are a football club based in Kariya
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, Aichi Prefecture
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, Japan. They play in the Tokai Regional League Division 1. Their team colours are white and red.
The club was founded in 1949 as Nippon Denso
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Soccer Club. They mainly played in the Tōkai
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Regional League; Kariya was already represented in the Japan Soccer League
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by the club belonging to Toyota Industries
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(not to be confused with nearby Toyota Motors, which is the club that became Nagoya Grampus
are a Japanese association football club that play in the J. League. Based in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture and originally founded as the company team of the Toyota Motor Corp...
Nippon Denso were finally promoted to the Japan Football League in 1996. They played thire first JFL season under new name DENSO Soccer Club because of the change of their owner's name.
DENSO relinquished the ownership at the end of the 2005 season and non-profit organisation Kaeru Sports Club took over. Their name F.C. Kariya was chosen from entries from the public. Despite this change of ownership, F.C. Kariya did not show much ambition for J. League
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status in subsequent campaigns, and finished in 17th place on the 2009 season of the Japan Football League
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, being relegated back to the Tokai Regional League after losing a promotion/relegation series to the more ambitious Zweigen Kanazawa
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They play their home games mainly at Kariya Municipal Athletic Park but Toyohashi City Iwata General Ballgame Stadium and Nagoya City Port Soccer Stadium are also used a couple of times a year. They practice at Denso Ikeda Factory ground which is not open for the public because it is in Denso's factory site.
F.C. Kariya's shirt features the red sash (or Aka Dasuki
in Japanese). This design was originally adopted by Kariya High School's soccer club who introduced the sport to the area in the Taishō period
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. Because of this, the red sash is regarded as the symbolic design of Kariya's football.
Results in JFL
1996: (The former JFL 15th)
1997: (The former JFL 13th)
1998: (The former JFL 10th)
2009: 17th (relegated after losing test matches)