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27 June - 20 December 2020
|Champions||Tokushima Vortis (1st title)|
|Relegated||none (for season 2020 only)|
|Goals scored||1,119 (2.42 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Peter Utaka |
|Biggest home win||6-0 F.C. Ryukyu v Ehime F.C. |
JEF United Chiba v Zweigen Kanazawa
|Biggest away win||1-6 Matsumoto Yamaga v F.C. Ryukyu|
|Highest scoring||3-5 Albirex Niigata v Zweigen Kanazawa|
|Longest winning run||12 Avispa Fukuoka|
|Longest unbeaten run||15 Avispa Fukuoka|
|Longest winless run||11 Renofa Yamaguchi|
|Longest losing run||7 Renofa Yamaguchi|
|Highest attendance||14,526 Júbilo Iwata v Montedio Yamagata|
|Lowest attendance||0 Due to Covid-19|
2021 →All statistics correct as of 20th December 2020.
The 2020 J2 League, also known as the 2020 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (Japanese: 2020 明治安田生命J2リーグ, Hepburn: 2020 Meiji Yasuda Seimei J2 Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, will be the 28th season of J2 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The league will start on 21 February 2020. For this season, the league was planned to have season break to avoid clash with 2020 Summer Olympics due to be starting from June to August, as the Olympics have been postponed to a year.
On February 25, all J.League matches until March 15 were postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.After that, it was announced that it would be postponed until March 29. On March 19, the J.League announced no relegation would take place for the 2020 season, with the J1 League expanding to 20 clubs for the 2021 season. On March 25, a further announcement declared that the league would be suspended from April 3 to May 6.
On April 3, a decision to start over the official game schedule, which aims to gradually resume J3 from April 25, J2 from May 2, and J1 from May 9. Note that, considering a new schedule in the future, but it will resume it at least one month later and later in the month.
On May 29, the J.LEAGUE announced to resume matches on June 27.On June 9, a further announcement about the schedule of the 2020 season. On June 15, a new announcement about the New dates. The first 2 rounds of matches in each league (J2 2nd-3rd series) will be held without spectators. After July 10th, as a rule, the maximum number of people will be 5,000, (stadiums with less capacity are those with less than 50% of the capacity of people, will forbid away supporters). After August, the maximum stadium capacity will be 50%, and it will be a “high alert spectator match”.
After the 11th J.League extraordinary executive committee on July 20, it was announced that the "super strict alert audience game" would be extended to August 10 in view of the spread of coronavirus infection.
After spending only one season in J2, Kashiwa Reysol were crowned champions and were promoted to 2020 J1 League along with the runners-up Yokohama FC. The 2019 J3 League champions Giravanz Kitakyushu and runners-up Thespakusatsu Gunma entered the league as the promoted teams, replacing Kagoshima United and FC Gifu who were relegated to 2020 J3 League. Those teams that qualified for promotion playoffs in 2019 were unable to defeat their opponent and thus remain in 2020 J1 League season.
Giravanz Kitakyushu return to J2 after spending three seasons in J3, while Thespakusatsu Gunma return after spending two seasons.
Meanwhile, Matsumoto Yamaga and Júbilo Iwata will join 2020 J2 League as relegated teams from 2019 J1 League having placed 17th and 18th respectively.
|Club Name||Home Town||Stadium||Capacity||Last season||licence|
|Albirex Niigata||Niigata & Seiro, Niigata||Denka Big Swan Stadium||42,300||J2 (10th)||J1|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Fukuoka City, Fukuoka||Level5 Stadium||22,563||J2 (16th)||J1|
|Ehime FC||All cities/towns in Ehime||Ningineer Stadium||20,000||J2 (19th)||J1|
|Fagiano Okayama||All cities/towns in Okayama||City Light Stadium||20,000||J2 (9th)||J1|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Kitakyushu, Fukuoka||Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu||15,066||Promoted from J3 (Champions)||J1|
|JEF United Chiba||Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba||Fukuda Denshi Arena||18,500||J2 (17th)||J1|
|Júbilo Iwata||Iwata, Shizuoka||Yamaha Stadium||15,165||Relegated from J1 (18th)||J1|
|Kyoto Sanga||Cities/towns in Kyoto||Sanga Stadium by Kyocera||21,600||J2 (8th)||J1|
|Machida Zelvia||Machida, Tokyo||Machida Athletic Stadium||10,600||J2 (18th)||J1|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Cities/towns in Nagano||Sunpro Alwin||20,396||Relegated from J1 (17th)||J1|
|Mito HollyHock||Cities/towns in Ibaraki||K's denki Stadium Mito||12,000||J2 (7th)||J2|
|Montedio Yamagata||All cities/towns in Yamagata||ND Soft Stadium||20,315||J2 (6th)||J1|
|Omiya Ardija||Saitama, Saitama||NACK5 Stadium Omiya||15,500||J2 (3rd)||J1|
|Renofa Yamaguchi||All cities/towns in Yamaguchi||Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium||20,000||J2 (15th)||J1|
|FC Ryukyu||All cities/towns in Okinawa||Tapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium||25,000||J2 (14th)||J1|
|Tochigi SC||Utsunomiya, Tochigi||Tochigi Green Stadium||18,025||J2 (20th)||J1|
|Thespakusatsu Gunma||All cities/towns in Gunma||Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma||15,253||Promoted from J3（2nd）||J1|
|Tokushima Vortis||All cities/towns in Tokushima||Pocarisweat Stadium||20,441||J2 (4th)||J1|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||All cities/towns in Nagasaki Prefecture||Nagasaki Athletic Stadium||20,246||J2 (12th)||J1|
|Ventforet Kofu||All cities/towns in Yamanashi Prefecture||Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium||17,000||J2 (5th)||J1|
|Tokyo Verdy||All cities/towns in Tokyo||Ajinomoto Stadium||49,970||J2 (13th)||J1|
|Zweigen Kanazawa||All cities/towns in Ishikawa||Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium||20,000||J2 (11th)||J1|
|Albirex Niigata||Albert Puig||Adidas|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Shigetoshi Hasebe||YONEX|
|Ehime FC||Kenta Kawai||Mizuno|
|Fagiano Okayama||Kenji Arima||Penalty|
|Giravanz Kitakyushu||Shinji Kobayashi||Penalty|
|JEF United Chiba||Yoon Jong-hwan||Kappa|
|Júbilo Iwata||Fernando Jubero||Puma|
|Kyoto Sanga||Noritada Saneyoshi||Puma|
|Machida Zelvia||Ranko Popović||SVOLME|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Keiichiro Nuno||Adidas|
|Mito HollyHock||Tadahiro Akiba||GAViC|
|Montedio Yamagata||Kiyotaka Ishimaru||Penalty|
|Omiya Ardija||Takuya Takagi||Under Armour|
|Renofa Yamaguchi||Masahiro Shimoda||Finta|
|FC Ryukyu||Yasuhiro Higuchi||sfida|
|Tochigi SC||Kazuaki Tasaka||ATHLETA|
|Thespakusatsu Gunma||Ryosuke Okuno||Kelme|
|Tokushima Vortis||Ricardo Rodríguez||Mizuno|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||Makoto Teguramori||Umbro|
|Ventforet Kofu||Akira Ito||Mizuno|
|Tokyo Verdy||Hideki Nagai||ATHLETA|
|Zweigen Kanazawa||Masaaki Yanagishita||Adidas|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Keiichiro Nuno||Dismissal||25 September 2020||Kei Shibata||25 September 2020|
|Júbilo Iwata||Fernando Jubero||Dismissal||1 October 2020||Masakazu Suzuki||2 October 2020|
As of 2020 season, there are no more restrictions on a number of signed foreign players, but clubs can only register up to five foreign players for a single match-day squad.Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4||Player 5||Player 6||Player 7||Former players|
|Montedio Yamagata||Vinícius Araújo||Min Seong-jun|
|Mito HollyHock||Halef Pitbull|
|Tochigi SC||Woo Sang-ho||Han Yong-thae|
|Omiya Ardija||Nermin Haskić||Vitālijs Maksimenko||Filip Kljajić||Ippei Shinozuka||Ibba Laajab|
|JEF United Chiba||Alan Pinheiro||Kléber||Jang Min-gyu||Jason Geria||Hebert|
|Tokyo Verdy||Leandro||Klebinho||Matheus Vidotto|
|Machida Zelvia||Alen Mašović||Ri Han-jae||Dorian Babunski||Jeong Chung-geun||Stefan Šćepović||Erick Noriega|
|Ventforet Kofu||Dudu||Rafael Marques|
|Matsumoto Yamaga||Augusto César||Serginho||Alvaro||Jael||Han Yong-thae|
|Albirex Niigata||Jong Tae-se||Silvinho||Gonzalo González||Pedro Manzi||Mauro dos Santos||Fábio|
|Jubilo Iwata||Lulinha||Lukian||Juan Forlín||Fozil Musaev|
|Kyoto Sanga||Renan Mota||Juninho||Jordy Buijs||Peter Utaka|
|Fagiano Okayama||Paulinho||Léo Mineiro||Lee Yong-jae||Yu Yong-hyeon||Lee Kyeong-tae||Choi Jung-won||Hadi Fayyadh|
|Tokushima Vortis||Diego||Dušan Cvetinović|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Douglas Grolli||Jon Ander Serantes||Carlos Gutiérrez||Juanma||Emil Salomonsson|
|V-Varen Nagasaki||Caio César||Freire||Luan||Víctor Ibarbo||Edigar Junio|
|FC Ryukyu||Felipe Tavares||Danny Carvajal||Lee Ji-seong||Ri Yong-jik|
It was decided on 19 March to change the format regarding the rules for promotion/relegation for the end of the season for the J1, J2 and J3 leagues,such that there would be no relegation this season, that two clubs from the J2 League would be promoted to the 2021 J1 League, and that two clubs from the J3 League would be promoted to the 2021 J2 League (subject to licensing regulations). It was also announced that the J1/J2 play-offs will not be held.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||Tokushima Vortis (C, P)||42||25||9||8||67||33||+34||84||Promotion to 2021 J1 League |
2020 Emperor's Cup quarter-finals
|2||Avispa Fukuoka (P)||42||25||9||8||51||29||+22||84||Promotion to 2021 J1 League|
|14||JEF United Chiba||42||15||8||19||47||51||−4||53|
|Leader and qualification to 2021 J1 League|
|Runner up and qualification to 2021 J1 League|
|Peter Utaka||Kyoto Sanga|
|Akira Silvano Disaro||Giravanz Kitakyushu|
|Yuki Kakita||Tokushima Vortis|
|Kazuma Yamaguchi||Mito HollyHock|
|Vinícius Araújo||Montedio Yamagata|
|Masato Nakayama||Mito HollyHock|
|Takuma Abe||FC Ryukyu|
|Mutsuki Kato||Zweigen Kanazawa|
|Kazuma Takai||Renofa Yamaguchi|
|Daiya Tono||Avispa Fukuoka|
|Koya Kazama||FC Ryukyu|
|10||JEF United Chiba||33,936||9,701||0||2,610||−73.1%|
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