|Champions||Kawasaki Frontale (1st title)|
|Relegated|| Ventforet Kofu |
|AFC Champions League|| Kawasaki Frontale |
|Goals scored||793 (2.59 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Yū Kobayashi (Kawasaki Frontale)|
|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 |
|Longest unbeaten run|| Kawasaki Frontale |
|Longest winless run|| Albirex Niigata |
|Longest losing run|| Omiya Ardija |
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
(6 matches each)
|Highest attendance||57,447 |
Urawa 0-1 Kashima
(4 May 2017)
|Lowest attendance||4,692 |
Kofu 2-3 Kobe
(29 October 2017)
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.
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.
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.
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seiro||Denka Big Swan Stadium||42,300|
|Kashima Antlers||Southeast Ibaraki Prefecture||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||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||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||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium||17,000|
|Vissel Kobe||Kobe||Noevir Stadium Kobe||30,132|
|Albirex Niigata||Fumitake Miura||Kazunari Ono||Adidas|
|Kashima Antlers||Masatada Ishii||Mitsuo Ogasawara||Nike|
|Omiya Ardija||Hiroki Shibuya||Kosuke Kikuchi||Under Armour|
|Cerezo Osaka||Yoon Jung-hwan||Yoichiro Kakitani||Puma|
|Consadole Sapporo||Shuhei Yomoda||Hiroki Miyazawa||Kappa|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Erick Mombaerts||Manabu Saitō||Adidas|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Toru Oniki||Yū Kobayashi||Puma|
|Gamba Osaka||Kenta Hasegawa||Yasuhito Endō||Umbro|
|Júbilo Iwata||Hiroshi Nanami||Kota Ueda||Puma|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Mihailo Petrović||Yuki Abe||Nike|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Takahiro Shimotaira||Hidekazu Otani||Yonex|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Shinji Kobayashi||Jong Tae-se||Puma|
|Sagan Tosu||Massimo Ficcadenti||Yohei Toyoda||New Balance|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hajime Moriyasu||Toshihiro Aoyama||Nike|
|FC Tokyo||Yoshiyuki Shinoda||Masato Morishige||Umbro|
|Vegalta Sendai||Susumu Watanabe||Shingo Tomita||Adidas|
|Ventforet Kofu||Tatsuma Yoshida||Hideomi Yamamoto||Mizuno|
|Vissel Kobe||Nelsinho Baptista||Kazuma Watanabe||ASICS|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of|
|Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of|
|Albirex Niigata||Fumitake Miura||Resigned||7 May 2017||17th||Wagner Lopes||11 May 2017|
|Omiya Ardija||Hiroki Shibuya||Sacked||28 May 2017||18th||Akira Ito||28 May 2017|
|Kashima Antlers||Masatada Ishii||Sacked||31 May 2017||7th||Go Oiwa||31 May 2017|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hajime Moriyasu||Resigned||4 July 2017||17th||Jan Jönsson||10 July 2017|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Mihailo Petrović||Sacked||31 July 2017||8th||Takafumi Hori||31 July 2017|
|Vissel Kobe||Nelsinho Baptista||Sacked||16 August 2017||11th||Takayuki Yoshida||16 August 2017|
|FC Tokyo||Yoshiyuki Shinoda||Sacked||10 September 2017||10th||Takayoshi Amma||10 September 2017|
|Omiya Ardija||Akira Ito||Sacked||5 November 2017||17th||Masatada Ishii||5 November 2017|
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.
Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the summer transfer window.
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4||Player 5||Other||Former|
|Albirex Niigata||Douglas Tanque||Roni||Thiago Galhardo||Romero Frank||Song Ju-hun||Jean Patrick|
|Kashima Antlers||Bueno||Leandro Moura||Léo Silva||Pedro Júnior||Kwoun Sun-tae|
|Omiya Ardija||Cauê Cecilio||Marcelo Toscano||Mateus||Kim Dongsu|| Dragan Mrđa |
|Cerezo Osaka||Ricardo Santos||Souza||Matej Jonjić||Ahn Joon-soo||Kim Jin-hyeon|
|Consadole Sapporo||Macedo||Reis||Jay Bothroyd||Gu Sung-yun||Kim Min-tae||Chanathip Songkrasin||Julinho|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Miloš Degenek||Quenten Martinus||David Babunski||Hugo Vieira||Park Jeong-su||Ippey Sinodzuka|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Eduardo||Eduardo Neto||Elsinho||Rhayner||Jung Sung-ryong||Jefferson Tabinas|
|Gamba Osaka||Ademilson||Fabio||Hwang Ui-jo||Oh Jae-suk||Bae Soo-yong||Kim Jung-ya|
|Júbilo Iwata||Adaílton||Krzysztof Kaminski||Fozil Musaev|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Maurício Antônio||Rafael Silva||Zlatan Ljubijankič|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Cristiano||Diego Oliveira||Ramon Lopes||Kim Bo-kyung||Yun Suk-young||Dudu|
|Sagan Tosu||Víctor Ibarbo||An Yong-woo||Cho Dong-geon||Jeong Seung-hyun||Kim Min-hyeok||Franco Sbuttoni|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Anderson Lopes||Felipe||Patric||Mihael Mikić||Nathan Burns|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Mitchell Duke||Freire||Kanu||Tiago Alves||Jong Tae-se||Byeon Jun-byum|
|FC Tokyo||Lipe Veloso||Peter Utaka||Jang Hyun-soo||Yu In-soo||Jakkit Wechpirom||Nathan Burns|
|Ventforet Kofu||Billy Konstantinidis||Dudu||Éder Lima||Lins|| Gabriel Rodrigues |
|Vegalta Sendai||Crislan||Vinícius||Lee Yunoh||Ryang Yong-gi||Pablo Diogo|
|Vissel Kobe||Leandro||Nílton||Wescley||Lukas Podolski||Kim Seung-gyu|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Kawasaki Frontale (C)||34||21||9||4||71||32||+39||72||Champions League group stage|
|4||Kashiwa Reysol||34||18||8||8||49||33||+16||62||Champions League play-off round|
|5||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||17||8||9||45||36||+9||59|
|7||Urawa Red Diamonds||34||14||7||13||64||54||+10||49|
|16||Ventforet Kofu (R)||34||7||11||16||23||39||−16||32||Relegation to 2018 J2 League|
|17||Albirex Niigata (R)||34||7||7||20||28||60||−32||28|
|18||Omiya Ardija (R)||34||5||10||19||28||60||−32||25|
|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|
As of matches played on December 2nd, 2017.
|1||Yū Kobayashi||Kawasaki Frontale||23|
|2||Kenyu Sugimoto||Cerezo Osaka||22|
|3||Shinzo Koroki||Urawa Red Diamonds||20|
|4||Kengo Kawamata||Júbilo Iwata||14|
|5||Mu Kanazaki||Kashima Antlers||12|
|Rafael Silva||Urawa Red Diamonds|
As of matches played on December 2nd, 2017.
|1||Kengo Nakamura||Kawasaki Frontale||12|
|Yusuke Maruhashi||Cerezo Osaka|
|4||Yōsuke Kashiwagi||Urawa Red Diamonds||9|
|Shintaro Kurumaya||Kawasaki Frontale|
|Kota Mizunuma||Cerezo Osaka|
|Kosuke Ota||FC Tokyo|
|8||Yū Kobayashi||Kawasaki Frontale||8|
|Shunsuke Nakamura||Júbilo Iwata|
|Manabu Saitō||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Shinzo Koroki||Urawa Red Diamonds||Vegalta Sendai||7–0 (H)||7 April 2017|
|Shinzo Koroki||Urawa Red Diamonds||Shimizu S-Pulse||3–3 (H)||20 May 2017|
|Leandro||Kashima Antlers||Albirex Niigata||4–2 (A)||16 September 2017|
|Yū Kobayashi||Kawasaki Frontale||Omiya Ardija||5–0 (H)||2 December 2017|
(H) – Home ; (A) – Away
|1||Urawa Red Diamonds||570,215||57,447||21,603||33,542||−9.2%|
|4||Yokohama F. Marinos||386,875||42,483||11,036||24,180||+0.7%|
Updated to games played on 2017年12月2日
Source: J. League Data
† Promoted from J2.
Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 2003 season.
Statistics of J. League Cup in the 2000 season.
The 2012 Cerezo Osaka season is Cerezo Osaka's 3rd consecutive season, 14th season overall in J.League Division 1 and 40th overall in the Japanese top flight. It also includes the 2012 J.League Cup and the 2011 Emperor's Cup. 2012 is Sérgio Soares's first season at Cerezo after Levir Culpi left at the end of last season.
The 2012 Sagan Tosu season was Sagan Tosu's first season in J.League Division 1 after being promoted for J.League Division 2 in 2011. They finished the season in fifth position, narrowly missing out on an AFC Champions League spot by two points. They also participated in the J.League Cup, going out in the Group Stages, and the Emperor's Cup, where they reached the Second Round before defeat to Kamatamare Sanuki. It was their second season with Yoon Jung-hwan as their manager, and Yohei Toyoda was their top goalscorer with 16 league goals.
The 2012 Consadole Sapporo season is Consadole Sapporo's 1st season in J. League Division 1 since 2008, hence the club's 8th overall in the top flight. Consadole Sapporo are also competing in the 2012 Emperor's Cup and 2012 J. League Cup.
The 2012 Júbilo Iwata season is Júbilo Iwata's 19th consecutive season in J. League Division 1 and 30th overall in the Japanese top flight. Júbilo Iwata are also competing in the 2012 Emperor's Cup and 2012 J. League Cup.
The 2012 Kashima Antlers season is Kashima Antlers's 20th season in J.League Division 1 and 24th overall in the Japanese top flight. Kashima Antlers are also competing in the 2012 Emperor's Cup and 2012 J.League Cup.
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The 2012 Omiya Ardija season is Omiya Ardija's eighth consecutive season in J. League Division 1. Omiya Ardija are also competing in the 2012 Emperor's Cup and 2012 J. League Cup.
The 2012 Sanfrecce Hiroshima season is Sanfrecce Hiroshima's fourth consecutive season in J. League Division 1, and 42nd overall in the Japanese top flight. Sanfrecce Hiroshima are also competing in the 2012 Emperor's Cup and 2012 J. League Cup.
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The 2014 season was Sanfrecce Hiroshima's sixth consecutive season in J.League Division 1, and 44th overall in the Japanese top flight. Sanfrecce Hiroshima also competed in the Emperor's Cup, J.League Cup, Japanese Super Cup, and the AFC Champions League.
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Japanese football in 2017.
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The 2019 Kawasaki Frontale season was their 15th consecutive season in J1 League. They were the defending champions after finishing top of 2018 J1 League. They also competed in the Emperor's Cup, J.League Cup, Japanese Super Cup and AFC Champions League.
The 2019 Kashima Antlers season involved the team competing in the J1 League, they finished 3rd in the 2018 J1 League. They also competed in the J.League Cup, Emperor's Cup, and AFC Champions League.
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