2016 J2 League

Last updated
Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2016
Champions Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
6th D2 title
PromotedHokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Shimizu S-Pulse
Cerezo Osaka
Relegated Giravanz Kitakyushu
Matches played462
Goals scored1,108 (2.4 per match)
Top goalscorer Jong Tae-se
(Shimizu S-Pulse)
(26 goals)
Highest attendance33,697
Sapporo vs Kanazawa
(20 November)
Lowest attendance1,795
Giravanz Kitakyushu vs Kanazawa
(6 June)
Average attendance6,973
2015
2017

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.

Contents

Clubs

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 NameHome Town(s)Note(s)
Cerezo Osaka Osaka & Sakai, Osaka 2015 Play-off finalist
Consadole Sapporo All cities/towns in Hokkaidō [lower-alpha 1]
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime [lower-alpha 2] 2015 Play-off contestant
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama [lower-alpha 3]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu [lower-alpha 4]
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 [lower-alpha 5] Relegated from J1 League in 2015
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi [lower-alpha 6] Promoted from J3 League in 2015
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto [lower-alpha 7]
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma [lower-alpha 8] 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 [lower-alpha 9] 2015 J2 League Play-off contestant
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima [lower-alpha 10]
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano [lower-alpha 11] Relegated from J1 League in 2015
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Promoted from J3 League in 2015
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerDate of separationManner of departureIncoming managerDate of announcement
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Japan.svg Kazuaki Tasaka 25 November 2015Resigned [1] Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kobayashi25 November 2015
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kobayashi 26 November 2015Contract expired [2] Flag of Japan.svg Hiroaki Nagashima 26 November 2015
Yokohama FC Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Nakata 1 December 2015Retired from coaching [3] Flag of Slovenia.svg Miloš Rus 1 December 2015
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Ono 25 November 2015Contract expired [4] Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Kiyokawa [5] 28 December 2015
Yokohama FC Flag of Slovenia.svg Miloš Rus 15 June 2016Resigned [6] Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Nakata [7] 15 June 2016
FC Gifu Flag of Japan.svg Ruy Ramos 22 July 2016Sacked [8] Flag of Japan.svg Megumu Yoshida [9] 22 July 2016
JEF United Ichihara Chiba Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Sekizuka 25 July 2016Sacked [10] Flag of Japan.svg Shigetoshi Hasebe 25 July 2016

Foreign players

ClubsPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian PlayerNon-Visa ForeignType-C Contract
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Ricardo Santos Flag of Brazil.svg Souza Flag of North Macedonia.svg Besart Abdurahimi Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-hyeon Flag of South Korea.svg Ahn Joon-soo
Consadole Sapporo Flag of Brazil.svg Julinho Flag of Brazil.svg Macedo Flag of Brazil.svg Reis Flag of South Korea.svg Gu Sung-yun Flag of Indonesia.svg Irfan Bachdim
Ehime FC Flag of South Korea.svg Park Kwang-il Flag of South Korea.svg Park Chan-yong
Fagiano Okayama Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wang Jingbin Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-kyu
FC Gifu Flag of Brazil.svg Evandro Flag of Brazil.svg Leo Mineiro Flag of Brazil.svg Leonardo Rocha Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Sung-keun
Giravanz Kitakyushu Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo
Mito HollyHock Flag of Peru.svg Romero Frank Flag of South Korea.svg Yoo Lomon Flag of South Korea.svg Song Ju-hun Flag of Vietnam.svg Nguyễn Công Phượng
JEF United Chiba Flag of Brazil.svg Élton Flag of Paraguay.svg Eduardo Aranda Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Joo-young
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Brazil.svg Allan Flag of Brazil.svg Evson Flag of Brazil.svg Miguel Flag of South Korea.svg Han Chang-joo
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Brazil.svg Alceu Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Rosa Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Je-seung Flag of South Korea.svg Koo Bon-hyeok
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Argentina.svg Luciano Romero Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Sin-young
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Tae-yeon
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Brazil.svg Andrei Girotto Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Lovinho Flag of Brazil.svg Kiros Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yong-jae
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mitchell Duke Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dejan Jaković Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Byeom-yong Flag of South Korea.svg Byeon Jun-byum Flag of North Korea.svg Jong Tae-se
Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Brazil.svg Lucas Gaúcho Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Flag of South Korea.svg Park Gon Flag of South Korea.svg Lim Jung-bin Flag of North Korea.svg Park Seung-ri
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Pinheiro Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Brazil.svg Weslley Flag of South Korea.svg Lim You-hwan
V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of South Korea.svg Baek Sung-dong Flag of South Korea.svg Park Hyung-jin Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Min-woo Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Yong-jik
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Flag of Brazil.svg Carlinhos Flag of Cameroon.svg Achille Emaná Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kyung-jung
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Brazil.svg Obina Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of Brazil.svg Willians Flag of South Korea.svg Han Seung-hyeon
Yokohama FC Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Laajab Flag of Slovenia.svg Rok Štraus Flag of Vietnam.svg Nguyễn Tuấn Anh Flag of South Korea.svg Na Sung-soo Flag of North Korea.svg An Yong-hak
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Brazil.svg David Flag of Brazil.svg Mendes Flag of Brazil.svg Romarinho Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Young-heon Flag of North Korea.svg An Byong-jun Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Tea-sung
Machida Zelvia Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Song-gi Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Han-jae

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Consadole Sapporo (C, P)42251076533+3285Promotion to 2017 J1 League
2 Shimizu S-Pulse (P)4225988537+4884
3 Matsumoto Yamaga 42241266232+3084Qualification to promotion playoffs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Cerezo Osaka (O, P)42239106246+1678
5 Kyoto Sanga 42181595037+1369
6 Fagiano Okayama 421714115844+1465
7 Machida Zelvia 421811135344+965
8 Yokohama FC 421611155051159
9 Tokushima Vortis 42169174642+457
10 Ehime FC 421220104140+156
11 JEF United Chiba 421314155253153
12 Renofa Yamaguchi 421411175563853
13 Mito HollyHock 421018144549448
14 Montedio Yamagata 421114174349647
15 V-Varen Nagasaki 4210171539511247
16 Roasso Kumamoto 4212102038531546
17 Thespakusatsu Gunma 4211121952661445
18 Tokyo Verdy 4210131943611843
19 Kamatamare Sanuki 4210131943621943
20 FC Gifu 421272347712443
21 Zweigen Kanazawa (X)428151936602439Qualification to relegation playoffs [lower-alpha 2]
22 Giravanz Kitakyushu (R)428142043642138Relegation to 2017 J3 League
Updated to match(es) played on 20 November 2016. Source: 2016 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE League table
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated; (X) Relegation play-off winner.
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 2016 J3 League.

Play-offs

J1 Promotion Playoffs

Semifinals Final
      
3 Matsumoto Yamaga 1
6 Fagiano Okayama 2
6 Fagiano Okayama 0
4 Cerezo Osaka 1
4 Cerezo Osaka 1
5 Kyoto Sanga 1

Semifinals


Matsumoto Yamaga 1–2 Fagiano Okayama
Paulinho Soccerball shade.svg 74' Report Oshitani Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Akamine Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'

Cerezo Osaka 1–1 Kyoto Sanga
Kakitani Soccerball shade.svg 13' Report Arita Soccerball shade.svg 90'

Final


Fagiano Okayama 0–1 Cerezo Osaka
Report Kiyohara Soccerball shade.svg 52'

J3 Relegation Playoffs

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Tochigi SC 0–3 Zweigen Kanazawa 0–10–2

Tochigi SC 0–1 Zweigen Kanazawa
Report Koyanagi Soccerball shade.svg 89'

Zweigen Kanazawa 2–0 Tochigi SC
Nakami Soccerball shade.svg 34', 69' Report

Positions by round

Team \ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142
Consadole Sapporo 1788647343213111111111111111111111111111111
Shimizu S-Pulse 135611969964679109997856657656565545544333322
Matsumoto Yamaga 179101412161484676664325333222222222222222222233
Cerezo Osaka 431121112322443553222333334343333333444444
Kyoto Sanga 914131315121213141489775664565564565656666666666555
Fagiano Okayama 967534735754526432444445443434454455555666
Machida Zelvia 17169752221131232246677786778888988777778777
Yokohama FC 1721221717131112131012811111112121416121417161515131110910777888887888
Tokushima Vortis 152021211519191917181617141513151612141616121213101113131312121213121212111010999
Ehime FC 131514181815131412111313131416131315111310111112131212121213111111999999101010
JEF United Chiba 2105479561012111210888889999999910910910109101011121211111111
Renofa Yamaguchi 9711161310101075453577797888788877778910111110101112121212
Mito HollyHock 91619192118181816151515171315161416181718161416161414141514141414131413141414131313
Montedio Yamagata 171618192122222120201816161614141510121411101011121516161818181616181816171818161614
V-Varen Nagasaki 2131212141717171919202121201917181919181713131011109111111131312141314131313141415
Roasso Kumamoto 4313135711131414151818191717151112141514141717181416171817151517181516181516
Thespakusatsu Gunma 11481011161618171919181920202020202021212122202019191615151718161615151717151717
Tokyo Verdy 4111591113151515161718201717181918171919191917181818151717161515171718161615171818
Kamatamare Sanuki 4232684598911121212101011131515181819171615171919191919191919191919201919
FC Gifu 22221710858118910108910111113101013151718191920202020202020202020212222192020
Zweigen Kanazawa 151920212021212222222222222222212122222222222220212121212122222221212122202021222221
Giravanz Kitakyushu 41216151820202021212120192121222221212120202021222222222221212122222221222120212122

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

Results

Home \ Away CER CON EHI FAG GIF GIR HOL JEF KAM MON REN ROS SAN SSP SPA VVN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL ZWE
Cerezo Osaka 0–01–02–13–21–12–22–12–32–22–41–00–21–21–02–01–03–20–12–31–32–2
Consadole Sapporo 1–01–11–05–01–01–02–24–13–13–11–03–13–23–12–11–21–01–05–23–20–0
Ehime FC 0–02–21–10–32–11–12–11–01–11–11–00–12–21–00–10–00–20–03–00–13–1
Fagiano Okayama 1–10–02–10–12–01–22–13–10–11–02–12–22–23–30–01–11–02–10–12–21–2
FC Gifu 0–10–42–10–51–01–00–21–10–11–22–30–11–12–12–44–21–10–22–01–20–1
Giravanz Kitakyushu 0–10–01–11–32–12–20–23–01–00–11–11–21–20–32–22–10–11–20–41–33–2
Mito HollyHock 0–10–11–22–31–01–11–03–21–00–21–11–10–01–00–21–10–32–31–12–23–0
JEF United Chiba 3–01–20–02–03–21–20–11–13–01–12–00–33–40–00–02–22–10–31–01–11–0
Kamatamare Sanuki 2–10–11–10–13–21–11–11–12–10–20–01–31–21–32–22–11–22–41–00–11–1
Montedio Yamagata 0–11–12–20–11–13–02–21–12–12–14–10–00–13–11–01–02–10–10–00–10–0
Renofa Yamaguchi 0–21–21–11–12–35–11–04–21–02–20–21–10–42–00–33–12–10–00–20–20–1
Roasso Kumamoto 1–52–01–20–01–01–60–13–02–00–01–21–20–21–11–21–01–01–00–10–25–2
Kyoto Sanga 3–30–00–12–01–00–01–11–11–03–23–01–12–10–00–02–00–11–21–01–00–0
Shimizu S-Pulse 0–20–20–02–12–02–02–11–12–23–12–24–04–18–02–00–10–10–03–02–04–1
Thespakusatsu Gunma 0–20–11–20–14–02–22–12–11–22–02–01–10–10–43–02–20–31–13–12–22–1
V-Varen Nagasaki 1–20–01–10–32–10–01–11–11–21–12–10–20–20–32–22–11–21–11–31–00–0
Tokyo Verdy 1–21–01–12–11–11–10–31–13–20–12–21–02–12–11–20–01–00–40–20–14–1
Tokushima Vortis 0–12–12–02–31–31–01–01–00–02–21–10–12–11–21–10–03–12–20–31–10–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 0–13–21–11–11–12–10–00–10–01–03–31–02–01–02–11–02–01–03–21–04–2
Yokohama FC 1–11–00–00–21–22–21–12–10–12–12–01–12–00–23–22–21–10–20–21–00–0
Machida Zelvia 0–12–00–11–11–10–13–32–30–12–12–31–01–11–20–01–02–11–02–11–12–1
Zweigen Kanazawa 1–30–12–11–11–21–10–01–20–01–01–00–01–10–33–11–21–10–00–21–21–2
Updated to match(es) played on 20 November 2016. Source: J.League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of North Korea.svg Jong Tae-se Shimizu S-Pulse
26
2 Flag of Japan.svg Ken Tokura Consadole Sapporo
19
3 Flag of Japan.svg Genki Omae Shimizu S-Pulse
18
Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Laajab Yokohama FC
5 Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Nagai V-Varen Nagasaki
17
6 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Hara Giravanz Kitakyushu
16
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Takasaki Matsumoto Yamaga
8 Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Nakashima Machida Zelvia
14
Flag of Japan.svg Kenyu Sugimoto Cerezo Osaka
Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Oshitani Fagiano Okayama
11 Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Mineiro FC Gifu
13
Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Segawa Thespakusatsu Gunma

Updated to games played on 20 November 2016
Source: J.League Data

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Consadole Sapporo 305,73233,6978,26914,559+21.7%
2 Matsumoto Yamaga 286,24619,63210,79613,631−19.0%
3 Cerezo Osaka 262,69123,7818,46412,509+2.3%
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 236,74916,7406,55211,274−19.9%
5 JEF United Chiba 216,12714,1637,68410,292−4.0%
6 Fagiano Okayama 210,36415,2047,05010,017+19.1%
7 Renofa Yamaguchi 139,73214,5323,6296,654+52.4%
8 Kyoto Sanga 137,00512,0422,8846,524−12.9%
9 Montedio Yamagata 131,32414,4503,1896,254−37.6%
10 FC Gifu 118,91012,1583,2155,662−8.4%
11 Roasso Kumamoto 116,4029,7272,5095,543−21.2%
12 Tokyo Verdy 113,4519,2722,7525,402−4.6%
13 Mito HollyHock 112,66810,4203,8155,365+11.4%
14 V-Varen Nagasaki 109,7279,0482,6925,225+6.0%
15 Machida Zelvia 107,59110,1123,4485,123+36.0%
16 Yokohama FC 102,72410,5242,0774,892−4.3%
17 Thespakusatsu Gunma 99,6199,8042,3744,744+15.7%
18 Tokushima Vortis 95,8609,7673,2184,565−9.0%
19 Zweigen Kanazawa 87,7579,3161,9244,179−14.9%
20 Ehime FC 85,8638,2152,0194,089+8.4%
21 Kamatamare Sanuki 77,41311,3761,9243,686+0.8%
22 Giravanz Kitakyushu 67,6985,6891,7953,224−6.8%
League total3,221,65333,6971,7956,973+1.9%

Updated to games played on 20 November 2016
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
from J1from J3

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