Japan American Football Association Rice Bowl (Social v Student Era) 1984-2020

Japan American Football Association Logo
Japan American Football Association Logo {References: 1]
BowlYearUniversity Team Social Team (X-League) 
371984Kyoto University Gangsters29Renown Lowverse28
381985Nihon University Phoenix53Renown Lowverse21
391986Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters42Renown Lowverse45
401987Kyoto University Gangsters35Renown Lowverse34
411988Kyoto University Gangsters42Renown Lowverse8
421989Nihon University Phoenix47Renown Lowverse7
431990Nihon University Phoenix42Silver Star14
441991Nihon University Phoenix35Matsushita Electric Works Pulse13
451992Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters6Onward Oaks28
461993Kyoto University Gangsters20Silver Star29
471994Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters23Silver Star28
481995Ritsumeikan University Panthers14Matsushita Electric Works Pulse16
491996Kyoto University Gangsters35Matsushita Electric Works Pulse21
501997Kyoto University Gangsters16Recruit Seagulls19
511998Hosei University Tomahawks0Kajima Deers39
521999Ritsumeikan University Panthers16Recruit Seagulls30
532000Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters17Asahi Beer Silver Star33
542001Hosei University Tomahawks13Asahi Beverage Challengers52
552002Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters30Asahi Beverage Challengers27
562003Ritsumeikan University Panthers36Seagulls13
572004Ritsumeikan University Panthers28Onward Skylarks16
582005Ritsumeikan University Panthers7Matsushita Electric Works Pulse26
592006Hosei University Tomahawks17Orbic Seagulls47
602007Hosei University Tomahawks29Onward Skylarks30
612008Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters38Matsushita Electric Works Pulse52
622009Ritsumeikan University Panthers17Panasonic Electric Works Impulse13
632010Kansai University Keizers16Kajima Deers19
642011Ritsumeikan University Panthers0Orbic Seagulls24
652012Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters28Orbic Seagulls38
662013Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters15Orbic Seagulls21
672014Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters16Orbic Seagulls34
682015Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters24Fujitsu Frontiers31
692016Ritsumeikan University Panthers19Panasonic Impulse22
702017Kaikyo Great Fighters13Fujitsu Frontiers30
712018Nihon University Phoenix9Fujitsu Frontiers37
722019Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters17Fujitsu Frontiers52
732020Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters 14 Fujitsu Frontiers 38
[References: 1-2]

Composite Table – University Teams (12 Wins)

Kyoto University Gangsters642
Nihon University Phoenix541
Ritsumeikan University Panthers835
Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters13112
Hosei University Tomahawks404
Kanai University Keizers101
Reference: Compiled from [1][2]

Composite Table – Social Teams (24 Wins)

Recruit Seagulls / Seagulls / Orbic Seagulls871
Matsushita Electric Works Pulse / Panasonic Electric Works Impulse / Panasonic Impulse743
Fujitsu Frontiers550
Silver Star / Asahi Beer Silver Star431
Kajima Deers220
Renown Lowverse615
Asahi Beverage Challengers211
Onward Skylarks211
Onward Oaks110
Reference: Compiled from [1][2]


The Rice Bowl is the pinnacle of American Football in Japan, the first 36 editions were a University All-Star Game, between East and West with 24 wins for Kanto and 12 for Kansai [1].Beginning in 1984 it has was played between the winners of the University Championship and the winners of the X-Bowl (Social Championship). [1] During the Social v University Era it always took place on the 3rd of January. [2-3]

Recruit / Orbic Seagulls were the most succesful team in the Social v University Era, winning 7 Rice Bowls, and Fujitsu Frontiers second with 5 victories, and Matsushita Electric Works / Panasonic & winning four each. The most successful University sides have been Kyoto University Gangsters & Nihon University Phoenix with four apeice. The most finals appearances belongs to Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters with 13 appearances in total, although with only one victory, including 6 losses in the last 9 years. [2-3]

With Ritsumeikan University Panthers the last University team to win in 2009, and the risk to students, who are younger and less experienced than the X-League teams, all of whom would boast American Professional imports at star positions, the Rice Bowl became from 2021 onwards an X-League only Final. [2-3]



[1] Japan American Football Association (2021) jafa_banner [Internet] Available from: https://ricebowl.americanfootball.jp/wp-content/themes/theme1424/images/jafa_banner.png [Accessed 3 May 2021]


[2] Japan American Football Association (2021) Past Records [Internet] Available from: http://ricebowl.americanfootball.jp/record.html [Accessed 21 February 2019][Last Accessed 3 May 2021]

[3] X-League (2019) 2018 X League Championship [Internet] Available from: http://www.xleague.com/english/schedule.php [Accessed 21 February 2019]


Thanks to Liam Delaney, Caoilfhionn Nic Fhearai & Keiko, Grant Farrell and John Gunning.

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