|Champions|| Gamba Osaka |
1st J2 title
2nd D2 title
|Promoted|| Gamba Osaka |
|Goals scored||1,212 (2.62 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Kempes |
Sapporo vs Kitakyushu
Ehime vs Kumamoto
The 2013 J.League Division 2 season is the 42nd season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 15th season since the establishment of J2 League. The regular season began on 3 March and ended on 24 November, followed by the promotion play-offs among four clubs ranked between 3rd and 6th at the end of regular season. Gamba Osaka became champions, and Vissel Kobe became runners-up, both returned to J1 immediately after one season at J2. The other promoted team is third runners-up (fourth placers) Tokushima Vortis, who won the promotion playoff final, defeating Kyoto Sanga FC. With the win, Vortis are making their J1 debut, becoming the first professional Shikoku football club to compete in the top division of their national league.
Ventforet Kofu and Shonan Bellmare, champions and runners-up in the previous season, and Oita Trinita, winners of the promotion play-offs for 2012, were promoted to J1, then Consadole Sapporo, Vissel Kobe, and Gamba Osaka were relegated to J2 instead. Sapporo returned to J2 only after one season in the top-flight, and Kobe returned to J2 second time after 2006 season, while Gamba suffers their very first relegation to the second-tier after J.League Division 2 was established in 1999, and the first relegation since their former organization, Matsushita Electric Soccer Club, were relegated after the 1986–87 season of JSL.
V-Varen Nagasaki, champions of the 2012 Japan Football League, are promoted to J2 while F.C. Machida Zelvia, promoted to J2 from the previous season and ranked 22nd, were relegated back to 2013 Japan Football League only after spending one season in J2.
In February, Thespa Kusatsu changed their name to Thespakusatsu Gunma.
The participant clubs are as follows:
|Club name||Home town(s)||Stadium||Capacity||Note(s)|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Fukuoka||Best Denki Stadium||22,563|
|Consadole Sapporo||Sapporo, Hokkaidō||Sapporo Dome||41,484||Relegated from J1 League in 2012|
|Ehime FC||All cities/towns in Ehime||Ningineer Stadium||20,000|
|Fagiano Okayama||All cities/towns in Okayama||City Light Stadium||20,000|
|Gainare Tottori||All cities/towns in Tottori||Axis Bird Stadium||16,033|
|Gamba Osaka||Suita, Osaka||Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium||21,000||Relegated from J1 League in 2012|
|FC Gifu||All cities/towns in Gifu||Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium||26,109|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Kitakyushu, Fukuoka||Honjo Athletic Stadium||10,000|
|Mito HollyHock||Mito, Ibaraki||K's denki Stadium Mito||12,000|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba||Fukuda Denshi Arena||19,781|
|Kataller Toyama||All cities/towns in Toyama||Toyama Athletic Recreation Park Stadium||28,494|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata||ND Soft Stadium||20,315|
|Roasso Kumamoto||Kumamoto||Umakana-Yokana Stadium||32,000|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto||Kyoto Nishikyogoku Stadium||20,242|
|Thespakusatsu Gunma||All cities/towns in Gunma||Shoda Shoyu Stadium||15,253|
|Tochigi SC||Utsunomiya, Tochigi||Tochigi Green Stadium||18,025|
|Tokyo Verdy||All cities/towns in Tokyo||Ajinomoto Stadium||49,970|
|Vissel Kobe||Kobe, Hyōgo||Home's Stadium||30,132||Relegated from J1 League in 2012|
|Tokushima Vortis||All cities/towns in Tokushima||Pocarisweat Stadium||17,924|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||All cities/towns in Nagasaki||Nagasaki Stadium||20,246||Champions of JFL in 2012|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Matsumoto, Nagano||Matsumotodaira Park Stadium||20,396|
|Yokohama FC||Yokohama, Kanagawa||NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium||15,046|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Gamba Osaka (C, P)||42||25||12||5||99||46||+53||87||Promotion to 2014 J.League Division 1|
|2||Vissel Kobe (P)||42||25||8||9||78||41||+37||83|
|3||Kyoto Sanga||42||20||10||12||68||46||+22||70||Qualification for Promotion Playoffs|
|4||Tokushima Vortis (O, P)||42||20||7||15||56||51||+5||67|
|5||JEF United Chiba||42||18||12||12||68||49||+19||66|
|15||Mito HollyHock||42||14||13||15||50||58||−8||55||Ineligible for promotion|
|21||FC Gifu||42||9||10||23||37||80||−43||37||Ineligible for promotion|
|22||Gainare Tottori (R)||42||5||16||21||38||74||−36||31||Qualification for Relegation Playoffs|
Teams that finished 3rd to 6th participate in play-off series for the last J1 promotion berth.
|5||JEF United Chiba||1|
|Kyoto Sanga||0–0||V-Varen Nagasaki|
|Tokushima Vortis||1–1||JEF United Chiba|
| Douglas ||Report|
If the score is tied after 90 minutes, no extra time is played and the winner is the team with the best league ranking.
|Kyoto Sanga||0–2||Tokushima Vortis|
|Report|| Chiyotanda |
Tokushima Vortis were promoted to 2014 J.League Division 1
The last-placed Gainare Tottori faced 2013 Japan Football League runners-up Kamatamare Sanuki in a two-legged playoff series.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Gainare Tottori||1–2||Kamatamare Sanuki||1–1||0–1|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||1–1||Gainare Tottori|
| Takahashi ||Report|
|Gainare Tottori||0–1||Kamatamare Sanuki|
|Report|| Takahashi |
Gainare Tottori were relegated to 2014 J3 League
|1||JEF United Chiba|
Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: J. League
|October||JEF United Chiba|
|5||JEF United Chiba||210,078||15,982||6,511||10,004||+7.8%|
Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: J. League Division 2
† Team played previous season in J1.
‡ Team played previous season in JFL.
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