Igosso Kochi FC
|Full name||Igosso Kōchi|
|Founded||1999 (as Nangoku Kōchi FC)|
Haruno Athletic Sports Park |
|League||Shikoku Adult League|
Igosso Kōchi (アイゴッソ高知 Aigosso Kōchi) is a football (soccer) club based in Kōchi, the capital city of Kōchi Prefecture of Japan. They play in the Shikoku Adult League. The club was known as Nangoku Kōchi F.C. (南国高知FC). In December 2013 the club name changed to Igosso Kōchi. In January 2016 came an agreement with neighbouring club Kōchi U Torastar to form a club to represent Kōchi Prefecture in J.League. In February 2016, the two clubs establish Kōchi United SC.
The club was founded in post-war era as Kōchi Agricultural School OB Club (高知農業高校OBクラブ), but in 1966 the name changed to Nangoku Soccer Club (南国サッカークラブ). Since the inception of Shikoku Adult League in 1977, this club play as representative of Kōchi Prefecture and become one of the powerhouse club in the league. In 1996 because of sponsorship by Himawari Milk the club changed its name to Himawari Milk Nangoku F.C. (ひまわり牛乳南国FC). The club’s name change again in 1999 to current name Nangoku Kōchi F.C. (南国高知FC). The club aims to become a community-based football club in 2002.
With the introduction of J. League Division 3 in 2014, the club intends to join but decided to postpone it at the deadline submission of J.League Associate Membership in June 2013. In preparation they change the name of the club to Igosso Kōchi (アイゴッソ高知) for 2014 season onwards. The name Igosso is a combination of two Japanese words; ai (愛) means love and igossou (いごっそう) from Tosa dialect means "a stubborn man with fortitude".
- Note: The 1994 season saw one game cancelled due to the disqualification of Alex SC who fielded ineligible players.
- Shikoku Adult League
- Winners (6): 1980, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
- "J-League Associate Membership Application Postponed". Nangoku Kōchi F.C. Official Web Site. 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- "New Name For Next Season Onwards". Nangoku Kōchi F.C. Official Web Site. 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- (Japanese) Official Site