Soccer in Japan
Soccer in Japan is very popular. It wasn`t as popular 21 years ago when I first came to Japan. At that time, baseball and sumo were king. Now however, soccer is either number 1 or two in popularity here and many boys play soccer. Sadly there aren`t so many teams for girls and there seems to be a bias against the girls when they do play.
The J. League & Japan`s National Teams
If you like the beautiful game you can get your fix of it live by watching Japan`s national team when they play or of course there is Japan`s pro league called the
Japan of course routinely plays in the World Cup and is one of the top Asian playing soccer nations.
The J-League features many of Japan`s top players and some of the best from around the world. There are many J-League teams intwo divisions, so chances are there will be one near where you live in Japan.
The J. League`s Makeup
The top division is called J-1 and the bottom division is J-2. The top team from J-2 gets promoted to J-1, and the last place team in J-1 goes down to J-2. Good soccer is played in both leagues but J-1 has the best teams of course.
My family has been to a few J League games both J-1 and J-2.We are fans of Shonan Bellmare in Hiratsuka. It was fun to watch them, and the fans probably had even more fun than the players. They have very enthusiastic soccer crowds in Hiratsuka.
The cost of J. League tickets varieds and sometimes you can even get free tickets through a newspaper or other contest. We in fact got free tickets each time.
It is worth experiencing the beautiful game in Japan.
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Tokyo Metropolis League Soccer
The TML is an amateur league in the Tokyo area with three divisions. People like you and I can join a team and play.
The results are reported in Metropolis Magazine and at their
There are also soccer schools for kids and various tournaments held throughout the year.
Murphy`s soccer team plays soccer in Osaka. It is sponsored by the Irish pub called,
Visit Murphy`s You Tube Channel
Kansai Soccer League
Is an amateur 4th-5th Division league in the Kansai
Japan`s Ladies Soccer League Division 1