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Looking back on the Kikuko Okajima chair in the first year of the WE League

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So, with the WE League's Kikuko Okajima chair, we will look back on the first year of the league's opening and the efforts made by the WE League, and talk about future prospects in detail.

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Japan Women's Professional Soccer League

Japan Women's Professional Soccer League(Nihonjo Professional Soccer League,English: Japan Women's Empowerment Professional Football League[1]) IsJapan OfWomen's footballIt is a professional league.Japan Football Association (JFA)When,Japan Women's Professional Soccer LeagueSponsored by.Abbreviation isWE League(British: WE LEAGUE[2].

Bead cushion brandyogiboExpandWeb sharkConcluded a title partner contract with the company, "Yogibo WE LeagueName[3].


Japan Football AssociationIn (JFA), as a conventional women's soccer league matchJapan Women's Soccer League(Nadeshiko League) has been held, but further development of thisProfessional soccer playerThe idea is to establish a new team-based league.2019In September, the originalJapan national soccer team(Nadeshiko Japan) Director and JFA DirectorNorio SasakiLaunched "Ladies' New League Establishment Preparation Room"[4]As a result of examination,2020It announced the establishment of the league in June. Became the first representative director in July 6Kikuko OkajimaWas appointed[5].. The name of the representative director is "chair".

The league name "WE" is an abbreviation for "Women Empowerment", and the JFA also shows the idea of ​​"through women's soccer and sports, contributing to the realization and development of a society in which each and every one of us shines with diversity of dreams and ways of life." ing[2]..Initially, the number of participating teams is assumed to be about 6 to 10, and we will adopt an expansion type (expansion type) that only accepts new entrants without demoting for several years until the league or club stabilizes.[2][6]..The schedule is an autumn-spring system that starts in September and ends in May, and is a brute force system for all teams using a home and away system.

The Nadeshiko League will continue to be the “Amateur Top League” even after the WE League is launched.[6].

As of July 2021, 7, the operating organization (corporation)InstituteからPublic interest group corporation corporationMoved to[7].

Founding philosophy and significance

In establishing the WE League, we have set the following four significances based on the philosophy of "Through women's soccer and sports, we will contribute to the realization and development of a society where each and every one of us is full of diversity in dreams and ways of life."[8].

  1. Leading the Japanese women's active society.
  2. "Women" in JapanProfessional sportsTo take root.
  3. JapaneseWomen's footballContribute to the development of.
  4. Nadeshiko JapanTo be the best in the world again.


Since 11 teams will play in the first year of entry, there will inevitably be some teams that do not play each section.Therefore, in the WE League, the day when there is no match is designated as "WE ACTION DAY", and activities are carried out toward the realization of a diverse society, which is the philosophy of the WE League.[9][10].

The opening day, September 2021, 9Jeff United Ichihara/Chiba LadiesIs the target team, and online entitled "What is a society where each person shines?"In-Depth DiscussionsAnd home stadiumFukuda Electronic ArenaCleaned up the area[10].

In addition, soccer classes for boys and girls are also available at each club.handicappedForParasportsAppearance in hands-on events, gender societySustainable development goalsThere are plans to engage in hometown volunteer activities as an initiative to achieve the (SDGs).[11]

Club list

Entry requirements

The following requirements are required to enter the WE League[8].

  • More than 50% of the officers and employees who make up the operating corporation are women.
  • At least one of the decision-makers should be female (preferably a director or above).
  • Conclude contracts with 5 or more professional A contract players and 10 or more professional B / C contract players.
  • The directorJFA / S class(Or equivalent to S grade), JFA / A-Pro instructor qualification.Or those who are taking the S-class qualification training course (however, only for women).
  • Have U-18, U-15, U-12 teams (however, U-18 teams must be owned within 3 years of enrollment. U-12 can be replaced by a school or clinic).

Background of selection

20206/3Announce details about application for membership[12].

20207/31When the application for membership was closed, 17 organizations submitted applications for membership in this league.[12]..The breakdown isNadeshiko LeagueFrom 12 clubs,J LeagueThere are 8 clubs, 5 clubs that are not affiliated with the Nadeshiko League or the J League, and 3 clubs that are participating in the J League but have a new female team (with duplication).[13].

20208/23A screening selection committee was set up with outside experts, and after a total of four discussions, 4 clubs based on the screening results were recommended to the WE League board of directors.[14].

202010/15At the "WE League Entry Club Announcement Press Conference", it was announced that the application for membership of 11 clubs was approved.[15][16].

Entry club

Club name[Note 1]HeadquartersPrevious league
Mynavi Sendai LadiesMiyagiNadeshiko part 1
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies[Note 2]Saitama
Omiya Ardija VENTUS[Note 3]Newly established[Note 4]
Chifure AS Elfen SaitamaNadeshiko part 2
Jeff United Ichihara/Chiba LadiesChibaNadeshiko part 1
Nippon TV Tokyo BelezaTokyo
Nojimastella Kanagawa SagamiharaKanagawa
AC Nagano Pulceiro Ladies NaganoNadeshiko part 2
Albirex Niigata LadiesNiigataNadeshiko part 1
INAC Kobe LeonessaHyogo
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Regina[Note 5]HiroshimaNewly established
  1. ^ Order and name at the time of entry announcement (Clubs that changed the team name after entry are supplemented)
  2. ^ Renamed from Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies[17]
  3. ^ Renamed from Omiya Ardija[18]
  4. ^ Nadeshiko 2nd part ・FC Jumonji VENTUSThe mother
  5. ^ Renamed from Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC[19]

Club that was sent off

Of the six clubs that have been postponed, the following are known.

In addition, it is known that the application for participation has been postponed as follows.


WE League used for player admission and ceremoniesAnthemAs,ギ タ リ ス ト OfMichiya Haruhata(TUBE) Decided to produce "WE PROMISE"[25][26]..HaruhataJ LeagueOfficial theme song "J'S THEMEIs also working.

Organizers and sponsors


Supporting organization

List of supporting organizations

Sponsor category typeContract start yearSupporting organization name
Title partner2021Web shark (2021-22 seasonFrom 2 seasons)[27]
Official Broadcasting PartnerDAZN (2021-22 season to 8 seasons)[27]
Gold Partner / Grass Roots PartnerDaihatsu industry[28]
Silver partnerPlenus[29]
Asahi Kasei Home Products[30]
Reckitt Benkiesser Japan[31]
B's International[32]
Parsol Group
(Persol Holdings,Persol Tempstaff,Persol carrier)[33]
2022TRE Holdings[34]
Official supplier2021B's International[32]
Official Equipment PartnerMolten[35]
Official Ticketing PartnerPia (Ticket Pia)[36]

TV broadcasting and online distribution results


  • 2021 JOC Sports Award Women's Sports Award[39]

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  2. ^ a b c Japan's first women's professional soccer league opens in the fall of 2021 The name is decided to be "WE League"! -Japan Football Association, June 2020, 6
  3. ^ "Concluded a WE League title partner contract with Web Shark Co., Ltd. (Yogibo) -Starting as Yogibo WE League on September 9!". WE League(July 2021, 7). https://weleague.jp/news/217/ 2021/7/9Browse. 
  4. ^ Mr. Sasaki appointed as the director of the "New Women's League Establishment Preparation Room" Japan Football Association -Mainichi Newspaper・September 2019, 9
  5. ^ Kikuko Okajima appointed "new step" as WE League ChairNikkan Sports April 2020, 7
  6. ^ a b Japan's first women's professional soccer league "WE League" will open in the fall of 2021 -Japan Football Association, June 2020, 6
  7. ^ "Japan Women's Professional Soccer League transitions to a public interest incorporated association from July 7st today". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 7). 2021/7/1Browse.
  8. ^ a b "About the establishment of the Japan Women's Professional Soccer League”(Japanese). JFA | Japan Football Association (September 2020, 6). 2021/4/16Browse.
  9. ^ "Activities for the realization of the philosophy "WE ACTION" About the club's "WE ACTION" for visualization of the current situation and realization of the philosophy". Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 9). 2021/9/13Browse.
  10. ^ a b "No match at the opening of WE League Chiba, online discussion on Philosophy Promotion Day". Sports Nippon (September 2021, 9). 2021/9/13Browse.
  11. ^ NEWS
  12. ^ a b "WE League, 17 groups apply for membership”. Japan Football Association (September 2020, 8). 2020/10/15Browse.
  13. ^ "WE League accepts application for membership of 17 groups Hiroshima and other new players enter ... Participating teams announced this fall”. Football ZONE WEB (April 2020, 8). 2021/3/13Browse.
  14. ^ "WE League announces entry club tomorrow 10/15 Live broadcast of press conference from 14:XNUMX”. Japan Football Association (September 2020, 10). 2020/10/15Browse.
  15. ^ "11 clubs to enter the first year of "WE League" have been decided !! New clubs from Omiya and Hiroshima will also participate"Gexaka", October 2020, 10.2020/10/15Browse.
  16. ^ "WE League approves membership application for 11 clubs”. Japan Football Association (September 2020, 10). 2020/12/4Browse.
  17. ^ "Urawa Reds Ladies Team Name ("Name") Determined”. Urawa Reds Ladies (March 2021, 3). 2021/3/8Browse.
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  19. ^ ""Sanfrecce Hiroshima Regina" Women's Professional Team Name Decision Notice”. Sanfrecce Hiroshima (July 2021, 3). 2021/3/8Browse.
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  22. ^ "[Iga FC Kunoichi Mie] WE League Admission Examination Results – Iga FC Kunoichi Mie". www.igafc.jp. 2021/4/17Browse.
  23. ^ "Unfortunately. .. Zero Blog | Hiroso Real Estate Co., Ltd.”(Japanese). ZERO Blog | Hiroso Real Estate Co., Ltd.. 2021/4/17Browse.
  24. ^ "Women's professional soccer "WE League" Ehime FCL did not apply”(Japanese). Ehime Shimbun. 2021/4/17Browse.
  25. ^ "The WE League anthem is composed by Michiya Haruhata. The title is decided to be "WE PROMISE" -The teaser video is released today! ~". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 8). 2021/9/3Browse.
  26. ^ "Michiya Haruhata's "WE PROMISE" has been selected as the official anthem for Japan's first women's professional soccer league "WE League"! Michiya Haruhata | Sony Music Official Site”(Japanese). Michiya Haruhata | Sony Music (September 2020, 8). 2021/9/3Browse.
  27. ^ a b "The tournament name will be "Yogibo WE League" !! Broadcast on DAZN”(Japanese). Gexaka (September 2021, 7). 2021/7/5Browse.
  28. ^ "Daihatsu and WE League sign "Glass Roots Partner" contract Together, support the dream of a soccer girl by staying close to the community". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 3). 2021/7/8Browse.
  29. ^ "PLENUS and WE League sign "Silver Partner" contract". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 3). 2021/7/8Browse.
  30. ^ "Asahi Kasei Home Products and WE League sign "Silver Partner" contract". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 4). 2021/7/8Browse.
  31. ^ "Reckitt Benkeiser Japan Co., Ltd. and WE League sign "Silver Partner" contract "Medicut" that supports women's legs supports WE Leaguers". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 6). 2021/7/8Browse.
  32. ^ a b "B's International and WE League sign "official supplier" contract "X-girl" provides uniforms to WE clubs". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 4). 2021/7/8Browse.
  33. ^ "Signed "Silver Partner" contract with Parsol". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 8). 2021/8/20Browse.
  34. ^ "Signed "Silver Partner" contract with TRE Holdings". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2022, 3). 2022/3/4Browse.
  35. ^ "Concluded an official equipment partner contract with Molten Corporation". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 9). 2021/9/10Browse.
  36. ^ "Concluded an official ticketing partner contract with Pia Corporation-WE League official ticket site "WE League Ticket" opened-". WE League | Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 8). 2021/9/3Browse.
  37. ^ "Broadcast rights contract with Japan's first women's professional "WE League" DAZN "Terrestrial broadcasting is also under negotiation"". Nikkan Sports (September 2021, 7). 2021/7/5Browse.
  38. ^ a b c "2021-22 Yogibo WE League Section 1 DAZN and DAZN All games will be streamed on YouTube!Live terrestrial broadcasting on Asahi Television and Nippon Television is also decided". Women Empowerment League (September 2021, 9). 2021/9/7Browse.
  39. ^ "WE League wins "Reiwa XNUMXrd JOC Sports Award Women's Sports Award"”(Japanese). WE League official website (September 2022, 6). 2022/6/21Browse.

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