2020 J3 League

Last updated
Meiji Yasuda J3 League
Season2020
Dates27 June - 20 December
Champions Blaublitz Akita
(2nd title)
PromotedBlaublitz Akita
SC Sagamihara
Relegatednone (for season 2020 only)
Matches played306
Goals scored791 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Kaito Taniguchi
Roasso Kumamoto
(18 goals)
Biggest home win5 - 0 Azul Claro Numazu v Cerezo Osaka U23
Highest scoring6-4 Kagoshima United v Gamba Osaka U23
5-5 Yokohama Sports & Culture Club v Gamba Osaka U23
Longest winning run9 Blaublitz Akita
27 June to 9 August 2020
Longest unbeaten run28 Blaublitz Akita
27 June to 18 November 2020
Highest attendance6,297
Nagano v Grulla 0-2
Lowest attendance0 (due to COVID-19)
Total attendance348,875 [1]
Average attendance1,140
2019
2021
All statistics correct as of 20 December 2020.

The 2020 J3 League, referred to as the 2020 Meiji Yasuda J3 League (Japanese: 2020 明治安田生命J3リーグ, Hepburn: 2020 Meiji Yasuda Seimei J3 Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, was the 7th season of J3 League under its current name.

Contents

On 19 March, 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.

Postponement of the beginning of the season

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic-related concerns, the Japan Football Association (JFA) opted to postpone the beginning of the season, firstly established for 7 March. [2]

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

On 3 April, it was decided to start over with the official game schedule, which aimed to gradually resume J3 from 25 April, J2 from 2 May, and J1 from 9 May. Note that, considering a new schedule in the future, the schedule would have called for the season's resumption at least one month later and later in the month. [7]

On 29 May, J.League announced its decision to resume on 27 June. [8] On 9 June, the schedules of the 2020 season were published. [9] On 15 June, new dates were also published. The first 2 matches in each league (J3 1st-2nd section) were held without spectators. After 10 July, as a general rule, the maximum number of people were 5,000 (stadiums with lower capacity are those with less than 50% of the capacity of people watching; no away supporters allowed). After August, the maximum stadium capacity was 50%, and there would be "high alert spectator matches". [10]

After that, at the 11th J.League extraordinary executive committee meeting on 20 July, it was announced that the "super strict alert audience game" was extended to 10 August in view of the spread of coronavirus infection. [11]

Clubs

Japan Kanto adm location map.svg
Greater Tokyo Area J3 League teams

2019 season saw two teams promoted to J2 League: Giravanz Kitakyushu won the championship after being for three seasons in the third tier, while Thespakusatsu Gunma won promotion just in the last game of the season. [12] From second division, there was a double automatic relegation for the second time: FC Gifu played their first season in J3 after being in the second division for the last 12 years, when J3 League wasn't even on the cards. Alongside them, an incredible final day of the 2019 season pushed Kagoshima United FC immediately back to J3, just one year after sealing their first-ever participation to the second tier. This is the last J3 League season that featured the U-23 teams from J1 League. On 5 June, FC Tokyo U-23 withdrew from the league.

Also, Japan Football League saw the promotion of another club: after two fifth-placed performances, FC Imabari came third in 2019 and booked their first professional season in their history. [13]

Club NameHome TownStadiumCapacityLast seasonLicence
Azul Claro Numazu Numazu Ashitaka Stadium 10,000J3(12th)J3
Blaublitz Akita Akita Soyu Stadium 20,125J3(8th)J2
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu [lower-alpha 1] Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium 26,109 Arrowdownred.png Relegated from J2 (22nd)J1
FC Imabari Imabari Arigato Service Dream Stadium 5,000 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from JFL(3rd)J2
Fukushima United FC Fukushima Toho Stadium 21,000J3(11th)J3
Gainare Tottori All cities/towns in Tottori [lower-alpha 2] Axis Bird Stadium 16,033J3(7th)J2
Iwate Grulla Morioka All cities/towns in Iwate Iwagin Stadium 4,946J3(18th)J3
Kamatamare Sanuki All cities/towns in Kagawa [lower-alpha 3] Pikara Stadium 30,099J3(14th)J2
Kagoshima United Kagoshima Shiranami Stadium 19,934 Arrowdownred.png Relegated from J2 (21st)J1
Kataller Toyama All cities/towns in Toyama [lower-alpha 4] Toyama Athletic Stadium 25,251J3(4th)J1
Fujieda MYFC Cities/towns in Shizuoka Prefecture [lower-alpha 5] Fujieda Soccer Field 13,000J3(3rd)J3
Nagano Parceiro Nagano Nagano U Stadium 15,491J3(9th)J2
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto, Kumamoto Egao Kenko Stadium 32,000J3(5th)J1
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara Gion Stadium 15,300J3(15th)J2
Vanraure Hachinohe Eastern cities/towns in Aomori [lower-alpha 6] Prifoods Stadium 5,200J3(10th)J3
YSCC Yokohama Yokohama Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium 15,454J3(13th)J3
Cerezo Osaka U-23 Osaka & Sakai, Osaka Kincho Stadium 19,904J3(6th)-
Gamba Osaka U-23 North cities in Osaka Panasonic Stadium Suita
Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium
39,694
21,000
J3(17th)-

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Azul Claro Numazu Flag of Japan.svg Masataka Imai Flag of Japan.svg Masayuki Tokutake Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Blaublitz Akita Flag of Japan.svg Ken Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg Naoyuki Yamada Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
FC Gifu Flag of Serbia.svg Zdravko Zemunović Flag of Malaysia.svg Tadashi Takeda Flag of the United States.svg New Balance
FC Imabari Flag of Spain.svg Lluís Planagumà Flag of Japan.svg Keishi Kusumi Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
Fukushima United Flag of Japan.svg Takeo Matsuda Flag of Japan.svg Ryosuke Tamura Flag of Denmark.svg hummel
Gainare Tottori Flag of Japan.svg Riki Takagi Flag of Japan.svg Masataka Kani Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Iwate Grulla Morioka Flag of Japan.svg Yutaka Akita Flag of Japan.svg Shun Morishita Flag of the United States.svg Under Armour
Kagoshima United FC Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Jong-song Flag of Japan.svg Noriyuki Sakemoto Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhito Mochizuki Flag of Japan.svg Akira Takeuchi Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Kataller Toyama Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Adachi Flag of Japan.svg Junya Imase Flag of Japan.svg GOLDWin
Fujieda MYFC Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ishizaki Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Sugimoto Flag of Japan.svg gol.
Nagano Parceiro Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Yokoyama Flag of Japan.svg Nobuyuki Abe Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Oki Flag of Japan.svg Tomotaka Okamoto Flag of Germany.svg Puma
SC Sagamihara Flag of Japan.svg Fumitake Miura Flag of Japan.svg Seitaro Tomisawa Flag of Japan.svg gol.
Vanraure Hachinohe Flag of Japan.svg Masafumi Nakaguchi Flag of Japan.svg Teppei Chikaishi Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
YSCC Yokohama Flag of Japan.svg / Flag of Germany.svg Yuki Stalph Flag of Japan.svg Koichi Miyao Flag of Japan.svg younger
Cerezo Osaka U-23 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhiro Murata none Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Gamba Osaka U-23 Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Morishita none Flag of England.svg Umbro

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyIncoming managerDate of
appointment
Cerezo Osaka U-23 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhiro Murata Appointed Academy Deputy Director and U-18 Head Coach28 July 2020 [14] Flag of Japan.svg Yoshiaki Maruyama 28 July 2020 [15]
FC Gifu Flag of Serbia.svg Zdravko Zemunović Change of director25 September 2020 [16] Flag of Japan.svg Kenji Nakada 25 September 2020 [16]

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, [17] 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).

FC Tokyo U-23's withdrawal was approved at a board meeting held on 5 June, leaving the J3 League with 18 teams. [18]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion
1 Blaublitz Akita (C, P)34211035518+3773Promotion to 2021 J2 League and 2020 Emperor's Cup quarter-finals
2 SC Sagamihara (P)34161354335+861Promotion to 2021 J2 League [lower-alpha 1]
3 Nagano Parceiro 3417894526+1959
4 Kagoshima United 34184125543+1258
5 Gainare Tottori 34176114737+1057
6 FC Gifu 34168105039+1156
7 FC Imabari 34151093927+1255
8 Roasso Kumamoto 34166125647+954
9 Kataller Toyama 34155145243+950
10 Fujieda MYFC 34147134844+449
11 Iwate Grulla Morioka 341191436471142
12 Azul Claro Numazu 34125173640441
13 Fukushima United 34116174655939
14 Gamba Osaka U-23 34981743551235
15 Vanraure Hachinohe 34891742561433
16 Kamatamare Sanuki 347101733521931
17 YSCC Yokohama 345121737662927
18 Cerezo Osaka U-23 345101928613325
19 FC Tokyo U-23 00000000Withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan
Updated to match(es) played on 20 December 2020. Source: 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE League table
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.
Notes:
  1. Only teams that hold a J2 licence are eligible for promotion.

Top scorers

After matches played on 20 December 2020. [19]

RankPlayerClubGoals
1
Flag of Japan.svg Kaito Taniguchi Roasso Kumamoto
18
2
Flag of Japan.svg Tsugutoshi Oishi Fujieda MYFC
14
Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Miyamoto YSCC Yokohama
4
Flag of Nigeria.svg Ismaila Fukushima United FC
13
Flag of Brazil.svg Rômulo SC Sagamihara
6
Flag of Japan.svg Tsubasa Yoshihira Fujieda MYFC
11
Flag of Japan.svg Hayato Asakawa Roasso Kumamoto
8
Flag of Japan.svg Ryota Nakamura Blaublitz Akita
10
Flag of Japan.svg Shoji Toyama Gamba Osaka U-23
Flag of Japan.svg Hayate Take Kataller Toyama
Flag of Japan.svg Shota Kawanishi FC Gifu
Flag of Japan.svg Naoki Sanda Nagano Parceiro
Flag of Japan.svg Yosuke Kamigata Vanraure Hachinohe

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 FC Gifu 44,9425,22202,644−60.2%
2 Nagano Parceiro 41,6296,29702,449−18.4%
3 Kagoshima United FC 37,6353,99002,214−61.7%
4 Roasso Kumamoto 29,1113,43501,712−69.1%
7 Kataller Toyama 20,6812,59201,217−55.5%
5 FC Imabari 23,0422,13901,355−56.3%
6 Blaublitz Akita 20,7612,22601,221−22.5%
10 Kamatamare Sanuki 14,7671,5060869−58.9%
11 Gainare Tottori 13,7311,4510808−63.8%
13 Vanraure Hachinohe 11,3161,0660666−62.2%
8 Azul Claro Numazu 15,7201,8900925−62.6%
12 Fujieda MYFC 11,6171,2710683−60.7%
9 SC Sagamihara 15,6092,6640918−68.1%
14 YSCC Yokohama 10,5971,1090623−43.1%
16 Fukushima United 9,9021,3690582−53.1%
15 Gamba Osaka U-23 10,1202,5260595−52.9%
17 Cerezo Osaka U-23 9,5111,6720559−53.3%
18 Iwate Grulla Morioka 8,1841,0240481−64.8%
League total348,8756,29701,140−52.4%

Updated to games played on 20 December 2020
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Last year in J2 League
Last year in Japan Football League.

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