|Champions|| Ventforet Kofu |
1st J2 title
1st D2 title
|Promoted|| Ventforet Kofu |
|Goals scored||1,073 (2.32 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Davi (29 goals)|
Trinita vs Ventforet
Thespa vs Roasso
The 2012 J.League Division 2 season is the 41st season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 14th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season started on March 4 and will finish on November 11, followed by the promotion playoffs among the 3rd to 6th placed clubs (see the article).
Ventforet Kofu became champions and returned to J1 immediately after one season at J2. Shonan Bellmare finished second and also won the automatic promotion along with Kofu, returning to the J1 after two years of absence. Oita Trinita finished sixth, but won the promotion playoffs by defeating 3rd-placed Kyoto Sanga at the semifinal and 5th-placed JEF United Chiba at the final thus returning to the J1 after three years of absence.
For the first time ever, relegation to the third-tier JFL was implemented, and Machida Zelvia became the unlucky first team to suffer that fate by finishing in bottom place only one season after entering the professional divisions.
The expected participant clubs are as follows:
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Fukuoka||Relegated from J1 League in 2011|
|Shonan Bellmare||Southcentral cities/town in Kanagawa|
|Ehime FC||All cities/towns in Ehime|
|Fagiano Okayama||All cities/towns in Okayama|
|Gainare Tottori||All cities/towns in Tottori|
|FC Gifu||All cities/towns in Gifu|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Kitakyushu, Fukuoka|
|Mito HollyHock||Mito, Ibaraki|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba|
|Kataller Toyama||All cities/towns in Toyama|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata||Relegated from J1 League in 2011|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto|
|Thespa Kusatsu||All cities/towns in Gunma|
|Tochigi SC||Utsunomiya, Tochigi|
|Oita Trinita||All cities/towns in Ōita|
|Ventforet Kofu||All cities/towns in Yamanashi||Relegated from J1 League in 2011|
|Tokyo Verdy||All cities/towns in Tokyo|
|Tokushima Vortis||All cities/towns in Tokushima|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Matsumoto, Nagano||Promoted from JFL in 2011|
|Yokohama FC||Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Machida Zelvia||Machida, Tokyo||Promoted from JFL in 2011|
Rather than 3 spots for automatic promotions to J.League Division 1 (J1) until the previous season, there are only 2 spots for automatic promotions from this season, and the 3rd promoting club will be determined by a play-off called Play-off for Promotion to J1 J1昇格プレーオフ) held by 4 clubs (3rd – 6th placed clubs in the standings in the league matches). The regulation is:(
On 28 September, it was announced that the following clubs did not meet the criteria, mainly in regards to the stadiam's size, which are required to J1 clubs to maintain, thus will not be promoted to J1, or participating promotion playoffs even if finishing in the appropriate standing at the end of the regular season:
In 2008, J.League and Japan Football Association planned that at most 3 clubs in J2 are to relegate to Japan Football League (JFL) every season after the number of J2 clubs reached 22.
In January 2012, since the number of J2 clubs reached 22 from this season, J.League determined the regulation of the relegations from J2 to JFL that at most 2 clubs in J2 will relegate to JFL every season. The regulation is:
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Ventforet Kofu (C, P)||42||24||14||4||63||35||+28||86||Promotion to 2013 J.League Division 1|
|2||Shonan Bellmare (P)||42||20||15||7||66||43||+23||75|
|3||Kyoto Sanga||42||23||5||14||61||45||+16||74||Qualification for promotion playoffs|
|5||JEF United Chiba||42||21||9||12||61||33||+28||72|
|6||Oita Trinita (O, P)||42||21||8||13||59||40||+19||71|
|22||Machida Zelvia (R)||42||7||11||24||34||67||−33||32||Relegation to 2013 Japan Football League|
|2||Takuma Abe||Tokyo Verdy|
|Kengo Kawamata||Fagiano Okayama|
|4||Yoshihito Fujita||JEF United Chiba|
|5||Koki Arita||Ehime FC|
|Jin Hanato||Giravanz Kitakyushu|
|Kazushi Mitsuhira||Oita Trinita|
|Yasuhito Morishima||Oita Trinita|
|Atsutaka Nakamura||Kyoto Sanga|
|Kosuke Taketomi||Roasso Kumamoto|
|11||Takayuki Funayama||Matsumoto Yamaga|
|Hisashi Jogo||Avispa Fukuoka|
|Tetsuya Ōkubo||Yokohama FC|
Updated to games played on 11 November 2012
Source: J. League
|4||JEF United Chiba||194,893||14,487||6,235||9,281||−4.1%|
Updated to games played on 11 November 2012
Source: J. League Division 2
† Team played previous season in J1.
‡ Team played previous season in JFL.
The schedule was as follows. The format would be changed if one or more of the involved clubs could not meet the promotion criteria to Division 1.
If the score tied by 90 minutes, the winner would be determined by the league standings.
|5||JEF United Chiba||0|
|5||JEF United Chiba||4|
|Kyoto Sanga||0–4||Oita Trinita|
|Morishima 17', 31', 66', 90'|
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