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The X-LEAGUE (Xリーグ) is the top-level American football
American football
league in Japan
Japan
. It was founded in 1971 as the JAPAN AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, and changed its name to the X League in 1997. There are three divisions (X1, X2, and X3) among which there is promotion and relegation . Teams in the three-tier league are split into East, West, and Central divisions. There are two types of teams, one being a company team in which only employees of that particular sponsoring company may participate as a player, and the other classified as a club team for which anyone can try out.

Game rules are based on those of the NCAA college division in America, with the exception of the length of quarters, which are 12 minutes instead of 15 during the first stage of the season.

The Japanese national team , which has won the first and second editions of the American Football World Cup and was runner-up, finishing second to the American team, in the 2007 installment of the tournament, was made up almost entirely of players from this league.

Americans are often recruited to play for X League teams, with a strict rule of four per team. No more than two foreign players per team are allowed on the field of play at a time.

CONTENTS

* 1 Season format

* 1.1 Regular season * 1.2 Postseason * 1.3 Japan
Japan
X Bowl * 1.4 X2-X1 Promotion/Replacement games

* 2 2017 X-League team organization

* 2.1 X1

* 2.2 X2

* 2.2.1 East * 2.2.2 Central * 2.2.3 West

* 2.3 X3

* 2.3.1 East

* 2.3.2 West

* 2.3.2.1 A Block * 2.3.2.2 B Block

* 3 Past League Results

* 3.1 X-League Divisional Standings since 1997

* 4 Playing venues

* 5 Awards and honors

* 5.1 All X-League Team * 5.2 X-League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award * 5.3 X-League Rookie of the Year (ROY) award * 5.4 X-League Fairplay award

* 6 Team names * 7 References

SEASON FORMAT

Teams play six matches in the regular season, the schedule which is determined by each team's standing during the previous season.

The top six teams at the end of the regular season would advance to the Japan
Japan
X Bowl tournament while the remaining two spots would be filled with winners from a wild-card match.

There are two spring tournaments as well which are used by teams to ready themselves and evaluate new players before the fall season. One is the larger Pearl Bowl which teams from eastern Japan
Japan
compete in, and the other is the Green Bowl for teams in western Japan.

REGULAR SEASON

The 18 top tier teams are divided into 3 divisions of 6 teams each. The East and Central Divisions are made up of teams from the Kanto (East Japan) region while the West Division teams are from the Kansai (West Japan) region. The teams would also be split into two groups of nine each, with the top nine ranking teams from the previous season (top three in each division) comprising the SUPER 9. The lower nine make up the Battle 9.

The teams would play three games within their division, and another three against teams outside of their division, all of which are equal in strength. The relative strength would be determined by the previous season's standings.

This would allow teams from the Kanto and Kansai regions to play each other before the post season for the first time.

POSTSEASON

Following the regular season, the top six teams among the SUPER 9 will advance to the Japan
Japan
X Bowl Tournament, where they would be seeded according to regular-season results.

The remaining two places would be filled by the winners of two wild-card playoff matches to be played by the 7th and 8th ranked teams of the SUPER 9 and the top two teams from the Battle 9, respectively.

JAPAN X BOWL

Main article: Japan
Japan
X Bowl

The two semifinal winners would meet for the league championship in the Japan
Japan
X Bowl held at the Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome
. Since 1987, JAPAN X BOWL has decided the X League championship. Until 2002, it was known as the TOKYO SUPER BOWL. The winner of this game goes on to the Rice Bowl to face the winner of the Koshien Bowl , the national college championship game.

X2-X1 PROMOTION/REPLACEMENT GAMES

The 6th place team from each division of X1 is paired up against the 1st place team of each division of X2. If the X2 team defeats the X1 team, that team is promoted up to X1 while the X1 team is demoted to X2 for the following season.

2017 X-LEAGUE TEAM ORGANIZATION

X1

CLUB CITY/AREA COMPANY/CLUB FIRST SEASON HEAD COACH

EAST DIVISION

FUJITSU FRONTIERS Kawasaki, Kanagawa Fujitsu 000000001985-01-01-00001985 Satoshi Fujita

LIXIL DEERS Chōfu, Tokyo club team formerly Kajima 000000001989-01-01-00001989 Tominaga Hajime

ASAHI BEER SILVER STAR Kawasaki, Kanagawa Asahi Breweries 000000001970-01-01-00001970 Hayato Arima

TOKYO GAS CREATORS Koto, Tokyo Tokyo Gas 000000001985-01-01-00001985 Kurt Rose

KEISHICHOU EAGLES Koto, Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department 000000001971-01-01-00001971 Yoshitaka Waga

FUJI XEROX MINERVA AFC Ebina, Kanagawa Fuji Xerox 000000001975-01-01-00001975 Ichiro Narushima

CENTRAL DIVISION

OBIC SEAGULLS Narashino, Chiba club team formerly Recruit 000000001983-01-01-00001983 Naoki Furusho

IBM
IBM
BIG BLUE Chiba, Chiba
Chiba, Chiba
IBM
IBM
000000001976-01-01-00001976 Shinzo Yamada

NOJIMA SAGAMIHARA RISE Sagamihara, Kanagawa club team formerly Onward Kashiyama 000000002009-01-01-00002009 Yasumichi Sunaga

ALL MITSUBISHI LIONS Hachiōji, Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
000000002001-01-01-00002001 Akira Hayashi

MEIJI YASUDA PENTAOCEAN PIRATES Hachiōji, Tokyo Meiji Yasuda Life 000000002005-01-01-00002005 David Powroznilk

BULLS Asaka, Saitama club team formerly Mizuho Securities 000000001985-01-01-00001985 Suzuki Nobuyoshi

WEST DIVISION

PANASONIC IMPULSE Kadoma, Osaka Panasonic
Panasonic
000000001974-01-01-00001974 Nobuyoshi Araki

ASAHI SOFT DRINK CHALLENGERS Amagasaki, Hyogo Asahi Soft Drinks 000000001978-01-01-00001978 Takashi Kubo

ELECOM KOBE FINIES Kobe, Hyogo Elecom 000000001975-01-01-00001975 Kano Ryota

AS ONE BLACK EAGLES Osaka, Osaka AS ONE Corp. 000000001970-01-01-00001970 Yoshii Motoyasu

NAGOYA CYCLONES Nagoya, Aichi club team 000000001980-01-01-00001980 Masanori Sugiura

CLUB HAWKEYE Minoh, Osaka club team formerly ANA Group 000000001989-01-01-00001989 Nozomu Nishimura

X2

East

* Yokohama Harbors * Dentsu Club Caterpillars * Club Blue Thunders * Warriors * Hurricanes * Zero Fighters AFC

Central

* Bullseyes-Tokyo * Sony Solidstate * Club Barbarian * AFC Cranes * Wranglers * Ox Kawasaki AFC

West

* Sidewinders * Fuji Xerox J-Stars * Asahi Pretec Golden Fighters * Nishinomiya Bruins * Kirix Toyota Bull Fighters * Iso Superstars

X3

East

* Club Triax * Mitsui ">

* ^ "League Playoff Works". xleague.com. Retrieved January 6, 2016.

* ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz (February 2, 2016). "Takata named MVP; 8 Impulse make All X-League team". xleague.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016. * ^ "Cameron named MVP, heads 9 Frontiers on All-League team". xleague.com. January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2017.

* X League homepage * Japan\'s X-League Runs with the Ball * X League\'s Road to the Rice Bowl * American Football
American Football
in Japan

* v * t * e

X-League

X1 - EAST DIVISION

* Fujitsu Frontiers * IBM
IBM
Big Blue * Asahi Beer Silver Star * All Mitsubishi Lions * Bulls * Keishichou Eagles

X1 - CENTRAL DIVISION

* Nojima Sagamihara Rise * Obic Seagulls * Lixil Deers * Tokyo Gas Creators * Meijiyasuda PentaOcean Pirates * Bullseyes-Tokyo

X1 - WEST DIVISION

* As One Black Eagles * Asahi Soft Drink Challengers * Elecom Kobe Finies * Sidewinders * Nagoya Cyclones * Panasonic Impulse

X2 - EAST DIVISION

* Blue Thunders * Hurricanes * Warriors * Yokohama Harbors * Denstu Club Caterpillars * Zero Fighters AFC

X2 - CENTRAL DIVISION

* AFC Cranes * Barbarian * Fuji Xerox Minerva AFC * Wranglers * Sony Solidstate * Ox Kawasaki AFC

X2 - WEST DIVISION

* Fuji Xerox J-Stars * Club Hawkeye * Kirix Toyota Bull Fighters * Asahi Pretec Golden Fighters * Aichi Golden Wings * Nishinomiya Bruins

X3 - EAST DIVISION

* Itochu Wings * Club Triax * Mitsui border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Okayama Standing Bears * Wako Raiders * Iso Superstars * Club Islands * Osaka Prefectural Police Shields * Triple Fire Birds

X3 - WEST DIVISION B

* Osaka Gas Skunk Scans * Club Bears * Kakogawa Ozunas * Hiroshima UCS Hawks * Tri-stars * Masahide Blazers

CHAMPIONSHIP

* Japan
Japan
X Bowl * Rice Bowl

SEE ALSO

* Green Bowl * Paul Rusch Cup * Pearl Bowl * All X-League Team * List of defunct X-League franchises

* v * t * e

Collegiate American Football
American Football
in Japan
Japan

EAST JAPAN - 東日本

* Kanto * Hokkaido * Tohoku

WEST JAPAN - 西日本

* Chushikoku * Hokuriku * Kansai * Kyūshū * Tokai

BOWL GAMES

* Azuma * American * Atom * Christmas * Heiwadai * Ivy * Japan
Japan
* Japan
Japan
X * Koshien * Legacy * Mirage * Pearl * Pine * Rice * Tokyo

PEOPLE

* Masafumi Kawaguchi * Joe Roth * Paul Rusch
Paul Rusch
* David Stant

SEASONS

* 2015 * 2016

MAJOR VENUES

* National Olympic Stadium * Sapporo Dome * Tomahawks Field * Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome
* Yokohama Stadium * Yurtec Stadium Sendai

SEE ALSO

* American football
American football
in Japan
Japan
* Eyeshield 21
Eyeshield 21
* IFAF Asia * JAFA * Japan
Japan
national American football
American football
team * List of Japanese collegiate American football
American football
programs * Paul Rusch Cup * X-League

* v * t * e

Top-level American football
American football
leagues of Asia

* India (including Pakistan and Sri Lanka) * Israel * Japan * Philippines * South Korea

* v * t * e

Kansai Collegiate American Football
American Football
League

DIVISION 1

* Doshisha Wild Rover * Kansai Kaisers * Kobe Ravens * Konan Red Gang * Kwansei Gakuin Fighters * Kyoto Gangsters * Ritsumeikan Panthers * Ryukoku Seahorse

DIVISION 2 (A BLOCK)

* Hyogo Trail Blazers * Osaka Gakuin Phoenix * Osaka Kyoiku Dragons * Osaka Sangyo Lions * Otemon Gakuin Soldiers

DIVISION 2 (B BLOCK)

* Kindai Devils * Kobe Gakuin Navy Seals * Kyoto Sangyo Sagittarius * Momoyama Gakuin Thundering Legion Lions * Osaka Prefecture Shrikes * Osaka Tridents * Osaka University
Osaka University
of Health and Sport Sciences Spartans

DIVISION 3 (A BLOCK)

* Bukkyo Hawks * KIT Cougars * Kyoto Prefectural Wyverns * Shiga Gladiators * Tottori Rakers * University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences Voyagers

DIVISION 3 (B BLOCK)

* OIT Rowdies * Okayama Badgers * Osaka City Golden Cedars * OUE Bombers * Tenri Crushing Orcs * Wakayama Blind Sharks

DIVISION 3 (C BLOCK)

* Kansai Gaidai Lynx * Kyoto University
Kyoto University
of Education Grampus * Kyoto Gakuen Dare Devils * Kyoto Pharmaceutical Scarlet Knights * Setsunan Blue Crush

DIVISION 3 (D BLOCK)

* Hannan Fighting Bears * Kibi International Fortifiers * OECU Black Angels * Osaka Arts Vipers * Tokushima Pirates

DIVISION 3 (E BLOCK)

* Hyogo College of Medicine Siegfried * KUFS Fightin` Bulldogs * Ōtani Bandits * Tezukayama Bisons

DIVISION 3 (F BLOCK)

* Kobe International Crimson Knights * Kyoto Seika Gawks * Okayama University of Science Gators * Osaka University
Osaka University
of Economics and Law Blue Thunders * OUC Steelers

INDEPENDENTS

* Himeji Dokkyo Wild Boars * Osaka International Maverick

BOWLS

* Koshien Bowl * Rice Bowl * Tokyo Bowl

SEE ALSO

* Legacy Bowl * X-League

SEASONS

* 1941 * 1942 * Did not play 1943-1945 because of World War II
World War II
* 1946 * 1947 * 1948 * 1949 * 1950 * 1951 * 1952 * 1953 * 1954 * 1955 * 1956 * 1957 * 1958 * 1959 * 1960 * 1961 * 1962 * 1963 * 1964 * 1965 * 1966 * 1967 * 1968 * 1969 * 1970 * 1971 * 1972 * 1973 * 1974 * 1975 * 1976 * 1977 * 1978 * 1979 * 1980 * 1981 * 1982 * 1983 * 1984 * 1985 * 1986 * 1987 * 1988 * 1989 * 1990 * 1991 * 1992 * 1993 * 1994 * 1995 * 1996 * 1997 * 1998 * 1999 * 2000 * 2001 * 2002 * 2003 * 2004 * 2005 * 2006 * 2007 * 2008 * 2009 * 2010 * 2011 * 2012 * 2013 * 2014 * 2015 * 2016

* v * t * e

Rice Bowl Game

* National Stadium * Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome

Tie-Ins X-League

EAST VS WEST ALL-STAR

* 1949 * 1950 * 1951 * 1952 * 1953 * 1954 * 1955 * 1956 * 1957 * 1958 * 1959 * 1960 * 1961 * 1962 * 1963 * 1964 * 1965 * 1966 * 1967 * 1968 * 1969 * 1970 * 1971 * 1972 * 1973 * 1974 * 1975 * 1976 * 1977 * 1978 * 1979 * 1980 * 1981 * 1982 * 1983

COLLEGE VS X-LEAGUE

* 1984 * 1985 * 1986 * 1987 * 1988 * 1989 * 1990 * 1991 * 1992 * 1993 * 1994 * 1995 * 1996 * 1997 * 1998 * 1999 * 2000 * 2001 * 2002 * 2003 * 2004 * 2005 * 2006 * 2007 * 2008 * 2009 * 2010 * 2011 * 2012 * 2013 * 2014 * 2015 * 2016 * 2017

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