How to watch the Emperor’s Cup (JFA All-Japan Soccer Championship) tournament? Introducing TV broadcasts, live/net distribution schedules, and free viewing methods

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How can I watch the JFA All Japan Football Championship Tournament and the Emperor’s Cup? We will also introduce the TV broadcast, live online distribution schedule, and how to watch the match for free in the article. The Emperor’s Cup JFA All-Japan Soccer Championship is a tournament that determines the pinnacle of Japan’s men’s soccer, and everyone from amateurs to professional soccer clubs can participate, and the event is full of ups and downs, so you can enjoy very thrilling matches.


How to watch the Emperor’s Cup Soccer Cup on SKY PerfecTV!

SKY PerfecTV is the best in the Emperor’s Cup soccer tournament. The main ones are SKY PerfecTV! and NHK General. The J.League has three types of withdrawals: the league, the YBC Levain Cup (domestic cup), and the Emperor’s Cup, as well as the ACL Champions League, but please note that the viewing method for each is different.

Meiji Yasuda Life J1, J2, J3 LeagueDAZN, NHK BS1, NHK General, local stations
YBC Levain CupSKY PerfecTV, FOD Premium, SPOOX
emperor’s cupSKY PerfecTV, NHK General

Broadcast on NHK

The Emperor’s Cup is sponsored by NHK, and the final and semi-finals can be watched for free on NHK General and NHK-BS. This can be said to be an annual tradition. It’s free and you can watch it without creating an account or logging in, so it’s quick, but it’s a program with only two games.

SKY PerfecTV! is the most recommended

SKY PerfecTV! is the most recommended. SKY PerfecTV! To watch the Emperor’s Cup and Levain Cup on Sky PerfecTV!, you need to subscribe to Soccer Set! You can trial the soccer set for 0 yen for the first month. You can watch for a monthly fee of 2,480 yen + basic fee of 429 yen. If you create an account and subscribe to the product set now, you can watch all matches of the German Bundesliga. Please apply from the page below. You can also view rankings, results, and match schedules on your tablet or app.



You can watch the match on “Soccer LIVE,” a soccer specialty channel provided by the Internet distribution service SPOOX. Since it is an internet distribution service, you can watch it on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or Fire TV Stick.

What is the Emperor’s Cup?

The Emperor’s Cup is a soccer tournament founded in 1921, making it a traditional event with a long history. Until 2013, the rule was that the final was always held at the National Stadium, but due to renovations to the stadium, the timing and venue were changed for a while. However, from 2019, it will be held again at the National Stadium. The winning team will qualify for the AFC Champions League, so this competition is a great motivation for J.League clubs.

Participation qualifications and tournament format

Teams that are registered in Type 1 with the Japan Football Association are eligible to participate in the Emperor’s Cup. Type 1 registration refers to teams made up of players without age restrictions, and does not refer to professional teams. In other words, amateur clubs have the advantage of being able to participate, but they must win the local tournament.

88 teams will be in the final round

It is not possible for all teams to suddenly participate in the tournament. Teams registered in Type 1 with JFA actually have several matches, so it would be very confusing if all teams were to participate in the main tournament. Therefore, we have prepared a qualifying tournament. That is the local tournament of each prefecture. The 47 teams that won the regional tournament, 20 J1 club teams, 22 J2 club teams, and 1 amateur seeded team will be able to participate in this tournament. By the way, J3 teams are not seeded for the Emperor’s Cup, so they must win through the prefectural qualifying rounds.

Held on weekdays until the quarterfinals

Games up to the quarterfinals will be held on weekdays. This is because the J League, a professional soccer league, is organized mainly on Saturdays and Sundays. However, the semi-finals held in late December and the finals held on New Year’s Day will be held on weekends or holidays. In addition, the format of the tournament is a one-shot tournament, and it is necessary to win seven rounds from the first round to the final.

J1 and J2 teams will participate from the second round

J1 and J2 teams will appear from the second round onwards. The first round is basically played by amateur teams and J3 teams. From the third round onwards, it will be a regular tournament where the winning teams play against each other, making it a one-shot battle.

Is it possible for high school students to participate?

Can high school teams participate in the Emperor’s Cup? Speaking of which, you can’t. Under the current tournament format, high school teams are no longer allowed to participate. This is because the tournament format has changed since 2014. Until then, there were many games in which high school teams and other teams gave J. League clubs a hard time. High school teams often beat adult teams.

How to watch the Emperor’s Cup

The Emperor’s Cup is sometimes broadcast on terrestrial television, but SKY PerfecTV is broadcasting it live. For more information, please refer to the article below.

ChannelPlanSoccer ContentsURL
DAZN3750national team
major europe leagues
J League
Hulu¥1026french league
dutch league
WOWOW2530UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
ABEMA TV¥960national team
World Cup
Premier League
scottish league
スカパー¥429 + ¥2480national team
emperor’s cup soccer
J SPORTS1100fifa world youthJ SPORTS