Japanese Super Cup
Founded1977 (original)
1994 (reestablishment)
RegionJapan
Number of teams2
Current championsUrawa Red Diamonds
(5th title)
Most successful club(s)Kashima Antlers
(6 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website
2022 Japanese Super Cup

The Japanese Super Cup (Japanese: スーパーカップ、スーパー杯), known as the Fujifilm Super Cup (Japanese: 富士フイルム スーパーカップ, Hepburn: Fuji firumu sūpā kappu)[1] for sponsorship reasons, is an annual one-match association football competition in Japan organised by J. League and the Japan Football Association (JFA). This competition serves as the season opener and is played between the reigning J1 League champions and the Emperor's Cup winners. Fuji Xerox have sponsored the competition since its inception in 1994 (rebranded as Fujifilm Business Innovation from April 2021). The match is usually played in February each year.

Participating clubs

Under the normal circumstances, the following clubs participate:

However, if one club wins both the J1 League and the Emperor's Cup, the J1 League runners-up will participate. Up to 2009, the Emperor's Cup runners-up would take the honor.

Competition format

Venues

Results

Year Date J.League Division 1/
J1 League champions
Score Emperor's Cup winners Venue
1994 5 March 1994 Verdy Kawasaki
2–1
Yokohama Flügels National Stadium, Tokyo
1995 11 March 1995 Verdy Kawasaki
2–2 (4–2 p)
Bellmare Hiratsuka
1996 9 March 1996 Yokohama Marinos
0–2
Nagoya Grampus Eight
1997 5 March 1997 Kashima Antlers
3–2
Verdy Kawasaki
1998 14 March 1998 Júbilo Iwata
1–2
Kashima Antlers
1999 27 February 1999 Kashima Antlers
2–1
Shimizu S-Pulse*
2000 4 March 2000 Júbilo Iwata
1–1 (3–2 p)
Nagoya Grampus Eight
2001 3 March 2001 Kashima Antlers
0–3
Shimizu S-Pulse
2002 23 February 2002 Kashima Antlers
1–1 (4–5 p)
Shimizu S-Pulse
2003 1 March 2003 Júbilo Iwata
3–0
Kyoto Purple Sanga
2004 6 March 2004 Yokohama F. Marinos
1–1 (2–4 p)
Júbilo Iwata
2005 26 February 2005 Yokohama F. Marinos
2–2 (4–5 p)
Tokyo Verdy 1969 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
2006 25 February 2006 Gamba Osaka
1–3
Urawa Red Diamonds National Stadium, Tokyo
2007 24 February 2007 Urawa Red Diamonds
0–4
Gamba Osaka
2008 1 March 2008 Kashima Antlers
2–2 (3–4 p)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2009 28 February 2009 Kashima Antlers
3–0
Gamba Osaka
2010 27 February 2010 Kashima Antlers
1–1 (5–3 p)
Gamba Osaka
2011 26 February 2011 Nagoya Grampus
1–1 (3–1 p)
Kashima Antlers International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
2012 3 March 2012 Kashiwa Reysol
2–1
FC Tokyo National Stadium, Tokyo
2013 23 February 2013 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1–0
Kashiwa Reysol
2014 22 February 2014 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2–0
Yokohama F. Marinos
2015 28 February 2015 Gamba Osaka
2–0
Urawa Red Diamonds International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
2016 20 February 2016 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
3–1
Gamba Osaka
2017 18 February 2017 Kashima Antlers
3–2
Urawa Red Diamonds
2018 10 February 2018 Kawasaki Frontale
2–3
Cerezo Osaka Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama
2019 16 February 2019 Kawasaki Frontale
1–0
Urawa Red Diamonds
2020 8 February 2020 Yokohama F. Marinos
3–3 (2–3 p)
Vissel Kobe
2021 20 February 2021 Kawasaki Frontale
3–2
Gamba Osaka
2022 12 February 2022 Kawasaki Frontale
0–2
Urawa Red Diamonds International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

* Since the 1998 Emperor's Cup winners Yokohama Flügels had been disbanded before the match, Shimizu S-Pulse as the runners-up qualified for the competition.
The same club won both the J.League Division 1/J1 League and the Emperor's Cup; the cup's runners-up qualified for the competition.

Super Cup in JSL era

The Japanese Super Cup was also played during the Japan Soccer League (JSL) era from 1977 to 1984. However, it was never established as an independent competition as the second competition in 1978 was already served as a mere opening league match of the JSL. This previous Super Cup competition was taken less seriously than the current competition and made dormant after 8 years. All matches were held in the National Stadium in Tokyo except for the 1978 and 1980 matches, both held in Osaka.

Year Date JSL Division 1 champions Score Emperor's Cup winners Venue
1977 10 April 1977 Furukawa Electric
3–2
Yanmar Diesel National Stadium, Tokyo
1978 2 April 1978 Fujita Industries
5–1
Yanmar Diesel Nagai Stadium, Osaka
1979 8 April 1979 Mitsubishi Motors
0–0 (3–1 p)
Toyo Industries National Stadium, Tokyo
1980 6 April 1980 Fujita Industries
1–2
Mitsubishi Motors Nagai Stadium, Osaka
1981 5 April 1981 Yanmar Diesel
0–0 (3–2 p)
Mitsubishi Motors National Stadium, Tokyo
1982 28 March 1982 Fujita Industries
2–0
Nippon Kokan
1983 27 March 1983 Mitsubishi Motors
3–0
Yamaha Motors
1984 25 March 1984 Yomiuri SC
2–0
Nissan Motors

The same club had won both the JSL and the Emperor's Cup in the previous year; therefore, the runners-up of the Cup qualified for the competition.

Overall records

Years in italic indicate Japan Soccer League seasons. Clubs in italic no longer exist.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
Kashima Antlers
6
4
1997, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2017 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011
Urawa Red Diamonds
5
5
1979, 1980, 1983, 2006, 2022 1981, 2007, 2015, 2017, 2019
Tokyo Verdy
4
1
1984, 1994, 1995, 2005 1997
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
4
1
2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 1979
Júbilo Iwata
3
2
2000, 2003, 2004 1983, 1998
Gamba Osaka
2
5
2007, 2015 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2021
Shonan Bellmare
2
2
1978, 1982 1980, 1995
Cerezo Osaka
2
2
1981, 2018 1977, 1978
Kawasaki Frontale
2
2
2019, 2021 2018, 2022
Shimizu S-Pulse
2
1
2001, 2002 1999
Nagoya Grampus
2
1
1996, 2011 2000
Kashiwa Reysol
1
1
2012 2013
JEF United Chiba
1
0
1977
Vissel Kobe
1
0
2020
Yokohama F. Marinos
0
6
1984, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2020
NKK SC
0
1
1982
Yokohama Flügels
0
1
1994
Kyoto Sanga
0
1
2003
FC Tokyo
0
1
2012

See also

References

  1. ^ "スーパーカップパートナーが決定 スーパーカップ大会名称は2022シーズンから「FUJIFILM SUPER CUP」に変更". J.League.jp. Retrieved 18 December 2021.