List of Japanese football champions

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

The Japanese football champions are the winners of the top league in Japan, the Japan Soccer League from 1965 to 1992 and the J1 League since then.

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Tokyo Verdy

Japanese professional football club based in Inagi, Tokyo.

Ruy Ramos

The last two JSL championships as Yomiuri FC in 1990–91 and 1991–92, and then winning the first two championships as Verdy Kawasaki in 1993 and 1994, effectively winning four straight Japanese league titles making a total of seven overall; the highest in the Japanese system.

Emperor's Cup

For the trophy awarded to winners of sumo tournaments, see Glossary of sumo terms.

This logo was used until 2017. However, it was used for TV broadcasting until 2021.
The Emperor's cup award stand
The crowd during the 2006 Emperor's Cup Final between Urawa Red Diamonds and Gamba Osaka

Teams in bold indicate doubles with the league title, while teams in italics indicate non-top flight clubs (both after 1965).

Double (association football)

Achievement of winning a country's top tier division and its primary cup competition in the same season.

Chelsea's double winning team of 2010

The Japanese Double is generally considered to be winning the league championship (the Japan Soccer League Division 1 until 1991–92 and the J.League Division 1 since then) and the Emperor's Cup.

Júbilo Iwata

Professional Japanese association football team that currently play in the J1 League.

Yamaha Stadium Júbilo Iwata

Júbilo also has rivalries with Kashima Antlers and Yokohama Marinos, with whom they traded the Japanese league championship since the late 1980s.

Kashima, Saga

City located in the southern part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

It's also a pun on the team being from Kashima, as LIXIL also sponsors 8-time Japanese champions Kashima Antlers (from the city in Ibaraki).

Kawasaki Frontale

Japanese professional football club based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium

At long last, after two other second-place finishes in 2008 and 2009, Kawasaki finally won the title in 2017, coming from behind to upstage bitter rivals Kashima Antlers after they were held to a draw at Júbilo Iwata, 16 seasons and 40 years after their first promotion to the top division.

Kashima Antlers

The Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ) are a football club in Kashima, Ibaraki, currently playing in the J1 League, top tier of Japanese professional football leagues.

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996
Outside the Kashima Soccer Stadium
Kashima players training at Azadi Stadium
Kashima Antlers celebrate after winning the 2018 AFC Champions League.

Since the J.League's creation and introduction of professional Japanese football in 1993, Kashima have proven themselves to be by far Japan's most successful football club in terms of trophies won, having won the J.League title a record eight times, the J.League Cup a record six times and the Emperor's Cup five times for an unprecedented nineteen major domestic titles.

Kashiwa Reysol

Japanese professional football club based in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area.

They have been Japanese League champions twice in 1972 and 2011, and have won three League Cups in 1976, 1999 and 2013, and three Emperor's Cups in 1972, 1975 and 2012.

Shizuoka derby

Commonly occurring football fixture in Japan.

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa: venue for many Shizuoka Derbys.

The Shizuoka Derby's rivalry factors include: the common prefecture (historically, Shizuoka Prefecture was divided into three provinces, Suruga Province, Tōtōmi Province and Izu Province; Shimizu would represent Suruga and Iwata would represent Tōtōmi); and the fact that Júbilo supporters feel that Shimizu should not have been chosen for the J. League as it had not competed in the Japan Soccer League beforehand (whereas the old Yamaha Motor Corporation club that preceded Júbilo had gone all the way to the old title).

Yokohama Flügels

Japanese football club that played in the J.League between 1993 and 1998.

Despite never winning either the JSL or J.League title, they were top contenders from the late 1980s through its last game, and won several accolades at home and abroad, including the Emperor's Cup, the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and the Asian Super Cup.