List of winners of J3 League and predecessors

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Japanese League (3rd tier)
(former) Japan Football League Division 2 (1992–1993)
Japan Football League (1999–2013)
J3 League (2014–present)
Country
Japan
Japan
Founded
1992
Number of Teams
13 (2015 season)
Current Champions
Zweigen Kanazawa (2014)
Most successful club
Honda FC
(5 championships)

A national third tier of Japanese league football was first established in 1992, as the second division of former Japan Football League, though it only lasted for two seasons. In 1999, following the establishment of J. League Division 2, a new Japan Football League was created, fulfilling the third tier until a fully professional J3 League was launched in 2014.

(former) Japan Football League Division 2 (1992–1993)[edit]

The old Japan Football League was established simultaneously with creation of J. League and was initially a two-level tournament but that lasted only for two inaugural seasons.

Season Winner Runner-up
1992
Chuo Bohan Kyoto Shiko
1993
Honda Motors PJM Futures

Japan Football League (JFL) (1999–2013)[edit]

With the establishment of J. League Division 2, the new Japan Football League was automatically moved a tier down the pyramid comparing to its discontinued namesake.

Numbers in parentheses indicate number of wins at the date (for two and more). Upwards arrow (↑) indicates promotion to J. League Division 2

Season Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1999
Yokohama FC Honda Motors Mito HollyHock Denso SC
2000
Yokohama FC (2) ↑ Honda Motors Denso SC Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
2001
Honda Motors (2) Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Jatco FC Sagawa Express
2002
Honda Motors (3) Sagawa Express Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Sony Sendai
2003
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Honda FC Ehime FC Sagawa Express Osaka
2004
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (2) ↑ Honda FC Thespa Kusatsu YKK AP
2005
Ehime FC YKK AP ALO's Hokuriku Tochigi SC
2006
Honda FC (4) Sagawa Express Tokyo Sagawa Express Osaka YKK AP
2007
Sagawa Express Rosso Kumamoto FC Gifu ALO's Hokuriku
2008
Honda FC (5) Tochigi SC Kataller Toyama Fagiano Okayama
2009
Sagawa Shiga (2) Yokogawa Musashino Sony Sendai New Wave Kitakyushu
2010
Gainare Tottori Sagawa Shiga Machida Zelvia Honda FC
2011
Sagawa Shiga (3) Nagano Parceiro Machida Zelvia Matsumoto Yamaga
2012
V-Varen Nagasaki Nagano Parceiro Sagawa Shiga Kamatamare Sanuki
2013
Nagano Parceiro Kamatamare Sanuki SC Sagamihara Machida Zelvia

J3 League (2014–present)[edit]

In 2014, J. League launched a fully professional third division.

Season Winner Runner-up
2014
Zweigen Kanazawa Nagano Parceiro

Not promoted to J2 due to a loss in the play-off series.

Total wins[edit]

Clubs in bold compete in J3 as of 2015 season. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
Years in italic indicate seasons of amateur football (former and new Japan Football League).

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runners-up seasons
Honda FC
5
4
1993, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004
Sagawa Shiga
3
1
2007, 2009, 2011 2010
Tokushima Vortis
2
1
2003, 2004 2001
Yokohama FC
2
0
1999, 2000
Nagano Parceiro
1
3
2013 2011, 2012, 2014
Avispa Fukuoka
1
0
1992
Ehime FC
1
0
2005
Gainare Tottori
1
0
2010
V-Varen Nagasaki
1
0
2012
Zweigen Kanazawa
1
0
2014
Sagawa Express Tokyo 0 2 2002, 2006
Kyoto Sanga
0
1
1992
Tosu Futures
0
1
1993
YKK AP
0
1
2005
Roasso Kumamoto
0
1
2007
Tochigi SC
0
1
2008
Yokogawa Musashino
0
1
2009
Kamatamare Sanuki
0
1
2013

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