Japan - List of Clubs Foundation Dates


1870 Sep 23 Kobe Regatta and Athletic Club (KR&AC)
1912        Nippon Kokan FC                        [NKK; disbanded 1994]
1922        Kyoto Sanga FC                         [founded as Kyoto Shiko Club]
1927        Tanabe Mitsubishi Pharmaceutical SC    [founded as Tanabe Gohee Shoten SC]
1935        FC Tokyo                               [founded as Tokyo Gas SC]
            Hokkaido Consodole Sapporo             [founded as Toshiba Horikawa-cho Sakka-bu)
1938        Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC
1939        Nagoya Grampus Eight                   [founded as Toyota Motors SC]
1940        Kashiwa Reysol                         [founded as Hitachi Ltd. Soccer Club]
1946        JEF United Ichihara Chiba              [founded as Furukawa Electric SC]
1947        Kashima Antlers                        [founded as Sumitomo Metals FC]
            Giravanz Kitakyushu 
1950        Urawa Red Diamonds                     [founded as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries FC]
            Nippon Steel Yawata SC                 [founded as Yawata Steel SC]
1953        Tochigi FC                             [founded as Tochigi Kyoin Sakka-bu]
1955        Albirex Niigata                        [founded as Niigata Eleven SC] 
            Kawasaki Frontale                      [founded as Fujitsu SC]
            Tokushima Vortis                       [founded as Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. SC]
1957        Cerezo Osaka                           [founded as Yanmar Diesel]
1964        Yokohama Flügels                       [founded as Naka-ku Boy's SC; merged 1999 with Yokohama Marinos to Yokohama F Marinos]
            Omiya Ardija Saitama                   [founded as NBTT Saitama Soccer Selection]
1965        Ventforet Kofu                         [founded as Kofu SC]
            Matsumoto Yamaga FC                    [founded as Yamaga SC]
1966        Vissel Kobe                            [founded as Kawasaki Steel Soccer Club]
1968        Shonan Bellmare Hiratsuka              [founded as Towa Real Estate SC]
1969        Tokyo Verdy                            [founded as Yomiuri FC]
1970        Ehime FC                               [founded as Matsuyama FC]
            Roasso Kumamoto                        [founded as NTT Kumamoto Soccer Club]
1971        Honda FC                               [founded as Honda Motor FC]
1972        J˙bilo Iwata                           [founded as Yamaha FC] 
            Yokohama Marinos                       [founded as Nissan FC; merged 1999 with Yokohama Flügels to Yokohama F Marinos]
            Eidai Sangyo SC Osaka                  [disbanded 1977]
1980        Gamba Osaka                            [founded as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.]
1982        Avispa Fukuoka                         [founded as Chuo Bohan SC Fujieda]
1984        Montedio Yamagata Tendo                [founded as NEC Yamagata SC]
1987        Sagan Tosu 
1988        Vegalta Sendai                         [founded as Tohoku Electric Power FC] 
1991 May  1 Shimizu S-Pulse
            FC Mito HollyHock                      [founded as Prima Aseno FC]   
1994        Oita FC Trinita                        [founded as Oita FC]
1995        Thespa Kusatsu
1998        Yokohama FC
1999        Yokohama F Marinos                     [merger of Yokohama Flügels and Yokohama Marinos]
2001        FC Gifu
2004        Fagiano Okayama
2005        V-Varen Nagasaki                       [founded as Ariake FC]    
2007        Kataller Toyama


Women Club Foundation Dates
 
1972        Nissan FC Ladies (Yokohama)            [disbanded 1994]
1976        Iga FC Konoichi (Taito)
            Speranza FC Osaka-Takatsuki (Takatsuki)
            Shimizudaihachi Pleiades (Shimizu)
1981        NTV Beleza (Inagi)
1982        Tokyo Shidax LSC                       [disbanded 1996]
1985        Nippon Sport Science University Fields (Yokohama)
1986        Fukuoka J. Anclas (Fukuoka)
1990        Bunny's Kyoto SC (Kyoto)
            Fujita SC Mercury (Hiratsuka)          [disbanded 1990]
            Nikko Securities Dream Ladies (Tokyo)  [disbanded 1998]
1991        AS Elfen (Saitama)
            Diosa Izumu FC (Izumo)
1992        JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies (Ichihara)
            Je Vrille (Kagoshima)
1993        Tsukuba FC Ladies (Tsukuba)
            Mashiki Renaissance Kumamoto FC (Kumamoto)
1997        Tokyo Denryoku Ladies SC (Tokyo)       [disbanded 2011]
1998        Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies (Saitama)
            Yamato Sylphid (Yamato)
            NGU Nagoya FC Ladies (Nagoya)
2000        FC Kibi International University Charme (Takahashi)   
            AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies (Nagano)
2001        INAC Kobe Leonessa (Kobe)   
            Okayama Yunogo Belle (Mimasaka)  
            Sfida Setagaya FC (Setagaya)
2002        Albirex Niigata Ladies (Niigata)
2004        Norddea Hokkaido (Sapporo)
            Hoyo Sukarabu FC Oita)   
2005        Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies (Osaka)
2006        Yokohama FC Seagulls (Yokohama)
2008        Shizuoka Sangyo University Iwata Bonita (Iwata)
2011        Ehime FC Ladies (Ehime)
2012        Vegalta Sendai Ladies (Sendai)
            Nojima Stella Kanagawa (Sagamihara)
            AS Harima Albion (Himeji)
            Angeviolet (Hiroshima)
            Niigata University of Health and Welfare LSC (Niigata)
 

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