Club History

Outline

The Kofu Soccer Club was founded in 1965 when Kofu Daiichi High School OB based
Soccer club called Kakujo Club started to recruit graduates of other high schools with the intension of moving on to Japan Soccer League (JSL). The club is also the original member of newly formed JSL Division 2 in 1972. Even though the club had financial and staffing difficulties, they performed well in national scale.
In 1995, name of the club had changed to “VENTFORET KOFU”.(VFK)
In 1997, Ventforet Yamanashi Sports Club Inc. was established.
In 1998, the last year of Japan football league(JFL), VFK achieved their best ever performance by placing 4th.
In 1999, VFK joined newly creates J-League Division 2.
In 2000, VFK faced a crisis of continuation with worst season ever. (19 game losing streak which is a record for the J-league.)
Meanwhile, VFK received lots of support even from beyond the border of Yamanashi prefecture and rebuilding of the company began in 2001.
VFK was able to continue, and by the end of 2002, financial problem was solved.
In 2005, VFK finished 3rd. in J-league division 2(J2), and moved on to division 1(J1) for the first time. They managed to play in J1 for 2 years before being relegated.
For the next 2 seasons, VFK played in J2 and finally came back to J1 in 2010.
But VFK ended up with 16th places, and straight back to J2 in one year.
In 2012, with strong will of promotion pack to J1, VFK established a new record of the longest not losing streak (24 consecutive games), result the 1st place in J2.
In 2013 and 2014, VFK had pressure of continuously staying in J1. With head coach
Mr. Jofuku, VFK remained in J1.
In 2015, with new head coach Mr. Higuchi, VFK could not win for many games, so VFK decided to change head coach in the middle of the season. (Second time in the team history)
With new head coach also general manager Mr. Sakuma, VFK started to win, and kept to stay in J1 for 3 consecutive years.
In 2016, Mr. Sakuma continued to stay as a head coach. Even though, many players had suffer from injuries and loss of ace striker, VFK maintained in J1 for 4 consecutive seasons.
In 2017, VFK is challenging to 8th year (total) in J1.

Outline

1965 Kofu Club was founded when the Kofu-based Dai-ichi High School soccer club called Kakujo Club started to recruit graduates of other high schools
1967 Enter the Kanto Soccer League as Kofu Soccer Club
All Japan Senior Football Championship, 4th place
1968 All Japan Senior Football Championship, 3rd place
1969 All Japan Senior Football Championship, 1st place (against Urawa Club)
JSL Promotion/Demotion Series against Nittsu, First Round 0-2, Second Round 0-1
1970 All Japan Senior Football Championship, 2nd place
JSL Promotion/Demotion Series against NKK Soccer Club, First Round 0-4 Second Round 0-3
1972 Enter JSL Division 2
JSL Division 2, 3rd place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 2nd round
1973 JSL Division 2, 2nd place
JSL Promotion/Demotion Series against NKK Soccer Club, First Round 1-2, Second Round 2-2
1974 JSL Division 2, 5th place
1975 JSL Division 2, 7th place
1976 JSL Division 2, 8th place
1977 JSL Division 2, 5th place
1978 JSL Division 2, 3rd place
1979 JSL Division 2, 8th place
1980 JSL Division 2, 9th place
J. League Promotion/Demotion Series against Furukawa-Chiba, First Round 1-2, Second Round 4-1
1981 JSL Division 2, 9th place
J. League Promotion/Demotion Series against Denden-Kinki, First Round 1-0, Second Round 1-0
1982 JSL Division 2, 8th place
1983 JSL Division 2, 8th place
1984 JSL Division 2, 10th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 1st round
1985 JSL Division 2, 4th place
1986 SL Division 2, 7th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 1st round
1987 JSL Division 2, 13th place
1988 JSL Division 2, 9th place
1989 JSL Division 2, 12th place
1990 JSL Division 2, 12th place
1991 JSL Division 2, 13th place
1992 JFL Division 2, 7th place
1993 JFL Division 2, 9th place
JFL Promotion/Demotion Series against Denso, 2-1
1994 JFL, 14th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 2nd round
1995 change club name to Ventforet Kofu
JFL, 9th place
1996 JFL, 11th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 2nd round
1997 JFL, 6th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 3rd round
February 7th: creation of Ventforet Yamanashi Sports Club Inc.
1998 JFL, 4th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round
1999 J.League Division 2 (J2), 10th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 2nd round
2000 J2, 11th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round
2001 J2, 12th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 3rd round
2002 J2, 7th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 3rd round
2003 J2, 5th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round
2004 J2, 7th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round (the 3rd round is the first round)
2005 J2, 3rd place
J. League Promotion/Demotion Series against Kashiwa Reysol, First Round 2-1, Second Round 6-2
Promotion to J.League Division 1 (J1)
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round (the 3rd round is the first round)
2006 J1, 15th place
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, defeated in pool play
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in quarter finals (the 4th round is the first round)
2007 J1, 17th place
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, defeated in final tournament quarter-final
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 5th round (the 4th round is the first round)
2008 J2, 7th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round (the 3rd round is the first round)
2009 J2, 4th place
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round (the 2nd round is the first round)
2010 J2, 2nd place
Promoted to J1
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 3rd round (the 2nd round is the first round)
2011 J1, 16th place
Relegate to J2
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, defeated in 1st round
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 3rd round (the 2nd round is the first round)
2012 J2, 1st place (first time champion)
Promoted to J1
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 2nd round (the 2nd round is the first round)
2013 J1, 15th place
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, defeated in pool play
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in quarter finals (the 2nd round is the first round)
2014 J1, 13th place
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, defeated in pool play
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round (the 2nd round is the first round)
2015 J1, 13th place
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, defeated in pool play
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 4th round (the 2nd round is the first round)
2016 J1, 14th place
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup(Levain Cup), defeated in pool play
Emperor’s Cup, defeated in 2nd round (the 2nd round is the first round)