Matsumoto Yamaga FC Tryouts

Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club (松本山雅フットボールクラブ, Matsumoto Yamaga Futtobōru Kurabu) is the Japanese football (soccer) club based in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. The club currently plays in the J2 League.

Matsumoto Yamaga FC Youth Development System

“Matsumoto Yamaga FC Youth Academy” started a training organization in May 2003 with the aim of training professional soccer players and conducting activities to produce many people who will be involved in soccer in the future. I did. At the time of its inauguration, the total number of members from kids to junior high school students started from 45, but now the total number of members is up to about 750. It is organized by schools (KIDS-6th grade) and clubs (4th grade-high school), and the players are working every day to become professional soccer players in the future.

We recognize that these activities are extremely important in terms of the spread of soccer and the development of soccer culture in the region, and we will continue our activities with the aim of further development in the future.
In addition, Matsumoto Yamaga FC considers soccer as a “lifelong sport”, and anyone can easily play sports with a view to activities from the viewpoint of health, such as an environment where parents and children can participate and an environment where the elderly can participate. We will carry out activities that will serve as a base for lifelong sports, from creating an environment where people can live.

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In 1965, the athletes who had previously competed for Nagano Prefecture established the club that bears their names. The members of the team first identified themselves as the Yamaga Club after frequenting a cafe called Yamaga, which was located in front of the Matsumoto railway station. They changed their name to Matsumoto Yamaga FC in 2004, the same year that the non-profit organization Alwin Sports Project was founded in order to provide financial assistance to the club so that it may compete in the J. League.

In the 2007 and 2008 seasons, they finished first and fourth, respectively, in the Hokushin’etsu First Division; however, they were not promoted to the Japan Football League despite their strong performance in the Hokushin’etsu First Division. This is because they were eliminated in the group stage of the Regional League promotion series by other regional champions.

The year 2008 also saw a significant run in the Emperor’s Cup for the team, during which they ousted the defending champions of Japan, Shonan Bellmare, via penalty kicks in the third round before being eliminated by Vissel Kobe 8–0. Inconsistency plagued them throughout the 2009 season, as they finished in fourth place in the regional league but were able to eliminate Urawa Red Diamonds from the Emperor’s Cup in the second round, which was their largest giant-killing victory to date.

MATSUMOTO, JAPAN – APRIL 25: #17 Genta OMOTEHARA of Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. in action during the J.League Meiji Yasuda J2 match between Matsumoto Yamaga and Thespa Kusatsu Gunma at Sunpro Alwin on April 25, 2021 in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan. (Photo by J.LEAGUE/J.LEAGUE via Getty Images)

They secured promotion to the Japan Football League for the 2010 season by virtue of their victory in the Shakaijin Cup, which entitled them to a berth in the Regional League promotion series. They went on to win the series at home, which resulted in their promotion. They finished their first year in the third division in seventh place overall.

In 2011, Yamaga finished in fourth place and were promoted to J. League Division 2 despite having a season derailed by the Thoku earthquake and tsunami, which prevented Sony Sendai from playing a complete schedule. As a result of this, Yamaga’s season was disrupted. They played in the J2 League for three seasons until finally earning their first promotion to the J1 League, where they played for just one season before being demoted.

Yamaga concluded their 2018 season at the top of the J2 table, claiming their very first league title in the process and securing automatic promotion to J1 in the process. This achievement came after failing to secure promotion in both 2016 and 2017.