While picking up some stuff for trades a couple weeks ago, I found a box set from 2005 featuring the men's and women's soccer team champions from the prior season. Japan's soccer season holds its finals in January.
The Emperor's Cup is Japan's longest-running football/soccer competition; it began in 1921 before the professional leagues even formed! Originally, other Asian teams could qualify as well. Cards 1-18 feature players and coaches from Tokyo Verdy, the team that won the cup in the 2004 season.
I'm happy to add this set to my Women In Sports collection! Locating women's sports cards can be quite difficult at times. The design isn't fantastic, and there's a lot of green between the card design and both teams' uniforms, but it's fairly unique and before I found this set I had never heard of the Emperor's Cup or Empress's Cup. Then again, I've never been to a soccer game.