Kōchi United SC
高知ユナイテッドスポーツクラブ
Full nameKōchi United Sports Club
Founded2016; 6 years ago (2016)
GroundKochi Haruno Sports Ground (Kōchi Haruno Athletic Stadium)
Haruno, Kōchi
Capacity25,000
ChairmanShigekazu Takemasa
ManagerTakafumi Yoshimoto
LeagueJapan Football League
2021Japan Football League, 13th of 17
WebsiteClub website

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. In November 2021 they applied for J.League 100 Year Plan club status with the aim of becoming a fully professional club in the future. In February 2022 their application was approved.[1]

History

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.

As Igosso Kōchi FC

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.

As Kōchi U Torastar FC

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)

2016 season

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.

2017 season

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.

2018 season

In the 2018 season they retained their Shikoku League title despite one loss to FC Tokushima, and won the Kochi Prefectual Football Championship again with a 3-0 win against KUFC Nangoku in the final. In the first round proper of the Emperor's Cup, they defeated Mitsubishi Mizushima FC 2-0 at home, then faced Albirex Niigata (アルビレックス新潟) of the J2 League away in the second round. After a 0-0 draw at Denka Big Swan Stadium, one of the venues for the 2002 World Cup, they lost 5-3 on penalties in front of 2241 fans. In the All Japan Senior Football Championship they lost 3-0 away in the first round to Suzuka Unlimited FC (鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC). Finally, in the season ending Japanese Regional Football League Competition they disappointingly lost all three matches in the group stages against Blancdieu Hirosaki FC: 3-2, Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth: 3-0 and FC Kariya: 2-1 respectively. The joint top scorers in all competitions were Kazuki Nakabayashi and Ryo Taguchi with 16 goals.

2019 season

The 2019 season was a breakthrough season for Kochi United. They won the Shikoku League for the third straight season with a 100% record and retained the Kochi Prefectual Football Championship, though they needed an extra-time winner to beat KUFC Nangoku in the final. In the first round proper they defeated MD Nagasaki (MD長崎) at home 1-0 in front of over 400 fans, but lost 2-1 away after extra-time to V-Varen Nagasaki of J2 in the second round. They failed to qualify for the first round proper of the All Japan Senior Football Championship after losing in the regional playoffs to FC Tokushima. However, in the Japanese Regional Football League Competition their luck changed. With home advantage in the group stages, they beat Blancdieu Hirosaki FC 2-1 in their opening group game. In their second match they thrashed SRC Hiroshima 7–0 and although they lost the final group game 2-0 to Ococias Kyoto AC, they still qualified for the final round. Things didn't look good when they lost the first game of the final stage 3-0 to Iwaki FC, but they responded well in the second match with a 3-1 victory over Fukui United FC. That meant they went into a winner-takes-all final match against Ococias Kyoto who they had lost to earlier on in the competition. This time, they emerged victorious with a stunning 3-1 win to get their revenge and finish second in the competition, thus earning promotion to the Japan Football League; the first time a team from Kochi had achieved that feat.

2020 season

Japan Football League

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 3-1 (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)

Emperor's Cup

1. Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v Kochi University: W 2-0 (Maeda 2). Fifth consecutive title

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)

2021 season

Japan Football League

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)

7. v FC TIAMO Hirakata (H) W 1-0 (Shimodo)

8. v FC Maruyasu Okazaki (A) W 1-2 (Nishimura Yuta, Akahoshi)

9. v Veertien Mie (H) W 3-1 (Fujii, Nagao, Nishimura Yuta)

10.v MIO Biwako Shiga (A) L 1-0

11.v Honda Lock SC (H) W 1-0 (Nishimura Yuta)

12.v Nara Club (H) L 0-2

13. v Honda FC (A) L 5-0

14. v FC Kariya (H) L 1-4 (Lucas)

15. v Matsue City FC (A) L 4-0

16. v Tokyo Musashino City FC (H) W 1-0 (Nishimura Yuta)

17. v ReinMeer Aomori (A) D 2-2 (Nagao, Hosoyama)

18. v Verspah Oita (H) L 1-2 (Akahoshi)

19. v Iwaki FC (H) D 0-0

20. v FC TIAMO Hirakata (A) L 2-1 (Tanaka Shoma)

21. v FC Maruyasu Okazaki (H) D 1-1 (Lucas)

22. v Veertien Mie (A) W 0-3 (Nishimura Yuta 2, Nakamasu). (Biggest away win in JFL. First double)

23. v MIO Biwako Shiga (H) D 0-0

24. v Honda Lock SC (A) L 3-2 (Akahoshi, Lucas)

25. v FC Kariya (A) L 2-1 (Shimodo)

26. v Honda FC (H) D 0-0

27. v Sony Sendai FC (A) W 0-1 (OG)

28. v FC Osaka (H) L 0-1

29. v Tokyo Musashino City FC (A) L 2-0

30. v Matsue City FC (H) L 0-1

31. v Nara Club (A) D 0-0. (Secured JFL safety)

32. v Suzuka Point Getters (H) L 1-5 (Akahoshi)

Emperor's Cup

1. Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v Kochi University (H): W 2-1 (Nishimura Yuta 2). Sixth consecutive title

2. First Round v Kamatamare Sanuki (H): W 1-0 (Fujii). First ever win over J-League opposition

3. Second Round v Tokushima Vortis (A): L 1-2 (Shimodo). First goal scored against J1 opposition

2022 season

Japan Football League

1. v Tokyo Musashino United FC (H) D 1-1 (Koji Nishimura)

2. v Honda Lock SC (A) W 0-1 (Yuta Nishimura)

3. v Sony Sendai FC (H) D 0-0

4. v FC TIAMO Hirakata (A) D 1-1 (Higuchi)

5. v Honda FC (H) L 0-2

6. v Verspah Oita (A) W 0-1 (Koji Nishimura)

Current squad

Updated to Apr 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 Australia AUS Tando Velaphi
2 MF Japan JPN Kento Nakamasu
3 DF Japan JPN Shota Fujisaki
4 DF Japan JPN Ryota Okada
5 DF Japan JPN Mizuki Aiba
6 MF Japan JPN Kosei Tajiri
7 FW Japan JPN Kakeru Higuchi
8 FW Japan JPN Yuta Nishimura
9 FW Japan JPN Kaima Akahoshi
10 MF Japan JPN Tsubasa Yokotake
11 FW Japan JPN Koji Nishimura
13 MF Japan JPN Fuyuto Kanai
14 MF Japan JPN Junya Kurihara
15 FW Japan JPN Masaki Shintani
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF Japan JPN Daisuke Inazumi
17 MF Japan JPN Shoma Tanaka
18 MF South Korea KOR Yu Yong-hyeon (on loan from Fagiano Okayama)
19 MF Japan JPN Kaito Hosoyama
20 MF Japan JPN Hiroka Mutsuki
21 DF Japan JPN Yuki Fukai
23 DF Japan JPN Haruki Yoshida
25 MF Japan JPN Daisuke Okada
26 DF Japan JPN Eichi Nakata
28 MF Japan JPN Kyoya Yamada (on loan from Fagiano Okayama)
29 DF Japan JPN Haruto Kawamai
30 GK Japan JPN Seiya Inoue
31 GK Japan JPN Ryo Hasegawa

League and Cup Record

League Emperor's
Cup
AJSFC CCL Top Goalscorer (All Competitions)
Season Division Pos. GP W D L F A GD Pts
2016 Shikoku Soccer League 2nd 14 12 1 1 70 6 64 37 1st round 1st round Did not qualify 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 Did not qualify 2nd Ryo Taguchi (19)
2020 JFL 14th 15 4 4 7 17 26 -9 16 4th round - - Kaima Akahoshi (9)
2021 13th 32 9 6 17 30 49 -19 33 2nd round - - Yuta Nishimura (9)
Key

Note: AJSFC=All Japan Senior Football Championship. CCL=Chiiki Champions League.

All-time Competitive Record Table

Updated to Apr 2022

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD
Albirex Niigata 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Aso FC 1 1 0 0 12 0 +12
Blancdieu Hirosaki FC 2 1 0 1 4 4 0
Fukui United FC 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
Hisaeda FC 2 2 0 0 15 0 +15
Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
Honda F.C. 4 1 1 2 1 7 -6
Honda Lock SC 4 2 0 2 4 4 0
FC Imabari 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
Iwaki FC 4 0 1 3 5 10 -5
Kamatamare Sanuki 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
FC Kariya 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5
Kochi University 4 4 0 0 9 4 +5
Koyo Sealing Techno Soccer Club 7 7 0 0 67 1 +66
KUFC Nangoku 11 11 0 0 42 7 +35
Llamas Kochi FC 11 11 0 0 61 2 +59
FC Maruyasu Okazaki 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
FC Kagura Shimane 4 0 0 4 1 10 -9
MD Nagasaki 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
MIO Biwako Shiga 3 1 1 1 3 1 +2
Mitsubishi Mizushima FC 3 2 0 1 10 6 +4
Nara Club 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2
Nakamura Club 2 2 0 0 14 0 +14
Niisho Club 6 6 0 0 48 0 +48
Ococias Kyoto AC 3 1 0 2 3 4 -1
FC Osaka 3 1 0 2 3 3 0
ReinMeer Aomori 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1
Rossorise KFC 4 4 0 0 26 1 +25
FC RSG 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10
R.Velho Takamatsu 9 9 0 0 56 0 +56
Shinnitte Tsusumikin Oita Soccer Club 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
Showa Club 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6
Sony Sendai FC 4 1 1 2 3 5 -2
SRC Hiroshima 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7
Suzuka Point Getters 4 0 1 3 4 12 -8
Tadotsu FC 9 8 1 0 55 4 +51
Takamatsu University 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
Tegevajaro Miyazaki 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
FC TIAMO Hirakata 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1
FC Tokushima 11 6 3 2 35 10 +25
Tokushima Vortis 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1
Tokyo Musashino United FC 4 1 2 1 3 4 -1
Tsukuba University 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1
Verspah Oita 5 2 0 3 4 5 -1
Veertien Mie 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
Vonds Ichihara 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
V-Varen Nagasaki 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2

All-time Top Ten Record Goalscorers

Updated to Mar 2022

Name Ranking Active League Cup Other Total Hat-tricks
Hiroki Maehara 1 2016-2020 37 16 4 57 5
Ryo Taguchi 2 2017-2020 39 12 2 53 5
Kota Sugawara 3 2016-2018 35 13 1 49 5
Tsubasa Yokotake 4 2016- 20 6 2 28 0
Kazuki Nakabayashi 5 2017-2018 13 11 1 25 1
On Byung-Hoon 6 2016-2018 13 10 0 23 0
Kai Murakami 7 2017-2019 14 7 0 21 0
Yuta Nishimura 8 2019- 14 4 1 19 0
Koki Izumi 9 2018-2021 12 2 3 17 2
Takuya Kobayashi 9 2016 9 8 0 17 3

Honours

2017, 2018, 2019
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
2019

Records

References

  1. ^ "Kochi United is certified as a J.League100-Year Concept Club". kochi-usc.jp/. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Top Team | 高知ユナイテッドスポーツクラブ".