J-League Club Profile: Tokushima Vortis

The 2013 Promotion Playoff winners are the first club from the island of Shikoku to participate in Japan's top flight
The J1’s newest club first began as the company team of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. in 1955, but avoided turning professional throughout the 1990s as they competed in the old Japan Football League.

The name Vortis is inspired by vortice, the Italian word for whirlpool and a reference to the famous whirlpool of nearby Naruto.

After earning associate membership in 2004 following two straight JFL titles, Vortis competed in the J2 from 2005. Although the club finished in last place for three straight seasons between 2006 and 2008, their form improved and they narrowly missed out on promotion in 2011.

Although they started as the only professional team on the island of Shikoku, they have since been joined by rivals Ehime FC, who play in the J2.

Vortis finally reached the first division in 2014 after dramatically winning the J1 Promotion Playoff 2-0 against heavily-favored Kyoto Sanga.


Naruto Athletic Stadium, also known as Pocari Sweat Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium that fits just over 20,000 fans. It’s located in the city of Naruto and has been renovated twice since opening in 1971.

Colors and Uniform

Vortis use dark blue as their main color.


Vort-kun and Tis-chan are inspired by tanuki, the Japanese raccoon dog. They first appeared during the 2009 season.