2013 in Japanese football

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2013 season

Japanese football in 2013.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams relegated from J. League Division 1

Teams promoted to J. League Division 1

Teams relegated from J. League Division 2

Teams promoted to J. League Division 2

J. League Division 1[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima won another J. League title, raising its total league titles to seven. Yokohama F. Marinos led the campaign in the latter half of the seasons, only to lose the last two matches to Albirex Niigata and Kawasaki Frontale respectively, thus settling for second place. Frontale won third place as a result of their victory, qualifying for the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2009.

Oita Trinita, who had been promoted via the playoffs as sixth place, showed their poor preparation throughout the campaign and ended in bottom place. Júbilo Iwata was relegated as well after 20 seasons in Division 1, while Shonan Bellmare, who had been promoted with them in 1994 and was making a cameo appearance, went down with them as well.


Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C) 34 19 6 9 51 29 +22 63 Qualification to 2014 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 18 8 8 49 31 +18 62
3 Kawasaki Frontale 34 18 6 10 65 51 +14 60
4 Cerezo Osaka 34 16 11 7 53 32 +21 59
5 Kashima Antlers 34 18 5 11 60 52 +8 59
6 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 17 7 10 66 56 +10 58
7 Albirex Niigata 34 17 4 13 48 42 +6 55
8 FC Tokyo 34 16 6 12 61 47 +14 54
9 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 15 5 14 48 57 −9 50
10 Kashiwa Reysol 34 13 9 12 56 59 −3 48
11 Nagoya Grampus 34 13 8 13 47 48 −1 47
12 Sagan Tosu 34 13 7 14 54 63 −9 46
13 Vegalta Sendai 34 11 12 11 41 38 +3 45
14 Omiya Ardija 34 14 3 17 45 48 −3 45
15 Ventforet Kofu 34 8 13 13 30 41 −11 37
16 Shonan Bellmare (R) 34 6 7 21 34 62 −28 25 Relegation to 2014 J. League Division 2
17 Júbilo Iwata (R) 34 4 11 19 40 56 −16 23
18 Oita Trinita (R) 34 2 8 24 31 67 −36 14

Updated to games played on 7 December 2013.
Source: J. League Division 1
Rules for classification:
1 The winners of the 2013 Emperor's Cup will also qualify for the group stage of the 2014 AFC Champions League. If the winners have already qualified to ACL through the championship, the spot will be awarded to the fourth-placed team.
(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.


J. League Division 2[edit]

Kansai rivals Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe, having been both relegated from Division 1 in the previous season, contested a fierce battle for the second tier title, and Gamba was ultimately victorious. The playoffs were won by Tokushima Vortis, which overcame Kyoto Sanga at Kokuritsu to become the first Shikoku football club to compete in the top Japanese division.

FC Gifu was in bottom place for most of the season before a short burst of rejuvenation in the final weeks allowed them to climb above Gainare Tottori, who was left to face the playout against Kamatamare Sanuki, in what turned out to be their last season in the second tier.


Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Gamba Osaka (C) (P) 42 25 12 5 99 46 +53 87 Promotion to 2014 J. League Division 1
2 Vissel Kobe (P) 42 25 8 9 78 41 +37 83
3 Kyoto Sanga 42 20 10 12 68 46 +22 70 Qualification to the Promotion Playoffs 1
4 Tokushima Vortis (O) (P) 42 20 7 15 56 51 +5 67
5 JEF United Chiba 42 18 12 12 68 49 +19 66
6 V-Varen Nagasaki 42 19 9 14 48 40 +8 66
7 Matsumoto Yamaga 42 19 9 14 54 54 0 66
8 Consadole Sapporo 42 20 4 18 60 49 +11 64
9 Tochigi SC 42 17 12 13 61 55 +6 63
10 Montedio Yamagata 42 16 11 15 74 61 +13 59
11 Yokohama FC 42 15 13 14 49 46 +3 58
12 Fagiano Okayama 42 13 17 12 52 48 +4 56
13 Tokyo Verdy 42 14 14 14 52 58 −6 56
14 Avispa Fukuoka 42 15 11 16 47 54 −7 56
15 Mito HollyHock 42 14 13 15 50 58 −8 55 Ineligible for promotion
16 Giravanz Kitakyushu 42 13 10 19 50 60 −10 49 Ineligible for promotion
17 Ehime FC 42 12 11 19 43 52 −9 47
18 Kataller Toyama 42 11 11 20 45 59 −14 44
19 Roasso Kumamoto 42 10 13 19 40 70 −30 43
20 Thespakusatsu Gunma 42 9 13 20 43 61 −18 40
21 FC Gifu 42 9 10 23 37 80 −43 37 Ineligible for promotion
22 Gainare Tottori (R) 42 5 16 21 38 74 −36 31 Qualification to the Promotion/Relegation Series 2

Updated to games played on 8 December 2013.
Source: J. League Division 2
Rules for classification:
1 Only teams that meet J1 criteria can participate in promotion playoffs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.
2 Promotion/Relegation Play-offs between J2 and JFL will take place between Kamatamare Sanuki, 2nd-placed club of 2013 Japan Football League with J. League Associate Membership, and 22nd-ranked club of 2013 J2
(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.


Japan Football League[edit]

In spite of leading the table for most of the season, Kamatamare Sanuki slipped and was overtaken by Nagano Parceiro to the title. However, because Nagano did not fulfill the J2 stadium requirements, Sanuki was allowed to playoff against Tottori and won.

This was the last season of the JFL as the third tier of Japanese football, as a new J. League Division 3 will take its place. No club was relegated to the Regional Leagues.


Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Nagano Parceiro (C) 34 21 9 4 61 25 +36 72 Formed J3 League
2 Kamatamare Sanuki (P) 34 21 5 8 49 26 +23 68 Qualification to the J2 promotion playoffs 1
3 SC Sagamihara 34 18 7 9 58 42 +16 61 Formed J3 League
4 Machida Zelvia 34 18 7 9 51 44 +7 61
5 Honda FC 34 14 11 9 54 38 +16 53
6 Sagawa Printing 34 14 11 9 36 25 +11 53
7 Zweigen Kanazawa 34 14 8 12 60 48 +12 50 Formed J3 League
8 Blaublitz Akita 34 14 8 12 48 45 +3 50
9 Sony Sendai 34 12 14 8 33 34 −1 50
10 Yokogawa Musashino 34 13 10 11 36 36 0 49
11 FC Ryukyu 34 12 10 12 47 51 −4 46 Formed J3 League
12 YSCC 34 11 6 17 45 56 −11 39
13 Fujieda MYFC 34 9 9 16 40 58 −18 36
14 Fukushima United 34 8 10 16 35 42 −7 34
15 Hoyo Oita 34 9 5 20 32 45 −13 32
16 MIO Biwako Shiga 34 8 6 20 40 56 −16 30
17 Tochigi Uva 34 9 3 22 34 66 −32 30
18 Honda Lock 34 6 11 17 25 47 −22 29

Updated to games played on 8 December 2013.
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
If two clubs are tied for first place, both clubs will be declared champions.
Kamatamare Sanuki topped the table at the end of the 17th round and thus were awarded JFL seed for 2013 Emperor's Cup.[1]
1 Direct promotion and pro/rele series will take place only if there will be promotion-eligible teams (shown in bold) that will claim either of two top spots in JFL.
(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.

Japanese Regional Leagues[edit]

Tōhoku champions Grulla Morioka won the Regional Promotion Series, and owing to meeting J. League Associate Membership requirements, they were allowed to be promoted to the new Division 3 instead of the fourth-tier JFL, which the other three finalists joined.

Domestic cups[edit]

Emperor's Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013 Emperor's Cup

J. League Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013 J. League Cup

Japanese Super Cup[edit]

23 February 2013
13:35 JST
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 – 0 Kashiwa Reysol
Satō Goal 29' Summary
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 34,972[2]
Referee: Japan Minoru Tōjō

International club competitions[edit]

Suruga Bank Championship[edit]

August 7, 2013
19:00 UTC+9
Kashima Antlers Japan 3–2 Brazil São Paulo
Osako Goal 25'39'90+2' Report Ganso Goal 58'
Aloísio Goal 75'

AFC Champions League[edit]

National team[edit]

Men[edit]

International Friendly (2013 Kirin Challenge Cup)

International Friendly

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Fourth Round

International Friendly (2013 Asian and Japan Love)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Fourth Round

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Fourth Round

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

2013 EAFF East Asian Cup

2013 EAFF East Asian Cup

2013 EAFF East Asian Cup


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