|Relegated|| Roasso Kumamoto |
|Goals scored||1,143 (2.47 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Genki Omae |
Omiya Ardija, 24 goals
|Highest attendance||22,465 |
Niigata 1–1 Matsumoto
|Lowest attendance||1,510 |
Sanuki 1-1 Yamagata
The 2018 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2018 明治安田生命J2リーグ) season was the 47th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 20th season since the establishment of J2 League.
The participating clubs are listed in the following table:
|Club Name||Home Town(s)||Note(s)|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seirō, Niigata||Relegated from J1|
|Omiya Ardija||Saitama||Relegated from J1|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Fukuoka City, Fukuoka|
|Ehime FC||All cities/towns in Ehime|
|Fagiano Okayama||All cities/towns in Okayama|
|FC Gifu||All cities/towns in Gifu|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||Takamatsu, Kagawa|
|Kyoto Sanga||Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto|
|Machida Zelvia||Machida, Tokyo|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Central cities/towns in Nagano|
|Mito HollyHock||Mito, Ibaraki|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata|
|Renofa Yamaguchi||All cities/towns in Yamaguchi|
|Tochigi SC||Utsunomiya, Tochigi||Promoted from J3|
|Tokushima Vortis||All cities/towns in Tokushima|
|Ventforet Kofu||All Yamanashi Prefecture||Relegated from J1|
|Tokyo Verdy||All cities/towns in Tokyo|
|Yokohama FC||Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|FC Gifu||New Balance|
|JEF United Chiba||Kappa|
|Montedio Yamagata||New Balance|
|Omiya Ardija||Under Armour|
|Yokohama FC||SOCCER JUNKY|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of|
|Ventforet Kofu||30 April 2018||30 April 2018|
|Kyoto Sanga||11 May 2018||11 May 2018|
|Ehime FC||15 May 2018||15 May 2018|
|Albirex Niigata||8 August 2018||22 August 2018|
The total number of foreign players is restricted to five per club. Clubs can register up to four foreign players for a single match-day squad, of which a maximum of three are allowed from nations outside the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4||Player 5||Other||Former|
|JEF United Chiba|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||Matsumoto Yamaga (C, P)||42||21||14||7||54||34||+20||77||Promotion to 2019 J1 League|
|2||Oita Trinita (P)||42||23||7||12||76||51||+25||76|
|3||Yokohama FC||42||21||13||8||63||44||+19||76||Qualification to promotion play-offs|
|5||Omiya Ardija||42||21||8||13||65||48||+17||71||Qualification to promotion play-offs|
|14||JEF United Chiba||42||16||7||19||72||72||0||55|
|21||Roasso Kumamoto (R)||42||9||7||26||50||79||−29||34||Relegation to 2019 J3 League|
|22||Kamatamare Sanuki (R)||42||7||10||25||28||72||−44||31|
Because Machida Zelvia did not own a J1 license for the 2019 season, they were ineligible to participate in the play-offs. Thus, Yokohama FC, finishing third in the season, received a bye into the second round, from which the winner will play the team finishing 16th in J1.
|1st Semi-Final||2nd Semi-Final||Final|
|2||Yokohama FC||0||J2 (6)||Tokyo Verdy||0|
|3||Omiya Ardija||0||J2 (6)||Tokyo Verdy||1|
|JEF United Chiba|
|3||JEF United Chiba||207,025||12,440||6,152||9,858||−1.3%|
Updated to games played on 17 November 2018
Source: J. League Data
† Relegated from J1.‡ Promoted from J3.
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