2002 J.League Division 2

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J.League Division 2
Season2002
Champions Oita Trinita
1st J2 title
1st D2 title
Promoted Oita Trinita
Cerezo Osaka
Matches played264
Goals scored671 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Marcus (19 goals)
2001
2003

The 2002 J.League Division 2 season is the 31st season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 4th season since the establishment of J2 League.

Contents

Starting this season, extra-time rule was abolished and the league adopted the traditional 3-1-0 points system. The twelve clubs competed in the quadruple round-robin format. The top two received promotion to the J.League Division 1. There were no relegation to the third-tier Japan Football League.

Clubs

Following twelve clubs played in J.League Division 2 during 2002 season. Of these clubs, Cereso Osaka and Avispa Fukuoka were relegated from J1 League last year.

League format

Twelve clubs will play in quadruple round-robin format, a total of 44 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:

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 two clubs are promoted to J1.

Final league table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Oita Trinita (C, P)44281066734+3394Promotion to 2003 J.League Division 1
2 Cerezo Osaka (P)44251279353+4087
3 Albirex Niigata 44231387547+2882
4 Kawasaki Frontale 442311107153+1880
5 Shonan Bellmare 441616124643+364
6 Omiya Ardija 441417135242+1059
7 Ventforet Kofu 441610185155458
8 Avispa Fukuoka 4410122258691142
9 Sagan Tosu 449142141642341
10 Mito HollyHock 441172645732840
11 Montedio Yamagata 446172129572835
12 Yokohama FC 448112543813835
Updated to match(es) played on November 24, 2002. Source: J.League Data Site
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Final results

Top scorers

PosFootballerClubGoalsPKGPShotsGoals Per Game
1st
Flag of Brazil.svg Marcus Albirex Niigata
19
4/5
36
139
0.55
2nd
Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Okubo Cerezo Osaka
18
1/2
29
65
0.91
Flag of Brazil.svg Andradina Oita Trinita
18
1/1
39
117
0.50
4th
Flag of Brazil.svg Bentinho Kawasaki Frontale
16
3/3
36
176
0.44
5th
Flag of Japan.svg Takayoshi Ono Mito HollyHock
14
2/2
36
85
0.46
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Morita Sagan Tosu
14
0/0
38
86
0.45
Flag of Argentina.svg David Bisconti Sagan Tosu
14
4/4
39
92
0.42
8th
Flag of Japan.svg Yasuo Manaka Cerezo Osaka
13
1/1
28
67
1.05
Flag of Panama.svg Jorge Dely Valdés Omiya Ardija
13
2/2
32
72
0.46
10th
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroaki Morishima Cerezo Osaka
12
0/0
37
75
0.34
Flag of Brazil.svg Marlon Kawasaki Frontale
12
0/0
23
74
0.58

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