List of winners of J. League Division 2 and predecessors

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Japanese League (2nd tier)
Japan Soccer League Second Division (1972–1992)
(former) Japan Football League Division 1 (1992–1993)
(former) Japan Football League (1994–1998)
J. League Division 2 (1999–present)
Country
Japan
Japan
Founded
1972
Number of Teams
22 (2013 season)
Current Champions
Shonan Bellmare (2014)
Most successful club
Consadole Sapporo
(5 championships)

A national second tier of Japanese league football was first established in 1972, as the Japan Soccer League Second Division. In 1992, with the breakup of the JSL and restructuring of the top flight into the J. League, the (former) Japan Football League became the second tier. In 1999 the J. League has established a second division (officially known as J. League Division 2).

Japan Soccer League Second Division (1972–1992)[edit]

Numbers in parentheses indicate number of wins at the date.

Season Winner Runner-up
1972
Toyota Motors Tanabe Pharmaceuticals
1973
Eidai Industries Kofu SC
1974
Yomiuri SC Fujitsu SC
1975
Tanabe Pharmaceuticals Yomiuri SC
1976
Fujitsu SC Yomiuri SC
1977
Yomiuri SC (2) Nissan Motors
1978
Honda Motors Nissan Motors
1979
Toshiba Horikawacho Yamaha Motors
1980
Honda Motors (2) Fujitsu SC
1981
Nippon Kokan Nissan Motors
1982
Yamaha Motors Toshiba SC
1983
Nippon Kokan (2) Sumitomo Metal Industries
1984
Sumitomo Metal Industries ANA Yokohama
1985
Matsushita Electric Mazda SC
1986–87
Sumitomo Metal Industries (2) Toyota Motors
1987–88
ANA Yokohama Matsushita Electric
1988–89
Toshiba SC (2) Hitachi SC
1989–90
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Toyota Motors
1990–91
Hitachi SC Mazda SC
1991–92
Fujita SC Sumitomo Metal Industries

Not promoted to Division 1 due to losing promotion/relegation series
Not promoted to the newly formed J. League

(former) Japan Football League Division 1 (1992–1993)[edit]

An extra season of Japanese football was done by the Japan Football League in late 1992, as the top flight clubs were still re-organizing and adopting new identities before the J. League kicked off in 1993.

Season Winner Runner-up
1992
Yamaha Motors (2) Hitachi SC
1993
Shonan Bellmare (2) Júbilo Iwata

Not promoted to J. League

(former) Japan Football League (1994–1998)[edit]

In 1994, the Japan Football League Division 2 was abolished.

Season Winner Runner-up
1994
Cerezo Osaka Kashiwa Reysol
1995
Fukuoka Blux Kyoto Purple Sanga
1996
Honda Motors (3) Vissel Kobe
1997
Consadole Sapporo (3) Tokyo Gas
1998
Tokyo Gas Kawasaki Frontale

Not promoted to J. League (J1 after 1998)

J. League Division 2 (J2) (1999–present)[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Third place Playoff winner
1999
Kawasaki Frontale (2) FC Tokyo Oita Trinita
2000
Consadole Sapporo (4) Urawa Red Diamonds Oita Trinita
2001
Kyoto Purple Sanga Vegalta Sendai Montedio Yamagata
2002
Oita Trinita Cerezo Osaka Albirex Niigata
2003
Albirex Niigata Sanfrecce Hiroshima Kawasaki Frontale
2004
Kawasaki Frontale (3) Omiya Ardija Avispa Fukuoka
2005
Kyoto Purple Sanga (2) Avispa Fukuoka Ventforet Kofu
2006
Yokohama FC Kashiwa Reysol Vissel Kobe
2007
Consadole Sapporo (5) Tokyo Verdy 1969 Kyoto Sanga
2008
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Montedio Yamagata Vegalta Sendai
2009
Vegalta Sendai Cerezo Osaka Shonan Bellmare
2010
Kashiwa Reysol (2) Ventforet Kofu Avispa Fukuoka
2011
FC Tokyo (2) Sagan Tosu Consadole Sapporo
2012
Ventforet Kofu Shonan Bellmare Kyoto Sanga Oita Trinita (6th)
2013
Gamba Osaka (2) Vissel Kobe Kyoto Sanga Tokushima Vortis (4th)
2014
Shonan Bellmare (3) Matsumoto Yamaga JEF United Chiba Montedio Yamagata (6th)

Not promoted to J1
Not promoted to J1 due to losing promotion/relegation series
For play-off winners, the number in parentheses indicates their position after the end of the season.

Total wins[edit]

Clubs in bold compete in J2 as of 2015 season. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
Years in italic indicate seasons of amateur football (Japan Soccer League D2 and former Japan Football League).

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runners-up seasons
Consadole Sapporo
5
1
1979, 1988–89, 1997, 2000, 2007 1982
Kawasaki Frontale
3
3
1976, 1999, 2004 1974, 1980, 1998
Shonan Bellmare
3
1
1991–92, 1993, 2014 2012
Honda FC
3
0
1978, 1980, 1996
Kashiwa Reysol
2
4
1990–91, 2010 1988–89, 1992, 1994, 2006
Tokyo Verdy
2
3
1974, 1977 1975, 1976, 2007
Kashima Antlers
2
2
1984, 1986–87 1983, 1991–92
Júbilo Iwata
2
2
1982, 1992 1979, 1993
FC Tokyo
2
2
1998, 2011 1997, 1999
Kyoto Sanga
2
1
2001, 2005 1995
Gamba Osaka
2
1
1985, 2013 1987–88
NKK SC
2
0
1981, 1983
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1
3
2008 1985, 1990–91, 2003
Nagoya Grampus
1
2
1972 1986–87, 1989–90
Cerezo Osaka
1
2
1994 2002, 2009
Ventforet Kofu
1
2
2012 1973, 2010
Tanabe Pharmaceuticals
1
1
1975 1972
Yokohama Flügels
1
1
1987–88 1984
Urawa Red Diamonds
1
1
1989–90 2000
Avispa Fukuoka
1
1
1995 2005
Vegalta Sendai
1
1
2009 2001
Eidai Industries
1
0
1973
Oita Trinita
1
0
2002
Albirex Niigata
1
0
2003
Yokohama FC
1
0
2006
Yokohama F. Marinos 0 3 1977, 1978, 1981
Vissel Kobe
0
2
1996, 2013
Omiya Ardija
0
1
2004
Montedio Yamagata
0
1
2008
Sagan Tosu
0
1
2011
Matsumoto Yamaga
0
1
2014

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