Tōru Kamikawa

  • Born: (Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Ryukyu Islands, Japan)

Toru Kamikawa (上川徹, Kamikawa Tōru) is a former Japanese football (soccer) referee, debuting in Japan's professional J. League in 1996.
An international referee since 1998, he refereed one match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and three matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Before becoming a referee, he played football as a forward. He was educated at and played for Kagoshima National College of Technology and Tokai University. He represented Japan at an underage level in 1981. After the graduation, he joined Japan Soccer League side Fujita S.C. (current Shonan Bellmare) and finished his playing career there in 1991.

He announced his retirement from the international game in October 2006 partly because of his knee injury although he still had two years before he reached the mandatory retirement age of an international referee. He quit refereeing entirely in January 2007. He now works for the Japan Football Association to help younger referees to develop their skills.


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