2021 Japan Football League

Last updated
Japan Football League
Season2021
DatesMarch 14 - December 5
Relegatednone (for season 2020 only)
Matches played272
2020
2022

The 2021 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第23回日本フットボールリーグ[第23回 JFL 2021], Hepburn: Dai Nijūnikai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu [Dai Nijūnikai JFL 2021]) is the eighth season of the fourth tier in Japanese football, and the 23rd season since the establishment of Japan Football League.

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Clubs

For the first time, 17 clubs will take part to the JFL season. Last year no relegations were in place, the league had the intent of seeing two more teams joining from the start, but only Tegevajaro Miyazaki got promoted with one game to play and joined J3 for the 2021 season. [1] [2]

Verspah Oita won the JFL for the first time in their history, [3] but were not promoted as they did not hold a J3 licence. FC Tiamo Hirakata and FC Kariya won promotion to the JFL by qualifying in the top two spots of the 44th Regional Pro Series. [2] For the Hirataka-based side it's the first time in JFL, but Kariya are back after a twelve-year long hiatus. There are seven teams eligible for promotion, these are highlighted in green in the following table.

Club NameHome TownPositionNotes
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka JFL (4th)
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki JFL (12th)
Iwaki FC Iwaki, Fukushima JFL (7th) 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
FC Kariya Kariya, Aichi Arrowupgreen.png RPS 2ndWinners of TASL and runners-up in 44th RPS
Kochi United SC Kōchi, Kōchi JFL (14th)
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi JFL (16th)
Matsue City FC Matsue, Shimane JFL (10th)
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga JFL (9th)Applied for 100 Year Plan-status
Nara Club All cities/towns in Nara [lower-alpha 1] JFL (13th) 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
F.C. Osaka Higashiōsaka, Osaka JFL (8th) 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
ReinMeer Aomori Aomori, Aomori JFL (15th) 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi JFL (3rd)
Suzuka Point Getters Suzuka, Mie JFL (5th) 100 Year Plan-status
FC Tiamo Hirakata Hirakata, Osaka Arrowupgreen.png RPS 1stWinners of KSL and 44th RPS
Tokyo Musashino United FC Musashino, Tokyo JFL (11th)Renamed from "Tokyo Musashino City FC"
Veertien Mie All cities/towns in Mie [lower-alpha 2] JFL (6th) 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders
Verspah Oita Yufu & Ōita, Ōita JFL (1st) 2020 Champions, 100 Year Plan-status

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturer
Honda FC Flag of Japan.svg Hiroyuki Abe Flag of Japan.svg Yuya Suzuki Flag of England.svg Umbro
Honda Lock SC Flag of Japan.svg Yosuke Miyaji [4] Flag of Japan.svg Naoya Oyama Flag of Italy.svg Kappa
Iwaki FC Flag of Japan.svg Yuzo Tamura Flag of Japan.svg Daiki Yamaguchi Flag of the United States.svg Under Armour
FC Kariya Flag of Japan.svg Koji Kadota (ja) Flag of Japan.svg Yuki Sato Flag of Japan.svg bonera
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 TBA Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
Matsue City FC Flag of Japan.svg Noriaki Sanenobu Flag of Japan.svg Yuzuru Tabira Flag of Japan.svg soccer junky
MIO Biwako Shiga Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Otsuki Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Nishiguchi Flag of Japan.svg JOGARBOLA
Nara Club Flag of Spain.svg Julián Marín Bazalo Flag of Japan.svg Shinichi Mukai Flag of Japan.svg SQUADRA
F.C. Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Shinya Tsukahara Flag of Japan.svg Tomoyuki Iwamoto Flag of Japan.svg bonera
ReinMeer Aomori Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Adachi TBA 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 TBA Flag of Brazil.svg ATHLETA
FC Tiamo Hirakata Flag of Japan.svg Yoshizumi Ogawa TBA Flag of Japan.svg JOGARBOLA
Tokyo Musashino United FC 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 TBA Flag of Japan.svg Lwond
Verspah Oita Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Yamahashi TBA Flag of Japan.svg YASUDA
  1. centering on Nara
  2. centering on Kuwana & Yokkaichi

League table

Source:JFL website (in Japanese)

See also

League
Cup(s)

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