|Champions|| Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo |
6th D2 title
|Promoted||Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo|
|Goals scored||1,108 (2.4 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Jong Tae-se |
Sapporo vs Kanazawa
Giravanz Kitakyushu vs Kanazawa
The 2016 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2016 明治安田生命J2リーグ) season is the 45th season of second-tier club football in Japan and the 18th season since the establishment of J2 League.
Omiya Ardija have stayed in the second division for just a year, winning promotion as the champions. Júbilo Iwata have spent only 2 seasons in J2 after their first relegation from the J1 League in 2013 after 20 seasons. Third-placed Avispa Fukuoka won the promotion playoffs and will return to the first division after playing in the J2 for four years. Matsumoto Yamaga were relegated from the J1 immediately after their inaugural promotion. Shimizu S-Pulse also suffered their first relegation to the J2 after 23 seasons in the J1, while Montedio Yamagata returned after one season.
On the other end of the table, Renofa Yamaguchi have been promoted from the 2015 J3 League as the champions of the second season of the J3 League, replacing Tochigi SC and becoming the first club based in Yamaguchi Prefecture to play in the second tier since Eidai SC back in 1973. J3 runners-up Machida Zelvia were also promoted by beating Oita Trinita in the promotion-relegation playoffs.
The participating clubs are listed in the following table:
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Cerezo Osaka||Osaka & Sakai, Osaka||2015 Play-off finalist|
|Consadole Sapporo||All cities/towns in Hokkaidō|
|Ehime FC||All cities/towns in Ehime||2015 Play-off contestant|
|Fagiano Okayama||All cities/towns in Okayama|
|FC Gifu||All cities/towns in Gifu|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Kitakyushu, Fukuoka||Not eligible for J1 promotion in 2015|
|Mito HollyHock||Mito, Ibaraki||Not eligible for J1 promotion in 2015|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||Takamatsu, Kagawa||Not eligible for J1 promotion in 2015|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata||Relegated from J1 League in 2015|
|Renofa Yamaguchi||All cities/towns in Yamaguchi||Promoted from J3 League in 2015|
|Roasso Kumamoto||Kumamoto, Kumamoto|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto|
|Thespakusatsu Gunma||All cities/towns in Gunma||Not eligible for J1 promotion in 2015|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Shizuoka, Shizuoka||Relegated from J1 League in 2015|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||All cities/towns in Nagasaki||2015 J2 League Play-off contestant|
|Tokyo Verdy||All cities/towns in Tokyo|
|Tokushima Vortis||All cities/towns in Tokushima|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Central cities/towns in Nagano||Relegated from J1 League in 2015|
|Yokohama FC||Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Machida Zelvia||Machida, Tokyo||Promoted from J3 League in 2015|
|Zweigen Kanazawa||Kanazawa, Ishikawa|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of separation||Manner of departure||Incoming manager||Date of announcement|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||25 November 2015||Resigned||25 November 2015|
|Tokushima Vortis||26 November 2015||Contract expired||26 November 2015|
|Yokohama FC||1 December 2015||Retired from coaching||1 December 2015|
|Roasso Kumamoto||25 November 2015||Contract expired||28 December 2015|
|Yokohama FC||15 June 2016||Resigned||15 June 2016|
|FC Gifu||22 July 2016||Sacked||22 July 2016|
|JEF United Ichihara Chiba||25 July 2016||Sacked||25 July 2016|
|Clubs||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player||Non-Visa Foreign||Type-C Contract|
|JEF United Chiba|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||Consadole Sapporo (C, P)||42||25||10||7||65||33||+32||85||Promotion to 2017 J1 League|
|2||Shimizu S-Pulse (P)||42||25||9||8||85||37||+48||84|
|3||Matsumoto Yamaga||42||24||12||6||62||32||+30||84||Qualification to promotion playoffs|
|4||Cerezo Osaka (O, P)||42||23||9||10||62||46||+16||78|
|11||JEF United Chiba||42||13||14||15||52||53||−1||53|
|21||Zweigen Kanazawa (X)||42||8||15||19||36||60||−24||39||Qualification to relegation playoffs|
|22||Giravanz Kitakyushu (R)||42||8||14||20||43||64||−21||38||Relegation to 2017 J3 League|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||1–2||Fagiano Okayama|
| Paulinho ||Report|| Oshitani |
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Tochigi SC||0–3||Zweigen Kanazawa||0–1||0–2|
|Tochigi SC||0–1||Zweigen Kanazawa|
|Report|| Koyanagi |
|Team \ Round||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21||22||23||24||25||26||27||28||29||30||31||32||33||34||35||36||37||38||39||40||41||42|
|JEF United Chiba||2||10||5||4||7||9||5||6||10||12||11||12||10||8||8||8||8||8||9||9||9||9||9||9||9||9||10||9||10||9||10||10||9||10||10||11||12||12||11||11||11||11|
Last updated: 20 November 2016
Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Two games for Matchday 8 (V. Varen Nagasaki vs. Mito HollyHock; Kyoto Sanga FC vs. Roasso Kumamoto) scheduled on 17 April 2016 were affected by the series of earthquakes in Kumamoto prefecture.
Note 2: Matchday 8 schedule for Zweigen Kanazawa vs. Ehime FC, scheduled on 17 April 2016, was postponed due to severe storms in the area. The match was rescheduled on May 18 and results were included on Matchday 14 Ranking.
Note 3: Fixtures of Roasso Kumamoto for Matchdays 9 (Roasso Kumamoto vs. Yokohama FC), 10 (Montedio Yamagata vs. Roasso Kumamoto), 11 (Roasso Kumamoto vs. Ehime FC) and 12 (Consadole Sapporo vs. Roasso Kumamoto) were postponed by the J. League due to series of earthquakes in Kumamoto prefecture.
|Leader and qualification to 2017 J1 League|
|Qualification to 2017 J1 League|
|Qualification to promotion play-offs|
|Qualification to relegation play-offs|
|Relegation to 2017 J3 League|
Updated to games played on 20 November 2016
Source: J.League Data
|5||JEF United Chiba||216,127||14,163||7,684||10,292||−4.0%|
Updated to games played on 20 November 2016
Source: J. League Data
†from J1‡from J3
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