Kagoshima United
Full nameKagoshima United FC
Nickname(s)Yokanise Eleven
Founded1959; 63 years ago (1959) as Volca Kagoshima
2014; 8 years ago (2014) as Kagoshima United
StadiumShiranami Stadium
Kagoshima, Kagoshima
ChairmanTsuyoshi Tokushige, Kenichiro Yuwaki (co-owners)
ManagerNaoto Otake 
LeagueJ3 League
20217th of 15
WebsiteClub website

Kagoshima United FC (鹿児島ユナイテッドFC, Kagoshima Yunaiteddo FC) is a football club in Japan that was formed from the merger of Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, both have been playing in Kyushu Soccer League before the merger. Their top team currently plays in J3 League, and their secondary team plays in Kyushu Soccer League.


Origins (1959–2013)

Volca Kagoshima was established in 1959 as Kagoshima Teachers' Soccer Club. The club was a founding member of the Kyushu Soccer League in 1973. Since the league's inception, the club had always played in this league and never be relegated to the Prefectural Leagues until the merge with FC Kagoshima in 2014. They advanced to the Regional League promotion series five times, but never succeeded to promote to the upper tier, Japan Football League, known as the highest level for amateur club football in the country. The club changed the name from Kagoshima Teachers to Volca Kagoshima in 1995.

FC Kagoshima was established in 1994 as an affiliated club of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya. They were promoted to the Kyushu Soccer League as early as 2004 and changed the name to Osumi NIFS United FC.

Both of Volca and NIFS have been seeking the way to promote to the JFL separately. The idea of a merged club of Volca and FC Kagoshima (renamed from NIFS in 2010) had been discussed by the Kagoshima Prefectural Football Association as early as 2012, however, it was failed to reach an agreement at that time. Although Volca and FC Kagoshima had applied for J.League Associate Membership separately, both sides restarted their talk about the merger, then finally agreed with merging their clubs to aim promotion to the J.League, in response of the advisory by the J.League organization. As both clubs had advanced to the final round of the Regional League promotion series in 2013, the merged club earned the promotion to the JFL of 2014.

Kagoshima United (2014–)

The two clubs, Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, were merged in 2014 and formed Kagoshima United. In November 2015, after concluding in promotion zone in 2015, they received J.League license to participate in the J3 League.[1]


The traditional rival of Kagoshima United is Roasso Kumamoto, the prefectural neighbours and former Kyushu Soccer League fellows since 1983 until 2005, except 20012002. Matches between the two clubs are labelled Hisatsu derby (肥薩ダービー, "Kumamoto-Kagoshima derby") and generate a lot of interest in both prefectures.

League & cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's Cup
Season Div. Teams Tier Pos. P W D L F A GD Pts Attendance/G
2014 JFL 14 4 3rd 26 18 3 5 45 19 26 57 1,825 2nd round
2015 16 3rd 30 18 6 6 46 25 21 60 2,624 1st round
2016 J3 16 3 5th 30 15 5 10 39 29 10 50 3,665 1st round
2017 17 4th 32 17 4 11 49 37 12 55 3,508 2nd round
2018 17 2nd 32 16 9 7 46 35 11 57 4,040 2nd round
2019 J2 22 2 21st 42 11 7 24 41 73 -32 40 5,783 2nd round
2020 J3 18 3 4th 34 18 4 12 55 43 12 58 2,214 Did not qualify
2021 15 7th 28 11 7 10 34 35 -1 40 3,737 2nd round
2022 18 TBA 34 - - - - - - - - 2nd round


Volca Kagoshima (1959–2013)

FC Kagoshima (1994–2013)

Kagoshima United (2014–)

League history

Current squad

As of 5 February 2022.[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 Ryota Izumori
3 DF Brazil BRA Weslley
4 DF Japan JPN Kenta Hirose
5 DF Japan JPN Atsuki Satsukawa
8 MF Japan JPN Taku Ushinohama
9 FW Japan JPN Koki Arita
10 FW Japan JPN Frank Romero
11 MF Japan JPN Junki Goryo
13 GK Japan JPN Shogo Onishi
14 MF Japan JPN Hiroya Nodake
15 DF Japan JPN Eisuke Watanabe
16 MF Japan JPN Yuto Kide
17 DF Japan JPN Kota Hoshi
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Japan JPN Shunsuke Yamamoto
20 MF Japan JPN Masayoshi Endo
21 MF Japan JPN Kohei Hattanda
22 DF Japan JPN Mikiya Eto
23 DF Japan JPN Shosei Okamoto (on loan from Albirex Niigata)
24 DF Japan JPN Kazuya Sunamori
30 MF Japan JPN Yuji Kimura
31 GK Japan JPN Fuma Shirasaka (on loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
35 MF Japan JPN Shuto Nakahara
36 FW Japan JPN Rei Yonezawa
40 MF Japan JPN Kai Ishitsu
50 DF Japan JPN Shintaro Ihara

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Japan JPN Kosei Yamaguchi (on loan at Veroskronos Tsuno)
MF Japan JPN Kai Ishizu (on loan at Ococias Kyoto AC)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Naoto Otake
Assistant Manager Yasuaki Oshima
First Team Coach Takao Fujiwara
Goalkeeper Coach Masataka Sasaki
Fitness coach Takahiro Kiuchi
Analyst Shogo Manabe
Sports scientist Tomohiro Kai
Trainer Masaya Furukawa
Physiotherapist Go Kadomoto
Interpreter Antonio Danilo Hidek Uehara
Team Operations Manager Tsubasa Sameshima
Chief kit Suguru Shibahara
Kit Sena Abematsu

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Takeshi Okubo  Japan 1 February 2014 31 January 2015
Tetsuya Asano  Japan 1 January 2015 31 December 2016
Yasutoshi Miura  Japan 1 January 2017 31 January 2019
Kim Jong-song  North Korea 1 February 2019 31 January 2021
Arthur Papas  Australia 1 February 2021 28 May 2021
Yasuaki Ōshima  Japan 28 May 2021 3 July 2021
Nobuhiro Ueno  Japan 4 July 2021 31 January 2022
Naoto Otake  Japan 1 February 2022 Current

Crest and colours

The club crest has the illustrations of Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay, both symbolize Kagoshima Prefecture, on its background design, with red colour, which represents Volca, and light blue colour, represents FC Kagoshima.

Kit evolution

Kagoshima United's club colours are white and navy.

FP 1st
2021 -
FP 2nd
2021 -


  1. ^ "Kagoshima United to join J3". J.League. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "トップチーム". Kagoshima United FC. Retrieved Nov 20, 2021.