The 98th Emperor’s Cup
The 98th Emperor’s Cup
26 May 2018 - 24 December 2018


Tournament Name

Emperor's Cup JFA 98th Japan Football Championship

Host Organisation

Japan Football Association (JFA)
Japan Professional Football League (J.League)


NHK / Kyodo News
*Additionally for games of first round to quarter-finals, it will be cosponsored by News Paper company who is member of Kyodo News located in the prefecture of the game venue.

Host Association

Prefectural Football Associations

Official Sponsor

JFA Youth & Development Official Partner

NIKE Japan Corp.

JFA Youth & Development Official Supporter

TOYOTA Motor Corporation , NICHIBAN CO., LTD. , Meiji Co., Ltd.

JFA Youth & Development Official Provider

Molten Corporation

Tournament Regulation

Knock-out system (Entry of 88 teams)

Entry Clubs

J1 18 Clubs, J2 22 Clubs, 1 Seeded amateur team (Ryutsu Keizai University), 47 teams representing prefecture


[First Round]
Sat. 26 May, Sun. 27 May ・Seeded teams and Prefectural representative teams

[Second Round]
Wed. 6 June ・Participating teams include teams from the J.League Division 1 and Division 2

[Third Round]
Wed. 11 July

[Round 16 (Fourth Round)]
Wed. 22 August

Wed. 24 October, Wed. 21 November

Wed. 5 December Sun. 16 December

Sun. 9 December Mon. 24 December

Prize Money

Champion: 150,000,000 yen (excluding tax)
Runnrer-up: 50,000,000 yen (excluding tax)
Third-place: 20,000,000 yen (excluding tax) *per club

Emperor's Cup JFA Japan Football Championship by Year

JFA Youth & Development Programme(JYD)

  • JFA Youth & Development Programme(JYD)


The JFA Ideal

Through football, we realise the full benefits that sports can bring to our lives
the soundness of our bodies, the expansion of our minds,
and the enrichment of our societies.

The JFA Ideal, Vision, Values