2020 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2020
DatesJuly 18 - November 28
Champions Verspah Oita
Promoted Tegevajaro Miyazaki
Relegatednone (for season 2020 only)
Matches played120
Goals scored330 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorerTatsuma Sakai (Matsue City)
Kazuki Sakamoto (MIO Biwako Shiga)
9 goals
Highest attendance Tegevajaro Miyazaki v Iwaki FC
2,203
29 Nov. 2020
Lowest attendance23 games played with
zero attendance due to Covid-19
Average attendance442
2019
2021

The 2020 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第22回日本フットボールリーグ[第22回 JFL 2020], Hepburn: Dai Nijūnikai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu [Dai Nijūnikai JFL 2020]) is the eight season of the fourth tier in Japanese football, and the 22nd season since the establishment of Japan Football League.

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Postponement of the beginning of the season

On February 27, Opening Game and match day 2 were postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. [1]

On March 16, it was announced match day 3 would be postponed. [2] On March 25, it was announced Match day 4, Match day 5 would be postponed. [3]

On April 7, it was announced Match day 6 would also be postponed. [4]

On April 15 it was finally decided that only the second half of the season would be played beginning on the scheduled date, July 18. No promotions or relegations will happen and the winners and runners-up of the Japanese Regional Series will be automatically promoted, meaning that the 2021 season will be held with 18 clubs. [5]

On June 24, the JFL announced new dates. The league match for this season started on July 18. Match days 16 and 17, and each home game opening game were held as a without spectator match. [6]

Clubs

Sixteen clubs will feature in this season of Japan Football League. There were some changes: FC Imabari got promoted to J3, after finishing third in 2019, while Ryutsu Keizai Dragons was relegated after playing for five seasons at this level. [7] [8] Matsue City FC, who finished second-last place, were fated to go back to Japanese Regional Leagues as well, but avoided the drop thanks to FC Imabari going up to J3 League.

There are two new clubs in the JFL, debuting at this level after finishing in the top two in the 2019 Japanese Regional Series: Iwaki FC dominated the final stage, while Kochi United SC overcame the other two teams – Ococias Kyoto AC and Fukui United FC – to get the final spot for this seasons JFL. [9] [10]

Club NameHome TownPositionNotes
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 1st 2019 Champions
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki 6th
Iwaki FC Iwaki, Fukushima Arrowupgreen.png RPS 1stWinners of TSL and 43rd RPS, 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
Kochi United SC Kōchi, Kōchi Arrowupgreen.png RPS 2ndWinners of SSL and runners-up of 43rd RPS
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi 11th
Matsue City FC Matsue, Shimane 15th
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga 9thApplied for 100 Year Plan-status
Nara Club All cities/towns in Nara [lower-alpha 1] 14th 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
FC Osaka Higashiōsaka, Osaka 8th 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
ReinMeer Aomori Aomori, Aomori 13th 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi 2nd
Suzuka Point Getters Suzuka, Mie 12thApplied for 100 Year Plan-status
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Miyazaki & Shintomi, Miyazaki 5th 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
Tokyo Musashino City Musashino, Tokyo 4thNo more 100 Year Plan-status, withdrew J3 license
Veertien Mie All cities/towns in Mie [lower-alpha 2] 10th 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
Verspah Oita Yufu & Ōita, Ōita 7th

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Honda FC Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyasu Ibata Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Suzuki Flag of England.svg Umbro
Honda Lock SC Flag of Japan.svg Shinya Shirakawa Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Oyama Flag of Italy.svg Kappa
Iwaki FC Flag of Japan.svg Yuzo Tamura Flag of Japan.svg Masaru Hidaka Flag of the United States.svg Under Armour
Kochi United SC Flag of Japan.svg Akihiro Nishimura Flag of Japan.svg Tsubasa Yokotake Flag of Japan.svg bonera
Maruyasu Okazaki Flag of Japan.svg Ryuji Kitamura Flag of Japan.svg Teruyuki Moniwa Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Matsue City FC Flag of Japan.svg Noriaki Sanenobu Flag of Japan.svg Yuzuru Tabira Flag of Japan.svg GAViC
MIO Biwako Shiga Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Otsuki Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Nishiguchi Flag of Japan.svg JOGARBOLA
Nara Club Flag of Japan.svg Maiki Hayashi Flag of Japan.svg Shinichi Mukai Flag of Japan.svg SQUADRA
FC Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Shinya Tsukahara Flag of Japan.svg Tomoyuki Iwamoto Flag of Japan.svg bonera
ReinMeer Aomori Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Mochizuki Flag of Japan.svg Kanta Takahashi Flag of England.svg Umbro
Sony Sendai FC Flag of Japan.svg Gen Nakamura Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Ogihara Flag of England.svg Umbro
Suzuka Point Getters Flag of Spain.svg Milagros Martínez Domínguez Flag of Japan.svg Kohei Fujita Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Flag of Japan.svg Keiji Kuraishi Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Ishii Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Tokyo Musashino City Flag of Japan.svg Hisayuki Ikegami Flag of Japan.svg Koji Ishihara Flag of Japan.svg Yonex
Veertien Mie Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ueno Flag of Japan.svg Hitoshi Nishimura Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Verspah Oita Flag of Japan.svg Shigemitsu Sudo Flag of Japan.svg Kosei Uryu Flag of Japan.svg YASUDA
  1. centering on Nara
  2. centering on Kuwana & Yokkaichi

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion
1 Verspah Oita 1510232716+1132
2 Tegevajaro Miyazaki (P)158432615+1128Promotion to 2021 J3 League [lower-alpha 1]
3 Sony Sendai 158252522+326
4 Honda FC 155732012+822
5 Suzuka Point Getters 156362319+421
6 Veertien Mie 156361716+121
7 Iwaki FC 156362424021
8 FC Osaka 156272424020
9 MIO Biwako Shiga 156272327420
10 Matsue City FC 156271824620
11 Tokyo Musashino City 155461517219
12 Honda Lock 155461925619
13 Nara Club 155372121018
14 Kochi United SC 154471720316
15 ReinMeer Aomori 154471726916
16 Maruyasu Okazaki 154381422815
Updated to match(es) played on 2nd December 2020. Source: JFL website (in Japanese)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) head-to-head results; 4th) goals scored; 5th) disciplinary points; 6th) draw; 7th) lottery [11]
(P) Promoted.
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 matches played November 29th, 2020. [12]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1
Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuma Sakai Matsue City FC
9
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Sakamoto MIO Biwako Shiga
3
Flag of Japan.svg Motoki Fujiwara Sony Sendai FC
7
Flag of Japan.svg Jin Shioya Veertien Mie
5
Flag of Japan.svg Shoma Mizunaga Tegevajaro Miyazaki
6
Flag of Japan.svg Kaima Akahoshi Kochi United SC
7
8 players
5

Promotion and relegation

Despite the JFL announcing that there would be no promotion or relegation of clubs, the J. League agreed to admit Tegevajaro Miyazaki to the J3 League on November 24, 2020, after Miyazaki finished in the top four positions. Miyazaki ultimately finished runners-up.

FC TIAMO Hirakata and FC Kariya were promoted from the Regional Leagues as Regional Promotion Series champions and runners-up respectively. Kariya returns to the JFL after being relegated back in 2006.

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