|Promoted||Omiya Ardija Júbilo Iwata Avispa Fukuoka|
|Relegated||Oita Trinita Tochigi SC|
|Goals scored||1,014 (2.19 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jay Bothroyd (20 goals)|
|Highest attendance||20,234(Consadole vs Tochigi SC, 23 November)|
|Lowest attendance||1,227(Zweigen vs Ehime FC, 1 April)|
The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2015 明治安田生命J2リーグ)season was the 44th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 17th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season began on 8 March 2015 and ended on 23 November 2015.
Shonan Bellmare have stayed in the second division for just a year, winning promotion as the champions. Matsumoto Yamaga have spent only 3 seasons in J2 after promoted from Japan Football League in 2012, becoming the first club based in Nagano Prefecture which have promoted to the top flight. Sixth-placed Montedio Yamagata won the promotion playoffs and will return in the first division after playing in the J2 for 3 years. Tokushima Vortis were relegated from the J1 immediately after their inaugural promotion, while Cerezo Osaka and Omiya Ardija have suffered relegation respectively after five and ten years from their last presence in J2.
On the other end of the table, Zweigen Kanazawa have been promoted from 2014 J3 League as the champions of the inaugural season of the J3 League, replacing relegated Kataller Toyama.
The participating clubs are listed in the following table:
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Omiya Ardija||Omiya, Saitama||Relegated from J1 League in 2014|
|Cerezo Osaka||Osaka||Relegated from J1 League in 2014|
|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|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Kitakyushu, Fukuoka||Not eligible for J1 promotion|
|Mito HollyHock||Mito, Ibaraki||Not eligible for J1 promotion|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba||2014 J2 League 2014 Play-off finalist|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka||2014 J2 League 2014 Play-off contestant|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||Takamatsu, Kagawa Kagawa||Not eligible for J1 promotion|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto|
|Thespakusatsu Gunma||All cities/towns in Gunma||Not eligible for J1 promotion|
|Tochigi SC||Utsunomiya, Tochigi|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||All cities/towns in Nagasaki|
|Tokyo Verdy||All cities/towns in Tokyo|
|Tokushima Vortis||All cities/towns in Tokushima||Relegated from J1 League 2014|
|Yokohama FC||Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Zweigen Kanazawa||Kanazawa||Promoted from J3 League 2014|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of separation||Manner of departure||Incoming manager||Date of announcement|
|Oita Trinita||Kazuaki Tasaka||1 June||Sacked||Nobuaki Yanagida||2 July|
|Mito HollyHock||Tetsuji Hashiratani||7 June||Sacked||Takayuki Nishigaya||27 June|
|Kyoto Sanga||Masahiro Wada||10 July||Sacked||Kiyotaka Ishimaru||10 July|
|Tochigi SC||Yuji Sakakura||20 July||Resigned||Yasuharu Kurata||21 July|
|Consadole Sapporo||Ivica Barbarić||24 July||Resigned||Shuhei Yomoda||24 July|
|Yokohama FC||Miloš Rus||15 September||Resigned||Hitoshi Nakata||15 September|
|Cerezo Osaka||Paulo Autuori||17 November||Sacked||Kiyoshi Okuma||17 November|
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player||Non-Visa Foreign||Type-C Contract|
|Omiya Ardija||Carlinhos Paraiba||Mateus||Dragan Mrđa|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Moisés||Wellington||Lee Kwang-seon|
|Cerezo Osaka||Edmílson||Magno Cruz||Pablo Felipe||Kim Jin-hyeon|
|Consadole Sapporo||Nildo||Paulão||Cristian Nazarit||Gu Sung-yun||Irfan Bachdim|
|Ehime FC||Park Chan-yong||Gang Yoon-goo||Park Seong-su|
|Fagiano Okayama||Hwang Jin-sung|
|FC Gifu||Gilsinho||Henik||Leo Mineiro||Yun Chang-su|
|Mito HollyHock||Song Ju-hun||Park Kwang-il||Kim Song-gi|
|JEF United Chiba||Paulinho||Nejc Pecnik||Kim Hyun-hun||An Byong-jun|
|Júbilo Iwata||Adaílton||Jay Bothroyd||Krzysztof Kaminski|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||Allan||Evson||Andrea||Han Chang-joo|
|Roasso Kumamoto||Anderson||Kweon Han-jin||Kim Byeong-yeon|
|Kyoto Sanga||Daniel Lovinho||Ferro||Miloš Bajalica||Kim Nam-il||Hwang Te-song|
|Thespakusatsu Gunma||Acleisson||Hugo||Tanque||Yoon Young-seung||Hwang Song-su||Kaique|
|Tochigi SC||Jhonatan||Han Hee-hoon||Lee Joo-young||Park Hyung-jin|
|Oita Trinita||Daniel||Evandro||Paulinho||Kim Jeong-hyun|
|Tokyo Verdy||Alan Pinheiro||Bruno Coutinho||Weslley||Ko Kyung-joon|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||Cho Min-woo||Lee Yong-jae||Ri Yong-jik|
|Tokushima Vortis||Alex||Estiven||Kim Kyung-jung||Kim Jong-min||Son Se-hwan|
|Yokohama FC||Rok Štraus||Bae Hu-min||Park Tae-hong||Na Sung-soo||An Yong-hak|
|Zweigen Kanazawa||Jean Moser||Mendes||Cha Young-hwan|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||Omiya Ardija (C, P)||42||26||8||8||72||37||+35||86||Promotion to 2016 J1 League|
|2||Júbilo Iwata (P)||42||24||10||8||72||43||+29||82|
|3||Avispa Fukuoka (O, P)||42||24||10||8||63||37||+26||82||Qualification to promotion playoffs|
|9||JEF United Chiba||42||15||12||15||50||45||+5||57|
|21||Oita Trinita (R)||42||8||14||20||41||51||−10||38||Qualification to relegation playoffs|
|22||Tochigi SC (R)||42||7||14||21||39||64||−25||35||Relegation to 2016 J3 League|
|Avispa Fukuoka||1–0||V-Varen Nagasaki|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Oita Trinita||1–3||FC Machida Zelvia||1–2||0–1|
|Machida Zelvia||2–1||Oita Trinita|
|K. Suzuki 45+2', 72'||Report||Daniel 22'|
|1||Jay Bothroyd||Júbilo Iwata|
|2||Dragan Mrdja||Omiya Ardija|
|3||Rui Komatsu||Giravanz Kitakyushu|
|5||Masashi Oguro||Kyoto Sanga|
|6||Nejc Pečnik||JEF United Chiba|
|7||Ken Tokura||Consadole Sapporo|
|Ataru Esaka||Thespa Kusatsu|
|Shohei Kiyohara||Zweigen Kanazawa|
|Kazuki Hara||Giravanz Kitakyushu|
|11||Hiroaki Namba||FC Gifu|
|Kazuki Saito||Roasso Kumamoto|
|13||Akihiro Ienaga||Omiya Ardija|
|Kazuhisa Kawahara||Ehime FC|
|15||Keiya Nakami||Tochigi SC|
|Shuto Minami||Tokyo Verdy|
|Diego Forlán||Cerezo Osaka|
|Keiji Tamada||Cerezo Osaka|
Updated to games played on 23 November 2015
Source: Meiji Yasuda J2 League Stats & Data - Ranking:Goals
|3||JEF United Chiba||225,219||15,051||8,123||10,725||+14.9%|
Updated to games played on 23 November 2015
Source: J. League data
† Team played previous season in J1.
‡ Team played previous season in J3.
The J1 League or simply J1 is the top division of the Japan Professional Football League and the top professional Football J.League in Japan. It is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. Currently, the J1 League is the first level of the Japanese association football league system. The second tier is represented by the J2 League. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League. Until the 2014 season it was named the J.League Division 1.
The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season was the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.
The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J3 League was the 19th season of the third tier in Japanese football, and the 2nd season of the professional J3 League.
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.
The 2016 Meiji Yasuda J3 League is the 20th season of the third tier in Japanese football, and the 3rd season of the professional J3 League.
The 2016 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season is the 45th season of second-tier club football in Japan and the 18th season since the establishment of J2 League.
Japanese football in 2015.
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.
The 2017 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season was the 46th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 19th season since the establishment of J2 League.
The 2017 J3 League was the 4th season of the J3 League under its current name. The fixtures were announced on 26 January 2017. The 2017 season started on 11 March, then ended on 3 December.
Japanese football in 2017.
The 2018 J1 League, also known as the 2018 Meiji Yasuda J1 League for sponsorship reasons, was the 26th season of J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993.
The 2018 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season was the 47th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 20th season since the establishment of J2 League.
The 2018 J3 League was the 5th season of J3 League under its current name.
The 2019 J3 League, referred to as the 2019 Meiji Yasuda J3 League for sponsorship reasons, is the 6th season of J3 League under its current name.
The 2019 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season is the 48th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 21st season since the establishment of J2 League.
The 2020 season is Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo's 9th season in the J1 League.
The 2020 J1 League, also known as the 2020 Meiji Yasuda J1 League for sponsorship reasons, was the 28th season of the J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The league began on 21 February and eventually ended on 19 December 2020. The league was planned to have a season break to avoid clashing with the 2020 Summer Olympics, but the Olympics were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.
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The 2021 J3 League, referred to as the 2021 Meiji Yasuda J3 League for sponsorship reasons, was the 8th season of J3 League under its current name.