|Champions|| Shonan Bellmare |
1st J2 title
3rd D2 title
|Promoted|| Shonan Bellmare |
|Goals scored||1,124 (2.43 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Masashi Oguro (26 goals)|
Trinita vs Roasso
Kamatamare vs Tochigi SC
The 2014 J.League Division 2 season was the 43rd season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 16th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season commenced on 2 March and ended on 23 November. Post-season promotion and relegation playoffs will be played until 7 December.
Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe have stayed in the second division for just a year, winning a promotion as champions and runners-up respectively. Fourth-placed Tokushima Vortis won the promotion playoffs and become the very first Shikoku club to play in the top flight since the establishment of Japan Soccer League, the first amateur nationwide football league in Japan. Shonan Bellmare and Oita Trinita were relegated from the first division immediately after promotion, and Júbilo Iwata have suffered their debut relegation after 20 years in the first division.
On the other end of the table, Kamatamare Sanuki have been promoted from 2013 Japan Football League, replacing Gainare Tottori whom they defeated in the J2–JFL playoffs.
On 29 September the J.League licensing board issued J1 licenses to all J2 clubs except Mito HollyHock, FC Gifu, and Giravanz Kitakyushu.This means these three clubs are not eligible to play in J1 for 2015 season and therefore cannot be promoted directly or via playoffs.
The participating clubs are listed in the following table:
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Shonan Bellmare||Hiratsuka, Kanagawa||Relegated from J1 League in 2013|
|Consadole Sapporo||Sapporo, Hokkaidō|
|Ehime FC||All cities/towns in Ehime|
|Fagiano Okayama||All cities/towns in Okayama|
|FC Gifu||All cities/towns in Gifu||Not eligible for J1 promotion|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Kitakyushu, Fukuoka||Not eligible for J1 promotion|
|Mito HollyHock||Mito, Ibaraki||Not eligible for J1 promotion|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka||Relegated from J1 League in 2013|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||Takamatsu, Kagawa||Promoted from JFL in 2013|
|Kataller Toyama||All cities/towns in Toyama|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto|
|Thespakusatsu Gunma||All cities/towns in Gunma|
|Tochigi SC||Utsunomiya, Tochigi|
|Oita Trinita||Ōita||Relegated from J1 League in 2013|
|Tokyo Verdy||All cities/towns in Tokyo|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||All cities/towns in Nagasaki|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Matsumoto, Nagano|
|Yokohama FC||Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player||Non-Visa Foreign||Type-C Contract|
|JEF United Chiba|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Shonan Bellmare (C, P)||42||31||8||3||86||25||+61||101||Qualification for 2015 J1 League|
|2||Matsumoto Yamaga (P)||42||24||11||7||65||35||+30||83|
|3||JEF United Chiba||42||18||14||10||55||44||+11||68||Qualification for Promotion Playoffs|
|5||Giravanz Kitakyushu||42||18||11||13||50||50||0||65||Ineligible for promotion|
|6||Montedio Yamagata (P)||42||18||10||14||57||44||+13||64||Qualification for Promotion Playoffs|
|15||Mito HollyHock||42||12||14||16||46||46||0||50||Ineligible for promotion|
|17||FC Gifu||42||13||10||19||54||61||−7||49||Ineligible for promotion|
|21||Kamatamare Sanuki||42||7||12||23||34||71||−37||33||Qualification for Relegation Playoffs|
|22||Kataller Toyama (R)||42||5||8||29||28||74||−46||23||Relegation to 2015 J3 League|
Because Giravanz Kitakyushu did not obtain J1 license for 2015 season, they were ineligible to participate in the playoffs. Thus, JEF United Chiba who finished third in the season received a bye into the final.
|3||JEF United Chiba||0|
|4||Júbilo Iwata||1||6||Montedio Yamagata||1|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||1–0||Nagano Parceiro||0–0||1-0|
|Nagano Parceiro||0–0||Kamatamare Sanuki|
Updated to games played on 23 November 2014
Source: J. League data
|3||JEF United Chiba||195,999||14,575||5,957||9,333||−6.7%|
Updated to games played on 23 November 2014
Source: J. League data
† Team played previous season in J1.
‡ Team played previous season in JFL.
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