Teams (Japanese: チーム, Chinese: 队) are used to separate members of ALL48 Groups. By using 'Teams', members can be categorized more easily. Also, instead of the entire group performing a theater show, only one team is assigned to perform. This allows fans to focus on a certain group of members and allow the other members to have days off.
Teams are named after the letters used in their group's name, except for AKB48 Team 4, Team 8 and SNH48 Team X. In the case when a Team's name has already been used, roman numerals are added to signify which number of letter that team is. For example, both AKB48 and SKE48 have the letter "K" in their names, so instead of forming a Team K in both AKB and SKE, the AKB team is called Team K and the SKE team is called Team KII (pronounced "K-two"). In some cases there are also teams with double letters, for the example Team SH and Team TP.
The Teams of SNH48's sister groups no longer adhere to this order, following their removal as an official AKB48 sister group in 2016. Instead they now follow the order of SNH48's teams. For example, SNH48 created Team NII in November 2013, when they were still affiliated with AKB48. Later, GNZ48 created Team NIII, the following number after Team NII, even though NGT48 had already created a Japan-based Team NIII. In similar fashion, the ALL48 groups no longer include the SNH48 groups' numbering when naming teams.
Each Team has their own captain, who may or may not be the Center of the Team. Traditionally, teams had 16 members, but since the Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle, there is no limit to the amount of members that can be on a team. Also, each team has its own representative color. In most cases, the first team represents its sister's group color, for an example JKT48 Team J using the red color to match the JKT48 logo.
A team does its own activities, such as has recording Single/Album/Setlist studio recordings for their team, doing events or concerts for their team, performing theater shows as a team, etc. Some pecial "teams" have been created for theater shows in particular, such as Himawarigumi (AKB48, HKT48, and JKT48) and Cattleyagumi (NMB48). These teams both used select members from the group's existing teams to perform a joint theater show.
There have also been temporary "teams" created within the ALL48 groups, such as Team PB or Team YJ. These teams are only temporary and used for marketing purposes, and the members within them remain part of their original teams. Other temporary teams, such as Team Undecided and Team Unknown, are used when a member is transferred or promoted but there is either no team spot available, or they haven't been assigned to a team yet. Kenkyuusei, Trainee, or Academy (they are the unders for promoted members) are sometimes referred to as Team Kenkyuusei, but is not official.
A list of the current captains of the teams can be found here.
Active Member Separation
|Group||Team, Unit or Class||Activity Period||Notes|
|AKB48||Team A||2005.12.08 -|
|Team K||2006.04.01 -|
|Team B||2007.04.08 -|
|Team 4|| 2011.06.06 - 2012.10.31
|Disbanded on October, 2012 and reformed on August, 2013|
|Team 8||2014.04.03 -|
|SKE48||Team S||2008.10.05 -|
|Team KII||2009.05.25 -|
|Team E||2010.12.06 -|
|NMB48||Team N||2011.03.10 - 2021.01.20
|Disbanded on January, 2021 due to NAMBATTLE ~Tatakawana NMB Chauyarou!~ project and reformed on January, 2022|
Team BII was reformed under the name Team BII Kenkyuusei
|Team M||2012.01.26 - 2021.01.22|
|Team BII||2012.10.10 - 2021.01.21|
|HKT48||Team H||2012.03.04 -|
|Team KIV||2014.04.23 -|
|Team TII||2016.03.30 -|
|BNK48||Team BIII||2017.12.24 -|
|Team NV||2019.11.16 -|
|MNL48||Team MII||2018.05.02 -|
|Team NIV||2018.05.02 -|
|Team L||2018.05.02 -|
|AKB48 Team TP||Daisy||2020.03.07 -|
|CGM48||Team C||2020.02.09 -|
|SNH48||Team SII||2013.11.11 -|
|Team NII||2013.11.11 -|
|Team HII||2014.09.05 -|
|Team X||2015.04.17 -||Letter comes from word Xīnrén (新人), meaning new talent or newcomer|
|GNZ48||Team G||2016.04.20 -|
|Team NIII||2016.04.20 -|
|Team Z||2016.10.23 -|
|Class 4||2020.06.13 -|
|Class 8||2020.06.13 -|
- Groups without teams: NGT48, STU48, JKT48, AKB48 Team SH, BEJ48 and CKG48.
- Note that NGT48, BEJ48 and CKG48 originally used teams, but them are disbanded.
- On March, 2020, AKB48 Team TP implemented a unit system instead teams.
- On June, 2020, GNZ48 also implemented the new Class 4 and Class 8 special teams while retaining the 3 existing teams.
Inactive or Disbanded
|NGT48||Team NIII||2016.01.10 - 2019.04.21||Disbanded due to Inappropriate attitudes|
|Team G||2018.07.01 - 2019.04.21|
|JKT48||Team J||2012.12.23 - 2021.03.14||Disbanded due to impacts of COVID-19|
|Team KIII||2013.06.25 - 2021.03.13|
|Team T||2015.01.26 - 2019.12.31|
2020.08.22 - 2021.03.12
|SNH48||Team XII||2015.12.04 - 2018.02.03||Disbanded at SNH48 Team Shuffle|
|Team FT||2018.02.03 - 2019.01.19||Disbanded at SNH48 Group Grand Shuffle 2019|
|BEJ48||Team B||2016.04.20 - 2020.09.04||Disbanded due to impacts of COVID-19|
|Team E||2016.04.20 - 2020.09.04|
|Team J||2016.10.01 - 2020.09.04|
|SHY48||Team SIII||2017.01.12 - 2019.01.19||Disbanded at SNH48 Group Grand Shuffle 2019|
|Team HIII||2017.02.19 - 2019.01.19|
|CKG48||Team C||2017.10.27 - 2019.01.19|
|Team K||2017.10.27 - 2019.01.19|