Japan Collegiate American Football Associations Koshien Bowl Divisions 2020

Japan Collegiate American Football Association Logo (Flag)
Japan Collegiate American Football Association Logo (Flag) [References: 1]

Koshien Bowl Playoffs

DateHome TeamAway team
Koshien BowlHanshin Koshien Stadium
13.12.2020Kwansei Gakuin Fighters (KF)42Nihon University (KCFA)24
[References: 2]

Kansai Football Division 1 2020


Ritsumeikan University Panthers ○ 36-3 ● Momoyama Gakuin St. Andrews University Thundering Legion Lions

Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters ○ 55-13 ● Doshisha University Wild Rover

Kansai University Kaisers ○ 24-16 ● Kyoto University Gangsters

Kobe University Ravens ○ 15-10 ● Kinki University Big Blue


Ritsumeikan University Panthers ○ 24-14 ●  Kansai University Kaisers

Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters ○ 35-14 ● Kobe University Ravens


Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters ○ 16-14 ● Ritsumeikan University Panthers

Challenge Games

Kyoto University Gangsters ○ 48-13 ● Momoyama Gakuin St. Andrews University Thundering Legion Lions

Doshisha University Wild Rover ○ 17-0 ● Kinki University Big Blue

Momoyama Gakuin St. Andrews University Thundering Legion Lions ○ 17-14 ● Kinki University Big Blue

Kyoto University Gangsters ○ 16-13 ● Doshisha University Wild Rover

Kansai University Kaisers ○ 38-10 ● Kobe University Ravens

Kanto KCFA Top 8 Postseason

DateHome TeamAway Team
Placement Games
4th Place
28.11.2020Chuo University28Ringyi University30
3rd Place
29.11.2020Hosei University31Meiji University3
2nd Place
28.11.2020Waseda University40University of Tokyo7
1st Place
29.11.2020University of Sakuramibayashi14Nihon University38
[References: 3]

Kanto KCFA Standings 2020

Top 8 Block A
Nihon University3300
Hosei University3210
The University of Tokyo3120
Chuo University3030
Top 8 Block B
University of Sakuramibayashi3210
Meiji University3210
Waseda University2110
University of Rikkyo2020
[References: 4]


With the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic in full swing, the 2020 Japan Collegiate American Football Association was reduced to just the Kansai and Kanto Football Regions, themselves reduced to a series of Challenge Games and then knockouts. Kansai Division 1 Final was won by Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters 16-14 versus Ritsumeikan University Panthers and Kanto Region Division 1 Top 8 Final by Nihon University Phoenix 38-14 versus Sakuramibayashi.

The Koshien Bowl itself was won by Kwansei Gakuin University 42-24 and they became the last ever Student Representatives to take part in the Rice Bowl, the pinnacle of American Football in Japan, which for the first 36 years was a College All-Star game between Kanto (West) and Kansai (East) and then from 1984 to 2021 was between the Social Champions (X-League Corporate) and College Champions. From 2021 season (2022 Rice Bowl) onwards it shall be an X-League only game, the level of professionalism in that league being too strong for the College Champions.

The 2020 Kanto Collegiate Football Association was severely curtailed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. with over half the Universities not competing, The Top 4 Divisions were split into 2 Blocks, each playing three matches with the Placement matches between the two first placed teams, two second placed teams and so on making up a short post-season. In Division 1 Top 8, Nihon University triumphed 38-14 in the Final against J. F. Oberlin University (University of Sakuramibayashi). They were then due to meet Kwansei Gakuin University for the Koshien Bowl (Japan Collegiate American Football Association title game).

Map of Japan



[1] Tokai Collegiate American Football Association (2021) flag [Internet] Available from: http://www.tkcafa.jp/button/flag.gif [Accessed 2 May 2021]


[2] Kansai Collegiate American Football Association (2021) Schedule 2020 [Internet] Available from: http://www.kansai-football.jp/schedule/schedule2019_atm.html [Accessed 3 May 2021]

[3] Kanto Collegiate Football Association (2020) 2020年度 TOP8戦評 [Internet] Available from:  http://www.kcfa.jp/evaluate_top8/?season=2020 [Accessed 22 October 2020]

[4] Kanto Collegiate Football Association (2020) Star Chart [Internet] Available from:  http://www.kcfa.jp/result_team/?season=2020 [Accessed 22 October 2020

Online Translation Service

[7] Google Translate (2020) Japanese to English [Internet] Available from: https://translate.google.com/ [Accessed 22 October 2020]


Thanks to Caoilfhionn Nic Fhearai, Keiko, Grant Farrell and John Gunning

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