2012 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2012
Champions V-Varen Nagasaki
1st JFL title
1st D3 title
Promoted V-Varen Nagasaki
Relegated Sagawa Shiga (withdrawn)
Matches played272
Goals scored762 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorer Shunta Takahashi, Masao Tsuji (20 goals)
Highest attendance11,658
Ryukyu vs MYFC
Lowest attendance92
Shiga vs Sony
Average attendance1,240
2011
2013

The 2012 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第14回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Jūyon-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the fourteenth season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system. It has started on March 11, and finished on November 18. [1]

Contents

Clubs

The league intended to run the season in the usual 18-team format, but after the withdrawal of Arte Takasaki in January no replacement team was invited so in 2012 JFL features only 17 teams. [2]

Subsequently, only one club will be directly relegated and one take part in pro/rele playoffs to bring the number of JFL clubs back to 18.

During the season, on 23 July, Nagano Parceiro were approved as J. League associate members, [3] though they are not eligible for promotion until the completion of the renovation of their home stadium which is expected in 2016.

On 28 September 2012, J. League Organization made an announcement for club licenses for 2013, and only Nagasaki was granted conditional J2 license.

On 16 October 2012, it was reported that Sagawa Shiga F.C. had notified JFL organization about their intention of withdrawal from JFL as of the end of this season. [4] On 17 October 2012, JFL Committee has approved the request from Sagawa Shiga F.C. for its withdrawal from JFL as of the end of the season. [5]

Club NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Blaublitz Akita All cities/towns in Akita
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Hoyo Oita Ōita, Ōita Promoted from Kyushu league in 2011
Kamatamare Sanuki All cities/towns in Kagawa J. League associate member, not eligible for J2 promotion
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda, Shizuoka Promoted from Tōkai league D1 in 2011
Nagano Parceiro Nagano, Nagano J. League associate member (since July 23), not eligible for J2 promotion
SP Kyoto Mukō, Kyoto
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa
Sagawa Shiga Moriyama, Shiga
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi
Tochigi Uva Tochigi, Tochigi
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki J. League associate member, eligible for J2 promotion
Yokogawa Musashino Musashino, Tokyo
YSCC Yokohama Yokohama, Kanagawa Promoted from Kantō league D1 in 2011
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Change in rules

Promotions to J. League Division 2

Relegation to regional leagues

Because of withdrawals by Arte Takasaki and Sagawa Shiga, no clubs will be relegated automatically as of the end of the season. The bottom finished (17th placed) club will play a play-off against the 3rd placed club of the 2012 Regional League promotion series. [6]

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 V-Varen Nagasaki [lower-alpha 1] (C, P)3220755724+3367Promotion to 2013 J.League Division 2
2 Nagano Parceiro 3217785734+2358
3 Sagawa Shiga (R)3216976137+2457Withdrawn [lower-alpha 2]
4 Kamatamare Sanuki 3215894929+2053
5 Honda FC 32165115539+1653
6 YSCC Yokohama 32154135850+849
7 SP Kyoto 32129114343045
8 MIO Biwako Shiga 321110115352+143
9 FC Ryukyu 32127135862443
10 Yokogawa Musashino 321181335501541
11 Fujieda MYFC 32117143948940
12 Sony Sendai 32912112729239
13 Blaublitz Akita 32910133341837
14 Zweigen Kanazawa 32812123341836
15 Hoyo Oita 32981540571735
16 Honda Lock 32771828562828
17 Tochigi Uva 324101836703422Qualification for pro/rel playoffs
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2012. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal differential; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head results; 5th disciplinary points; 6th draw.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. V-Varen Nagasaki topped the table at the end of the 17th round and thus were awarded JFL seed for 2012 Emperor's Cup. [7]
  2. On 21 October Sagawa Express Co., the owner and operator of Sagawa Shiga FC, have announced that after the season the club will withdraw from JFL and cease its operations. [8]

Results

Home \ Away BLA HON LOC HOY KAM MIO MYF PAR PRI RYU SSH SON UVA VVN YMC YSC ZWE
Blaublitz Akita 1–01–01–11–20–00–01–23–31–01–22–21–11–21–10–12–1
Honda FC 1–11–10–23–10–12–14–02–04–12–22–03–01–01–06–00–1
Honda Lock 1–10–30–21–21–41–01–00–12–31–10–12–40–42–30–12–0
Hoyo Oita 0–46–11–10–30–50–23–11–04–50–31–11–00–22–21–20–3
Kamatamare Sanuki 3–01–06–01–00–11–20–21–04–10–10–00–00–11–22–01–1
MIO Biwako Shiga 0–13–11–21–01–11–03–31–22–22–20–32–41–41–12–23–1
Fujieda MYFC 2–00–21–10–00–01–71–02–53–02–43–02–21–20–14–10–0
Nagano Parceiro 1–05–02–01–20–13–14–02–11–02–21–13–11–05–00–12–2
SP Kyoto 1–10–00–16–22–41–12–01–02–21–00–24–11–11–11–11–2
FC Ryukyu 0–11–21–03–22–2 [lower-alpha 1] 4–11–20–24–02–11–14–21–01–33–43–2
Sagawa Shiga 0–14–02–32–12–14–01–10–14–04–33–13–02–01–21–40–0
Sony Sendai 3–20–11–10–10–02–01–01–20–11–10–01–00–11–00–00–0
Tochigi Uva 3–13–32–10–00–30–30–11–4 [lower-alpha 2] 1–31–12–32–41–40–01–61–1
V-Varen Nagasaki 1–02–01–14–04–21–13–12–20–04–12–21–02–21–02–12–0
Yokogawa Musashino 2–00–70–10–40–31–21–31–12–02–21–11–02–11–01–21–2
YSCC Yokohama 4–10–24–13–31–23–04–11–21–22–01–32–02–00–31–21–2
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–22–12–00–01–12–21–32–20–12–30–10–00–00–12–10–4
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2012. Source: Japan Football League: First round, second round
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. F.C. Ryukyu vs Kamatamare Sanuki, a match for the 27th round originally scheduled on 29 September, was postponed due to approaching Typhoon Jelawat, and played on 31 October. [9]
  2. The 10th round game on May 6 between Tochigi Uva and Nagano Parceiro was discontinued after the first half because of heavy thunderstorm. The score at the moment was 0–0. [10] The match was replayed in full on June 20.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Shunta Takahashi FC Ryukyu
20
Flag of Japan.svg Masao Tsuji YSCC Yokohama
20
3 Flag of Japan.svg Shohei Kiyohara Sagawa Shiga
17
Flag of Japan.svg Kota Sugawara MIO Biwako Shiga
17
Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Unozawa Nagano Parceiro
17
6 Flag of Japan.svg Kiichi Iga Honda FC
15
7 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Ganaha FC Ryukyu
13
Flag of Japan.svg Hideyuki Ishida Kamatamare Sanuki
13
9 Flag of Japan.svg Shintaro Hirai SP Kyoto
12
Flag of Japan.svg Masatoshi Matsuda Blaublitz Akita
12
Flag of Japan.svg Shoma Mizunaga V-Varen Nagasaki
12

Updated to games played on 18 November 2012
Source: Japan Football League

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 V-Varen Nagasaki 58,5028,5456793,656+141.6%
2 Nagano Parceiro 44,9634,1271,8032,810+23.2%
3 Kamatamare Sanuki 37,5113,4571,2162,344−22.5%
4 Zweigen Kanazawa 37,0139,1365222,313−7.6%
5 FC Ryukyu 34,62611,6582622,164+16.3%
6 Blaublitz Akita 18,1752,1626181,136−10.8%
7 Honda FC 13,1713,056376823−7.4%
8 Sagawa Shiga 11,8751,85292742−35.6%
9 Yokogawa Musashino 11,4451,312316715−0.1%
10 YSCC Yokohama 11,3601,436411710n/a
11 MIO Biwako Shiga 10,1892,206208637−4.9%
12 Sony Sendai 9,4131,174263588−13.5%
13 Honda Lock 8,7151,274296545−19.5%
14 Fujieda MYFC 8,5071,317200532+81.0%
15 Tochigi Uva 7,8531,588175491−7.5%
16 Hoyo Oita 7,6681,415252479+161.7%
17 SP Kyoto 6,242736105390+1.8%
League total337,22811,658921,240−26.3%

Updated to games played on 18 November 2012
Source: Japan Football League: First round, second round
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotions and relegations after the regular season

V-Varen Nagasaki were automatically promoted to J2 while Machida Zelvia became the first ever team to be relegated from J. League, returning to the JFL after only one season.

SC Sagamihara and Fukushima United were promoted to JFL as the winner and runner-up of the Regional League promotion series, respectively. Third-placed Norbritz Hokkaido faced Tochigi Uva in a playoff series. [11] Both games were played in Tochigi to prevent snow in Hokkaido from potentially postponing an away game. After two games, the series were tied 2–2, but Tochigi Uva won the penalty shootout 4–1, retaining their spot in JFL for the 2013 season.

Playoffs with Regional Promotion Series

Norbritz Hokkaido 2–1 Tochigi Uva
Yamada Soccerball shade.svg 44', 58' Report
(Japanese)
Wakabayashi Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Tochigi General Athletic Park Stadium, Tochigi
Attendance: 902
Referee: Tomoo Inoue 井上知大

Tochigi Uva 1–0 (a.e.t.) Norbritz Hokkaido
Hamaoka Soccerball shade.svg 62' (pen.) Report
(Japanese)
Penalties
Hamaoka Soccerball shad check.svg
Okada Soccerball shad check.svg
Takeuchi Soccerball shad check.svg
Amma Soccerball shad check.svg
4–1Soccerball shade cross.svg Hatakeyama
Soccerball shad check.svg Ji Jun-Gi
Soccerball shade cross.svg Kuraya
Tochigi General Athletic Park Stadium, Tochigi
Attendance: 1,445
Referee: Takuya Maeda

Tochigi Uva won the series 4–1 on penalty kicks and remained in JFL.

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