|Champions|| Sanfrecce Hiroshima |
3rd J.League title
8th Japanese title
|Relegated|| Matsumoto Yamaga |
|Champions League|| Sanfrecce Hiroshima |
Urawa Red Diamonds
|Club World Cup||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|Goals scored||820 (2.68 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Yoshito Ōkubo (23 goals)|
|Highest attendance||53,148 Urawa vs Gamba Osaka |
|Lowest attendance||6,100 Yamagata vs Nagoya |
2016 →All statistics correct as of 22 November 2015.
The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League (2015 明治安田生命J1リーグ) seasonwas the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.
For a five-year period starting in 2015, the J.League changed to a newly conceived multistage system, with the year split into two halves and a third and final championship stage. The winners of the first and second stages and the highest ranking club of the aggregate table (other than the first or second stage winners) will qualify for the Championship Stage. Sanfrecce Hiroshima won the Championship Stage and advanced to the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup as the host nation's entrant.
|Club name||Coach||Home town(s)||Stadium||Capacity||Note(s)|
|Albirex Niigata||Masaaki Yanagishita||Niigata & Seirō, Niigata||Big Swan Stadium||42,300|
|Kashima Antlers||Masatada Ishii||Kashima, Ibaraki||Kashima Soccer Stadium||40,728|| 2015 AFC Champions League participant |
(as 2014 J.League Third placed team)
|Shonan Bellmare||Cho Kwi-jea||Hiratsuka, Kanagawa||Shonan Stadium Hiratsuka||18,500||Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Erick Mombaerts||Yokohama & Yokosuka||Nissan Stadium||72,327|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Yahiro Kazama||Kawasaki, Kanagawa||Todoroki Athletics Stadium||26,232|
|Gamba Osaka||Kenta Hasegawa||Suita, Osaka||Osaka Expo '70 Stadium||21,000|| 2015 AFC Champions League participant|
(as 2014 J.League winners)
|Nagoya Grampus||Akira Nishino||Nagoya, Aichi||Mizuho Athletic Stadium||27,000|
|Montedio Yamagata||Nobuhiro Ishizaki||All cities/towns in Yamagata||ND Soft Stadium||20,315||Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014|
(through a play-off system)
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Mihailo Petrović||Saitama||Saitama Stadium||63,700|| 2015 AFC Champions League participant |
(as 2014 J.League runners-up)
|Kashiwa Reysol||Tatsuma Yoshida||Kashiwa, Chiba||Kashiwa Soccer Stadium||15,900|| 2015 AFC Champions League play-off participant |
(as 2014 J.League Fourth placed team)
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Kazuaki Tasaka||Shizuoka||IAI Stadium Nihondaira||20,339|
|Sagan Tosu||Hitoshi Morishita||Tosu, Saga||Tosu Stadium||24,490|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hajime Moriyasu||Hiroshima||Hiroshima Big Arch||50,000|
|FC Tokyo||Massimo Ficcadenti||Tokyo||Ajinomoto Stadium||49,970|
|Vegalta Sendai||Susumu Watanabe||Sendai, Miyagi||Yurtec Stadium||19,694|
|Ventforet Kofu||Satoru Sakuma||Kofu, Yamanashi||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium||17,000|
|Vissel Kobe||Nelsinho Baptista||Kobe, Hyōgo||Misaki Park Stadium||30,132|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Yasuharu Sorimachi||Matsumoto, Nagano||Matsumoto Stadium||20,000||Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of separation||Manner of departure||Incoming manager||Date of announcement|
|Ventforet Kofu||Yasuhiro Higuchi||13 May||Mutual consent||Satoru Sakuma||13 May|
|Kashima Antlers||Toninho Cerezo||21 July||Sacked||Masatada Ishii||21 July|
|Shimizu S-Pluse||Katsumi Oenoki||1 August||Resigned||Kazuaki Tasaka||11 August|
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player||on-Visa Foreign||Type-C Contract|
|Albirex Niigata||Cortês||Léo Silva||Rafael Silva||Lim You-hwan||Rafael Ratão|
|Kashima Antlers||Caio||Davi||Dinei||Hwang Seok-ho|
|Shonan Bellmare||André Bahia||Thiago Quirino||Kim Jong-pil||Lee Ho-seung||Alison|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Ademilson||Fabio||Rafinha|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Arthur Maia||Elsinho|
|Gamba Osaka||Lins||Patric||Oh Jae-suk||Kim Jung-ya|
|Nagoya Grampus||Leandro Domingues||Danilson Córdoba||Milivoje Novaković||Gustavo|
|Montedio Yamagata||Alceu||Diego||Romero Frank||Kim Byeom-yong|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Zlatan Ljubijankić|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Cristiano||Ederson||Eduardo||Kim Chang-soo|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Dejan Jaković||Calvin Jong-a-Pin||Peter Utaka||Mitchell Duke||Jong Tae-se|
|Sagan Tosu||Baek Sung-dong||Choi Sung-keun||Kim Min-hyeok||Kim Min-woo|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Douglas||Mihael Mikić||Byeon Jun-byum|
|FC Tokyo||Vlada Avramov||Francisco Sandaza||Nathan Burns|
|Ventforet Kofu||Baré||Maranhão||Marquinhos Paraná|
|Vegalta Sendai||Felipe||Ramon Lopes||Wilson||Kim Min-tae||Ryang Yong-gi|
|Vissel Kobe||Leandro||Marquinhos||Pedro Júnior||Jung Woo-young||Bueno|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Eric||Obina||Willians||Kim Bo-kyung|
Teams play a single round-robin in the first stage and a single round-robin in the second stage.After that an overall table is calculated and a championship stage is played. The winners of the first and second stages and any team that finishes in the top 3 of the overall rankings advance to the championship stage. The team that finishes atop the overall table automatically qualifies for the final, while the remaining teams play-off for the other spot in the final.
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds (Q)||17||12||5||0||39||17||+22||41||Qualification to J.League Championship Stage|
|6||Yokohama F. Marinos||17||7||5||5||21||17||+4||26|
|1||Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Q)||17||13||1||3||44||14||+30||40||Qualification to J.League Championship Stage|
|4||Urawa Red Diamonds||17||9||4||4||30||23||+7||31|
|5||Yokohama F. Marinos||17||8||5||4||24||15||+9||29|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C)||34||23||5||6||73||30||+43||74||Club World Cup, Champions League group stage and J.League Championship Final|
|2||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||21||9||4||69||40||+29||72||Champions League group stage and J.League Championship 1st Round|
|4||FC Tokyo||34||19||6||9||45||33||+12||63||Champions League qualifying play-off|
|7||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||15||10||9||45||32||+13||55|
|16||Matsumoto Yamaga (R)||34||7||7||20||30||54||−24||28||Relegation to 2016 J2 League|
|17||Shimizu S-Pulse (R)||34||5||10||19||37||65||−28||25|
|18||Montedio Yamagata (R)||34||4||12||18||24||53||−29||24|
|Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship|
|Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship|
|Leader, qualification to 2015 J.League Championship Final and 2016 AFC Champions League group stage|
|Qualification to 2015 J.League Championship 1st Round and 2015 AFC Champions League group stage / qualifying play-off|
|Relegation to 2016 J2 League|
The Championship stage consisted of a knockout tournament involving the champions of the First and Second Stages, and any team that finishes in the top 3 of the overall table. The team with the best aggregate record earned a bye to the final. The remaining teams playoff for the other spot in the final.
|Urawa Red Diamonds||1|
|Gamba Osaka (a.e.t.)||3|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||1–3 (a.e.t.)||Gamba Osaka|
|Ljubijankić 72'||Report|| Konno 47'|
|Gamba Osaka||2–3||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
| Nagasawa 60'|
|Report|| Douglas 80'|
|1||Yoshito Ōkubo||Kawasaki Frontale||23|
|3||Takashi Usami||Gamba Osaka||19|
|4||Yohei Toyoda||Sagan Tosu||16|
|6||Yuki Muto||Urawa Red Diamonds||13|
|7||Shinzo Koroki||Urawa Red Diamonds||12|
|Hisato Sato||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|10||Genki Omae||Shimizu S-Pulse||11|
Updated to games played on 22 November 2015
Source: J.League Data
|Most Valuable Player||Toshihiro Aoyama||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|Rookie of the Year||Takuma Asano||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|Manager of the Year||Hajime Moriyasu||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|Top scorer||Yoshito Ōkubo||Kawasaki Frontale||23 goals.|
|GK||Shusaku Nishikawa (4)||Urawa Red Diamonds||Japan|
|DF||Kosuke Ota (2)||FC Tokyo||Japan|
|DF||Masato Morishige (3)||FC Tokyo||Japan|
|DF||Tsukasa Shiotani (2)||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Japan|
|DF||Tomoaki Makino (2)||Urawa Red Diamonds||Japan|
|MF||Mu Kanazaki (1)||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|MF||Toshihiro Aoyama (3)||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Japan|
|MF||Yasuhito Endō (12)||Gamba Osaka||Japan|
|FW||Yoshito Ōkubo (3)||Kawasaki Frontale||Japan|
|FW||Takashi Usami (2)||Gamba Osaka||Japan|
|FW||Douglas (1)||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Brazil|
* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||658,668||53,148||22,363||38,745||+9.1%|
|3||Yokohama F. Marinos||411,759||44,226||8,038||24,221||+4.9%|
Updated to games played on 22 November 2015
Source: J. League Data
† Team played previous season in J2.
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