|Full name||Kōchi United Sports Club|
|Ground||Kochi Haruno Sports Ground (Kōchi Haruno Athletics Stadium)|
|League||Japan Football League|
|2020||Japan Football League, 14th|
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.
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.
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.
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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)
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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.
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.
Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Quarter-Final v Showa Club (昭和ｸﾗﾌﾞ): 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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)
1. Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v Kochi University (H): W 2-1 (Nishimura Yuta 2)
Updated to Jan 26 2021.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|AJSFC||CCL||Top Goalscorer (All Competitions)|
|2016||Shikoku Soccer League||2nd||14||12||1||1||70||6||64||37||1st round||1st round||DNQ||Takuya Kobayashi (17)|
|2017||1st||14||12||2||0||83||5||78||38||1st round||1st round||Group Stages||Kota Sugawara (23)|
|2018||1st||14||12||1||1||80||6||74||37||2nd Round||1st round||Group Stages||Kazuki Nakabayashi / Ryo Taguchi (16)|
|2019||1st||14||14||0||0||92||4||88||42||2nd Round||DNQ||2nd||Ryo Taguchi (19)|
|2020||JFL||14th||15||4||4||7||17||26||-9||16||4th Round||-||-||Kaima Akahoshi (9)|
Note: AJSFC=All Japan Senior Football Championship. CCL=Chiiki Champions League. DNQ=Did not qualify
Updated to Mar 2021
|Blancdieu Hirosaki FC||2||1||0||1||4||4||0|
|Fukui United FC||1||1||0||0||3||1||+2|
|Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth||1||0||0||1||0||3||-3|
|Honda Lock SC||1||0||0||1||0||1||-1|
|Koyo Sealing Techno Soccer Club||7||7||0||0||67||1||+66|
|Llamas Kochi FC||11||11||0||0||61||2||+59|
|FC Maruyasu Okazaki||1||0||0||1||0||2||-2|
|Matsue City FC||2||0||0||2||1||5||-4|
|MIO Biwako Shiga||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3|
|Mitsubishi Mizushima FC||3||2||0||1||10||6||+4|
|Ococias Kyoto AC||3||1||0||2||3||4||-1|
|Shinnitte Tsusumikin Oita Soccer Club||1||1||0||0||3||1||+2|
|Sony Sendai FC||2||0||0||2||2||5||-3|
|Suzuka Point Getters||3||0||1||2||3||7||-4|
|FC TIAMO Hirakata||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1|
|Tokyo Musashino City FC||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
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