List of winners of J3 League and predecessors

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Japanese League (3rd tier)
(former) Japan Football League Division 2 (1992–1993)
Japan Football League (1999–2013)
J3 League (2014–present)
Country
Japan
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Founded
1992
Number of Teams
16 (2016 season)
Current Champions
Blaublitz Akita (2020)
Most successful club
Honda FC
(5 championships)

A national third tier of Japanese league football was first established in 1992, as the second division of former Japan Football League, though it only lasted for two seasons. In 1999, following the establishment of J.League Division 2, a new Japan Football League was created, fulfilling the third tier until a fully professional J3 League was launched in 2014.

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(former) Japan Football League Division 2 (1992–1993)

The old Japan Football League was established simultaneously with creation of J.League and was initially a two-level tournament but that lasted only for two inaugural seasons.

SeasonWinnerRunner-up
1992
Chuo Bohan Kyoto Shiko
1993
Honda Motors PJM Futures

Japan Football League (JFL) (1999–2013)

With the establishment of J.League Division 2, the new Japan Football League was automatically moved a tier down the pyramid comparing to its discontinued namesake.

SeasonWinnerRunner-up(Also) promoted
1999
Yokohama FC Honda Motors Mito HollyHock
2000
Yokohama FC (2) Honda Motors
2001
Honda Motors (2) Otsuka Pharmaceutical
2002
Honda Motors (3) Sagawa Express
2003
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Honda FC
2004
Otsuka Pharmaceutical (2) Honda FC Thespa Kusatsu
2005
Ehime FC YKK AP
2006
Honda FC (4) Sagawa Express Tokyo
2007
Sagawa Express Rosso Kumamoto FC Gifu
2008
Honda FC (5) Tochigi SC Kataller Toyama, Fagiano Okayama
2009
Sagawa Shiga (2) Yokogawa Musashino New Wave Kitakyushu
2010
Gainare Tottori Sagawa Shiga
2011
Sagawa Shiga (3) Nagano Parceiro Machida Zelvia, Matsumoto Yamaga
2012
V-Varen Nagasaki Nagano Parceiro
2013
Nagano Parceiro Kamatamare Sanuki

Not promoted to J2

J3 League (2014–present)

In 2014, J. League launched a fully professional third division.

SeasonWinnerRunner-up
2014
Zweigen Kanazawa Nagano Parceiro
2015
Renofa Yamaguchi Machida Zelvia
2016
Oita Trinita Tochigi SC
2017
Blaublitz Akita Tochigi SC
2018
FC Ryukyu Kagoshima United
2019
Giravanz Kitakyushu Thespakusatsu Gunma
2020
Blaublitz Akita (2) SC Sagamihara

Not promoted to J2.
Not promoted to J2 due to a loss in the play-off series.

Total wins

Clubs in bold compete in J3 as of 2021 season. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
Years in italic indicate seasons of amateur football (former and new Japan Football League).

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasonsRunners-up seasons
Honda FC
5
4
1993, 2001, 2002, 2006, 20081999, 2000, 2003, 2004
Sagawa Shiga
3
1
2007, 2009, 20112010
Tokushima Vortis
2
1
2003, 20042001
Yokohama FC
2
0
1999, 2000
Blaublitz Akita
2
0
2017, 2020
Nagano Parceiro
1
3
20132011, 2012, 2014
Avispa Fukuoka
1
0
1992
Ehime FC
1
0
2005
Gainare Tottori
1
0
2010
V-Varen Nagasaki
1
0
2012
Zweigen Kanazawa
1
0
2014
Renofa Yamaguchi
1
0
2015
Oita Trinita
1
0
2016
FC Ryukyu
1
0
2018
Giravanz Kitakyushu
1
0
2019
Tochigi SC 032008, 2016, 2017
Sagawa Express Tokyo
0
2
2002, 2006
Kyoto Sanga
0
1
1992
Tosu Futures
0
1
1993
YKK AP
0
1
2005
Roasso Kumamoto
0
1
2007
Tokyo Musashino United
0
1
2009
Kamatamare Sanuki
0
1
2013
Machida Zelvia
0
1
2015
Kagoshima United
0
1
2018
Thespakusatsu Gunma
0
1
2019
SC Sagamihara
0
1
2020

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