2018 J2 League

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Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2018
ChampionsMatsumoto Yamaga
PromotedMatsumoto Yamaga
Oita Trinita
RelegatedRoasso Kumamoto
Kamatamare Sanuki
Matches played462
Goals scored1,143 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorerGenki Omae
Omiya Ardija, 24 goals
Highest attendance22,465[1]
Niigata 1–1 Matsumoto
(3 March)
Lowest attendance1,510[1]
Sanuki 1-1 Yamagata
(19 September)
Average attendance7,049
2017
2019

The 2018 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season was the 47th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 20th season since the establishment of J2 League.

Clubs[edit]

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata Relegated from J1
Omiya Ardija Saitama Relegated from J1
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime[a]
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama[b]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu[c]
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto[d]
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano[e]
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata[f]
Oita Trinita Ōita
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi[g]
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Promoted from J3
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima[h]
Ventforet Kofu All Yamanashi Prefecture[i] Relegated from J1
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa

Personnel and kits[edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Japan Masakazu Suzuki Japan Ryota Isomura Adidas
Avispa Fukuoka Japan Masami Ihara Japan Hisashi Jogo Yonex
Ehime FC Japan Shuichi Mase Japan Kazuhisa Kawahara Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Japan Tetsu Nagasawa Japan Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu Japan Takeshi Oki Japan Yuto Ono New Balance
JEF United Chiba Argentina Juan Esnáider Japan Naoya Kondo Kappa
Kamatamare Sanuki Japan Makoto Kitano Japan Kazumasa Takagi ATHLETA
Kyoto Sanga Japan Takanori Nunobe Japan Yuta Someya Wacoal
Machida Zelvia Japan Naoki Soma North Korea Ri Han-jae SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi Japan Masaki Iida Adidas
Mito HollyHock Japan Shigetoshi Hasebe Japan Junya Hosokawa GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Japan Takashi Kiyama Japan Takumi Yamada New Balance
Oita Trinita Japan Tomohiro Katanosaka Japan Akira Takeuchi Puma
Omiya Ardija Japan Masatada Ishii Japan Kosuke Kikuchi Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi Japan Masahiro Shimoda Japan Hidetoshi Miyuki Finta
Roasso Kumamoto Japan Hiroki Shibuya Japan Akihiro Sato Puma
Tochigi SC Japan Yuji Yokoyama Japan Koji Hirose ATHLETA
Tokushima Vortis Spain Ricardo Rodríguez Japan Ken Iwao Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina Japan Akira Ibayashi ATHLETA
Ventforet Kofu Japan Tatsuma Yoshida Japan Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno
Yokohama FC Brazil Edson Tavares Japan Kensuke Sato SOCCER JUNKY
Zweigen Kanazawa Japan Masaaki Yanagishita Japan Tomonobu Hiroi Adidas

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Ventforet Kofu Japan Tatsuma Yoshida 30 April 2018[2] Japan Nobuhiro Ueno 30 April 2018
Kyoto Sanga Japan Takanori Nunobe 11 May 2018[3] Serbia Boško Gjurovski 11 May 2018
Ehime FC Japan Shuichi Mase 15 May 2018[4] Japan Kenta Kawai 15 May 2018
Albirex Niigata Japan Masakazu Suzuki 8 August 2018[5] Japan Koichiro Katafuchi 22 August 2018

Foreign players[edit]

The total number of foreign players is restricted to five per club. Clubs can register up to four foreign players for a single match-day squad, of which a maximum of three are allowed from nations outside the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Other Former
Albirex Niigata Brazil Alex Muralha Brazil Cauê Brazil Jonathan Reis Brazil Thalles South Korea Song Ju-hun Brazil Bruno Meneghel
Omiya Ardija Brazil Marcelo Toscano Brazil Mateus North Macedonia David Babunski Sweden Robin Simović South Korea Kim Dongsu Brazil Cauê
Avispa Fukuoka Brazil Dudu Brazil Léo Mineiro South Korea Won Du-jae South Korea Yu In-soo Brazil Euller
Brazil Túlio de Melo
Ehime FC South Korea Park Seung-su South Korea Woo Sang-ho
Fagiano Okayama Brazil Ricardo Santos South Korea Choi Jung-won South Korea Jeong Chung-geun South Korea Lee Kyung-tae South Korea Lee Yong-jae
FC Gifu Argentina Ezequiel Ham Brazil Michael New Zealand Ryan De Vries South Korea Jeon San-hae Spain Víctor Ibáñez South Korea Woo Sang-ho
JEF United Chiba Argentina Joaquín Larrivey Argentina Diego Rodríguez Australia Jason Geria Brazil Hebert Paraguay Jorge Salinas
Kamatamare Sanuki Brazil Alex South Korea Park Chan-yong South Korea Song Young-min
Kyoto Sanga Brazil Juninho Brazil Kaio China Wu Shaocong South Korea Kim Cheol-ho Uruguay Renzo López Uruguay Matías Caseras
Brazil Alexandre
Machida Zelvia North Macedonia Dorian Babunski Peru Romero Frank South Korea Jung Han-cheol North Korea Ri Han-jae
Matsumoto Yamaga Brazil Dinei Brazil Paulinho Brazil Serginho South Korea Goh Dong Min South Korea Jo Jin-woo Singapore Anders Aplin
Mito HollyHock Brazil Batista Brazil Diego Brazil Jefferson Baiano Costa Rica Danny Carvajal
Montedio Yamagata Brazil Álvaro Brazil Bruno Lopes Brazil Felipe Alves Brazil Jairo
Oita Trinita Brazil Willian South Korea Mun Kyung-gun North Korea Hwang Song-su South Korea Lim Seung-gyeom
Renofa Yamaguchi Brazil Julinho Brazil Renan Brazil Washington Brazil Gerson
South Korea Min Kyung-jun
Roasso Kumamoto South Korea Lim Jin-woo South Korea Yang Sang-jun North Korea An Byong-jun
Tochigi SC  Brazil Alex Brazil Paulao Brazil Henik Brazil Mendes Switzerland Johnny Leoni Australia Diogo Ferreira
Slovenia Nejc Pečnik
Tokushima Vortis Brazil Bueno Nigeria Peter Utaka South Korea Kim Jong-pil Spain David Barral Spain Sisinio Brazil Nathan Júnior
Costa Rica Danny Carvajal
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Diego Brazil Éder Lima Brazil Ferrugem Brazil Junior Barros South Korea Byeon Jun-byum Brazil Dinei
Brazil Lins
Tokyo Verdy Brazil Alan Pinheiro Brazil Douglas Brazil Leandro North Korea Ri Yong-jik Spain Carlos Martínez
Yokohama FC Brazil Bruno Meneghel Brazil Leandro Domingues Netherlands Calvin Jong-a-Pin Norway Ibba Laajab South Korea Bae Seung-jin South Korea Jeong Chung-geun
Zweigen Kanazawa Brazil Allan Brazil Rodrigo Maranhão

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Matsumoto Yamaga (C, P) 42 21 14 7 54 34 +20 77 Promotion to 2019 J1 League
2 Oita Trinita (P) 42 23 7 12 76 51 +25 76
3 Yokohama FC 42 21 13 8 63 44 +19 76 Qualification to promotion play-offs[a]
4 Machida Zelvia 42 21 13 8 62 44 +18 76
5 Omiya Ardija 42 21 8 13 65 48 +17 71 Qualification to promotion play-offs[a]
6 Tokyo Verdy 42 19 14 9 56 41 +15 71
7 Avispa Fukuoka 42 19 13 10 58 42 +16 70
8 Renofa Yamaguchi 42 16 13 13 63 64 −1 61
9 Ventforet Kofu 42 16 11 15 56 46 +10 59
10 Mito HollyHock 42 16 9 17 48 46 +2 57
11 Tokushima Vortis 42 16 8 18 48 42 +6 56
12 Montedio Yamagata 42 14 14 14 49 51 −2 56
13 Zweigen Kanazawa 42 14 13 15 52 48 +4 55
14 JEF United Chiba 42 16 7 19 72 72 0 55
15 Fagiano Okayama 42 14 11 17 39 43 −4 53
16 Albirex Niigata 42 15 8 19 48 56 −8 53
17 Tochigi SC 42 13 11 18 38 48 −10 50
18 Ehime FC 42 12 12 18 34 52 −18 48
19 Kyoto Sanga 42 12 7 23 40 58 −18 43
20 FC Gifu 42 11 9 22 44 62 −18 42
21 Roasso Kumamoto (R) 42 9 7 26 50 79 −29 34 Relegation to 2019 J3 League[b]
22 Kamatamare Sanuki (R) 42 7 10 25 28 72 −44 31
Source: 2018 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE League table
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Only teams that meet J1 license criteria can participate in promotion play-offs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.
  2. ^ Direct exchange between J2 and J3 is subject to eligibility of J2-licensed teams in top 2 of 2018 J3 League.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALB ARD AVI EHI FAG GIF HOL JEF KAM MON REN ROS SAN TOC TRI VEN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL ZWE
Albirex Niigata 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–1 5–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–3 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–5 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1
Omiya Ardija 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 4–4 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 4–0 1–0 1–1
Avispa Fukuoka 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–2
Ehime FC 0–0 2–3 1–5 2–0 1–3 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2
Fagiano Okayama 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–3
FC Gifu 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 2–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–4 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1
Mito HollyHock 0–1 0–2 1–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 5–0 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0
JEF United Chiba 1–2 1–3 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–0 6–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–0 2–4 2–1 2–3 2–0 2–3 0–1 3–2 3–4
Kamatamare Sanuki 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 0–4 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2
Montedio Yamagata 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–3 2–2 2–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–2 0–4 1–0 0–1 4–1 1–2 1–0 1–3 0–1 4–3 2–2 2–2 0–3 0–1 2–2
Roasso Kumamoto 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–4 0–1 1–3 1–4 0–0 2–1 1–3 3–5 2–3 0–1
Kyoto Sanga 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–0
Tochigi SC 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–5 1–0 3–1 2–4 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1
Oita Trinita 4–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 5–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–4 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–3 2–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 6–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–3
Tokyo Verdy 4–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–4 0–1
Tokushima Vortis 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 0–1 5–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–3
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–0 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 5–0
Yokohama FC 0–3 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–3 4–2 3–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–3 0–4
Machida Zelvia 0–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 3–3 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 17 November 2018.
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.

J1 Promotion Playoffs[edit]

Because Machida Zelvia did not own a J1 license for the 2019 season, they were ineligible to participate in the play-offs. Thus, Yokohama FC, finishing third in the season, received a bye into the second round, from which the winner will play the team finishing 16th in J1.

  1st Semi-Final 2nd Semi-Final Final
                               
    16 Júbilo Iwata (J1) 2
    3 Yokohama FC 0     6 Tokyo Verdy 0
  5 Omiya Ardija 0     6 Tokyo Verdy 1  
  6 Tokyo Verdy 1  

First Semi-Final[edit]


Omiya Ardija0–1Tokyo Verdy
Taira Goal 71'

Second Semi-Final[edit]


Yokohama FC0–1Tokyo Verdy
Douglas Vieira Goal 90+7'
Attendance: 12,625
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Final[edit]

Júbilo Iwata2–0Tokyo Verdy
K. Ogawa Goal 41' (pen.)
Taguchi Goal 80'
Report
Attendance: 14,588

Top scorers[edit]

As of matches played 17 November 2018.[6]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
Japan Genki Omae Omiya Ardija
24
2
Japan Ado Onaiwu Renofa Yamaguchi
22
3
Japan Takayuki Funayama JEF United Chiba
19
4
Norway Ibba Yokohama FC
17
5
Brazil Douglas Vieira Tokyo Verdy
13
6
Japan Masashi Oguro Tochigi SC
12
Japan Seigo Kobayashi Renofa Yamaguchi
Japan Yuki Nakashima Machida Zelvia
Brazil Mateus Omiya Ardija
Japan Kenji Baba Oita Trinita
Japan Noriaki Fujimoto

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Albirex Niigata 313,080 22,465 8,614 14,913 −32.3%
2 Matsumoto Yamaga 278,948 19,066 9,490 13,283 −21.0%
3 JEF United Chiba 207,025 12,440 6,152 9,858 −1.3%
4 Omiya Ardija 193,711 12,400 6,506 9,224 −19.5%
5 Oita Trinita 187,052 15,125 4,880 8,907 +10.5%
6 Avispa Fukuoka 186,323 15,331 6,684 8,873 −7.1%
7 Fagiano Okayama 180,586 13,851 5,034 8,599 −9.2%
8 Ventforet Kofu 155,054 10,192 3,130 7,384 −31.9%
9 FC Gifu 144,011 12,045 3,819 6,858 −1.7%
10 Montedio Yamagata 142,094 13,609 4,675 6,766 +2.8%
11 Yokohama FC 128,959 10,978 3,051 6,141 +2.9%
12 Renofa Yamaguchi 128,579 12,927 3,133 6,123 +12.3%
13 Tokyo Verdy 124,654 10,529 3,048 5,936 −4.4%
14 Kyoto Sanga 118,931 9,036 2,624 5,663 −16.1%
15 Tochigi SC 118,805 11,562 3,203 5,657 +9.9%
16 Roasso Kumamoto 110,643 10,226 3,206 5,269 −19.6%
17 Tokushima Vortis 104,941 8,753 2,974 4,997 +0.4%
18 Mito HollyHock 103,698 7,858 2,736 4,938 +0.1%
19 Machida Zelvia 103,215 10,013 2,414 4,915 +21.2%
20 Zweigen Kanazawa 95,093 9,645 2,108 4,528 +3.0%
21 Ehime FC 66,382 5,319 2,196 3,161 −18.2%
22 Kamatamare Sanuki 64,532 5,668 1,510 3,073 −19.2%
League total 3,256,416 22,465 1,510 7,049 +1.1%

Updated to games played on 17 November 2018
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Relegated from J1. Promoted from J3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 J2 LEAGUE Attendance". J.League. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.ventforet.jp/news/press_release/515714
  3. ^ http://www.sanga-fc.jp/news/p/12954/
  4. ^ http://www.ehimefc.com/efc/topics.php?stpId=105249
  5. ^ http://www.albirex.co.jp/news/top_team/55740
  6. ^ https://www.jleague.jp/en/stats/goal.html?s=J2