2010 J. League Division 2

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J. League Division 2
Season 2010
Champions Kashiwa Reysol
2nd D2 title
Promoted Kashiwa Reysol
Ventforet Kofu
Avispa Fukuoka
Matches played 342
Goals scored 835 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorer Mike Havenaar (20 goals total)
Highest attendance 26,875 (Round 19,
Consadole vs. Yokohama)
Lowest attendance 1,456 (Round 27,
HollyHock vs. Fagiano)
Average attendance 6,696
2009
2011

The 2010 J. League Division 2 season was the 39th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 12th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season began on March 6 and ended on December 4.[1]

In this season, the number of participating clubs was increased by one, making the total number, nineteen. As opposed to the last two seasons, clubs will play double-round robin, instead of triple-round robin. At the end of the season, the top three clubs will be promoted to J. League Division 1 for the 2011 season. Furthermore, there will be no relegation to the third-tier Japan Football League.

Participating clubs[edit]

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Consadole Sapporo
Tochigi S.C.
Thespa Kusatsu
Mito HollyHock
Ventforet Kofu
Tokyo Verdy
Kashiwa Reysol
JEF United Chiba
Yokohama F.C.
Kataller Toyama
F.C. Gifu
Fagiano Okayama
Tokushima Vortis
Ehime F.C.
Giravanz Kitakyushu
Avispa Fukuoka
Sagan Tosu
Oita Trinita
Roasso Kumamoto


The following nineteen clubs will play in J. League Division 2 during the 2010 season. Of these clubs, JEF United Chiba, Kashiwa Reysol, and Oita Trinita were relegated from J1 League last year. Also, Giravanz Kitakyushu (formerly known as New Wave Kitakyushu) newly joined from Japan Football League.

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaidō
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Promoted from JFL in 2009
Renamed from New Wave Kitakyushu
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba Relegated from J1 League in 2009
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba Relegated from J1 League in 2009
Kataller Toyama All cities/towns in Toyama
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Oita Trinita All cities/towns in Oita Relegated from J1 League in 2009
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Sagan Tosu Tosu, Saga
Thespa Kusatsu All cities/towns in Gunma
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Ventforet Kofu All cities/towns in Yamanashi
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa

League Format[edit]

Nineteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 36 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
  • Disciplinary points

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. Three top clubs will be promoted to J1 (see below).

Changes from Previous Year
  • Nineteen participating clubs, increased by one, Giravanz Kitakyushu, from last year
  • Due to abolishment of triple round-robin format, which has been applied for past two seasons, and installation of double round-robin, the number of games per club decreased to 36, down from 51, the least number of games played in J2, as same as 1999 J2 season. Therefore, regular season schedule had a month break after June 13 games during 2010 FIFA World Cup, first World Cup break as J2 since the 2002 events held in Japan, then the season resumed from July 17.
  • As in J1, J2 teams may now have 7 substitute players per match, up from 5.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Kashiwa Reysol (C) (P) 36 23 11 2 71 24 +47 80 Promotion to 2011 J. League Division 1
2 Ventforet Kofu (P) 36 19 13 4 71 40 +31 70
3 Avispa Fukuoka (P) 36 21 6 9 63 34 +29 69
4 JEF United Chiba 36 18 7 11 58 37 +21 61
5 Tokyo Verdy 36 17 7 12 47 34 +13 58
6 Yokohama FC 36 16 6 14 54 47 +7 54
7 Roasso Kumamoto 36 14 12 10 39 43 −4 54
8 Tokushima Vortis 36 15 6 15 51 47 +4 51
9 Sagan Tosu 36 13 12 11 42 41 +1 51
10 Tochigi SC 36 14 8 14 46 42 +4 50
11 Ehime FC 36 12 12 12 34 34 0 48
12 Thespa Kusatsu 36 14 6 16 36 48 −12 48
13 Consadole Sapporo 36 11 13 12 37 38 −1 46
14 FC Gifu 36 13 6 17 32 45 −13 45
15 Oita Trinita 36 10 11 15 39 49 −10 41
16 Mito HollyHock 36 8 14 14 29 45 −16 38
17 Fagiano Okayama 36 8 8 20 27 51 −24 32
18 Kataller Toyama 36 8 4 24 39 71 −32 28
19 Giravanz Kitakyushu 36 1 12 23 20 65 −45 15

Updated to games played on December 4, 2010.
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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AVI CON EHI FAG GIF GIR HOL JEF KAT REY ROS SAG SPA TOC TRI VEN VER VOR YFC
Avispa Fukuoka 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 5–0 2–1 5–0 0–2 6–1 0–1 2–1 2–3 2–1 3–1 3–2 1–0 2–1
Consadole Sapporo 0–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2
Ehime FC 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–0
Fagiano Okayama 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–4 0–1 1–2 0–1
FC Gifu 0–2 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1
Giravanz Kitakyushu 0–1 0–1 0–3 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–4
Mito HollyHock 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–4 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 3–1
JEF United Chiba 1–1 0–3 3–0 4–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 4–0
Kataller Toyama 1–2 0–2 3–3 4–0 3–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–3 1–3 0–3 2–3 2–3 2–1
Kashiwa Reysol 1–0 5–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 6–0 2–0
Roasso Kumamoto 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 0–2
Sagan Tosu 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 4–4
Thespa Kusatsu 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–4 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–4 1–0 1–4 0–3
Tochigi SC 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 2–1
Oita Trinita 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–4 1–0 1–4 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2
Ventforet Kofu 2–2 4–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 6–0 1–1 2–2 5–0 1–1 3–3 0–2 2–4 4–3 3–3 0–1 1–0 0–0
Tokyo Verdy 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
Tokushima Vortis 2–3 0–0 0–0 2–3 4–0 4–4 3–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–3 0–1 2–3 1–0
Yokohama FC 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–2 1–2 4–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 3–4 3–2 1–2

Updated to games played on December 4, 2010.
Source: J. League Division 2
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[2]
1 Japan Mike Havenaar Ventforet Kofu
20
2 Brazil Ricardo Lobo Tochigi SC
16
Japan Tomohiro Tsuda Tokushima Vortis
16
4 Japan Genki Nagasato Avispa Fukuoka
15
5 Brazil Paulinho Ventforet Kofu
14
6 Brazil Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol
13
Japan Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
13
8 Japan Masashi Oguro[note 1] Yokohama FC
12
9 Japan Ryohei Hayashi Kashiwa Reysol
11
10 Japan Kazuki Hiramoto Tokyo Verdy
10
Japan Masato Kudo Kashiwa Reysol
10
Japan Kosuke Nakamachi Avispa Fukuoka
10
Brazil Neto Baiano JEF United Chiba
10

Notes:

  1. ^ Moved on loan to FC Tokyo after 17th week.

Attendance Figures[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Ventforet Kofu 223,309 16,431 10,316 12,406 0.12180124785243+12.1%
2 JEF United Chiba 210,394 18,031 8,381 11,689 -0.79355057705363−20.6%
3 Consadole Sapporo 193,280 26,875 5,429 10,738 0.052023121387283+5.2%
4 Oita Trinita 188,340 14,518 4,594 10,463 -0.56777729542001−43.2%
5 Avispa Fukuoka 158,777 14,713 5,012 8,821 0.13628751771222+13.6%
6 Kashiwa Reysol 145,766 10,768 6,844 8,098 -0.68989606406543−31.0%
7 Fagiano Okayama 128,900 11,290 4,025 7,161 0.16212268743914+16.2%
8 Roasso Kumamoto 124,317 16,098 2,803 6,907 0.15001665001665+15.0%
9 Sagan Tosu 119,392 12,301 3,658 6,633 0.11685468934164+11.6%
10 Yokohama FC 104,230 10,809 3,553 5,791 0.63818953323904+63.8%
11 Tokyo Verdy 100,297 25,110 2,512 5,639 0.012024407753051+1.2%
12 Tokushima Vortis 83,057 11,115 2,117 4,614 0.13282592683526+13.2%
13 Kataller Toyama 80,327 10,726 2,542 4,463 0.19331550802139+19.3%
14 Thespa Kusatsu 79,638 9,382 2,232 4,424 0.021709006928406+2.1%
15 Ehime FC 78,945 10,630 2,787 4,386 0.18733080671359+18.7%
16 Giravanz Kitakyushu 75,393 7,470 2,389 4,189 0.22880610149604+22.8%
17 Tochigi SC 74,821 6,933 1,913 4,157 -0.88334041648959−11.6%
18 Mito HollyHock 64,949 10,181 1,456 3,608 0.34979423868313+34.9%
19 FC Gifu 55,950 5,133 2,006 3,108 -0.72245467224547−27.7%
League total 2,290,082 26,875 1,456 6,696 +5.8%

Updated to games played on December 4, 2010
Source: J. League Division 2
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.
Team played previous season in JFL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J-League to kick off season March 6". 
  2. ^ "2010 J2 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Retrieved 17 April 2010.