2021 J2 League

Last updated
Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2021
Dates27 February - 5 December 2021
Relegated4 (for season 2021 only)
2020
2022
All statistics correct as of January 31st, 2021.

The 2021 J2 League, also known as the 2021 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (Japanese: 2021 明治安田生命J2リーグ, Hepburn: 2021 Meiji Yasuda Seimei J2 Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, will be the 23rd season of J2 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1999. The league will start on February 27th, 2021. [1]

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Clubs

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Greater Tokyo Area J2 League teams

With no relegations from J1 League, the second division will host the same number of teams, since there were no relegations to J3 League in 2020, but there were two promotions from the third division. This year, though, will see four relegations to J3 to match the four relegations from J1.

Tokushima Vortis left the second division after six seasons, coming back to J1, this time winning the title and topping the table in 2020. Despite losing in the last match against rivals and runners-up Avispa Fukuoka, both clubs assured themselves the promotion to J1 with one game still to be played. [2]

Meanwhile, in J3 League, two teams won promotion to J2: Blaublitz Akita stormed their way to J2, winning their second title in J3, but this time also getting promoted to J2 (unlike what happened in 2017, when they won, but didn't hold a J2 license; this will be their first appearance in the second tier since 1986). In the last match of the season, SC Sagamihara overcame Nagano Parceiro and clinched their first promotion ever, leaving the third division after seven seasons. [3]

Club NameHome TownStadiumCapacityLast seasonLicense
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata Denka Big Swan Stadium 42,300J2 (11th)J1
Blaublitz Akita Akita Soyu Stadium 20,125 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from J3 (Champions)J2
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime [lower-alpha 1] Ningineer Stadium 20,000J2 (21st)J1
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama [lower-alpha 2] City Light Stadium 20,000J2 (17th)J1
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu 15,066J2 (5th)J1
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba Fukuda Denshi Arena 18,500J2 (14th)J1
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka Yamaha Stadium 15,165J2 (6th)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 (19th)J1
Matsumoto Yamaga Cities/towns in Nagano [lower-alpha 4] Sunpro Alwin 20,396J2 (13th)J1
Mito HollyHock Cities/towns in Ibaraki [lower-alpha 5] K's denki Stadium Mito 12,000J2 (9th)J2
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata [lower-alpha 6] ND Soft Stadium 20,315J2 (7th)J1
Omiya Ardija Saitama, Saitama NACK5 Stadium Omiya 15,500J2 (15th)J1
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium 20,000J2 (22nd)J1
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa [lower-alpha 7] Tapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium 25,000J2 (16th)J1
SC Sagamihara Sagamihara Gion Stadium 15,300 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from J3 (Runners-up)J2
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Kanseki Stadium Tochigi 25,244J2 (10th)J1
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma [lower-alpha 8] Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma 15,253J2 (20th)J1
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki Prefecture [lower-alpha 9] Nagasaki Athletic Stadium 20,246J2 (3rd)J1
Ventforet Kofu All cities/towns in Yamanashi Prefecture [lower-alpha 10] Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000J2 (4th)J1
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970J2 (12th)J1
Zweigen Kanazawa All cities/towns in Ishikawa [lower-alpha 11] Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium 20,000J2 (18th)J1

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Flag of Spain.svg Albert Puig Flag of Japan.svg / Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Fitzgerald
Flag of Japan.svg Yuto Horigome
Flag of Japan.svg Yuzuru Shimada
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
Blaublitz Akita Flag of Japan.svg Ken Yoshida [4] Flag of Japan.svg Ryota Nakamura Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Ehime FC Flag of Japan.svg Noritada Saneyoshi [5] Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Maeno Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Flag of Japan.svg Kenji Arima TBA Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Giravanz Kitakyushu Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg Kota Muramatsu Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
JEF United Chiba Flag of South Korea.svg Yoon Jong-hwan Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Suzuki Flag of Italy.svg Kappa
Júbilo Iwata Flag of Japan.svg Masakazu Suzuki [6] Flag of Japan.svg Kentaro Oi Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Kyoto Sanga Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Kwi-jae Flag of Japan.svg Temma Matsuda Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Machida Zelvia Flag of Serbia.svg Ranko Popović Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Mizumoto Flag of Japan.svg SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of Japan.svg Kei Shibata [7] Flag of Japan.svg Hayuma Tanaka Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
Mito HollyHock Flag of Japan.svg Tadahiro Akiba [8] Flag of Japan.svg Masato Nakayama Flag of Japan.svg soccer junky
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Japan.svg Kiyotaka Ishimaru Flag of Japan.svg Takumi Yamada Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Omiya Ardija Flag of Japan.svg Ken Iwase [9] Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Mikado Flag of the United States.svg Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Japan.svg Susumu Watanabe Flag of Japan.svg Joji Ikegami Flag of Brazil.svg Finta
FC Ryukyu Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhiro Higuchi Flag of Japan.svg Kazumasa Uesato Flag of Japan.svg sfida
SC Sagamihara Flag of Japan.svg Fumitake Miura Flag of Japan.svg Jiro Kamata Flag of Japan.svg gol.
Tochigi SC Flag of Japan.svg Kazuaki Tasaka TBA Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Thespakusatsu Gunma Flag of Japan.svg Ryosuke Okuno Flag of Japan.svg Kodai Watanabe Flag of Spain.svg Kelme
V-Varen Nagasaki Flag of Japan.svg Takayuki Yoshida [10] Flag of Japan.svg Hiroki Akino Flag of England.svg Umbro
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Japan.svg Akira Ito Flag of Japan.svg Ryohei Arai Flag of Japan.svg Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Japan.svg Hideki Nagai Flag of Japan.svg Tomohiro Taira Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Japan.svg Masaaki Yanagishita Flag of Japan.svg Tomonobu Hiroi Flag of Germany.svg Adidas

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoingMannerExit datePosition in tableIncomingIncoming dateRef.
Announced onDeparted onAnnounced onArrived on
Ehime FC Flag of Japan.svg Shigenari Izumi Resigned4 April 20214 April 202122nd Flag of Japan.svg Noritada Saneyoshi 7 April 20217 April 2021 [11] [5]

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. [12] 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 5Former players
Montedio Yamagata Flag of Brazil.svg Vinícius Araújo Flag of South Korea.svg Min Seong-jun Flag of Spain.svg Víctor Ibáñez
Mito HollyHock Flag of the Philippines.svg Jefferson Tabinas
Tochigi SC Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho
Thespakusatsu Gunma
Omiya Ardija Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Nermin Haskić Flag of Serbia.svg Filip Kljajić Flag of Norway.svg Ibba Laajab
JEF United Chiba Flag of Brazil.svg Saldanha Flag of South Korea.svg Jang Min-gyu
Tokyo Verdy Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Vidotto
Machida Zelvia Flag of Serbia.svg Alen Mašović Flag of North Korea.svg Jong Tae-se Flag of Brazil.svg Dudu
Ventforet Kofu Flag of Brazil.svg Mendes Flag of Brazil.svg Willian Lira Flag of Brazil.svg Paulo Baya
Matsumoto Yamaga Flag of South Korea.svg Goh Dong-min Flag of Brazil.svg Lucão Flag of North Korea.svg Han Yong-thae
Albirex Niigata Flag of Uruguay.svg Gonzalo González
Zweigen Kanazawa Flag of Brazil.svg Rodolfo
Jubilo Iwata Flag of Colombia.svg Fabián González Flag of Brazil.svg Lukian Flag of Moldova.svg Alexei Koșelev
Kyoto Sanga Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jordy Buijs Flag of Nigeria.svg Peter Utaka
Fagiano Okayama Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Yong-jae Flag of South Korea.svg Yu Yong-hyeon Flag of Malaysia.svg Hadi Fayyadh
Renofa Yamaguchi Flag of Brazil.svg Renan Flag of Brazil.svg Henik
Blaublitz Akita
Ehime FC
SC Sagamihara Flag of Brazil.svg Yuri Mamute Flag of South Korea.svg Jeong In-gwon Flag of Brazil.svg Eduardo Kunde Flag of Brazil.svg Agenor Flag of Brazil.svg Rômulo
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 Brazil.svg Ramon Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Yong-jik Flag of Thailand.svg Sittichok Paso

League table

Unlike last season, J. League has then decided to have four relegations to balance the number of teams in place for the 2022 season. While in 2020 no relegation was in place, 2021 will see four teams dropped to J3, re-establishing the number of teams in the third division to at least 17. [14]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Albirex Niigata 11920287+2129Promotion to J1 League
2 FC Ryukyu 11911207+1328Promotion to J1 League
3 Kyoto Sanga 118122310+1325
4 Júbilo Iwata 117042218+421
5 Ventforet Kofu 115331510+518
6 Machida Zelvia 115241411+317
7 Zweigen Kanazawa 115241312+117
8 Mito HollyHock 115061513+215
9 Fagiano Okayama 1143487+115
10 Blaublitz Akita 1143499015
11 V-Varen Nagasaki 114251218614
12 Tochigi SC 113441113213
13 Montedio Yamagata 11344911213
14 Matsumoto Yamaga 113441217513
15 Renofa Yamaguchi 11335811312
16 JEF United Chiba 11335711412
17 Tokyo Verdy 113351423912
18 Thespakusatsu Gunma 11317815710
19 SC Sagamihara 11245816810Relegation to J3 League
20 Omiya Ardija 11236111329
21 Ehime FC 11236121869
22 Giravanz Kitakyushu 1115591898
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2021. Source: Meiji Yasuda J2 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.

See also

League
Cup(s)

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