|Champions|| Kashima Antlers |
7th J. League title
7th Japanese title
|Relegated|| Kashiwa Reysol |
JEF United Chiba
|Champions League|| Kashima Antlers |
(all to the group stage)
|Goals scored||791 (2.58 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Ryoichi Maeda (20 goals total)|
|Highest attendance||53,783 (Round 34,|
Red Diamonds vs. Antlers)
|Lowest attendance||5,567 (Round 12,|
Sanga vs. JEF United)
The 2009 J.League Division 1 season is the 45th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 17th season since the establishment of J1 League. The season started on March 7, 2009 and ended on December 5, 2009.
A total of eighteen clubs participated in double round-robin format. At the end of the season, top three clubs received automatic qualification to the following years' AFC Champions League. Also starting this season, the bottom three clubs were relegated to J2 League by default.
Kashima Antlers became the first Japanese club win J.League Championship in three straight seasons.
The following eighteen clubs will play in J.League Division 1 during the 2009 season. Of these clubs, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Montedio Yamagata are the newly promoted clubs.
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seirō, Niigata|
|Gamba Osaka||Suita, Osaka||2009 ACL Participant|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka|
|Kashima Antlers||Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki|| 2009 ACL Participant|
Two-time Defending Champions
|Kashiwa Reysol||Kashiwa, Chiba|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Kawasaki, Kanagawa||2009 ACL Participant|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/town in Kyoto|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata||Promoted from J2 League in 2008|
|Nagoya Grampus||Nagoya, Aichi||2009 ACL Participant|
|Oita Trinita||All cities/towns in Ōita|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hiroshima||Promoted from J2 League in 2008|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Saitama|
|Vissel Kobe||Kobe, Hyōgo|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Yokohama & Yokosuka|
Eighteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 34 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 bottom three clubs will be relegated to J2. The top three clubs will qualify to AFC Champions League in the following year.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Kashima Antlers (C)||34||20||6||8||51||30||+21||66||Qualification for 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|6||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||16||4||14||43||43||0||52|
|10||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||11||13||10||43||37||+6||46|
|16||Kashiwa Reysol (R)||34||7||13||14||41||57||−16||34||Relegation to 2010 J.League Division 2|
|17||Oita Trinita (R)||34||8||6||20||26||45||−19||30|
|18||JEF United Chiba (R)||34||5||12||17||32||56||−24||27|
|1||Ryoichi Maeda||Júbilo Iwata||20|
|Edmilson||Urawa Red Diamonds||17|
|4||Naohiro Ishikawa||FC Tokyo||15|
|Hisato Satō||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||15|
|6||Chong Tese||Kawasaki Frontale||14|
|Shinji Okazaki||Shimizu S-Pulse||14|
|Pedro Júnior||Gamba Osaka||13|
|Kazuma Watanabe||Yokohama F. Marinos||13|
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||751,565||53,783||18,777||44,210||−7.1%|
|4||Yokohama F. Marinos||374,975||40,228||11,025||22,057||−6.9%|
|12||JEF United Chiba||250,413||17,916||12,349||14,730||+4.6%|
Updated to games played on December 5, 2009
Source: J. League Division 1
† Team played previous season in J2.
|Most Valuable Player||Mitsuo Ogasawara||Kashima Antlers|
|Rookie of the Year||Kazuma Watanabe||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Manager of the Year||Oswaldo de Oliveira||Kashima Antlers|
|Top Scorer||Ryoichi Maeda||Júbilo Iwata||20 goals.|
|GK||Eiji Kawashima||Kawasaki Frontale||Japan|
|DF||Daiki Iwamasa||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|DF||Atsuto Uchida||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|DF||Marcus Tulio Tanaka||Nagoya Grampus||Japan|
|DF||Yuto Nagatomo||FC Tokyo||Japan|
|MF||Naohiro Ishikawa||FC Tokyo||Japan|
|MF||Kengo Nakamura||Kawasaki Frontale||Japan|
|MF||Mitsuo Ogasawara||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|MF||Yasuhito Endō||Gamba Osaka||Japan|
|FW||Ryoichi Maeda||Júbilo Iwata||Japan|
|FW||Shinji Okazaki||Shimizu S-Pulse||Japan|
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