JAL extends its sponsorship of Japanese teams

Japan Airlines will continue its support of Japan's national football team and other representative teams as a ‘supporting company’ in a new agreement with the Japan Football Association covering the eight year period from April 2007 to August 2015. JAL first supported the Japanese national football team from August 1999 and in June 2001 made a further agreement to support the national squad until March 2007.

During the period of the new agreement there are great expectations of Japan’s national teams at an increasing number of international fixtures including the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012) and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The support agreement bincludes the U-23, U-20 and U-17 youth teams, the Japan Women’s team and Futsal. Supporting companies assist the national team through their core business activities and JAL will provide air transport support. The Japanese Football Association limits the number of supporting companies to a maximum of ten. By supporting these national teams, JAL wants to assist the further promotion of the game among young people in Japan.