2012 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 2012
Champions V-Varen Nagasaki
1st D3 title
1st JFL title
Promoted V-Varen Nagasaki
Relegated Sagawa Shiga (withdrawn)
Matches played 272
Goals scored 762 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorer Shunta Takahashi, Masao Tsuji (20 goals)
Highest attendance 11,658
Ryukyu vs MYFC
Lowest attendance 92
Shiga vs Sony
Average attendance 1,240
2011
2013

The 2012 Japan Football League was the fourteenth season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system. It has started on March 11, and finished on November 18.[1]

Clubs[edit]

The league intended to run the season in the usual 18-team format, but after the withdrawal of Arte Takasaki in January no replacement team was invited so in 2012 JFL features only 17 teams.[2]

Subsequently, only one club will be directly relegated and one take part in pro/rele playoffs to bring the number of JFL clubs back to 18.

During the season, on 23 July, Nagano Parceiro were approved as J. League associate members,[3] though they are not eligible for promotion until the completion of the renovation of their home stadium which is expected in 2016.

On 28 September 2012, J. League Organization made an announcement for club licenses for 2013, and only Nagasaki was granted conditional J2 license.

On 16 October 2012, it was reported that Sagawa Shiga F.C. had notified JFL organization about their intention of withdrawal from JFL as of the end of this season.[4] On 17 October 2012, JFL Committee has approved the request from Sagawa Shiga F.C. for its withdrawal from JFL as of the end of the season.[5]

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Blaublitz Akita All cities/towns in Akita
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Hoyo Oita Ōita, Ōita Promoted from Kyushu league in 2011
Kamatamare Sanuki All cities/towns in Kagawa J. League associate member, not eligible for J2 promotion
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda, Shizuoka Promoted from Tōkai league D1 in 2011
Nagano Parceiro Nagano, Nagano J. League associate member (since July 23), not eligible for J2 promotion
Sagawa Printing Mukō, Kyoto
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa
Sagawa Shiga Moriyama, Shiga
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi
Tochigi Uva Tochigi, Tochigi
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki J. League associate member, eligible for J2 promotion
Yokogawa Musashino Musashino, Tokyo
YSCC Yokohama, Kanagawa Promoted from Kantō league D1 in 2011
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Change in rules[edit]

Promotions to J. League Division 2[edit]

Relegation to regional leagues[edit]

Because of withdrawals by Arte Takasaki and Sagawa Shiga, no clubs will be relegated automatically as of the end of the season. The bottom finished (17th placed) club will play a play-off against the 3rd placed club in 2012 All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series.[6]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 V-Varen Nagasaki (C) (P) 32 20 7 5 57 24 +33 67 Promotion to the 2013 J. League Division 2
2 Nagano Parceiro 32 17 7 8 57 34 +23 58
3 Sagawa Shiga (R) 32 16 9 7 61 37 +24 57 Withdrawn 1
4 Kamatamare Sanuki 32 15 8 9 49 29 +20 53
5 Honda FC 32 16 5 11 55 39 +16 53
6 YSCC 32 15 4 13 58 50 +8 49
7 Sagawa Printing 32 12 9 11 43 43 0 45
8 MIO Biwako Shiga 32 11 10 11 53 52 +1 43
9 FC Ryukyu 32 12 7 13 58 62 −4 43
10 Yokogawa Musashino 32 11 8 13 35 50 −15 41
11 Fujieda MYFC 32 11 7 14 39 48 −9 40
12 Sony Sendai 32 9 12 11 27 29 −2 39
13 Blaublitz Akita 32 9 10 13 33 41 −8 37
14 Zweigen Kanazawa 32 8 12 12 33 41 −8 36
15 Hoyo Oita 32 9 8 15 40 57 −17 35
16 Honda Lock 32 7 7 18 28 56 −28 28
17 Tochigi Uva (O) 32 4 10 18 36 70 −34 22 Qualification to the pro/rel playoffs

Updated to games played on 18 November 2012.
Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw
V-Varen Nagasaki topped the table at the end of the 17th round and thus were awarded JFL seed for 2012 Emperor's Cup.[7]
1On 21 October Sagawa Express Co., the owner and operator of Sagawa Shiga FC, have announced that after the season the club will withdraw from JFL and cease its operations.[8]
(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] BLA HON LOC HOY KAM MIO MYF PAR PRI RYU SSH SON UVA VVN YMS YSC ZWE
Blaublitz Akita 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–3 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1
Honda FC 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 6–0 0–1
Honda Lock 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–4 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 2–4 0–4 2–3 0–1 2–0
Hoyo Oita 0–4 6–1 1–1 0–3 0–5 0–2 3–1 1–0 4–5 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–3
Kamatamare Sanuki 3–0 1–0 6–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–0 4–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–1
MIO Biwako Shiga 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–3 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–3 2–4 1–4 1–1 2–2 3–1
Fujieda MYFC 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–7 1–0 2–5 3–0 2–4 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–0
Nagano Parceiro 1–0 5–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 5–0 0–1 2–2
Sagawa Printing 1–1 0–0 0–1 6–2 2–4 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2
FC Ryukyu 0–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 2–23 4–1 1–2 0–2 4–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–0 1–3 3–4 3–2
Sagawa Shiga 0–1 4–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–1 4–0 4–3 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–2 1–4 0–0
Sony Sendai 3–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Tochigi Uva 3–1 3–3 2–1 0–0 0–3 0–3 0–1 1–42 1–3 1–1 2–3 2–4 1–4 0–0 1–6 1–1
V-Varen Nagasaki 1–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 4–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–0 4–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–0
Yokogawa Musashino 2–0 0–7 0–1 0–4 0–3 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–2
YSCC 4–1 0–2 4–1 3–3 1–2 3–0 4–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–2
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–1 2–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–4

Updated to games played on 18 November 2012.
Source: Japan Football League: First round, second round
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 The 10th round game on May 6 between Tochigi Uva and Nagano Parceiro was discontinued after the first half because of heavy thunderstorm. The score at the moment was 0–0.[9] The match was replayed in full on June 20.
3 F.C. Ryukyu vs Kamatamare Sanuki, a match for the 27th round originally scheduled on 29 September, was postponed due to approaching Typhoon Jelawat, and played on 31 October.[10]
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
1 Japan Shunta Takahashi FC Ryukyu
20
Japan Masao Tsuji YSCC
20
3 Japan Shohei Kiyohara Sagawa Shiga
17
Japan Kota Sugawara MIO Biwako Shiga
17
Japan Yuji Unozawa Nagano Parceiro
17
6 Japan Kiichi Iga Honda FC
15
7 Japan Kazuki Ganaha FC Ryukyu
13
Japan Hideyuki Ishida Kamatamare Sanuki
13
9 Japan Shintaro Hirai Sagawa Printing
12
Japan Masatoshi Matsuda Blaublitz Akita
12
Japan Shoma Mizunaga V-Varen Nagasaki
12

Updated to games played on 18 November 2012
Source: Japan Football League

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 V-Varen Nagasaki 58,502 8,545 679 3,656 1.4163912756114+141.6%
2 Nagano Parceiro 44,963 4,127 1,803 2,810 0.23191582639193+23.1%
3 Kamatamare Sanuki 37,511 3,457 1,216 2,344 -0.77487603305785−22.5%
4 Zweigen Kanazawa 37,013 9,136 522 2,313 -0.92372204472843−7.6%
5 FC Ryukyu 34,626 11,658 262 2,164 0.16344086021505+16.3%
6 Blaublitz Akita 18,175 2,162 618 1,136 -0.89167974882261−10.8%
7 Honda FC 13,171 3,056 376 823 -0.92575928008999−7.4%
8 Sagawa Shiga 11,875 1,852 92 742 -0.64409722222222−35.5%
9 Yokogawa Musashino 11,445 1,312 316 715 -0.99860335195531−0.1%
10 YSCC 11,360 1,436 411 710
n/a
11 MIO Biwako Shiga 10,189 2,206 208 637 -0.95074626865672−4.9%
12 Sony Sendai 9,413 1,174 263 588 -0.86470588235294−13.5%
13 Honda Lock 8,715 1,274 296 545 -0.80502215657312−19.4%
14 Fujieda MYFC 8,507 1,317 200 532 0.80952380952381+80.9%
15 Tochigi Uva 7,853 1,588 175 491 -0.92467043314501−7.5%
16 Hoyo Oita 7,668 1,415 252 479 1.6174863387978+161.7%
17 Sagawa Printing 6,242 736 105 390 0.018276762402089+1.8%
League total 337,228 11,658 92 1,240 −26.2%

Updated to games played on 18 November 2012
Source: Japan Football League: First round, second round
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotions and relegations after the regular season[edit]

V-Varen Nagasaki were automatically promoted to J2 while Machida Zelvia became the first ever team to be relegated from J. League, returning to the JFL after only one season.

SC Sagamihara and Fukushima United were promoted to JFL as the winner and runner-up of All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series, respectively. Third-placed Norbritz Hokkaido faced Tochigi Uva in a playoff series.[11] Both games were played in Tochigi to prevent snow in Hokkaido from potentially postponing an away game. After two games, the series were tied 2–2, but Tochigi Uva won the penalty shootout 4–1, securing their spot in 2013 JFL.

Playoffs with Regional Promotion Series[edit]

December 9, 2012
14:00
Norbritz Hokkaido 2–1 Tochigi Uva
Yamada Goal 44'58' Report
(Japanese)
Wakabayashi Goal 4'
Tochigi General Athletic Park Stadium, Tochigi
Attendance: 902
Referee: 井上知大

December 16, 2012
13:00
Tochigi Uva 1–0 (a.e.t.) Norbritz Hokkaido
Hamaoka Goal 62' (pen.) Report
(Japanese)
  Penalties  
Hamaoka Penalty scored
Okada Penalty scored
Takeuchi Penalty scored
Amma Penalty scored
4–1 Penalty missed Hatakeyama
Penalty scored Ji Jun-Gi
Penalty missed Kuraya
Tochigi General Athletic Park Stadium, Tochigi
Attendance: 1,445
Referee: Takuya Maeda

Tochigi Uva won the series 4–1 on penalty kicks and remained in JFL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News on the 14th JFL season opener" (in Japanese). Japan Football League. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "アルテ高崎、JFLからの退会について" [Withdrawal of Arte Takasaki from JFL] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jリーグ準加盟審査結果について" [About the results of J. League associate membership examination] (in Japanese). J. League. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "佐川滋賀 JFLへ退会申し出" (in Japanese). NHK. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  5. ^ "SAGAWA SHIGA FC、JFLからの大会について" [About the withdrawal of Sagawa Shiga FC from JFL] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "入れ替えについての変更" [Changes in league promotion/relegation] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  7. ^ "第92回天皇杯JFLシードはV・ファーレン長崎に決定!" [V-Varen Nagasaki as the JFL-seeded for the 92nd Emperor's Cup]. Japan Football League. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  8. ^ "SAGAWA SHIGA FC 活動停止に関するお知らせ" [Note on cessation of activity of Sagawa Shiga FC] (in Japanese). Sagawa Express Co. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  9. ^ Japan Football League (6 May 2012). "第10節 栃木ウ-長野 中止のお知らせ" [Note of discontinuation of the 10th round game between Tochigi Uva and Nagano Parceiro] (in Japanese). Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Japan Football League (4 October 2012). "第14回JFL第27節「FC琉球vsカマタマーレ讃岐」代替日決定のお知らせ" [Noticee of alternative match date for "FC Ryukyu vs Kamatamare Sanuki", a 27th round game for 14th JFL] (in Japanese). Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "2012年度JFL入替戦について" [About 2012 JFL exchange competition] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 

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