2013 J.League Division 2

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J.League Division 2
Champions Gamba Osaka
1st J2 title
2nd D2 title
Promoted Gamba Osaka
Vissel Kobe
Tokushima Vortis
Relegated Gainare Tottori
Matches played462
Goals scored1,212 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorer Kempes
(22 goals)
Highest attendance24,813
Sapporo vs Kitakyushu
Lowest attendance1,104
Ehime vs Kumamoto
Average attendance6,665

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 nameHome town(s)StadiumCapacityNote(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka Best Denki Stadium 22,563
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaidō Sapporo Dome 41,484Relegated 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 21,000Relegated 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 30,132Relegated 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 20,246Champions of JFL in 2012
Matsumoto Yamaga Matsumoto, Nagano Matsumotodaira Park Stadium 20,396
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium 15,046

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Gamba Osaka (C, P)42251259946+5387Promotion to 2014 J.League Division 1
2 Vissel Kobe (P)4225897841+3783
3 Kyoto Sanga 422010126846+2270Qualification for Promotion Playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Tokushima Vortis (O, P)42207155651+567
5 JEF United Chiba 421812126849+1966
6 V-Varen Nagasaki 42199144840+866
7 Matsumoto Yamaga 42199145454066
8 Consadole Sapporo 42204186049+1164
9 Tochigi SC 421712136155+663
10 Montedio Yamagata 421611157461+1359
11 Yokohama FC 421513144946+358
12 Fagiano Okayama 421317125248+456
13 Tokyo Verdy 421414145258656
14 Avispa Fukuoka 421511164754756
15 Mito HollyHock 421413155058855Ineligible for promotion
16 Giravanz Kitakyushu 4213101950601049
17 Ehime FC 421211194352947
18 Kataller Toyama 4211112045591444
19 Roasso Kumamoto 4210131940703043
20 Thespakusatsu Gunma 429132043611840
21 FC Gifu 429102337804337Ineligible for promotion
22 Gainare Tottori (R)425162138743631Qualification for Relegation Playoffs [lower-alpha 2]
Updated to match(es) played on 8 December 2013. Source: J.League Division 2
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
  1. Only teams that meet J1 criteria can participate in promotion playoffs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.
  2. Promotion/Relegation Play-offs between J2 and JFL will take place between Kamatamare Sanuki, 2nd-placed club of 2013 Japan Football League with J. League Associate Membership, and 22nd-ranked club of 2013 J2


Avispa Fukuoka 0–12–02–01–12–32–12–11–13–41–42–11–11–21–02–02–12–30–01–00–11–5
Consadole Sapporo 3–03–02–23–01–34–00–00–11–01–03–11–30–11–30–11–01–11–02–11–22–0
Ehime FC 2–23–20–11–01–20–03–02–20–10–03–11–12–02–03–00–24–02–40–21–10–1
Fagiano Okayama 1–13–21–12–02–31–20–01–13–01–34–32–31–12–01–31–12–01–02–02–10–0
Gainare Tottori 0–00–21–10–01–73–42–33–12–22–30–60–00–11–11–10–31–11–20–11–00–0
Gamba Osaka 1–03–00–11–11–12–01–15–01–13–13–24–03–35–13–01–20–03–22–01–00–0
FC Gifu 0–20–31–10–02–12–83–11–40–12–31–10–00–30–00–12–11–21–00–11–20–2
Giravanz Kitakyushu 0–21–21–02–12–10–12–00–21–01–21–27–01–13–20–21–21–12–30–21–21–1
Mito HollyHock 0–01–30–11–02–20–24–12–22–01–01–31–12–11–14–30–01–00–20–01–22–2
JEF United Chiba 1–10–12–00–01–13–01–16–12–03–21–36–01–22–21–10–22–12–11–21–01–1
Kataller Toyama 1–23–11–00–01–10–41–20–02–11–21–31–21–00–01–21–11–10–02–10–10–1
Montedio Yamagata 2–10–13–01–22–30–12–20–12–10–33–11–01–21–12–12–00–03–22–24–15–1
Roasso Kumamoto 1–12–10–11–11–22–21–11–23–20–31–11–11–32–31–41–02–11–20–10–30–1
Kyoto Sanga 2–12–04–12–43–00–22–01–20–13–33–21–12–02–11–22–00–04–11–20–10–1
Thespakusatsu Gunma 0–12–02–12–10–01–10–10–00–10–21–12–21–02–30–11–20–12–24–13–01–0
Tochigi SC 2–04–30–11–01–14–22–03–20–10–01–11–10–12–23–02–24–22–20–10–10–0
V-Varen Nagasaki 0–00–01–11–13–11–33–01–00–22–11–02–11–00–11–02–02–10–20–10–12–0
Tokyo Verdy 0–12–12–11–13–03–33–01–00–01–01–22–01–10–52–13–32–12–11–11–31–3
Vissel Kobe 4–01–02–03–30–12–04–02–11–12–21–01–03–00–04–12–02–02–13–27–01–0
Tokushima Vortis 2–11–03–22–02–11–53–11–23–11–22–02–20–31–14–10–11–22–10–12–00–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–12–41–01–02–12–21–21–12–03–23–02–31–21–11–12–21–10–01–20–00–1
Yokohama FC 0–10–20–00–12–12–22–21–24–11–22–11–10–01–02–03–11–22–31–22–21–3
Updated to match(es) played on 24 November 2013. Source: J. League Division 2
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.


Promotion Playoffs to Division 1

Teams that finished 3rd to 6th participate in play-off series for the last J1 promotion berth.

Semifinals Final
3 Kyoto Sanga 0
6 V-Varen Nagasaki 0
3 Kyoto Sanga 0
4 Tokushima Vortis 2
4 Tokushima Vortis 1
5 JEF United Chiba 1


Kyoto Sanga 0–0 V-Varen Nagasaki

Tokushima Vortis 1–1 JEF United Chiba
Douglas Soccerball shade.svg 37' Report Soccerball shade.svg 40' Yamaguchi

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 Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Tsuda Soccerball shade.svg 43'

Tokushima Vortis were promoted to 2014 J.League Division 1

JFL Relegation Playoffs

The last-placed Gainare Tottori faced 2013 Japan Football League runners-up Kamatamare Sanuki in a two-legged playoff series.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Gainare Tottori 1–2 Kamatamare Sanuki 1–10–1

Kamatamare Sanuki 1–1 Gainare Tottori
Takahashi Soccerball shade.svg 47' Report Soccerball shade.svg 50' Mori
Kagawa Marugame Stadium, Marugame, Kagawa
Attendance: 5,793
Referee: Yosuke Kubota

Gainare Tottori 0–1 Kamatamare Sanuki
Report Takahashi Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Tottori Bank Bird Stadium, Tottori
Attendance: 6,313
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima

Gainare Tottori were relegated to 2014 J3 League

Top scorers

1 Flag of Brazil.svg Kempes JEF United Chiba
2 Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Usami Gamba Osaka
3 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshihiro Uchimura Consadole Sapporo
4 Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Tochigi SC
Flag of Japan.svg Keijiro Ogawa Vissel Kobe
Flag of Brazil.svg Popó Vissel Kobe
Flag of Brazil.svg Sabiá Tochigi SC
8 Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Tsuda Tokushima Vortis
9 Flag of Japan.svg Ryuichi Hirashige Thespakusatsu Gunma
Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Gamba Osaka [1]

Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: J. League


Player of the Month

March Flag of Brazil.svg Popó Vissel Kobe
April Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Gamba Osaka
May Flag of South Korea.svg Oh Seung-Hoon Kyoto Sanga
June Flag of Japan.svg Ryohei Hayashi Montedio Yamagata
July Flag of Japan.svg Koji Yamase Kyoto Sanga
August Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Usami Gamba Osaka
September Flag of Japan.svg Keijiro Ogawa Vissel Kobe
October Flag of Brazil.svg Kempes JEF United Chiba


1 Gamba Osaka 257,99618,0418,04512,286−16.9%
2 Vissel Kobe 241,84123,0124,15111,516−21.3%
3 Matsumoto Yamaga 231,86617,1487,15311,041+15.8%
4 Consadole Sapporo 211,56824,8134,83710,075−16.1%
5 JEF United Chiba 210,07815,9826,51110,004+7.8%
6 Fagiano Okayama 180,05618,2696,2348,574+7.4%
7 Kyoto Sanga 165,71715,3804,3147,891+8.5%
8 Montedio Yamagata 147,41617,2234,4337,020−4.6%
9 Tokyo Verdy 133,20118,7052,5396,343+18.8%
10 Roasso Kumamoto 130,76912,0033,3396,227+6.4%
11 V-Varen Nagasaki 129,51718,1532,0936,167+68.7%
12 Yokohama FC 127,35412,4902,1396,064+0.4%
13 Avispa Fukuoka 120,27014,5262,6405,727+2.5%
14 Tochigi SC 103,36010,6872,1034,922+27.8%
15 Mito HollyHock 97,23710,0252,5134,630+16.5%
16 FC Gifu 95,03211,7192,3414,525+6.0%
17 Kataller Toyama 93,96013,6392,3154,474+34.6%
18 Tokushima Vortis 91,3038,8971,8754,348+8.9%
19 Gainare Tottori 86,03310,0961,5304,097+30.8%
20 Ehime FC 82,95210,3811,1043,950+8.8%
21 Thespakusatsu Gunma 74,9907,8101,4723,571+6.9%
22 Giravanz Kitakyushu 66,6657,2071,6073,175−5.1%
League total3,079,18123,0121,1046,665+14.8%

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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