Kashima Antlers are a Japanese professional football club based in Kashima, Ibaraki, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. Since the J.League's creation and introduction of professional Japanese football in 1993, Kashima have proved by far Japan s most successful club team, having won the J.League title a record eight times, the J.League Cup a record six times and the Emperor s Cup five times for an unprecedented total of nineteen major domestic titles. Kashima also won their first AFC Champions League title in 2018. Kashima has finished in the top five of the league for over seventy percent of all seasons played to date, recorded an average end of season league placing of third and captured a major domestic title in over sixty percent of all seasons played to date.