All Japan Senior Football Championship

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All Japan Senior Football Championship
Founded1965;56 years ago (1965)
RegionJapan
Number of teams32
Current champions FC Tiamo Hirakata
(2019)
Most successful club(s)Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C.
(3 titles)

The All Japan Senior Football Championship (Japanese: 全国社会人サッカー選手権大会, Hepburn: Zenkoku Shakaijin Sakkā Senshuken Taikai) is a football (soccer) cup competition in Japan. It is run by the Japan Football Association. As it only involves non-league teams (teams not affiliated to either J.League or the Japan Football League), it can be considered an equivalent of the FA Trophy or FA Vase in England.

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Overview

The "Shakaijin" or "Zensha" as it is known, was first established in 1965 to determine potential entrants to the Japan Soccer League. The winner and runner-up played off in a promotion and relegation series against the bottom two clubs of the JSL. This continued even after the JSL added a Second Division in 1972. Since 1977, however, there is a system called the "Regional Football League Competition" to promote new league entrants (to the JSL 2nd Division, the former Japan Football League, and the current Japan Football League), thus the "Shakaijin" is now effectively a non-league cup competition. The 1999 edition was the only one to feature teams from the current JFL; otherwise, all participant clubs have been from the regional leagues.

The format is a week-long elimination tournament in a host locale (originally a single city, now a major metropolitan area) chosen by the JFA beforehand, and the best clubs of the regional leagues (currently 32 entrants) qualify. The final takes place in a major stadium in the largest host city or prefectural capital. The winner automatically qualifies to the Regional Promotion Series (runners-up and third places may also qualify depending on berth availability).

Many former Shakaijin winners are now J.League members, so the cup, despite no longer guaranteeing promotion, is considered a crucial stepping stone by ambitious clubs.

List of winners

YearWinnerScoreRunner-upTournament site(s)
1965 Nippon Kokan 31Urawa Club Beppu, Ōita
1966Urawa Club10Nippon Kokan Omiya
1967 Nagoya Bank 41 Toyota Motors Yokohama
1968 Toyota Motors 10Urawa Club Shimabara, Nagasaki
1969 Kofu Club (shared)11
AET
Urawa Club (shared) Tōno, Iwate
1970 Toyota Motors 10 Kofu Club Fujieda, Shizuoka
1971 Towa Real Estate 10 Tanabe Pharmaceutical Saga
1972 Eidai Industries 50 Teijin SC Matsuyama Ichihara, Chiba
1973 Sumitomo 21 Hitachi Ibaraki SC Hitachi, Ibaraki
1974 Honda Giken 30Yanmar Club Kagoshima
1975Yanmar Club31 Furukawa Electric Chiba Shizuoka
1976 Nissan Motors 10Dainichi Nippon Densen
1977 Toshiba Horikawa-cho 20NTT Kansai
1978Saitama Teachers20Hyōgo Teachers Nobeoka, Miyazaki
1979Toho Titanium20Mazda Auto Hiroshima
1980 Dainichi Nippon Cable SC 20Osaka Gas
1981 NTT Kanto 21Hitachi Ibaraki
1982Osaka Gas31Shizuoka Gas
1983 Matsushita 50NTT Kansai
1984Kyoto Police Dept.21Shimizu Club
1985NTT Kansai (shared)11Yamanashi Club (shared)
1986 Furukawa Electric Chiba 43 Tokyo Gas
1987Akita City Hall10Furukawa Electric Chiba
1988 Kyoto Shiko Club 20Mazda Auto Hiroshima
1989 Chuo Bohan 20Furukawa Electric Chiba Kasuga, Fukuoka
1990 Chuo Bohan 31Hitachi Ibaraki Kanazawa
1991 PJM Futures 20Seino Unyu Tsuruoka, Yamagata
1992 PJM Futures 20 Nippon Denso Takamatsu, Kagawa
1993 Yokogawa Denki 32 YKK
1994Hitachi Ibaraki10 Hokuriku Electric Power Co.
1995 Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura 10 Albireo Niigata
1996F.C. Kyoto BAMB 199311
PK 43
Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura Takatsuki, Osaka
1997 Yokogawa Denki 10
AET
Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Yokohama
1998 NTT Kyushu 30Norbritz Hokkaido
1999 Honda Giken 40 Sony Sendai FC Toyama
Takaoka, Toyama
2000 Sagawa Express Tokyo SC 32 Sagawa Printing SC Sendai, Miyagi (final)
Naruse, Miyagi
Rifu, Miyagi
Shichigahama, Miyagi
Matsushima, Miyagi
2001 Sagawa Express Osaka S.C. 21
AET
Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. Nankoku, Kōchi (final)
Ochi, Kōchi
Haruno, Kōchi
Hidaka, Kōchi
Noichi, Kōchi
2002Okinawa Kariyushi FC (shared)00
AET
Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. (shared) Shimizu, Shizuoka
Fujieda, Shizuoka
2003Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C.30Shizuoka F.C. Saitama
Kawagoe, Saitama
2004Honda Luminoso Sayama F.C. (shared)00Okinawa Kariyushi FC (shared) Okayama (final)
Kurashiki, Okayama
Oku, Okayama
2005 Rosso Kumamoto (shared)22
AET
New Nippon Steel Ōita (shared) Kobe, Hyōgo (final)
Goshiki, Hyōgo
Awaji, Hyōgo
Kakogawa, Hyōgo
Miki, Hyōgo
2006 V-Varen Nagasaki 10Shizuoka F.C. Akita (final)
Yurihonjō, Akita
Nikaho, Akita
2007 F.C. Mi-O Biwako Kusatsu 31Yazaki Valente Ōita
Beppu, Ōita
2008 A.C. Nagano Parceiro 21NEC Tokin Niigata
2009 Matsumoto Yamaga 21 Zweigen Kanazawa Ichihara, Chiba
2010 Kamatamare Sanuki 20 Nagano Parceiro Yamaguchi
2011 Tokyo 23 FC 10 SC Sagamihara Ōgaki, Gifu
2012 F.C. Korea 10
AET
Fukushima United Chōfu, Tokyo
2013 Renofa Yamaguchi 11
PK 54
Grulla Morioka Shimabara, Nagasaki
2014 FC Osaka 20 Club Dragons Kamitonda, Wakayama
2015 Arterivo Wakayama 11
PK 53
Hannan University Morioka, Iwate(final)
Hanamaki, Iwate
Takizawa, Iwate
Tōno, Iwate
2016 Mitsubishi Mizushima FC 22
PK 53
Suzuka Unlimited FC Saijō, Ehime(final)
2017 Suzuka Unlimited FC 2–1 Matsue City FC Sakai, Fukui
2018 Matsue City FC 32 FC Kariya Kashima, Ibaraki (final)
Hitachinaka, Ibaraki
2019 FC Tiamo Hirakata 10 Ococias Kyoto AC Kirishima, Kagoshima (final)
Minamisatsuma, Kagoshima
Shibushi, Kagoshima
2020Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in Japan

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