2015 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2015
Champions Sony Sendai
1st JFL title
1st D4 title
Promoted Kagoshima United
Matches played240
Goals scored614 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorerKiichi Iga (17 goals)
Highest attendance8,656 (Kagoshima United vs Maruyasu Okazaki, 15 November)
Lowest attendance122 (Fagiano Okayama Next vs RK Dragons, 23 October)
Average attendance894
2014
2016

The 2015 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第17回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Jūnana-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the second season of the nationwide fourth tier of the Japanese football, and the 17th season since the establishment of Japan Football League. The first stage of the season was played from 8 March to 7 June, and the second stage of the season from 20 June to 15 November, while post-season championship playoffs were held on 29 November and 5 December. [1]

Contents

Clubs

Sixteen clubs will participate in this second season of Japan Football League. The list was announced on 16 January. A place for 2015 Emperor's Cup will be given to the winners of the first stage of the JFL 2015. [1]

Club NameHome TownNotes
Azul Claro Numazu Numazu, Shizuoka J. League 100 Year Plan club status holders, J3 license holders [2]
Fagiano Okayama Next Okayama, Okayama
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Defending champions of 2014
Kagoshima United Kagoshima, Kagoshima J. League 100 Year Plan club status holders, J3 license holders [2]
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga
Nara Club Nara, Nara Promoted from Kansai League Div. 1 after 1st place in 38th Regional Promotion Series
and J. League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders [2]
FC Osaka Osaka, Osaka Promoted from Kansai League Div. 1 after 2nd place in 38th Regional Promotion Series
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki Promoted from Kantō League Div. 2 after 3rd place in 38th Regional Promotion Series
SP Kyoto FC Mukō, Kyoto Formerly Sagawa Printing Kyoto
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi
Tochigi Uva Tochigi, Tochigi J. League 100 Year Plan club status holders
Vanraure Hachinohe Hachinohe, Aomori J. League 100 Year Plan club status holders
Verspah Oita Ōita, Ōita
Yokogawa Musashino Musashino, Tokyo

On 29 October SP Kyoto FC announced their withdrawal from JFL at the end of the season. [3]

Change in rules

The tournament will continue with the system introduced in 2014: Two single round-robin stages will be held, and winners of each stage will determine the champion in the post-season home and away championship playoffs. If the same team manages to win both stages, no playoffs will be held, and they will be automatically declared champions. [4]

The two worst teams by aggregated results of both stages were relegated to the Regional Leagues and replaced by the top two performers of the Regional League promotion series. However, if one or two teams would be admitted to J3 or withdrawn at the end of the season, the number of relegated clubs would be reduced accordingly. As a result of SP Kyoto FC's withdrawal, no club was relegated.

According to updated J.League Terms, the clubs must comply the following requirements to be promoted to J3 League: [5]

First stage

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Vanraure Hachinohe (Q)151041218+1334Qualification to championship play-offs
2 Sony Sendai 1510412211+1134
3 Honda FC 151032319+2233
4 Kagoshima United 159332011+930
5 FC Osaka 159242611+1529
6 Azul Claro Numazu 158431712+528
7 Nara Club 156541413+123
8 SP Kyoto FC 157172414+1022
9 Honda Lock 155461621519
10 MIO Biwako Shiga 154651817+118
11 Verspah Oita 155372127618
12 Yokogawa Musashino 155281518317
13 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 15311116311510
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 1523101026169
15 Tochigi Uva 1522111227158
16 Fagiano Okayama Next 151113734274
Updated to match(es) played on 7 June 2015. Source: JFL website (in Japanese)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4th) head-to-head results; 5th) disciplinary points; 6th) draw
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Second stage

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Sony Sendai (Q)1511402610+1637Qualification to championship play-offs
2 Honda FC 1511224213+2935
3 Kagoshima United 159332614+1230
4 SP Kyoto FC 157712712+1528
5 Azul Claro Numazu 158251916+326
6 Vanraure Hachinohe 157441513+225
7 Nara Club 157261915+423
8 Honda Lock 156361516121
9 Verspah Oita 155461920119
10 MIO Biwako Shiga 155191824616
11 Fagiano Okayama Next 155191825716
12 FC Osaka 154381924515
13 Yokogawa Musashino 153481622613
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 15401117351812
15 Tochigi Uva 15321017341711
16 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 15321011312011
Updated to match(es) played on 15 November 2015. Source: JFL website (in Japanese)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4th) head-to-head results; 5th) disciplinary points; 6th) draw
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Championship play-offs

The championship play-offs will be held after the season between two winners of each stage. Vanraure Hachinohe, the winners of the first stage, hosted the first leg on 29 November, and Sony Sendai who won the second stage hosted the second leg on 5 December. [1] [6]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Vanraure Hachinohe 1–1 (4–5 p) Sony Sendai 1–00–1

Vanraure Hachinohe 1 – 0 Sony Sendai
Nakasuji Soccerball shade.svg 69' Report
Gonohe Hibarino Park Athletics Stadium, Gonohe, Aomori
Attendance: 1,635

Sony Sendai1 – 0 (a.e.t.)Vanraure Hachinohe
Murata Soccerball shade.svg 69' Report
Penalties
5–4
Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai, Miyagi
Attendance: 1,715

Overall table

This table was used to determine J3 promotion candidates. To qualify for promotion, a club must hold a 100 Year Plan status, obtain J3 license (marked in bold in the table), and finish both in the top 4 of the JFL, and either 1st or 2nd among the promotion-eligible clubs.

On 25 September J.League has awarded J3 licenses for 2016 season. Among JFL clubs, only Kagoshima United, Azul Claro Numazu, and Nara Club received the licenses. [2]

On 17 November J.League officially promoted Kagoshima United to next year's J3 League. [7]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Sony Sendai (C)3021814821+2771
2 Vanraure Hachinohe 3017853621+1559
3 Honda FC 3021547322+5168
4 Kagoshima United (P)3018664625+2160Promotion to 2016 J3 League
5 Azul Claro Numazu 3016683628+854
6 SP Kyoto FC 3014885126+2550Withdrawn
7 Nara Club 30137103328+546
8 FC Osaka 30135124535+1044
9 Honda Lock 30117123137640
10 Verspah Oita 30107134047737
11 MIO Biwako Shiga 3097143641534
12 Yokogawa Musashino 3086163140930
13 Maruyasu Okazaki 30632127613421
14 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 30632127623521
15 Fagiano Okayama Next 30622225593420
16 Tochigi Uva 30542129613219
Updated to match(es) played on 15 November 2015. Source: JFL website (in Japanese)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) head-to-head results; 5) disciplinary points; 6) draw
Winners of each stage will be ranked 1st and 2nd based on the championship results regardless of their total points.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1Kiichi Iga Honda FC 17
2Hiroki Kurimoto13
Yu Kijima Verspah Oita
4Daiki Kagawa Honda FC 12
5Yuya Yamada Kagoshima United FC 11
6Jun Arima Sony Sendai 10
Ryota Nakamura FC Osaka
8Taiki Kato SP Kyoto FC 9
Noriaki Fujimoto
Makoto KawanishiFC Osaka

Updated to games played on 15 November 2015
Source: JFL Stats & Data - Ranking:Goals (in Japanese)

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Kagoshima United 39,3618,6561,0932,624+43.8%
2 Azul Claro Numazu 32,9708,3375582,198+23.7%
3 Nara Club 27,2503,4668121,817+52.2%
4 Honda FC 16,0673,3174951,071+5.6%
5 Vanraure Hachinohe 14,6101,493555974+27.7%
6 MIO Biwako Shiga 13,4142,541388894+38.8%
7 Yokogawa Musashino 12,2552,305438817+10.6%
8 FC Osaka 10,3861,568291692+31.6%
9 Sony Sendai 8,015967258534+3.3%
10 Verspah Oita 7,3271,226210488+46.5%
11 Tochigi Uva 6,8421,208277456−15.6%
12 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 5,476511226365n/a
13 SP Kyoto FC 5,454918203364−7.8%
14 Honda Lock 5,341785183356−5.6%
15 Maruyasu Okazaki 5,191787223346−3.6%
16 Fagiano Okayama Next 4,634475122309−31.5%
League total214,5938,656122894+5.5%

Updated to games played on 15 November 2015
Source: Japan Football League (1st stage, 2nd stage) (in Japanese)
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotion from Regional Leagues

Due to SP Kyoto's resignation and Kagoshima's promotion, two promotion slots were available for the winners of the Regional League promotion series. In the final group tournament that took place from 21 to 23 November ReinMeer Aomori and Briobecca Urayasu finished first and second, respectively, and won promotion to 2016 JFL.

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