2019 J.League Cup

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2019 J.League YBC Levain Cup
2019 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ
CountryFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Dates6 March – 26 October
Teams20
Champions Kawasaki Frontale
Runners-up Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
2018
2020

2019 J. League Cup is the 27th J.League Cup, which began on 6 March 2019.

Contents

The official title is 2019 J.League YBC Levain Cup (2019 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ) due to the sponsorship of Yamazaki Baking. The winners would have earned the right to play against the winners of the 2019 Copa Sudamericana in the 2020 J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship, but it would not held due to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held at the same time. [1]

Format

J.League announced the schedule and the matchdays up to the semifinals on December 14, 2018, [2] and full fixture of the matches including the final (on October 26, at Saitama Stadium 2002) on 23 January, 2019. [3]

All 18 teams playing in the 2019 J1 League will participate. In addition, depending on the result of the 2019 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs, one or two teams from 2019 J2 League with the best performance in the previous season (i.e., Kashiwa Reysol and V-Varen Nagasaki, the 17th- and 18th-placed teams in 2018 J1 League, respectively) may participate.

Group stage

Participants of 2019 AFC Champions League group stage (ACL) receive byes for the group stage and the play-off stage.

As a result, 16 teams will play the group stage. 16 teams are divided into four groups of four teams by the performance of 2018 J1 League and 2018 J2 League (parenthesized below).

Each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. Each match will be played for 90 minutes (without extra time).

Group stage tiebreakers

In the group stage, teams in a group are ranked by points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If the points are tied, the following tiebreakers are applied:

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams are tied, and applying all head-to-head criteria above remains a part of teams still tied, reapply the criteria above only for the tied teams.
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  9. Fewer disciplinary points;
  10. Drawing of lots.

In case of ranking third-placed teams across the groups, the following criteria is used:

  1. Points;
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Fewer disciplinary points;
  5. Drawing of lots.

Play-off stage

The number of play-off stage participants depends on the number of teams advanced to ACL group stage.

The play-off stage is played as two-legged ties of two teams each. The away goals rule, an extra time (away goals rule is not applied for the scores in the extra time), and a penalty shoot-out are used if needed.

Prime stage (Knockout stage)

The prime stage (knockout stage) is played by 8 teams who advanced to ACL group stage and won the play-off stage.

The quarterfinals and the semifinals are played as two-legged ties (same as the play-off stage). The final is a single game.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used during the knockout stage. [4]

Schedule

The schedule, except for the final, was announced on 14 December 2018. [2] All matches of the group stage and the play-off stage will be played on Wednesdays.

StageRound1st leg2nd leg
Group stageMD16 March
MD213 March
MD310 April
MD424 April
MD58 May
MD622 May
Play-off stage19 June26 June
Prime stage
Quarterfinals4 September8 September
Semifinals9 October13 October
Final26 October 2019 (Saitama Stadium 2002)

Group stage

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts CON VVN FMA BEL
1 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 62311311+290–00–44–1
2 V-Varen Nagasaki 6222101118 [lower-alpha 1] 3–63–12–1
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 622298+18 [lower-alpha 1] 1–12–21–0
4 Shonan Bellmare 621379272–21–02–0
Source: League table, Match results
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head points: V-Varen Nagasaki 4, Yokohama F. Marinos 1.

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts VEG TOK SAG REY
1 Vegalta Sendai 633095+4122–11–12–1
2 F.C. Tokyo 631264+2100–0 [lower-alpha 1] 1–0 [lower-alpha 1] 2–0 [lower-alpha 1]
3 Sagan Tosu 61233635 [lower-alpha 2] 1–30–10–0
4 Kashiwa Reysol 61234735 [lower-alpha 2] 1–12–10–1
Source: League table, Match results
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 F.C. Tokyo played their home matches on Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium (10 April: vs. Tosu, 8 May: vs. Sendai) and NACK5 Stadium Omiya (24 April, vs. Kashiwa) instead of their regular home stadium Ajinomoto Stadium, since Ajinomoto Stadium was in preparation for 2019 Rugby World Cup on weekdays. [6]
  2. 1 2 Head-to-head points: Sagan Tosu 4, Kashiwa Reysol 1.

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts CER GRA TRI VIS
1 Cerezo Osaka 632194+5113–02–01–0
2 Nagoya Grampus 62311111092–22–12–2
3 Oita Trinita 6213710372–12–22–1
4 Vissel Kobe 612368250–01–32–0

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts GAM JUB SSP YAM
1 Gamba Osaka 6321105+5114–13–12–1
2 Jubilo Iwata 630368291–00–21–0
3 Shimizu S-Pulse 622288081–11–02–2
4 Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. 612369350–01–32–1

Play-off stage

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Jubilo Iwata 2 - 4 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1 - 2 1 - 2
Nagoya Grampus 2 - 1 Vegalta Sendai 2 - 0 0 - 1
F.C. Tokyo 2 - 1 Cerezo Osaka 1 - 0 1 - 1
V-Varen Nagasaki 3 - 4 Gamba Osaka 1 - 4 2 - 0

Source: J. League Data Site

Prime stage (Knockout stage)

The draw for the prime stage was held on July 28 at Fuji TV Odaiba headquarters, Tokyo. [7] [8]

For each tie in the bracket (except the final), the team on top will play the second leg at home. [8]

 Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
               
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 213 
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 314 
  Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (a)112 
  Gamba Osaka 202 
F.C. Tokyo 022
  Gamba Osaka (a)112 
   Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 3 (4)
  Kawasaki Frontale 3 (5)
  Kashima Antlers 325 
Urawa Red Diamonds 224 
  Kashima Antlers 101
  Kawasaki Frontale 303 
Nagoya Grampus 022
  Kawasaki Frontale 224 

Quarter-finals

F.C. Tokyo played their home match on NACK5 Stadium Omiya instead of their regular home stadium Ajinomoto Stadium.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 4 – 3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 – 2 1 – 1
Gamba Osaka 2 – 2 (a) F.C. Tokyo 1 – 0 1 – 2
Urawa Red Diamonds 4 – 5 Kashima Antlers 2 – 3 2 – 2
Kawasaki Frontale 4 – 2 Nagoya Grampus 2 – 0 2 – 2

Source: J. League Data Site

Semi-finals

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Gamba Osaka 2–2 (a) Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 2–10–1
Kawasaki Frontale 3–1 Kashima Antlers 3–10–0
9 October 2019 (2019-10-09) Gamba Osaka 2–1 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Panasonic Stadium, Suita
19:03 Usami Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Kurata Soccerball shade.svg 90+5'
Report Kim Soccerball shade.svg 87'Attendance: 8,138
Referee: H. Kimura

9 October 2019 (2019-10-09) Kawasaki Frontale 3–1 Kashima Antlers Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium, Kawasaki
19:03 Morita Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Wakizaka Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Abe Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Report Shirasaki Soccerball shade.svg 10'Attendance: 18,412
Referee: Y. Nishimura


13 October 2019 (2019-10-13) Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1–0 Gamba Osaka Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
13:03 Suzuki Soccerball shade.svg 76' Report Attendance: 15,996
Referee: M. Iemoto

13 October 2019 (2019-10-13) Kashima Antlers 0–0 Kawasaki Frontale Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
19:03 Report Attendance: 19,127
Referee: M. Tōjō

Source: J. League Data Site

Final



Footnotes

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