2015 J3 League

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Meiji Yasuda J3 League
Season2015
Champions Renofa Yamaguchi
PromotedRenofa Yamaguchi
Matches played234
Goals scored586 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorer Kazuhito Kishida (32 goals)
Highest attendance9,040
(Sagamihara vs YSCC Yokohama, 25 October)
Lowest attendance461
(YSCC Yokohama vs Tottori, 13 November)
Average attendance2,432
2014
2016

The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J3 League (2015 明治安田生命J3リーグ) was the 19th season of the third tier in Japanese football, and the 2nd season of the professional J3 League.

Contents

Clubs

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Greater Tokyo Area
Machida,  Sagamihara,  YSCC
Locations of the 2015 J3 League teams

To participate, a club must have held an associate membership, or have submitted an application before 30 June 2014, and then passed an inspection to obtain a participation license issued by J.League Council. J.League has confirmed the following clubs participating in the 2015 J3 season:

Club NameHome TownNotes
Blaublitz Akita All cities/towns in Akita
Fukushima United Fukushima
Gainare Tottori All cities/towns in Tottori Withdrew a J2 license due to financial reasons. [1]
Grulla Morioka Morioka, Iwate
Kataller Toyama All cities/towns in Toyama Relegated from 2014 J2, eligible for J2 promotion
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda, Shizuoka
Nagano Parceiro Nagano Eligible for J2 promotion
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara, Kanagawa
YSCC Yokohama Yokohama, Kanagawa
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Eligible for J2 promotion
Renofa Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Promoted from 2014 JFL, eligible for J2 promotion
J.League U-22 Selection n/aA special team, composed of best J1 and J2 youngsters to prepare them for the 2016 Olympics. Folded by the JFA after the season. [2]

Competition rules

The league is played in three rounds, each team playing a total of 36 matches. J.League U-22 Selection played all their matches on the road. [3]

Each team must have at least 3 players holding professional contracts. Two foreign players are allowed per team, plus 1 more from the ASEAN partner country of J. League. The matchday roster will consist of 16 players, and up to 5 substitutes will be allowed in a game. [3]

Promotion and relegation

Rules for promotion to J2 are largely similar to those of Japan Football League in the recent seasons: to be promoted, a club must hold a J2 license and finish in top 2 of the league. The U-22 team is not eligible for promotion regardless of their final position. The champions will be promoted directly, in exchange with 22nd-placed J2 club, and the runners-up will participate in the playoffs with 21st J2 club. If either or both top 2 finishers are ineligible for promotion, the playoffs and/or direct exchange will not be held in accordance to the exact positions of promotion-eligible clubs. [3]

No relegation to JFL is planned. Up to 2 clubs may be promoted if they are licensed by J. League for J3 participation and finish in top 4 of JFL.

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamManager1CaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Blaublitz Akita Shuichi Mase Toshio Shimakawa Athleta TDK
Fukushima United Keisuke Kurihara Kazuto Ishido Hummel TOHO BANK
Gainare Tottori Masanobu Matsunami Ryosuke Kawanabe Hummel Tottori Gas Co.
Grulla Morioka Naoki Naruo Kenta Matsuda SVOLME PalcoHome
Kataller Toyama Yasuyuki Kishino Taijiro Mori Goldwin YKK
Fujieda MYFC Atsuto Oishi Hiroki Narabayashi Razzoli Chang
Nagano Parceiro Naohiko Minobe Yuji Unozawa DUELOHokto
Renofa Yamaguchi Nobuhiro Ueno Kiyohiro Hirabayashi FINTA upr
FC Ryukyu Norihiro Satsukawa Satoshi Nakayama mitre GOO
SC Sagamihara Keiju Karashima Naohiro Takahara gol. Gion
YSCC Yokohama Kenji Arima Akio Yoshida SVOLME Kaspersky
Machida Zelvia Naoki Soma Ri Han-jae SVOLME Eagle Kenso
J.League U-22 Selection Tsutomu Takahata Various Adidas None

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerDate of separationManner of departureIncoming managerDate of announcement
Nagano Parceiro Flag of Japan.svg Naohiko Minobe 5 AugustResigned on health issues [4] Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Eto 5 August
Kataller Toyama Flag of Japan.svg Yasuyuki Kishino 27 AugustMutual consent [5] Flag of Japan.svg Shigeo Sawairi (acting)27 August
SC Sagamihara Flag of Japan.svg Keiju Karashima 2 NovemberResigned [6] Flag of Japan.svg Yoshika Matsubara 2 November

Foreign players

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerNon-Visa ForeignType-C Contract
Blaublitz Akita Flag of Chile.svg Agustin Ortega Flag of Brazil.svg Leonardo
Fukushima United Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kong Chyong Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Hong-yeon
Gainare Tottori Flag of Brazil.svg Fernandinho
Grulla Morioka Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Hoon-sung
Kataller Toyama Flag of Malaysia.svg Tam Sheang Tsung Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Jae-won
Fujieda MYFC Flag of South Korea.svg Park Iru-gyu
Nagano Parceiro Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Yeong-gi Flag of South Korea.svg Ko Kyung-dae Flag of East Timor.svg Murilo
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jeong-seok Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Ju-yong
FC Ryukyu Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Mac Flag of South Korea.svg Park Riki
SC Sagamihara Flag of Brazil.svg Leozinho Flag of Brazil.svg Toró Flag of the United States.svg Mobi Fehr
YSCC Yokohama None
Machida Zelvia Flag of South Korea.svg Bae Dae-won Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Han-jae Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Min-soo
J.League U-22 Selection 1 N/A

Note:

^1 A special team, composed of best J1 and J2 youngsters to prepare them for the 2016 Olympics

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Renofa Yamaguchi (C, P)3625389636+6078Promotion to 2016 J2 League
2 Machida Zelvia (P)3623945218+3478Qualification to J2 League promotion playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
3 Nagano Parceiro 3621784628+1870
4 SC Sagamihara 36177125951+858
5 Kataller Toyama 361410123736+152
6 Gainare Tottori 36148144741+650
7 Fukushima United 361310134248649
8 Blaublitz Akita 36129153740345
9 FC Ryukyu 36129154551645
10 Fujieda MYFC 361142137612437
11 Grulla Morioka 368111736471135
12 J.League U-22 Selection (W)36772228714328Folded by JFA after the season.
13 YSCC Yokohama 36762324583427
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2015. Source: JLeague.jp
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4th) head-to-head results; 5th) disciplinary points; 6th) draw
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (W) Withdrawn
Notes:
  1. Only teams that hold a J2 license are eligible for promotion.

Results

Rounds 1–13

Home \ Away BLA FUK GAI GRU KAT MYF PAR REN RYU SGM YSC ZEL J22
Blaublitz Akita 1–21–01–23–00–11–0
Fukushima United 1–11–00–21–23–41–4
Gainare Tottori 1–22–12–00–11–01–12–0
Grulla Morioka 0–10–02–00–22–20–01–2
Kataller Toyama 1–01–21–00–12–01–22–1
Fujieda MYFC 0–20–10–00–21–11–1
Nagano Parceiro 1–00–12–12–11–22–0
Renofa Yamaguchi 2–14–01–03–04–32–08–0
FC Ryukyu 2–01–13–10–00–12–1
SC Sagamihara 2–00–21–10–12–13–0
YSCC Yokohama 0–10–10–20–10–40–10–0
Machida Zelvia 0–11–12–00–01–01–06–0
J.League U-22
Updated to match(es) played on 24 May 2015. Source: J. League data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Rounds 14–26

Home \ Away BLA FUK GAI GRU KAT MYF PAR REN RYU SGM YSC ZEL J22
Blaublitz Akita 2–31–21–10–01–20–10–0
Fukushima United 1–01–10–31–11–11–1
Gainare Tottori 2–11–22–11–10–01–1
Grulla Morioka 0–00–20–12–12–31–15–0
Kataller Toyama 1–02–50–10–01–10–0
Fujieda MYFC 3–01–42–10–40–12–0
Nagano Parceiro 1–02–00–11–00–01–00–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 3–13–03–25–06–11–23–0
FC Ryukyu 2–11–22–11–12–12–1
SC Sagamihara 3–12–15–00–31–10–11–2
YSCC Yokohama 0–00–11–01–20–10–3
Machida Zelvia 0–11–04–02–02–02–13–1
J.League U-22
Updated to match(es) played on 16 August 2015. Source: J. League data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Rounds 27–39

Home \ Away BLA FUK GAI GRU KAT MYF PAR REN RYU SGM YSC ZEL J22
Blaublitz Akita 1–13–13–32–21–01–0
Fukushima United 1–22–10–12–11–13–03–0
Gainare Tottori 0–11–12–23–06–21–10–1
Grulla Morioka 0–13–11–21–41–11–0
Kataller Toyama 0–21–11–12–11–00–02–1
Fujieda MYFC 3–14–22–11–32–31–21–4
Nagano Parceiro 1–02–22–12–15–11–12–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–22–31–25–04–00–0
FC Ryukyu 1–11–11–00–24–60–26–0
SC Sagamihara 0–22–25–12–00–23–2
YSCC Yokohama 1–30–10–21–00–24–0
Machida Zelvia 2–01–02–01–31–01–0
J.League U-22
Updated to match(es) played on 23 November 2015. Source: J. League data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion/relegation playoffs

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

Machida Zelvia 2–1 Oita Trinita
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Oita Trinita0–1Machida Zelvia
Report K. Suzuki Soccerball shade.svg 58' (pen)
Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita
Attendance: 14,217

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhito Kishida Renofa Yamaguchi
32
2 Flag of Japan.svg Takaki Fukumitsu
19
3 Flag of Japan.svg Yatsunori Shimaya
16
4 Flag of Japan.svg Tsugutoshi Oishi Fujieda MYFC
14
5 Flag of Japan.svg Koji Suzuki Machida Zelvia 12
Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Sato Nagano Parceiro
7 Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Higuchi SC Sagamihara
11
8 Flag of Japan.svg Kyohei Maeyama Blaublitz Akita 10
Flag of Japan.svg Takafumi Suzuki Machida Zelvia
Flag of Japan.svg Masato Nakayama Gainare Tottori
11 Flag of Japan.svg Keita Tanaka FC Ryukyu
9

Updated to games played on 23 November 2015
Source: Meiji Yasuda J3 League Stats & Data - Ranking:Goals

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Nagano Parceiro 94,6658,6813,1594,733+31.7%
2 Renofa Yamaguchi 87,3488,4741,6974,367+90.1%
3 Machida Zelvia 75,3127,8032,0053,766+20.2%
4 SC Sagamihara 62,5339,0401,6603,291+5.0%
5 Kataller Toyama 56,3924,5421,8702,820−33.9%
6 Blaublitz Akita 37,9553,2331,2371,998+12.7%
7 Gainare Tottori 38,6374,0131,0961,932−37.0%
8 FC Ryukyu 28,4668,9936731,498+7.2%
9 Fukushima United 24,4973,2076921,289−2.4%
10 Grulla Morioka 24,7843,0256351,239−18.6%
11 Fujieda MYFC 20,9621,5166181,103−16.4%
12 YSCC Yokohama 17,4651,723461919−9.7%
League total569,0169,0404612,432+8.2%

Updated to games played on 23 November 2015
Source: J.League data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.
Team played previous season in JFL.

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