2015 J1 League

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Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Season2015
Champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima
3rd J.League title
8th Japanese title
Relegated Matsumoto Yamaga
Montedio Yamagata
Shimizu S-Pulse
Champions League Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Urawa Red Diamonds
Gamba Osaka
FC Tokyo
Club World Cup Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Matches played306
Goals scored820 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorer Yoshito Ōkubo (23 goals)
Highest attendance53,148 Urawa vs Gamba Osaka
(2 May)
Lowest attendance6,100 Yamagata vs Nagoya
(29 July)
Average attendance17,803
2014
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) season [1] was the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

Contents

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.

Clubs

Club nameCoachHome town(s)StadiumCapacityNote(s)
Albirex Niigata Flag of Japan.svg Masaaki Yanagishita Niigata & Seirō, Niigata Big Swan Stadium 42,300
Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg Masatada Ishii Kashima, Ibaraki Kashima Soccer Stadium 40,728 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J.League Third placed team)
Shonan Bellmare Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Kwi-jea Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Shonan Stadium Hiratsuka 18,500Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of France.svg Erick Mombaerts Yokohama & Yokosuka Nissan Stadium 72,327
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg Yahiro Kazama Kawasaki, Kanagawa Todoroki Athletics Stadium 26,232
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Hasegawa Suita, Osaka Osaka Expo '70 Stadium 21,000 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J.League winners)
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Japan.svg Akira Nishino Nagoya, Aichi Mizuho Athletic Stadium 27,000
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ishizaki All cities/towns in Yamagata ND Soft Stadium 20,315Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014
(through a play-off system)
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Serbia.svg Mihailo Petrović Saitama Saitama Stadium 63,700 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J.League runners-up)
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Japan.svg 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 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuaki Tasaka Shizuoka IAI Stadium Nihondaira 20,339
Sagan Tosu Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Morishita Tosu, Saga Tosu Stadium 24,490
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu Hiroshima Hiroshima Big Arch 50,000
FC Tokyo Flag of Italy.svg Massimo Ficcadenti Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Susumu Watanabe Sendai, Miyagi Yurtec Stadium 19,694
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Satoru Sakuma Kofu, Yamanashi Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000
Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Nelsinho Baptista Kobe, Hyōgo Misaki Park Stadium 30,132
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Sorimachi Matsumoto, Nagano Matsumoto Stadium 20,000Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerDate of separationManner of departureIncoming managerDate of announcement
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhiro Higuchi 13 MayMutual consent [2] Flag of Japan.svg Satoru Sakuma 13 May
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Toninho Cerezo 21 JulySacked [3] Flag of Japan.svg Masatada Ishii 21 July
Shimizu S-Pluse Flag of Japan.svg Katsumi Oenoki 1 AugustResigned [4] Flag of Japan.svg Kazuaki Tasaka 11 August

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian Playeron-Visa ForeignType-C Contract [5]
Albirex Niigata Flag of Brazil.svg Cortês Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Silva Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Silva Flag of South Korea.svg Lim You-hwan Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Ratão
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Caio Flag of Brazil.svg Davi Flag of Brazil.svg Dinei Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Seok-ho
Shonan Bellmare Flag of Brazil.svg André Bahia Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Quirino Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jong-pil Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Ho-seung Flag of Brazil.svg Alison
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Brazil.svg Ademilson Flag of Brazil.svg Fabio Flag of Brazil.svg Rafinha
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Brazil.svg Arthur Maia Flag of Brazil.svg Elsinho
Gamba Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Lins Flag of Brazil.svg Patric Flag of South Korea.svg Oh Jae-suk Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jung-ya
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Flag of Colombia.svg Danilson Córdoba Flag of Slovenia.svg Milivoje Novaković Flag of Brazil.svg Gustavo
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Brazil.svg Alceu Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Flag of Peru.svg Romero Frank Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Byeom-yong
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Slovenia.svg Zlatan Ljubijankić
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Flag of Brazil.svg Ederson Flag of Brazil.svg Eduardo Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Chang-soo
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dejan Jaković Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of Nigeria.svg Peter Utaka Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mitchell Duke Flag of North Korea.svg Jong Tae-se
Sagan Tosu Flag of South Korea.svg Baek Sung-dong Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Sung-keun Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-hyeok Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-woo
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Croatia.svg Mihael Mikić Flag of South Korea.svg Byeon Jun-byum
FC Tokyo Flag of Serbia.svg Vlada Avramov Flag of Spain.svg Francisco Sandaza Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nathan Burns
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Brazil.svg Baré Flag of Brazil.svg Maranhão Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Paraná
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Flag of Brazil.svg Ramon Lopes Flag of Brazil.svg Wilson Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-tae Flag of North Korea.svg Ryang Yong-gi
Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of Brazil.svg Marquinhos Flag of Brazil.svg Pedro Júnior Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Woo-young Flag of Brazil.svg Bueno
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Brazil.svg Eric Flag of Brazil.svg Obina Flag of Brazil.svg Willians Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Bo-kyung

Format changes

Teams play a single round-robin in the first stage and a single round-robin in the second stage. [6] 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.

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Urawa Red Diamonds (Q)1712503917+2241Qualification to J.League Championship Stage
2 FC Tokyo 1711242418+635
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1710432916+1334
4 Gamba Osaka 179532413+1132
5 Kawasaki Frontale 179353226+630
6 Yokohama F. Marinos 177552117+426
7 Vegalta Sendai 176562720+723
8 Kashima Antlers 176472725+222
9 Nagoya Grampus 176471818022
10 Shonan Bellmare 176472024422
11 Sagan Tosu 1755722321020
12 Ventforet Kofu 1762912221020
13 Vissel Kobe 174761719219
14 Kashiwa Reysol 174672225318
15 Matsumoto Yamaga 1743101726915
16 Montedio Yamagata 1735914241014
17 Albirex Niigata 1735920331314
18 Shimizu S-Pulse 17341022321013
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Q)1713134414+3040Qualification to J.League Championship Stage
2 Kashima Antlers 1712143016+1437
3 Gamba Osaka 179443224+831
4 Urawa Red Diamonds 179443023+731
5 Yokohama F. Marinos 178542415+929
6 FC Tokyo 178452115+628
7 Kawasaki Frontale 178363022+827
8 Kashiwa Reysol 178362418+627
9 Shonan Bellmare 177552020026
10 Nagoya Grampus 177372630424
11 Albirex Niigata 175572125420
12 Sagan Tosu 174851522720
13 Vissel Kobe 1761102730319
14 Ventforet Kofu 174581421717
15 Matsumoto Yamaga 17341013281513
16 Vegalta Sendai 17331117281112
17 Shimizu S-Pulse 1726915331812
18 Montedio Yamagata 1717910291910
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League 2nd Stage Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C)3423567330+4374 Club World Cup, Champions League group stage and J.League Championship Final
2 Urawa Red Diamonds 3421946940+2972 Champions League group stage and J.League Championship 1st Round
3 Gamba Osaka 3418975637+1963
4 FC Tokyo 3419694533+1263 Champions League qualifying play-off [lower-alpha 1]
5 Kashima Antlers 34185115741+1659
6 Kawasaki Frontale 34176116248+1457
7 Yokohama F. Marinos 34151094532+1355
8 Shonan Bellmare 34139124044448
9 Nagoya Grampus 34137144448446
10 Kashiwa Reysol 34129134643+345
11 Sagan Tosu 349131237541740
12 Vissel Kobe 34108164449538
13 Ventforet Kofu 341071726431737
14 Vegalta Sendai 3498174448435
15 Albirex Niigata 348101641581734
16 Matsumoto Yamaga (R)34772030542428Relegation to 2016 J2 League
17 Shimizu S-Pulse (R)345101937652825
18 Montedio Yamagata (R)344121824532924
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. The winner of the 2015 Emperor's Cup qualified for the Group Stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League. Since the Emperor's Cup winner was Gamba Osaka who were the third-placed team, the Qualifying Play-off spot was awarded to the fourth-placed team.

Positions by round

First stage

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617
Urawa Red Diamonds 11111111111111111
FC Tokyo 1010421543222453332
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 411610664434322223
Gamba Osaka 1013753222343234444
Kawasaki Frontale 14646435565766655
Yokohama F. Marinos 14161387118111186545566
Vegalta Sendai 455247913131515121311797
Kashima Antlers 14171711128108101198119978
Nagoya Grampus 812161812811967811910889
Shonan Bellmare 148127111314121213101087101010
Sagan Tosu 63395356757678111111
Ventforet Kofu 179151718181818181818181614131212
Vissel Kobe 131318149107109911141012121313
Kashiwa Reysol 77101281212781012131415151514
Matsumoto Yamaga 8119121615131415121491213141415
Montedio Yamagata 1718141617171717161613151516161616
Albirex Niigata 1215101514141515141417171818181717
Shimizu S-Pulse 1581015161616171716161717171818
Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2015. Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 10 results for 2015 AFC Champions League Participants (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Urawa Red Diamonds; Gamba Osaka vs. Kashima Antlers), held on 3 June 2015, are included in Matchday 15 ranking.
Note 2: Matchday 13 results for 2015 AFC Champions League quarterfinalists (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Gamba Osaka), held on 23 June 2015, are included in Matchday 17 ranking.

Second stage

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 31111122211111111
Kashima Antlers 451174211122222222
Gamba Osaka 686358108555484443
Urawa Red Diamonds 6791314984964346554
Yokohama F. Marinos 91416161714129676873335
FC Tokyo 17109139646447535766
Kawasaki Frontale 2345346101198657897
Kashiwa Reysol 1210326333333768678
Shonan Bellmare 6511117564789999989
Nagoya Grampus 14866275781011101011101010
Albirex Niigata 121714810101314121210111110111211
Sagan Tosu 448911121112141313141414141312
Vissel Kobe 1224811911101112121213121113
Ventforet Kofu 141441213151613131414131312131414
Matsumoto Yamaga 1418151012131516161717161516161615
Vegalta Sendai 1113181818171717171615151715151516
Shimizu S-Pulse 1816171715161415151516171818181717
Montedio Yamagata 912131516181818181818181617171818
Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 6 results for Gamba Osaka vs. Sagan Tosu, held on 22 July 2015, are included in Matchday 4 ranking. Gamba Osaka is a finalist in 2015 Suruga Bank Championship, scheduled on 11 August 2015.
Note 2: Matchday 9 results for Matsumoto Yamaga vs. Montedio Yamagata, held on 23 September 2015, are included on Matchday 12 ranking.

Overall

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 41161066443432222322211122112221111
Urawa Red Diamonds 1111111111111111111122211221112222
Gamba Osaka 101375322234323444434434444444444343
FC Tokyo 101042154322245333243343333333333434
Kashima Antlers 1417171112810810119811997877866665556666755
Kawasaki Frontale 1464643556576665555555556665555666
Yokohama F. Marinos 1416138711811118654556666689987777777577
Shonan Bellmare 1481271113141212131010871010108810108710101099898888
Nagoya Grampus 81216181281196781191088912997787991010910101099
Kashiwa Reysol 771012812127810121314151515141413129101098888108991010
Sagan Tosu 633953567576781111111011141212131212131313141414121111
Vissel Kobe 131318149107109911141012121313111271111121111111111121315141212
Ventforet Kofu 1791517181818181818181816141312121314131413141413121415131111111313
Vegalta Sendai 455247913131515121311797910111314111314141212111212131414
Albirex Niigata 12151015141415151414171718181817171718171615151515151514151513151515
Matsumoto Yamaga 81191216151314151214912131414151516151516161616161616161616161616
Shimizu S-Pulse 15810151616161717161617171718181817181817181717171717181818181817
Montedio Yamagata 17181416171717171616131515161616161615161718171818181818171717171718
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
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 10 results for 2015 AFC Champions League Participants (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Urawa Red Diamonds; Gamba Osaka vs. Kashima Antlers), held on 3 June 2015, are included in Matchday 15 ranking.
Note 2: Matchday 13 results for 2015 AFC Champions League quarterfinalists (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Gamba Osaka), held on 23 June 2015, are included in Matchday 17 ranking.
Note 3: Matchday 23 results for Gamba Osaka vs. Sagan Tosu, held on 22 July 2015, are included in Matchday 21 ranking. Gamba Osaka is a finalist in 2015 Suruga Bank Championship, scheduled on 11 August 2015.
Note 4: Matchday 26 results for Matsumoto Yamaga vs. Montedio Yamagata, held on 23 September 2015, are included on Matchday 29 ranking.

Championship stage

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.

Semifinal Final
        
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 31 4
Gamba Osaka 2 1 3
Urawa Red Diamonds 1
Gamba Osaka (a.e.t.) 3

Urawa Red Diamonds 1–3 (a.e.t.) Gamba Osaka
Ljubijankić Soccerball shade.svg 72' Report Konno Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Fujiharu Soccerball shade.svg 117'
Patric Soccerball shade.svg 120'
Saitama Stadium 2002, Midori-ku, Saitama
Attendance: 40,696
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Gamba Osaka 2–3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Nagasawa Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Konno Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Report Douglas Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Sasaki Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Kashiwa Soccerball shade.svg 90+6'
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita
Attendance: 17,844
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–1 Gamba Osaka
Asano Soccerball shade.svg 76' Report Konno Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima
Attendance: 36,609
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura

Results

First stage

Home \ Away ALB ANT BEL FMA FRO GAM GRA MON RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS YAM
Albirex Niigata 1–11–13–20–00–10–30–22–2
Kashima Antlers 1–11–22–33–12–20–11–23–1
Shonan Bellmare 1–30–21–34–20–04–00–10–01–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–00–33–01–31–12–01–01–21–1
Kawasaki Frontale 4–12–11–11–43–20–13–02–22–0
Gamba Osaka 2–12–01–13–12–21–10–01–0
Nagoya Grampus 1–13–00–10–01–00–12–03–13–3
Montedio Yamagata 2–21–21–01–01–33–00–10–10–0
Urawa Red Diamonds 5–22–12–11–02–11–01–04–11–0
Kashiwa Reysol 1–30–01–21–03–32–30–01–1
Sagan Tosu 2–11–01–01–61–12–21–21–11–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4–20–15–10–02–02–02–00–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 3–11–25–22–33–32–20–20–1
FC Tokyo 0–10–02–10–12–11–23–21–0
Vegalta Sendai 1–22–32–02–04–45–02–12–30–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–11–10–21–02–00–21–10–3
Vissel Kobe 1–10–11–10–11–20–20–14–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 1–22–30–33–01–20–11–02–02–0
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2015. Source: J. League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second stage

Home \ Away ALB ANT BEL FMA FRO GAM GRA MON RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS YAM
Albirex Niigata 2–30–21–11–22–21–21–00–22–0
Kashima Antlers 2–01–21–03–01–23–20–02–13–2
Shonan Bellmare 2–11–12–12–10–13–00–21–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–14–00–11–21–02–02–10–0
Kawasaki Frontale 1–30–15–36–10–03–22–01–0
Gamba Osaka 1–02–24–02–13–11–10–21–02–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–20–33–22–10–00–14–22–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–30–30–01–31–31–21–10–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–01–11–01–11–23–11–15–2
Kashiwa Reysol 1–11–03–10–02–30–12–22–02–0
Sagan Tosu 0–31–11–21–10–00–01–00–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–15–02–02–15–20–30–00–16–0
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–11–22–21–40–31–51–10–10–5
FC Tokyo 3–11–22–10–03–40–03–13–01–0
Vegalta Sendai 0–11–11–31–30–13–41–23–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–00–11–30–22–20–10–01–00–1
Vissel Kobe 1–20–21–12–01–23–17–10–42–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–01–31–10–12–21–21–21–0
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: J. League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale 23
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Sanfrecce Hiroshima 21
3 Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Usami Gamba Osaka 19
4 Flag of Japan.svg Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu 16
5 Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Kashiwa Reysol 14
6 Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Muto Urawa Red Diamonds 13
7 Flag of Japan.svg Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds 12
Flag of Brazil.svg Patric Gamba Osaka
Flag of Japan.svg Hisato Sato Sanfrecce Hiroshima
10 Flag of Japan.svg Genki Omae Shimizu S-Pulse 11

Updated to games played on 22 November 2015

Source: J.League Data [7]

Awards

Individual

AwardRecipientClubNotes
Most Valuable Player Flag of Japan.svg Toshihiro Aoyama Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Rookie of the Year Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Asano Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Manager of the Year Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Top scorer Flag of Japan.svg Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale 23 goals.

Best Eleven

PositionFootballerClubNationality
GK Shusaku Nishikawa (4) Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Kosuke Ota (2) FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Masato Morishige (3)FC TokyoFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Tsukasa Shiotani (2) Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
DF Tomoaki Makino (2) Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Mu Kanazaki (1) Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Toshihiro Aoyama (3) Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
MF Yasuhito Endō (12) Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Yoshito Ōkubo (3) Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Takashi Usami (2) Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
FW Douglas (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil

* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 658,66853,14822,36338,745+9.1%
2 FC Tokyo 489,33642,60412,72728,784+14.3%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 411,75944,2268,03824,221+4.9%
4 Albirex Niigata 398,54531,32416,06823,444+2.0%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 356,97624,99214,88120,999+26.0%
6 Matsumoto Yamaga 285,99218,90611,74316,823+32.1%
7 Kashima Antlers 279,18529,0306,92316,423−7.0%
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 278,49933,2107,96616,382+9.2%
9 Vissel Kobe 276,51224,0277,69616,265+8.4%
10 Nagoya Grampus 276,08233,5589,98616,240−2.9%
12 Gamba Osaka 271,98418,84210,70215,999+8.5%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 239,40619,73611,34814,083−0.9%
13 Vegalta Sendai 234,44219,37512,48813,791−9.1%
14 Sagan Tosu 228,64420,7927,52413,450−4.9%
15 Shonan Bellmare 207,53914,5819,15712,208+44.0%
16 Ventforet Kofu 192,04214,1767,01511,297−7.2%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 185,60914,0556,70110,918+1.9%
18 Montedio Yamagata 170,51813,7376,10010,030+58.0%
League total5,447,60253,1486,10017,803+3.3%

Updated to games played on 22 November 2015
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

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The 2016 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season was the 51st season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 24th since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

Japanese football in 2014.

The 2015 FC Tokyo season was the club's 15th season and the fourth consecutive in the top division of Japanese football. It was Massimo Ficcadenti's second season as manager.

The 2016 Sanfrecce Hiroshima season is the club's eighth consecutive season in J1 League, and 46th overall in the Japanese top flight. Sanfrecce Hiroshima are also competing in the 2016 Japanese Super Cup and the 2016 AFC Champions League.

The 2015 season was Sanfrecce Hiroshima's seventh consecutive season in J.League Division 1, and 45th overall in the Japanese top flight. Sanfrecce Hiroshima also competed in the Emperor's Cup, J.League Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup. The club secured its third J1 League title after beating Gamba Osaka on aggregate on 5 December 2015.

The 2016 Avispa Fukuoka season is the club's ninth season in the J1 League, they returned to the Japanese top flight after winning the 2015 J2 League playoffs. Avispa Fukuoka will also be competing in the J.League Cup and the Emperor's Cup.

The 2014 season was Sanfrecce Hiroshima's sixth consecutive season in J.League Division 1, and 44th overall in the Japanese top flight. Sanfrecce Hiroshima also competed in the Emperor's Cup, J.League Cup, Japanese Super Cup, and the AFC Champions League.

The 2017 J1 League was the 25th season of the J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The season began on 25 February 2017 and ended on 2 December. Fixtures for the 2017 season were announced on 26 January 2017.

Japanese football in 2017.

2019 J. League Cup is the 27th J.League Cup, which began on 6 March 2019.

The 2020 Gamba Osaka season was Gamba Osaka's 27th season in the J1 League and 33rd overall in the Japanese top flight. It will see them compete in the 18 team J1 League as well as the J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup competitions.

The 2020 Vissel Kobe season was Vissel Kobe's seventh consecutive season in the J1 League following promotion to the top flight in 2013 and their 22nd J1 League season overall. The club also took part in the J. League Cup, the 2020 Japanese Super Cup, and the 2020 AFC Champions League. The club secured their first ever appearances in the latter two competition as winners of the 2019 Emperor's Cup.

The 2020 season is Cerezo Osaka's fourth consecutive season in the top-division of Japanese football following promotion in 2016. In addition to the J1 League, the club also competes in the 2020 Emperor's Cup and the 2020 J.League Cup.

The 2020 season is Kashima Antlers's 28th consecutive season in the J1 League league, the top flight of Japanese football, since the introduction of professional football in 1993. The club finished the 2019 J1 League in third place, securing a play-off spot in the 2020 AFC Champions League. In addition to these competitions, they will also compete in the Emperor's Cup and J.League Cup.

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