Team profile

Team profile

The Seagulls are the most successful team in Japanese football, with eight X-League championships and seven national championships. The team was established in 1983 by its original corporate sponsor Recruit Co., Ltd., and formally became a member of the Japan American Football Association in 1988.

Since the reorganization of the top league into the X-League in 1996, the Seagulls have never had a losing record, and a total of 80 players have been named to the All X-League team over 20 seasons. Many Seagulls have become members of the Japan national team, which has won two world championships and has never finished out of the top three.

The team's main sponsor is Obic Co., Ltd., which specializes in computer system integration, associated support services, and other related businesses.

The team is based on Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, a city with a population of about 170,000 conveniently located between Tokyo, which is 15 miles to the west and Narita airport to the east. Each season from 2013 to 2016, the Seagulls played a "home" game at Narashino's Akitsu Stadium that drew thousands of fans.

The team maintains a close relationship with the local community and actively participates in numerous civic activities and events, including holding flag football clinics, with the aim of raising awareness and interest in American football. In 2013, the city bestowed the "Honorable Citizens Award" on the team in recognition of its efforts.

American players have been welcomed for over a decade and have played an integral role in the team's success. Each player has a job outside of football, with practices and games generally limited to weekends and holidays.

The team has made three overseas trips, playing exhibition games against the Dresden Monarchs of the German league in 2012, Düsseldorf Panthers of the German league in 2013, and the semipro APDFL Blazers in 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama---a sister city of Narashino.

We have an uncompromising determination to achieve excellence in everything that we undertake. We pride ourselves on having pioneered many of the practices that are in place in the world of Japanese football today. It is never enough to be content with the past. We are continuously looking forward to the future with optimism and ambition. We don't want to be restrained within the confides of world of Japanese football. The Seagulls are an organization that believes in pushing the limits and operating on a global scale. We will continue to set the bar high in terms of creating and bolstering programs and relationships that make the world a smaller place.

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Timeline

1983
Founded as Recruit Seagulls by Recruit Co., Ltd.
1988
Became member of Japan American Football Association
1993
Hawaiian David Stant becomes head coach.
1995
Played in first championship game(Tokyo Super Bowl), losing to Matsushita Denko Impulse.
1996
Won inaugural championship of newly established X-League; won 1st national title by beating Kyoto University in Rice Bowl
1998
Won 2nd X-League championship; won 2nd national title by beating Ritsumeikan University in Rice Bowl.
1999
Amid an economic downturn, the Seagulls transition from a corporate team to a self-supporting club team.
2000
Makoto Ohashi becomes head coach.
2002
Won 3rd X-League championship; lost to Ritsumeikan University in Rice Bowl
2003
Obic Co. Ltd. became main sponsor and team officially becomes "Obic Seagulls".
2005
Kevin Jackson(DE, Hawaii)became 1st American player on Seagulls.
Won 4th X-League championship(title game renamed Japan X Bowl); won 3rd national title by beating Hosei University in Rice Bowl.
2010
QB Shun Sugawara joins team from Sagamihara Rise.
Won 5th X-League championship; won 4th national title by beating Ritsumeikan in Rice Bowl(1st of unprecedented 4 in row)
2011
Former NFL Europe star Noriaki Kinoshita(WR/KR, Ritsumeikan)joins team.
Won 6th X-League championship; won 5th national title by beating Kwansei Gakuin University in Rice Bowl.
2012
Won 7th X-League championship; won 6th national title by beating Kwansei Gakuin University in Rice Bowl.
2013
Won 8th X-League championship; won 7th national title by beating Kwansei Gakuin University in Rice Bowl.
2016
Naoki Kosho(9-time All X-League LB)becomes head coach.

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