2021 J3 League

Last updated
Meiji Yasuda J3 League
Season2021
Dates13 March – 5 December
Relegatednone
2020
2022
All statistics correct as of January 31st, 2021.

The 2021 J3 League, referred to as the 2021 Meiji Yasuda J3 League (Japanese: 2021 明治安田生命J3リーグ, Hepburn: 2021 Meiji Yasuda Seimei J3 Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, was the 8th season of J3 League under its current name.

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Clubs

There were no relegations from J2 League in 2020 and the number of teams decreased for 2021. With Blaublitz Akita and SC Sagamihara getting promoted to J2 league, the latter being the last club from the original clubs which started the maiden season in 2014 to be promoted from the third division.

2020 was also the last season where U-23 teams played in the professional setup. After two separate stints involving youth clubs in this division. First it was the J.League U-22 Selection in 2014 and 2015, and then three U-23 teams were involved from 2016 to 2020. FC Tokyo U-23 pulled out of the competition prior to the start of the 2020 season. Cerezo Osaka U-23 and Gamba Osaka U-23 were disbanded at the end of 2020 after completing the full season. [1]

One new team was promoted to the professional ranks of Japanese football, Tegevajaro Miyazaki, as runners-up in the 2020 JFL season and were promoted. [2]

Club NameHome TownStadiumCapacityLast seasonLicence
Azul Claro Numazu Numazu Ashitaka Stadium 10,000J3(12th)J3
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu [lower-alpha 1] Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium 26,109J3(5th)J1
FC Imabari Imabari Arigato Service Dream Stadium 5,000J3(6th)J2
Fukushima United FC Fukushima Toho Stadium 21,000J3(13th)J3
Gainare Tottori All cities/towns in Tottori [lower-alpha 2] Axis Bird Stadium 16,033J3(8th)J2
Iwate Grulla Morioka All cities/towns in Iwate Iwagin Stadium 4,946J3(11th)J3
Kamatamare Sanuki All cities/towns in Kagawa [lower-alpha 3] Pikara Stadium 30,099J3(16th)J2
Kagoshima United Kagoshima Shiranami Stadium 19,934J3(4th)J1
Kataller Toyama All cities/towns in Toyama [lower-alpha 4] Toyama Athletic Stadium 25,251J3(9th)J1
Fujieda MYFC Cities/towns in Shizuoka Prefecture [lower-alpha 5] Fujieda Soccer Field 13,000J3(10th)J3
Nagano Parceiro Nagano Nagano U Stadium 15,491J3(3rd)J2
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto, Kumamoto Egao Kenko Stadium 32,000J3(7th)J1
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Miyazaki & Shintomi, Miyazaki Unilever Stadium Shintomi 5,000 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from JFL(2nd)J3
Vanraure Hachinohe Eastern cities/towns in Aomori [lower-alpha 6] Prifoods Stadium 5,200J3(15th)J3
YSCC Yokohama Yokohama Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium 15,454J3(17th)J3

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
FC Gifu Flag of Japan.svg Takayoshi Amma [3] Flag of Japan.svg Kentaro Kai 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 FC Flag of Japan.svg Yu Tokisaki [4] Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Kawanishi
Flag of Japan.svg Hiroto Morooka
Flag of Japan.svg Tomoyasu Yoshida
Flag of Denmark.svg hummel
Gainare Tottori Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Jong-song Flag of Japan.svg Masataka Kani Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Iwate Grulla Morioka Flag of Japan.svg Yutaka Akita Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Muta Flag of the United States.svg Under Armour
Kagoshima United FC Flag of Japan.svg Yasuaki Oshima Flag of Japan.svg Noriyuki Sakemoto Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Serbia.svg Zdravko Zemunović [5] Flag of Japan.svg Akira Takeuchi Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Kataller Toyama Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ishizaki [6] Flag of Japan.svg Yohei Nishibe Flag of Japan.svg GOLDWin
Fujieda MYFC Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Kurata [7] Flag of Japan.svg Takuya Sugimoto Flag of Japan.svg gol.
Nagano Parceiro Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Yokoyama TBA Flag of Brazil.svg Penalty
Roasso Kumamoto Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Oki Flag of Japan.svg Tomotaka Okamoto Flag of Germany.svg Puma
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Flag of Japan.svg Naruyuki Naito [8] Flag of Japan.svg Kenji Dai Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Vanraure Hachinohe Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Kuzuno [9] Flag of Japan.svg Teppei Chikaishi Flag of Denmark.svg hummel
YSCC Yokohama Flag of Japan.svg / Flag of Germany.svg Yuki Stalph Flag of Japan.svg Kento Dodate Flag of Japan.svg younger

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoingMannerExit datePosition in tableIncomingIncoming dateRef.
Announced onDeparted onAnnounced onArrived on
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Japan.svg Nobuyuki Uenoyama Resigns31 March 202131 March 202115th Flag of Japan.svg Toshihiro Nishimura (Interim)1 April 20211 April 2021 [10]
Kamatamare Sanuki Flag of Japan.svg Toshihiro Nishimura End of Interim period11 April 202111 April 202115th Flag of Serbia.svg Zdravko Zemunovic 12 April 202112 April 2021 [11]
Gainare Tottori Flag of Japan.svg Riki Takagi Dismissed6 May 20214 May 202112th Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Jong-song 10 May 202110 May 2021 [12] [13]
Kagoshima United Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arthur Pappas Resigned28 May 202128 May 20219th Flag of Japan.svg Yasuaki Oshima 28 May 202128 May 2021 [14]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion
1 Kataller Toyama 9621178+920Promotion to 2022 J2 League
2 Roasso Kumamoto 9531127+518Promotion to 2022 J2 League [lower-alpha 1]
3 Fukushima United 9522118+317
4 FC Gifu 9513146+816
5 Tegevajaro Miyazaki 8512117+416
6 Iwate Grulla Morioka 9432129+315
7 Vanraure Hachinohe 9333911212
8 Kagoshima United 83231011111
9 Fujieda MYFC 824287+110
10 YSCC Yokohama 92346939
11 Nagano Parceiro 91536828
12 Azul Claro Numazu 821541067
13 Gainare Tottori 921671587
14 FC Imabari 913581136
15 Kamatamare Sanuki 812551385
Updated to match(es) played on 5 June 2021. Source: 2021 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
Notes:
  1. Only teams that hold a J2 licence are eligible for promotion.

See also

League
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