2018 J3 League

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Meiji Yasuda J3 League
Season2018
Champions FC Ryukyu (1st title)
PromotedFC Ryukyu
Kagoshima United FC
Matches played272
Goals scored722 (2.65 per match)
Top goalscorer Leonardo
(Gainare Tottori),
24 goals
Highest attendance12,812 [1]
Kitakyushu 1–0 Nagano
(25 August 2018)
Lowest attendance508 [1]
Fujieda 1-2 Kitakyushu
(21 March 2018)
Average attendance2,384
2017
2019

The 2018 J3 League (referred to as the 2018 Meiji Yasuda J3 League (2018 明治安田生命J3リーグ) for sponsorship reasons) was the 5th season of J3 League under its current name.

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Clubs

2017 J3 League 2nd placed Tochigi SC gained promotion to J2 League after another runners-up season; this time, unlike 2016, it was enough to clinch direct promotion. Defending champions are Blaublitz Akita, which became the first club not to gain promotion after winning the championship since J3's inception. Thespakusatsu Gunma was the new entry for the league: it was their first third division season since 2004, when they were promoted to J2 from JFL.

No promotion from Japan Football League came this time. This was another first for the J3 League since its inception.

ClubLocationVenueCapacity
Azul Claro Numazu Numazu Ashitaka Stadium 10,000
Blaublitz Akita Akita Akigin Stadium 4,992
Fukushima United FC Fukushima Toho Stadium 21,000
Gainare Tottori Tottori Bird Stadium 16,033
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu Kitakyushu Stadium 15,066
Grulla Morioka Morioka Iwagin Stadium 4,946
Kagoshima United FC Kagoshima Kamoike Stadium 19,934
Kataller Toyama Toyama Toyama Athletic Stadium 25,251
Fujieda MYFC Fujieda Fujieda Soccer Field 13,000
Nagano Parceiro Nagano Nagano U Stadium 15,491
FC Ryukyu Okinawa Okinawa Athletic Stadium 25,000
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara Gion Stadium 15,300
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma 15,253
FC Tokyo U-23 Tokyo Ajinomoto Field Nishigaoka 7,137
YSCC Yokohama Yokohama Mitsuzawa Stadium 15,454
Cerezo Osaka U-23 Osaka & Sakai, Osaka Kincho Stadium 19,904
Gamba Osaka U-23 North cities in Osaka Panasonic Stadium Suita

Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium

39,694

21,000

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Azul Claro Numazu Flag of Japan.svg Ken Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Sugai Puma
Blaublitz Akita Flag of Japan.svg Koichi Sugiyama Flag of Japan.svg Naoyuki Yamada ATHLETA
Cerezo Osaka U-23 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Okuma none Puma
Fukushima United Flag of Japan.svg Kazuaki Tasaka Flag of Japan.svg Takumi Watanabe hummel
Gainare Tottori Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Sudo Flag of Brazil.svg Fernandinho hummel
Gamba Osaka U-23 Flag of Japan.svg Tsuneyasu Miyamoto none Umbro
Giravanz Kitakyushu Hitoshi Morishita Flag of Japan.svg Ryu Kawakami bonera
Grulla Morioka Flag of Japan.svg Toshimi Kikuchi Flag of Japan.svg Kohei Doi Under Armour
Kagoshima United Flag of Japan.svg Yasutoshi Miura Flag of Japan.svg Akira Akao Puma
Kataller Toyama Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Adachi Flag of Japan.svg Junya Imase Goldwin
Fujieda MYFC Flag of Japan.svg Atsuto Oishi Flag of Japan.svg Daiki Asada gol.
Nagano Parceiro Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Sakakura Flag of Japan.svg Tomokazu Myojin Penalty
FC Ryukyu Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Jong-song Flag of North Korea.svg Park Iru-gyu sfida
SC Sagamihara Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Nishigaya Flag of Japan.svg Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi gol.
Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Japan.svg Keiichiro Nuno Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuya Funatsu Finta
FC Tokyo U-23 Flag of Japan.svg Takayoshi Amma none Umbro
YSCC Yokohama Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhiro Higuchi Flag of Japan.svg Norimasa Nakanishi SVOLME

    Managerial changes

    TeamOutgoing managerDate of vacancyIncoming managerDate of
    appointment
    Kataller Toyama Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuro Uki 9 May 2018 [2] Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Adachi 9 May 2018 [3]
    Gainare Tottori Flag of Japan.svg Ryuzo Morioka 4 June 2018 [4] Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Sudo 4 June 2018
    Nagano Parceiro Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuya Asano 12 June 2018 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Sakakura 12 June 2018
    Giravanz Kitakyushu Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Morishita 17 June 2018 [5] Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuji Hashiratani 20 June 2018 [6]
    Blaublitz Akita Flag of Japan.svg Koichi Sugiyama 11 July 2018 Flag of Japan.svg Shuichi Mase 11 July 2018 [7]
    Gamba Osaka U-23 Flag of Japan.svg Tsuneyasu Miyamoto 23 July 2018 Flag of Japan.svg Noritada Saneyoshi 23 July 2018 [8]
    Fujieda MYFC Flag of Japan.svg Atsuto Oishi 24 July 2018 [9] Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ishizaki 27 July 2018 [10]

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion
    1 FC Ryukyu (C, P)3220667040+3066Promotion to 2019 J2 League [lower-alpha 1]
    2 Kagoshima United (P)3216974635+1157
    3 Gainare Tottori 3215896147+1453
    4 Azul Claro Numazu 32141084029+1152
    5 Thespakusatsu Gunma 32157103735+252
    6 Gamba Osaka U-23 32138115343+1047
    7 Cerezo Osaka U-23 32137124736+1146
    8 Blaublitz Akita 32127133735+243
    9 SC Sagamihara 321261442531142
    10 Nagano Parceiro 321011113937+241
    11 Kataller Toyama 32125154150941
    12 Fukushima United 32913103643740
    13 Grulla Morioka 321241641561540
    14 FC Tokyo U-23 32106163845736
    15 YSCC Yokohama 32810144048834
    16 Fujieda MYFC 321041832481634
    17 Giravanz Kitakyushu 32691722422027
    Source: 2018 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE League table
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4th) head-to-head results; 5th) disciplinary points; 6th) draw
    (C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
    Notes:
    1. Only teams that hold a J2 license are eligible for promotion.

    Results table

    Home \ Away AZU BLA C23 FUK GAI G23 GIR GRU KGU KAT MYF PAR RYU SGM SPA T23 YSC
    Azul Claro Numazu 2–01–10–01–01–21–01–00–02–02–12–31–40–02–02–01–0
    Blaublitz Akita 1–01–40–12–21–01–12–11–12–24–01–20–11–20–10–02–0
    Cerezo Osaka U-23 0–00–11–10–41–11–11–21–20–11–22–06–02–10–22–02–0
    Fukushima United 1–10–21–03–44–32–20–00–01–02–01–12–12–22–10–20–1
    Gainare Tottori 2–22–01–42–11–01–11–05–12–32–11–01–37–01–24–21–4
    Gamba Osaka U-23 3–02–10–21–12–02–13–20–01–11–61–12–02–14–02–43–0
    Giravanz Kitakyushu 0–20–21–20–03–00–42–10–02–11–11–01–20–40–10–02–3
    Grulla Morioka 0–32–12–12–23–32–12–01–42–10–43–01–40–31–10–23–2
    Kagoshima United 1–02–22–12–10–24–11–01–01–21–22–22–12–10–22–11–1
    Kataller Toyama 0–30–42–00–01–12–02–11–31–04–21–22–12–01–21–21–0
    Fujieda MYFC 0–10–11–21–20–02–11–22–10–20–01–00–12–11–01–12–1
    Nagano Parceiro 2–21–21–21–10–12–11–10–11–15–04–01–12–12–21–00–1
    FC Ryukyu 1–00–01–13–02–22–11–05–24–04–33–02–05–14–23–21–1
    SC Sagamihara 2–10–12–11–12–42–31–01–01–01–01–02–22–50–11–01–0
    Thespakusatsu Gunma 2–21–01–03–31–01–00–11–00–20–12–10–10–21–14–12–2
    FC Tokyo U-23 0–31–01–32–30–02–20–12–02–33–02–10–11–13–01–21–0
    YSCC Yokohama 2–23–11–13–01–20–02–30–00–41–21–30–13–22–20–03–1
    Updated to match(es) played on 2 December 2018. Source: J. League Data Site
    Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Top scorers

    As of matches played 2 December 2018. [11]
    RankPlayerClubGoals
    1
    Flag of Brazil.svg Leonardo Gainare Tottori
    24
    2
    Flag of Brazil.svg João Gabriel SC Sagamihara
    17
    3
    Flag of Japan.svg Kazaki Nakagawa FC Ryukyu
    16
    Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Togashi
    5
    Flag of Japan.svg Kaito Taniguchi Grulla Morioka
    15
    6
    Flag of Japan.svg Rei Yonezawa Cerezo Osaka U-23
    12
    7
    Flag of Japan.svg Koki Oshima Thespakusatsu Gunma
    10
    Flag of Japan.svg Yu Tomidokoro FC Ryukyu
    9
    Flag of Brazil.svg Fernandinho Gainare Tottori
    9
    Flag of Japan.svg Kiichi Yajima FC Tokyo U-23
    11
    Flag of Japan.svg Hayate Take Fukushima United FC
    8
    Flag of Japan.svg Junki Hata Azul Claro Numazu
    Flag of Japan.svg Kazunari Ichimi Gamba Osaka U-23

    Attendances

    PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
    1 Giravanz Kitakyushu 72,01412,8122,3204,501−24.2%
    2 Kagoshima United FC 64,64210,9161,7034,040+15.2%
    3 Nagano Parceiro 56,8697,0822,6793,554−16.5%
    4 SC Sagamihara 55,33112,6121,6023,458−5.4%
    5 Thespakusatsu Gunma 53,5314,7001,6043,346−12.7%
    6 FC Ryukyu 50,3307,8108863,146+25.4%
    7 Azul Claro Numazu 45,7165,6871,2712,857−5.7%
    8 Blaublitz Akita 45,42011,8028312,839+20.1%
    9 Kataller Toyama 42,7184,1241,6022,670−15.5%
    10 Gainare Tottori 42,5194,8171,3022,657+70.4%
    11 FC Tokyo U-23 27,5642,5639341,723−10.9%
    12 Fukushima United FC 25,2143,1996711,576+6.1%
    13 Gamba Osaka U-23 22,1073,7535681,382+12.7%
    14 Fujieda MYFC 20,3602,5925081,273−12.1%
    15 Grulla Morioka 19,4613,1155151,216−9.1%
    16 Cerezo Osaka U-23 17,7844,5515091,112+22.3%
    17 YSCC Yokohama 16,0771,5095461,005+5.7%
    League total677,65712,8125082,491−4.7%

    Updated to games played on 2 December 2018
    Source: J. League Data
    Notes:
    Relegated from J2.

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