2015 J2 League

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Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2015
Champions Omiya Ardija
PromotedOmiya Ardija
Relegated Oita Trinita
Matches played462
Goals scored1,014 (2.19 per match)
Top goalscorer Jay Bothroyd (20 goals)
Highest attendance20,234
(Consadole vs Tochigi SC, 23 November)
Lowest attendance1,227
(Zweigen vs Ehime FC, 1 April)
Average attendance6,845
2014
2016

The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2015 明治安田生命J2リーグ) [1] 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.

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Clubs

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 NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Omiya Ardija Omiya, Saitama Relegated from J1 League in 2014
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka
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
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma Not eligible for J1 promotion
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Oita Trinita Ōita
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

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerDate of separationManner of departureIncoming managerDate of announcement
Oita Trinita Flag of Japan.svg Kazuaki Tasaka 1 JuneSacked [2] Flag of Japan.svg Nobuaki Yanagida 2 July
Mito HollyHock Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuji Hashiratani 7 JuneSacked [3] Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Nishigaya 27 June
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Wada 10 JulySacked [4] Flag of Japan.svg Kiyotaka Ishimaru 10 July
Tochigi SC Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Sakakura 20 JulyResigned [5] Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Kurata 21 July
Consadole Sapporo Flag of Croatia.svg Ivica Barbarić 24 JulyResigned [6] Flag of Japan.svg Shuhei Yomoda 24 July
Yokohama FC Flag of Slovenia.svg Miloš Rus 15 SeptemberResigned [7] Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Nakata 15 September [8]
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Paulo Autuori 17 NovemberSacked [9] Flag of Japan.svg Kiyoshi Okuma 17 November [10]

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerNon-Visa ForeignType-C Contract
Omiya Ardija Flag of Brazil.svg Carlinhos Paraiba Flag of Brazil.svg Mateus Flag of Serbia.svg Dragan Mrđa
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Brazil.svg Moisés Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kwang-seon
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Edmílson Flag of Brazil.svg Magno Cruz Flag of Brazil.svg Pablo Felipe Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-hyeon
Consadole Sapporo Flag of Brazil.svg Nildo Flag of Brazil.svg Paulão Flag of Colombia.svg Cristian Nazarit Flag of South Korea.svg Gu Sung-yun Flag of Indonesia.svg Irfan Bachdim
Ehime FC Flag of South Korea.svg Park Chan-yong Flag of South Korea.svg Gang Yoon-goo Flag of South Korea.svg Park Seong-su
Fagiano Okayama Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Jin-sung
FC Gifu Flag of Brazil.svg Gilsinho Flag of Brazil.svg Henik Flag of Brazil.svg Leo Mineiro Flag of North Korea.svg Yun Chang-su
Giravanz Kitakyushu
Mito HollyHock Flag of South Korea.svg Song Ju-hun Flag of South Korea.svg Park Kwang-il Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Song-gi
JEF United Chiba Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of Slovenia.svg Nejc Pecnik Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Hyun-hun Flag of North Korea.svg An Byong-jun
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Brazil.svg Adaílton Flag of England.svg Jay Bothroyd Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kaminski
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Brazil.svg Allan Flag of Brazil.svg Evson Flag of France.svg Andrea Flag of South Korea.svg Han Chang-joo
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Flag of South Korea.svg Kweon Han-jin Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Byeong-yeon
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Lovinho Flag of Brazil.svg Ferro Flag of Serbia.svg Miloš Bajalica Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Nam-il Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Te-song
Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Brazil.svg Acleisson Flag of Brazil.svg Hugo Flag of Brazil.svg Tanque Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Young-seung Flag of North Korea.svg Hwang Song-su Flag of Brazil.svg Kaique
Tochigi SC Flag of Brazil.svg Jhonatan Flag of South Korea.svg Han Hee-hoon Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Joo-young Flag of South Korea.svg Park Hyung-jin
Oita Trinita Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Flag of Brazil.svg Evandro Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jeong-hyun
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Pinheiro Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Coutinho Flag of Brazil.svg Weslley Flag of South Korea.svg Ko Kyung-joon
V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Min-woo Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yong-jae Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Yong-jik
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Flag of Colombia.svg Estiven Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kyung-jung Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jong-min Flag of South Korea.svg Son Se-hwan
Yokohama FC Flag of Slovenia.svg Rok Štraus Flag of South Korea.svg Bae Hu-min Flag of South Korea.svg Park Tae-hong Flag of South Korea.svg Na Sung-soo Flag of North Korea.svg An Yong-hak
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Brazil.svg Jean Moser Flag of Brazil.svg Mendes Flag of South Korea.svg Cha Young-hwan

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Omiya Ardija (C, P)4226887237+3586Promotion to 2016 J1 League
2 Júbilo Iwata (P)42241087243+2982
3 Avispa Fukuoka (O, P)42241086337+2682Qualification to promotion playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Cerezo Osaka 421813115740+1767
5 Ehime FC 42198154739+865
6 V-Varen Nagasaki 421515124233+960
7 Giravanz Kitakyushu 42185195958+159
8 Tokyo Verdy 421610164341+258
9 JEF United Chiba 421512155045+557
10 Consadole Sapporo 421415134743+457
11 Fagiano Okayama 421218124035+554
12 Zweigen Kanazawa 421218124643+354
13 Roasso Kumamoto 421314154245353
14 Tokushima Vortis 421314153544953
15 Yokohama FC 4213131633582552
16 Kamatamare Sanuki 421215153033351
17 Kyoto Sanga 421214164551650
18 Thespakusatsu Gunma 421392034562248
19 Mito HollyHock 421016164047746
20 FC Gifu 421272337713443
21 Oita Trinita (R)428142041511038Qualification to relegation playoffs [lower-alpha 2]
22 Tochigi SC (R)427142139642535Relegation to 2016 J3 League
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J2 League Standing
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Only teams that meet J1 license criteria can participate in promotion playoffs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.
  2. The playoffs and direct exchange between J2 and J3 are subject to eligibility of J2-licensed teams in top 2 of 2015 J3 League.

Results

Home \ Away ARD AVI CER CON EHI FAG GIF GIR HOL JEF JÚB KAM ROS SAN SPA TOC TRI VVN VER VOR YFC ZWE
Omiya Ardija 2–01–21–11–03–05–02–02–12–11–12–02–02–11–11–03–22–10–21–23–01–0
Avispa Fukuoka 1–31–02–11–01–02–24–21–01–02–01–31–01–34–14–21–10–00–01–04–00–2
Cerezo Osaka 3–10–13–11–02–11–01–02–21–11–20–01–13–01–24–10–01–22–01–02–00–2
Consadole Sapporo 2–32–11–10–10–01–21–11–03–23–00–12–31–20–04–11–10–11–12–02–02–1
Ehime FC 3–12–12–10–01–13–02–30–21–00–21–00–13–23–00–02–00–02–13–03–01–1
Fagiano Okayama 0–01–01–10–11–23–00–13–01–01–21–23–02–03–00–01–01–10–10–30–00–0
FC Gifu 0–51–40–20–12–10–01–01–11–02–01–00–11–11–10–10–31–00–21–20–10–2
Giravanz Kitakyushu 1–20–10–31–13–22–32–12–23–12–32–02–01–20–12–22–12–10–12–03–11–1
Mito HollyHock 1–02–21–12–13–11–00–21–21–11–10–10–00–20–02–11–11–32–03–00–11–1
JEF United Chiba 2–02–24–41–11–01–03–11–32–00–20–22–31–11–22–02–21–11–01–03–01–1
Júbilo Iwata 2–20–10–13–00–01–12–33–12–11–01–11–13–31–23–02–14–22–03–10–02–1
Kamatamare Sanuki 1–10–11–30–00–00–13–01–00–00–11–00–21–10–10–02–00–01–00–11–12–2
Roasso Kumamoto 3–00–10–01–12–01–11–20–11–10–40–20–10–02–22–00–01–00–12–20–10–2
Kyoto Sanga 2–21–21–02–00–10–00–02–02–10–20–21–12–10–11–22–11–41–10–11–21–1
Thespakusatsu Gunma 0–20–42–00–20–11–10–11–20–12–02–31–01–11–11–01–10–11–32–10–11–0
Tochigi SC 0–20–00–31–20–12–20–12–42–21–10–21–02–20–15–11–10–10–12–12–11–1
Oita Trinita 0–31–21–32–00–10–16–22–11–10–11–20–00–12–22–00–12–10–11–11–10–1
V-Varen Nagasaki 0–10–02–00–03–12–22–12–00–00–10–10–01–21–01–01–00–11–11–12–01–1
Tokyo Verdy 0–11–11–10–20–11–14–32–02–00–00–32–00–21–02–03–21–20–10–00–11–1
Tokushima Vortis 0–00–31–11–20–01–21–00–11–02–12–22–22–11–00–11–11–00–01–00–00–0
Yokohama FC 0–32–20–00–02–10–03–21–00–20–12–31–20–30–01–01–11–02–21–61–12–1
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–20–13–01–13–11–11–10–41–00–00–31–01–11–32–12–21–11–03–00–11–2
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2015. Source: J.League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs

J1 Promotion Playoffs

Semifinals Final
      
3 Avispa Fukuoka 1
6 V-Varen Nagasaki 0
3 Avispa Fukuoka 1
4 Cerezo Osaka 1
4 Cerezo Osaka 0
5 Ehime FC 0

Semifinals


Avispa Fukuoka 1–0 V-Varen Nagasaki
Wellington Soccerball shade.svg 48' Report
Level-5 stadium, Fukuoka
Attendance: 17,129

Cerezo Osaka 0–0 Ehime FC
Report

Final


Avispa Fukuoka 1–1 Cerezo Osaka
Nakamura Soccerball shade.svg 87' Report Tamada Soccerball shade.svg 60'

J3 Relegation Playoffs

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Oita Trinita 1–3 FC Machida Zelvia 1–20–1

Machida Zelvia 2–1 Oita Trinita
K. Suzuki Soccerball shade.svg 45+2', 72' Report Daniel Soccerball shade.svg 22'

Oita Trinita 0–1 Machida Zelvia
Report K. Suzuki Soccerball shade.svg 58' (pen.)
Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita
Attendance: 14,217

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of England.svg Jay Bothroyd Júbilo Iwata
20
2 Flag of Serbia.svg Dragan Mrdja Omiya Ardija
19
3 Flag of Japan.svg Rui Komatsu Giravanz Kitakyushu
18
4 Flag of Brazil.svg Adailton Júbilo Iwata
17
5 Flag of Japan.svg Masashi Oguro Kyoto Sanga
15
6 Flag of Slovenia.svg Nejc Pečnik JEF United Chiba
14
7 Flag of Japan.svg Ken Tokura Consadole Sapporo
13
Flag of Japan.svg Ataru Esaka Thespa Kusatsu
Flag of Japan.svg Shohei Kiyohara Zweigen Kanazawa
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Hara Giravanz Kitakyushu
11 Flag of Japan.svg Hiroaki Namba FC Gifu
12
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Saito Roasso Kumamoto
13 Flag of Japan.svg Akihiro Ienaga Omiya Ardija
11
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhisa Kawahara Ehime FC
15 Flag of Japan.svg Keiya Nakami Tochigi SC
10
Flag of Japan.svg Shuto Minami Tokyo Verdy
Flag of Uruguay.svg Diego Forlán Cerezo Osaka
Flag of Japan.svg Keiji Tamada Cerezo Osaka

Updated to games played on 23 November 2015
Source: Meiji Yasuda J2 League Stats & Data - Ranking:Goals

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Cerezo Osaka 256,88017,2128,04712,232−43.4%
2 Consadole Sapporo 251,16120,2346,98111,960+8.1%
3 JEF United Chiba 225,21915,0518,12310,725+14.9%
4 Júbilo Iwata 210,86513,5766,94610,041+14.4%
5 Omiya Ardija 199,28014,4105,4289,490−12.2%
6 Avispa Fukuoka 183,46616,6764,5538,736+72.6%
7 Fagiano Okayama 176,65215,8204,3468,412+0.1%
8 Oita Trinita 158,19415,1524,1037,533−10.6%
9 Kyoto Sanga 157,30616,9203,2067,491−0.4%
10 Roasso Kumamoto 147,78513,1323,9567,037+0.5%
11 FC Gifu 129,7568,8143,5396,179−18.5%
12 Tokyo Verdy 118,75116,6292,6915,655+4.1%
13 Tochigi SC 108,5019,3192,5815,167−2.4%
14 Yokohama FC 107,3649,6632,2085,113−0.6%
15 Tokushima Vortis 105,3988,6843,3075,019−43.5%
16 V-Varen Nagasaki 106,95310,1842,9944,931+1.9%
17 Zweigen Kanazawa 103,12012,3531,2274,910+42.7%
18 Mito HollyHock 101,1328,3912,2904,816+1.7%
19 Thespakusatsu Gunma 86,07711,3031,6184,099+9.0%
20 Ehime FC 79,1939,1581,7223,771−1.3%
21 Kamatamare Sanuki 76,82410,4472,1523,658+10.3%
22 Giravanz Kitakyushu 73,2438,5011,9393,488−3.7%
League total3,162,19420,2341,2276,845+3.9%

Updated to games played on 23 November 2015
Source: J. League data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J1.
Team played previous season in J3.

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