Toshio Asami
Intl. since:
Country: Japan

Toshio Asami was born in Saitama Prefecture on 3 October 1933 and was active as FIFA referee from 1961 to 1983.


He started playing football at Saitama Prefectural Urawa Junior High School. Asami won the All-Japan High School Tournament during his time at Saitama Prefectural Urawa High School in 1951.
Asami also earns a winners' medal in the first All-Japan University Tournament in 1952 as a member of the University of Tokyo.


Toshio becomes a Class 1 referee in 1959 and started as an international referee in 1961. He remains active as a top referee both at home and abroad for more than 20 years until his retirement in 1983. Asami serves as linesman at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 and as referee at tournaments including the 2nd FIFA World Youth Championship in 1979, the AFC Asian Cup, and the Asian Games. He was presented the FIFA Referee Distinguished Service Award in 1983. In total Asami refereed 74 JSL matches between 1965 and 1982.


Asami was appointed to the board of the JFA in 1978, and also to the board of the J. League in 1991, where he serves to stimulate and raise the level of Japanese football as a whole. He got appointed as chair of the JFA referees' committee in 1983 (and of the J. League referees' committee in 1993), where he works to make the committee a more effective organization, promote coordination with local bodies, and improve the level of Japanese football refereeing overall. He builds foundations for the training and professionalisation of young referees, with the aim of fostering "referees who can blow their whistles at the World Cup". He implements various radical measures to pave the way for future generations, with particular focus on the establishment and development of inspector and instructor systems. He serves as member and deputy chair of the AFC Referees' Committee between 1986 and 2002, setting strict standards for the Asian refereeing system with the introduction of referees' education and physical training, and promoting greater discipline and technical ability among Asian referees. He receives the AFC Distinguished Service Award in 2002 in light of his successes. He also works to promote fair play in his role as member and deputy chair of the AFC Disciplinary Committee.

source: Majeed Panahi

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  • Referees and assistants for 1978 World Cup qualifiers in Asia. left to right: Ron Harries (New Zealand, Jaffar Namdar (Iran), Tony Boskovic (Australia), Alex Vaz (India). Seated: Kim Ju Won (ass, Korea), Leo Wilson (ref insspector, Australia), Toshio Asami (ass, Japan).
Statistics for TOSHIO ASAMI
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 5 international matches

Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 1982 qualifiers - Asia/Oceania
TaiwanNew Zealand1981-05-070 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1979 u20
1st stageYugoslavia u20Indonesia u201979-08-305 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978 qualifiers - Asia
SingaporeMalaysia1977-03-061 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IndonesiaMalaysia1977-03-030 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Asian Cup 1976
1/2 finalsIranChina1976-06-102 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)