2012 J.League Division 2

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J.League Division 2
Season2012
Champions Ventforet Kofu
1st J2 title
1st D2 title
Promoted Ventforet Kofu
Shonan Bellmare
Oita Trinita
Relegated Machida Zelvia
Matches played462
Goals scored1,073 (2.32 per match)
Top goalscorer Davi (29 goals)
Highest attendance23,617
Trinita vs Ventforet
Lowest attendance1,333
Thespa vs Roasso
Average attendance5,805
2011
2013

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).

Contents

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.

Clubs

The expected participant clubs are as follows:

Club NameHome 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
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
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

Promotions and relegations

Promotions to Division 1

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 [1] (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: [1] [2]

First Round
Two ties will be held: "3rd placed club – 6th placed club" and "4th placed club – 5th placed club". Each tie will be played as one match on the home stadium determined by the standings in the league matches (i.e. 3rd and 4th placed clubs' stadiums).
Final Round
A tie will be held by the two winners of the first round. The tie will be played as one match at a neutral venue, which is determined as Tokyo National Stadium on 23 July. [3]
Tiebreakers
If the score ties by 90 minutes, neither extra time nor penalty shoot-out will be held: the winner is determined by the standings in the league matches.
Exceptional Cases
In case one or more clubs of 3rd–6th places cannot meet promotion criteria, remaining clubs will participate in the play-off: the spots cannot be replaced by 7th-placed or lower clubs.

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:

Relegations to JFL

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. [4]

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: [5]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Ventforet Kofu (C, P)42241446335+2886Promotion to 2013 J.League Division 1
2 Shonan Bellmare (P)42201576643+2375
3 Kyoto Sanga 42235146145+1674Qualification for promotion playoffs
4 Yokohama FC 42227136245+1773
5 JEF United Chiba 42219126133+2872
6 Oita Trinita (O, P)42218135940+1971
7 Tokyo Verdy 42206166546+1966
8 Fagiano Okayama 421714114134+765
9 Giravanz Kitakyushu 42197165347+664
10 Montedio Yamagata 421613135149+261
11 Tochigi SC 42179165049+160
12 Matsumoto Yamaga 421514134643+359
13 Mito HollyHock 421511164749256
14 Roasso Kumamoto 421510174048855
15 Tokushima Vortis 421312174549451
16 Ehime FC 421214164746+150
17 Thespa Kusatsu 4212111931451447
18 Avispa Fukuoka 429141953681541
19 Kataller Toyama 429112238592138
20 Gainare Tottori 421152633784538
21 FC Gifu 427142127552835
22 Machida Zelvia (R)427112434673332Relegation to 2013 Japan Football League [lower-alpha 1]
Updated to match(es) played on 11 November 2012. Source: J.League Division 2
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw. If two clubs are tied for first place, both clubs will be declared champions.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. The promotion and relegation between J2 and JFL will take place only if more than one promotion-eligible (i.e. having a J.League Associate Membership) JFL team finished above second place and playoff will be played only if a eligible JFL team finished in second place(See the corresponding section for further details). As only 2012 Japan Football League Champion V-Varen Nagasaki has the Associate Membership among the top 2 teams. Machida Zelvia was relegated immediately but no relegation/playoff was taken place for FC Gifu which finished 21st.

Results

Home \ Away AVI BEL EHI FAG GAI GIF GIR HOL JEF KAT MON ROS SAN SPA TOC TRI VEN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL
Avispa Fukuoka 1–31–01–14–00–01–01–10–03–21–12–10–20–31–11–12–31–31–32–21–11–1
Shonan Bellmare 3–10–02–01–02–11–01–21–11–00–01–2 [lower-alpha 1] 2–12–02–11–11–11–10–01–03–22–0
Ehime FC 4–22–11–00–00–02–21–12–20–11–20–02–13–11–11–20–03–11–23–00–12–0
Fagiano Okayama 2–13–11–12–00–11–10–30–11–12–12–01–22–12–10–01–12–00–01–00–12–1
Gainare Tottori 2–11–21–40–21–01–22–12–11–02–10–12–12–00–21–00–00–20–30–12–50–3
FC Gifu 0–33–21–11–22–21–00–10–02–20–00–20–10–01–00–20–31–00–00–10–21–0
Giravanz Kitakyushu 4–23–22–00–01–02–11–01–21–00–12–02–00–11–10–22–31–51–20–11–21–1
Mito HollyHock 4–21–10–20–02–01–13–10–11–02–22–03–11–03–12–11–30–22–10–02–11–1
JEF United Chiba 2–11–11–00–03–10–10–33–01–12–04–03–22–00–01–20–12–23–02–03–00–1
Kataller Toyama 0–10–21–01–12–11–02–33–12–01–10–21–11–21–22–31–11–40–11–20–01–1
Montedio Yamagata 3–11–22–20–25–12–11–00–00–21–00–21–21–02–13–22–11–11–01–10–13–1
Roasso Kumamoto 3–13–30–10–02–13–02–22–11–03–02–10–11–13–02–10–00–20–30–30–12–1
Kyoto Sanga 3–21–22–11–13–13–11–04–12–00–12–22–00–11–01–20–01–02–10–12–12–1
Thespa Kusatsu 1–01–31–01–01–21–10–20–00–20–13–10–01–01–20–21–20–10–00–01–11–1
Tochigi SC 2–0 [lower-alpha 2] 1–11–00–10–11–11–21–02–10–01–02–01–20–00–31–23–21–13–23–41–0
Oita Trinita 1–01–41–01–03–02–20–11–00–21–13–00–02–02–30–11–22–10–02–01–22–1
Ventforet Kofu 1–12–22–11–01–10–01–21–00–24–10–02–00–32–02–11–03–13–22–12–11–1
Tokyo Verdy 1–11–23–00–11–04–10–22–02–11–00–22–00–12–04–13–11–32–02–00–11–1
Tokushima Vortis 0–40–03–01–23–03–01–11–20–33–02–21–12–4 [lower-alpha 1] 0–00–10–40–22–11–01–21–0
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–21–11–13–07–11–0 [lower-alpha 1] 1–02–11–00–31–20–00–00–20–20–01–13–21–10–23–0
Yokohama FC 1–11–00–00–13–13–21–22–10–13–01–22–02–13–01–30–10–20–01–01–12–4
Machida Zelvia 0–10–32–42–20–01–00–10–01–63–20–01–01–20–20–31–30–11–21–00–10–4
Updated to match(es) played on 11 November 2012. Source: J. League Division 2
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 3 matches for the 36th round, Kyoto at Tokushima, Kumamoto at Shonan, and Gifu at Matsumoto, originally scheduled on 30 September, were postponed due to approaching Typhoon Jelawat, to 1 October for Kumamoto at Shonan, 18 October for Gifu at Matsumoto [6] and 25 October for Kyoto at Tokushima. [7]
  2. The 13th round game on 6 May between Tochigi S.C. and Avispa Fukuoka was abandoned at 69th minute because of heavy thunderstorm. The score at the moment was 1–0 for Tochigi (Cha Young-Hwan Soccerball shade.svg 48'). The remaining 24 minutes were played on 17 May [8] resulting in another goal for Tochigi (Hirose Soccerball shade.svg 73') to secure 2–0 victory.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Davi Ventforet Kofu
32
2 Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Abe Tokyo Verdy
18
Flag of Japan.svg Kengo Kawamata Fagiano Okayama
18
4 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshihito Fujita JEF United Chiba
15
5 Flag of Japan.svg Koki Arita Ehime FC
14
Flag of Japan.svg Jin Hanato Giravanz Kitakyushu
14
Flag of Japan.svg Kazushi Mitsuhira Oita Trinita
14
Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhito Morishima Oita Trinita
14
Flag of Japan.svg Atsutaka Nakamura Kyoto Sanga
14
Flag of Japan.svg Kosuke Taketomi Roasso Kumamoto
14
11 Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Funayama Matsumoto Yamaga
12
Flag of Japan.svg Hisashi Jogo Avispa Fukuoka
12
Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuya Ōkubo Yokohama FC
12

Updated to games played on 11 November 2012
Source: J. League

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Ventforet Kofu 218,53916,6436,16110,407−14.0%
2 Oita Trinita 204,13423,6176,4599,721+10.7%
3 Matsumoto Yamaga 200,14313,0984,4719,531+27.7%
4 JEF United Chiba 194,89314,4876,2359,281−4.1%
5 Fagiano Okayama 167,69112,6183,9467,985+10.0%
6 Montedio Yamagata 154,45911,2755,0367,355−21.1%
7 Kyoto Sanga 152,73212,2962,9017,273+15.6%
8 Shonan Bellmare 143,88710,9183,6026,852−1.3%
9 Yokohama FC 126,8109,6872,6396,039+4.7%
10 Roasso Kumamoto 122,95610,5303,1275,855−15.5%
11 Avispa Fukuoka 117,30910,9023,0925,586−46.4%
12 Tokyo Verdy 112,15813,0932,8755,341−6.5%
13 FC Gifu 89,67611,1191,7914,270+3.6%
14 Tokushima Vortis 83,8087,5261,9333,991−23.4%
15 Mito HollyHock 83,4316,9202,2413,973+18.6%
16 Tochigi SC 80,8595,1561,9013,850−22.0%
17 Ehime FC 76,2016,6121,9503,629+4.4%
18 Machida Zelvia 76,1697,1391,8603,627+3.2%
19 Giravanz Kitakyushu 70,2747,6372,1123,346−17.4%
20 Thespa Kusatsu 70,1596,8911,3333,341+4.0%
21 Kataller Toyama 69,8076,5491,6923,324+1.5%
22 Gainare Tottori 65,7866,6291,3633,133−15.1%
League total2,681,88123,6171,3335,805−9.6%

Updated to games played on 11 November 2012
Source: J. League Division 2
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.
Team played previous season in JFL.

Promotion Playoffs to Division 1

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. [9]

If the score tied by 90 minutes, the winner would be determined by the league standings.

Semifinals Final
      
3 Kyoto Sanga 0
6 Oita Trinita 4
6 Oita Trinita 1
5 JEF United Chiba 0
4 Yokohama FC 0
5 JEF United Chiba 4

Semifinals


Kyoto Sanga 0–4 Oita Trinita
Morishima Soccerball shade.svg 17', 31', 66', 90'

Yokohama FC 0–4 JEF United Chiba
Fujita Soccerball shade.svg 35', 58'
Yonekura Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Sato Soccerball shade.svg 88'

Final


Oita Trinita 1–0 JEF United Chiba
Hayashi Soccerball shade.svg 86'

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