Japan Professional Football League (J-League) is making historical first visit to Vanuatu this week . J-League has sent three officials to Vanuatu for a short visit.
This visit is realizing one of J-League’s principles, promoting international friendship and goodwill and they are visiting Ifira Bilingual and Wan Smol Bag theatre .
They are also visiting Nguna Island as a part of VAN2017 community outreach program. Port Vila School League was invited for games on Wednesday 27 September at Port Vila Stadium.
J-League started as the first Japanese professional soccer league with 10 club teams in 1993, and has contributed hugely for football development as well as promotion of the sports in Japan. The league has been expanded to 54 clubs within 38 prefectures in Japan. There are three (3) divisions, and the first division games attracted more than 5 million funs annually.
Individual J-League team also contributes community development by training children and youths. Sports play very important role in Japanese society, which is famous of long life expectancy in the world.
In May 2016, J-League signed MOU with A-league in Australia for sharing technical, marketing and administrative expertise.
This visit became realized from support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF), VAN2017, and Vanuatu Government through Department of Youth & Sports.