|Champions|| Gamba Osaka |
2nd J.League title
2nd Japanese title
|Relegated|| Omiya Ardija |
|Champions League|| Gamba Osaka |
Urawa Red Diamonds
|Goals scored||774 (2.53 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Yoshito Ōkubo (18 goals)|
Reds vs Gamba
Reds vs S-Pulse
The 2014 J.League Division 1 season was the 49th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 22nd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993. The season began on 1 March and ended on 8 December. Sanfrecce Hiroshima were the defending champions.
Due to Japan's participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there was an extended break to allow for preparation after the 14th-week matches on 17 and 18 May, with the league resuming on 15 July for four clubs who participated in the 2014 AFC Champions League to play rescheduled 12th-week matches, and 19 July for other 14 clubs.
2014 saw the league played via a home and away system over a single season for the last time until at least 2020. From 2015 the league will revert to an Apertura and Clausura system, with a multi-team play-off 'super stage' to decide the champions, similar to the format used when the J.League began.
The league was won by Gamba Osaka, who won their second J.League title following a 0–0 away draw against Tokushima Vortis. They became the second league champions (after Kashiwa Reysol) to win the first division after being promoted as second division champions.
18 teams compete in this year's competition. Both Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe return to J1 after a single season outside the top flight; they finished as the J.League Division 2 champions and runners-up, respectively. Tokushima Vortis, who finished fourth in the regular season and won the promotion playoff, will make their top-flight debut, becoming the first club from Shikoku to do so. Those three teams replaced Oita Trinita, Shonan Bellmare and Júbilo Iwata; Júbilo were relegated from J1 for the first time after twenty seasons in the top tier, while Bellmare and Trinita were bumped down after cameo appearances in J1.
|Club Name||Coach||Home Town(s)||Stadium||Capacity||Note(s)|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seirō, Niigata||Big Swan Stadium||42,300|
|Kashima Antlers||Kashima, Ibaraki||Kashima Soccer Stadium||40,728|
|Omiya Ardija||Omiya, Saitama||NACK5 Stadium||15,500|
|Cerezo Osaka||Osaka||Nagai Stadium||47,816|| 2014 AFC Champions League participant |
(as 2013 J.League fourth-placed)
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Yokohama, Kanagawa & Yokosuka, Kanagawa||Nissan Stadium||72,327|| 2014 AFC Champions League participant |
(as 2013 J.League runners-up)
|Kawasaki Frontale||Kawasaki, Kanagawa||Todoroki Athletics Stadium||26,232|| 2014 AFC Champions League participant |
(as 2013 J.League Third placed team)
|Gamba Osaka||Suita, Osaka||Osaka Expo '70 Stadium||21,000||Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2013|
|Nagoya Grampus||Nagoya, Aichi||Mizuho Athletic Stadium||27,000|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Urawa, Saitama||Saitama Stadium||63,700|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Kashiwa, Chiba||Kashiwa Soccer Stadium||15,900|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Shizuoka||IAI Stadium Nihondaira||20,339|
|Sagan Tosu||Tosu, Saga||Tosu Stadium||24,490|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hiroshima||Hiroshima Big Arch||50,000|| 2014 AFC Champions League participant|
(as 2013 J.League winners)
|FC Tokyo||Tokyo||Ajinomoto Stadium||49,970|
|Tokushima Vortis||All cities/towns in Tokushima||Pocarisweat Stadium||20,441||Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2013|
(through a play-off system)
|Vegalta Sendai||Sendai, Miyagi||Yurtec Stadium||19,694|
|Ventforet Kofu||Kofu, Yamanashi||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium||17,000|
|Vissel Kobe||Kobe, Hyōgo||Misaki Park Stadium||30,132||Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2013|
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player||Non-Visa Foreign||Type-C Contract|
|Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Urawa Red Diamonds|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Incoming manager|
|Vegalta Sendai||Mutual consent|
|Cerezo Osaka||Mutual consent|
|Shimizu S-Pluse||Mutual consent|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Gamba Osaka (C)||34||19||6||9||59||31||+28||63||Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|2||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||18||8||8||52||32||+20||62|
|4||Kashiwa Reysol||34||17||9||8||48||40||+8||60||Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round|
|7||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||14||9||11||37||29||+8||51|
|16||Omiya Ardija (R)||34||9||8||17||44||60||−16||35||Relegation to 2015 J2 League|
|17||Cerezo Osaka (R)||34||7||10||17||36||48||−12||31|
|18||Tokushima Vortis (R)||34||3||5||26||16||74||−58||14|
|Leader and qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League group stage|
|Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League group stage|
|Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off|
|Relegation to 2015 J2 League|
|Urawa Red Diamonds|
Updated to games played on 8 December 2014
Source: J. League Data
|Most Valuable Player||Gamba Osaka|
|Rookie of the Year||Kashima Antlers|
|Manager of the Year||Gamba Osaka|
|Top scorer||Kawasaki Frontale||18 goals.|
|GK||Shusaku Nishikawa (3)||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|DF||Kosuke Ota (1)||FC Tokyo|
|DF||Masato Morishige (2)||FC Tokyo|
|DF||Tsukasa Shiotani (1)||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|MF||Gaku Shibasaki (1)||Kashima Antlers|
|MF||Yoshinori Muto (1)||FC Tokyo|
|MF||Léo Silva (1)||Albirex Niigata|
|MF||Yasuhito Endō (11)||Gamba Osaka|
|FW||Yoshito Ōkubo (2)||Kawasaki Frontale|
|FW||Takashi Usami (1)||Gamba Osaka|
|FW||Patric (1)||Gamba Osaka|
* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||603,770||56,758||0||35,516||−4.3%|
|3||Yokohama F. Marinos||392,496||40,571||11,088||23,088||−16.0%|
Updated to games played on 8 December 2014
Source: J. League Data
† Team played previous season in J2.
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