J.League, Samurai Blue and Nadeshiko Fixtures (Football Japan Fixtures Calendar 2013)

A full, comprehensive fixtures calendar for the forthcoming Japanese football season, including kick-off times and stadium addresses, and which covers J.League Divisions 1 and 2, the Yamazaki Nabisco and Emperor’s Cups, the AFC Champions League matches in which Japanese sides are participating, and senior Men’s and Women’s internationals can be accessed at the following links:

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iCal (.ics file type) is compatible with most calendar software including Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes and Yahoo Calendar. It will also work with Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. Any updates made to the calendar as the season progresses will automatically be reflected on your device.

To add the Calendar to a Google Calendar, click “Other Calendars”, then “Add by URL”. Copy and paste the iCal link provided above into the field marked “URL”, then click “Add Calendar”. The Football Japan calendar will be added to your list of calendars. A summary of these instructions on the Google website can be found here.

To add the Calendar to an iOS device, tap the “Settings” icon. Tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”, and then “Add Account…”. Then press “Other”, and “Add Subscribed Calendar”. Copy and paste the iCal link from above into the “Server” field, and press “Next”. Your device will then attempt to verify the subscription, and once successful, simply choose “Save” to complete the subscription. However, if you have any other Apple devices it is highly recommended that you first subscribe via Calendar or iCal on OS X, before adding the calendar on iOS. See page 67 of the current iPad User Guide here for further information if required.

Details on how to subscribe to the calendar using Microsoft Outlook can be found here, for Lotus Notes users a video guide has been produced here, and details on subscriptions via Yahoo Calendar are available here.

If you wish to see Japan Football League or L.League fixtures added to the calendar, or if you have any feedback or suggestions, please send me an email or contact me on Twitter at

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J.League Player Distribution – Data Visualisation

Leading up to what, for many reasons, should be an enthralling 2013 season, I’ll be creating some visual representations of data containing a number of interesting insights into the J.League and the wider of issues surrounding the growth of football in Japan. This post, which relates to the prefectures of birth of J.League Division 1 and 2 squad members at the end of the 2012 season, uses two methods to look at the same data. Initially each prefecture was accorded a simple total of squad members born inside their respective boundaries, and later, in an attempt to assess which prefectures could be regarded as the “football hotbeds” of Japan, I calculated that same number of players in the context of the relevant prefectural population.

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J.League to launch Division 3

Having previously noted on 9 November 2012 that discussions regarding a third professional tier of the J.League were set to commence before the end of the year, the Daily Yomiuri reports that the J.League is set to launch Division 3 in 2014.

In its inaugural season the number of participating teams is expected to be between ten and twelve, with a minimum stadium capacity requirement of just 3,000, compared to the 10,000 necessary required in J.League Division 2. While the 10,000 capacity stadia criteria in Division 2 makes little sense on the basis that average crowds across the division totalled just over 5,800, with only three teams nearer or above the 10,000 mark over the course of the 2012 season, the substantially smaller figure for the lower league should provide an easier standard of entry into the professional game for a number of teams currently residing in the JFL and the regional leagues.

There is no news at the present time as to how teams still owned and operated directly by parent companies will be affected, such as Honda FC, and where their future lies within the Japanese football league pyramid if they cannot or will not professionalise. Honda FC in particular made a deliberate decision to revert to fully amateur status having once been a J.League Associate Member, Honda Motor’s board assessing the environment and believing pursuing motor sport opportunities in the context of its main business to be the preferred option. It can only be hoped therefore that, despite the progress made by the J.League and the likely benefits that a third professional division will bring to the domestic and national game, one of the JFL’s stalwart members will be afforded sufficient consideration by the JFA in the event that it doesn’t garner the minimum level of support necessary from its fans and owners to become one of the third tier’s initial professional teams.

J.League Division 1 digital media accounts

After the jump is a list of official, frequently used digital media accounts where available for teams in J.League Division 1. For the avoidance of doubt, this list is accurate for the forthcoming 2013 season. Where a club utilises more than one account, that with the most likes or followers is specified. No accounts dedicated to or that primarily concern official mascots are included. Click the relevant links for similar lists for teams in J.League Division 2 and the Japan Football League, and the relevant football associations and authorities and national teams.

If you note any that are absent or are incorrect, please send me an email or a tweet to

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J.League Division 2 digital media accounts

Click “continue reading” for a list of official, frequently used digital media accounts where available for teams in J.League Division 2. This list is accurate for the coming 2013 campaign. The most popular accounts have been listed for teams with more than one official account, and no accounts dedicated to or primarily concerning club mascots are included. Click the following links for similar lists for teams in J.League Division 1 and the Japan Football League, and the relevant football associations and authorities and national teams.

If you note any that are absent or are incorrect, please send me an email or a tweet to

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Japan Football League digital media accounts

After the break you’ll find a list of official, frequently used digital media accounts where available for clubs competing in the 2013 Japan Football League. Only the most popular accounts are listed for teams sides who use more than one official account for a particular social media tool, and accounts “controlled” by club mascots have been disregarded. You can find similar lists for teams in J.League Division 1 and Division 2, and the relevant football associations and authorities and national teams by clicking the appropriate link.

If you note any that are absent or are incorrect, please send me an email or a tweet to

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Japan football authority digital media accounts

Click through for a list of official social and digital media accounts associated with the Japan men’s and women’s national football teams and those of the Japanese football authorities, or alternatively visit these links for lists of social media accounts used by teams in J.League Division 1, Division 2 and the JFL. Where an organisation uses more than one account for the same type of social media, that with the most likes or followers is specified.

If you note any that are absent or are incorrect, please send me an email or a tweet to

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