2012 J.League Division 2
1st J2 title
1st D2 title
|Goals scored||1,073 (2.32 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Davi (29 goals)|
Trinita vs Ventforet
Thespa vs Roasso
The 2012 J. League Division 2 season is the 41st season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 14th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season started on March 4 and will finish on November 11, followed by the promotion playoffs among the 3rd to 6th placed clubs (see the article).
Ventforet Kofu became champions and returned to J1 immediately after one season at J2. Shonan Bellmare finished second and also won the automatic promotion along with Kofu, returning to the J1 after two years of absence. Oita Trinita finished sixth, but won the promotion playoffs by defeating 3rd-placed Kyoto Sanga at the semifinal and 5th-placed JEF United Chiba at the final thus returning to the J1 after three years of absence.
For the first time ever, relegation to the third-tier JFL was implemented, and Machida Zelvia became the unlucky first team to suffer that fate by finishing in bottom place only one season after entering the professional divisions.
The expected participant clubs are as follows:
Promotions and relegations
Promotions to Division 1
Rather than 3 spots for automatic promotions to J. League Division 1 (J1) until the previous season, there are only 2 spots for automatic promotions from this season, and the 3rd promoting club will be determined by a play-off called Play-off for Promotion to J1 (J1昇格プレーオフ) held by 4 clubs (3rd - 6th placed clubs in the standings in the league matches). The regulation is:
- First Round
- Two ties will be held: "3rd placed club - 6th placed club" and "4th placed club - 5th placed club". Each tie will be played as one match on the home stadium determined by the standings in the league matches (i.e. 3rd and 4th placed clubs' stadiums).
- Final Round
- A tie will be held by the two winners of the first round. The tie will be played as one match at a neutral venue, which is determined as Tokyo National Stadium on 23 July.
- If the score ties by 90 minutes, neither extra time nor penalty shoot-out will be held: the winner is determined by the standings in the league matches.
- Exceptional Cases
- In case one or more clubs of 3rd - 6th places cannot meet promotion criteria, remained clubs will participate the play-off: the spots cannot be replaced by 7th placed or lower clubs.
- In case only three of the four clubs meet the promotion criteria, the highest ranked club among them will receive a bye to the final round.
- In case only two of the four clubs meet the promotion criteria, only the final round will be held.
- In case only one of the four clubs meets the promotion criteria, it will automatically promote.
- In case none of the four clubs meets the promotion criteria, the number of promoting club will be decreased.
On 28 September, it was announced that the following clubs did not meet the criteria, mainly in regards to the stadiam's size, which are required to J1 clubs to maintain, thus will not be promoted to J1, or participating promotion playoffs even if finishing in the appropriate standing at the end of the regular season:
Relegations to JFL
In January 2012, since the number of J2 clubs reached 22 from this season, J. League determined the regulation of the relegations from J2 to JFL that at most 2 clubs in J2 will relegate to JFL every season. The regulation is:
- 1st placed JFL club will replace a J2 club if it meets promotion criteria.
- 2nd placed JFL club will replace a J2 club if it meets promotion criteria and wins a home-and-away play-off against the J2 club.
- 3rd placed or lower JFL clubs cannot promote to J2 even if 1st or 2nd placed JFL clubs do not meet promotion criteria: the number of relegating clubs from J2 will be decreased.
- Thus, in the play-off, the second last (i.e. 21st placed) J2 club will meet the 2nd placed JFL club if 1st placed JFL club promotes to J2; otherwise the last (i.e. 22nd placed) J2 club will meet.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Ventforet Kofu (C, P)||42||24||14||4||63||35||+28||86||Promotion to 2013 J.League Division 1|
|2||Shonan Bellmare (P)||42||20||15||7||66||43||+23||75|
|3||Kyoto Sanga||42||23||5||14||61||45||+16||74||Qualification for promotion playoffs|
|5||JEF United Chiba||42||21||9||12||61||33||+28||72|
|6||Oita Trinita (O, P)||42||21||8||13||59||40||+19||71|
|22||Machida Zelvia (R)||42||7||11||24||34||67||−33||32||Relegation to 2013 Japan Football League[a]|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw. If two clubs are tied for first place, both clubs will be declared champions.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
- The promotion and relegation between J2 and JFL will take place only if more than one promotion-eligible (i.e. having a J.League Associate Membership) JFL team finished above second place and playoff will be played only if a eligible JFL team finished in second place(See the corresponding section for further details). As only 2012 Japan Football League Champion V-Varen Nagasaki has the Associate Membership among the top 2 teams. Machida Zelvia was relegated immediately but no relegation/playoff was taken place for FC Gifu which finished 21st.
|Home \ Away||AVI||BEL||EHI||FAG||GAI||GIF||GIR||HOL||JEF||KAT||MON||ROS||SAN||SPA||TOC||TRI||VEN||VER||VOR||YAM||YFC||ZEL|
|JEF United Chiba||2–1||1–1||1–0||0–0||3–1||0–1||0–3||3–0||1–1||2–0||4–0||3–2||2–0||0–0||1–2||0–1||2–2||3–0||2–0||3–0||0–1|
Updated to games played on 11 November 2012.
Source: J. League Division 2
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The 13th round game on 6 May between Tochigi S.C. and Avispa Fukuoka was abandoned at 69th minute because of heavy thunderstorm. The score at the moment was 1–0 for Tochigi (Cha Young-Hwan 48'). The remaining 24 minutes were played on 17 May resulting in another goal for Tochigi (Hirose 73') to secure 2–0 victory.
33 matches for the 36th round, Kyoto at Tokushima, Kumamoto at Shonan, and Gifu at Matsumoto, originally scheduled on 30 September, were postponed due to approaching Typhoon Jelawat, to 1 October for Kumamoto at Shonan, 18 October for Gifu at Matsumoto and 25 October for Kyoto at Tokushima.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
|2||Takuma Abe||Tokyo Verdy|
|Kengo Kawamata||Fagiano Okayama|
|4||Yoshihito Fujita||JEF United Chiba|
|5||Koki Arita||Ehime FC|
|Jin Hanato||Giravanz Kitakyushu|
|Kazushi Mitsuhira||Oita Trinita|
|Yasuhito Morishima||Oita Trinita|
|Atsutaka Nakamura||Kyoto Sanga|
|Kosuke Taketomi||Roasso Kumamoto|
|11||Takayuki Funayama||Matsumoto Yamaga|
|Hisashi Jogo||Avispa Fukuoka|
|Tetsuya Ōkubo||Yokohama FC|
Updated to games played on 11 November 2012
Source: J. League
|4||JEF United Chiba||194,893||14,487||6,235||9,281||−4.1%|
Updated to games played on 11 November 2012
Source: J. League Division 2
† Team played previous season in J1.
‡ Team played previous season in JFL.
Promotion Playoffs to Division 1
The schedule was as follows. The format would be changed if one or more of the involved clubs could not meet the promotion criteria to Division 1.
If the score tied by 90 minutes, the winner would be determined by the league standings.
|5||JEF United Chiba||0|
|5||JEF United Chiba||4|
|Kyoto Sanga||0–4||Oita Trinita|
|Morishima 17', 31', 66', 90'|
|Yokohama FC||0–4||JEF United Chiba|
|Fujita 35', 58'
|Oita Trinita||1–0||JEF United Chiba|
- "２０１２Ｊリーグ Ｊ１昇格プレーオフ 大会方式および試合方式について" [The format of the play-off for promotion to J1]. J. League. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- "Archived copy" Ｊ１昇格プレーオフ（仮称）２０１２シーズンより導入および大会方式の決定について [Play-off for promotion to J1 introduced from 2012: competition format] (in Japanese). J. League. 18 August 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "２０１２Ｊリーグ Ｊ１昇格プレーオフ決勝およびＪ２／ＪＦＬ入れ替え戦第１戦の日程変更のお知らせ" [2012 J. League: date changes of J1 promotion playoff final and J2-JFL promotion/relegation series 1st leg]. J. League official website. 23 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-26. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- "Archived copy" Ｊ２リーグの将来像を決定 [Future of J2 League] (in Japanese). J. League. 22 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "２０１２シーズンよりＪ２・ＪＦＬ入れ替え制度導入および「Ｊ２・ＪＦＬ入れ替え戦（仮称）」大会方式について" [Promotions/Relegations between J2 and JFL, promotion/relegation match from 2012]. J. League. 17 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-01-21. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- J. League (11 May 2012). "2012Jリーグ ディビジョン2 第13節 栃木SC vs アビスパ福岡 再開試合 詳細決定" [About the decision on 2012 Division 2 13th round game between Tochigi S.C. and Avispa Fukuoka] (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- J. League (2 October 2012). "2012Jリーグ ディビジョン2 第36節 松本山雅FC vs FC岐阜 代替開催日決定のお知らせ" [Notice of rescheduled date for Matsumoto Yamaga FC vs FC Gifu, a 36th round match of 2012 J. League Division 2] (in Japanese). Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- J. League (2 October 2012). "2012Jリーグ ディビジョン2 第36節 徳島ヴォルティス vs 京都サンガF.C. 代替開催日決定のお知らせ" [Notice of rescheduled date for Tokushima Vortis vs Kyoto Sanga F.C., a 36th round match of 2012 J. League Division 2] (in Japanese). Retrieved 4 October 2012.
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