Kashima Antlers are a Japanese professional association football club playing in the J1 League with financial backing from the Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal. Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means "deer island". Arena/Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium Location: Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan League: J1 League Manager: Go Oiwa Founded: 1947 Chairman: Shigeru Ibata