Japan Football Association

Japan Football Association

Japan Football Association

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The Japan Football Association, sometimes known as the Japan Soccer Association (, ), is the governing body responsible for the administration of association football (soccer) in Japan. It is responsible for the national team as well as club competitions.


The organisation was founded in 1921 as the , and became affiliated with FIFA in 1929. In 1945, the name of the organisation was changed to the ; its Japanese name was changed to the current title in 1975. This reflected common use of the word sakkā (サッカー), derived from "soccer", rather than the older Japanese word shūkyū (蹴球; literally "kick-ball"). The word sakkā gained popularity during the post-World War II occupation of Japan by the Allied powers. The association generally translates its name to "Japan Football Association" in English,

The symbol of the JFA is the Yatagarasu, a mythical three-legged raven that guided Emperor Jimmu to Mount Kumano. Yatagarasu is also the messenger of the supreme Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu.

Association football has become one of the most popular sports in Japan. After the very successful Asia cup, beating China 3-1 in the final, Japan beat Iran 2-1 and qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

JFA principles

To promote the most popular sport of all, football, to the masses all over...
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