2003 J.League Division 2

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J. League Division 2
Season2003
Champions Albirex Niigata
1st J2 title
1st D2 title
Promoted Albirex Niigata
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Matches played264
Goals scored678 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Marcus (32 goals total)
Highest attendance42,223 (Round 44,
Albirex vs. Ardija)
Lowest attendance1,337 (Round 4,
HollyHock vs. Ardija)
Average attendance7,895
2002
2004

The 2003 J. League Division 2 season was the 32nd season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 5th season since the establishment of J2 League.

The J2 League or simply J2 is the second division of the Japan Professional Football League and the second level of the Japanese association football league system. The top tier is represented by the J1 League. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and it is thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J2 League. Until the 2014 season it was named the J.League Division 2.

Contents

In this season, 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.

The J1 League or simply J1 is the top division of the Japan Professional Football League and the top professional association football J.League in Japan. It is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. Currently, the J1 League is the first level of the Japanese association football league system. The second tier is represented by the J2 League. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League. Until the 2014 season it was named the J.League Division 1.

Japan Football League association football league

The Japan Football League, also known as simply the JFL is the 4th tier of the Japanese association football league system, positioned beneath three divisions of the J.League, and the top tier of amateur football in the country. Despite its officially amateur status the league features fully professional teams that hold J.League associate membership among its ranks.

General

Promotion and relegation

To be completed

Changes in competition formats

To be completed

Changes in clubs

To be completed

Participating clubs

Following twelve clubs played in J. League Division 2 during 2003 season. Of these clubs, Consadole Sapporo and Sanfrecce Hiroshima were relegated from Division 1 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 Albirex Niigata (C, P)44277108040+4088Promotion to 2004 J. League Division 1
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (P)44251186535+3086
3 Kawasaki Frontale 44241378847+4185
4 Avispa Fukuoka 44218156762+571
5 Ventforet Kofu 441912135846+1269
6 Omiya Ardija 44187195261961
7 Mito HollyHock 441511183741456
8 Montedio Yamagata 441510195260855
9 Consadole Sapporo 441313185756+152
10 Shonan Bellmare 4411112233532044
11 Yokohama FC 4410122249883942
12 Sagan Tosu 443113040894920
Updated to match(es) played on November 23, 2003. Source: J. League Division 2
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Final results

Rounds 1 & 2
Home \ Away ALB SFR FRO AVI VEN ARD HOL MON CON BEL YFC SAG
Albirex Niigata 1–21–04–00–04–02–21–10–11–02–12–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–02–23–11–02–13–02–11–10–06–12–1
Kawasaki Frontale 0–41–02–11–11–12–25–11–02–11–16–3
Avispa Fukuoka 1–20–20–21–20–11–22–20–02–03–25–2
Ventforet Kofu 1–31–00–22–11–20–21–22–11–01–11–1
Omiya Ardija 1–41–11–02–10–31–30–21–10–00–21–0
Mito HollyHock 0–10–10–11–11–00–20–21–11–02–01–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–00–02–20–01–01–01–02–30–21–14–1
Consadole Sapporo 2–00–20–05–03–36–22–41–01–11–33–0
Shonan Bellmare 1–20–10–41–20–30–01–02–00–21–12–1
Yokohama FC 1–00–10–41–11–50–11–20–40–02–01–1
Sagan Tosu 0–13–40–02–31–13–20–01–31–00–05–2
Updated to match(es) played on July 6, 2003. Source: J. League Division 2
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Rounds 3 & 4
Home \ Away ALB SFR FRO AVI VEN ARD HOL MON CON BEL YFC SAG
Albirex Niigata 3–13–23–22–01–00–04–15–12–14–22–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–01–10–22–01–21–11–01–03–03–02–1
Kawasaki Frontale 3–02–15–24–10–11–22–11–02–13–37–1
Avispa Fukuoka 2–13–12–33–05–31–01–01–01–01–12–1
Ventforet Kofu 2–10–02–00–03–01–02–11–12–03–02–0
Omiya Ardija 0–20–20–20–10–03–10–23–02–23–03–0
Mito HollyHock 1–00–00–10–11–21–21–00–01–20–01–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–21–20–03–32–11–00–02–11–01–21–1
Consadole Sapporo 2–21–21–11–20–20–11–04–11–22–24–1
Shonan Bellmare 0–01–02–20–32–22–00–13–00–21–02–1
Yokohama FC 1–70–22–50–11–20–32–14–22–01–03–1
Sagan Tosu 0–12–20–20–21–11–40–10–10–10–01–1
Updated to match(es) played on November 23, 2003. Source: J. League Division 2
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals [1]
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Marcus Albirex Niigata
32
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho Kawasaki Frontale
28
3 Flag of Brazil.svg Baré Omiya Ardija
22
4 Flag of Brazil.svg Bentinho Avispa Fukuoka
20
5 Flag of Brazil.svg Augusto Kawasaki Frontale
17
6 Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Sanfrecce Hiroshima
14
7 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Ganaha Kawasaki Frontale
13
Flag of Japan.svg Yusaku Ueno Albirex Niigata
13
9 Flag of Japan.svg Shoji Jo Yokohama FC
12
10 Flag of Japan.svg Kosei Nakamura Montedio Yamagata
11
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Hayashi Avispa Fukuoka
11

Attendance figures

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Albirex Niigata 667,44742,2238,64430,339+41.3%
2 Consadole Sapporo 236,86123,5903,65310,766−44.5%
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 198,00426,1583,4719,000−17.7%
4 Avispa Fukuoka 163,16513,9213,4487,417+14.3%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 159,67822,0872,4387,258+38.3%
6 Ventforet Kofu 127,51513,0432,3825,796+17.9%
7 Omiya Ardija 111,27420,6861,3575,058−3.9%
8 Shonan Bellmare 104,0858,2762,7724,731+4.0%
9 Montedio Yamagata 96,14210,0962,7434,370+16.4%
10 Yokohama FC 82,3518,5741,8513,743+7.7%
11 Sagan Tosu 69,7895,7561,5853,172−18.5%
12 Mito HollyHock 67,8745,8891,3373,085+12.6%
League total2,084,18542,2231,3377,895+15.4%

Updated to games played on November 23, 2003
Source: J. League Division 2
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.

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References

  1. "2003 J2 Top scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2010.