2014 J3 League

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J3 League
Season 2014
Matches played 29
Goals scored 76 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorer Tsugitoshi Oishi (4 goals)
Highest attendance 4,569
Zelvia vs MYFC
Lowest attendance 504
Fukushima vs Gainare
Average attendance 2,118
2015

The 2014 J3 League is the 18th season of the third tier of the Japanese football, and the inaugural season of the professional J3 League. The season commenced on 9 March and will finish on November 9.[1]

Establishment[edit]

After the discussion on J1-J2 Joint Committee on 16 January 2013, all J. League clubs agreed in principle with an establishment of the new league starting 2014.[2] This decision was formally put into force by J. League Council on 26 February executive meeting.[3] The league was planned to launch with 10 teams, but another session of J. League Council in July decided that inaugural season of J3 will feature 12 teams.[4]

Clubs[edit]

Template:J3 League map 2014 In order to participate, a club must have held an associate membership, or had submitted an application before 30 June 2013, and then passed an inspection in order to obtain a participation licence issued by J. League Council.[5] On November 19, J. League has confirmed the following clubs to participate in the inaugural J3 season:[6]

Club Name Home Town Notes
Blaublitz Akita All cities/towns in Akita
Fukushima United Fukushima, Fukushima
Gainare Tottori All cities/towns in Tottori Relegated from 2013 J2
Grulla Morioka Morioka, Iwate The only club promoted from Regional Leagues
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda, Shizuoka
Nagano Parceiro Nagano, Nagano
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara, Kanagawa
YSCC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Holds J2 license as of 2013
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa Holds J2 license as of 2013
J. League U-22 team n/a A special team, composed of best J1 and J2 youngsters in order to prepare them to 2016 Olympics

Competition rules[edit]

The league will be played in three rounds, each team playing a total of 33 matches. J. League U-22 team will play all their matches on the road.[1]

Each team must feature at least 3 players holding professional contracts. Two foreign players are allowed per team, plus 1 more from the ASEAN partner country of J. League. The matchday roster will consist of 16 players, and up to 5 substitutes will be allowed in a game.[1]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Rules for promotion to J2 will be largely similar to those of Japan Football League in the recent seasons: in order to be promoted, a club must hold a J2 license and finish in top 2 of the league. The U-22 team is not eligible for promotion regardless of their final position. The champions will be promoted directly, in exchange to 22nd-placed J2 club; and the runners-up will participate in the playoffs with 21st J2 club. If either or both top 2 finishers are ineligible for promotion, the playoffs and/or direct exchange will not be held in accordance to the exact positions of promotion-eligible clubs.[1]

Foreign players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player Non-Visa Foreign Type-C Contract
Blaublitz Akita Brazil Leonardo South Korea Lee Keun-Ho
Fukushima United South Korea Kim Kong-Chyong North Korea Kim Hong-Yeon
Gainare Tottori
Grulla Morioka
Fujieda MYFC South Korea Park Il-Kyu
Nagano Parceiro South Korea Kim Yeong-Gi
FC Ryukyu
SC Sagamihara Brazil Weslley United States Mobi Fehr
YSCC Egypt Osama Elsamni
Machida Zelvia South Korea Bae Dae-Won
Zweigen Kanazawa South Korea Choi Ji-Hoon
J. League U-22 team1

Note:
^1 A special team, composed of best J1 and J2 youngsters in order to prepare them to 2016 Olympics

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Machida Zelvia 5 3 2 0 10 2 +8 11 Promotion to 2015 J. League Division 2 1
2 Grulla Morioka 5 3 1 1 10 5 +5 10 Qualification to the J2 promotion playoffs 1
3 Gainare Tottori 5 2 3 0 4 2 +2 9
4 J. League U-22 team 5 3 0 2 9 12 −3 9
5 Nagano Parceiro 5 2 2 1 5 6 −1 8
6 Zweigen Kanazawa 4 2 1 1 10 3 +7 7
7 FC Ryukyu 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4 7
8 SC Sagamihara 5 2 0 3 5 7 −2 6
9 Fujieda MYFC 5 1 2 2 8 10 −2 5
10 Fukushima United 5 0 2 3 2 6 −4 2
11 Blaublitz Akita 5 0 2 3 4 10 −6 2
12 YSCC 5 0 2 3 2 10 −8 2

Updated to games played on 6 April.
Source: J. League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw.
1Only clubs that hold J2 licence are eligible for promotion.
(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]

Rounds 1–11[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLA FUK GAI GRU MYF PAR RYU SGM YSC ZEL ZWE J22
Blaublitz Akita 2–2 1–2
Fukushima United 0–1 0–2
Gainare Tottori 0–0 1–1 1–0
Grulla Morioka 1–4 6–1
Fujieda MYFC 0–0 2–2 2–4
Nagano Parceiro 1–0 1–4 2–1
FC Ryukyu 2–0 0–1 3–0
SC Sagamihara 3–0 2–0 0–4
YSCC 1–1 1–1 0–2
Machida Zelvia 3–0 0–0 2–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–1 4–0

Updated to games played on 6 April.
Source: J. League
^ 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 12–24[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLA FUK GAI GRU MYF PAR RYU SGM YSC ZEL ZWE J22
Blaublitz Akita
Fukushima United
Gainare Tottori
Grulla Morioka
Fujieda MYFC
Nagano Parceiro
FC Ryukyu
SC Sagamihara
YSCC
Machida Zelvia
Zweigen Kanazawa

Updated to games played on pre-season.
Source: J. League
^ 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 23–33[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLA FUK GAI GRU MYF PAR RYU SGM YSC ZEL ZWE J22
Blaublitz Akita
Fukushima United
Gainare Tottori
Grulla Morioka
Fujieda MYFC
Nagano Parceiro
FC Ryukyu
SC Sagamihara
YSCC
Machida Zelvia
Zweigen Kanazawa

Updated to games played on pre-season.
Source: J. League
^ 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 scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Tsugitoshi Oishi Fujieda MYFC
4
2 Japan Yusei Okada Grulla Morioka
3
Japan Masao Tsuji Zweigen Kanazawa
3
Japan Yuji Unozawa Nagano Parceiro
3

Updated per games played on 6 April
Source: J. League data

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Machida Zelvia 10,148 4,569 2,163 3,383 0.065847511027095+6.5%
2 Nagano Parceiro 9,040 4,312 1,655 3,013 0.28815733219324+28.8%
3 SC Sagamihara 8,371 3,315 2,183 2,790 0.45010395010395+45.0%
4 Gainare Tottori 8,329 3,962 1,832 2,776 -0.67756895289236−32.2%
5 Grulla Morioka 4,453 3,048 1,405 2,227 1.9772727272727+197.7%
6 Blaublitz Akita 3,369 2,096 1,273 1,685 -0.95305429864253−4.6%
7 Zweigen Kanazawa 3,231 2,573 658 1,616 -0.78332525448376−21.6%
8 Fujieda MYFC 4,415 2,513 856 1,472 0.54459601259182+54.4%
9 YSCC 4,193 1,819 897 1,398 0.78544061302682+78.5%
10 Fukushima United 2,557 2,053 504 1,279 0.24537487828627+24.5%
11 FC Ryukyu 3,315 1,517 863 1,105 -0.5340744320928−46.5%
League total 61,421 4,569 504 2,118 +60.2%

Updated to games played on 6 April
Source: J. League data
Notes:
League average is compared to JFL average of 2013.
Team played previous season in J2.
Team played previous season in the Regional Leagues.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 2014J3リーグ 大会方式および試合方式について [Playing system and rules of 2014 J3 League] (in Japanese), J. League, 17 December 2013, retrieved 30 December 2013 
  2. ^ "J3設立へ中西理事「理解は得た」" [Director Nakahishi on the agreement for J3 establishment] (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "来年からJ3新設を正式決定 Jリーグ理事会" [Consul formally decided to launch new J3 league next year] (in Japanese). Sports Nippon Newspapers. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "J3参加クラブ数は「12」で決定" [J3 is determined to start with 12 teams] (in Japanese). J. League. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "J3までの道のり" [Steps to J3 participation] (in Japanese). J. League. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "申請クラブ審査状況に更新がありました" [Update to club review situation] (in Japanese). J. League. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.