2013 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2013
Champions Nagano Parceiro
1st JFL title
1st D3 title
Promoted Kamatamare Sanuki
Matches played306
Goals scored784 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Yuji Unozawa
(20 goals)
Highest attendance10,116
F.C. Ryukyu vs Uva
Lowest attendance103
Printing vs Uva
Average attendance1,322
2012
   2014 (J3)  
2014 (JFL)

The 2013 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第15回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Jūgo-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) is the 17th season of the third tier of the Japanese football, and the 15th season since the establishment of Japan Football League. It started on 10 March and finished on 24 November.

Contents

Clubs

Due to unfortunate withdrawal of Arte Takasaki, the previous season has featured only 17 teams, but for 2013 the league has brought the number of teams back to 18. After having another team (Sagawa Shiga) ceasing its operations and withdrawing after the season, the league has welcomed into its ranks two newcomers, SC Sagamihara and Fukushima United. Both clubs are looking forward to eventual J. League promotion, with Sagamihara holding the associate membership status, and Fukushima having applied for it in 2007, though unsuccessfully.

Last season has for the first time ever featured direct exchange of teams between JFL and J. League. JFL champions and J. League associate members V-Varen Nagasaki were promoted at the expense of Machida Zelvia, who returned to JFL after only a single season in J2.

Tochigi Uva were on the brink of relegation, as their play-off series against Norbritz Hokkaido was tied after two rounds. It was decided in penalty shootout, which Tochigi club has won 4–1 and retained their place in the JFL.

On 26 February Blaublitz Akita and Zweigen Kanazawa were granted J. League associate membership status, [1] bringing the number of such clubs to six, an all-time high mark for the league. On 20 August YSCC Yokohama's application was also granted by J. League, [2] further increasing associate members count to seven. It raised again to 10 members after another J. League board session on 16 September, when applications of Fukushima United, FC Ryukyu and Fujieda MYFC were approved. [3]

Club NameHome TownNotes
Blaublitz Akita All cities/towns in Akita J. League associate member
Fukushima United Fukushima, Fukushima Promoted from Tohoku league D1 in 2012. J.League associate member
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Hoyo Oita Ōita, Ōita
Kamatamare Sanuki All cities/towns in Kagawa J. League associate member
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda, Shizuoka J.League associate member
Nagano Parceiro Nagano, Nagano J. League associate member
SP Kyoto Mukō, Kyoto
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa J.League associate member
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara, Kanagawa Promoted from Kantō league D1 in 2012. J. League associate member
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi
Tochigi Uva Tochigi, Tochigi
Yokogawa Musashino Musashino, Tokyo
YSCC Yokohama Yokohama, Kanagawa J.League associate member
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Relegated from J2 in 2012, eligible for J2 promotion
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa J. League associate member

Change in rules

Promotion to J. League Division 2
As in the previous year, the league winner will promote to J. League Division 2 (J2) if it meets promotion criteria, and the runner-up will promote to J2 if it meets promotion criteria and win a home-and-away play-off against a J2 club.
As the establishment of J3 League, if a playoff is taken place, the losing team will go to J3, but not staying to JFL.
Relegation to regional leagues
As the establishment of J3 League leads to a number of teams' transfer in next year, only promotion of teams from regional leagues will take place, not relegation. [4]

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Nagano Parceiro (C)3421946125+3672Formed J3 League
2 Kamatamare Sanuki [lower-alpha 1] (P)3421584926+2368Qualification for Promotion playoffs [lower-alpha 2]
3 SC Sagamihara 3418795842+1661Formed J3 League
4 Machida Zelvia 3418795144+761
5 Honda FC 34141195438+1653
6 SP Kyoto 34141193625+1153
7 Zweigen Kanazawa 34148126048+1250Formed J3 League
8 Blaublitz Akita 34148124845+350
9 Sony Sendai 34121483334150
10 Yokogawa Musashino 341310113636049
11 FC Ryukyu 341210124751446Formed J3 League
12 YSCC Yokohama 341161745561139
13 Fujieda MYFC 34991640581836
14 Fukushima United 34810163542734
15 Hoyo Oita 34952032451332
16 MIO Biwako Shiga 34862040561630
17 Tochigi Uva 34932234663230
18 Honda Lock 346111725472229
Updated to match(es) played on 8 December 2013. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal differential; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Disciplinary points; 6) draw. If two clubs are tied for first place, both clubs will be declared champions.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. Kamatamare Sanuki topped the table at the end of the 17th round and thus were awarded JFL seed for 2013 Emperor's Cup. [5]
  2. Direct promotion and pro/rele series will take place only if there will be promotion-eligible teams (shown in bold) that will claim either of two top spots in JFL.

Results

Home \ Away BLA FUK HON LOC HOY KAM MIO MYF PAR PRI RYU SGM SON UVA YMC YSC ZEL ZWE
Blaublitz Akita 1–02–01–11–12–12–13–61–11–02–22–14–02–01–14–02–21–4
Fukushima United 2–33–30–10–21–20–32–10–10–00–01–20–20–22–00–11–23–0
Honda FC 3–11–12–03–20–21–13–21–31–11–22–10–15–00–02–03–00–0
Honda Lock 0–12–20–02–00–11–01–10–40–32–22–42–21–11–20–02–01–5
Hoyo Oita 0–23–00–20–21–32–12–01–30–00–10–11–10–10–13–21–20–3
Kamatamare Sanuki 1–00–02–02–00–12–12–20–00–03–01–02–01–01–01–00–13–2
MIO Biwako Shiga 3–01–00–21–02–00–40–21–50–14–10–10–00–41–21–22–32–2
Fujieda MYFC 2–10–23–32–00–00–10–32–11–01–52–21–22–01–41–21–01–1
Nagano Parceiro 1–01–01–11–02–01–12–20–02–11–01–05–00–21–03–15–12–1
SP Kyoto 2–00–20–12–02–13–10–22–01–13–22–10–02–11–10–11–23–0
FC Ryukyu 1–11–11–11–11–02–13–10–00–12–12–21–11–21–00–31–20–1
SC Sagamihara 1–13–20–42–13–20–12–13–12–10–00–10–02–01–04–01–41–1
Sony Sendai 2–10–03–13–10–01–00–01–12–10–12–30–22–11–02–00–11–1
Tochigi Uva 1–21–50–30–10–52–13–21–22–31–22–13–41–11–20–10–00–4
Yokogawa Musashino 1–01–12–21–00–12–32–02–00–00–02–10–40–01–00–50–14–2
YSCC Yokohama 0–21–22–10–02–12–41–11–21–10–01–41–40–14–01–31–15–2
Machida Zelvia 2–00–11–20–01–02–13–13–00–40–03–41–21–13–12–23–22–1
Zweigen Kanazawa 2–11–11–01–01–20–13–24–11–21–25–02–22–12–00–03–21–2
Updated to match(es) played on 24 November 2013. Source: Japan Football League: first round, second round
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Unozawa Nagano Parceiro
20
2 Flag of Japan.svg Ryosuke Kijima Kamatamare Sanuki
15
Flag of Japan.svg Koji Suzuki Machida Zelvia
15
4 Flag of Japan.svg Shohei Kiyohara Zweigen Kanazawa
13
Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Matsumoto SC Sagamihara
13
Flag of Japan.svg Yatsunori Shimaya Hoyo Oita
13
Flag of Japan.svg Shunta Takahashi FC Ryukyu
13
8 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Ganaha FC Ryukyu
12
Flag of Japan.svg Sho Gokyu SC Sagamihara
12
Flag of Japan.svg Goshi Okubo Sony Sendai
12

Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: Japan Football League

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Machida Zelvia 53,9566,3792,3173,174−12.5%
2 Kamatamare Sanuki 53,1298,9681,0373,125+33.3%
3 Nagano Parceiro 39,7683,2131,4182,339−16.8%
4 FC Ryukyu 35,18010,1168462,069−4.4%
5 Zweigen Kanazawa 35,0748,1126992,063−10.8%
6 SC Sagamihara 32,7054,8935131,924n/a
7 Blaublitz Akita 30,0574,8891,0111,768+55.6%
8 Fukushima United 17,4642,1953391,027−19.2%
9 Fujieda MYFC 16,2091,563565953+79.1%
10 YSCC 13,3101,889355783+10.3%
11 Yokogawa Musashino 13,0852,257298770+7.7%
12 Honda FC 12,8241,238354754−8.4%
13 Sony Sendai 10,929951334643+9.4%
14 Tochigi Uva 10,2761,679239604+23.0%
15 MIO Biwako Shiga 9,2331,091224543−14.8%
16 Honda Lock 8,7271,153283513−5.9%
17 SP Kyoto 6,9821,004103405+3.8%
18 Hoyo Oita 5,654641218333−30.5%
League total404,47210,1161031,322+6.6%

Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: Japan Football League: first round, second round
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Post-season promotion and relegation

J2 Promotion playoffs

After conclusion of the JFL and J2 seasons, playoffs for participation in 2014 J2 season were contested by lowest-placed J2 club Gainare Tottori and Kamatamare Sanuki, who possess J2 license and have finished second in JFL. The playoffs took place on 1 and 8 December.

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 Soccerball shade.svg 20' Takahashi
Tottori Bank Bird Stadium, Tottori, Tottori
Attendance: 6,313
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima

Kamatamare Sanuki won the playoffs on aggregate and were promoted to 2014 J. League Division 2. Gainare Tottori were relegated to the newly created 2014 J3 League.

Promotion from Regional Leagues

After 10 of 18 teams were set to leave JFL for the newly created J3, the league announced that it would suffer a contraction and only 14 teams would participate in 2014. [6] The league accommodated all winners of the Regional League promotion series and accepted applications from other Regional clubs that were willing to participate in the nationwide league.

The top three spots of the Regional League promotion series were occupied by Grulla Morioka, Fagiano Okayama Next and FC Kagoshima respectively, and Volca Kagoshima took the last spot. However, the Morioka club has been chosen by J. League for participation in the 2014 J3 season, and both Kagoshima clubs have announced their post-season merger to Kagoshima United. On December 4 the league announced the final list of promoted teams: [7]

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