Japan Football Association

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Japan Football Association
AFC
Japan Football Association symbol.png
Founded1921;100 years ago (1921) [1]
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan [1]
FIFA affiliation1929 [1]
AFC affiliation1954 [1]
EAFF affiliation2002
President Kozo Tashima [1]
Vice-PresidentMitsuru Murai [1]
Kazumichi Iwagami
Yoshinori Hayashi
Website www.jfa.jp/eng/ (in English)

The Japan Football Association (JFA, Japanese : 日本サッカー協会, romanized: Nihon Sakkā Kyōkai) [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]

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Competitions

Source: JFA

Current title holders

Senior

CompetitionYearChampionsTitleRunners-upNext edition
Men's
J1 League 2020 Kawasaki Frontale 3rd Gamba Osaka 2021
J2 League 2020 Tokushima Vortis 1st Avispa Fukuoka 2021
J3 League 2020 Blaublitz Akita 2nd SC Sagamihara 2021
Japan Football League (JFL) 2020 Verspah Oita 1st Tegevajaro Miyazaki 2021
Regional Champions League 2020 FC Tiamo Hirakata 1st FC Kariya 2021
Regional Leagues 2020 2021
Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2021 Kawasaki Frontale 2nd Gamba Osaka 2022
Emperor's Cup JFA Japan Football Championship 2020 Kawasaki Frontale 1st Gamba Osaka 2021
J.League YBC Levain Cup 2020 FC Tokyo 3rd Kashiwa Reysol 2021
F1 League 2020–21 Nagoya Oceans 13th Vasagey Oita 2021–22
F2 League 2020–21Toruela Kashiwa1st Deução Kobe 2021–22
JFA Japan Futsal Championship 2020Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2021
F.League Ocean Cup 2019 Nagoya Oceans 8th Shonan Bellmare futsal 2020
JFA Japan Beach Soccer Tournament 2019 Tokyo Verdy BS 3rdSolmarpraia Okinawa2020
Women's
WE League 2021–22
Nadeshiko League Division 1 2020 Urawa Reds Ladies 4th INAC Kobe Leonessa 2021
Nadeshiko League Division 2 2020 Sfida Setagaya 1st Elfen Saitama 2021
Nadeshiko League Division 3
(defunct)
2020 JFA Academy Fukushima1st Angeviolet Hiroshima (defunct)
Regional Leagues20202021
Empress's Cup JFA Japan Women's Football Championship 2020 Tokyo Verdy Beleza 14th Urawa Reds Ladies 2021
Nadeshiko League Cup 2020Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan 2021
Women's F.League 2020Arco Kobe3rd Las Bonitas 2021
JFA Japan Women's Futsal Championship 2020SWH Nishinomiya Futsal Club2nd Las Bonitas 2021

Youth

CompetitionYearChampionsTitleRunners-upNext edition
Men's
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League2019Aomori Yamada High School Nagoya Grampus U-18 2020
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League Play-off20192020
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Prince League20192020
All Japan University Football Tournament 2020–21 N/AN/A 2021–22
The JAPAN Club Youth (U-18) Football Championship2019 Nagoya Grampus U-18 Sagan Tosu U-18 2020
JFA High School Football Championship 2020–21 Yamanashi Gakuin High SchoolAomori Yamada High School 2021–22
Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-15 Japan Football Championship Sagan Tosu U-15 Kashima Antlers Tsukuba Junior Youth
JFA U-15 Japan Football Tournament2017 Shimizu S-Pulse Junior Youth Nagoya Grampus U-15 2018
The JAPAN Club Youth (U-15) Football Championship
All Japan Junior High School Sports Festival
U-13 Regional Football League
JFA U-12 Japan Football Championship2020FC Trianello Machida JEF United Chiba 2021
JFA University Futsal Championship2020N/AN/A2021
JFA U-18 Futsal Championship2019 Pescadola Machida U-18 Shriker Osaka U-182020
JFA U-15 Futsal ChampionshipBrincar FC Fugador Sumida Wings
JFA U-12 Futsal Championship2019Brincar FC Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo U-12 2020
Women's
JFA U-15 Women's Football League20212022
All Japan University Women's Football Championship 2020–21 Teikyo Heisei University 1st Shizuoka Sangyo University 2021–22
JFA U-18 Women's Club Football Championship2021JFA Academy FukushimaNippon Sport Science University Fields Yokohama U-182022
JFA High School Women's Football Championship 2020 Fujieda Junshin High SchoolSakuyō High School 2021
JFA U-18 Japan Women's Football Championship Tokyo Verdy Menina Urawa Reds Ladies Youth
JFA U-15 Women's Football ChampionshipJFA Academy Fukushima3rd Urawa Reds Ladies Junior Youth
JFA U-15 Women's Futsal ChampionshipShiraoka SCL1stNagoya FC Luminous
JFA Regional Girls-eight (U-12) Football Tournament

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

This is one of the designs of Yatagarasu. Yatagarasu A.jpg
This is one of the designs of Yatagarasu.

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]

Presidents

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

PresidencyPresidentTook officeLeft office
1Jikichi Imamura19211933
2Ryutaro Fukao19351945
3Ryutaro Takahashi19471954
4 Yuzuru Nozu 19551976
5Tomisaburo Hirai19761987
6Shizuo Fujita19871992
7 Hideo Shimada 19921994
8 Ken Naganuma 19941998
9 Shunichiro Okano 19982002
10 Saburo Kawabuchi 20022008
11 Motoaki Inukai 20082010
12Junji Ogura20102012
13 Kuniya Daini 20122016
14 Kozo Tashima 2016Present
NamePositionSource
Flag of Japan.svg Kohzo Tashima President [8] [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Mitsuru MuraiVice President [8] [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Kazumichi Iwagami2nd Vice President [8] [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Yoshinori Hayashi3rd Vice President [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Kiyotaka SuharaGeneral Secretary [8] [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Masashi FukudaTreasurer [8]
Flag of Japan.svg Tsuyoshi Nishimoto2nd Treasurer [8]
Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Sorimachi Technical Director [8] [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu Team Coach (Men's) [8] [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Asako Takakura Team Coach (Women's) [8] [9]
Flag of Japan.svg Hideki KatoMedia/Communications Manager [8]
Flag of Japan.svg Tsuyoshi Kitazawa Futsal Coordinator [8]
Flag of Japan.svg Miiko KanekoReferee Coordinator [10]

Management

Source: JFA

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.

See also

National teams
Men's
Women's

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