FC Kariya

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F.C. Kariya
FC刈谷
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Full nameFootball Club Kariya
Nickname(s)F.C. Kariya
Founded1949;72 years ago (1949) (as Nippon Denso Soccer Club)
GroundWave Stadium Kariya
Kariya, Aichi
Capacity4,000
Chairman Jin Hase
ManagerKoji Kadota (ja)
League Japan Football League
2020 1st at Tōkai Adult Soccer League, 2nd at Regional Promotion Series (promoted)
Website Club website

FC Kariya (FC刈谷, Efu Shī Kariya) are a Japanese football club based in Kariya, Aichi. They play in the first division of Tōkai Adult Soccer League and they're aiming towards professional leagues. In 2021 season, they currently play in the Japan Football League.

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History

The club was founded in 1949 as Nippon Denso Soccer Club. They mainly played in the Tōkai Regional League; Kariya was already represented in the Japan Soccer League by the club belonging to Toyota Industries (not to be confused with nearby Toyota Motors, which is the club that became Nagoya Grampus).

Nippon Denso were finally promoted to the Japan Football League in 1996. They played their first JFL season under new name DENSO Soccer Club because of the change of their owner's name.

DENSO relinquished the ownership at the end of the 2005 season and non-profit organisation Kaeru Sports Club took over. Their name F.C. Kariya was chosen from entries from the public. Despite this change of ownership, F.C. Kariya did not show much ambition for J. League status in subsequent campaigns and finished in 17th place on the 2009 season of the Japan Football League, being relegated back to the Tokai Regional League after losing a promotion/relegation series to the more ambitious Zweigen Kanazawa. [1]

In 2015 Kariya became champions of the Tōkai Adult Soccer League and participated in the 2015 Regional League promotion play-offs, reaching the Top 4, but not the promotion back to JFL. They also featured three times in the Emperor's Cup, reaching 2nd round both in 2007 and in 2012.

In 2020 season, the Tōkai Adult Soccer League was held in an irregular knock-out format due to the covid-19 pandemic. Lead by a new manager Koji Kadota, FC Kariya won the tournament to qualify for the regional championship, and achieved runner-up in it, resulting to return to the Japan Football League for the 2021 season.

Shirt and colours

F.C. Kariya's shirt features the red sash (or Aka Dasuki in Japanese). This design was originally adopted by Kariya High School's soccer club who introduced the sport to the area in the Taishō period. Because of this, the red sash is regarded as the symbolic design of Kariya's football.

Stadiums

They play their home games mainly at Kariya Municipal Athletic Park, but Toyohashi City Iwata General Ballgame Stadium and Nagoya City Port Soccer Stadium are also used a couple of times a year. They practice at Denso Ikeda Factory ground which is not open to the public because it is in Denso's factory site.

Current squad

Updated to 28 February 2021. [2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tetsuya Yamaoka
2 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Fukuda
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Asada
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroki Sasaki
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hikaru Koinuma
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Asahi Ishiwata
7 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Nakano
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Hiruta
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Sato
10 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuyoshi Sakamoto
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Tomita
13 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Watanabe
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Yamamoto
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Satoru Uchida
17 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuntaro Koga
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Sakaguchi
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Raiki Harima
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaisho Hirane
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keita Kitahara
22 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryoto Kamiya
23 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Itsuki Nishihara
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takahiro Tanaka
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shohei Hasegawa
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sotaro Murakami
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshinori Katsumata
28 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rikuya Iwanaga
29 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shimma Sakai
30 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Fuke
31 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hokuto Okamoto
Key

‡ New for 2021 season

League and cup record

Here are listed only the seasons disputed as "FC Kariya"'.

League Emperor's
Cup
Shakaijin
Cup
SeasonDivisionTierPositionGPWDLFAGDPts
2006 Japan Football
League
313th3488184663-1732DNQ
2007 16th3484223659-23282nd Round
2008 8th34131294740751
2009 17th34710172651-25311st Round
2010 Tōkai Adult Soccer
League (Div. 1)
42nd1610513892935
2011 3rd1463528244212nd Round
2012 4th1453623176182nd RoundQuarter-Final
2013 3rd14815351425
2014 54th1462619190201st Round
2015 1st14103134132133
2016 1st1413104373640
2017 2nd14103135152033
2018 1st1412113392437Runner-up
2019 1st141202441430361st RoundQuarter-Final
2020 1st--------
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Honours

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