2017 J1 League

Last updated
Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Season2017
Champions Kawasaki Frontale (1st title)
Relegated Ventforet Kofu
Albirex Niigata
Omiya Ardija
AFC Champions League Kawasaki Frontale
Kashima Antlers
Cerezo Osaka
Kashiwa Reysol
Matches played306
Goals scored793 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorer Yū Kobayashi (Kawasaki Frontale)
(23 goals) [1]
Biggest home win Urawa 7-0 Sendai
(7 April 2017)
Biggest away win Niigata 1-6 Urawa
(14 May 2017)
Highest scoring Urawa 7-0 Sendai
(7 April 2017)
Niigata 1-6 Urawa
(14 May 2017)
Urawa 4-3 Hiroshima
(1 July 2017)
Kawasaki 2-5 Iwata
(29 July 2017)
Longest winning run Kashiwa Reysol
(8 matches)
Longest unbeaten run Kawasaki Frontale
(15 matches)
Longest winless run Albirex Niigata
(16 matches)
Longest losing run Omiya Ardija
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Albirex Niigata

(6 matches each)
Highest attendance57,447 [2]
Urawa 0-1 Kashima
(4 May 2017)
Lowest attendance4,692 [2]
Kofu 2-3 Kobe
(29 October 2017)
Total attendance5,778,178 [2]
Average attendance18,883 [2]
2016
2018

The 2017 J1 League (known as the 2017 Meiji Yasuda J1 League (2017 明治安田生命J1リーグ) for sponsorship reasons) was the 25th season of the J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The season began on 25 February 2017 and ended on 2 December. Fixtures for the 2017 season were announced on 26 January 2017. [3]

Contents

Kashima Antlers were the defending champions. Consadole Sapporo, Shimizu S-Pulse and Cerezo Osaka entered as the three promoted teams from the 2016 J2 League.

The league was won by Kawasaki Frontale, winning their first major title while in J1, and 40 years after their first season in the Japanese top division.

Clubs

A total of 18 clubs will contest the league, including 15 sides from the 2016 season and three promoted from the 2016 J2 League. This will include the two top teams; Consadole Sapporo and Shimizu S-Pulse from the J2 League, and the winners of the play-offs; Cerezo Osaka.

The three promoted clubs replace Nagoya Grampus, Shonan Bellmare and Avispa Fukuoka. Former J1 League champion Nagoya Grampus were relegated to the J2 League for the first time in their history.

Stadiums and locations

ClubLocationStadiumCapacity
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro Denka Big Swan Stadium 42,300
Kashima Antlers Southeast Ibaraki Prefecture [lower-alpha 1] Kashima Soccer Stadium 40,728
Omiya Ardija Saitama NACK5 Stadium 15,500
Cerezo Osaka Osaka & Sakai Yanmar Stadium Nagai 47,816
Consadole Sapporo All Hokkaido [lower-alpha 2] Sapporo Dome 41,484
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka Nissan Stadium 72,327
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa Todoroki Athletics Stadium 26,232
Gamba Osaka Northern Osaka Prefecture [lower-alpha 3] Suita City Football Stadium 39,694
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka Yamaha Stadium 15,165
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama Saitama Stadium 63,700
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba Kashiwa Soccer Stadium 15,900
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka IAI Stadium Nihondaira 20,339
Sagan Tosu Tosu, Saga Tosu Stadium 24,490
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima Hiroshima Big Arch 50,000
FC Tokyo Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970
Vegalta Sendai Sendai Yurtec Stadium 19,694
Ventforet Kofu All Yamanashi Prefecture [lower-alpha 4] Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000
Vissel Kobe Kobe Noevir Stadium Kobe 30,132

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Flag of Japan.svg Fumitake Miura Flag of Japan.svg Kazunari Ono Adidas
Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg Masatada Ishii Flag of Japan.svg Mitsuo Ogasawara Nike
Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Shibuya Flag of Japan.svg Kosuke Kikuchi Under Armour
Cerezo Osaka Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Jung-hwan Flag of Japan.svg Yoichiro Kakitani Puma
Consadole Sapporo Flag of Japan.svg Shuhei Yomoda Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Miyazawa Kappa
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of France.svg Erick Mombaerts Flag of Japan.svg Manabu Saitō [4] Adidas
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg Toru Oniki Flag of Japan.svg Yū Kobayashi Puma
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Hasegawa Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhito Endō Umbro
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Nanami Flag of Japan.svg Kota Ueda Puma
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Serbia.svg Mihailo Petrović Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Abe Nike
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Japan.svg Takahiro Shimotaira Flag of Japan.svg Hidekazu Otani Yonex
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kobayashi Flag of North Korea.svg Jong Tae-se Puma
Sagan Tosu Flag of Italy.svg Massimo Ficcadenti Flag of Japan.svg Yohei Toyoda New Balance
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu Flag of Japan.svg Toshihiro Aoyama Nike
FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg Yoshiyuki Shinoda Flag of Japan.svg Masato Morishige Umbro
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Susumu Watanabe Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Tomita Adidas
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuma Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno
Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Nelsinho Baptista Flag of Japan.svg Kazuma Watanabe ASICS

    Managerial changes

    TeamOutgoing managerManner of
    departure
    Date of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of
    appointment
    Albirex Niigata Flag of Japan.svg Fumitake Miura Resigned7 May 2017 [5] 17th Flag of Japan.svg Wagner Lopes 11 May 2017 [5]
    Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Shibuya Sacked28 May 2017 [6] 18th Flag of Japan.svg Akira Ito 28 May 2017 [6]
    Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg Masatada Ishii Sacked31 May 2017 [7] 7th Flag of Japan.svg Go Oiwa 31 May 2017 [7]
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu Resigned4 July 2017 [8] 17th Flag of Sweden.svg Jan Jönsson 10 July 2017 [8]
    Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Serbia.svg Mihailo Petrović Sacked31 July 2017 [9] 8th Flag of Japan.svg Takafumi Hori 31 July 2017 [9]
    Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Nelsinho Baptista Sacked16 August 2017 [10] 11th Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Yoshida 16 August 2017 [10]
    FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg Yoshiyuki Shinoda Sacked10 September 2017 [11] 10th Flag of Japan.svg Takayoshi Amma 10 September 2017 [11]
    Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Akira Ito Sacked5 November 2017 [12] 17th Flag of Japan.svg Masatada Ishii 5 November 2017 [12]

    Foreign players

    The total number of foreign players is restricted to five per club. For matchday squad registration, a club can register up to four foreign players, but a maximum of three can be from outside the AFC. Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, and Qatar) are exempt from these club registration and matchday squad registration restrictions. [13]

    Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the summer transfer window.

    ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4Player 5OtherFormer
    Albirex Niigata Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Tanque Flag of Brazil.svg Roni Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Galhardo Flag of Peru.svg Romero Frank Flag of South Korea.svg Song Ju-hun Flag of Brazil.svg Jean Patrick
    Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Bueno Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Moura Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Silva Flag of Brazil.svg Pedro Júnior Flag of South Korea.svg Kwoun Sun-tae
    Omiya Ardija Flag of Brazil.svg Cauê Cecilio Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Toscano Flag of Brazil.svg Mateus Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Dongsu Flag of Serbia.svg Dragan Mrđa
    Flag of Slovenia.svg Nejc Pecnik
    Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Ricardo Santos Flag of Brazil.svg Souza Flag of Croatia.svg Matej Jonjić Flag of South Korea.svg Ahn Joon-soo Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-hyeon
    Consadole Sapporo Flag of Brazil.svg Macedo Flag of Brazil.svg Reis Flag of England.svg Jay Bothroyd Flag of South Korea.svg Gu Sung-yun Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-tae Flag of Thailand.svg Chanathip Songkrasin Flag of Brazil.svg Julinho
    Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Australia (converted).svg Miloš Degenek Flag of Curacao.svg Quenten Martinus Flag of North Macedonia.svg David Babunski Flag of Portugal.svg Hugo Vieira Flag of South Korea.svg Park Jeong-su Flag of Russia.svg Ippey Sinodzuka
    Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Brazil.svg Eduardo Flag of Brazil.svg Eduardo Neto Flag of Brazil.svg Elsinho Flag of Brazil.svg Rhayner Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Sung-ryong Flag of the Philippines.svg Jefferson Tabinas
    Gamba Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Ademilson Flag of Brazil.svg Fabio Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Ui-jo Flag of South Korea.svg Oh Jae-suk Flag of South Korea.svg Bae Soo-yong Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jung-ya
    Júbilo Iwata Flag of Brazil.svg Adaílton Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Kaminski Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Fozil Musaev
    Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Brazil.svg Maurício Antônio Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Silva Flag of Slovenia.svg Zlatan Ljubijankič
    Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Oliveira Flag of Brazil.svg Ramon Lopes Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Bo-kyung Flag of South Korea.svg Yun Suk-young Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu
    Sagan Tosu Flag of Colombia.svg Víctor Ibarbo Flag of South Korea.svg An Yong-woo Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Dong-geon Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Seung-hyun Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-hyeok Flag of Argentina.svg Franco Sbuttoni
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Lopes Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Flag of Brazil.svg Patric Flag of Croatia.svg Mihael Mikić Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nathan Burns
    Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mitchell Duke Flag of Brazil.svg Freire Flag of Brazil.svg Kanu Flag of Brazil.svg Tiago Alves Flag of North Korea.svg Jong Tae-se Flag of South Korea.svg Byeon Jun-byum
    FC Tokyo Flag of Brazil.svg Lipe Veloso Flag of Nigeria.svg Peter Utaka Flag of South Korea.svg Jang Hyun-soo Flag of South Korea.svg Yu In-soo Flag of Thailand.svg Jakkit Wechpirom Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nathan Burns
    Ventforet Kofu Flag of Australia (converted).svg Billy Konstantinidis Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu Flag of Brazil.svg Éder Lima Flag of Brazil.svg Lins Flag of Brazil.svg Gabriel Rodrigues
    Flag of Brazil.svg Junior Barros
    Flag of Brazil.svg Wilson
    Flag of Australia (converted).svg Oliver Bozanic
    Vegalta Sendai Flag of Brazil.svg Crislan Flag of Brazil.svg Vinícius Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yunoh Flag of North Korea.svg Ryang Yong-gi Flag of Brazil.svg Pablo Diogo
    Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of Brazil.svg Nílton Flag of Brazil.svg Wescley Flag of Germany.svg Lukas Podolski Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Seung-gyu

    Results

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
    1 Kawasaki Frontale (C)3421947132+3972 Champions League group stage
    2 Kashima Antlers 3423385331+2272
    3 Cerezo Osaka 3419696543+2263
    4 Kashiwa Reysol 3418884933+1662 Champions League play-off round [lower-alpha 1]
    5 Yokohama F. Marinos 3417894536+959
    6 Júbilo Iwata 34161085030+2058
    7 Urawa Red Diamonds 34147136454+1049
    8 Sagan Tosu 34138134144347
    9 Vissel Kobe 34135164045544
    10 Gamba Osaka 341110134841+743
    11 Consadole Sapporo 34127153947843
    12 Vegalta Sendai 34118154453941
    13 FC Tokyo 341010143742540
    14 Shimizu S-Pulse 348101636541834
    15 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34891732491733
    16 Ventforet Kofu (R)347111623391632Relegation to 2018 J2 League
    17 Albirex Niigata (R)34772028603228
    18 Omiya Ardija (R)345101928603225
    Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
    (C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
    Notes:
    1. The winner of the 2017 Emperor's Cup qualified for the Group Stage of the 2018 AFC Champions League. Since the Emperor's Cup winner Cerezo Osaka had already qualified for the AFC Champions League, the play-off round spot was awarded to the fourth-placed team.

    Positions by round

    Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
    Kawasaki Frontale 2638656796755966634544332222222221
    Kashima Antlers 14973232431467543322211111111111112
    Cerezo Osaka 11161310867857643222111122254445543333
    Kashiwa Reysol 1812151215111065321111245355443333354444
    Yokohama F. Marinos 315798491011998755557433525554435565
    Júbilo Iwata 1114101110131068910101211107776776666666666656
    Urawa Red Diamonds 13746421112134689888888788877777777
    Sagan Tosu 171511121411131113101111101212101011109910999998989888
    Vissel Kobe 4311113378888891111991011111111111110108108999
    Gamba Osaka 752534522321233446366787778910910101010
    Consadole Sapporo 14171713151415151515151515151516151514151515151414141414131313131211
    Vegalta Sendai 449471012131113141311101112121313131312121212121212121212111112
    FC Tokyo 42825785445764789101111109101010101111111111121313
    Shimizu S-Pulse 149691399111414121213131313131212121213131313131313141414141514
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima 7121417171617161616171616161717171717171717171716151515161616151415
    Ventforet Kofu 7121613111214141212131414141414141415141414141515161616151515161616
    Albirex Niigata 7111516161716171717181717181818181818181818181818181818181818181817
    Omiya Ardija 18171818181818181818161818171615161616161616161617171717171717171718
    Leader and Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League group stage
    Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League group stage
    Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
    Relegation to 2018 J2 League

    Results table

    Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD CER CON FMA FRO GAM JUB RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS
    Albirex Niigata 2–41–21–01–00–20–22–30–21–60–11–00–00–20–31–21–00–2
    Kashima Antlers 2–01–00–13–01–00–32–10–31–00–02–12–02–00–12–03–01–2
    Omiya Ardija 1–00–10–32–21–20–22–21–21–01–11–11–10–01–22–10–00–2
    Cerezo Osaka 4–00–12–13–12–02–02–20–04–22–11–05–21–13–11–42–03–1
    Consadole Sapporo 2–21–21–01–10–21–10–22–12–03–03–22–11–02–11–01–11–2
    Yokohama F. Marinos 1–13–21–11–43–02–00–12–13–21–11–01–12–21–01–11–02–0
    Kawasaki Frontale 3–03–15–05–12–13–01–02–54–12–11–11–02–21–13–21–15–0
    Gamba Osaka 0–10–16–03–10–11–21–10–21–10–13–00–11–13–01–11–11–2
    Júbilo Iwata 2–20–02–11–12–22–10–23–01–10–22–12–33–12–00–11–02–1
    Urawa Red Diamonds 2–10–12–23–13–20–10–13–32–41–22–24–33–32–17–04–11–1
    Kashiwa Reysol 1–12–34–21–02–12–02–21–31–01–00–01–00–24–10–10–13–1
    Sagan Tosu 3–01–03–01–21–01–02–31–30–22–11–31–02–12–11–12–11–0
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–11–30–31–01–10–10–32–20–00–10–20–10–12–13–31–01–1
    Shimizu S-Pulse 2–32–31–13–20–21–30–32–00–31–21–41–11–30–20–31–00–1
    FC Tokyo 1–12–22–01–41–20–13–00–00–00–11–23–31–00–01–01–11–0
    Vegalta Sendai 2–11–43–02–41–02–20–22–30–02–31–14–11–00–00–23–00–2
    Ventforet Kofu 0–20–11–01–12–03–22–21–00–00–10–00–01–20–11–11–02–3
    Vissel Kobe 2–11–23–11–22–00–00–00–11–01–31–21–21–21–31–13–00–1
    Updated to match(es) played on 2 December 2017. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League
    Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Season statistics

    Top scorers

    As of matches played on December 2nd, 2017.

    RankPlayerClubGoals
    1 Flag of Japan.svg Yū Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale 23
    2 Flag of Japan.svg Kenyu Sugimoto Cerezo Osaka 22
    3 Flag of Japan.svg Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds 20
    4 Flag of Japan.svg Kengo Kawamata Júbilo Iwata 14
    5 Flag of Japan.svg Mu Kanazaki Kashima Antlers 12
    Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Silva Urawa Red Diamonds
    Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Kashiwa Reysol
    8 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Kashima Antlers 11

    Top assists

    As of matches played on December 2nd, 2017.

    RankPlayerClubAssists
    1 Flag of Japan.svg Kengo Nakamura Kawasaki Frontale 12
    2 Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Kashiwa Reysol 10
    Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Maruhashi Cerezo Osaka
    4 Flag of Japan.svg Yōsuke Kashiwagi Urawa Red Diamonds 9
    Flag of Japan.svg Shintaro Kurumaya Kawasaki Frontale
    Flag of Japan.svg Kota Mizunuma Cerezo Osaka
    Flag of Japan.svg Kosuke Ota FC Tokyo
    8 Flag of Japan.svg Yū Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale 8
    Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Nakamura Júbilo Iwata
    Flag of Japan.svg Manabu Saitō Yokohama F. Marinos

    Hat-tricks

    PlayerForAgainstResultDate
    Flag of Japan.svg Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds Vegalta Sendai 7–0 (H)7 April 2017
    Flag of Japan.svg Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds Shimizu S-Pulse 3–3 (H)20 May 2017
    Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Kashima Antlers Albirex Niigata 4–2 (A)16 September 2017
    Flag of Japan.svg Yū Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale Omiya Ardija 5–0 (H)2 December 2017
    Note

    (H) – Home ; (A) – Away

    Attendances

    PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
    1 Urawa Red Diamonds 570,21557,44721,60333,542−9.2%
    2 FC Tokyo 450,33142,97913,41726,490+10.2%
    3 Gamba Osaka 412,71036,17713,07424,277−4.2%
    4 Yokohama F. Marinos 386,87542,48311,03624,180+0.7%
    5 Kawasaki Frontale 375,91025,90417,35822,112−0.1%
    6 Albirex Niigata 374,58531,01416,46122,034+4.0%
    7 Cerezo Osaka 356,49142,4388,99820,970+67.6%
    8 Kashima Antlers 347,94236,08010,83820,467+7.1%
    9 Consadole Sapporo 313,10033,3539,53518,418+26.5%
    10 Vissel Kobe 310,62525,2787,91118,272+7.4%
    11 Júbilo Iwata 277,45040,49111,76216,321+11.7%
    12 Shimizu S-Pulse 256,96518,55611,00715,116+34.1%
    13 Vegalta Sendai 250,67718,05911,50014,746−4.7%
    14 Sagan Tosu 241,29521,2457,38114,194+12.3%
    15 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 238,72022,3338,31914,042−9.2%
    16 Kashiwa Reysol 200,93614,0969,43211,820+10.2%
    17 Omiya Ardija 194,88713,3649,59811,464−3.0%
    18 Ventforet Kofu 184,31114,6804,69210,842+0.1%
    League total5,778,17857,4474,69218,883+5.1%

    Updated to games played on 2017年12月2日
    Source: J. League Data
    Notes:
    Promoted from J2.

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