2021 J1 League

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J1 League
Season 2021
Dates26 February – 4 December 2021
Matches played187
Goals scored444 (2.37 per match)
Top goalscorer Kyogo Furuhashi
(13 goals)
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 run6 matches
Avispa Fukuoka
Nagoya Grampus
Longest unbeaten run21 matches
Kawasaki Frontale
Longest winless run13 matches
Yokohama FC
Longest losing run7 matches
Oita Trinita
Highest attendance17,615 [1]
FC Tokyo 2–4 Kawasaki Frontale
(11 April 2021)
Lowest attendance1,899 [1]
Yokohama FC 0–3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
(7 April 2021)
(excluding matches played behind closed doors)
Total attendance1,057,980 [1]
Average attendance5,658 [1]
(including matches played behind closed doors)
2020
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.

Contents

The season before

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. [2]

There were no relegated teams last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. [3] Instead, four relegations are in place for this season, bringing back the number of teams from 20 to 18. [4]

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. [5]

Clubs

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2021 J1 League teams in Keihanshin
ClubLocationStadiumCapacityPrevious season rank
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Hokkaido Sapporo Dome
Sapporo Atsubetsu Stadium
41,484
20,861
J1 (12th)
Vegalta Sendai Miyagi Prefecture Yurtec Stadium Sendai 19,694J1 (17th)
Kashima Antlers Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Soccer Stadium 40,728J1 (5th)
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama Prefecture Saitama Stadium 2002 63,700J1 (10th)
Kashiwa Reysol Chiba Prefecture Hitachi Kashiwa Stadium 15,900J1 (7th)
FC Tokyo Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970J1 (6th)
Yokohama FC Kanagawa Prefecture Mitsuzawa Stadium 15,046J1 (15th)
Yokohama F. Marinos Nissan Stadium 72,327J1 (9th)
Kawasaki Frontale Todoroki Stadium 26,232J1 (1st)
Shonan Bellmare Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka 18,500J1 (18th)
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka Prefecture IAI Stadium 20,339J1 (16th)
Nagoya Grampus Aichi Prefecture Toyota Stadium 45,000J1 (3rd)
Gamba Osaka Osaka Prefecture Panasonic Stadium Suita 39,694J1 (2nd)
Cerezo Osaka Yanmar Stadium 47,853J1 (4th)
Vissel Kobe Hyōgo Prefecture Noevir Stadium 30,132J1 (14th)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima Prefecture Edion Stadium 36,894J1 (8th)
Tokushima Vortis Tokushima Prefecture Pocarisweat Stadium 20,441 Arrowupgreen.png J2 (1st)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka Prefecture Best Denki Stadium 21,562 Arrowupgreen.png J2 (2nd)
Sagan Tosu Saga Prefecture Ekimae Stadium 24,130J1 (13th)
Oita Trinita Ōita Prefecture Showa Denko Dome Oita 40,000J1 (11th)

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Flag of Serbia.svg Mihailo Petrović Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Miyazawa Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Teguramori Flag of Mozambique.svg Simão Mate Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg Naoki Soma Flag of Japan.svg Kento Misao Flag of the United States.svg Nike
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Spain.svg Ricardo Rodriguez [6] Flag of Japan.svg Shusaku Nishikawa Flag of the United States.svg Nike
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Nelsinho Baptista Flag of Japan.svg Hidekazu Otani Flag of Japan.svg YONEX
FC Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg Kenta Hasegawa Flag of Japan.svg Keigo Higashi Flag of the United States.svg New Balance
Yokohama FC Flag of Japan.svg Takahiro Shimotaira [7] Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Minami Flag of Japan.svg Soccer Junky
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Japan.svg Hideo Oshima Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Kida Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg Toru Oniki Flag of Japan.svg Shogo Taniguchi Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Shonan Bellmare Flag of Japan.svg Bin Ukishima [8] Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Okamoto Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Ángel Lotina Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Takeuchi Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Italy.svg Massimo Ficcadenti Flag of Japan.svg Yuichi Maruyama Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Tsuneyasu Miyamoto Flag of Japan.svg Genta Miura Flag of England.svg Umbro
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Levir Culpi Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Kiyotake Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Vissel Kobe Flag of Japan.svg Atsuhiro Miura Flag of Spain.svg Andrés Iniesta Flag of Japan.svg Asics
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Jofuku Flag of Japan.svg Sho Sasaki Flag of the United States.svg Nike
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Spain.svg Dani Poyatos [9] Flag of Japan.svg Ken Iwao Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Japan.svg Shigetoshi Hasebe [10] Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Mae Flag of Japan.svg YONEX
Sagan Tosu Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Myung-hwi Flag of Brazil.svg Eduardo Flag of the United States.svg New Balance
Oita Trinita Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Katanosaka Flag of Japan.svg Shun Takagi Flag of Germany.svg Puma

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyIncoming managerDate of
appointment
Yokohama FC Flag of Japan.svg Takahiro Shimotaira Change of director7 April 2021 [11] Flag of Japan.svg Tomonobu Hayakawa 8 April 2021 [12]
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Antônio Carlos Zago Sacked14 April 2021 [13] Flag of Japan.svg Naoki Soma 7 April 2021 [14]
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Tsuneyasu Miyamoto Sacked13 May 2021 [15] Flag of Japan.svg Masanobu Matsunami 1 June 2021 [16]
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ange Postecoglou Signed by Celtic 10 June 2021 [17]

Foreign players

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. [18] 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 7Player 8Player 9Former players
Consadole Sapporo Flag of Brazil.svg Lucas Fernandes Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Oliveira Flag of England.svg Jay Bothroyd Flag of Nigeria.svg Gabriel Okechukwu Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Min-tae Flag of Thailand.svg Chanathip Songkrasin Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Lopes
Vegalta Sendai Flag of Brazil.svg Foguinho Flag of Brazil.svg Felippe Cardoso Flag of Poland.svg Jakub Słowik Flag of Serbia.svg Nedeljko Stojisic Flag of Mozambique.svg Simão Mate Junior Flag of Ghana.svg Emmanuel Oti Essigba Flag of Curacao.svg Quenten Martinus Flag of Spain.svg Isaac Cuenca
Kashima Antlers Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Silva Flag of Brazil.svg Everaldo Flag of Brazil.svg Juan Alano Flag of Brazil.svg Arthur Caíke Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Pituca Flag of South Korea.svg Kwoun Sun-tae
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Australia (converted).svg Thomas Deng Flag of Denmark.svg Kasper Junker Flag of Denmark.svg Alexander Scholz
FC Tokyo Flag of Brazil.svg Adaílton Flag of Brazil.svg Arthur Silva Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Oliveira Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Uvini Flag of Lebanon.svg Joan Oumari
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Damião Flag of Brazil.svg Jesiel Flag of Brazil.svg João Schmidt Flag of South Korea.svg Jung Sung-ryong Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kyung-tae
Yokohama F. Marinos Flag of Brazil.svg Marcos Júnior Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Martins Flag of Brazil.svg Élber Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Ceará Flag of Thailand.svg Theerathon Bunmathan
Shonan Bellmare Flag of Brazil.svg Riuler Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington Flag of Brazil.svg Welinton Júnior Flag of Norway.svg Tarik Elyounoussi
Kashiwa Reysol Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiano Flag of Brazil.svg Dodi Flag of Brazil.svg Pedro Raúl Flag of Brazil.svg Emerson Santos Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo Flag of Brazil.svg Richardson Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Sávio Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Seung-gyu Flag of Russia.svg Ippei Shinozuka
Shimizu S-Pulse Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Santana Flag of Brazil.svg Carlinhos Junior Flag of Brazil.svg Elsinho Flag of Brazil.svg Renato Augusto Flag of Brazil.svg Valdo Flag of Peru.svg Erick Noriega Flag of Brazil.svg William Matheus
Yokohama FC Flag of Brazil.svg Maguinho Flag of Brazil.svg Kléber Flag of the Netherlands.svg Calvin Jong-a-Pin Flag of North Korea.svg Han Ho-gang
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Brazil.svg Gabriel Xavier Flag of Brazil.svg Mateus Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mitchell Langerak
Gamba Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Patric Flag of Brazil.svg Wellington Silva Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Pereira Flag of Brazil.svg Tiago Alves Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Young-gwon Flag of South Korea.svg Ju Se-jong Flag of South Korea.svg Shin Won-ho
Cerezo Osaka Flag of Brazil.svg Dankler Flag of Brazil.svg Tiago Pagnussat Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Taggart Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jin-hyeon Flag of Vietnam.svg Đặng Văn Lâm
Vissel Kobe Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Brazil.svg Lincoln Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Thomas Vermaelen Flag of Spain.svg Andrés Iniesta Flag of Spain.svg Sergi Samper Flag of Kenya.svg Ayub Masika
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Vieira Flag of Brazil.svg Ezequiel Flag of Brazil.svg Rhayner Flag of Brazil.svg Júnior Santos
Sagan Tosu Flag of Brazil.svg Eduardo Flag of Kenya.svg Ismael Dunga Flag of Nigeria.svg Chikeluba Ofoedu Flag of South Korea.svg Park Il-gyu Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Seok-ho Flag of South Korea.svg Taiga Son Flag of North Korea.svg Ryang Yong-gi Flag of South Korea.svg Ueom Ye-hoon
Avispa Fukuoka Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Grolli Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Mendes Flag of Brazil.svg Cauê Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Gutiérrez Flag of Spain.svg Juanma Flag of Sweden.svg Emil Salomonsson Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jordy Croux Flag of Cameroon.svg John Mary
Tokushima Vortis Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Flag of Brazil.svg Cacá Flag of Serbia.svg Dušan Cvetinović Flag of Italy.svg Cristian Battocchio
Oita Trinita Flag of Brazil.svg Henrique Trevisan Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Kawasaki Frontale 2117405115+3655Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage
and FIFA Club World Cup first round
2 Yokohama F. Marinos 1711423415+1937Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage
3 Nagoya Grampus 2011452213+937Qualification for AFC Champions League play-off round
4 Vissel Kobe 199732918+1134
5 Sagan Tosu 199642310+1333
6 Urawa Red Diamonds 199462422+231
7 Kashima Antlers 198562921+829
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 207852320+329
9 Avispa Fukuoka 198562322+129
10 FC Tokyo 198472327428
11 Consadole Sapporo 177462521+425
12 Cerezo Osaka 186572220+223
13 Shonan Bellmare 194961820221
14 Tokushima Vortis 1954101623719
15 Shimizu S-Pulse 184681825718
16 Vegalta Sendai 19361017341715
17 Gamba Osaka 15357714714Relegation to J2 League
18 Kashiwa Reysol 19421315271214
19 Oita Trinita 18341112261413
20 Yokohama FC 2014151250387
Updated to match(es) played on 23 June 2021. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League, J.League Data Site
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head goal scored; 7) Fair-play points.

    Results table

    Home \ Away ANT AVI BEL CER CON FMA FRO GAM GRA REY RED SAG SFR SSP TOK TRI VEG VIS VOR YFC
    Kashima Antlers 3–11–05–30–12–11–11–33–01–11–1
    Avispa Fukuoka 1–02–11–21–31–21–02–01–01–2
    Shonan Bellmare 0–00–01–10–00–00–12–03–10–0
    Cerezo Osaka 2–2 1–1 2–01–01–01–22–11–01–2
    Consadole Sapporo 2–21–30–02–02–02–13–45–1
    Yokohama F. Marinos 1–11–01–13–02–03–32–12–01–05–0
    Kawasaki Frontale 2–13–13–22–02–03–21–01–01–12–02–22–03–1
    Gamba Osaka 0–0 a 0–20–31–20–02–12–0
    Nagoya Grampus 0–21–01–00–42–01–21–00–00–13–0
    Kashiwa Reysol 2–11–21–00–10–21–20–41–25–1
    Urawa Red Diamonds 2–12–30–00–50–01–13–22–01–02–0
    Sagan Tosu 2–10–00–12–02–00–05–02–03–0
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–20–12–10–01–02–21–01–10–1
    Shimizu S-Pulse 2–21–10–30–20–03–00–31–1
    FC Tokyo 3–23–22–10–32–41–01–20–02–12–3
    Oita Trinita 0–02–10–10–30–11–11–31–01–11–1
    Vegalta Sendai 0–11–10–01–51–02–32–10–2
    Vissel Kobe 1–11–11–00–11–13–01–11–05–0
    Tokushima Vortis 0–11–21–11–20–00–11–01–12–1
    Yokohama FC 0–31–11–40–21–10–30–11–22–2
    Updated to match(es) played on 23 June 2021. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League
    Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Season statistics

    Top scorers

    As of 23 June 2021
    RankPlayerClubGoals [20]
    1 Flag of Japan.svg Kyogo Furuhashi Vissel Kobe 13
    2 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Damião Kawasaki Frontale 12
    3 Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Lopes Consadole Sapporo 11
    4 Flag of Japan.svg Ado Onaiwu Yokohama F. Marinos 10
    5 Flag of Japan.svg Yu Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale 9
    Flag of Japan.svg Daizen Maeda Yokohama F. Marinos
    7 Flag of Japan.svg Kaoru Mitoma Kawasaki Frontale 8
    Flag of Japan.svg Keita Yamashita Sagan Tosu
    9 Flag of Japan.svg Akihiro Ienaga Kawasaki Frontale 7
    Flag of Denmark.svg Kasper Junker Urawa Red Diamonds
    Flag of Brazil.svg Diego Oliveira FC Tokyo

    Hat-tricks

    PlayerForAgainstResultDate
    Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Lopes Consadole Sapporo Vissel Kobe 3–4 (H) [21] 20 March 2021
    Flag of Japan.svg Ado Onaiwu Yokohama F. Marinos FC Tokyo 3–0 (A) [22] 1 May 2021
    Flag of Japan.svg Shoma Doi Kashima Antlers Yokohama F. Marinos5–3 (H) [23] 15 May 2021
    Flag of Japan.svg Kyogo Furuhashi Vissel Kobe Yokohama FC 5–0 (H) [24] 23 June 2021

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