List of winners of J2 League and predecessors

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Japanese League (2nd tier)
Japan Soccer League Second Division (1972–1992)
(former) Japan Football League Division 1 (1992–1993)
(former) Japan Football League (1994–1998)
J.League Division 2 (1999–2014)
J2 League (2015–present)
Country
Japan
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Founded
1972
Number of teams
22 (2021 season)
Current champions
Tokushima Vortis (2020)
Most successful club
Consadole Sapporo
(6 championships)

A national second tier of Japanese league football was first established in 1972, as the Japan Soccer League Second Division. In 1992, with the breakup of the JSL and restructuring of the top flight into the J.League, the (former) Japan Football League became the second tier. In 1999 the J.League has established a second division (officially known as J2 League ).

Contents

Japan Soccer League Second Division (1972–1992)

Numbers in parentheses indicate number of wins at the date.

SeasonWinnerRunner-up
1972
Toyota Motors Tanabe Pharmaceuticals
1973
Eidai Industries Kofu SC
1974
Yomiuri SC Fujitsu
1975
Tanabe Pharmaceuticals Yomiuri SC
1976
Fujitsu Yomiuri SC
1977
Yomiuri SC (2) Nissan Motors
1978
Honda Motors Nissan Motors
1979
Toshiba Horikawacho Yamaha Motors
1980
Honda Motors (2) Fujitsu
1981
Nippon Kokan Nissan Motors
1982
Yamaha Motors Toshiba SC
1983
Nippon Kokan (2) Sumitomo Metal Industries
1984
Sumitomo Metal Industries ANA Yokohama
1985
Matsushita Electric Mazda SC
1986–87
Sumitomo Metal Industries (2) Toyota Motors
1987–88
ANA Yokohama Matsushita Electric
1988–89
Toshiba SC (2) Hitachi
1989–90
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Toyota Motors
1990–91
Hitachi Mazda SC
1991–92
Fujita SC Sumitomo Metal Industries

Not promoted to Division 1 due to losing promotion/relegation series
Not promoted to the newly formed J.League

(former) Japan Football League Division 1 (1992–1993)

An extra season of Japanese football was done by the Japan Football League in late 1992, as the top flight clubs were still re-organizing and adopting new identities before the J.League kicked off in 1993.

SeasonWinnerRunner-up
1992
Yamaha Motors (2) Hitachi
1993
Shonan Bellmare (2) Júbilo Iwata

Not promoted to J.League

(former) Japan Football League (1994–1998)

In 1994, the Japan Football League Division 2 was abolished.

SeasonWinnerRunner-up
1994
Cerezo Osaka Kashiwa Reysol
1995
Fukuoka Blux Kyoto Purple Sanga
1996
Honda Motors (3) Vissel Kobe
1997
Consadole Sapporo (3) Tokyo Gas
1998
Tokyo Gas Kawasaki Frontale

Not promoted to J.League (J1 after 1998)

J2 League (1999–present)

From 1999 to 2014 the league was known as J.League Division 2.

SeasonWinnerRunner-upThird placePlayoff winner
1999
Kawasaki Frontale (2) FC Tokyo Oita Trinita
2000
Consadole Sapporo (4) Urawa Red Diamonds Oita Trinita
2001
Kyoto Purple Sanga Vegalta Sendai Montedio Yamagata
2002
Oita Trinita Cerezo Osaka Albirex Niigata
2003
Albirex Niigata Sanfrecce Hiroshima Kawasaki Frontale
2004
Kawasaki Frontale (3) Omiya Ardija Avispa Fukuoka
2005
Kyoto Purple Sanga (2) Avispa Fukuoka Ventforet Kofu
2006
Yokohama FC Kashiwa Reysol Vissel Kobe
2007
Consadole Sapporo (5) Tokyo Verdy 1969 Kyoto Sanga
2008
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Montedio Yamagata Vegalta Sendai
2009
Vegalta Sendai Cerezo Osaka Shonan Bellmare
2010
Kashiwa Reysol (2) Ventforet Kofu Avispa Fukuoka
2011
FC Tokyo (2) Sagan Tosu Consadole Sapporo
2012
Ventforet Kofu Shonan Bellmare Kyoto Sanga Oita Trinita (6th)
2013
Gamba Osaka (2) Vissel Kobe Kyoto Sanga Tokushima Vortis (4th)
2014
Shonan Bellmare (3) Matsumoto Yamaga JEF United Chiba Montedio Yamagata (6th)
2015
Omiya Ardija Júbilo Iwata Avispa Fukuoka Avispa Fukuoka (3rd)
2016
Consadole Sapporo (6) Shimizu S-Pulse Matsumoto Yamaga Cerezo Osaka (4th)
2017
Shonan Bellmare (4) V-Varen Nagasaki Nagoya Grampus Nagoya Grampus (3rd)
2018
Matsumoto Yamaga Oita Trinita Yokohama FC
2019
Kashiwa Reysol (3) Yokohama FC Omiya Ardija
2020
Tokushima Vortis Avispa Fukuoka V-Varen Nagasaki

Not promoted to J1
Not promoted to J1 due to losing promotion/relegation series
For play-off winners, the number in parentheses indicates their position after the end of the season.

Total wins

Clubs in bold compete in J2 as of 2021 season. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
Years in italic indicate seasons of amateur football (Japan Soccer League D2 and former Japan Football League).

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasonsRunners-up seasons
Consadole Sapporo
6
1
1979, 1988–89, 1997, 2000, 2007, 20161982
Shonan Bellmare
4
1
1991–92, 1993, 2014, 20172012
Kashiwa Reysol
3
4
1990–91, 2010, 20191988–89, 1992, 1994, 2006
Kawasaki Frontale
3
3
1976, 1999, 20041974, 1980, 1998
Honda FC
3
0
1978, 1980, 1996
Tokyo Verdy
2
3
1974, 19771975, 1976, 2007
Júbilo Iwata
2
3
1982, 19921979, 1993, 2015
Kashima Antlers
2
2
1984, 1986–871983, 1991–92
FC Tokyo
2
2
1998, 20111997, 1999
Kyoto Sanga
2
1
2001, 20051995
Gamba Osaka
2
1
1985, 20131987–88
NKK SC
2
0
1981, 1983
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1
3
20081985, 1990–91, 2003
Nagoya Grampus
1
2
19721986–87, 1989–90
Cerezo Osaka
1
2
19942002, 2009
Ventforet Kofu
1
2
20121973, 2010
Avispa Fukuoka
1
2
19952005, 2020
Tanabe Pharmaceuticals
1
1
19751972
Yokohama Flügels
1
1
1987–881984
Urawa Red Diamonds
1
1
1989–902000
Vegalta Sendai
1
1
20092001
Omiya Ardija
1
1
20152004
Oita Trinita
1
1
20022018
Matsumoto Yamaga
1
1
20182014
Yokohama FC
1
1
20062019
Eidai Industries
1
0
1973
Albirex Niigata
1
0
2003
Tokushima Vortis
1
0
2020
Yokohama F. Marinos 031977, 1978, 1981
Vissel Kobe
0
2
1996, 2013
Montedio Yamagata
0
1
2008
Sagan Tosu
0
1
2011
Shimizu S-Pulse
0
1
2016
V-Varen Nagasaki
0
1
2017

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