2018 J2 League

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Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2018
Champions Matsumoto Yamaga
PromotedMatsumoto Yamaga
Oita Trinita
Relegated Roasso Kumamoto
Kamatamare Sanuki
Matches played462
Goals scored1,143 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Genki Omae
Omiya Ardija, 24 goals
Highest attendance22,465 [1]
Niigata 1–1 Matsumoto
(3 March)
Lowest attendance1,510 [1]
Sanuki 1-1 Yamagata
(19 September)
Average attendance7,049
2017
2019

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.

Contents

Clubs

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club NameHome 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 [lower-alpha 1]
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama [lower-alpha 2]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu [lower-alpha 3]
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto [lower-alpha 4]
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano [lower-alpha 5]
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata [lower-alpha 6]
Oita Trinita Ōita
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi [lower-alpha 7]
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Promoted from J3
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima [lower-alpha 8]
Ventforet Kofu All Yamanashi Prefecture [lower-alpha 9] Relegated from J1
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Flag of Japan.svg Masakazu Suzuki Flag of Japan.svg Ryota Isomura Adidas
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Japan.svg Masami Ihara Flag of Japan.svg Hisashi Jogo Yonex
Ehime FC Flag of Japan.svg Shuichi Mase Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhisa Kawahara Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Flag of Japan.svg Tetsu Nagasawa Flag of Japan.svg Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Oki Flag of Japan.svg Yuto Ono New Balance
JEF United Chiba Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Esnáider Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Kondo Kappa
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Kitano Flag of Japan.svg Kazumasa Takagi ATHLETA
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Nunobe Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Someya Wacoal
Machida Zelvia Flag of Japan.svg Naoki Soma Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Han-jae SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Sorimachi Flag of Japan.svg Masaki Iida Adidas
Mito HollyHock Flag of Japan.svg Shigetoshi Hasebe Flag of Japan.svg Junya Hosokawa GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Kiyama Flag of Japan.svg Takumi Yamada New Balance
Oita Trinita Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Katanosaka Flag of Japan.svg Akira Takeuchi Puma
Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Masatada Ishii Flag of Japan.svg Kosuke Kikuchi Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Shimoda Flag of Japan.svg Hidetoshi Miyuki Finta
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Shibuya Flag of Japan.svg Akihiro Sato Puma
Tochigi SC Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Yokoyama Flag of Japan.svg Koji Hirose ATHLETA
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Spain.svg Ricardo Rodríguez Flag of Japan.svg Ken Iwao Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Ángel Lotina Flag of Japan.svg Akira Ibayashi ATHLETA
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuma Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno
Yokohama FC Flag of Brazil.svg Edson Tavares Flag of Japan.svg Kensuke Sato SOCCER JUNKY
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Japan.svg Masaaki Yanagishita Flag of Japan.svg Tomonobu Hiroi Adidas

    Managerial changes

    TeamOutgoing managerDate of vacancyIncoming managerDate of
    appointment
    Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuma Yoshida 30 April 2018 [2] Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ueno 30 April 2018
    Kyoto Sanga Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Nunobe 11 May 2018 [3] Flag of Serbia.svg Boško Gjurovski 11 May 2018
    Ehime FC Flag of Japan.svg Shuichi Mase 15 May 2018 [4] Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Kawai 15 May 2018
    Albirex Niigata Flag of Japan.svg Masakazu Suzuki 8 August 2018 [5] Flag of Japan.svg Koichiro Katafuchi 22 August 2018

    Foreign players

    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.

    ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4Player 5OtherFormer
    Albirex Niigata Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Muralha Flag of Brazil.svg Cauê Flag of Brazil.svg Jonathan Reis Flag of Brazil.svg Thalles Flag of South Korea.svg Song Ju-hun Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Meneghel
    Omiya Ardija Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Toscano Flag of Brazil.svg Mateus Flag of North Macedonia.svg David Babunski Flag of Sweden.svg Robin Simović Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Dongsu Flag of Brazil.svg Cauê
    Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Mineiro Flag of South Korea.svg Won Du-jae Flag of South Korea.svg Yu In-soo Flag of Brazil.svg Euller
    Flag of Brazil.svg Túlio de Melo
    Ehime FC Flag of South Korea.svg Park Seung-su Flag of South Korea.svg Woo Sang-ho
    Fagiano Okayama Flag of Brazil.svg Ricardo Santos Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Jung-won Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Chung-geun Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kyung-tae Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yong-jae
    FC Gifu Flag of Argentina.svg Ezequiel Ham Flag of Brazil.svg Michael Flag of New Zealand.svg Ryan De Vries Flag of South Korea.svg Jeon San-hae Flag of Spain.svg Víctor Ibáñez Flag of South Korea.svg Woo Sang-ho
    JEF United Chiba Flag of Argentina.svg Joaquín Larrivey Flag of Argentina.svg Diego Rodríguez Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Geria Flag of Brazil.svg Hebert Flag of Paraguay.svg Jorge Salinas
    Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Flag of South Korea.svg Park Chan-yong Flag of South Korea.svg Song Young-min
    Kyoto Sanga Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho Flag of Brazil.svg Kaio Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wu Shaocong Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Cheol-ho Flag of Uruguay.svg Renzo López Flag of Uruguay.svg Matías Caseras
    Flag of Brazil.svg Alexandre
    Machida Zelvia Flag of North Macedonia.svg Dorian Babunski Flag of Peru.svg Romero Frank Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Han-cheol Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Han-jae
    Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Brazil.svg Dinei Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of Brazil.svg Serginho Flag of South Korea.svg Goh Dong Min Flag of South Korea.svg Jo Jin-woo Flag of Singapore.svg Anders Aplin
    Mito HollyHock Flag of Brazil.svg Batista Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Flag of Brazil.svg Jefferson Baiano Flag of Costa Rica.svg Danny Carvajal
    Montedio Yamagata Flag of Brazil.svg Álvaro Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Lopes Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Alves Flag of Brazil.svg Jairo
    Oita Trinita Flag of Brazil.svg Willian Flag of South Korea.svg Mun Kyung-gun Flag of North Korea.svg Hwang Song-su Flag of South Korea.svg Lim Seung-gyeom
    Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Brazil.svg Julinho Flag of Brazil.svg Renan Flag of Brazil.svg Washington Flag of Brazil.svg Gerson
    Flag of South Korea.svg Min Kyung-jun
    Roasso Kumamoto Flag of South Korea.svg Lim Jin-woo Flag of South Korea.svg Yang Sang-jun Flag of North Korea.svg An Byong-jun
    Tochigi SC  Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Flag of Brazil.svg Paulao Flag of Brazil.svg Henik Flag of Brazil.svg Mendes Flag of Switzerland.svg Johnny Leoni Flag of Australia (converted).svg Diogo Ferreira
    Flag of Slovenia.svg Nejc Pečnik
    Tokushima Vortis Flag of Brazil.svg Bueno Flag of Nigeria.svg Peter Utaka Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jong-pil Flag of Spain.svg David Barral Flag of Spain.svg Sisinio Flag of Brazil.svg Nathan Júnior
    Flag of Costa Rica.svg Danny Carvajal
    Ventforet Kofu Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Flag of Brazil.svg Éder Lima Flag of Brazil.svg Ferrugem Flag of Brazil.svg Junior Barros Flag of South Korea.svg Byeon Jun-byum Flag of Brazil.svg Dinei
    Flag of Brazil.svg Lins
    Tokyo Verdy Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Pinheiro Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Yong-jik Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Martínez
    Yokohama FC Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Meneghel Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Domingues Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Laajab Flag of South Korea.svg Bae Seung-jin Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Chung-geun
    Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Brazil.svg Allan Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo Maranhão

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
    1 Matsumoto Yamaga (C, P)42211475434+2077Promotion to 2019 J1 League
    2 Oita Trinita (P)42237127651+2576
    3 Yokohama FC 42211386344+1976Qualification to promotion play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
    4 Machida Zelvia 42211386244+1876
    5 Omiya Ardija 42218136548+1771Qualification to promotion play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
    6 Tokyo Verdy 42191495641+1571
    7 Avispa Fukuoka 421913105842+1670
    8 Renofa Yamaguchi 421613136364161
    9 Ventforet Kofu 421611155646+1059
    10 Mito HollyHock 42169174846+257
    11 Tokushima Vortis 42168184842+656
    12 Montedio Yamagata 421414144951256
    13 Zweigen Kanazawa 421413155248+455
    14 JEF United Chiba 42167197272055
    15 Fagiano Okayama 421411173943453
    16 Albirex Niigata 42158194856853
    17 Tochigi SC 4213111838481050
    18 Ehime FC 4212121834521848
    19 Kyoto Sanga 421272340581843
    20 FC Gifu 421192244621842
    21 Roasso Kumamoto (R)42972650792934Relegation to 2019 J3 League [lower-alpha 2]
    22 Kamatamare Sanuki (R)427102528724431
    Source: 2018 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE League table
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
    (C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
    Notes:
    1. 1 2 Only teams that meet J1 license criteria can participate in promotion play-offs. 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. Direct exchange between J2 and J3 is subject to eligibility of J2-licensed teams in top 2 of 2018 J3 League.

    Results

    Home \ Away ALB ARD AVI EHI FAG GIF HOL JEF KAM MON REN ROS SAN TOC TRI VEN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL ZWE
    Albirex Niigata 0–10–30–10–15–01–11–22–10–00–22–31–10–31–21–51–21–01–10–12–02–1
    Omiya Ardija 2–12–11–11–10–22–10–12–22–14–42–11–21–01–02–12–00–11–24–01–01–1
    Avispa Fukuoka 0–23–12–01–12–02–03–13–12–12–01–02–22–11–00–20–01–00–10–02–22–2
    Ehime FC 0–02–31–52–01–30–11–00–00–22–01–21–21–11–00–02–21–01–10–20–21–2
    Fagiano Okayama 1–20–12–20–10–00–10–23–02–20–13–12–23–01–01–00–12–10–00–01–03–3
    FC Gifu 2–10–10–01–22–14–02–02–30–12–20–22–31–10–23–41–10–02–00–10–10–1
    Mito HollyHock 0–10–21–24–13–01–11–05–03–03–03–21–20–01–20–12–00–11–10–00–11–0
    JEF United Chiba 1–21–33–32–11–02–30–06–12–12–23–12–00–02–42–12–32–02–30–13–23–4
    Kamatamare Sanuki 0–10–21–11–10–11–01–22–11–10–01–00–21–21–20–33–10–40–11–21–10–2
    Montedio Yamagata 1–21–12–21–11–02–00–12–12–00–12–11–13–31–12–10–11–03–22–32–22–1
    Renofa Yamaguchi 1–22–10–11–01–04–12–20–41–00–14–11–21–01–30–14–32–22–20–30–12–2
    Roasso Kumamoto 3–12–10–13–00–01–22–11–31–11–22–20–40–11–31–40–02–11–33–52–30–1
    Kyoto Sanga 0–30–21–00–10–12–10–10–31–11–01–21–20–20–11–10–10–10–21–00–20–0
    Tochigi SC 2–10–11–01–30–14–11–20–11–01–02–51–03–12–40–12–21–10–10–00–01–1
    Oita Trinita 4–01–21–00–14–12–13–14–05–02–22–22–02–10–02–40–00–11–01–14–32–1
    Ventforet Kofu 0–01–01–20–12–01–31–11–11–01–21–13–21–12–16–20–00–10–10–10–21–3
    Tokyo Verdy 4–32–11–10–00–10–03–02–11–00–03–12–23–13–00–00–12–12–12–11–40–1
    Tokushima Vortis 0–02–13–12–00–12–11–04–10–15–11–21–01–04–13–00–10–41–10–11–20–3
    Matsumoto Yamaga 2–03–21–00–01–10–02–04–21–11–00–02–01–01–01–40–01–01–01–30–15–0
    Yokohama FC 0–32–23–02–13–02–02–34–23–13–11–01–11–20–01–13–32–21–00–02–30–4
    Machida Zelvia 0–03–22–12–11–31–00–03–33–00–01–22–22–10–13–20–01–11–12–11–01–0
    Zweigen Kanazawa 2–31–10–10–00–12–03–13–10–11–02–20–01–32–00–11–20–10–00–20–01–1
    Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2018. Source: J.League Data
    Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Promotion–Relegation Playoffs

    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-Final2nd Semi-FinalFinal
                    
      1 Júbilo Iwata 2 
      2 Yokohama FC 0  J2 (6) Tokyo Verdy 0 
     3 Omiya Ardija 0  J2 (6) Tokyo Verdy 1 
     4 Tokyo Verdy 1 

    First Semi-Final


    Omiya Ardija 0–1 Tokyo Verdy
    Taira Soccerball shade.svg 71'
    NACK5 Stadium Omiya, Saitama
    Attendance: 11,858
    Referee: Hiroyoshi Takayama

    Second Semi-Final


    Yokohama FC 0–1 Tokyo Verdy
    Douglas Vieira Soccerball shade.svg 90+7'
    Mitsuzawa Stadium, Yokohama
    Attendance: 12,625
    Referee: Hajime Matsuo

    Final

    Júbilo Iwata 2–0 Tokyo Verdy
    K. Ogawa Soccerball shade.svg 41' (pen.)
    Taguchi Soccerball shade.svg 80'
    Report
    Yamaha Stadium, Iwata
    Attendance: 14,588

    Top scorers

    As of matches played 17 November 2018. [6]
    RankPlayerClubGoals
    1
    Flag of Japan.svg Genki Omae Omiya Ardija
    24
    2
    Flag of Japan.svg Ado Onaiwu Renofa Yamaguchi
    22
    3
    Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Funayama JEF United Chiba
    19
    4
    Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Yokohama FC
    17
    5
    Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Vieira Tokyo Verdy
    13
    6
    Flag of Japan.svg Masashi Oguro Tochigi SC
    12
    Flag of Japan.svg Seigo Kobayashi Renofa Yamaguchi
    Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Nakashima Machida Zelvia
    Flag of Brazil.svg Mateus Omiya Ardija
    Flag of Japan.svg Kenji Baba Oita Trinita
    Flag of Japan.svg Noriaki Fujimoto

    Attendances

    PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
    1 Albirex Niigata 313,08022,4658,61414,913−32.3%
    2 Matsumoto Yamaga 278,94819,0669,49013,283−21.0%
    3 JEF United Chiba 207,02512,4406,1529,858−1.3%
    4 Omiya Ardija 193,71112,4006,5069,224−19.5%
    5 Oita Trinita 187,05215,1254,8808,907+10.5%
    6 Avispa Fukuoka 186,32315,3316,6848,873−7.1%
    7 Fagiano Okayama 180,58613,8515,0348,599−9.2%
    8 Ventforet Kofu 155,05410,1923,1307,384−31.9%
    9 FC Gifu 144,01112,0453,8196,858−1.7%
    10 Montedio Yamagata 142,09413,6094,6756,766+2.8%
    11 Yokohama FC 128,95910,9783,0516,141+2.9%
    12 Renofa Yamaguchi 128,57912,9273,1336,123+12.3%
    13 Tokyo Verdy 124,65410,5293,0485,936−4.4%
    14 Kyoto Sanga 118,9319,0362,6245,663−16.1%
    15 Tochigi SC 118,80511,5623,2035,657+9.9%
    16 Roasso Kumamoto 110,64310,2263,2065,269−19.6%
    17 Tokushima Vortis 104,9418,7532,9744,997+0.4%
    18 Mito HollyHock 103,6987,8582,7364,938+0.1%
    19 Machida Zelvia 103,21510,0132,4144,915+21.2%
    20 Zweigen Kanazawa 95,0939,6452,1084,528+3.0%
    21 Ehime FC 66,3825,3192,1963,161−18.2%
    22 Kamatamare Sanuki 64,5325,6681,5103,073−19.2%
    League total3,256,41622,4651,5107,049+1.1%

    Updated to games played on 17 November 2018
    Source: J. League Data
    Notes:
    Relegated from J1. Promoted from J3.

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