2020 J2 League

Last updated
Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2020
Dates20 February
27 June - 20 December 2020
Champions Tokushima Vortis (1st title)
PromotedTokushima Vortis
Avispa Fukuoka
Relegatednone (for season 2020 only)
Matches played462
Goals scored1,119 (2.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Peter Utaka
(22 goals)
Biggest home win6-0 F.C. Ryukyu v Ehime F.C.
JEF United Chiba v Zweigen Kanazawa
Biggest away win1-6 Matsumoto Yamaga v F.C. Ryukyu
Highest scoring3-5 Albirex Niigata v Zweigen Kanazawa
Longest winning run12 Avispa Fukuoka
Longest unbeaten run15 Avispa Fukuoka
Longest winless run11 Renofa Yamaguchi
Longest losing run7 Renofa Yamaguchi
Highest attendance14,526 Júbilo Iwata v Montedio Yamagata
Lowest attendance0 Due to Covid-19
Total attendance1,269,962
Average attendance2,754
2019
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. [1]

Contents

Effects of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic

On February 25, all J.League matches until March 15 were postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. [2] After that, it was announced that it would be postponed until March 29. [3] 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. [4] On March 25, a further announcement declared that the league would be suspended from April 3 to May 6. [5]

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. [6]

On May 29, the J.LEAGUE announced to resume matches on June 27. [7] On June 9, a further announcement about the schedule of the 2020 season. [8] 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”. [9]

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. [10]

Clubs

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Greater Tokyo Area J2 League Teams

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 NameHome TownStadiumCapacityLast seasonlicence
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata Denka Big Swan Stadium 42,300J2 (10th)J1
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Level5 Stadium 22,563J2 (16th)J1
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime [lower-alpha 1] Ningineer Stadium 20,000J2 (19th)J1
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama [lower-alpha 2] City Light Stadium 20,000J2 (9th)J1
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu 15,066 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from J3 (Champions)J1
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba Fukuda Denshi Arena 18,500J2 (17th)J1
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka Yamaha Stadium 15,165 Arrowdownred.png Relegated from J1 (18th)J1
Kyoto Sanga Cities/towns in Kyoto [lower-alpha 3] Sanga Stadium by Kyocera 21,600J2 (8th)J1
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Machida Athletic Stadium 10,600J2 (18th)J1
Matsumoto Yamaga Cities/towns in Nagano [lower-alpha 4] Sunpro Alwin 20,396 Arrowdownred.png Relegated from J1 (17th)J1
Mito HollyHock Cities/towns in Ibaraki [lower-alpha 5] K's denki Stadium Mito 12,000J2 (7th)J2
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata [lower-alpha 6] ND Soft Stadium 20,315J2 (6th)J1
Omiya Ardija Saitama, Saitama NACK5 Stadium Omiya 15,500J2 (3rd)J1
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium 20,000J2 (15th)J1
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa [lower-alpha 7] Tapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium 25,000J2 (14th)J1
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Tochigi Green Stadium 18,025J2 (20th)J1
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma [lower-alpha 8] Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma 15,253 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from J3(2nd)J1
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima [lower-alpha 9] Pocarisweat Stadium 20,441J2 (4th)J1
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki Prefecture [lower-alpha 10] Nagasaki Athletic Stadium 20,246J2 (12th)J1
Ventforet Kofu All cities/towns in Yamanashi Prefecture [lower-alpha 11] Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000J2 (5th)J1
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970J2 (13th)J1
Zweigen Kanazawa All cities/towns in Ishikawa [lower-alpha 12] Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium 20,000J2 (11th)J1

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Flag of Spain.svg Albert Puig [11] Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Japan.svg Shigetoshi Hasebe [12] Flag of Japan.svg YONEX
Ehime FC Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Kawai [13] Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Flag of Japan.svg Kenji Arima [14] Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Giravanz Kitakyushu Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kobayashi [15] Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
JEF United Chiba Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Jong-hwan [16] Flag of Italy.svg Kappa
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Jubero [17] Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Japan.svg Noritada Saneyoshi [18] Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Machida Zelvia Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Serbia.svg Ranko Popović [19] Flag of Japan.svg SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Japan.svg Keiichiro Nuno [20] Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
Mito HollyHock Flag of Japan.svg Tadahiro Akiba [21] Flag of Japan.svg GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Japan.svg Kiyotaka Ishimaru [22] Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Takagi [23] Flag of the United States.svg Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Shimoda [24] Flag of Brazil.svg Finta
FC Ryukyu Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhiro Higuchi [25] Flag of Japan.svg sfida
Tochigi SC Flag of Japan.svg Kazuaki Tasaka [26] Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Japan.svg Ryosuke Okuno [27] Flag of Spain.svg Kelme
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Spain.svg Ricardo Rodríguez [28] Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Teguramori [29] Flag of England.svg Umbro
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Akira Ito [30] Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Japan.svg Hideki Nagai [31] Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Japan.svg Masaaki Yanagishita [32] Flag of Germany.svg Adidas

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyIncoming managerDate of
appointment
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Japan.svg Keiichiro Nuno Dismissal25 September 2020 [33] Flag of Japan.svg Kei Shibata25 September 2020 [34]
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Jubero Dismissal1 October 2020 [35] Flag of Japan.svg Masakazu Suzuki 2 October 2020 [36]

Foreign players

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. [37] Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4Player 5Player 6Player 7Former players
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Brazil.svg Vinícius Araújo Flag of South Korea.svg Min Seong-jun
Mito HollyHock Flag of Brazil.svg Halef Pitbull
Tochigi SC Flag of South Korea.svg Woo Sang-ho Flag of North Korea.svg Han Yong-thae
Thespakusatsu Gunma
Omiya Ardija Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Nermin Haskić Flag of Latvia.svg Vitālijs Maksimenko Flag of Serbia.svg Filip Kljajić Flag of Russia.svg Ippei Shinozuka Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Laajab
JEF United Chiba Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Pinheiro Flag of Brazil.svg Kléber Flag of South Korea.svg Jang Min-gyu Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Geria Flag of Brazil.svg Hebert
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of Brazil.svg Klebinho Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Vidotto
Machida Zelvia Flag of Serbia.svg Alen Mašović Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Han-jae Flag of North Macedonia.svg Dorian Babunski Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong Chung-geun Flag of Serbia.svg Stefan Šćepović Flag of Peru.svg Erick Noriega
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Marques
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Brazil.svg Augusto César Flag of Brazil.svg Serginho Flag of Brazil.svg Alvaro Flag of Brazil.svg Jael Flag of North Korea.svg Han Yong-thae
Albirex Niigata Flag of North Korea.svg Jong Tae-se Flag of Brazil.svg Silvinho Flag of Uruguay.svg Gonzalo González Flag of Uruguay.svg Pedro Manzi Flag of Argentina.svg Mauro dos Santos Flag of Brazil.svg Fábio
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Brazil.svg Rodolfo Flag of Brazil.svg Lucão
Jubilo Iwata Flag of Brazil.svg Lulinha Flag of Brazil.svg Lukian Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Forlín Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Fozil Musaev
Kyoto Sanga Flag of Brazil.svg Renan Mota Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jordy Buijs Flag of Nigeria.svg Peter Utaka
Fagiano Okayama Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Mineiro Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yong-jae Flag of South Korea.svg Yu Yong-hyeon Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kyeong-tae Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Jung-won Flag of Malaysia.svg Hadi Fayyadh
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Brazil.svg Renan Flag of Brazil.svg Henik Flag of Brazil.svg Iury Flag of Brazil.svg Sandro
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Flag of Serbia.svg Dušan Cvetinović
Ehime FC Flag of Spain.svg Sisi
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Grolli Flag of Spain.svg Jon Ander Serantes Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Gutiérrez Flag of Spain.svg Juanma Flag of Sweden.svg Emil Salomonsson
Giravanz Kitakyushu
V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of Brazil.svg Caio César Flag of Brazil.svg Freire Flag of Brazil.svg Luan Flag of Colombia.svg Víctor Ibarbo Flag of Brazil.svg Edigar Junio
FC Ryukyu Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Tavares Flag of Costa Rica.svg Danny Carvajal Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Ji-seong Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Yong-jik

League table

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, [38] 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. [39]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Tokushima Vortis (C, P)4225986733+3484Promotion to 2021 J1 League
2020 Emperor's Cup quarter-finals
2 Avispa Fukuoka (P)4225985129+2284Promotion to 2021 J1 League
3 V-Varen Nagasaki 42231186639+2780
4 Ventforet Kofu 42161795041+965
5 Giravanz Kitakyushu 42198155951+865
6 Júbilo Iwata 421615115847+1163
7 Montedio Yamagata 421711145942+1762
8 Kyoto Sanga 421611154745+259
9 Mito HollyHock 421610166862+658
10 Tochigi SC 421513144139+258
11 Albirex Niigata 421415135555057
12 Tokyo Verdy 421315144848054
13 Matsumoto Yamaga 421315144452854
14 JEF United Chiba 42158194751453
15 Omiya Ardija 421411174352953
16 FC Ryukyu 42148205861350
17 Fagiano Okayama 4212141639491050
18 Zweigen Kanazawa 4212131757671049
19 Machida Zelvia 4212131741521149
20 Thespakusatsu Gunma 421542340622249
21 Ehime FC 428102438683034
22 Renofa Yamaguchi 42962743743133
Source: Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goal scored; 6) Number of wins; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fair-play points
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted

Positions by round

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142
Tokushima Vortis 28311
Avispa Fukuoka 96822
V-Varen Nagasaki 102233
Ventforet Kofu 1215444
Albirex Niigata 137511
Giravanz Kitakyushu 1820165
Montedio Yamagata 20141677
Kyoto Sanga 1710588
Júbilo Iwata 312696
Tochigi SC 1521111010
Tokyo Verdy 221991112
Zweigen Kanazawa 1618121218
Fagiano Okayama 74171317
Mito HollyHock 13914149
Machida Zelvia 1116101519
JEF United Chiba 613151614
Omiya Ardija 41131715
FC Ryukyu 1917191816
Matsumoto Yamaga 57181913
Thespakusatsu Gunma 2122212020
Ehime FC 1411202121
Renofa Yamaguchi 85222222
Leader and qualification to 2021 J1 League
Runner up and qualification to 2021 J1 League
Source: Meiji Yasuda J2 League

Top scorers

As of December 20th, 2020. [40]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1
Flag of Nigeria.svg Peter Utaka Kyoto Sanga
22
2
Flag of Japan.svg Akira Silvano Disaro Giravanz Kitakyushu
18
3
Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Kakita Tokushima Vortis
17
4
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuma Yamaguchi Mito HollyHock
15
5
Flag of Brazil.svg Vinícius Araújo Montedio Yamagata
14
6
Flag of Japan.svg Masato Nakayama Mito HollyHock
13
Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Abe FC Ryukyu
Flag of Japan.svg Mutsuki Kato Zweigen Kanazawa
9
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuma Takai Renofa Yamaguchi
11
Flag of Japan.svg Daiya Tono Avispa Fukuoka
11
Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu Ventforet Kofu
10
Flag of Brazil.svg Lukian Júbilo Iwata
Flag of Brazil.svg Lucão Zweigen Kanazawa
Flag of Japan.svg Koya Kazama FC Ryukyu

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Albirex Niigata 65,3558,36904,668−68.5%
2 V-Varen Nagasaki 44,5689,43603,714−52.0%
3 Jubilo Iwata 44,99814,52603,214−79.0%
4 Giravanz Kitakyushu 41,28313,57403,176−47.5%
5 Matsumoto Yamaga 37,1014,87703,092−82.2%
6 Kyoto Sanga 32,1644,13302,924−62.8%
7 Fagiano Okayama 42,81612,43402,854−69.8%
8 Montedio Yamagata 35,1865,43502,707−67.3%
9 Tokushima Vortis 34,3089,03302,639−54.0%
10 JEF United Chiba 33,9369,70102,610−73.1%
11 Avispa Fukuoka 32,7719,00602,521−63.9%
12 Renofa Yamaguchi 23,7078,42401,976−64.9%
13 Mito HollyHock 25,6707,02901,975−67.6%
14 Tokyo Verdy 23,5124,16101,959−63.5%
15 Omiya Ardija 25,0493,02901,927−79.7%
16 Ventforet Kofu 25,3452,39001,810−78.1%
17 Thespakusatsu Gunma 22,21611,03801,709−52.4%
18 Tochigi SC 21,5432,70101,657−67.8%
19 Ehime FC 22,0845,68101,577−58.3%
20 Zweigen Kanazawa 19,6252,76401,510−71.0%
21 Machida Zelvia 17,2416,42101,232−73.9%
22 FC Ryukyu 7,6251,4640635−87.2%
League total678,10314,52602,371−67.0%

Updated to games played on 14 October 2020
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Last year in J1 League
Last year in J3 League

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