2014 J3 League

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J3 League
Season 2014
Matches played 165
Goals scored 407 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Koji Suzuki (16 goals)
Highest attendance 8,115
Zweigen vs MYFC
Lowest attendance 504
Fukushima vs Gainare
Average attendance 2,149
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 23,[1] with a 3-week break after the 17th week matches on 21 and 22 June (except one on 25 June), then will resume from 19 and 20 July, due to prefectural qualifiers, followed by the 1st and 2nd round matches of the 2014 Emperor's Cup scheduled during the intermission.

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, conditionally eligible for J2 promotion
Grulla Morioka Morioka, Iwate The only club promoted from Regional Leagues
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda, Shizuoka
Nagano Parceiro Nagano, Nagano Eligible for J2 promotion
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara, Kanagawa
YSCC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Eligible for J2 promotion
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa Eligible for J2 promotion
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

On 29 September the J. League licensing board issued J2 licenses to the following clubs: Machida Zelvia, Nagano Parceiro, Zweigen Kanazawa, and Gainare Tottori.[7] Tottori's license was issued provisionally, under conditions of financial improvement before 30 October when the league plans to re-assess the club's financial stance and either confirm or revoke the license.

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]

No relegation to JFL is planned.

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 Zweigen Kanazawa 29 19 6 4 47 20 +27 63 Promotion to 2015 J. League Division 2 1
2 Nagano Parceiro 29 17 8 4 46 20 +26 59 Qualification to J2 promotion playoffs 1
3 Machida Zelvia 29 16 8 5 50 20 +30 56
4 Gainare Tottori 29 13 10 6 30 20 +10 49
5 Grulla Morioka 28 11 7 10 38 30 +8 40
6 SC Sagamihara 29 9 7 13 38 43 −5 34
7 Fukushima United 28 8 9 11 26 30 −4 33
8 FC Ryukyu 28 7 9 12 24 40 −16 30
9 Blaublitz Akita 29 9 3 17 33 50 −17 30
10 J. League U-22 team 28 8 4 16 31 53 −22 28
11 Fujieda MYFC 28 6 8 14 30 43 −13 26
12 YSCC 28 3 11 14 23 47 −24 20

Updated to games played on 19 October 2014.
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 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2
Fukushima United 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1
Gainare Tottori 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0
Grulla Morioka 4–1 0–0 2–3 3–0 1–4 6–1
Fujieda MYFC 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 2–4
Nagano Parceiro 1–0 1–4 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0
FC Ryukyu 2–0 1–3 0–1 0–0 1–7 3–0
SC Sagamihara 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–4 0–1
YSCC 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2
Machida Zelvia 4–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 4–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–0

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source: J. League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Rounds 12–22[edit]

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

Updated to games played on 24 August 2014.
Source: J. League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = 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 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–2
Fukushima United 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–0
Gainare Tottori 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Grulla Morioka 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–1
Fujieda MYFC 0–2 1–1 2–1
Nagano Parceiro 3–0 2–0 2–0 5–0
FC Ryukyu 0–0 0–0 0–1
SC Sagamihara 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–5
YSCC 0–0 0–0 2–4
Machida Zelvia 1–2 0–0 3–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 2–1 2–0 3–2 2–1

Updated to games played on 19 October 2014.
Source: J. League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = 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 Koji Suzuki Machida Zelvia
17
2 Japan Yuji Unozawa Nagano Parceiro
13
3 Japan Tsugutoshi Oishi Fujieda MYFC
12
4 Japan Ryota Doi Grulla Morioka
11
5 Japan Hirochika Miyoshi Blaublitz Akita
10
6 Japan Akio Yoshida YSCC
9
7 Japan Yoshinori Katsumata Nagano Parceiro
8
Japan Shohei Kiyohara Zweigen Kanazawa
8
9 Brazil Fernandinho Gainare Tottori
7
Brazil Leonardo Blaublitz Akita
7
Japan Shoma Mizunaga Zweigen Kanazawa
7

Updated per games played on 19 October 2014
Source: J. League data

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Nagano Parceiro 48,264 8,011 1,655 3,218 0.37580162462591+37.5%
2 Gainare Tottori 47,755 5,892 1,832 3,184 -0.77715401513302−22.2%
3 Zweigen Kanazawa 47,661 8,115 658 3,177 0.53999030538051+53.9%
4 Machida Zelvia 45,964 4,569 2,012 3,064 -0.9653434152489−3.4%
5 SC Sagamihara 45,896 5,630 921 2,869 0.49116424116424+49.1%
6 Blaublitz Akita 26,955 2,378 1,057 1,685 -0.95305429864253−4.6%
7 Grulla Morioka 21,177 3,048 741 1,412 0.88770053475936+88.7%
8 Fukushima United 19,030 4,163 504 1,359 0.32327166504382+32.3%
9 Fujieda MYFC 18,866 3,302 612 1,258 0.32004197271773+32.0%
10 FC Ryukyu 17,917 4,362 575 1,194 -0.57709038182697−42.2%
11 YSCC 15,127 1,819 512 1,081 0.38058748403576+38.0%
League total 354,612 8,115 504 2,149 +62.5%

Updated to games played on 12 October 2014
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. 
  7. ^ "クラブライセンス交付第一審機関(FIB)決定による 2015シーズン Jリーグクラブライセンス交付について" [J. League licensing for 2015 season.] (in Japanese). J. League. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.