Founded in 1921, the Japanese football association is one of the most active members of our global football family. After joining FIFA in 1929, the new member achieved its first tournament victory twelve months later in the Far Eastern Games - a triumph that was to be repeated at various other events. The association has often excelled in the role of host. An exhaustive list of all of the tournaments would be impossible; suffice it to say that it has hosted all of the types of football recognised by FIFA. The Japan
Football Association played an exemplary role in founding its own league (JSL) in 1965 that is still thriving today in a variety of forms. The Japanese association supervises 47 regional associations and coordinates their demands and needs. Having organised various FIFA competitions at world level, starting with the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 1979, reaching a climax with the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan
, and including the FIFA Club World Cup that has been regularly held in Japan
since 2005, the Japan
Football Association is the most active FIFA member in this respect.