Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ Kashima Antorāzu ) are a Japanese professional association football club playing in the J. League Division 1. Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means "deer island".
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 seven times, the J. League Cup a record five times and the Emperor's Cup four times for an unprecedented total of sixteen major domestic titles. Kashima have 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 capturing a major domestic title in over sixty percent of all seasons played to date.
Kashima are also one of only four teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of professional football every year since its inception.