keizai University FC||Tochigi Green Stadium, Utsunomiya|
|30 August 2015No.34||AC Nagano Parceiro||1 – 0||Renofa Yamaguchi FC||Minaminagano Sports Park, Nagano, Nagano|
|29 August 2015No.35||JEF United Ichihara Chiba||3 – 0||Tokyo International University||Fukuda Denshi Arena, Chiba|
|5 September 2015No.37||Shonan Bellmare||4 – 3||Toin University of Yokohama||Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa|
|5 September 2015No.38||Matsumoto Yamaga FC||2 – 1||Zweigen Kanazawa||Matsumotodaira Football Stadium, Matsumoto, Nagano|
|5 September 2015No.39||Oita Trinita||3 – 0||V-Varen Nagasaki||Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita|
|6 September 2015No.40||Yokohama F. Marinos||3 – 1 (a.e.t.)||MIO Biwako Shiga||International Stadium Yokohama|
|9 September 2015No.41||Kashima Antlers||3 – 1||FC Ryukyu||Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Ibaraki|
|5 September 2015No.42||Mito HollyHock||2 – 1||Giravanz Kitakyushu||K's denki Stadium Mito, Mito, Ibaraki|
|5 September 2015No.43||Ventforet Kofu||3 – 2||Juntendo University||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium, Kōfu|
|5 September 2015No.46||Consadole Sapporo||1 – 0||Yokohama FC||Sapporo Atsubetsu Park Stadium, Sapporo|
|9 September 2015No.47||Albirex Niigata||4 – 0||Blaublitz Akita||Denka Big Swan Stadium, Niigata|
|5 September 2015No.48||Tokushima Vortis||1 – 0||FC Gifu Second||Pocarisweat Stadium, Naruto, Tokushima|
|9 September 2015No.49||Shimizu S-Pulse||2 – 4||Fujieda MYFC||IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka|
|5 September 2015No.50||Montedio Yamagata||3 – 1||Kamatamare Sanuki||ND Soft Stadium Yamagata, Tendō, Yamagata|
|5 September 2015No.51||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||8 – 0||Hiroshima University of Economics||Fukuyama Takegahana Stadium, Fukuyama, Hiroshima|
|9 September 2015No.52||Roasso Kumamoto||1 – 0||Gainare Tottori||Umakana Yokana Stadium, Kumamoto|
|9 September 2015No.53||Nagoya Grampus||0 – 1||FC Machida Zelvia||Nagoya City Minato Soccer Stadium, Nagoya|
|5 September 2015No.54||Júbilo Iwata||0 – 1||Avispa Fukuoka||Yamaha Stadium, Iwata, Shizuoka|
|6 September 2015No.55||Vegalta Sendai||3 – 2||Sendai University||Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai|
|6 September 2015No.56||Omiya Ardija||3 – 1||Tokyo Verdy||NACK5 Stadium Omiya, Saitama|
|5 September 2015No.57||Kawasaki Frontale||3 – 0||Matsue City football club||Todoroki Athletics Stadium, Kawasaki, Kanagawa|
|6 September 2015No.58||Kyoto Sanga||4 – 0||Ryutsu Keizai University FC||Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium, Kyoto|
|9 September 2015No.59||Vissel Kobe||5 – 0||AC Nagano Parceiro||Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe|
|10 October 2015No.61||Shonan Bellmare||2 – 3||Matsumoto Yamaga FC||Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa|
|14 October 2015No.62||Oita Trinita||0 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Yokohama F. Marinos||Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita|
|14 October 2015No.63||Kashima Antlers||0 – 0 (a.e.t.)|
(2 – 3 p)
|Mito HollyHock||Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Ibaraki|
|14 October 2015No.64||Ventforet Kofu||1 – 0||Ehime FC||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium, Kōfu|
|14 October 2015No.65||Sagan Tosu||0 – 0 (a.e.t.)|
(2 – 1 p)
|Consadole Sapporo||Tosu Stadium, Tosu, Saga|
|14 October 2015No.66||Albirex Niigata||1 – 2||Tokushima Vortis||Denka Big Swan Stadium, Denka Big Swan Stadium|
|14 October 2015No.67||Fujieda MYFC||1 – 2||Montedio Yamagata||ND Soft Stadium Yamagata, Tendō, Yamagata|
|14 October 2015No.68||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||1 – 0||Roasso Kumamoto||Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima|
|14 October 2015No.69||FC Machida Zelvia||2 – 0||Avispa Fukuoka||Level-5 Stadium, Fukuoka|
|14 October 2015No.70||Vegalta Sendai||0 – 0 (a.e.t.)|
(4 – 3 p)
|Omiya Ardija||Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai|
|14 October 2015No.71||Kawasaki Frontale||3 – 0||Kyoto Sanga||Todoroki Athletics Stadium, Kawasaki, Kanagawa|
|14 November 2015No.73||Vissel Kobe||1 – 0||Yokohama F. Marinos||Misaki Park Stadium, Kobe|
|11 November 2015No.74||FC Machida Zelvia||1 – 7||Urawa Red Diamonds||Kumagaya Athletic Stadium, Kumagaya, Saitama|
|19:00||Taira ||Attendance: 5,505|
Referee: Jumpei Iida
|14 November 2015No.75||Vegalta Sendai||2 – 1||Matsumoto Yamaga FC||Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai|
|15 November 2015No.76||Kashiwa Reysol||2 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Ventforet Kofu||Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium, Kashiwa|
|15 November 2015No.77||Kawasaki Frontale||0 – 2||Gamba Osaka||Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita, Osaka|
|14 November 2015No.78||Sagan Tosu||4 – 3||Montedio Yamagata||Tosu Stadium, Tosu, Saga|
|11 November 2015No.79||FC Tokyo||2 – 0||Mito HollyHock||Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo|
Referee: Shinji Murakami
|26 December 2015No.81||Vissel Kobe||0 – 3||Urawa Red Diamonds||Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka|
Referee: Kenji Ogiya
|26 December 2015No.82||Vegalta Sendai||3 – 3 (a.e.t.)|
(3 – 5 p)
|Kashiwa Reysol||Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai|
Referee: Jumpei Iida
|26 December 2015No.83||Gamba Osaka||3 – 1||Sagan Tosu||Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita, Osaka|
Referee: Matsuo Hajime
|29 December 2015No.85||Urawa Red Diamonds||1 – 0 (a.e.t.)||Kashiwa Reysol||Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo|
|13:05|| Lee ||Attendance: 22,462|
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida
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