2014 J3 League

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J3 League
Season2014
Champions Zweigen Kanazawa
1st J3 title
1st D3 title
Promoted Zweigen Kanazawa
Matches played198
Goals scored495 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorer Koji Suzuki (19 goals)
Highest attendance8,115
Zweigen vs MYFC
Lowest attendance504
Fukushima vs Gainare
Average attendance2,247
2015

The 2014 J3 League (referred to as the 2014 Meiji Yasuda J3 League (2014 明治安田生命J3リーグ) for sponsorship reasons) was the 18th season of the third tier of the Japanese football, and the inaugural season of the professional J3 League. The season commenced on 9 March and will finish on November 23, [1] with a 3-week break after the 17th week matches on 21 and 22 June (except one on 25 June), then will resume from 19 and 20 July, due to prefectural qualifiers, followed by the 1st and 2nd round matches of the 2014 Emperor's Cup scheduled during the intermission.

Contents

Establishment

After the discussion on J1-J2 Joint Committee on 16 January 2013, all J. League clubs agreed in principle with an establishment of the new league starting 2014. [2] This decision was formally put into force by J. League Council on 26 February executive meeting. [3] The league was planned to launch with 10 teams, but another session of J. League Council in July decided that inaugural season of J3 will feature 12 teams. [4]

Clubs

Japan location map with side map of the Ryukyu Islands.svg
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Greater Tokyo Area
Machida,  Sagamihara,  YSCC
Locations of the 2014 J3 League teams

In order to participate, a club must have held an associate membership, or had submitted an application before 30 June 2013, and then passed an inspection in order to obtain a participation licence issued by J. League Council. [5] On November 19, J. League has confirmed the following clubs to participate in the inaugural J3 season: [6]

Club NameHome TownNotes
Blaublitz Akita All cities/towns in Akita
Fukushima United Fukushima, Fukushima
Gainare Tottori All cities/towns in Tottori Relegated from 2013 J2, eligible for J2 promotion
Grulla Morioka Morioka, Iwate The only club promoted from Regional Leagues
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda, Shizuoka
Nagano Parceiro Nagano, Nagano Eligible for J2 promotion
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara, Kanagawa
YSCC Yokohama Yokohama, Kanagawa
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Eligible for J2 promotion
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa Eligible for J2 promotion
J.League U-22 Selection n/aA special team, composed of best J1 and J2 youngsters in order to prepare them for 2016 Olympics

On 29 September the J. League licensing board issued J2 licenses to the following clubs: Machida Zelvia, Nagano Parceiro, Zweigen Kanazawa, and Gainare Tottori. [7] Tottori's license was issued provisionally, under conditions of financial improvement before 30 October when the league re-assessed the club's financial stance and confirmed the passage of the licensing.

Competition rules

The league will be played in three rounds, each team playing a total of 33 matches. J.League U-22 Selection will play all their matches on the road. [1]

Each team must feature at least 3 players holding professional contracts. Two foreign players are allowed per team, plus 1 more from the ASEAN partner country of J. League. The matchday roster will consist of 16 players, and up to 5 substitutes will be allowed in a game. [1]

Promotion and relegation

Rules for promotion to J2 will be largely similar to those of Japan Football League in the recent seasons: in order to be promoted, a club must hold a J2 license and finish in top 2 of the league. The U-22 team is not eligible for promotion regardless of their final position. The champions will be promoted directly, in exchange to 22nd-placed J2 club; and the runners-up will participate in the playoffs with 21st J2 club. If either or both top 2 finishers are ineligible for promotion, the playoffs and/or direct exchange will not be held in accordance to the exact positions of promotion-eligible clubs. [1]

No relegation to JFL is planned. Up to 2 clubs may be promoted if they are licensed by J. League for J3 participation and finish in top-4 of JFL.

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerNon-Visa ForeignType-C Contract
Blaublitz Akita Flag of Brazil.svg Leonardo Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Keun-ho
Fukushima United Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kong-Chyong Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Hong-Yeon
Gainare Tottori
Grulla Morioka
Fujieda MYFC Flag of South Korea.svg Park Il-gyu
Nagano Parceiro Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Yeong-Gi
FC Ryukyu
SC Sagamihara Flag of Brazil.svg Weslley Flag of the United States.svg Mobi Fehr
YSCC Yokohama Flag of Egypt.svg Osama Elsamni
Machida Zelvia Flag of South Korea.svg Bae Dae-Won
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Ji-Hoon
J.League U-22 Selection 1

Note:
^1 A special team, composed of best J1 and J2 youngsters in order to prepare them to 2016 Olympics

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Zweigen Kanazawa (C, P)3323645620+3675Promotion to 2015 J2 League [lower-alpha 1]
2 Nagano Parceiro 3320945823+3569Qualification for J2 promotion playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
3 Machida Zelvia 3320855922+3768
4 Gainare Tottori 33141183425+953
5 Grulla Morioka 33129124339+445
6 SC Sagamihara 33127144448443
7 Fukushima United 3399153038836
8 Blaublitz Akita 331041938571934
9 FC Ryukyu 338101531501934
10 J.League U-22 Selection 33961837632633
11 Fujieda MYFC 33791736521630
12 YSCC Yokohama 334121729582924
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2014. Source: J.League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal differential; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Disciplinary points; 6) Draw.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Only clubs that hold J2 licence are eligible for promotion.

Results

Rounds 1–11

Home \ Away BLA FUK GAI GRU MYF PAR RYU SGM YSC ZEL ZWE J22
Blaublitz Akita 2–21–02–12–11–21–2
Fukushima United 0–10–21–21–00–10–1
Gainare Tottori 0–01–10–01–00–11–0
Grulla Morioka 4–10–02–33–01–46–1
Fujieda MYFC 0–00–22–21–20–02–4
Nagano Parceiro 1–01–41–00–02–11–0
FC Ryukyu 2–01–30–10–01–73–0
SC Sagamihara 3–02–12–22–00–40–1
YSCC Yokohama 1–10–10–21–41–10–2
Machida Zelvia 4–13–00–02–00–04–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–01–12–02–14–02–0
J.League U-22 Selection
Updated to match(es) played on 11 May 2014. Source: J. League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Rounds 12–22

Home \ Away BLA FUK GAI GRU MYF PAR RYU SGM YSC ZEL ZWE J22
Blaublitz Akita 0–12–21–03–41–44–0
Fukushima United 2–02–32–22–20–20–0
Gainare Tottori 1–41–00–00–04–21–0
Grulla Morioka 3–01–22–11–10–13–1
Fujieda MYFC 0–10–11–02–11–23–1
Nagano Parceiro 2–03–01–13–21–24–0
FC Ryukyu 2–00–30–21–11–00–6
SC Sagamihara 0–10–02–20–14–02–3
YSCC Yokohama 0–01–12–30–10–32–1
Machida Zelvia 1–11–11–00–12–11–1
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–02–23–12–10–10–0
J.League U-22 Selection
Updated to match(es) played on 26 October 2014. Source: J. League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Rounds 23–33

Home \ Away BLA FUK GAI GRU MYF PAR RYU SGM YSC ZEL ZWE J22
Blaublitz Akita 1–30–12–12–11–21–1
Fukushima United 2–00–10–12–12–20–0
Gainare Tottori 1–22–02–11–10–11–2
Grulla Morioka 1–10–20–31–10–22–1
Fujieda MYFC 1–20–22–21–10–12–1
Nagano Parceiro 3–03–02–06–12–05–0
FC Ryukyu 0–01–10–00–10–14–2
SC Sagamihara 2–11–01–01–11–21–5
YSCC Yokohama 1–20–02–00–02–41–1
Machida Zelvia 2–01–24–12–10–03–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 2–12–03–24–02–13–0
J.League U-22 Selection
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2014. Source: J. League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

J2 promotion playoffs

J3 runners-up Nagano Parceiro played the 21st-placed J2 club Kamatamare Sanuki in a two-legged playoffs. The winning club will play in J2 in 2015 season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Kamatamare Sanuki 1–0 Nagano Parceiro 0–01–0

Nagano Parceiro 0–0 Kamatamare Sanuki
Report
Nagano Athletic Stadium, Nagano, Nagano
Attendance: 8,944
Referee: Itaru Hirose

Kamatamare Sanuki 1–0 Nagano Parceiro

Nagano Parceiro remains in J3 League.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Koji Suzuki Machida Zelvia
19
2 Flag of Japan.svg Tsugutoshi Oishi Fujieda MYFC
17
3 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Unozawa Nagano Parceiro
16
4 Flag of Japan.svg Ryota Doi Grulla Morioka
11
Flag of Japan.svg Hirochika Miyoshi Blaublitz Akita
11
6 Flag of Japan.svg Akio Yoshida YSCC Yokohama
10
7 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshinori Katsumata Nagano Parceiro
9
Flag of Japan.svg Shohei Kiyohara Zweigen Kanazawa
9
Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Sato Nagano Parceiro
9
Flag of Japan.svg Takafumi Suzuki Machida Zelvia
9

Updated per games played on 23 November 2014
Source: J. League data

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Nagano Parceiro 64,7018,0111,6553,595+53.7%
2 Zweigen Kanazawa 61,9208,1156583,440+66.7%
3 Machida Zelvia 56,4044,5692,0123,134−1.3%
4 SC Sagamihara 56,3887,8609213,133+62.8%
5 Gainare Tottori 55,2425,8921,8323,069−25.1%
6 Blaublitz Akita 31,9212,4881,0571,773+0.3%
7 Grulla Morioka 27,4033,0487411,522+103.5%
8 FC Ryukyu 25,1625,1635201,398−32.4%
9 Fukushima United 23,7694,1635041,321+28.6%
10 Fujieda MYFC 23,7333,3026121,319+38.4%
11 YSCC Yokohama 18,3231,8195121,018+30.0%
League total444,9668,1155042,247+70.0%

Updated to games played on 23 November 2014
Source: J. League data
Notes:
League average is compared to JFL average of 2013.
Team played previous season in J2.
Team played previous season in the Regional Leagues.

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