2014 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2014
Champions Honda FC
5th JFL title
1st D4 title
Promoted Renofa Yamaguchi
Matches played182
Goals scored492 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Kazuhito Kishida (17 goals)
Highest attendance4,569
Renofa vs Honda FC
Lowest attendance145
Maruyasu vs Yokogawa
Average attendance859
2013
2015

The 2014 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第16回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Jūrokkai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the first season of the nationwide fourth tier of the Japanese football, and the 16th season since the establishment of Japan Football League. The first stage of the season commenced from 16 March to 8 June, and the second stage of the season commenced on 19 July, and ended on 9 November, while post-season championship playoffs were held on 23 and 30 November. [1]

Contents

Honda FC defeated SP Kyoto FC in the final series, winning their first title since 2008, and fifth in JFL overall. Meanwhile, Renofa Yamaguchi won promotion to J3 League after it has finished 4th in the table and fulfilled all licensing criteria set by J. League.

Clubs

After 10 of 18 teams were set to leave JFL for newly created J3, the league announced that it would suffer a contraction and only 14 teams would participate in 2014. [2] The league would accommodate all winners of the Regional League promotion series and would accept applications from another Regional clubs that are willing to participate in the nationwide league. On 4 December 2013 the league announced the final list of promoted teams. [3]

Club NameHome TownNotes
Azul Claro Numazu Numazu, Shizuoka J. League 100 Year Plan club status holders, promoted from Tōkai Soccer League
Fagiano Okayama Next Okayama, Okayama 2013 Chūgoku Soccer League champions, 2nd place in Regional promotion play-offs
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Kagoshima United Kagoshima, Kagoshima A new club, created on merger of Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, 2013 Kyushu Soccer League respective champions and runners-up
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi Promoted from Tōkai Soccer League. Renamed from Maruyasu Industries SC
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga
SP Kyoto FC Mukō, Kyoto Renamed from Sagawa Printing SC
Renofa Yamaguchi Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi 100 Year Plan club, promoted from Chūgoku Soccer League
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi
Tochigi Uva Tochigi, Tochigi 100 Year Plan club status approved 20 May 2014
Vanraure Hachinohe Hachinohe, Aomori 100 Year Plan club
Verspah Oita Ōita, Ōita Renamed from Hoyo Oita
Yokogawa Musashino Musashino, Tokyo

Change in rules

The league will turn to two-stage format, similar to the one J. League had in its early years and is planning to reintroduce in 2015. Two single round-robin stages will be held, and winners of each stage will determine the champion in the post-season home and away championship playoffs. If the same team manages to win both stages, no playoffs will be held, and they will be automatically declared champions. [1]

No relegation is expected to take place in 2014 season, as the league anticipates expansion to 16 teams in 2015.

According to updated J. League Terms, in order to be promoted to J3 League the clubs must comply the following requirements: [4]

First stage

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Honda FC (A)1311113611+2534Qualification for championship play-offs
2 Kagoshima United 131111235+1834
3 SP Kyoto FC 139042112+927
4 Sony Sendai 138232612+1426
5 Verspah Oita 13652179+823
6 Renofa Yamaguchi 137152513+1222
7 Azul Claro Numazu 133551114314
8 Yokogawa Musashino 133371418412
9 Vanraure Hachinohe 133371118712
10 Fagiano Okayama Next 1325610221211
11 Tochigi Uva 132479191010
12 Honda Lock 1324711241310
13 MIO Biwako Shiga 13238932239
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 131571125148
Updated to match(es) played on 8 June 2014. 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.
(A) Advance to a further round.

Results

Home \ Away AZU FAN HON KGU LOC MAR MIO PRK REN SON UVA YMC VAN VRS
Azul Claro Numazu 0–13–00–10–02–11–0
Fagiano Okayama Next 2–20–50–10–21–10–1
Honda FC 0–02–12–15–03–13–13–1
Kagoshima United 4–01–03–02–14–02–1
Honda Lock 1–11–12–33–10–40–1
Maruyasu Okazaki 1–21–41–22–21–10–1
MIO Biwako Shiga 1–12–20–11–41–00–31–5
SP Kyoto FC 2–03–02–12–01–02–03–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–04–01–21–15–02–02–0
Sony Sendai 2–03–50–00–13–01–03–1
Tochigi Uva 2–20–20–12–00–50–0
Yokogawa Musashino 1–11–10–11–20–11–01–1
Vanraure Hachinohe 1–10–20–20–3 [lower-alpha 1] 2–10–0
Verspah Oita 3–02–00–11–13–02–12–2
Updated to match(es) played on 8 June 2014. Source: Japan Football League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. Round 1 match between Vanraure and Sony was postponed to 17 April due to heavy snow.

Second stage

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 SP Kyoto FC (A)131111378+2934Qualification for championship play-offs
2 Renofa Yamaguchi 139222614+1229
3 Kagoshima United 137242214+823
4 Yokogawa Musashino 136521713+423
5 Sony Sendai 135531917+220
6 Honda FC 135442217+519
7 Vanraure Hachinohe 135351914+518
8 Azul Claro Numazu 135351521618
9 Honda Lock 135262028817
10 MIO Biwako Shiga 134181518313
11 Fagiano Okayama Next 1333714241012
12 Verspah Oita 132471319610
13 Tochigi Uva 13238718119
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 132291233218
Updated to match(es) played on 9 November 2014. 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.
(A) Advance to a further round.

Results

Home \ Away AZU FAN HON KGU LOC MAR MIO PRK REN SON UVA YMC VAN VRS
Azul Claro Numazu 0–00–43–41–22–13–22–1
Fagiano Okayama Next 0–16–10–40–70–01–22–1
Honda FC 2–02–12–30–12–22–1
Kagoshima United 0–01–22–20–31–02–02–0
Honda Lock 1–03–21–42–40–32–13–3
Maruyasu Okazaki 1–11–52–11–20–41–40–1
MIO Biwako Shiga 0–11–20–21–21–02–1
SP Kyoto FC 4–01–03–12–13–11–3
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–12–11–44–10–11–0
Sony Sendai 3–21–10–02–10–02–2
Tochigi Uva 1–10–21–10–40–10–11–0
Yokogawa Musashino 1–21–10–21–12–12–2
Vanraure Hachinohe 2–05–24–11–00–10–11–1
Verspah Oita 1–02–01–30–01–10–1
Updated to match(es) played on 9 November 2014. Source: Japan Football League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship play-offs

The championship play-offs was held after the season between two winners of each stage. Honda FC, the winners of the first stage, will host the first leg on 23 November, and SP Kyoto FC who won the second stage will host the second leg on 29 November. [1] [5]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Honda FC 5–4 SP Kyoto FC 2–23–2

Honda FC 2–2 SP Kyoto FC
Hosokai Soccerball shade.svg 37'
Harada Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Report Soccerball shade.svg 6' Kurosu
Soccerball shade.svg 84' Saito
Honda Miyakoda Soccer Stadium, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Attendance: 1,408
Referee: Shū Kawamata

SP Kyoto FC 2–3 Honda FC
Horikawa Soccerball shade.svg 5'
Sato Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Report Soccerball shade.svg 37' Harada
Soccerball shade.svg 80' Hosokai
Soccerball shade.svg 86' Kurimoto
Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto
Attendance: 1,288
Referee: Naohito Ogawa

Honda FC won the series 5–4 on aggregate and thus won their 5th JFL title.

Overall table

This table was used to determine J3 promotion candidates. To qualify for promotion, a club must hold a 100 Year Plan status (marked in bold in the table), and finish both in Top-4 of the JFL, and either 1st or 2nd among the promotion-eligible clubs.

On 21 October the J. League has examined clubs in order to determine J3 promotion eligibility. Among existing 100 Year Plan clubs only Azul Claro Numazu and Renofa Yamaguchi passed all tests, making them the only clubs theoretically eligible for promotion. [6]

On 19 November J. League officially admitted Renofa Yamaguchi to participate in next year J3 League. [7]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 SP Kyoto FC 2620155820+3861
2 Kagoshima United 2618354519+2657
3 Honda FC (C)2616555828+3053
4 Renofa Yamaguchi (P)2616375127+2451Promotion to 2015 J3 League
5 Sony Sendai 2613764529+1646
6 Yokogawa Musashino 269893131035
7 Verspah Oita 268993028+233
8 Azul Claro Numazu 2688102635932
9 Vanraure Hachinohe 2686123032230
10 Honda Lock 26761331522127
11 Fagiano Okayama Next 26581324462223
12 MIO Biwako Shiga 26641624502622
13 Tochigi Uva 26471516372119
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 26371623583516
Updated to match(es) played on 30 November 2014. 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.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhito Kishida Renofa Yamaguchi
17
2 Flag of Japan.svg Takaki Fukumitsu Verspah Oita
13
3 Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Uchino Sony Sendai
12
4 Flag of Japan.svg Daiki Kagawa Honda FC
11
5 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuma Sato SP Kyoto FC
10
6 Flag of Japan.svg Gen Nakamura Sony Sendai
9
7 Flag of Japan.svg Akira Akao Kagoshima United
8
Flag of Japan.svg Noriaki Fujimoto SP Kyoto FC
8
Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Kurosu SP Kyoto FC
8
10 Flag of Japan.svg Kiichi Iga Honda FC
7
Flag of Japan.svg Taishi Kusaka Maruyasu Okazaki
7
Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Nakasuji Kagoshima United
7
Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Saito MIO Biwako Shiga
7
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroya Yamada Kagoshima United
7

Source: Japan Football League
Updated to games played on 9 November 2014

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Renofa Yamaguchi 29,8564,5687012,297+58.4%
2 Kagoshima United 23,7223,5424831,825+163.7%
3 Azul Claro Numazu 23,0962,9683091,777+121.0%
4 Honda FC 13,1863,1163241,014+34.5%
5 Vanraure Hachinohe 9,9181,604230763+27.6%
6 Yokogawa Musashino 9,6131,227335739−4.0%
7 MIO Biwako Shiga 8,3741,713224644+18.6%
8 Tochigi Uva 7,0171,474215540−10.6%
9 Sony Sendai 6,724920268517−19.6%
10 Fagiano Okayama Next 5,865759249451n/a
11 SP Kyoto FC 5,133626234395−2.5%
12 Honda Lock 4,895546222377−26.5%
13 Maruyasu Okazaki 4,6621,176145359n/a
14 Verspah Oita 4,3328421543330.0%
League total156,3934,568145859−35.0%

Updated to games played on 9 November 2014
Source: Japan Football League (1st stage, 2nd stage)
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.
The average attendance of Kagoshima United is compared to combined averages of its predecessors, FC Kagoshima and Volca Kagoshima

Promotion from Regional Leagues

As the league plans to expand to 16 teams for 2015 season, two promotion slots were available for the winners of the Regional League promotion series. In the final group tournament that took place from 22 to 24 November Nara Club and FC Osaka finished first and second, respectively, and won promotion to 2015 JFL.[ citation needed ]

Due to promotion of Renofa Yamaguchi to J3 League, one additional promotion spot become available. On 10 December it was awarded to Club Dragons from Kansai League D2 who finished third in the Regional Promotion series. [8]

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