Sport Overview

Postponement has been decided for the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai.
The new dates are being arranged.
Please note that the followings are the information before the postponement was confirmed.

Football is played by teams each consisting of 11 players, and the objective is to score as many points as possible by kicking the ball into the opponent’s goal. Football is played by over 250 million people in more than 200 countries and regions, making it one of the most popular sports in the world.

 Monday, 16th May - Friday, 20th May , Monday, 23rd May - Friday, 27th May 2022

 Sakai City Soccer National Training Center (J-GREEN SAKAI) <Sakai City, Osaka>

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(General Category)
DisciplineGrade CategoriesAge Categories
FootballA: CompetitiveMen: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+
Women: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+
B: RecreationalMen: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+
Women: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+
C: OpenMen: 65+, 70+
Women: 65+, 70+
*1 Players cannot participate in multiple teams (Players are allowed to participate in one team and in one category)
*2 Participation in age categories younger than the actual age category is allowed.

(1) Grade Category
 ・A: Competitive (This grade is for players who play competitive level)
  It is recommended that teams with international players or players active at the prefectural (representative) level should enter in such category (Grade).
 ・B: Recreational (This grade is for social and casual players)
 ・C: Open (No grade for this category)
(2) Age / Gender Categories
 ・The age category is determined by the age of the youngest participant in the team. (This rule is applied to all the players such as field players and goal keepers.)
  * Age Determination Day: As of 31 December 2022
   Example: The age category of a team composed of one 33-year-old participant and the remaining participants with 40 years of age or older will compete in 30+ category.
 ・Women may join men’s team.

 The composition of the original categories may be changed depending on the number of participants.
 Example 1: The age category is incremented by 10 years instead of 5 years, the competition levels A and B are integrated.
 Example 2: Breaking down the categories and making new categories (Breaking down the categories)



Age Requirement

Minimum age is 30 (born on or before 31st December 1992)
In line with the sport-specific rules, an athlete must compete in their designated age group, with your age determined as at 31st December 2022.
For example, if you are 39 during Games time but have turned 40 by 31st December 2022, you would compete in the 40+ age category.

Sport News

[16th July 2021] Updated “World Anti-Doping Code” and “the rules of the International Masters Games Association” of Sports Information Guide.
[6th July 2021] Updated “6 Competition Capacity” of Sports Information Guide.
[1st March 2021] We have released the Sports Information Guide with new schedule!

Sports Information Guide


Sport Discipline May 2022 Venues
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Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Football Football              
Sakai City Soccer National Training Center (J-GREEN SAKAI)
Sakai City Soccer National Training Center (J-GREEN SAKAI)

※The above schedule was created based on the information that is current as of 1st March, 2021. It is subject to change due to various circumstances in the future.


Sakai City Soccer National Training Center (J-GREEN SAKAI)

Location 145 Chikkoyawatamachi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access ・15 minutes by Nankai bus from Sakai Sta. West Exit
・About 5 minutes by car from Hanshin Expressway Wangan Route “Sanbo” Exit
・About 7 minutes by car from Hanshin Expressway Sakai Route “Suminoe” Exit
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Sport Check-in

 Location: 145 Chikkoyawatamachi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka 590-0901
 Name: J-GREEN SAKAI (Entry registration: 1st floor of the clubhouse)

[How to Check-in]
 All teams must complete the registration procedure at least 30 minutes before the start of the first match on the day on which they will play and receive the member list form (this procedure can be made by one representative of a team.)
* Be sure to complete the Games Accreditation process before the Sport check-in. (note that the Games Accreditation venue is different from Sport check-in venue).

Nearest Village

Masters Village Osaka (TBD)

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