Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Japanese: サンフレッチェ広島, romanized: Sanfuretche Hiroshima) is a Japanese professional football club based in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth Development System
Training organization philosophy
Foster a rich humanity through soccer and lay the foundation as a member of society.
We aim to be “the best training club in Japan” that is loved and loved by citizens and citizens of the prefecture.
Japan’s No. 1 “cultivation and popularization type” club Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth
Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC was the forerunner of the J.League club to set up a dormitory system for youth.
Teach “soccer” not “teach” but “soccer”.
We believe that by enriching the time when we are not playing soccer in order to take good care of soccer, we can perform well on the pitch.
Even if I am aiming to be a professional player, I spend about one and a half to two hours playing soccer every day, and the rest of the time is long. If you play soccer all the time in a day, you will not be able to become a professional or an independent person as a member of society.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima attaches great importance to this “part other than soccer”.
At Yoshida High School, where youth players attend, students are asked to study as hard as any other student. Soccer is not a priority.
We will also approach the parts other than soccer with soccer.
Discipline and fellowship in the group life of a dormitory
In dormitory life, you live in a discipline, foster communication with your peers, and learn.
After the practice, the director and coach also eat together in the dormitory, take a bath, and build a relationship of trust with the players.
If you look only at the practice and the game, the coaches are hot and strict, but ON and OFF are clear. Because there is a relationship of trust even with strict guidance. For players, coaches are good big brothers.
There are only a limited number of players who can become professionals immediately after graduating from youth.
Therefore, we will also provide guidance on the career paths of athletes. Some players return to the club via college.
We are a professional football organization. There is a mission to train as many professionals as possible, but first of all, we are conducting training activities with the approach of developing human resources who can become independent as one member of society and have rich humanity.
I think it is a big decision for parents to have been taking care of athletes since they were 15 or 16 years old.
The number of clubs that have dormitories for youth is increasing, and it is unavoidable that there is a difference in the environment compared to other clubs. I am proud that I can leave the nest.
Academy Training Facility
The practice field for the youth team is Yoshida Soccer Park in Akitakata City.
Address: 187-1 Nishiura, Yoshida-cho, Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima 731-0543
At the time of this writing, there is no official academy selection / trial information for Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or visit their official news section by clicking here for more information.
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Sanfrecce Hiroshima Schools
Sanfrecce Hiroshima holds soccer schools mainly in Hiroshima prefecture. Professional coaches, mainly former J-Leaguers, teach students of a wide range of purposes and age groups.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s soccer school holds 14 venues mainly in Hiroshima prefecture, and is suitable for a wide range of age groups. There are 53 classes in all classes, so there is always a class that suits you. Please try once.
In 1938, the club was originally a company squad that competed in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League. That team was affiliated with the Toyo Kogyo Soccer Club (). In 1965, the club was one of the initial founders, known as one of the “Original Eight,” of what is now known as the Japan Soccer League (JSL). They were so dominant in the early years of the JSL that they won the championship a record-tying four times in a row, a feat that was later matched by Yomiuri SC/Verdy Kawasaki.
The year 1981 marked the beginning of the rebranding process at Mazda SC (SC). In 1992, when JSL was reorganized as the J.League, the company abandoned its previous moniker and changed its name to “Sanfrecce Hiroshima.” They were one of the founding members of both leagues, along with JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Urawa Red Diamonds (“Original Ten”). They competed in the Asian Club Cup during the 1969 season, which was the precursor to the AFC Champions League that is played today.
At the time, the tournament was held in a single location (in that year it was Bangkok, Thailand), and they finished in third place. This was the first time a Japanese club competed in the continental tournament.
This resulted in them losing the league championship to Mitsubishi/Urawa, and despite the fact that they won the championship again in 1970, the club has not been in contention for the championship since then, with the exception of a few exceptional seasons, such as 1994, in which they came in second place.
Toyo Industries, who were the first team to win the JSL championship, also became the first team to win the Emperor’s Cup, thereby completing the inaugural double. They were also the first of three “Invincibles,” or undefeated champion clubs in Japan (the others were Mitsubishi in 1969 and Yamaha in 1987–88), although only Toyo completed a double.
However, Mitsubishi and Yamaha were both undefeated in their respective years. Following that, Matsumoto, Ogi, and Yasuyuki Kuwahara led the national team to a bronze medal performance at the 1968 Olympics. When Sanfrecce was demoted to the J2 division in 2002, he made history by becoming the first former stage winner (first stage, 1994) to be demoted to that level. However, it was only there for a single season, as the very next year it finished in second place to earn promotion back to J1.
The club concluded the 2007 season in 16th place and was demoted to J.League Division 2 after losing to Kyoto Sanga in the promotion/relegation play-off. This led to the team’s relegation to J.League Division 2. Despite this, they were victorious in their maiden try at winning the J2 title in 2008, doing so with 84 points (a 25-point advantage over the clubs that finished in second place) and six matches yet to play.
Sanfrecce qualified for the Asian Champions League by finishing in fourth place in the 2009 season and by Gamba Osaka successfully defending the Emperor’s Cup. Unfortunately for Sanfrecce, they were eliminated in the group stage of the tournament. The victory over Cerezo Osaka, by a score of 4-1, gave Sanfrecce their first ever J.League Division 1 championship on November 24, 2012.
A thrilling finish to the season saw first-place Yokohama F. Marinos lose their final league game, which handed the title to second-place Sanfrecce. On December 7, 2013, Sanfrecce defeated Kashima Antlers 2-0, securing their second J.League Division 1 title.
This victory came after a thrilling finish to the season that saw Sanfrecce win their second J.League Division 1 title. Sanfrecce became only the second club since Kashima Antlers in 2009 to successfully defend their championship title by virtue of their two consecutive championship victories.