|Champions|| Kashiwa Reysol |
1st J. League title
2nd Japanese title
|Relegated|| Ventforet Kofu |
|Champions League|| Kashiwa Reysol |
|Goals scored||869 (2.84 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Joshua Kennedy (19 goals)|
Reds vs Reysol
Avispa vs Ardija
The 2011 J.League Division 1 season was the 46th season of professional football in Japan, and the 19th since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on March 5 and concluded on December 3. The season was put on hold from March 12 to April 23 due to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami,therefore canceling a planned five-week summer break between June 27–July 29 in order to allow preparation of the Japanese national team for the 2011 Copa América.
The 2011 J.League Division 1 champion also qualified to the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup as the host team, entering the qualifying play-off round.
Kashiwa Reysol won a second league title, their first in 39 years and first in the professional J.League era. They also became the first League champions to win the title the season after being promoted as second division champions.
FC Tokyo, Kyoto Sanga FC and Shonan Bellmare were relegated at the end of the 2010 season after finishing in the bottom three places of the table. Shonan had only played one season in Division 1 while Kyoto had enjoyed a three-year stay. FC Tokyo had been in the top flight for eleven seasons.
The three relegated teams were replaced by 2010 J.League Division 2 champions Kashiwa Reysol, runners-up Ventforet Kofu and third-placed team Avispa Fukuoka. Kashiwa had made an immediate return to the top division, while Kofu and Fukuoka ended three- and four-year absences respectively.
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Notes|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seirō, Niigata|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Fukuoka||Promoted from J2 League in 2010|
|Cerezo Osaka||Osaka||2011 ACL Participant|
|Gamba Osaka||Suita, Osaka||2011 ACL Participant|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka|
|Kashima Antlers||Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki||2011 ACL Participant|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Kashiwa, Chiba||Promoted from J2 League in 2010|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Kawasaki, Kanagawa|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata|
|Nagoya Grampus||Nagoya, Aichi|| 2011 ACL Participant|
2010 Defending Champions
|Omiya Ardija||Omiya, Saitama|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Urawa, Saitama|
|Vegalta Sendai||Sendai, Miyagi|
|Ventforet Kofu||All cities/towns in Yamanashi||Promoted from J2 League in 2010|
|Vissel Kobe||Kobe, Hyōgo|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Yokohama & Yokosuka|
|Team||Manager1||Captain1||Kit Manufacturer1||Shirt sponsor1|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Yoshiyuki Shinoda||Kosuke Nakamachi||svolme||EVERLIFE|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Mihailo Petrović||Hisato Satō||Nike, Inc.||Deodeo|
|Júbilo Iwata||Masaaki Yanagishita||Daisuke Nasu||Puma||Yamaha|
|Kashima Antlers||Oswaldo de Oliveira||Mitsuo Ogasawara||Nike||LIXIL|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Nelsinho Baptista||Hidekazu Otani||Yonex||Hitachi|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Naoki Soma||Yusuke Igawa||Puma||Fujitsu|
|Vissel Kobe||Masahiro Wada||Takayuki Yoshida||ASICS||Rakuten|
|Ventforet Kofu||Toshiya Miura||Hideomi Yamamoto||Mizuno||Hakubaku|
|Nagoya Grampus||Dragan Stojković||Seigo Narazaki||Le Coq Sportif||Toyota|
|Albirex Niigata||Hisashi Kurosaki||Isao Homma||Adidas||Kameda Seika|
|Omiya Ardija||Jun Suzuki||Chikara Fujimoto||Under Armour||NTT DoCoMo|
|Cerezo Osaka||Levir Culpi||Teruyuki Moniwa||Mizuno||Yanmar|
|Gamba Osaka||Akira Nishino||Tomokazu Myojin||Umbro||Panasonic|
|Vegalta Sendai||Makoto Teguramori||Atsushi Yanagisawa||ASICS||IRIS OHYAMA|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Afshin Ghotbi||Shinji Ono||Puma||Suzuyo|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Željko Petrović||Keita Suzuki||Nike||Meiji Seika|
|Montedio Yamagata||Shinji Kobayashi||Katsuyuki Miyazawa||Puma||Tsuyahime|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Kazushi Kimura||Shunsuke Nakamura||Nike||Nissan|
1 Subject to change during the season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Kashiwa Reysol (C)||34||23||3||8||65||42||+23||72||Qualification to 2011 Club World Cup and 2012 Champions League|
|2||Nagoya Grampus||34||21||8||5||67||36||+31||71||Qualification to 2012 Champions League|
|5||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||16||8||10||46||40||+6||56|
|15||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||8||12||14||36||43||−7||36|
|16||Ventforet Kofu (R)||34||9||6||19||42||63||−21||33||Relegation to 2012 J.League Division 2|
|17||Avispa Fukuoka (R)||34||6||4||24||34||75||−41||22|
|18||Montedio Yamagata (R)||34||5||6||23||23||64||−41||21|
|1||Joshua Kennedy||Nagoya Grampus||19|
|2||Mike Havenaar||Ventforet Kofu||17|
|3||Leandro Domingues||Kashiwa Reysol||15|
|Lee Keun-Ho||Gamba Osaka||15|
|Tadanari Lee||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||15|
|6||Shingo Akamine||Vegalta Sendai||14|
|Ryoichi Maeda||Júbilo Iwata||14|
|Keiji Tamada||Nagoya Grampus||14|
|9||Bruno Lopes||Albirex Niigata||13|
|Junya Tanaka||Kashiwa Reysol||13|
|DF||Marcus Tulio Tanaka|
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||576,477||54,441||20,240||33,910||−15.1%|
|3||Yokohama F. Marinos||357,647||37,725||7,104||21,038||−18.1%|
|7||Kashima Antlers||274,655 1||25,061||7,810||16,156||−22.9%|
Updated to games played on December 3, 2011
Source: J. League Division 1
† Team played previous season in J2.
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