F.C. Kariya
FC刈谷
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
ChairmanJin Hase
ManagerKoji Kadota (ja)
LeagueJapan Football League
20201st at Tōkai Adult Soccer League, 2nd at Regional Promotion Series (promoted)
WebsiteClub 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.

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.

League and cup record

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

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Shakaijin
Cup
Season Division Tier Pos. GP W D L F A GD Pts
2006 Japan Football
League
3 13th 34 8 8 18 46 63 -17 32 Not eligible
2007 16th 34 8 4 22 36 59 -23 28 2nd round
2008 8th 34 13 12 9 47 40 7 51
2009 17th 34 7 10 17 26 51 -25 31 1st round
2010 Tōkai Adult Soccer
League (Div. 1)
4 2nd 16 10 5 1 38 9 29 35
2011 3rd 14 6 3 5 28 24 4 21 2nd round
2012 4th 14 5 3 6 23 17 6 18 2nd round Quarter-final
2013 3rd 14 8 1 5 35 21 14 25
2014 5 4th 14 6 2 6 19 19 0 20 1st round
2015 1st 14 10 3 1 34 13 21 33
2016 1st 14 13 1 0 43 7 36 40
2017 2nd 14 10 3 1 35 15 20 33
2018 1st 14 12 1 1 33 9 24 37 Runner-up
2019 1st 14 12 0 2 44 14 30 36 1st round Quarter-final
2020 1st - - - - - - - - Not eligible
2021 Japan Football
League
4 32 1st round
Key

Honours

Current squad

Updated to 19 July 2021.[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

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

‡ New for 2021 season


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