2009 J.League Division 2

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J.League Division 2
Season2009
ChampionsVegalta Sendai
1st J2 title
1st D2 title
PromotedVegalta Sendai
Cerezo Osaka
Shonan Bellmare
Matches played459
Goals scored1,164 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorerShinji Kagawa (27 goals total)
Highest attendance22,707 (Round 25,
Consadole vs. HollyHock)
Lowest attendance615 (Round 44,
Fagiano vs. Tochigi)
Average attendance6,326
2008
2010

The 2009 J. League Division 2 season was the 38th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 11th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season started on March 7 and ended on December 5.

In this season, the number of participating clubs was increased by three, making the total number, eighteen. The clubs played in triple round-robin format. Starting this season, all top three clubs were promoted by default and Pro/Rele Series was eliminated accordingly. There were no relegation to the third-tier Japan Football League.

General[edit]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Changes in competition format[edit]

  • Fourth foreign slot (AFC slot) has been created to each club's roster.
  • Promotion/Relegation Series had been eliminated to accommodate the 18-club J2; Division 2 club which finishes third place at the end of the season will receive automatic promotion to J1.

Changes in clubs[edit]

none

Participating clubs[edit]

Eighteen clubs played in J. League Division 2 during the 2009 season. Of these clubs, Consadole Sapporo and Tokyo Verdy were relegated from Division 1 last year. Tochigi S.C., Kataller Toyama, and Fagiano Okayama newly joined from Japan Football League.

League format[edit]

Eighteen clubs will play in triple round-robin format, a total of 51 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. The top three clubs will be promoted to J1.

Changes from Previous Year
  • Eighteen participating clubs, increased by three from last year
  • Number of games per club increased to 51, up from 42.
  • The fourth foreign player slot (AFC player slot) is introduced
  • Top three clubs now receives promotion by default; during 2004–2008 seasons, the third place club needed to win playoffs for the promotion.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Vegalta Sendai (C, P) 51 32 10 9 87 39 +48 106 Promotion to 2010 J. League Division 1
2 Cerezo Osaka (P) 51 31 11 9 100 53 +47 104
3 Shonan Bellmare (P) 51 29 11 11 84 52 +32 98
4 Ventforet Kofu 51 28 13 10 76 46 +30 97
5 Sagan Tosu 51 25 13 13 71 51 +20 88
6 Consadole Sapporo 51 21 16 14 74 61 +13 79
7 Tokyo Verdy 51 21 11 19 68 61 +7 74
8 Mito HollyHock 51 21 10 20 70 79 −9 73
9 Tokushima Vortis 51 19 15 17 67 52 +15 72
10 Thespa Kusatsu 51 18 11 22 64 76 −12 65
11 Avispa Fukuoka 51 17 14 20 52 71 −19 65
12 FC Gifu 51 16 14 21 62 72 −10 62
13 Kataller Toyama 51 15 16 20 48 58 −10 61
14 Roasso Kumamoto 51 16 10 25 66 82 −16 58
15 Ehime FC 51 12 11 28 54 80 −26 47
16 Yokohama FC 51 11 11 29 43 70 −27 44
17 Tochigi SC 51 8 13 30 38 77 −39 37
18 Fagiano Okayama 51 8 12 31 40 84 −44 36
Updated to match(es) played on December 5, 2009. Source: J.League Division 2
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Final results[edit]

Rounds 1 and 2
Home \ Away AVI BEL CER CON EHI FAG GIF HOL KAT ROS SAG SPA TOC VEG VEN VER VOR YFC
Avispa Fukuoka 0–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–4 1–2 1–1 1–0
Shonan Bellmare 2–3 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 3–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Cerezo Osaka 4–1 3–4 3–0 4–2 4–1 1–0 5–3 2–3 4–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0
Consadole Sapporo 3–0 0–1 4–1 3–2 4–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1
Ehime FC 3–0 2–4 0–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–3 1–3 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–3
Fagiano Okayama 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–3 0–3 0–3 2–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 1–1
FC Gifu 0–2 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 3–0 2–0
Mito HollyHock 5–0 1–5 2–3 0–0 1–0 4–3 3–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–5 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1
Kataller Toyama 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–3 0–1 2–0
Roasso Kumamoto 2–3 0–2 0–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 5–2 1–3 2–3 1–2 1–2 2–0 0–3 0–1 0–2 0–3 1–1
Sagan Tosu 3–1 4–3 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 4–2 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–0
Thespa Kusatsu 3–2 2–0 2–4 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–2
Tochigi SC 0–2 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–3 0–4 1–1 0–5 0–0 1–2 3–3 0–3 0–0 1–0
Vegalta Sendai 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–2 2–1
Ventforet Kofu 6–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 4–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–0
Tokyo Verdy 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–4 2–0 0–3 1–0 1–3 1–2 4–0 2–1
Tokushima Vortis 2–1 0–0 2–2 3–3 6–0 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–0
Yokohama FC 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–3 3–1 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on August 16, 2009. Source: J. League Division 2
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Round 3
Home \ Away AVI BEL CER CON EHI FAG GIF HOL KAT ROS SAG SPA TOC VEG VEN VER VOR YFC
Avispa Fukuoka 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 0–0
Shonan Bellmare 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0
Cerezo Osaka 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 5–0 1–0 1–1
Consadole Sapporo 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–0 3–1
Ehime FC 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–2
Fagiano Okayama 2–2 1–3 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 0–1 0–2
FC Gifu 1–1 2–4 3–3 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–2
Mito HollyHock 2–3 1–0 4–2 0–1 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–3
Kataller Toyama 0–3 0–1 2–0 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 0–0
Roasso Kumamoto 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–5 2–0 2–1 1–1
Sagan Tosu 3–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1
Thespa Kusatsu 1–2 2–5 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–6 0–1 3–2 1–0
Tochigi SC 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–3 0–0
Vegalta Sendai 1–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
Ventforet Kofu 2–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1
Tokyo Verdy 1–0 2–4 2–2 2–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–1
Tokushima Vortis 0–0 3–0 4–1 6–0 0–1 1–1 0–4 0–1 0–1
Yokohama FC 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on December 5, 2009. Source: J. League Division 2
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[1]
1 Japan Shinji Kagawa Cerezo Osaka 27
2 Japan Ken Tokura Thespa Kusatsu 23
3 Japan Masashi Oguro Tokyo Verdy 21
4 Japan Takashi Inui Cerezo Osaka 20
5 Brazil Maranhão Ventforet Kofu 19
Japan Hiroyuki Takasaki Mito HollyHock 19
Brazil Thiago Quirino Consadole Sapporo 19
8 Japan Yoshihiro Uchimura Ehime FC 18
9 Japan Tetsuya Okubo Avispa Fukuoka 16
Japan Koichi Sato FC Gifu 16
Brazil Marcelo Soares Vegalta Sendai 16

Attendance[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Vegalta Sendai 336,719 19,063 7,154 12,951 −8.0%
2 Ventforet Kofu 276,463 16,844 5,582 11,059 +6.8%
3 Consadole Sapporo 265,376 22,707 5,112 10,207 −29.8%
4 Cerezo Osaka 247,796 20,727 4,837 9,912 −6.1%
5 Avispa Fukuoka 194,071 16,531 2,869 7,763 −23.0%
6 Shonan Bellmare 189,088 14,080 3,301 7,273 +21.3%
7 Fagiano Okayama 154,039 13,228 615 6,162 +68.1%
8 Roasso Kumamoto 150,150 19,321 2,337 6,006 +13.8%
9 Sagan Tosu 154,408 13,211 3,103 5,939 −18.2%
10 Tokyo Verdy 143,539 9,378 2,564 5,521 −62.8%
11 Tochigi SC 117,643 15,857 1,819 4,706 −6.8%
12 Thespa Kusatsu 112,584 8,276 1,579 4,330 +2.7%
13 FC Gifu 107,557 9,113 1,492 4,302 +14.9%
14 Tokushima Vortis 105,897 13,473 1,842 4,073 +5.5%
15 Kataller Toyama 93,507 5,520 1,862 3,740 −13.1%
16 Ehime FC 96,054 12,851 1,633 3,694 −0.3%
17 Yokohama FC 91,898 5,489 1,541 3,535 −48.0%
18 Mito HollyHock 66,818 8,463 1,206 2,673 −12.2%
League total 2,903,607 20,727 615 6,326 −10.5%

Updated to games played on December 5, 2009
Source: J. League Division 2
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.
Team played previous season in JFL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 J2 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 17 April 2010.