2003 J. League Division 2

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J. League Division 2
Season 2003
Champions Albirex Niigata
1st D2 title
Promoted Albirex Niigata
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Matches played 264
Goals scored 678 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Marcus (32 goals total)
Highest attendance 42,223 (Round 44,
Albirex vs. Ardija)
Lowest attendance 1,337 (Round 4,
HollyHock vs. Ardija)
Average attendance 7,895
2002
2004

The 2003 J. League Division 2 season is the 32nd season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 5th season since the establishment of J2 League.

In this season, twelve clubs competed in the quadruple round-robin format. The top two received promotion to the J. League Division 1. There were no relegation to the third-tier Japan Football League.

General[edit]

Promotion and Relegation[edit]

To be completed

Changes in Competition Formats[edit]

To be completed

Changes in clubs[edit]

To be completed

Participating clubs[edit]

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Consadole Sapporo
Montedio Yamagata
Albirex Niigata
Omiya Ardija
Mito HollyHock
Ventforet Kofu
Shonan Bellmare
Kawasaki Frontale
Yokohama F.C.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Avispa Fukuoka
Sagan Tosu

Following twelve clubs played in J. League Division 2 during 2003 season. Of these clubs, Consadole Sapporo and Sanfrecce Hiroshima were relegated from Division 1 last year.

  • Consadole Sapporo Arrowdownred.png
  • Albirex Niigata
  • Montedio Yamagata
  • Mito HollyHocks
  • Omiya Ardija
  • Kawasaki Frontale
  • Yokohama F.C.
  • Shonan Bellmare
  • Ventforet Kofu
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima Arrowdownred.png
  • Avispa Fukuoka
  • Sagan Tosu

League Format[edit]

Twelve clubs will play in quadruple round-robin format, a total of 44 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. The top two clubs are promoted to J1.

Final League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Albirex Niigata (C) (P) 44 27 7 10 80 40 +40 88 Promotion to 2004 J. League Division 1
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (P) 44 25 11 8 65 35 +30 86
3 Kawasaki Frontale 44 24 13 7 88 47 +41 85
4 Avispa Fukuoka 44 21 8 15 67 62 +5 71
5 Ventforet Kofu 44 19 12 13 58 46 +12 69
6 Omiya Ardija 44 18 7 19 52 61 −9 61
7 Mito HollyHock 44 15 11 18 37 41 −4 56
8 Montedio Yamagata 44 15 10 19 52 60 −8 55
9 Consadole Sapporo 44 13 13 18 57 56 +1 52
10 Shonan Bellmare 44 11 11 22 33 53 −20 44
11 Yokohama FC 44 10 12 22 49 88 −39 42
12 Sagan Tosu 44 3 11 30 40 89 −49 20

Updated to games played on November 23, 2003.
Source: J. League Division 2
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Final Results[edit]

Rounds 1 & 2
Home \ Away[1] ALB ARD AVI BEL CON FRO HOL MON SAG SFR VEN YFC
Albirex Niigata 4–0 4–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–1
Omiya Ardija 1–4 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–2
Avispa Fukuoka 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 5–2 0–2 1–2 3–2
Shonan Bellmare 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–4 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–3 1–1
Consadole Sapporo 2–0 6–2 5–0 1–1 0–0 2–4 1–0 3–0 0–2 3–3 1–3
Kawasaki Frontale 0–4 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 5–1 6–3 1–0 1–1 1–1
Mito HollyHock 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–3 2–2 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–0 1–1
Sagan Tosu 0–1 3–2 2–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 3–4 1–1 5–2
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 6–1
Ventforet Kofu 1–3 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1
Yokohama FC 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–4 1–1 0–1 1–5

Updated to games played on July 6, 2003.
Source: J. League Division 2
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Rounds 3 & 4
Home \ Away[1] ALB ARD AVI BEL CON FRO HOL MON SAG SFR VEN YFC
Albirex Niigata 1–0 3–2 2–1 5–1 3–2 0–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 4–2
Omiya Ardija 0–2 0–1 2–2 3–0 0–2 3–1 0–2 3–0 0–2 0–0 3–0
Avispa Fukuoka 2–1 5–3 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 1–1
Shonan Bellmare 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–2 2–2 0–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–0
Consadole Sapporo 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 4–1 4–1 1–2 0–2 2–2
Kawasaki Frontale 3–0 0–1 5–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 7–1 2–1 4–1 3–3
Mito HollyHock 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–2 1–0 3–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2
Sagan Tosu 0–1 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0
Ventforet Kofu 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–0
Yokohama FC 1–7 0–3 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–5 2–1 4–2 3–1 0–2 1–2

Updated to games played on November 23, 2003.
Source: J. League Division 2
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Top scores[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[1]
1 Brazil Marcus Albirex Niigata
32
2 Brazil Juninho Kawasaki Frontale
28
3 Brazil Baré Omiya Ardija
22
4 Brazil Bentinho Avispa Fukuoka
20
5 Brazil Augusto Kawasaki Frontale
17
6 Brazil Marcelo Sanfrecce Hiroshima
14
7 Japan Kazuki Ganaha Kawasaki Frontale
13
Japan Yusaku Ueno Albirex Niigata
13
9 Japan Shoji Jo Yokohama FC
12
10 Japan Kosei Nakamura Montedio Yamagata
11
Japan Hiroyuki Hayashi Avispa Fukuoka
11

Attendance Figures[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Albirex Niigata 667,447 42,223 8,644 30,339 0.41256169103268+41.2%
2 Consadole Sapporo 236,861 23,590 3,653 10,766 -0.55466254507986−44.5%
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 198,004 26,158 3,471 9,000 -0.82259391280505−17.7%
4 Avispa Fukuoka 163,165 13,921 3,448 7,417 0.14265906639963+14.2%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 159,678 22,087 2,438 7,258 0.38326662854965+38.3%
6 Ventforet Kofu 127,515 13,043 2,382 5,796 0.17948717948718+17.9%
7 Omiya Ardija 111,274 20,686 1,357 5,058 -0.96050132928219−3.9%
8 Shonan Bellmare 104,085 8,276 2,772 4,731 0.03955174686882+3.9%
9 Montedio Yamagata 96,142 10,096 2,743 4,370 0.16378162450067+16.3%
10 Yokohama FC 82,351 8,574 1,851 3,743 0.076502732240437+7.6%
11 Sagan Tosu 69,789 5,756 1,585 3,172 -0.81542416452442−18.4%
12 Mito HollyHock 67,874 5,889 1,337 3,085 0.12632347572107+12.6%
League total 2,084,185 42,223 1,337 7,895 +15.3%

Updated to games played on November 23, 2003
Source: J. League Division 2
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003 J2 Top scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 

See also[edit]