|Full name||K?chi United Sports Club|
|Ground||Kochi Haruno Sports Ground (K?chi Haruno Athletics Stadium)|
Haruno, K?chi, Japan
|League||Japan Football League|
|2019||Shikoku Soccer League 1st (promoted)|
K?chi United Sports Club, (, K?chi United SC) is a football (soccer) club based in K?chi, the capital city of K?chi Prefecture in Japan. They played in the Shikoku Soccer League, one of the Japanese Regional Leagues from 2016-2019, winning it three times in a row from 2017-19. In 2019 they finished 2nd in the Japanese Regional Football League Competition, earning promotion to the Japan Football League for the 2020 season.
On February 1st 2016, two established Shikoku League clubs; Igosso K?chi FC (?FC) and K?chi U Torastar FC (UFC) merged to form one club, whose aim was to be the first team from K?chi Prefecture to play in the J. League. After officially changing the management company's name to K?chi United Sports Club Ltd., Kochi United SC took Igosso K?chi FC's place in the Shikoku League. For the many players at K?chi U Torastar FC unable to join Kochi United SC, and wanting to continue playing as amateurs in the Shikoku League, Kochi Sports Club Ltd. and Kochi University established KUFC Nangoku on March 1st 2016, and this new club took K?chi U Torastar FC's place in the Shikoku League. The club badge depicts the ceremonial Kesh?-mawashi (?) of a Tosa Fighting Dog on the outside, with the dark red colors of Igosso Kochi FC and the green of K?chi U Torastar inside it and an image of a leaping bonito or skipjack tuna drawn in the center (a popular fish in Kochi prefecture). The club's home shirt also reflects the colors of the amalgamated teams from which Kochi United SC was formed.
Postwar-1966: K?chi Agricultural High School O.B. Club (OB).
1966-1996: Nangoku Soccer Club (Shikoku League Champions:1980).
1996-1999: Himawari Milk Nangoku F.C. (FC).
1999-2014: Nangoku K?chi F.C. (Shikoku League Champions: 2001, 2002. 2003, 2004, 2005).
2014-2016: Igosso K?chi.
1998-2000: Transistor ().
2000-2006: Torastar ().
2006-2008: Beiling Torastar (?).
2008-2013: Nankoku Torastar (?FC).
2013-2016: K?chi U Torastar FC (Shikoku League Champions: 2014)
In their inaugural 2016 season they finished runners up in the Shikoku League (W12-D1-L1) to FC Imabari (FC) . They also qualified for the All Japan Senior Football Championship ( Zenkoku Shakaijin Sakk? Senshuken Taikai), but lost 4-3 in the first round to eventual winners Mitsubishi Mizushima FC (? FC). In addition, they represented K?chi in the Emperor's Cup ( Tenn?hai) breaking Kochi University's 13 year streak, but lost 2-1 in the first round proper to V-Varen Nagasaki (V) of the J2 League having taken a shock lead with a Kota Sugawara penalty. Takuya Kobayashi was the top goalscorer with 17 goals in all competitions.
In the 2017 season they won the Shikoku League with a W12-D2-L0 record, thus qualifying for the Japanese Regional Football League Competition ( Zenkoku Chiiki Sakk? Championzu L?gu). They were drawn in Group B for the tournament alongside Amitie SC Kyoto (now Ococias Kyoto AC ?AC), FC TIAMO Hirakata (FC) of the Kansai Soccer League, and Mitsubishi Mizushima FC of the Ch?goku Soccer League. They lost 1-0 against Kansai Champions Amitie SC Kyoto in their first match, but won their second game 2-1 against FC TIAMO Hirakata. In their final match they thrashed Mitsubishi Mizushima (6 times Chugoku League champions) 5-2, but it wasn't enough to win the group or qualify for the final stage as best runners up. Still, it was a fine overall performance in their first appearance in the tournament. In the Emperor's Cup they represented Kochi again, but went out in the first round proper for the second consecutive season, losing 2-1 to Verspah Oita (?) of the Japan Football League, after leading with a Tsubasa Yokotake goal. In the All Japan Senior Football Championship first round, they led at half time but ended up losing 3-1 to Vonds Ichihara (VONDS). The top scorer for the season was Kota Sugawara with 23 goals in all competitions.
Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Quarter-Final v Showa Club (): W 6-0.
Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Semi-Final v Rossorise KFC (KFC): W 5-1.
Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v KUFC Nangoku (KUFC): W 3-0.
First Round Proper v Mitsubishi Mizushima FC: W 2-0 (Taguchi, Hirata). Attendance: 621.
Kochi Prefecture Play-Off v Rossorise KFC:W 4-0.
Shikoku Playoff Tournament First Round v Koyo Sealing Techno (?):W 9-0.
Shikoku Playoff Semi-Final v Tadotsu FC (FC): W 5-0.
First Round Proper v Suzuka Unlimited FC (FC): L 0-3.
1. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 6-0.
2. v Llamas Kochi FC (llamasFC): W 8-0.
3. v Niisho Club (): W 3-0.
4. v R.Velho Takamatsu (): W 0-8.
5. v Tadotsu FC: W 8-0.
6. v KUFC Nangoku: W 3-1.
7. v FC Tokushima (FC): L 1-0.
8. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 0-8.
9. v Llamas Kochi FC: W 0-6.
10. v R.Velho Takamatsu: W 10-0.
11. v Tadotsu FC: W 1-5.
12. v KUFC Nangoku: W 0-1.
13. v FC Tokushima: D 3-3. (Attendance: 600+).
14. v Niisho Club: W 0-11.
1. Group A: v Blancdieu Hirosaki FC: L 2-3.
2. Group A: v Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth: L 0-3.
3. Group A: v FC Kariya L 1-2.
Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Semi-Final v Llamas Kochi FC: W 5-0. (Hiroki Maehara becomes Kochi United SC's all-time leading cup goal-scorer)
Kochi Prefectual Football Championship Final v KUFC Nangoku: W 3-2 (AET).
First Round Proper v MD Nagasaki (MD): W 0-1 (Murakami). Attendance: 462.
Second Round Proper v V.Varen Nagasaki: L 1-2 (AET) (Nishimura). Attendance: 1498.
Kochi Prefecture Play-Off v KUFC Nangoku: W 5-0 (Hiroki Maehara scores record equaling 49th goal for the club).
Shikoku Playoff Tournament First Round v Hisaeda FC (FC): W 9-0.
Shikoku Playoff Semi-Final v FC Tokushima: L 1-2.
1. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 11-0 (Attendance 1000+).
2. v Niisho Club: W 10-0.
3. v Llamas Kochi FC: W 4-0.
4. v R.Velho Takamatsu: W 0-9.
5. v Tadotsu FC: W 7-0.
6. v KUFC Nangoku: W 4-0 (Ryo Taguchi becomes the clubs all-time top league goal scorer with his 36th Shikoku League goal).
7. v FC Tokushima: W 1-2.
8. v Niisho Club: W 0-7 (Ryo Taguchi equals the all-time goal scoring record with his 49th strike in all competitions for Kochi United SC).
9. v Koyo Sealing Techno: W 0-14 (Hiroki Maehara becomes Kochi United's all-time leading goalscorer and the first player to score 50 goals for the club).
10. v Llamas Kochi FC: W 0-6.
11. v R.Velho Takamatsu: W 5-0.
12. v Tadotsu FC: W 2-7.
13. v KUFC Nangoku: W 1-2.
14. v FC Tokushima: W 4-0 (Attendance: 1100).
Group C: v Blancdieu Hirosaki: W 2-1.
Group C: v SRC Hiroshima: W 7-0.
Group C: v Ococias Kyoto AC: L 0-2.
Final Round: v Iwaki FC: L 3-0.
Final Round: v Fukui United FC: W 3-1.
Final Round: v Ococias Kyoto: W 3-1.
Updated to Feb 2020
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Season||League||GP||Pts||W||D||L||Position||Emperor's Cup||AJSFC||CCL||Top Goalscorer (All Competitions)|
|2016||Shikoku Soccer League||14||37||12||1||1||2nd||1st round||1st round||DNQ||Takuya Kobayashi (17)|
|2017||14||38||12||2||0||1st||1st round||1st round||Group Stages||Kota Sugawara (23)
|2018||14||37||12||1||1||1st||2nd Round||1st round||Group Stages||Kazuki Nakabayashi / Ryo Taguchi (16)|
|2019||14||42||14||0||0||1st||2nd Round||DNQ||2nd place||Ryo Taguchi (19)|
Note: AJSFC=All Japan Senior Football Championship. CCL=Chiiki Champions League
Updated to Nov 2019
|Blancdieu Hirosaki FC||2||1||0||1||4||4||0|
|Fukui United FC||1||1||0||0||3||1||+2|
|Hokkaido Tokachi Sky Earth||1||0||0||1||0||3||-3|
|Koyo Sealing Techno Soccer Club||7||7||0||0||67||1||+66|
|Llamas Kochi FC||11||11||0||0||61||2||+59|
|Matsue City FC||1||0||0||1||0||3||-3|
|Mitsubishi Mizushima FC||3||2||0||1||10||6||+4|
|Ococias Kyoto AC||3||1||0||2||3||4||-1|
|Shinnitte Tsusumikin Oita Soccer Club||1||1||0||0||3||1||+2|
|Suzuka Unlimited FC||1||0||0||1||0||3||-3|
|FC TIAMO Hirakata||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1|
Updated to Nov 2019