Kagoshima United FC

Kagoshima United
Full name Kagoshima United FC
Nickname(s) Yokanise Eleven
Founded 2014 (2014)
Ground Kagoshima Kamoike Stadium
Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Ground Capacity 19,934
Chairman Tsuyoshi Tokushige, Kenichiro Yuwaki (co-owners)
Manager Tetsuya Asano 
League J3 League
2016 5th
Website Club home page

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 the old Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima clubs, both have been playing in Kyushu Soccer League before the merger. The top team currently play in Japan Football League, and their secondary team play in Kyushu Soccer League.


Volca Kagoshima had been playing in Kyushu Soccer League since 1973 and advanced to the Regional League promotion series five times, but never succeeded to promote to the upper tier, Japan Football League, known as the Japan Soccer League until the 1980s. Osumi NIFS United FC (the former club name of FC Kagoshima), originally affiliated with the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya in nearby Kanoya, have promoted to Kyushu Soccer League as early as 2004, but both Volca and NIFS have been seeking the way to promote to JFL separately.

The idea of a merged team of Volca and FC Kagoshima had been discussed by the Kagoshima Prefectural Football Association as early as 2012, but they failed to reach the agreement then. Although Volca and FC Kagoshima had applied for J. League Associate Membership separately, both side restarted their talk about the merger, then finally agreed with merging their teams 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 Regional League promotion series in 2013, the merged team earned the promotion to 2014 Japan Football League.

In November 2015, after concluding in promotion zone in 2015, they receive a J. League license to participate to J3.[1]

Name and crest

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


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2014 JFL 18 2 1,825 2nd Round
2015 JFL 18 4 2,624 1st Round
2016 J3 16 5 3,665 1st Round

Current squad

As of March 9, 2016[2]

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 Shunsuke Ueda
2 Japan DF Shun Aso
3 Japan DF Isao Taniguchi
4 Japan DF Kosuke Yoshii
5 Japan MF Wataru Inoue
6 Japan DF Shuto Tanaka
7 Japan MF Akira Akao
8 Japan MF Yuki Nagahata
9 Japan FW Noriaki Fujimoto
10 Japan MF Hiroto Yamamoto
11 Japan FW Tsuyoshi Shinchu
13 Japan FW Yuya Yamada
14 Japan MF Koji Takano
15 Japan MF Hirotaka Uchizono
16 Japan FW Yuma Kawamori
No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Yusei Nakahara
18 Japan DF Mitsuhiro Seki
19 Japan MF Takayuki Fujii
20 Japan FW Junki Goryo
21 Japan GK Dai Takeda
22 Japan FW Ryuya Fukushima
23 Japan DF Katsunari Mizumoto
24 Serbia FW Nenad Živković
25 Japan MF Shohei Yanagizaki
26 Japan DF Shogo Tsukada
27 Japan DF Shinji Tominari
28 Japan DF Masafumi Terada
31 Japan GK Tetsuya Yamaoka
33 Japan MF Yutaka Tanoue


  1. "Kagoshima United to join J3". J. League. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. "Clubs & Players, Kagoshima United". J. League. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

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