Although the official English name of the Japan Football Association uses the term football, the term sakkā (サッカー), derived from soccer, is much more commonly used than futtobōru (フットボール). The JFAs Japanese name is Nippon Sakkā Kyōkai.
What is Japanese Kemari?
Kemari is a ball game that is said to have come from China to Japan during the Yamato period approximately 1,400 years ago. There are no winners or losers in this game, the objective of the game being simply to pass the ball to fellow players.
What was the original name of soccer?
association football The word soccer comes from the use of the term association football in Britain and goes back 200 years. In the early 1800s, a bunch of British universities took football — a medieval game — and started playing their own versions of it, all under different rules.
The game was influenced by the Chinese sport of Cuju (the very earliest form of football). The sport was introduced to Japan about 600, during the Asuka period. Nowadays, it is played in Shinto shrines for festivals.