FC Kariya

F.C. Kariya
Full name Football Club Kariya
Nickname(s) FC Kariya
Founded 1949 (as Nippon Denso Soccer Club)
Ground Kariya Municipal Athletic Park
Kariya City, Aichi
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Suzuharu Kamiya
Manager Ryo Iizuka
League Tokai Regional League Div. 1
2015 1st
Website Club home page

F.C. Kariya (FC刈谷 Efu Shī Kariya) are a football (soccer) club based in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. They play in the Tokai Regional League Division 1. Their team colours are white and red.


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.

In 2015 Kariya became champions of the Tokai League and participated in the 2015 Regional League promotion play-offs.


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.

Red sash

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.

Current Squad

Updated to 12th March 2016.[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Wataru Yamashita
2 Japan DF Yuta Nagano
3 Japan DF Toshimitsu Semii
4 Japan DF Yuhei Fujimoto
5 Japan DF Tetsuya Sakuraoka
6 Japan DF Naoto Hagiwara
7 Japan FW Yuta Nakano
8 Japan MF Daisuke Ando
9 Japan FW Keigo Inaba
10 Japan MF Makoto Ohno
11 Japan FW Ryo Tomigahara
13 Japan MF Takuma Kuroda
14 Japan MF Shunya Kamiya
No. Position Player
15 Japan DF Satoru Uchida
16 Japan FW Hiroyuki Takenouchi
17 Japan DF Katutoshi Yoshioka
18 Japan MF Yasuhisa Hamada
19 Japan FW Tatsuyoshi Sakamoto
21 Japan GK Tetsuya Arakawa
22 Japan MF Kazuhiro Fushiki
24 Japan MF Akitsugu Takahashi
25 Japan MF Koki Harada
26 Japan DF Shinya Kondo
27 Japan DF Kota Moroi
29 Japan MF Jun Watanabe
31 Japan GK Toshihide Hirata

Results in JFL

1996: (The former JFL 15th)
1997: (The former JFL 13th)
1998: (The former JFL 10th)
1999: 4th
2000: 3rd
2001: 5th
2002: 10th
2003: 12th
2004: 16th
2005: 14th
2006: 13th
2007: 16th
2008: 8th
2009: 17th (relegated after losing test matches)


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