|Champions||FC Ryukyu (1st title)|
|Promoted||FC Ryukyu |
Kagoshima United FC
|Goals scored||722 (2.65 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Leonardo |
|Highest attendance||12,812 |
Kitakyushu 1–0 Nagano
(25 August 2018)
|Lowest attendance||508 |
Fujieda 1-2 Kitakyushu
(21 March 2018)
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.
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.
|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||39,694 |
|Azul Claro Numazu||Puma|
|Cerezo Osaka U-23||none||Puma|
|Gamba Osaka U-23||none||Umbro|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Hitoshi Morishita||bonera|
|Grulla Morioka||Under Armour|
|FC Tokyo U-23||none||Umbro|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of|
|Kataller Toyama||9 May 2018||9 May 2018|
|Gainare Tottori||4 June 2018||4 June 2018|
|Nagano Parceiro||12 June 2018||12 June 2018|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||17 June 2018||20 June 2018|
|Blaublitz Akita||11 July 2018||11 July 2018|
|Gamba Osaka U-23||23 July 2018||23 July 2018|
|Fujieda MYFC||24 July 2018||27 July 2018|
|1||FC Ryukyu (C, P)||32||20||6||6||70||40||+30||66||Promotion to 2019 J2 League|
|2||Kagoshima United (P)||32||16||9||7||46||35||+11||57|
|4||Azul Claro Numazu||32||14||10||8||40||29||+11||52|
|6||Gamba Osaka U-23||32||13||8||11||53||43||+10||47|
|7||Cerezo Osaka U-23||32||13||7||12||47||36||+11||46|
|14||FC Tokyo U-23||32||10||6||16||38||45||−7||36|
|Cerezo Osaka U-23|
|FC Tokyo U-23|
|Fukushima United FC|
|Azul Claro Numazu|
|Gamba Osaka U-23|
|2||Kagoshima United FC||64,642||10,916||1,703||4,040||+15.2%|
|7||Azul Claro Numazu||45,716||5,687||1,271||2,857||−5.7%|
|11||FC Tokyo U-23||27,564||2,563||934||1,723||−10.9%|
|12||Fukushima United FC||25,214||3,199||671||1,576||+6.1%|
|13||Gamba Osaka U-23||22,107||3,753||568||1,382||+12.7%|
|16||Cerezo Osaka U-23||17,784||4,551||509||1,112||+22.3%|
Updated to games played on 2 December 2018
Source: J. League Data
† Relegated from J2.
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