2019 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2019
Champions Honda FC
9th JFL title [1]
Promoted FC Imabari [2] [3]
Relegated Ryutsu Keizai Dragons
Matches played240
Goals scored623 (2.6 per match)
2018
2020

The 2019 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第21回日本フットボールリーグ(第21回 JFL 2019), Hepburn: Dai Nijūikkai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu (Dai Nijūikkai JFL 2019)) is the seventh season of the fourth tier in Japanese football, and the 21st season since the establishment of Japan Football League.

Contents

Starting from this season, the league reverted to a one-stage double round-robin again.

2019 season Clubs

Sixteen clubs will feature in this season of Japan Football League. There were some changes: Vanraure Hachinohe won promotion to pro football in 2018, while Cobaltore Onagawa was relegated. There are two new clubs in the JFL, debuting in this category: Matsue City FC won the Regional Promotion Series, while Suzuka Unlimited FC came second in the final phase. [4]

Club NameHome TownPositionNotes
FC Imabari Imabari, Ehime 5th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
FC Osaka Higashiōsaka, Osaka 2nd
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 1stDefending champions of 2018
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki 14th
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi 13th
Matsue City FC Matsue, Shimane RPS 1stPromoted from CSL after 1st place in 42nd Regional Promotion Series
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga 7th
Nara Club All cities/towns in Nara [lower-alpha 1] 8th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
ReinMeer Aomori Aomori, Aomori 10th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki 15th
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi 4th
Suzuka Unlimited FC Suzuka, Mie RPS 2ndPromoted from TASL after 2nd place in 42nd Regional Promotion Series
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Miyazaki & Shintomi, Miyazaki 12th J.League 100 Year Plan club status
Tokyo Musashino City Musashino, Tokyo 6th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
Veertien Mie All cities/towns in Mie [lower-alpha 2] 11th
Verspah Oita Yufu & Ōita, Ōita 9th

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
FC Imabari Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Ono Flag of Japan.svg TBA Adidas
FC Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Haruo Wada Flag of Japan.svg Tomoyuki Iwamoto bonera
Honda FC Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyasu Ibata Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Suzuki Umbro
Honda Lock Flag of Japan.svg Shinya Shirakawa Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Oyama Kappa
Maruyasu Okazaki Flag of Japan.svg Ryuji Kitamura Flag of Japan.svg Keita Sugimoto ATHLETA
Matsue City FC Flag of Japan.svg Koji Tanaka Flag of Japan.svg Yuzuru TabiraGAViC
MIO Biwako Shiga Flag of Japan.svg Masafumi Nakaguchi TBAJOGARBOLA
Nara Club Flag of Japan.svg Koichi Sugiyama 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 Yuji NakanoTBC Adidas
Sony Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Honda Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Ogihara Umbro
Suzuka Unlimited FC Flag of Spain.svg Milagros Martínez Domínguez Flag of Japan.svg Toshihiro Horikawa ATHLETA
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Flag of Japan.svg Keiji KuraishiTBA Penalty
Tokyo Musashino City Flag of Japan.svg Hisayuki Ikegami Flag of Japan.svg Koji Ishihara Yonex
Veertien Mie Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ueno Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Nishimura Mizuno
Verspah Oita Flag of Japan.svg Shigemitsu Sudo Flag of Japan.svg Kosuke Fukumoto LINES
  1. centering on Nara
  2. centering on Kuwana & Yokkaichi

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion
1 Honda FC (C)3019655930+2963
2 Sony Sendai 3016776034+2655
3 FC Imabari (P)30131254126+1551Promotion to 2020 J3 League [lower-alpha 1]
4 Tokyo Musashino City 3013984439+548
5 Tegevajaro Miyazaki 30118113734+341
6 Honda Lock 30101194139+241
7 Verspah Oita 301010104236+640
8 FC Osaka 301010103332+140
9 MIO Biwako Shiga 301171227401340
10 Veertien Mie 30109113834+439
11 Maruyasu Okazaki 30911103030038
12 Suzuka Unlimited FC 3099124347436
13 ReinMeer Aomori 3099124044436
14 Nara Club 30810122732534
15 Matsue City FC 305101526512525
16 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons (R)30561935754021Relegation to 2020 Regional Leagues
Source: JFL website (in Japanese)
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; (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 March 25th, 2020. [5]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1
Flag of Brazil.svg Efrain Rintaro Suzuka Unlimited
18
2
Flag of Japan.svg Tsubasa Ando Honda Lock SC
16
3
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Sakamoto MIO Biwako Shiga
14
4
Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Uchino Sony Sendai FC
12
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Bandai ReinMeer Aomori
6
Flag of Japan.svg Masahiko Sugita Sony Sendai FC
11
Flag of Japan.svg Jin Shioya Veertien Mie
8
Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Mizutani Tokyo Musashino City FC
10
9
Flag of Japan.svg Daiya Tono Honda FC
9
Flag of Japan.svg Koji Ishihara Tokyo Musashino City FC
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroto Miyauchi Matsue City FC

Promotion from Regional Leagues

Iwaki FC and Kochi United SC won the promotion after coming in the Top 2 of the Final Round of the 2019 Regional Promotion Series.

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1FC Imabari      46,5123,9811,6943,101+0.6%
2Nara Club        30,3085,1025132,021+12.6%
3Tokyo Musashino  26,8665,2845041,791+112.2%
4FC Osaka        16,4742,6851571,098+39.3%
5Veertien Mie15,6064,0144921,040+22.5%
6Tegevajaro Miyazzaki13,6241,976514908+125.3%
7Honda FC12,6411,612616843+2.9%
8Matsue City FC10,4821,544360699n/a
9Suzuka Unlimited8,3011,308312553n/a
10MIO Biwako Shiga8,2921,523206553+8.0%
11Verspah Oita7,5491,148253503−13.6%
12Sony Sendai FC6,629709253442−5.6%
13Reinmeer6,575630217438−14.6%
14FC Maruyasu Okazaki5,797632207387+8.7%
15Honda Lock SC5,169837168345+13.1%
16Dragons Ryugasaki4,638512155309−32.8%
League total225,4635,284155939+3.5%

Updated to games played on 01/12/2019
Source: JFL

Notes

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