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Japanese Regional Leagues
Japanese Regional Leagues 2014.svg
Founded1966 (Kansai and Tokai)
1967 (Kanto)
1973 (Chugoku and Kyushu)
1975 (Hokushin'etsu)
1977 (Shikoku and Tohoku)
1978 (Hokkaido)
CountryJapan
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Divisions5 (first level)
6 (second level)
Number of teams134
Level on pyramid5–6
Promotion toJapan Soccer League (1966–1991)
Japan Football League (1992–1998)
Japan Football League (1999–present)
Relegation toPrefectural Leagues [ja]
Domestic cup(s)Emperor's Cup
Shakaijin Cup
Current: 2022 Japanese Regional Leagues

Japanese Regional Leagues (Japanese: 地域リーグ, Hepburn: Chiiki Rīgu) are a group of parallel association football leagues in Japan that are organized on the regional basis. They form the fifth tier of the Japanese association football league system below the nationwide Japan Football League.

Overview

Football regions in Japan:.mw-parser-output .legend{page-break-inside:avoid;break-inside:avoid-column}.mw-parser-output .legend-color{display:inline-block;min-width:1.25em;height:1.25em;line-height:1.25;margin:1px 0;text-align:center;border:1px solid black;background-color:transparent;color:black}.mw-parser-output .legend-text{}  Hokkaido   Tōhoku   Kantō   Hokushinetsu   Tōkai   Kansai   Chūgoku   Shikoku   KyushuHokkaido subdivision boundaries are by Block League.
Football regions in Japan:
  Hokkaido   Tōhoku   Kantō   Hokushinetsu   Tōkai   Kansai   Chūgoku   Shikoku   Kyushu
Hokkaido subdivision boundaries are by Block League.

Japan is divided regionally in a variety of ways, some of them administrative and some more historical. For the football purposes, the country is divided into nine regions. All regional league champions earn the right to participate in the Regional Football League Competition (since 2016 renamed Japan Regional Football Champions League) at the end of the year. Runners-up may also qualify according to criteria set by the Japan Football Association.

Regional league clubs also compete in the All Japan Senior Football Championship, a cup competition. The winner of this cup also earns a berth in the Regional League promotion series, and the runner-up may also qualify depending on space and JFA criteria.

Regional league clubs must win the qualifying cup in their home prefecture in order to compete in the Emperor's Cup.

Since the divisions rarely go over 10 members, the season is shorter and long summer breaks may be taken.

Among the existing Japanese clubs there are ten that have never played in the regional leagues. They are:

Additionally, the forerunners to Tosu Futures, Kashima Antlers, Avispa Fukuoka and Vissel Kobe were originally based in different regions (and won or were promoted from those regions) from where they, or their successors, are based today:

Regional Leagues clubs, 2022

Hokkaido Soccer League

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Hokkaido Soccer League
北海道サッカーリーグ
Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth Obihiro, Hokkaido
Norbritz Hokkaido Ebetsu, Hokkaido
Sapporo Univ. Goal Plunderers Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sapporo Shūkyū Sapporo, Hokkaido
Hokusyukai Iwamizawa Iwamizawa, Hokkaido
Nippon Steel Muroran Muroran, Hokkaido
BTOP Thank Kuriyama Kuriyama, Hokkaido
ASC Hokkaido Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League
東北社会人サッカーリーグ
Division 1 Blancdieu Hirosaki FC Hirosaki, Aomori
FC Sendai University Sendai, Miyagi
Cobaltore Onagawa Onagawa, Miyagi
FC Ganju Iwate Morioka, Iwate
Nippon Steel Corp. Kamaishi SC Kamaishi, Iwate
FC Primeiro Kōriyama, Fukushima
Morioka Zebra Morioka, Iwate
Fuji Club 2003 Hanamaki, Iwate
Omiya SC Morioka, Iwate
Saruta Kōgyō S.C. [tl] Akita, Akita
Shichigahama SC Shichigahama, Miyagi
Bogolle.D.Tsugaru FC Tsugaru, Aomori
Division 2 North Akita FC Cambiare Akita, Akita
Oshu Unided FC Ōshū, Iwate
NuPere HiraizumiMaesawa Hiraizumi, Iwate
Gonohe FC Gonohe, Aomori
TDK Shinwakai Nikaho, Akita
Hokuto Bank SC Akita, Akita
Lascivo Aomori Aomori, Aomori
Tono Club Tono, Iwate
Kuzumaki Club Kuzumaki, Iwate
Division 2 South RICOH Industry Tohoku Shibata, Miyagi
Oyama Club Tsuruoka, Yamagata
Sendai SASUKE FC Sendai, Miyagi
FC La Universidad de Sendai Sendai, Miyagi
Merry Fukushima, Fukushima
FC Parafrente Yonezawa Yonezawa, Yamagata
Soma SC Soma, Fukushima
Mikawa SC Mikawa, Yamagata
ARDORE Kuwahara Iwanuma, Miyagi
Nagai Club Nagai, Yamagata
Iwaki Furukawa FC Iwaki, Fukushima
F.F.C Matsushita Fukushima, Fukushima
Sentai Nakata SC Taihaku-ku, Sendai

Kantō Soccer League

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Kanto Soccer League
関東サッカーリーグ
Division 1 Briobecca Urayasu Urayasu, Chiba
Vonds Ichihara Ichihara, Chiba
Tochigi City FC Tochigi, Tochigi
Tokyo 23 FC Special wards of Tokyo
Esperanza SC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Ryutsu Keizai University Dragons Ryūgasaki Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki
Tsukuba FC Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Tokyo United FC Bunkyō, Tokyo
Toho Titanium SC Chigasaki, Kanagawa
Nankatsu SC Katsushika, Tokyo
Division 2 Toin Yokohama University FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Hitachi Building System SC Chiyoda, Tokyo
Ryutsu Keizai University FC Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki
Tonan Maebashi Maebashi, Gunma
Yokohama Takeru Yokohama, Kanagawa
Identy Mirai Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki
Aventura Kawaguchi Kawaguchi, Saitama
Tokyo International University FC Sakado, Saitama
Aries Tokyo FC Nerima, Tokyo
Vertfee Yaita Yaita, Tochigi

Hokushinetsu Football League

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Hokushinetsu Football League
北信越フットボールリーグ
Division 1 Fukui United FC Fukui, Fukui
Artista Asama Tōmi, Nagano
Niigata University of Health and Welfare FC Niigata, Niigata
Toyama Shinjo Club Toyama, Toyama
Japan Soccer College Seiro, Niigata
Sakai Phoenix FC Sakai, Fukui
'05 Kamo FC Kamo, Niigata
Libertas Chikuma FC Chikuma, Nagano
Division 2 FC Hokuriku Kanazawa, Ishikawa
FC Matsucelona Matsumoto, Nagano
Cups Seiro Seiro, Niigata
FC Antelope Shiojiri Shiojiri, Nagano
SR Komatsu Komatsu, Ishikawa
'09 Keidai FC Kamo, Niigata
Granscena Niigata Niigata, Niigata
N Style Toyama, Toyama

Tōkai Adult League

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Tōkai Adult Soccer League
東海社会人サッカーリーグ
Division 1 FC Kariya Kariya, Aichi
Fujieda City Hall SC Fujieda, Shizuoka
FC Ise-Shima Shima, Mie
Chukyo University FC Toyota, Aichi
Toyota Shūkyūdan Toyota, Aichi
Chukyo univ. FC Nagoya, Aichi
Tokai Gakuen FC Miyoshi, Aichi
Tokoha University FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Yazaki Valente Shimada, Shizuoka
Division 2 FC Bonbonera Seki, Gifu
WYVERN Kariya, Aichi
AS Kariya Kariya, Aichi
FC Gifu SECOND Gifu, Gifu
Nagara Club Gifu, Gifu
Nagoya SC Nagoya, Aichi
FC Ogaki KOGANS Ōgaki, Gifu
Rivielta Toyokawa Toyokawa, Aichi
Yokkaichi University FC Yokkaichi, Mie

Kansai Soccer League

Name of league Division Names of teams Hometown
Kansai Soccer League
関西サッカーリーグ
Division 1 Ococias Kyoto AC Kyoto, Kyoto
Arterivo Wakayama Wakayama, Wakayama
Asuka FC Kashihara, Nara
Cento Cuore HARIMA Kakogawa, Hyogo
AS. Laranja Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Lagend Shiga FC Moriyama, Shiga
Moriyama Samurai 2000 Moriyama, Shiga
FC AWJ Awaji Island
Division 2 Kandai FC 2008 Suita, Osaka
Kanadai Club 2010 Suita, Osaka
St.Andrew's FC Izumi, Osaka
Hannan University Club Matsubara, Osaka
Takasago Mineiro FC Takasago, Hyōgo
Kyoto Shiko Club Kita-ku, Kyoto
Kobe FC 1970 Kobe, Kobe
FC EASY 02 Akashi Akashi, Hyōgo
Eveil FC Ashiya, Hyogo
Dios1995 Nishinomiya, Hyogo

Chūgoku Soccer League

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Chūgoku Soccer League
中国サッカーリーグ
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima FC Kurashiki, Okayama
FC Baleine Shimonoseki Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi
International Pacific University FC Okayama, Okayama
Belugarosso Hamada Hamada, Shimane
NTN Okayama Bizen, Okayama
SRC Hiroshima Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Yonago Genki SC Yonago, Tottori
FUJIFILM BIJ Hiroshima SC Hiroshima, Hiroshima
SC Matsue Matsue, Shimane
Fukuyama City FC Fukuyama, Hiroshima

Shikoku Soccer League

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Shikoku Soccer League
四国サッカーリーグ
FC Tokushima Tokushima, Tokushima
KUFC Nankoku Nankoku, Kōchi
Llamas Kōchi FC Kōchi, Kōchi
Tadotsu FC Tadotsu, Kagawa
Lvnirosso NC Niihama, Ehime
R.VELHO Takamatsu Takamatsu, Kagawa
FC Yanagimachi Kōchi, Kōchi
Nakamura Club Shimanto, Kōchi

Kyushu Soccer League

Name of league Names of teams Hometown
Kyushu Soccer League
九州サッカーリーグ
Okinawa SV Uruma, Okinawa
Velos Kronos Tsuno Tsuno, Miyazaki
J-LEASE SC Oita, Oita
Brew Kashima Kashima, Saga
NIFS KANOYA FC Kanoya, Kagoshima
Kaihō Bank SC Naha, Okinawa
KMG Holdings FC Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Kawasoe Club Kawasoe, Saga
Kumamoto Kyoin Shuyudan Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Nippon Steel Corp. Oita SC Ōita, Ōita
FC Nobeoka AGATA Nobeoka, Miyazaki

See also

Soccer/Football
League system
Domestic cup
Futsal
Beach soccer

References