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JFA looking into changing schedule

Kyodo

The Japan Football Association said Thursday it hopes to drastically revise the J. League and Emperor’s Cup schedule in an effort to strengthen the national team after Japan crashed out in the first round at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

JFA technical director Hiromi Hara who chaired the meeting in Tokyo, said it is necessary that the calendar be revamped in order to better prepare players for the quadrennial tournament.

“Like the teams who play in the Champions League, the more matches there are, they consider things like how teams play home and away games. We have to look at how to reorganize the calendar. We have put it off up until now, but something has to be done immediately,” he said.

A committee, which will work out concrete revisions to formulate a future concept, will be launched in August.