2012 Japan Football League
1st JFL title
1st D3 title
|Relegated||Sagawa Shiga (withdrawn)|
|Goals scored||762 (2.8 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Shunta Takahashi, Masao Tsuji (20 goals)|
Ryukyu vs MYFC
Shiga vs Sony
The 2012 Japan Football League was the fourteenth season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system. It has started on March 11, and finished on November 18.
Subsequently, only one club will be directly relegated and one take part in pro/rele playoffs to bring the number of JFL clubs back to 18.
During the season, on 23 July, Nagano Parceiro were approved as J. League associate members, though they are not eligible for promotion until the completion of the renovation of their home stadium which is expected in 2016.
On 28 September 2012, J. League Organization made an announcement for club licenses for 2013, and only Nagasaki was granted conditional J2 license.
On 16 October 2012, it was reported that Sagawa Shiga F.C. had notified JFL organization about their intention of withdrawal from JFL as of the end of this season. On 17 October 2012, JFL Committee has approved the request from Sagawa Shiga F.C. for its withdrawal from JFL as of the end of the season.
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Blaublitz Akita||All cities/towns in Akita|
|Honda FC||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka|
|Honda Lock||Miyazaki, Miyazaki|
|Hoyo Oita||Ōita, Ōita||Promoted from Kyushu league in 2011|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||All cities/towns in Kagawa||J. League associate member, not eligible for J2 promotion|
|MIO Biwako Shiga||Kusatsu, Shiga|
|Fujieda MYFC||Fujieda, Shizuoka||Promoted from Tōkai league D1 in 2011|
|Nagano Parceiro||Nagano, Nagano||J. League associate member (since July 23), not eligible for J2 promotion|
|SP Kyoto||Mukō, Kyoto|
|FC Ryukyu||All cities/towns in Okinawa|
|Sagawa Shiga||Moriyama, Shiga|
|Sony Sendai||Tagajō, Miyagi|
|Tochigi Uva||Tochigi, Tochigi|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||All cities/towns in Nagasaki||J. League associate member, eligible for J2 promotion|
|Yokogawa Musashino||Musashino, Tokyo|
|YSCC Yokohama||Yokohama, Kanagawa||Promoted from Kantō league D1 in 2011|
|Zweigen Kanazawa||Kanazawa, Ishikawa|
Change in rules
Promotions to J. League Division 2
Relegation to regional leagues
Because of withdrawals by Arte Takasaki and Sagawa Shiga, no clubs will be relegated automatically as of the end of the season. The bottom finished (17th placed) club will play a play-off against the 3rd placed club of the 2012 Regional League promotion series.
||Promotion or relegation
|1||V-Varen Nagasaki† (C) (P)||32||20||7||5||57||24||+33||67||Promotion to the 2013 J.League Division 2|
|3||Sagawa Shiga (R)||32||16||9||7||61||37||+24||57||Withdrawn 1|
|8||MIO Biwako Shiga||32||11||10||11||53||52||+1||43|
|17||Tochigi Uva||32||4||10||18||36||70||−34||22||Qualification for pro/rel playoffs|
Updated to games played on 18 November 2012.
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
† V-Varen Nagasaki topped the table at the end of the 17th round and thus were awarded JFL seed for 2012 Emperor's Cup.
1On 21 October Sagawa Express Co., the owner and operator of Sagawa Shiga FC, have announced that after the season the club will withdraw from JFL and cease its operations.
(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.
|Home ╲ Away||BLA||HON||LOC||HOY||KAM||MIO||MYF||PAR||PRI||RYU||SSH||SON||UVA||VVN||YMC||YSC||ZWE|
|MIO Biwako Shiga||0–1||3–1||1–2||1–0||1–1||1–0||3–3||1–2||2–2||2–2||0–3||2–4||1–4||1–1||2–2||3–1|
Updated to games played on 18 November 2012.
Source: Japan Football League: First round, second round
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 The 10th round game on May 6 between Tochigi Uva and Nagano Parceiro was discontinued after the first half because of heavy thunderstorm. The score at the moment was 0–0. The match was replayed in full on June 20.
3 F.C. Ryukyu vs Kamatamare Sanuki, a match for the 27th round originally scheduled on 29 September, was postponed due to approaching Typhoon Jelawat, and played on 31 October.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
|1||Shunta Takahashi||FC Ryukyu||
|Masao Tsuji||YSCC Yokohama||
|3||Shohei Kiyohara||Sagawa Shiga||
|Kota Sugawara||MIO Biwako Shiga||
|Yuji Unozawa||Nagano Parceiro||
|6||Kiichi Iga||Honda FC||
|7||Kazuki Ganaha||FC Ryukyu||
|Hideyuki Ishida||Kamatamare Sanuki||
|9||Shintaro Hirai||SP Kyoto||
|Masatoshi Matsuda||Blaublitz Akita||
|Shoma Mizunaga||V-Varen Nagasaki||
Updated to games played on 18 November 2012
Source: Japan Football League
|11||MIO Biwako Shiga||10,189||2,206||208||637||−4.9%|
Promotions and relegations after the regular season
SC Sagamihara and Fukushima United were promoted to JFL as the winner and runner-up of the Regional League promotion series, respectively. Third-placed Norbritz Hokkaido faced Tochigi Uva in a playoff series. Both games were played in Tochigi to prevent snow in Hokkaido from potentially postponing an away game. After two games, the series were tied 2–2, but Tochigi Uva won the penalty shootout 4–1, securing their spot in 2013 JFL.
Playoffs with Regional Promotion Series
December 9, 2012
|Norbritz Hokkaido||2–1||Tochigi Uva|
|Yamada 44', 58'||Report
December 16, 2012
|Tochigi Uva||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Norbritz Hokkaido|
|Hamaoka 62' (pen.)||Report
Tochigi Uva won the series 4–1 on penalty kicks and remained in JFL.
- "News on the 14th JFL season opener" (in Japanese). Japan Football League. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
- アルテ高崎、ＪＦＬからの退会について [Withdrawal of Arte Takasaki from JFL] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- Ｊリーグ準加盟審査結果について [About the results of J. League associate membership examination] (in Japanese). J. League. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "佐川滋賀 JFLへ退会申し出" (in Japanese). NHK. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- "SAGAWA SHIGA FC、JFLからの大会について" [About the withdrawal of Sagawa Shiga FC from JFL] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- 入れ替えについての変更 [Changes in league promotion/relegation] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- "第92回天皇杯ＪＦＬシードはＶ･ファーレン長崎に決定！" [V-Varen Nagasaki as the JFL-seeded for the 92nd Emperor's Cup]. Japan Football League. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- "SAGAWA SHIGA FC 活動停止に関するお知らせ" [Note on cessation of activity of Sagawa Shiga FC] (in Japanese). Sagawa Express Co. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- Japan Football League (6 May 2012). 第10節 栃木ウ－長野 中止のお知らせ [Note of discontinuation of the 10th round game between Tochigi Uva and Nagano Parceiro] (in Japanese). Retrieved 8 May 2012.
- Japan Football League (4 October 2012). "第14回JFL第27節「FC琉球vsカマタマーレ讃岐」代替日決定のお知らせ" [Noticee of alternative match date for "FC Ryukyu vs Kamatamare Sanuki", a 27th round game for 14th JFL] (in Japanese). Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "２０１２年度ＪＦＬ入替戦について" [About 2012 JFL exchange competition] (in Japanese). Japan Football League. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03.