Kochi United SC

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Kōchi United SC
高知ユナイテッドスポーツクラブ
Kochi United SC Logo.png
Full nameKōchi United Sports Club
Founded2016;5 years ago (2016)
GroundKochi Haruno Sports Ground (Kōchi Haruno Athletics Stadium)
Haruno, Kōchi
Capacity25,000
ChairmanShigekazu Takemasa
Manager Akihiro Nishimura
League Japan Football League
2020 Japan Football League, 14th
Website Club website

Kōchi United Sports Club, (高知ユナイテッドスポーツクラブ, Kōchi United SC) is a football club based in Kōchi, the capital city of Kōchi Prefecture in Japan. They played in the Shikoku Soccer League, one of the Japanese Regional Leagues from 2016–2019, winning it three times in a row from 2017–19. In 2019 they finished 2nd in the Japanese Regional Football League Competition, earning promotion to the Japan Football League from the 2020 season.

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History

On February 1st 2016, two established Shikoku League clubs; Igosso Kōchi FC (アイゴッソ高知FC) and Kōchi U Torastar FC (高知UトラスターFC) merged to form one club, whose aim was to be the first team from Kōchi Prefecture to play in the J. League. After officially changing the management company's name to Kōchi United Sports Club Ltd., Kochi United SC took Igosso Kōchi FC's place in the Shikoku League. For the many players at Kōchi U Torastar FC unable to join Kochi United SC, and wanting to continue playing as amateurs in the Shikoku League, Kochi Sports Club Ltd. and Kochi University established KUFC Nangoku on March 1st 2016, and this new club took Kōchi U Torastar FC's place in the Shikoku League. The club badge depicts the ceremonial Keshō-mawashi (化粧廻し) of a Tosa Fighting Dog on the outside, with the dark red colors of Igosso Kochi FC and the green of Kōchi U Torastar inside it and an image of a leaping bonito or skipjack tuna drawn in the center (a popular fish in Kochi prefecture). The club's home shirt also reflects the colors of the amalgamated teams from which Kochi United SC was formed.

As Igosso Kōchi FC

Postwar-1966: Kōchi Agricultural High School O.B. Club (高知農業高校OBクラブ).

1966-1996: Nangoku Soccer Club (Shikoku League Champions:1980).

1996-1999: Himawari Milk Nangoku F.C. (ひまわり牛乳南国FC).

1999-2014: Nangoku Kōchi F.C. (Shikoku League Champions: 2001, 2002. 2003, 2004, 2005).

2014-2016: Igosso Kōchi.

[1] [ circular reference ]

As Kōchi U Torastar FC

1998-2000: Transistor (トランジェスター).

2000-2006: Torastar (トラスター).

2006-2008: Beiling Torastar (北陵トラスター).

2008-2013: Nankoku Torastar (南国トラスターFC).

2013-2016: Kōchi U Torastar FC (Shikoku League Champions: 2014)

[2] [ circular reference ]

2016 season

In their inaugural 2016 season they finished runners up in the Shikoku League (W12-D1-L1) to FC Imabari (FC今治) . They also qualified for the All Japan Senior Football Championship (全国社会人サッカー選手権大会 Zenkoku Shakaijin Sakkā Senshuken Taikai), but lost 4–3 in the first round to eventual winners Mitsubishi Mizushima FC (三菱水島 FC). In addition, they represented Kōchi in the Emperor's Cup (天皇杯 Tennōhai) breaking Kochi University's 13 year streak, but lost 2–1 in the first round proper to V-Varen Nagasaki (V・ファーレン長崎) of the J2 League having taken a shock lead with a Kota Sugawara penalty. Takuya Kobayashi was the top goalscorer with 17 goals in all competitions.

2017 season

In the 2017 season they won the Shikoku League with a W12-D2-L0 record, thus qualifying for the Japanese Regional Football League Competition (全国地域サッカーチャンピオンズリーグ Zenkoku Chiiki Sakkā Championzu Līgu). They were drawn in Group B for the tournament alongside Amitie SC Kyoto (now Ococias Kyoto AC おこしやす京都AC), FC TIAMO Hirakata (FCティアモ枚方) of the Kansai Soccer League, and Mitsubishi Mizushima FC of the Chūgoku Soccer League. They lost 1–0 against Kansai Champions Amitie SC Kyoto in their first match, but won their second game 2–1 against FC TIAMO Hirakata. In their final match they thrashed Mitsubishi Mizushima (6 times Chugoku League champions) 5–2, but it wasn't enough to win the group or qualify for the final stage as best runners up. Still, it was a fine overall performance in their first appearance in the tournament. In the Emperor's Cup they represented Kochi again, but went out in the first round proper for the second consecutive season, losing 2–1 to Verspah Oita (ヴェルスパ大分) of the Japan Football League, after leading with a Tsubasa Yokotake goal. In the All Japan Senior Football Championship first round, they led at half time but ended up losing 3–1 to Vonds Ichihara (VONDS市原). The top scorer for the season was Kota Sugawara with 23 goals in all competitions.

2018 season

Emperor's Cup

Regional Rounds:

Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Quarter-Final v Showa Club (昭和クラブ): W 6–0.

Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Semi-Final v Rossorise KFC (ロッサライズKFC): W 5–1.

Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v KUFC Nangoku (KUFC南国): W 3–0.

Main Draw:

First Round Proper v Mitsubishi Mizushima FC: W 2-0 (Taguchi, Hirata). Attendance: 621.

Second Round Proper v Albirex Niigata (アルビレックス新潟): D 0-0 (L 5-3 pens). Venue: Denka Big Swan Stadium. Attendance: 2241.

All Japan Senior Football Championship

Kochi Prefecture Play-Off v Rossorise KFC:W 4–0.

Shikoku Playoff Tournament First Round v Koyo Sealing Techno (光洋シーリングテクノ):W 9–0.

Shikoku Playoff Semi-Final v Tadotsu FC (多度津FC): W 5–0.

First Round Proper v Suzuka Unlimited FC (鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC): L 0–3.

Shikoku Soccer League

1. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 6–0.

2. v Llamas Kochi FC (llamas高知FC): W 8–0.

3. v Niisho Club (新商クラブ): W 3–0.

4. v R.Velho Takamatsu (アルヴェリオ高松): W 0–8.

5. v Tadotsu FC: W 8–0.

6. v KUFC Nangoku: W 3–1.

7. v FC Tokushima (FC徳島): L 1–0.

8. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 0–8.

9. v Llamas Kochi FC: W 0–6.

10. v R.Velho Takamatsu: W 10–0.

11. v Tadotsu FC: W 1–5.

12. v KUFC Nangoku: W 0–1.

13. v FC Tokushima: D 3–3. (Attendance: 600+).

14. v Niisho Club: W 0-11.

Japanese Regional Football League Competition

1. Group A: v Blancdieu Hirosaki FC: L 2–3.

2. Group A: v Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth: L 0–3.

3. Group A: v FC Kariya L 1–2.

2019 season

Emperor's Cup

Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Semi-Final v Llamas Kochi FC: W 5–0. (Hiroki Maehara becomes Kochi United SC's all-time leading cup goal-scorer)

Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v KUFC Nangoku: W 3-2 (AET).

First Round Proper v MD Nagasaki (MD長崎): W 0-1 (Murakami). Attendance: 462.

Second Round Proper v V.Varen Nagasaki: L 1-2 (AET) (Nishimura). Attendance: 1498.

All Japan Senior Football Championship

Kochi Prefecture Play-Off v KUFC Nangoku: W 5-0 (Hiroki Maehara scores record equaling 49th goal for the club).

Shikoku Playoff Tournament First Round v Hisaeda FC (久枝FC): W 9–0.

Shikoku Playoff Semi-Final v FC Tokushima: L 1–2.

Shikoku Soccer League

1. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 11-0 (Attendance 1000+).

2. v Niisho Club: W 10–0.

3. v Llamas Kochi FC: W 4–0.

4. v R.Velho Takamatsu: W 0–9.

5. v Tadotsu FC: W 7–0.

6. v KUFC Nangoku: W 4-0 (Ryo Taguchi becomes the club's all-time top league goal scorer with his 36th Shikoku League goal).

7. v FC Tokushima: W 1–2.

8. v Niisho Club: W 0-7 (Ryo Taguchi equals the all-time goal scoring record with his 49th strike in all competitions for Kochi United SC).

9. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 0-14 (Hiroki Maehara becomes Kochi United's all-time leading goalscorer and the first player to score 50 goals for the club).

10. v Llamas Kochi FC: W 0–6.

11. v R.Velho Takamatsu: W 5–0.

12. v Tadotsu FC: W 2–7.

13. v KUFC Nangoku: W 1–2.

14. v FC Tokushima: W 4-0 (Attendance: 1100).

Japanese Regional Football League Competition

Group C: v Blancdieu Hirosaki: W 2–1.

Group C: v SRC Hiroshima: W 7–0.

Group C: v Ococias Kyoto AC: L 0–2.

Final Round: v Iwaki FC: L 3–0.

Final Round: v Fukui United FC: W 3–1.

Final Round: v Ococias Kyoto: W 3–1.

2020 season

Japan Football League

1. v Tokyo Musashino City FC H: D 1-1 (Shimodo). (First ever match in JFL).

2. v Nara Club A: D 1-1 (Nagao).

3. v Matsue City FC A: L 2-1 (Shimodo).

4. v FC Maruyasu Okazaki H: L 0-2

5. v Iwaki FC A: L 4-3 (Hirata, Nagao, Izumi).

6. v Honda Lock SC H: L 0-1.

7. v Suzuka Point Getters H: D 2-2 (Akahoshi, Fujisaki).

8. v Sony Sendai FC A: L 1-3 (Tsuboi).

9. v Verspah Oita H: L 0-1.

10. v Honda F.C. A: W 0-1 (Akahoshi). (First JFL win).

11. v Tegevajaro Miyazaki H: L 0-2.

12. v MIO Biwako Shiga H: W 3-0 (Yokotake (pen), Akahoshi, Taguchi). (First home JFL win).

13. v FC Osaka A: W 0-2 (Akahoshi 2). (First back-to-back JFL wins).

14. v ReinMeer Aomori H: D 1-1 (Akahoshi).

15. v Veertien Mie A: W 0-1 (Fujisaki).

Emperor's Cup

1. Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v Kochi University: W 2-0 (Maeda 2).

2. Second Round Proper: v Takamatsu University: W 2-1 (Akahoshi, Izumi).

3. Third Round Proper: v F.C Tokushima: W 2-0 (Taguchi, Nagao).

4. Fourth Round Proper: v Tsukuba University: L 3-2 AET (Akahoshi 2).

2021 season

Japan Football League

1. v Verspah Oita (A) W 0-1 (Nishimura Yuta)

2. v ReinMeer Aomori (H) W 2-1 (Nagao, Izumi)

3. v FC Osaka (A) L 2-1 (Akahoshi)

4. v Sony Sendai FC (H) L 1-2 (Tanaka Shoma)

5. v Suzuka Point Getters (A) L 2-1 (Shimodo)

6.v Iwaki FC (A) L 3-2 (Nishimura Koji 2)

Emperor's Cup

1. Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v Kochi University (H): W 2-1 (Nishimura Yuta 2)

Current squad

Updated to Jan 26 2021. [3]

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 Sotaro Maruyama
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Sakanoue
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Fujisaki
4 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaito Hosoyama
5 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Lucas Daubermann
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sho Aoki
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daisuke Okada
8 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Nishimura
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshikimi Nagao
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tsubasa Yokotake (captain)
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Tanaka
14 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoki Yoshida
15 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masaki Shintani
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroto Matsubara
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shoma Tanaka
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Izumi
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaima Akahoshi
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryosuke Nagamatsu
21 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshiharu Fujii
22 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naotaka Ikegami
23 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoya Seki
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kenichiro Hirata
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junya Kurihara
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kento Nakamasu
28 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koji Nishimura
29 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryusei Shimodo
30 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Seiya Inoue

League and Cup Record

League Emperor's
Cup
AJSFCCCLTop Goalscorer (All Competitions)
SeasonDivisionPos.GPWDLFAGDPts
2016 Shikoku Soccer League 2nd14121170664371st round1st roundDNQTakuya Kobayashi (17)
2017 1st14122083578381st round1st roundGroup StagesKota Sugawara (23)
2018 1st14121180674372nd Round1st roundGroup StagesKazuki Nakabayashi / Ryo Taguchi (16)
2019 1st14140092488422nd RoundDNQ2ndRyo Taguchi (19)
2020 JFL 14th154471726-9164th Round--Kaima Akahoshi (9)
Key

Note: AJSFC=All Japan Senior Football Championship. CCL=Chiiki Champions League. DNQ=Did not qualify

All-time Competitive Record Table

Updated to Mar 2021

OpponentPldWDLGFGAGD
Albirex Niigata 1001000
Aso FC1100120+12
Blancdieu Hirosaki FC 2101440
Fukui United FC 110031+2
Hisaeda FC2200150+15
Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth 100103-3
Honda F.C. 110010+1
Honda Lock SC 100101-1
FC Imabari 210143+1
Iwaki FC 3003510-5
FC Kariya 100112-1
Kochi University 440094+5
Koyo Sealing Techno Soccer Club7700671+66
KUFC Nangoku111100427+35
Llamas Kochi FC111100612+59
FC Maruyasu Okazaki 100102-2
Matsue City FC 200215-4
MD Nagasaki110010+1
MIO Biwako Shiga 110030+3
Mitsubishi Mizushima FC 3201106+4
Nara Club 1010110
Nakamura Club2200140+14
Niisho Club6600480+48
Ococias Kyoto AC 310234-1
FC Osaka 210132+1
ReinMeer Aomori 211032+1
Rossorise KFC4400261+25
FC RSG1100100+10
R.Velho Takamatsu9900560+56
Shinnitte Tsusumikin Oita Soccer Club110031+2
Showa Club110060+6
Sony Sendai FC 200225-3
SRC Hiroshima 110070+7
Suzuka Point Getters 301237-4
Tadotsu FC9810554+51
Takamatsu University 110021+1
Tegevajaro Miyazaki 100102-2
FC TIAMO Hirakata 110021+1
FC Tokushima116323510+25
Tokyo Musashino City FC 1010110
Tsukuba University 100123-1
Verspah Oita 310223-1
Veertien Mie 110010+1
Vonds Ichihara 100113-2
V-Varen Nagasaki 200224-2

All-time Top Ten Record Goalscorers

Updated to Mar 2021

NameRankingActiveLeagueCupOtherTotalHat-tricks
Hiroki Maehara 12016-202037164575
Ryo Taguchi 22017-202039122535
Kota Sugawara 32016-201835131495
Tsubasa Yokotake 42016-2062280
Kazuki Nakabayashi 52017-201813111251
On Byung-Hoon 62016-201813100230
Kai Murakami 72017-20191470210
Koki Izumi 82018-1223172
Takuya Kobayashi 82016980173
Shuhei Horie 92017-20181150160

Honours

2017, 2018, 2019
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
2019

Records

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