|Champions|| V-Varen Nagasaki |
1st JFL title
1st D3 title
|Relegated||Sagawa Shiga (withdrawn)|
|Goals scored||762 (2.8 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Shunta Takahashi, Masao Tsuji (20 goals)|
Ryukyu vs MYFC
Shiga vs Sony
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.
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.
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, 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.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.
|Club Name||Home 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|
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.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||V-Varen Nagasaki (C, P)||32||20||7||5||57||24||+33||67||Promotion to 2013 J.League Division 2|
|3||Sagawa Shiga (R)||32||16||9||7||61||37||+24||57||Withdrawn|
|8||MIO Biwako Shiga||32||11||10||11||53||52||+1||43|
|17||Tochigi Uva||32||4||10||18||36||70||−34||22||Qualification for pro/rel playoffs|
|1||Shunta Takahashi||FC Ryukyu|
|Masao Tsuji||YSCC Yokohama|
|3||Shohei Kiyohara||Sagawa Shiga|
|Kota Sugawara||MIO Biwako Shiga|
|Yuji Unozawa||Nagano Parceiro|
|6||Kiichi Iga||Honda FC|
|7||Kazuki Ganaha||FC Ryukyu|
|Hideyuki Ishida||Kamatamare Sanuki|
|9||Shintaro Hirai||SP Kyoto|
|Masatoshi Matsuda||Blaublitz Akita|
|Shoma Mizunaga||V-Varen Nagasaki|
Updated to games played on 18 November 2012
Source: Japan Football League
|11||MIO Biwako Shiga||10,189||2,206||208||637||−4.9%|
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.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.
|Norbritz Hokkaido||2–1||Tochigi Uva|
|Yamada 44', 58'|| Report |
|Tochigi Uva||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Norbritz Hokkaido|
|Hamaoka 62' (pen.)|| Report |
| Hamaoka |
Tochigi Uva won the series 4–1 on penalty kicks and remained in JFL.
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