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|Number of teams||20|
|Current champions||FC Tokyo (3rd title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Kashima Antlers (6 titles)|
|Television broadcasters|| Fuji TV |
|2021 J.League YBC Levain Cup|
The J.League Cup (Japanese: Jリーグカップ, Hepburn: Jē-rīgu-kappu) is a Japanese football (soccer) competition organized by J.League. It has been sponsored by Yamazaki Biscuits (YBC) of Yamazaki Baking (formerly Yamazaki Nabisco) since its inception in 1992. It is also known as the J. League YBC Levain Cup (Japanese: JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ) or Levain Cup (Japanese: ルヴァンカップ、ルヴァン杯) (Levain is one of YBC's products). It was known as the J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup (Japanese: Jリーグヤマザキナビスコカップ) or Nabisco Cup (Japanese: ナビスコカップ、ナビスコ杯) until August 2016.
It is generally regarded as the Japanese equivalent to league cup competitions played in many countries, such as the Football League Cup in England, as complementary to the Emperor's Cup competed between clubs from all divisions of professional football in Japan. Before the J. League Cup was created, the old Japan Soccer League had its own Japan Soccer League Cup since the 1976 season.
The tournament format varies almost each year largely depending on the schedule of international matches such as the Olympic Games and World Cup games (see the Format section below).
Since 2007, the winners are qualified for the J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship held in the following summer.
0 to 2 clubs (varies depending on the number of J1 teams participating in the ACL group stage) that were demoted to J2 last year and all J1 clubs can now participate. See 2018 J.League Cup and 2019 J.League Cup for details.
|1992||Verdy Kawasaki||1–0||Shimizu S-Pulse||National Olympic Stadium|
|1993||Verdy Kawasaki||2–1||Shimizu S-Pulse||National Olympic Stadium|
|1994||Verdy Kawasaki||2–0||Júbilo Iwata||Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium|
|Verdy Kawasaki||National Olympic Stadium|
|Júbilo Iwata||1st leg: Yamaha Stadium |
2nd leg: Kashima Soccer Stadium
|1998||Júbilo Iwata||4–0||JEF United Ichihara||National Olympic Stadium|
|Kashima Antlers||National Olympic Stadium|
|2000||Kashima Antlers||2–0||Kawasaki Frontale||National Olympic Stadium|
|2001||Yokohama F. Marinos||0–0|
|Júbilo Iwata||National Olympic Stadium|
|2002||Kashima Antlers||1–0||Urawa Red Diamonds||National Olympic Stadium|
|2003||Urawa Red Diamonds||4–0||Kashima Antlers||National Olympic Stadium|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||National Olympic Stadium|
|2005||JEF United Chiba||0–0|
|Gamba Osaka||National Olympic Stadium|
|2006||JEF United Chiba||2–0||Kashima Antlers||National Olympic Stadium|
|2007||Gamba Osaka||1–0||Kawasaki Frontale||National Olympic Stadium|
|2008||Oita Trinita||2–0||Shimizu S-Pulse||National Olympic Stadium|
|2009||FC Tokyo||2–0||Kawasaki Frontale||National Olympic Stadium|
|2010||Júbilo Iwata||5–3 (aet)||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||National Olympic Stadium|
|2011||Kashima Antlers||1–0 (aet)||Urawa Red Diamonds||National Olympic Stadium|
|2012||Kashima Antlers||2–1 (aet)||Shimizu S-Pulse||National Olympic Stadium|
|2013||Kashiwa Reysol||1–0||Urawa Red Diamonds||National Olympic Stadium|
|2014||Gamba Osaka||3–2||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||Saitama Stadium|
|2015||Kashima Antlers||3–0||Gamba Osaka||Saitama Stadium|
|2016||Urawa Red Diamonds||1–1|
|Gamba Osaka||Saitama Stadium|
|2017||Cerezo Osaka||2–0||Kawasaki Frontale||Saitama Stadium|
|2018||Shonan Bellmare||1–0||Yokohama F. Marinos||Saitama Stadium|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||Saitama Stadium|
|2020||FC Tokyo||2–1||Kashiwa Reysol||National Stadium|
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Winning seasons||Runners-up seasons|
|Kashima Antlers||1997, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2012, 2015||1999, 2003, 2006|
|Tokyo Verdy||1992, 1993, 1994||1996|
|FC Tokyo||2004, 2009, 2020|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||2003, 2016||2002, 2004, 2011, 2013|
|Júbilo Iwata||1998, 2010||1994, 1997, 2001|
|Gamba Osaka||2007, 2014||2005, 2015, 2016|
|JEF United Chiba||2005, 2006||1998|
|Kashiwa Reysol||1999, 2013||2020|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||1996||1992, 1993, 2008, 2012|
|Kawasaki Frontale||2019||2000, 2007, 2009, 2017|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||2001||2018|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||2010, 2014|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||2019|
|1992||Kazuyoshi Miura||Verdy Kawasaki||Japan|
|1998||Nobuo Kawaguchi||Júbilo Iwata||Japan|
|1999||Takeshi Watanabe||Kashiwa Reysol||Japan|
|2000||Koji Nakata||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|2001||Tatsuya Enomoto||Yokohama F. Marinos||Japan|
|2002||Mitsuo Ogasawara||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|2003||Tatsuya Tanaka||Urawa Red Diamonds||Japan|
|2004||Yoichi Doi||FC Tokyo||Japan|
|2005||Tomonori Tateishi||JEF United Chiba||Japan|
|2006||Koki Mizuno||JEF United Chiba||Japan|
|2007||Michihiro Yasuda||Gamba Osaka||Japan|
|2008||Daiki Takamatsu||Oita Trinita||Japan|
|2009||Takuji Yonemoto||FC Tokyo||Japan|
|2010||Ryoichi Maeda||Júbilo Iwata||Japan|
|2011||Yuya Osako||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|2012||Gaku Shibasaki||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|2013||Masato Kudo||Kashiwa Reysol||Japan|
|2015||Mitsuo Ogasawara||Kashima Antlers||Japan|
|2016||Tadanari Lee||Urawa Red Diamonds||Japan|
|2017||Kenyu Sugimoto||Cerezo Osaka||Japan|
|2018||Daiki Sugioka||Shonan Bellmare||Japan|
|2019||Shota Arai||Kawasaki Frontale||Japan|
This award is presented to an under-23 player who made the biggest contribution to his team in the competition. The winner is decided based on votes from football journalists.
|1996||Hiroshi Nanami||Júbilo Iwata|
|Toshihide Saito||Shimizu S-Pulse|
|1997||Atsuhiro Miura||Yokohama Flügels|
|1998||Naohiro Takahara||Júbilo Iwata|
|1999||Yukihiko Sato||FC Tokyo|
|2000||Takayuki Suzuki||Kashima Antlers|
|2001||Hitoshi Sogahata||Kashima Antlers|
|2002||Keisuke Tsuboi||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|2003||Tatsuya Tanaka||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|2004||Makoto Hasebe||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|2005||Yuki Abe||JEF United Chiba|
|2006||Hiroyuki Taniguchi||Kawasaki Frontale|
|2007||Michihiro Yasuda||Gamba Osaka|
|2008||Mu Kanazaki||Oita Trinita|
|2009||Takuji Yonemoto||FC Tokyo|
|2010||Yojiro Takahagi||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|2011||Genki Haraguchi||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|2012||Hideki Ishige||Shimizu S-Pulse|
|2013||Manabu Saitō||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|2014||Takashi Usami||Gamba Osaka|
|2015||Shuhei Akasaki||Kashima Antlers|
|2016||Yosuke Ideguchi||Gamba Osaka|
|2017||Takuma Nishimura||Vegalta Sendai|
|2018||Keita Endo||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|2019||Keito Nakamura||Gamba Osaka|
|2020||Ayumu Seko||Cerezo Osaka|
All matches of the competition is currently broadcast live by Fuji TV and SKY PerfecTV! respectively
YouTube only broadcast live coverage in prime stage matches through both official J.League International (exc. Thailand) and Siam Sport (Thailand only) channels.
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