2018 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2018
Champions Honda FC
8th JFL title
4th D4 title
Promoted Vanraure Hachinohe
Relegated Cobaltore Onagawa
Matches played240
Goals scored674 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorer Shogo Omachi
Honda FC (18 goals)
Highest attendance5,241
FC Imabari v Honda Lock SC (18 November)
Lowest attendance111
ReinMeer Aomori v Honda Lock SC (14 July)
Average attendance907
2017
2019

The 2018 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第20回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Nijikkai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the fifth season of the fourth tier in Japanese football, and the 20th season since the establishment of Japan Football League. The season ran from 11 March to 18 November 2018. [1]

Contents

Clubs

Sixteen clubs participated in this season of Japan Football League. The list was announced on 15 January 2018. [2]

Club NameHome TownPositionNotes
Cobaltore Onagawa Onagawa, Miyagi RPS 1stPromoted from TSL after 1st place in 41st Regional Promotion Series
FC Imabari Imabari, Ehime 6th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
FC Osaka All cities/towns in Osaka 4th
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 1stDefending champions of 2017
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki 8th
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi 9th
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga 13th
Nara Club All cities/towns in Nara [lower-alpha 1] 7th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
ReinMeer Aomori Aomori, Aomori 2nd
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki 10th
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi 3rd
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Miyazaki RPS 2ndPromoted from KSL after 2nd place in 41st Regional Promotion Series
Tokyo Musashino City Musashino, Tokyo 11th J.League 100 Year Plan club status
Vanraure Hachinohe Eastern cities/towns in Aomori [lower-alpha 2] 5th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
Veertien Mie All cities/towns in Mie [lower-alpha 3] 12th
Verspah Oita Yufu & Ōita, Ōita 14th

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Cobaltore Onagawa Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Murata Flag of Japan.svg Seiya Narita Mizuno
FC Imabari Flag of Japan.svg Hirofumi Yoshitake Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Kanai Adidas
FC Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Haruo Wada Flag of Japan.svg Tomoyuki Iwamoto New Balance
Honda FC Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyasu Ibata Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Suzuki Umbro
Honda Lock Flag of Japan.svg Kenji Taniguchi Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Oyama Kappa
Maruyasu Okazaki Flag of Japan.svg Ryuji Kitamura Flag of Japan.svg Keita Sugimoto Penalty
MIO Biwako Shiga Flag of Japan.svg Masafumi Nakaguchi vacant Nike
Nara Club Flag of Japan.svg Norihiro Satsukawa Flag of Japan.svg Shinichi Mukai SQUADRA
ReinMeer Aomori Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Mochizuki Flag of Japan.svg Kanta Takahashi Umbro
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons Flag of Japan.svg Shunichi Nakajima vacant Adidas
Sony Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Honda Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Akimoto Umbro
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ishizaki Flag of Japan.svg Hideo Tanaka Penalty
Tokyo Musashino City Flag of Japan.svg Kim Jong-song Flag of Japan.svg Koji Ishihara Yonex
Vanraure Hachinohe Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Kuzuno Flag of Japan.svg Takafumi Sudo ATHLETA
Veertien Mie Flag of Japan.svg Eishi Kaizu Flag of Japan.svg Katsuhisa Inamori Mizuno
Verspah Oita Flag of Japan.svg Shigemitsu Sudo Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Nakamura WARRIX

    Change in rules

    This season was the last to use the two-stage format, similar to the one J.League had in its early years and used in 2015 and 2016. Two single round-robin stages were held, and winners of each stage determined the champion in the post-season home and away championship playoffs. After five seasons, the JFL reverted to a one-stage double round-robin starting in 2019. [3]

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
    1 Honda FC (C)3025417625+5179
    2 FC Osaka 3018395434+2057
    3 Vanraure Hachinohe (P)3016864321+2256Promotion to 2019 J3 League [lower-alpha 1]
    4 Sony Sendai 30164106743+2452
    5 FC Imabari 3014796332+3149
    6 Tokyo Musashino City 3014794936+1349
    7 MIO Biwako Shiga 30137103835+346
    8 Nara Club 30126123332+142
    9 Verspah Oita 30116132938939
    10 ReinMeer Aomori 301071338481037
    11 Veertien Mie 30981340521235
    12 Tegevajaro Miyazaki 30951643601732
    13 Maruyasu Okazaki 30871533461331
    14 Honda Lock 306111329522329
    15 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons 30471920503019
    16 Cobaltore Onagawa (R)30452118654717Relegation to 2019 Regional Leagues
    Source: JFL website (in Japanese)
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Disciplinary points; 6) Draw
    (C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
    Notes:
    1. To qualify for promotion, a club must hold a 100 Year Plan status, obtain J3 license (marked in bold in the table), and finish both in the top 4 of the JFL, and either 1st or 2nd among the promotion-eligible clubs.

    Top scorers

    As of match played 18 November 2018. [4]
    RankPlayerClubGoals
    1
    Flag of Japan.svg Shogo Omachi Honda FC
    18
    2
    Flag of Japan.svg Koji Ishihara Tokyo Musashino City FC
    17
    3
    Flag of Japan.svg Shogo Fujimaki Veertien Mie
    16
    Flag of Japan.svg Motoki Fujiwara Sony Sendai FC
    5
    Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Sakamoto MIO Biwako Shiga
    15
    Flag of Japan.svg Jun Arima FC Imabari
    7
    Flag of Japan.svg Shota Suzuki Sony Sendai FC
    14
    Flag of Japan.svg Ryōta Kuwajima FC Imabari
    9
    Flag of Japan.svg Sachio Hamada ReinMeer Aomori FC
    13
    10
    Flag of Japan.svg Shoma Mizunaga Tegevajaro Miyazaki
    12

    Attendances

    PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
    1 FC Imabari 46,2194,8052,0063,081+41.3%
    2 Vanraure Hachinohe 33,1144,0751,1072,208+4.8%
    3 Nara Club 26,9252,4439941,795+24.0%
    4 Veertien Mie 12,7321,263594849+7.2%
    5 Tokyo Musashino City FC 12,6571,413495844+19.5%
    6 Honda FC 12,2881,753489819−4.9%
    7 FC Osaka 11,8231,923241788+32.0%
    8 Verspah Oita 8,7341,414236582+43.0%
    9 Cobaltore Onagawa 8,0561,313207537n/a
    10 ReinMeer Aomori 7,6961,337111513−28.8%
    11 MIO Biwako Shiga 7,6741,526182512−21.4%
    12 Sony Sendai FC 7,0141,006190468+32.6%
    13Dragons Ryugasaki6,903727161460+48.4%
    14 Tegevajaro Miyazaki 6,052831203403n/a
    15 FC Maruyasu Okazaki 5,343658208356−9.6%
    16 Honda Lock SC 4,581626160305−7.3%
    League total217,7214,805111907+13.8%

    Updated to games played on 18 November 2018
    Source: JFL

    Promotion from Regional Leagues

    Matsue City FC and Suzuka Unlimited

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    References

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