|Dates||26 February – 4 December 2021|
|Goals scored||444 (2.37 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Kyogo Furuhashi |
|Biggest home win|| Sagan Tosu 5–0 Vegalta Sendai |
(10 March 2021)
Yokohama F. Marinos 5–0 Yokohama FC
(24 April 2021)
Vissel Kobe 5–0 Yokohama FC
(23 June 2021)
|Biggest away win|| Urawa Red Diamonds 0–5 Kawasaki Frontale |
(21 March 2021)
|Highest scoring|| Kashima Antlers 5–3 Yokohama F. Marinos|
(15 May 2021)
|Longest winning run||6 matches|
|Longest unbeaten run||21 matches|
|Longest winless run||13 matches|
|Longest losing run||7 matches|
|Highest attendance||17,615 |
FC Tokyo 2–4 Kawasaki Frontale
(11 April 2021)
|Lowest attendance||1,899 |
Yokohama FC 0–3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
(7 April 2021)
(excluding matches played behind closed doors)
|Average attendance||5,658 |
(including matches played behind closed doors)
2022 →All statistics correct as of 23 June 2021.
The 2021 J1 League, also known as the 2021 Meiji Yasuda J1 League (Japanese: 2021 明治安田生命J1リーグ, Hepburn: 2021 Meiji Yasuda Seimei J1 Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, is the 29th season of the J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The league began on 26 February and scheduled to end on 4 December 2021.
Kawasaki Frontale won the third title in 2020, clinching the title with four games to play after a roaring 5–0 home win against runners-up, Gamba Osaka.
There were no relegated teams last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.Instead, four relegations are in place for this season, bringing back the number of teams from 20 to 18.
Two teams were promoted from the J2 League. Tokushima Vortis won the title and clinched a second promotion to J1 (the first came in 2013), while Avispa Fukuoka equalled the tally of points and got second place, coming back to J1 after five seasons.
|Club||Location||Stadium||Capacity||Previous season rank|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||Hokkaido|| Sapporo Dome |
Sapporo Atsubetsu Stadium
|Vegalta Sendai||Miyagi Prefecture||Yurtec Stadium Sendai||19,694||J1 (17th)|
|Kashima Antlers||Ibaraki Prefecture||Kashima Soccer Stadium||40,728||J1 (5th)|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Saitama Prefecture||Saitama Stadium 2002||63,700||J1 (10th)|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Chiba Prefecture||Hitachi Kashiwa Stadium||15,900||J1 (7th)|
|FC Tokyo||Tokyo||Ajinomoto Stadium||49,970||J1 (6th)|
|Yokohama FC||Kanagawa Prefecture||Mitsuzawa Stadium||15,046||J1 (15th)|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Nissan Stadium||72,327||J1 (9th)|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Todoroki Stadium||26,232||J1 (1st)|
|Shonan Bellmare||Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka||18,500||J1 (18th)|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Shizuoka Prefecture||IAI Stadium||20,339||J1 (16th)|
|Nagoya Grampus||Aichi Prefecture||Toyota Stadium||45,000||J1 (3rd)|
|Gamba Osaka||Osaka Prefecture||Panasonic Stadium Suita||39,694||J1 (2nd)|
|Cerezo Osaka||Yanmar Stadium||47,853||J1 (4th)|
|Vissel Kobe||Hyōgo Prefecture||Noevir Stadium||30,132||J1 (14th)|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hiroshima Prefecture||Edion Stadium||36,894||J1 (8th)|
|Tokushima Vortis||Tokushima Prefecture||Pocarisweat Stadium||20,441||J2 (1st)|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Fukuoka Prefecture||Best Denki Stadium||21,562||J2 (2nd)|
|Sagan Tosu||Saga Prefecture||Ekimae Stadium||24,130||J1 (13th)|
|Oita Trinita||Ōita Prefecture||Showa Denko Dome Oita||40,000||J1 (11th)|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||Mihailo Petrović||Hiroki Miyazawa||Mizuno|
|Vegalta Sendai||Makoto Teguramori||Simão Mate||Adidas|
|Kashima Antlers||Naoki Soma||Kento Misao||Nike|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Ricardo Rodriguez||Shusaku Nishikawa||Nike|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Nelsinho Baptista||Hidekazu Otani||YONEX|
|FC Tokyo||Kenta Hasegawa||Keigo Higashi||New Balance|
|Yokohama FC||Takahiro Shimotaira||Yuta Minami||Soccer Junky|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Hideo Oshima||Takuya Kida||Adidas|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Toru Oniki||Shogo Taniguchi||Puma|
|Shonan Bellmare||Bin Ukishima||Takuya Okamoto||Penalty|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Miguel Ángel Lotina||Ryo Takeuchi||Puma|
|Nagoya Grampus||Massimo Ficcadenti||Yuichi Maruyama||Mizuno|
|Gamba Osaka||Tsuneyasu Miyamoto||Genta Miura||Umbro|
|Cerezo Osaka||Levir Culpi||Hiroshi Kiyotake||Puma|
|Vissel Kobe||Atsuhiro Miura||Andrés Iniesta||Asics|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Hiroshi Jofuku||Sho Sasaki||Nike|
|Tokushima Vortis||Dani Poyatos||Ken Iwao||Mizuno|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Shigetoshi Hasebe||Hiroyuki Mae||YONEX|
|Sagan Tosu||Kim Myung-hwi||Eduardo||New Balance|
|Oita Trinita||Tomohiro Katanosaka||Shun Takagi||Puma|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of|
|Yokohama FC||Takahiro Shimotaira||Change of director||7 April 2021||Tomonobu Hayakawa||8 April 2021|
|Kashima Antlers||Antônio Carlos Zago||Sacked||14 April 2021||Naoki Soma||7 April 2021|
|Gamba Osaka||Tsuneyasu Miyamoto||Sacked||13 May 2021||Masanobu Matsunami||1 June 2021|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Ange Postecoglou||Signed by Celtic||10 June 2021|
As of 2021 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||Player 8||Player 9||Former players|
|Consadole Sapporo||Lucas Fernandes||Douglas Oliveira||Jay Bothroyd||Gabriel Okechukwu||Kim Min-tae||Chanathip Songkrasin||Anderson Lopes|
|Vegalta Sendai||Foguinho||Felippe Cardoso||Jakub Słowik||Nedeljko Stojisic||Simão Mate Junior||Emmanuel Oti Essigba||Quenten Martinus||Isaac Cuenca|
|Kashima Antlers||Léo Silva||Everaldo||Juan Alano||Arthur Caíke||Diego Pituca||Kwoun Sun-tae|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Thomas Deng||Kasper Junker||Alexander Scholz|
|FC Tokyo||Adaílton||Arthur Silva||Diego Oliveira||Leandro||Bruno Uvini||Joan Oumari|
|Kawasaki Frontale||Leandro Damião||Jesiel||João Schmidt||Jung Sung-ryong||Lee Kyung-tae|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||Marcos Júnior||Thiago Martins||Élber||Léo Ceará||Theerathon Bunmathan|
|Shonan Bellmare||Riuler||Wellington||Welinton Júnior||Tarik Elyounoussi|
|Kashiwa Reysol||Cristiano||Dodi||Pedro Raúl||Emerson Santos||Rodrigo||Richardson||Matheus Sávio||Kim Seung-gyu||Ippei Shinozuka|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||Thiago Santana||Carlinhos Junior||Elsinho||Renato Augusto||Valdo||Erick Noriega||William Matheus|
|Yokohama FC||Maguinho||Kléber||Calvin Jong-a-Pin||Han Ho-gang|
|Nagoya Grampus||Gabriel Xavier||Mateus||Mitchell Langerak|
|Gamba Osaka||Patric||Wellington Silva||Leandro Pereira||Tiago Alves||Kim Young-gwon||Ju Se-jong||Shin Won-ho|
|Cerezo Osaka||Dankler||Tiago Pagnussat||Adam Taggart||Kim Jin-hyeon||Đặng Văn Lâm|
|Vissel Kobe||Douglas||Lincoln||Thomas Vermaelen||Andrés Iniesta||Sergi Samper||Ayub Masika|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Douglas Vieira||Ezequiel||Rhayner||Júnior Santos|
|Sagan Tosu||Eduardo||Ismael Dunga||Chikeluba Ofoedu||Park Il-gyu||Hwang Seok-ho||Taiga Son||Ryang Yong-gi||Ueom Ye-hoon|
|Avispa Fukuoka||Douglas Grolli||Bruno Mendes||Cauê||Carlos Gutiérrez||Juanma||Emil Salomonsson||Jordy Croux||John Mary|
|Tokushima Vortis||Diego||Cacá||Dušan Cvetinović||Cristian Battocchio|
|Oita Trinita||Henrique Trevisan||Matheus|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Kawasaki Frontale||21||17||4||0||51||15||+36||55||Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage |
and FIFA Club World Cup first round
|2||Yokohama F. Marinos||17||11||4||2||34||15||+19||37||Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage|
|3||Nagoya Grampus||20||11||4||5||22||13||+9||37||Qualification for AFC Champions League play-off round|
|6||Urawa Red Diamonds||19||9||4||6||24||22||+2||31|
|17||Gamba Osaka||15||3||5||7||7||14||−7||14||Relegation to J2 League|
|1||Kyogo Furuhashi||Vissel Kobe||13|
|2||Leandro Damião||Kawasaki Frontale||12|
|3||Anderson Lopes||Consadole Sapporo||11|
|4||Ado Onaiwu||Yokohama F. Marinos||10|
|5||Yu Kobayashi||Kawasaki Frontale||9|
|Daizen Maeda||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|7||Kaoru Mitoma||Kawasaki Frontale||8|
|Keita Yamashita||Sagan Tosu|
|9||Akihiro Ienaga||Kawasaki Frontale||7|
|Kasper Junker||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|Diego Oliveira||FC Tokyo|
|Anderson Lopes||Consadole Sapporo||Vissel Kobe||3–4 (H)||20 March 2021|
|Ado Onaiwu||Yokohama F. Marinos||FC Tokyo||3–0 (A)||1 May 2021|
|Shoma Doi||Kashima Antlers||Yokohama F. Marinos||5–3 (H)||15 May 2021|
|Kyogo Furuhashi||Vissel Kobe||Yokohama FC||5–0 (H)||23 June 2021|
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The 2016 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season was the 51st season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 24th since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.
The 2016 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season is the 45th season of second-tier club football in Japan and the 18th season since the establishment of J2 League.
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The 2015 FC Tokyo season was the club's 15th season and the fourth consecutive in the top division of Japanese football. It was Massimo Ficcadenti's second season as manager.
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