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The X-League (Xリーグ) is the top-level American football league in 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.[1] 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 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 8 External links

Season format[edit] 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 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 compete in, and the other is the Green Bowl for teams in western Japan. Regular season[edit] 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[edit] Following the regular season, the top six teams among the Super 9 will advance to the 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[edit] Main article: Japan X Bowl The two semifinal winners would meet for the league championship in the Japan X Bowl held at the 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[edit] 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[edit] X1[edit]

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 Masato Itai

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 Takao Kaohara

Central Division

Obic Seagulls Narashino, Chiba club team formerly Recruit 000000001983-01-01-00001983 Naoki Furusho

IBM Big Blue Chiba, Chiba 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 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 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[edit] East[edit]

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

Central[edit]

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

West[edit]

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

X3[edit] East[edit]

Club Triax Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Seagulls Itochu Wings Club Steelers Marubeni Cougars

West[edit] A Block[edit]

Kakogawa Ozunas Wako Raiders Club Islands Tri-stars Hiroshima UCS Hawks Osaka Prefectural Police Shields

B Block[edit]

Aichi Golden Wings Club Bears Osaka Gas Skunk Scans Okayama Standing Bears Triple Fire Birds Masahide Blazers

Past League Results[edit] X-League Divisional Standings since 1997[edit]

Notations

Advanced to Final6, Super9 or Post Season Promoted from X2 Demoted to X2 at the end of the season. Team Folded at the end of the season.

East/Central

Year Division 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

1997 East Asahi Beer Silver Star Onward Oaks Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Apricot Fujitsu Frontiers Tokai Bank Red Wave Renown Rovers

Central Kajima Deers Nissan Prince Tokyo Recruit Seagulls Skylark Co.,Ltd. Skylarks Sanwa Bank Lark Hills Sakura Bank Dainosu

1998 East Nissan Prince Tokyo Asahi Beer Silver Star Skylark Co.,Ltd. Skylarks Tokai Bank Red Wave Sumitomo Bank Springs Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Apricot

Central Kajima Deers Recruit Seagulls Onward Oaks Fujitsu Frontiers Renown Rovers Sanwa Bank Lark Hills

1999 East Onward Oaks Recruit Seagulls Nissan Prince Tokyo Tokyo Marine Dolphins Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank Apricot Sankura Bank Dainosu

Central Kajima Deers Asahi Beer Silver Star Fujitsu Frontiers Skylark Co.,Ltd. Skylarks Tokyo Marine Dolphins Sanwa Bank Lark Hills

2000 East Fujitsu Frontiers Asahi Beer Silver Star Onward Oaks Skylark Co.,Ltd. Skylarks Club Dainosu Renown Rovers

Central Recruit Seagulls Nissan Prince Tokyo Kajima Deers Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank Tokyo Marine Dolphins Tokyo Skyliners

2001 East Kajima Deers Fujitsu Frontiers Nissan Prince Tokyo Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull Club Dainosu Club Huskies

Central Recruit Seagulls Asahi Beer Silver Star Onward Oaks Lions Renown Rovers Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Pirates

2002 East Fujitsu Frontiers Kajima Deers Lions Nissan Skyliners IBM Big Blue Sakura Bank Dainosu

Central Seagulls Onward Skylarks Asahi Beer Silver Star Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull Renown Rovers Club Huskies

2003 East Onward Skylarks Asahi Beer Silver Star Fujitsu Frontiers Nissan Skyliners Tokyo Gas Creators Club Huskies

Central Kajima Deers Obic Seagulls Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Pirates All Mitsubishi Lions Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull IBM Big Blue

2004 East Kajima Deers Asahi Beer Silver Star All Mitsubishi Lions IBM Big Blue Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull Penta-Ocean Construction Pirates

Central Onward Skylarks Obic Seagulls Nissan Skyliners Fujitsu Frontiers Tokyo Gas Creators Club Huskies

2005 East Obic Seagulls Onward Skylarks Fujitsu Frontiers Yasuda L.A. Pirates Tokyo Gas Creators All Mitsubishi Lions

Central Kajima Deers Asahi Beer Silver Star IBM Big Blue Nissan Skyliners Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull Renesas Hurricanes

2006 East Onward Skylarks Kajima Deers IBM Big Blue All Mitsubishi Lions Meiji Yasuda Pirates Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull

Central Asahi Beer Silver Star Obic Seagulls Fujitsu Frontiers Nissan Skyliners Tokyo Gas Creators Renesas Hurricanes

2007 East Fujitsu Frontiers Obic Seagulls Asahi Beer Silver Star All Mitsubishi Lions Renesas Hurricanes Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull

Central Kajima Deers Onward Skylarks IBM Big Blue Meiji Yasuda Pirates Tokyo Gas Creators Fuji Xerox Minerva

2008 East Onward Skylarks Fujitsu Frontiers Asahi Beer Silver Star Meiji Yasuda Pirates Renesas Hurricanes Fuji Xerox Minerva

Central Kajima Deers Obic Seagulls IBM Big Blue All Mitsubishi Lions All Tokyo Gas Creators Gakusei-Engokai Rocbull

2009 East Asahi Beer Silver Star Obic Seagulls Nihon Unisys Bulls All Mitsubishi Lions Fuji Xerox Minerva All Tokyo Gas Creators

Central Fujitsu Frontiers Kajima Deers IBM Big Blue Meiji Yasuda Pirates Hurricanes AFC Bullseyes Tokyo

2010 East Kajima Deers IBM Big Blue Asahi Beer Silver Star All Mitsubishi Lions Bullseyes Tokyo Fuji Xerox Minerva

Central Obic Seagulls Fujitsu Frontiers Meiji Yasuda Pirates All Tokyo Gas Creators Hurricanes AFC Nihon Unisys Bulls

2011 East Kajima Deers Fujitsu Frontiers All Mitsubishi Lions Meiji Yasuda Pirates Bullseyes Tokyo Fuji Xerox Minverva

Central Obic Seagulls Nojima Sagamihara Rise Asahi Beer Silver Star IBM Big Blue All Tokyo Gas Creators Nihon Unisys Bulls

2012 East Kajima Deers Nojima Sagamihara Rise Asahi Beer Silver Star Meiji Yasuda Pirates Nihon Unisys Bulls Bullseyes Tokyo

Central Obic Seagulls Fujitsu Frontiers IBM Big Blue Tokyo Gas Creators All Mitsubishi Lions Fuji Xerox Minerva

2013 East Fujitsu Frontiers Kajima Deers Asahi Beer Silver Star Tokyo Gas Creators Nihon Unisys Bulls Hurricanes

Central Obic Seagulls Nojima Sagamihara Rise IBM Big Blue All Mitsubishi Lions Meiji Yasuda Pirates Tokyo MPD Eagles

2014 East Fujitsu Frontiers IBM Big Blue Nojima Sagamihara Rise Tokyo Gas Creators Meiji Yasuda Pirates Hurricanes

Central LIXIL Deers Obic Seagulls Asahi Beer Silver Star All Mitsubishi Lions Bulls Football Club Taiyo Building Mgmt. Cranes

2015 East Fujitsu Frontiers Nojima Sagamihara Rise Obic Seagulls All Mitsubishi Lions Meiji Yasuda Penta-Ocean Pirates Tokyo MPD Eagles

Central IBM Big Blue LIXIL Deers Asahi Beer Silver Star Bulls Football Club Tokyo Gas Creators Hurricanes

2016 East Fujitsu Frontiers IBM Big Blue Asahi Beer Silver Star All Mitsubishi Lions Tokyo MPD Eagles Bulls Football Club

Central Obic Seagulls LIXIL Deers Nojima Sagamihara Rise Tokyo Gas Creators Meiji Yasuda Penta-Ocean Pirates Bullseyes Tokyo

2017 East Fujitsu Frontiers LIXIL Deers Asahi Beer Silver Star Fuji Xerox Minerva AFC Tokyo Gas Creators Tokyo MPD Eagles

Central Nojima Sagamihara Rise IBM Big Blue Obic Seagulls All Mitsubishi Lions Meiji Yasuda Penta-Ocean Pirates Bulls Football Club

West

Year Division 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

1997 West Matsushita Electric Works Impulse Sunstar Finies MYCAL Bears Osaka Black Eagles Iwatani Sidewinders Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers

1998 West Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers Matsushita Electric Works Impulse MYCAL Bears Iwatani Sidewinders Sunstar Finies Iuchi Black Eagles

1999 West Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers MYCAL Bears Matsushita Electric Works Impulse Kohaku Finies Iuchi Black Eagles Iwatani Sidewinders

2000 West Matsushita Electric Works Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers MYCAL Bears Kohaku Finies Iuchi Black Eagles Iwatani Sidewinders

2001 West Matsushita Electric Works Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers MYCAL Bears Iwatani Sidewinders Kohaku Finies AS ONE Black Eagles

2002 West Matsushita Denko Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Iwatani Sidewinders Hankyu Bruins Kohaku Finies

2003 West Matsushita Denko Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Naigai Denki Marvies Hankyu Bruins Iwatani Sidewinders

2004 West Matsushita Denko Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Naigai Denki Marvies Finies Football Club Hankyu Bruins

2005 West Matsushita Denko Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers Naigai Denki Marvies AS ONE Black Eagles Iwatani Sidewinders Kobe Finies

2006 West Matsushita Denko Impulse Nagai Denki Marvies Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers SRC Kobe Finies AS ONE Black Eagles Iwatani Sidewinders

2007 West Matsushita Denko Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers Naigai Denki Marvies AS ONE Black Eagles SRC Kobe Finies Nagoya Cyclones

2008 West Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers Panasonic Denko Impulse SRC Kobe Finies Naigai Denki Marvies Asahi Pretec Golden Fighters AS ONE Black Eagles

2009 West Panasonic Denko Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers Suita Marvies Elecom Kobe Finies Asahi Pretec Golden Fighters AS ONE Black Eagles

2010 West Panasonic Denko Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers Suita Marvies Elecom Kobe Finies AS ONE Black Eagles Nagoya Cyclones

2011 West Panasonic Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Elecom Kobe Finies Nagoya Cyclones Fuji Xerox J-Stars

2012 West Panasonic Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Elecom Kobe Finies Nagoya Cyclones Nishinomiya Bruins

2013 West Panasonic Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Elecom Kobe Finies Nishinomiya Bruins Nagoya Cyclones

2014 West Elecom Kobe Finies Panasonic Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Nagoya Cyclones Nishinomiya Bruins

2015 West Panasonic Impulse Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers Elecom Kobe Finies AS ONE Black Eagles Nagoya Cyclones Fuji Xerox J-Stars

2016 West Panasonic Impulse Elecom Kobe Finies Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Nagoya Cyclones Sidewinders

2017 West Panasonic Impulse Elecom Kobe Finies Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers AS ONE Black Eagles Nagoya Cyclones Club Hawkeye

Until 2008, the top 2 teams in each division qualified for the playoffs to the Japan X bowl known as the Final6. Starting 2009, the top 3 teams in each division qualified for the Super9 in the 2nd stage.

Playing venues[edit]

Stadium Location Capacity

East/Central Division

Kawasaki Stadium Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2,700

Yokohama Stadium Yokohama, Japan 20,000

Sagamihara Asamizo Park Stadium Minami-ku, Sagamihara 11,808

Amino Vital Field Chōfu, Tokyo 3,000

Akitsu Soccer Stadium Narashino, Chiba 2,100

Tokyo Dome Bunkyo, Tokyo 55,000

Oi Futo Central Seaside Park Field Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 5,000

Chiba Marine Stadium Chiba City, Chiba 30,082

Yurtec Stadium Sendai Sendai, Miyagi 19,694

Todoroki Athletics Stadium Kawasaki, Kanagawa 26,232

Sendai City Athletic Stadium Sendai, Miyagi 7,000

West Division

Expo Flash Field Suita, Osaka 3,000

Kobe Prince Stadium Nada-ku, Kobe 3,000

Nagai Stadium Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 47,816

Kincho Stadium Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 20,500

Minato Soccer Stadium Nagoya, Aichi 20,000

Tsurumi Ryokuchi Field Tsurumi-ku, Osaka 3,710

Osaka Nagai Second Stadium Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 15,000

Handa Athletics Stadium Handa, Aichi 9,074

Amagasaki Memorial Park Stadium Amagasaki, Hyogo 10,000

Suzuka Sports Garden Suzuka, Mie 3,300

Toyota Athletic Stadium Toyota, Aichi 5,500

Awards and honors[edit] All X-League Team[edit] Main article: All X-League Team Since 2000, the X-League honors outstanding players by electing them to the All X-League Team. 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players and 3 special team players are voted by the Head Coaches and 5 players on each of the 18 X1 teams to be selected for the team. X-League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award[edit] The X-League Most Valuable Player award (X-League MVP) is an award given to the Japanese American Football player who is considered most valuable to his team in the X-League. Started in 2012, the award was divided between the best player in each division until 2014 when one overall MVP was awarded.

Year Division Winner Position Team

2012 East Yasuhiro Maruta Running Back Kajima Deers

Central Noriaki Kinoshita Wide Receiver Obic Seagulls

West Ryohei Imanashi Cornerback Panasonic Impulse

2013 East Keiya Hiramoto Quarterback Fujitsu Frontiers

Central Noriaki Kinoshita Wide Receiver Obic Seagulls

West Tetsuo Takata Quarterback Panasonic Impulse

Year Winner Position Team

2014 Gino Gordon Running Back Fujitsu Frontiers

2015 Tetsuo Takata[2] Quarterback Panasonic Impulse

2016 Colby Cameron[3] Quarterback Fujitsu

2017 Benjamin Anderson[4] Quarterback Panasonic Impulse

X-League Rookie of the Year (ROY) award[edit] The X-League Rookie of the Year award (X-League ROY) is an award given to the player who is considered have made a big impact during his first year with his team. Started in 2012, the award was divided between the best player in each division until 2014 when one overall ROY was awarded.

Year Division Winner Position Team

2012 East Kohei Arai Center Kajima Deers

Central Kevin Craft Quarterback IBM Big Blue

West Hisashi Kurokawa Offensive Tackle Panasonic Impulse

2013 East Jinpei Yoshimoto Wide Receiver Fujitsu Frontiers

Central Kealakai Maiava Offensive Tackle Obic Seagulls

West David Motu Linebacker Panasonic Impulse

Year Winner Position Team

2014 Colby Cameron Quarterback Fujitsu Frontiers

2015 Mason Mills Quarterback Asahi Beer Silver Star

2016 Devin Gardner Quarterback Nojima Sagamihara Rise

2017 Taku Li Running Back Obic Seagulls

X-League Fairplay award[edit] Since 2012, the X-League Fairplay award is awarded to the team that had accumulated the least amount of penalties during the regular season.

Year Division Team

2012 West Panasonic Impulse

2013 Central All Mitsubishi Lions

2014 East Hurricanes (X-League)

2015 Central Hurricanes (X-League)

2016 East Keishichou Eagles

2017 East Keishichou Eagles

Team names[edit]

Silver Star → Asahi Beer Silver Star Matsushita Electric Works Impulse → Panasonic Electric Works Impulse Kohoku Finies → Sunstar Finies → Kohoku Finies → Finies Football Club → Kobe Finies → SRC Kobe Finies → Elecom Kobe Finies Recruit Seagulls → Seagulls → Obic Seagulls NEC Falcons (dissolved in 1997) Renown Rovers (dissolved in 2003) Onward Oaks → Onward Skylarks(Combined with Skylark Skylarks in 2001) → Onward Oaks (dissolved in 2009)→ Sagamihara Rise (Remnants of the Onward Oaks formed a new team called the Sagamihara Rise (same uniforms and colors, although different logo) and played one level down in the X2 league through the 2010 season. They subsequently won the challenge game against the Renesas Hurricanes to move back up to X1 in December 2010, and will play again in the X1 Central Division for the 2011 season, with the Hurricanes moving down to X2)

References[edit]

^ "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.  ^ Marantz, Ken (November 30, 2017). "Panasonic QB Anderson named MVP; Impulse, Frontiers lead All X-League selections with 7 each". xleague.com. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official website Japan's X-League Runs with the Ball X League's Road to the Rice Bowl American Football in Japan

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X-League

X1 - East Division

Fujitsu Frontiers 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 & Co., Ltd. Seagulls Club Steelers Marubeni Cougars

X3 - West Division A

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 X Bowl Rice Bowl

See also

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

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Collegiate American Football in 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 X Koshien Legacy Mirage Pearl Pine Rice Tokyo Western Japan

People

Masafumi Kawaguchi Joe Roth Paul Rusch David Stant

Seasons

2015 2016 2017

Major Venues

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

See also

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

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Top-level American football leagues of Asia

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

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Kansai Collegiate American Football League

Teams

Bukkyo Hawks Doshisha Wild Rover Hyogo Trail Blazers Kansai Kaisers Kansai Gaidai Lynx Kindai Devils KIT Cougars Kobe Ravens Kobe Gakuin Navy Seals Konan Red Gang Kyoto Gakuen Dare Devils Kwansei Gakuin Fighters Kyoto Gangsters Kyoto Pharmaceutical Scarlet Knights Kyoto Prefectural Wyverns Kyoto University of Education Grampus Kyoto Sangyo Sagittarius Momoyama Gakuin Thundering Legion Lions Okayama Badgers OIT Rowdies Osaka Tridents Osaka City Golden Cedars Osaka Gakuin Phoenix Osaka Kyoiku Dragons Osaka Prefecture Shrikes Osaka Sangyo Lions Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences Spartans Otemon Gakuin Soldiers OUE Bombers Ritsumeikan Panthers Ryukoku Seahorse Shiga Gladiators Tenri Crushing Orcs Tottori Rakers University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences Voyagers Wakayama Blind Sharks Setsunan Blue Crush Hannan Fighting Bears Kibi International Fortifiers OECU Black Angels Osaka Arts Vipers Tokushima Pirates Hyogo College of Medicine Siegfried KUFS Fightin` Bulldogs Ōtani Bandits Tezukayama Bisons Kobe International Crimson Knights Kyoto Seika Gawks Okayama University of Science Gators Osaka University of Economics and Law Blue Thunders OUC Steelers 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 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

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Rice Bowl Game

National Stadium 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 2

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