2011 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 2011
Champions Sagawa Shiga
3rd D3 title
3rd JFL title
Promoted Machida Zelvia
Matsumoto Yamaga
Relegated Arte Takasaki (withdrawn)
JEF Reserves (withdrawn)
Matches played 289
Goals scored 792 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Masatoshi Matsuda (20 goals)
Highest attendance 11,956
Yamaga vs Sony
Lowest attendance 91
Printing vs Lock
Average attendance 1,682
2010
2012

The 2011 Japan Football League was the thirteenth season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system. It was scheduled to begin at 13 March 2011 and to end at 27 November 2011;[1] however, the start of the season has been delayed to 23 April due to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. As a result, the ending date of the season was moved to 11 December.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

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F.C. Ryūkyū
Blaublitz Akita
Sony Sendai
Tochigi Uva
Arte Takasaki
Yokogawa Musashino
Machida Zelvia
JEF United Reserves
Honda F.C.
Nagano Parceiro
Matsumoto Yamaga
Zweigen Kanazawa
Sagawa Shiga
MIO Biwako Kusatsu
Sagawa Printing
Kamatamare Sanuki
V-Varen Nagasaki
Honda Lock

At the end of the 2010 season, two new clubs, Kamatamare Sanuki and Nagano Parceiro, were promoted from the Japanese Regional Leagues by virtue of their final placing in the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series.

Kamatamare Sanuki were approved as J. League associate members at the annual meeting in February. Applications by Zweigen Kanazawa and FC Ryukyu were given "continuous deliberations" status with further efforts required to obtain the membership.

The earthquake and tsunami led to significant changes in competition schedule. Besides the postponement of the tournament, Sony Sendai, who were the most affected by disaster and couldn't recover in time, asked the league to put them on temporary hiatus.[4] Missing the first eleven rounds (7th to 17th), Sony re-joined the league on 3 July and continued participation from then on. The final tournament schedule is as follows:[1][5]

  • Every team in the league will play 33 games: Two against each other (home and away) and one against Sony Sendai according to the schedule of the second half of the tournament (rounds 18th to 34th).
  • Sony Sendai will play 17 games against every other team in the second half of the tournament.
  • Sony Sendai will also participate in the re-scheduled games of rounds 1–6, called "Matches for reconstruction assistance of Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami" (東日本大震災 災害復興支援試合). Although those games are treated as official JFL matches, they will not be included into the league results.
  • For the purpose of determining the relegated teams, Sony Sendai can add points gained in six aforementioned "reconstruction" games to their official 17-match outcome. Thus, Sony Sendai will be judged by 23 matches, while every other team – by 33.

On 3 August JEF Reserves had submitted a request of withdrawal from the league at the end of the season due to difficult financial conditions and poor performances of the team. The request was approved by the league Board on 12 September.[6]

In the penultimate round Sagawa Shiga won their third JFL championship in only five years of existence, firmly placing themselves among the strongest amateur teams in Japan. Two clubs, Machida Zelvia and Matsumoto Yamaga were promoted to J. League.

By virtue of their placing in the Regional Promotion Series, three clubs were promoted to JFL at the end of the season: YSCC, Fujieda MYFC, and Hoyo AC Elan Oita. Because of JEF Reserves' withdrawal, no additional promotion and relegation play-offs were held.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Sagawa Shiga (C) 33 23 1 9 60 34 +26 70
2 Nagano Parceiro 33 19 6 8 51 27 +24 63
3 Machida Zelvia (P) 33 18 7 8 61 28 +33 61 Promotion to 2012 J. League Division 2 1
4 Matsumoto Yamaga (P) 33 17 8 8 60 38 +22 59
5 V-Varen Nagasaki 33 15 11 7 61 44 +17 56
6 Honda FC 33 15 7 11 40 36 +4 52
7 Zweigen Kanazawa 33 13 8 12 49 40 +9 47
8 Honda Lock 33 12 11 10 47 45 +2 47
9 FC Ryukyu 33 14 4 15 47 51 −4 46
10 Tochigi Uva 33 12 9 12 40 43 −3 45
11 Kamatamare Sanuki 33 11 7 15 39 49 −10 40
12 Sagawa Printing 33 11 5 17 43 61 −18 38
13 MIO Biwako Kusatsu 33 11 5 17 43 65 −22 38
14 Blaublitz Akita 33 10 7 16 38 52 −14 37
15 Yokogawa Musashino 33 9 9 15 33 37 −4 36
16 Arte Takasaki (R) 33 9 7 17 39 55 −16 34 Withdrawn 2
17 JEF Reserves (R) 33 4 7 22 27 63 −36 19 Withdrawn 3
18 Sony Sendai 17 3 7 7 14 24 −10 16

Updated to games played on 11 December 2011.
Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
FC Ryukyu and Honda Lock occupied top 2 places at the end of the 17th round (11th week) and were seeded for 2011 Emperor's Cup.[7] These clubs were automatically qualified for the tournament, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier.
1 Must hold J. League Associate Membership, pass a final inspection by J. League (club name shown in bold) and finish no less than in fourth place to be promoted. V-Varen Nagasaki, though being an associate members, have announced that their stadium is not matching the J. League standards so they are not eligible for the promotion until the completion of necessary renovations. The target date is set for 2013 season.[8] Because the maximum capacity of Division 2 set by J. League is 22 teams, no more than two clubs can be promoted.
2 Arte Takasaki decided to withdraw from JFL and fold the club after the end of the season, when clubs promoted from regional leagues were already determined. JFL decided that the next season will be contested by 17 clubs (i.e. without supplying an additional club from a regional league).[9]
3 JEF Reserves had submitted a request of withdrawal from the league at the end of the season regardless of team's performance. It was approved by league board on 12 September.[6]
(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] ART BLA HON LOC JER KAM MIO PAR PRI RYU SSH SON UVA VVN YAM YMS ZEL ZWE
Arte Takasaki 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–3 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 4–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–5 1–1 0–1 0–3
Blaublitz Akita 0–1 0–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–2 3–2 0–1 2–1 1–3
Honda FC 2–1 1–0 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 3–0 0–2 0–4 2–1
Honda Lock 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 6–1 0–4 0–3 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1
JEF Reserves 2–3 1–1 1–2 0–3 3–3 3–1 0–1 2–3 0–2 3–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–2
Kamatamare Sanuki 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–0 0–3 1–2
MIO Biwako Kusatsu 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 1–4 1–1 0–6 0–2 4–1 1–6 2–0
Nagano Parceiro 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 4–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–3
Sagawa Printing 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 4–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–3 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0
FC Ryukyu 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–4 0–4 0–4 2–1 4–0 4–0 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1
Sagawa Shiga 2–0 2–1 3–2 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–3 0–1
Sony Sendai 1–12 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–2 1–12 0–02 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–4
Tochigi Uva 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–3 3–2 4–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1
V-Varen Nagasaki 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–1 2–1 0–2 6–0 1–3 2–1 0–12 2–2 1–1 1–0 5–1 0–2
Matsumoto Yamaga 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–1 6–0 1–0 1–2 0–32 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0
Yokogawa Musashino 0–1 3–3 0–1 0–0 4–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–13 0–1 3–4 0–2 0–0 3–3
Machida Zelvia 1–3 1–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 6–0 2–2 2–0 5–1 2–1 0–02 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 2–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–3 4–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 4–1 0–3 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–2 0–1 1–1

Updated to games played on 11 December 2011.
Source: Japan Football League: First round, second round
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The postponed Sony Sendai matches from rounds 1–6, called "Matches for reconstruction assistance of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami" (東日本大震災 災害復興支援試合). Those games are treated as official JFL matches but are not included into the final results.
3The game was originally scheduled to 7 August, but was abandoned after the first half (0–0) because of the heavy thunderstorm. The remaining 45 minutes were played on 19 October. [1]
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 scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[10]
1 Japan Masatoshi Matsuda Blaublitz Akita
20
2 Japan Ryota Arimitsu V-Varen Nagasaki
19
Japan Tetsuya Kijima Matsumoto Yamaga
19
4 Japan Yoshinori Katsumata Machida Zelvia
16
5 Japan Yuji Unozawa Nagano Parceiro
15
6 Japan Shoma Mizunaga V-Varen Nagasaki
14
Japan Shunta Takahashi FC Ryukyu
14
Japan Masaru Takeuchi Tochigi Uva
14
9 Serbia Dragan Dimić Machida Zelvia
13
10 Japan Shohei Kiyohara Sagawa Shiga
12

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Matsumoto Yamaga 126,830 11,956 4,032 7,461 0.46870078740157+46.8%
2 Machida Zelvia 59,757 8,113 1,326 3,515 0.0034256351698545+0.3%
3 Kamatamare Sanuki 48,393 11,178 1,065 3,025 0.67034787410271+67.0%
4 Zweigen Kanazawa 40,070 11,234 446 2,504 0.61757105943152+61.7%
5 Nagano Parceiro 36,494 3,849 1,030 2,281 0.41941505911637+41.9%
6 FC Ryukyu 31,620 3,017 363 1,860 0.046707934721441+4.6%
7 V-Varen Nagasaki 25,717 3,187 625 1,513 -0.59920792079208−40.0%
8 Blaublitz Akita 21,666 3,624 793 1,274 0.014331210191083+1.4%
9 Sagawa Shiga 19,576 3,450 115 1,152 -0.9737954353339−2.6%
10 Honda FC 15,107 2,481 172 889 0.13974358974359+13.9%
11 Yokogawa Musashino 12,179 1,648 229 716 -0.92268041237113−7.7%
12 Sony Sendai 8,155 1,282 440 680 -0.89473684210526−10.5%
13 Honda Lock 10,838 1,552 440 677 0.26070763500931+26.0%
14 MIO Biwako Kusatsu 10,724 1,263 189 670 -0.84489281210593−15.5%
15 Tochigi Uva 9,032 1,436 295 531 -0.708−29.2%
16 Arte Takasaki 7,775 1,727 212 457 0.062790697674419+6.2%
17 Sagawa Printing 6,516 1,162 91 383 -0.95273631840796−4.7%
18 JEF Reserves 5,757 782 171 360 0.11111111111111+11.1%
League total 496,206 11,956 91 1,682 +14.8%

Updated to games played on 11 December 2011
Source: Japan Football League: First round, second round
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

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