2016 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2016
Champions Honda FC
Promoted Azul Claro Numazu
Relegated Fagiano Okayama Next (withdrew)
Matches played240
Goals scored628 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorerMakoto Kawanishi
(FC Osaka)
(21 goals)
Highest attendance4,675
Lowest attendance158
Average attendance817
2015
2017

The 2016 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第18回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Jūkyūhachi-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the third season of the nationwide fourth tier of the Japanese football, and the 18th season since the establishment of Japan Football League.

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Clubs

Sixteen clubs participated in this season of Japan Football League. The list was announced on 9 December 2015. [1] A place for 2016 Emperor's Cup will be given to the winners of the first stage of the 2016 JFL. [2]

Club NameHome TownNotes
Azul Claro Numazu Numazu, Shizuoka J.League 100 Year Plan club status holders, J3 license holders [3]
Briobecca Urayasu Urayasu, Chiba Promoted from Kantō League Div. 1 after 2nd place in 39th Regional Promotion Series
Fagiano Okayama Next Okayama, Okayama
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga
Nara Club Nara, Nara J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders [3]
FC Osaka Osaka, Osaka
ReinMeer Aomori Aomori, Aomori Promoted from Tohoku League Div. 1 after 1st place in 39th Regional Promotion Series
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi Defending champions of 2015
Tokyo Musashino City Musashino, Tokyo Formerly Yokogawa Musashino FC, [4] J.League 100 Year Plan club status holders
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

Change in rules

The tournament continued with the system introduced in 2014: Two single round-robin stages are held, and winners of each stage 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. [5]

The two worst performing teams by aggregated results of both stages are relegated to the Regional Leagues and replaced by the top two performers of the Regional League promotion series. However, if one or two teams are admitted to J3 or withdrawn at the end of the season, the number of relegated clubs are reduced accordingly.

According to updated J.League Terms, the clubs must comply the following requirements to be promoted to J3 League: [6]

First stage

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 1511223014+1635Qualification to championship play-offs
2 FC Osaka 1510232814+1432
3 Azul Claro Numazu 159242111+1029
4 Honda Lock 157531810+826
5 Vanraure Hachinohe 157441910+925
6 Honda FC 157442116+525
7 Sony Sendai 156542415+923
8 MIO Biwako Shiga 157171923422
9 Briobecca Urayasu 156181922319
10 Tokyo Musashino City 155461014419
11 ReinMeer Aomori 154561517217
12 Maruyasu Okazaki 155281015517
13 Verspah Oita 153751318516
14 Nara Club 153571725814
15 Tochigi Uva 15311119422310
16 Fagiano Okayama Next 1520131027176
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

Second stage

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Honda FC 1511313113+1836Qualification to championship play-offs
2 Sony Sendai 1511133212+2034
3 Honda Lock 1510322813+1533
4 Azul Claro Numazu 159332613+1330
5 ReinMeer Aomori 159152016+428
6 FC Osaka 158252417+726
7 Nara Club 157262423+123
8 Vanraure Hachinohe 156361517221
9 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 155462324119
10 MIO Biwako Shiga 154651922318
11 Briobecca Urayasu 155282025517
12 Tokyo Musashino City 154471924516
13 Verspah Oita 153661724715
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 1527613231013
15 Tochigi Uva 1520131535206
16 Fagiano Okayama Next 150114934251
Updated to match(es) played on 13 November 2016. 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

Championship play-offs

The championship play-offs were held after the season between two winners of each stage. Ryutsu Keizai Dragons, the winners of the first stage, hosted the first leg on 26 November, and Honda FC who won the second stage hosted the second leg on 4 December. [2] [7]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 2–3 Honda FC 2–20–1

Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 2 – 2 Honda FC
Report
Kashiwanoha Park Stadium, Kashiwa
Attendance: 1,131

Honda FC1 – 0Ryutsu Keizai Dragons
Report

Overall table

This table is 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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Honda FC (C)3018755229+2361
2 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 3016685338+1554
3 Azul Claro Numazu (P)3018574724+2359Promotion to 2017 J3 League [lower-alpha 1]
4 Honda Lock 3017854623+2359
5 FC Osaka 3018485231+2158
6 Sony Sendai 3017675627+2957
7 Vanraure Hachinohe 30137103427+746
8 ReinMeer Aomori 30136113533+245
9 MIO Biwako Shiga 30117123845740
10 Nara Club 30107134148737
11 Briobecca Urayasu 30113163947836
12 Tokyo Musashino City 3098132938935
13 Verspah Oita 306131130421231
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 30791423381530
15 Tochigi Uva 30512434774316
16 Fagiano Okayama Next 3021271961427Withdrew after the season [8]
Updated to match(es) played on 13 November 2016. 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
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. 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.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Kawanishi FC Osaka
21
2 Flag of Japan.svg Jun Arima Sony Sendai
19
3 Flag of Japan.svg Koki Takenaka Briobecca Urayasu
17
4 Flag of Japan.svg Taira Shige Nara Club
15
5 Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Sonoda Azul Claro Numazu
12
6 Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Uchino Sony Sendai
11
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Sakamoto MIO Biwako Shiga
Flag of Japan.svg Kengo Kubo MIO Biwako Shiga
Flag of Japan.svg Toshihiko Uchiyama Tochigi Uva
10 Flag of Japan.svg Seiya Murakami Vanraure Hachinohe
10
Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Furuhashi Honda FC
Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Yokochi Ryutsu Keizai Dragons

Updated to games played on 13 November 2016.
Source: JFL Stats & Data - Ranking:Goals (in Japanese)

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Azul Claro Numazu 34,9756,8748482,332+6.1%
2 Vanraure Hachinohe 26,3175,0287921,754+80.1%
3 Nara Club 22,6202,6201,1401,508−17.0%
4 FC Osaka 13,4461,416511896+29.5%
5 Tokyo Musashino City 12,7891,653302853+4.4%
6 Honda FC 11,9081,517438794−25.9%
7 Sony Sendai 10,9634,675278731+36.9%
8 ReinMeer Aomori 10,5641,518350704+207.4%
9 MIO Biwako Shiga 10,1951,810253680−23.9%
10 Verspah Oita 7,3249282064880.0%
11 Briobecca Urayasu 7,217952211481n/a
12 Tochigi Uva 6,0251,043151402−11.8%
13 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 5,813851193388+6.3%
14 Maruyasu Okazaki 5,733634243382+10.4%
15 Honda Lock 5,576741178372+4.5%
16 Fagiano Okayama Next 4,653517158310+0.3%
League total196,1186,874151817−8.6%

Updated to games played on 13 November
Source: Japan Football League (1st stage, 2nd stage)
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotion from Regional Leagues

FC Imabari and Veertien Mie

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