2014 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 2014
Matches played 98
Goals scored 249 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Kazuhito Kishida (9 goals)
Highest attendance 3,542
Kagoshima vs Yokogawa
Lowest attendance 183
Verspah vs MIO
Average attendance 853
2013
2015

The 2014 Japan Football League is the first season of the nationwide fourth tier of the Japanese football, and the 16th season since the establishment of Japan Football League. The first stage of the season commenced from 16 March to 8 June, and the second stage of the season is currently taking place since 19 July, and scheduled to end on 9 November. The post-season championship playoffs are scheduled for 23/24 and 29/30 November.[1]

Clubs[edit]

After 10 of 18 teams were set to leave JFL for newly created J3, the league announced that it will suffer a contraction and only 14 teams will participate in 2014.[2] The league will accommodate all winners of Regional Promotion Series and will accept applications from another Regional clubs that are willing to participate in the nationwide league. On December 4 the league announced the final list of promoted teams.[3]

Club Name Home Town Notes
Azul Claro Numazu Numazu, Shizuoka J. League 100-year Plan Club status, promoted from Tōkai Soccer League
Fagiano Okayama Next Okayama, Okayama 2013 Chūgoku Soccer League champions, 2nd place in Regional promotion play-offs
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Kagoshima United Kagoshima, Kagoshima A new club, created on merger of Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, 2013 Kyushu Soccer League respective champions and runner-ups
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi Promoted from Tōkai Soccer League. Renamed from Maruyasu Industries SC
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga
Sagawa Printing Mukō, Kyoto
Renofa Yamaguchi Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi J. League 100-year Plan Club status, promoted from Chūgoku Soccer League
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi
Tochigi Uva Tochigi, Tochigi J. League 100-year Plan Club status approved 20 May 2014
Yokogawa Musashino Musashino, Tokyo
Vanraure Hachinohe Hachinohe, Aomori J. League 100-year Plan Club status
Verspah Oita Ōita, Ōita Renamed from Hoyo Oita

Change in rules[edit]

The league will turn to two-stage format, similar to the one J. League had in its early years and is planning to reintroduce in 2015. Two single round-robin stages will be held, and winners of each stage will determine the champion in the post-season home and away championship playoffs. If the same team manages to win both stages, no playoffs will be held, and they will be automatically declared champions.[1]

No relegation is expected to take place in 2014 season, as the league anticipates expansion to 16 teams in 2015.

According to updated J. League Terms, in order to be promoted to J3 League the clubs must comply the following requirements:[4]

  • Play in JFL for at least one season before promotion
  • Have a "J. League 100 Year Plan" status
  • Finish in top 4 of the combined JFL table, and finish either 1st or 2nd among associate members
  • Have an average home attendance of at least 2,000; with significant effort recognized toward reaching 3,000 spectators
  • Have an annual operating revenue of 150 million yen
  • Pass the J3 licensing examination conducted by J. League

First stage[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Honda FC 13 11 1 1 36 11 +25 34 Qualification to championship play-offs
2 Kagoshima United 13 11 1 1 23 5 +18 34
3 Sagawa Printing 13 9 0 4 21 12 +9 27
4 Sony Sendai 13 8 2 3 26 12 +14 26
5 Verspah Oita 13 6 5 2 17 9 +8 23
6 Renofa Yamaguchi 13 7 1 5 25 13 +12 22
7 Azul Claro Numazu 13 3 5 5 11 14 −3 14
8 Yokogawa Musashino 13 3 3 7 14 18 −4 12
9 Vanraure Hachinohe 13 3 3 7 11 18 −7 12
10 Fagiano Okayama Next 13 2 5 6 10 22 −12 11
11 Tochigi Uva 13 2 4 7 9 19 −10 10
12 Honda Lock 13 2 4 7 11 24 −13 10
13 MIO Biwako Shiga 13 2 3 8 9 32 −23 9
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 13 1 5 7 11 25 −14 8

Updated to games played on 8 June 2014.
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
(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] AZU FAN HON KGU LOC MAR MIO PRI REN SON UVA YMS VAN VRS
Azul Claro Numazu 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–0
Fagiano Okayama Next 2–2 0–5 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1
Honda FC 0–0 2–1 2–1 5–0 3–1 3–1 3–1
Kagoshima United 4–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 2–1
Honda Lock 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 0–4 0–1
Maruyasu Okazaki 1–2 1–4 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–1
MIO Biwako Shiga 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–4 1–0 0–3 1–5
Sagawa Printing 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–0 4–0 1–2 1–1 5–0 2–0 2–0
Sony Sendai 2–0 3–5 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 3–1
Tochigi Uva 2–2 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–5 0–0
Yokogawa Musashino 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Vanraure Hachinohe 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–32 2–1 0–0
Verspah Oita 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–2

Updated to games played on 8 June 2014.
Source: Japan Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 Round 1 match between Vanraure and Sony was postponed to April 17 due to heavy snow.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Second stage[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Yokogawa Musashino 4 2 2 0 7 4 +3 8 Qualification to championship play-offs
2 Fagiano Okayama Next 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
3 Honda FC 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
4 Renofa Yamaguchi 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
5 Vanraure Hachinohe 4 2 0 2 8 5 +3 6
6 Sagawa Printing 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
7 Maruyasu Okazaki 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 6
8 Tochigi Uva 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1 6
9 Azul Claro Numazu 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
10 Verspah Oita 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1 4
11 MIO Biwako Shiga 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
12 Kagoshima United 4 1 0 3 5 8 −3 3
13 Honda Lock 4 1 0 3 5 11 −6 3
14 Sony Sendai 3 0 2 1 5 8 −3 2

Updated to games played on 17 August 2014.
Source: Japan Football League (2014)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw
(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] AZU FAN HON KGU LOC MAR MIO PRI REN SON UVA YMS VAN VRS
Azul Claro Numazu 0–0 2–1
Fagiano Okayama Next 2–1
Honda FC 0–1 2–1
Kagoshima United 1–2 0–3
Honda Lock 1–0 1–4
Maruyasu Okazaki 2–1 1–2
MIO Biwako Shiga 1–2
Sagawa Printing 3–1 1–3
Renofa Yamaguchi 4–1 0–1
Sony Sendai 2–2
Tochigi Uva 0–2 1–0
Yokogawa Musashino 1–1 2–2
Vanraure Hachinohe 2–0 5–2
Verspah Oita 2–0 1–3

Updated to games played on 17 August 2014.
Source: Japan Football 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.

Championship play-offs[edit]

The championship play-offs will be held after the season between two winners of each stage, and the overall winner will be declared JFL champions. Honda FC, the winners of the first stage, will host the first leg on 23/24 November, and the winners of the second stage will host the second leg on 29/30 November. If the same club manages to win both stages, no playoffs will be held.[1]

Overall table[edit]

This table will be used to determine J3 promotion candidates. To qualify for promotion, a club must hold a "100 Year Plan" status (marked in bold in the table), and finish both in Top-4 of the JFL, and either 1st or 2nd among the promotion-eligible clubs.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Honda FC 14 11 1 2 36 12 +24 34 Promotion to the 2015 J3 League
2 Kagoshima United 14 11 1 2 23 7 +16 34
3 Sagawa Printing 14 10 0 4 24 13 +11 30
4 Sony Sendai 14 8 3 3 28 14 +14 27
5 Verspah Oita 14 6 6 2 19 11 +8 24
6 Renofa Yamaguchi 14 7 1 6 25 14 +11 22
7 Yokogawa Musashino 14 4 3 7 15 18 −3 15
8 Azul Claro Numazu 14 3 6 5 11 14 −3 15
9 Vanraure Hachinohe 14 4 3 7 13 18 −5 15
10 Tochigi Uva 14 3 4 7 10 19 −9 13
11 Fagiano Okayama Next 14 2 6 6 10 22 −12 12
12 Maruyasu Okazaki 14 2 5 7 13 26 −13 11
13 Honda Lock 14 2 4 8 12 26 −14 10
14 MIO Biwako Shiga 14 2 3 9 10 35 −25 9

Updated to games played on 21 July 2014.
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
(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.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Kazuhito Kishida Renofa Yamaguchi
9
T2 Japan Takaki Fukumitsu Verspah Oita
8
Japan Daiki Kagawa Honda FC
8
Japan Yuta Uchino Sony Sendai
8
T5 Japan Gen Nakamura Sony Sendai
7
Japan Makoto Nakasuji Kagoshima United
7
T7 Japan Taishi Kusaka Maruyasu Okazaki
6
Japan Junichiro Shibata Honda FC
6
T9 Japan Hiroki Kurimoto Honda FC
5
Japan Kazuma Sato Sagawa Printing
5
Japan Yuya Yamada Kagoshima United
5

Source: Japan Football League
Updated to games played on 21 July 2014

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Kagoshima United 13,538 3,542 1,549 2,256 2.2601156069364+226.0%
2 Renofa Yamaguchi 12,142 2,260 701 1,735 0.19655172413793+19.6%
3 Azul Claro Numazu 9,963 2,402 1,016 1,661 1.06592039801+106.5%
4 Honda FC 7,009 1,659 503 1,001 0.32758620689655+32.7%
5 Vanraure Hachinohe 4,419 1,604 230 737 0.23244147157191+23.2%
6 Tochigi Uva 4,179 1,474 394 697 0.15397350993377+15.3%
7 Yokogawa Musashino 4,661 1,082 335 666 -0.86493506493506−13.5%
8 MIO Biwako Shiga 4,075 1,156 224 582 0.071823204419889+7.1%
9 Fagiano Okayama Next 3,395 759 388 566
n/a
10 Sony Sendai 3,723 920 345 532 -0.82737169517885−17.2%
11 Maruyasu Okazaki 2,583 1,176 214 431
n/a
12 Honda Lock 2,578 546 275 430 -0.83820662768031−16.1%
13 Sagawa Printing 2,865 532 305 409 0.0098765432098766+0.9%
14 Verspah Oita 2,461 842 183 352 0.057057057057057+5.7%
League total 77,591 3,542 183 853 −35.4%

Updated to games played on 8 June 2014
Source: Japan Football League (1st stage, 2nd stage)
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.
The average attendance of Kagoshima United is compared to combined averages of its predecessors, FC Kagoshima and Volca Kagoshima

References[edit]

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