2015 J1 League

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Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Season 2015
Champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima
3rd J. League title
8th Japanese title
Relegated Matsumoto Yamaga
Montedio Yamagata
Shimizu S-Pulse
Champions League Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Urawa Red Diamonds
Gamba Osaka
FC Tokyo
Club World Cup Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Matches played 306
Goals scored 820 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorer Yoshito Okubo (23 goals)
Highest attendance 53,148 Urawa vs Gamba Osaka
(2 May)
Lowest attendance 6,100 Yamagata vs Nagoya
(29 July)
Average attendance 17,803
2014
2016
All statistics correct as of 22 November 2015.

The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season[1] was the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

For a five-year period starting in 2015, the J.League changed to a newly conceived multistage system, with the year split into two halves and a third and final championship stage. The winners of the first and second stages and the highest ranking club of the aggregate table (other than the first or second stage winners) will qualify for the Championship Stage. Sanfrecce Hiroshima won the Championship Stage and advanced to the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup as the host nation's entrant.

Clubs[edit]

Club Name Coach Home Town(s) Stadium Capacity Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Japan Masaaki Yanagishita Niigata & Seiro, Niigata Big Swan Stadium 42,300
Kashima Antlers Japan Masatada Ishii Kashima, Ibaraki Kashima Soccer Stadium 40,728 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J. League Third placed team)
Shonan Bellmare South Korea Cho Kwi-jea Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Shonan Stadium Hiratsuka 18,500 Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2014
Yokohama F. Marinos France Erick Mombaerts Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa Nissan Stadium 72,327
Kawasaki Frontale Japan Yahiro Kazama Kawasaki, Kanagawa Todoroki Athletics Stadium 26,232
Gamba Osaka Japan Kenta Hasegawa Suita, Osaka Osaka Expo '70 Stadium 21,000 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J. League winners)
Nagoya Grampus Japan Akira Nishino Nagoya, Aichi Mizuho Athletic Stadium 27,000
Montedio Yamagata Japan Nobuhiro Ishizaki All cities/towns in Yamagata ND Soft Stadium 20,315 Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2014
(through a play-off system)
Urawa Red Diamonds Serbia Mihailo Petrović Saitama, Saitama Saitama Stadium 63,700 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J. League runners-up)
Kashiwa Reysol Japan Tatsuma Yoshida Kashiwa, Chiba Kashiwa Soccer Stadium 15,900 2015 AFC Champions League play-off participant
(as 2014 J. League Fourth placed team)
Shimizu S-Pulse Japan Kazuaki Tasaka Shizuoka, Shizuoka IAI Stadium Nihondaira 20,339
Sagan Tosu Japan Hitoshi Morishita Tosu, Saga Tosu Stadium 24,490
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan Hajime Moriyasu Hiroshima, Hiroshima Hiroshima Big Arch 50,000
FC Tokyo Italy Massimo Ficcadenti Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970
Vegalta Sendai Japan Susumu Watanabe Sendai, Miyagi Yurtec Stadium 19,694
Ventforet Kofu Japan Satoru Sakuma Kofu, Yamanashi Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000
Vissel Kobe Brazil Nelsinho Baptista Kobe, Hyōgo Misaki Park Stadium 30,132
Matsumoto Yamaga Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi Matsumoto, Nagano Matsumoto Stadium 20,000 Promoted from J. League Division 2 in 2014

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date of separation Manner of departure Incoming manager Date of announcement
Ventforet Kofu Japan Yasuhiro Higuchi 13 May Mutual consent[2] Japan Satoru Sakuma 13 May
Kashima Antlers Brazil Toninho Cerezo 21 July Sacked[3] Japan Masatada Ishii 21 July
Shimizu S-Pluse Japan Katsumi Oenoki 1 August Resigned[4] Japan Kazuaki Tasaka 11 August

Foreign players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player Non-Visa Foreign Type-C Contract[5]
Albirex Niigata Brazil Cortês Brazil Léo Silva Brazil Rafael Silva South Korea Lim You-hwan Brazil Rafael Ratão
Kashima Antlers Brazil Caio Brazil Davi Brazil Dinei South Korea Hwang Seok-ho
Shonan Bellmare Brazil André Bahia Brazil Thiago Quirino South Korea Kim Jong-pil South Korea Lee Ho-seung Brazil Alison
Yokohama F. Marinos Brazil Ademilson Brazil Fabio Brazil Rafinha
Kawasaki Frontale Brazil Arthur Maia Brazil Elsinho
Gamba Osaka Brazil Lins Brazil Patric South Korea Oh Jae-suk South Korea Kim Jung-ya
Nagoya Grampus Brazil Leandro Domingues Colombia Danilson Córdoba Slovenia Milivoje Novaković Brazil Gustavo
Montedio Yamagata Brazil Alceu Brazil Diego Peru Romero Frank South Korea Kim Byeom-yong
Urawa Red Diamonds Slovenia Zlatan Ljubijankić
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Cristiano Brazil Ederson Brazil Eduardo South Korea Kim Chang-soo
Shimizu S-Pulse Canada Dejan Jaković Netherlands Calvin Jong-a-Pin Nigeria Peter Utaka Australia Mitchell Duke North Korea Jong Tae-se
Sagan Tosu South Korea Baek Sung-dong South Korea Choi Sung-keun South Korea Kim Min-hyeok South Korea Kim Min-woo
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Brazil Douglas Croatia Mihael Mikić South Korea Byeon Jun-byum
FC Tokyo Serbia Vlada Avramov Spain Francisco Sandaza Australia Nathan Burns
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Baré Brazil Maranhão Brazil Marquinhos Paraná
Vegalta Sendai Brazil Felipe Brazil Ramon Lopes Brazil Wilson South Korea Kim Min-tae North Korea Ryang Yong-gi
Vissel Kobe Brazil Leandro Brazil Marquinhos Brazil Pedro Júnior South Korea Jung Woo-young Brazil Bueno
Matsumoto Yamaga Brazil Eric Brazil Obina Brazil Willians South Korea Kim Bo-kyung

Format changes[edit]

Teams play a single round-robin in the first stage and a single round-robin in the second stage.[6] After that an overall table is calculated and a championship stage is played. The winners of the first and second stages and any team that finishes in the top 3 of the overall rankings advance to the championship stage. The team that finishes atop the overall table automatically qualifies for the final, while the remaining teams play-off for the other spot in the final.

League table[edit]

First stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Urawa Red Diamonds (Q) 17 12 5 0 39 17 +22 41 Qualification to J.League Championship Stage
2 FC Tokyo 17 11 2 4 24 18 +6 35
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 17 10 4 3 29 16 +13 34
4 Gamba Osaka 17 9 5 3 24 13 +11 32
5 Kawasaki Frontale 17 9 3 5 32 26 +6 30
6 Yokohama F. Marinos 17 7 5 5 21 17 +4 26
7 Vegalta Sendai 17 6 5 6 27 20 +7 23
8 Kashima Antlers 17 6 4 7 27 25 +2 22
9 Nagoya Grampus 17 6 4 7 18 18 0 22
10 Shonan Bellmare 17 6 4 7 20 24 −4 22
11 Sagan Tosu 17 5 5 7 22 32 −10 20
12 Ventforet Kofu 17 6 2 9 12 22 −10 20
13 Vissel Kobe 17 4 7 6 17 19 −2 19
14 Kashiwa Reysol 17 4 6 7 22 25 −3 18
15 Matsumoto Yamaga 17 4 3 10 17 26 −9 15
16 Montedio Yamagata 17 3 5 9 14 24 −10 14
17 Albirex Niigata 17 3 5 9 20 33 −13 14
18 Shimizu S-Pulse 17 3 4 10 22 32 −10 13
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.


Second stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Q) 17 13 1 3 44 14 +30 40 Qualification to J.League Championship Stage
2 Kashima Antlers 17 12 1 4 30 16 +14 37
3 Gamba Osaka 17 9 4 4 32 24 +8 31
4 Urawa Red Diamonds 17 9 4 4 30 23 +7 31
5 Yokohama F. Marinos 17 8 5 4 24 15 +9 29
6 FC Tokyo 17 8 4 5 21 15 +6 28
7 Kawasaki Frontale 17 8 3 6 30 22 +8 27
8 Kashiwa Reysol 17 8 3 6 24 18 +6 27
9 Shonan Bellmare 17 7 5 5 20 20 0 26
10 Nagoya Grampus 17 7 3 7 26 30 −4 24
11 Albirex Niigata 17 5 5 7 21 25 −4 20
12 Sagan Tosu 17 4 8 5 15 22 −7 20
13 Vissel Kobe 17 6 1 10 27 30 −3 19
14 Ventforet Kofu 17 4 5 8 14 21 −7 17
15 Matsumoto Yamaga 17 3 4 10 13 28 −15 13
16 Vegalta Sendai 17 3 3 11 17 28 −11 12
17 Shimizu S-Pulse 17 2 6 9 15 33 −18 12
18 Montedio Yamagata 17 1 7 9 10 29 −19 10
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League 2nd Stage Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Overall table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C) 34 23 5 6 73 30 +43 74 Club World Cup, Champions League group stage and J.League Championship Final
2 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 21 9 4 69 40 +29 72 Champions League group stage and J.League Championship 1st Round
3 Gamba Osaka 34 18 9 7 56 37 +19 63
4 FC Tokyo 34 19 6 9 45 33 +12 63 Champions League qualifying play-off[a]
5 Kashima Antlers 34 18 5 11 57 41 +16 59
6 Kawasaki Frontale 34 17 6 11 62 48 +14 57
7 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 15 10 9 45 32 +13 55
8 Shonan Bellmare 34 13 9 12 40 44 −4 48
9 Nagoya Grampus 34 13 7 14 44 48 −4 46
10 Kashiwa Reysol 34 12 9 13 46 43 +3 45
11 Sagan Tosu 34 9 13 12 37 54 −17 40
12 Vissel Kobe 34 10 8 16 44 49 −5 38
13 Ventforet Kofu 34 10 7 17 26 43 −17 37
14 Vegalta Sendai 34 9 8 17 44 48 −4 35
15 Albirex Niigata 34 8 10 16 41 58 −17 34
16 Matsumoto Yamaga (R) 34 7 7 20 30 54 −24 28 Relegation to 2016 J2 League
17 Shimizu S-Pulse (R) 34 5 10 19 37 65 −28 25
18 Montedio Yamagata (R) 34 4 12 18 24 53 −29 24
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ The winner of the 2015 Emperor's Cup qualified for the Group Stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League. Since the Emperor's Cup winner was Gamba Osaka who were the third-placed team, the Qualifying Play-off spot was awarded to the fourth-placed team.

Positions by round[edit]

First stage[edit]

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
FC Tokyo 10 10 4 2 1 5 4 3 2 2 2 4 5 3 3 3 2
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 1 1 6 10 6 6 4 4 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 3
Gamba Osaka 10 13 7 5 3 2 2 2 3 4 3 2 3 4 4 4 4
Kawasaki Frontale 1 4 6 4 6 4 3 5 5 6 5 7 6 6 6 5 5
Yokohama F. Marinos 14 16 13 8 7 11 8 11 11 8 6 5 4 5 5 6 6
Vegalta Sendai 4 5 5 2 4 7 9 13 13 15 15 12 13 11 7 9 7
Kashima Antlers 14 17 17 11 12 8 10 8 10 11 9 8 11 9 9 7 8
Nagoya Grampus 8 12 16 18 12 8 11 9 6 7 8 11 9 10 8 8 9
Shonan Bellmare 14 8 12 7 11 13 14 12 12 13 10 10 8 7 10 10 10
Sagan Tosu 6 3 3 9 5 3 5 6 7 5 7 6 7 8 11 11 11
Ventforet Kofu 17 9 15 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 16 14 13 12 12
Vissel Kobe 13 13 18 14 9 10 7 10 9 9 11 14 10 12 12 13 13
Kashiwa Reysol 7 7 10 12 8 12 12 7 8 10 12 13 14 15 15 15 14
Matsumoto Yamaga 8 11 9 12 16 15 13 14 15 12 14 9 12 13 14 14 15
Montedio Yamagata 17 18 14 16 17 17 17 17 16 16 13 15 15 16 16 16 16
Albirex Niigata 12 15 10 15 14 14 15 15 14 14 17 17 18 18 18 17 17
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 5 8 10 15 16 16 16 17 17 16 16 17 17 17 18 18

Last updated: 27 June 2015
Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 10 results for 2015 AFC Champions League Participants (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Urawa Red Diamonds; Gamba Osaka vs. Kashima Antlers), held on 3 June 2015, are included in Matchday 15 ranking.
Note 2: Matchday 13 results for 2015 AFC Champions League quarterfinalists (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Gamba Osaka), held on 23 June 2015, are included in Matchday 17 ranking.

Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship

Second stage[edit]

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Kashima Antlers 4 5 11 7 4 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Gamba Osaka 6 8 6 3 5 8 10 8 5 5 5 4 8 4 4 4 3
Urawa Red Diamonds 6 7 9 13 14 9 8 4 9 6 4 3 4 6 5 5 4
Yokohama F. Marinos 9 14 16 16 17 14 12 9 6 7 6 8 7 3 3 3 5
FC Tokyo 17 10 9 13 9 6 4 6 4 4 7 5 3 5 7 6 6
Kawasaki Frontale 2 3 4 5 3 4 6 10 11 9 8 6 5 7 8 9 7
Kashiwa Reysol 12 10 3 2 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 6 8 6 7 8
Shonan Bellmare 6 5 11 11 7 5 6 4 7 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 9
Nagoya Grampus 14 8 6 6 2 7 5 7 8 10 11 10 10 11 10 10 10
Albirex Niigata 12 17 14 8 10 10 13 14 12 12 10 11 11 10 11 12 11
Sagan Tosu 4 4 8 9 11 12 11 12 14 13 13 14 14 14 14 13 12
Vissel Kobe 1 2 2 4 8 11 9 11 10 11 12 12 12 13 12 11 13
Ventforet Kofu 14 14 4 12 13 15 16 13 13 14 14 13 13 12 13 14 14
Matsumoto Yamaga 14 18 15 10 12 13 15 16 16 17 17 16 15 16 16 16 15
Vegalta Sendai 11 13 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 16 15 15 17 15 15 15 16
Shimizu S-Pulse 18 16 17 17 15 16 14 15 15 15 16 17 18 18 18 17 17
Montedio Yamagata 9 12 13 15 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 16 17 17 18 18

Last updated: 22 November 2015
Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 6 results for Gamba Osaka vs. Sagan Tosu, held on 22 July 2015, are included in Matchday 4 ranking. Gamba Osaka is a finalist in 2015 Suruga Bank Championship, scheduled on 11 August 2015.
Note 2: Matchday 9 results for Matsumoto Yamaga vs. Montedio Yamagata, held on 23 September 2015, are included on Matchday 12 ranking.

Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship

Overall[edit]

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 1 1 6 10 6 6 4 4 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2
Gamba Osaka 10 13 7 5 3 2 2 2 3 4 3 2 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 3
FC Tokyo 10 10 4 2 1 5 4 3 2 2 2 4 5 3 3 3 2 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 4
Kashima Antlers 14 17 17 11 12 8 10 8 10 11 9 8 11 9 9 7 8 7 7 8 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 5 5
Kawasaki Frontale 1 4 6 4 6 4 3 5 5 6 5 7 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 6 6
Yokohama F. Marinos 14 16 13 8 7 11 8 11 11 8 6 5 4 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 8 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 7 7
Shonan Bellmare 14 8 12 7 11 13 14 12 12 13 10 10 8 7 10 10 10 8 8 10 10 8 7 10 10 10 9 9 8 9 8 8 8 8
Nagoya Grampus 8 12 16 18 12 8 11 9 6 7 8 11 9 10 8 8 9 12 9 9 7 7 8 7 9 9 10 10 9 10 10 10 9 9
Kashiwa Reysol 7 7 10 12 8 12 12 7 8 10 12 13 14 15 15 15 14 14 13 12 9 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 10 8 9 9 10 10
Sagan Tosu 6 3 3 9 5 3 5 6 7 5 7 6 7 8 11 11 11 10 11 14 12 12 13 12 12 13 13 13 14 14 14 12 11 11
Vissel Kobe 13 13 18 14 9 10 7 10 9 9 11 14 10 12 12 13 13 11 12 7 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 15 14 12 12
Ventforet Kofu 17 9 15 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 16 14 13 12 12 13 14 13 14 13 14 14 13 12 14 15 13 11 11 11 13 13
Vegalta Sendai 4 5 5 2 4 7 9 13 13 15 15 12 13 11 7 9 7 9 10 11 13 14 11 13 14 14 12 12 11 12 12 13 14 14
Albirex Niigata 12 15 10 15 14 14 15 15 14 14 17 17 18 18 18 17 17 17 18 17 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 15 15 13 15 15 15
Matsumoto Yamaga 8 11 9 12 16 15 13 14 15 12 14 9 12 13 14 14 15 15 16 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 5 8 10 15 16 16 16 17 17 16 16 17 17 17 18 18 18 17 18 18 17 18 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 17
Montedio Yamagata 17 18 14 16 17 17 17 17 16 16 13 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 15 16 17 18 17 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 18

Last updated: 22 November 2015
Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 10 results for 2015 AFC Champions League Participants (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Urawa Red Diamonds; Gamba Osaka vs. Kashima Antlers), held on 3 June 2015, are included in Matchday 15 ranking.
Note 2: Matchday 13 results for 2015 AFC Champions League quarterfinalists (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Gamba Osaka), held on 23 June 2015, are included in Matchday 17 ranking.
Note 3: Matchday 23 results for Gamba Osaka vs. Sagan Tosu, held on 22 July 2015, are included in Matchday 21 ranking. Gamba Osaka is a finalist in 2015 Suruga Bank Championship, scheduled on 11 August 2015.
Note 4: Matchday 26 results for Matsumoto Yamaga vs. Montedio Yamagata, held on 23 September 2015, are included on Matchday 29 ranking.

Leader, qualification to 2015 J.League Championship Final and 2016 AFC Champions League group stage
Qualification to 2015 J.League Championship 1st Round and 2015 AFC Champions League group stage / qualifying play-off
Relegation to 2016 J2 League

Championship stage[edit]

The Championship stage consisted of a knockout tournament involving the champions of the First and Second Stages, and any team that finishes in the top 3 of the overall table. The team with the best aggregate record earned a bye to the final. The remaining teams playoff for the other spot in the final.

  Semifinal     Final
                     
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 1 4
  Urawa Red Diamonds 1     Gamba Osaka 2 1 3
  Gamba Osaka (a.e.t.) 3  

Urawa Red Diamonds1–3 (a.e.t.)Gamba Osaka
Ljubijankić Goal 72' Report Konno Goal 47'
Fujiharu Goal 117'
Patric Goal 120'
Attendance: 40,696
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Gamba Osaka2–3Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Nagasawa Goal 60'
Konno Goal 82'
Report Douglas Goal 80'
Sasaki Goal 90+1'
Kashiwa Goal 90+6'
Attendance: 17,844
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

Sanfrecce Hiroshima1–1Gamba Osaka
Asano Goal 76' Report Konno Goal 28'
Attendance: 36,609

Results[edit]

First stage[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALB ANT BEL FMA FRO GAM GRA MON RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS YAM
Albirex Niigata 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–2 2–2
Kashima Antlers 1–1 1–2 2–3 3–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 3–1
Shonan Bellmare 1–3 0–2 1–3 4–2 0–0 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–0 0–3 3–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1
Kawasaki Frontale 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–4 3–2 0–1 3–0 2–2 2–0
Gamba Osaka 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0
Nagoya Grampus 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–3
Montedio Yamagata 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 0–1 0–1 0–0
Urawa Red Diamonds 5–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 1–0
Kashiwa Reysol 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–3 2–3 0–0 1–1
Sagan Tosu 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–6 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4–2 0–1 5–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 3–1 1–2 5–2 2–3 3–3 2–2 0–2 0–1
FC Tokyo 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 3–2 1–0
Vegalta Sendai 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–0 4–4 5–0 2–1 2–3 0–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–3
Vissel Kobe 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 4–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 1–2 2–3 0–3 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–0

Updated to games played on 27 June 2015.
Source: J. League Data
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second stage[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALB ANT BEL FMA FRO GAM GRA MON RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS YAM
Albirex Niigata 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–0
Kashima Antlers 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–0 1–2 3–2 0–0 2–1 3–2
Shonan Bellmare 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–1 4–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0
Kawasaki Frontale 1–3 0–1 5–3 6–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 1–0
Gamba Osaka 1–0 2–2 4–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–2 0–3 3–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 4–2 2–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–3 0–3 0–0 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 5–2
Kashiwa Reysol 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–0
Sagan Tosu 0–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–1 5–0 2–0 2–1 5–2 0–3 0–0 0–1 6–0
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–4 0–3 1–5 1–1 0–1 0–5
FC Tokyo 3–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–4 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–0
Vegalta Sendai 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–1 3–4 1–2 3–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1
Vissel Kobe 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 7–1 0–4 2–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–0

Updated to games played on 22 November 2015.
Source: J. League Data
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale
23
2 Brazil Douglas Sanfrecce Hiroshima
21
3 Japan Takashi Usami Gamba Osaka
19
4 Japan Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu
16
5 Brazil Cristiano Kashiwa Reysol
14
6 Japan Yuki Muto Urawa Red Diamonds
13
7 Japan Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds
12
Brazil Patric Gamba Osaka
Japan Hisato Sato Sanfrecce Hiroshima
10 Japan Genki Omae Shimizu S-Pulse
11

Updated to games played on 22 November 2015

Source: J. League Data[7]

Awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Japan Toshihiro Aoyama Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Rookie of the Year Japan Takuma Asano Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Manager of the Year Japan Hajime Moriyasu Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Top scorer Japan Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale 23 goals.

Best Eleven[edit]

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Shusaku Nishikawa (4) Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan
DF Kosuke Ota (2) F.C. Tokyo  Japan
DF Masato Morishige (3) F.C. Tokyo  Japan
DF Tsukasa Shiotani (2) Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Japan
DF Tomoaki Makino (2) Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan
MF Mu Kanazaki (1) Kashima Antlers  Japan
MF Toshihiro Aoyama (3) Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Japan
MF Yasuhito Endō (12) Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Yoshito Ōkubo (3) Kawasaki Frontale  Japan
FW Takashi Usami (2) Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Douglas (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Brazil

* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 658,668 53,148 22,363 38,745 +9.1%
2 FC Tokyo 489,336 42,604 12,727 28,784 +14.3%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 411,759 44,226 8,038 24,221 +4.9%
4 Albirex Niigata 398,545 31,324 16,068 23,444 +2.0%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 356,976 24,992 14,881 20,999 +26.0%
6 Matsumoto Yamaga 285,992 18,906 11,743 16,823 +32.1%
7 Kashima Antlers 279,185 29,030 6,923 16,423 −7.0%
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 278,499 33,210 7,966 16,382 +9.2%
9 Vissel Kobe 276,512 24,027 7,696 16,265 +8.4%
10 Nagoya Grampus 276,082 33,558 9,986 16,240 −2.9%
12 Gamba Osaka 271,984 18,842 10,702 15,999 +8.5%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 239,406 19,736 11,348 14,083 −0.9%
13 Vegalta Sendai 234,442 19,375 12,488 13,791 −9.1%
14 Sagan Tosu 228,644 20,792 7,524 13,450 −4.9%
15 Shonan Bellmare 207,539 14,581 9,157 12,208 +44.0%
16 Ventforet Kofu 192,042 14,176 7,015 11,297 −7.2%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 185,609 14,055 6,701 10,918 +1.9%
18 Montedio Yamagata 170,518 13,737 6,100 10,030 +58.0%
League total 5,447,602 53,148 6,100 17,803 +3.3%

Updated to games played on 22 November 2015
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "新年のご挨拶" (Press release) (in Japanese). J.league. 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-01-19.
  2. ^ http://www.ventforet.jp/news/press_release/508693
  3. ^ http://www.so-net.ne.jp/antlers/news/release/50018
  4. ^ http://www.s-pulse.co.jp/news/detail/30231/
  5. ^ "Player registration and contracts". J. League. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  7. ^ http://www.jleague.jp/en/stats/goal.html?s=J1