KEIO UNIV. SOCCER TEAM
Established in 1921, Keio university`s soccer team was first known as the Keio Blue Soccer and was later renamed Keio Associational Football Club. In 1927 it was officially renamed Keio Soccer Club and entered the athletic department of Keio. “Keio Soccer Club” was named after “soccer”, which was not such a popular name to call the sport at that time because the more popular name of the game “football” was used by the Keio rugby football team that has the proud history since 1889.Our first captain thought that if our club is named football club it would be hard to distinguish both clubs. Now, “SOCCER” is pronounced with a British accent not an American one. Our club has won the Kanto college soccer league 7 times, the Japanese college Nationals 3 times, The Japanese Emperor`s cup 9 times.
Our soccer club is now in the division one league of the Kanto Men`s University Football League which is said to be the best Men’s University football league in Japan. We have 295 student, 2 medical staffs, and 3 coaching staffs taking part in our program. Yoshimasa Suda who has coached the Japanese Futsal national team from 2001 to 2002, has been the head coach of our club since 2011 with the support of Tamio Fukui the genaral manager. Professor Tomita Masaru who teachs at our university`s Facuilty of Environmental and Information Studies is in charge of the soccer club.
THIS YEAR’S ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEM
The goal for this is year’s team is “Kyoso”. “Kyoso is a homonym in Japanese which means working together and competing with each other. Our club has two mottos. One is ” independence and self-respect” which is a famous word said by our school founder Yukichi Fukuzawa .The other is “practice makes impossibile, possible” which was quoted by Shinzou Koizumi the legendary former principle of Keio.