The 2013 J.League Division 2 season is the 42nd season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 15th season since the establishment of J2 League. The regular season began on 3 March and ended on 24 November, followed by the promotion play-offs among four clubs ranked between 3rd and 6th at the end of regular season. Gamba Osaka became champions, and Vissel Kobe became runners-up, both returned to J1 immediately after one season at J2. The other promoted team is third runners-up (fourth placers) Tokushima Vortis, who won the promotion playoff final, defeating Kyoto Sanga FC. With the win, Vortis are making their J1 debut, becoming the first professional Shikoku football club to compete in the top division of their national league.
1st J2 title
2nd D2 title
|Goals scored||1,212 (2.62 per match)|
Sapporo vs Kitakyushu
Ehime vs Kumamoto
Ventforet Kofu and Shonan Bellmare, champions and runners-up in the previous season, and Oita Trinita, winners of the promotion play-offs for 2012, were promoted to J1, then Consadole Sapporo, Vissel Kobe, and Gamba Osaka were relegated to J2 instead. Sapporo returned to J2 only after one season in the top-flight, and Kobe returned to J2 second time after 2006 season, while Gamba suffers their very first relegation to the second-tier after J.League Division 2 was established in 1999, and the first relegation since their former organization, Matsushita Electric Soccer Club, were relegated after the 1986–87 season of JSL.
V-Varen Nagasaki, champions of the 2012 Japan Football League, are promoted to J2 while F.C. Machida Zelvia, promoted to J2 from the previous season and ranked 22nd, were relegated back to 2013 Japan Football League only after spending one season in J2.
In February, Thespa Kusatsu changed their name to Thespakusatsu Gunma.
The participant clubs are as follows:
League table Edit
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Gamba Osaka (C, P)||42||25||12||5||99||46||+53||87||Promotion to 2014 J.League Division 1|
|2||Vissel Kobe (P)||42||25||8||9||78||41||+37||83|
|3||Kyoto Sanga||42||20||10||12||68||46||+22||70||Qualification for Promotion Playoffs[a]|
|4||Tokushima Vortis (O, P)||42||20||7||15||56||51||+5||67|
|5||JEF United Chiba||42||18||12||12||68||49||+19||66|
|15||Mito HollyHock||42||14||13||15||50||58||−8||55||Ineligible for promotion|
|21||FC Gifu||42||9||10||23||37||80||−43||37||Ineligible for promotion|
|22||Gainare Tottori (R)||42||5||16||21||38||74||−36||31||Qualification for Relegation Playoffs[b]|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champions; (O) Play-off winners; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
- Only teams that meet J1 criteria can participate in promotion playoffs. If one or more teams fail to meet the criteria, only eligible teams that finished 3rd to 6th will participate and no replacement teams will be added.
- Promotion/relegation play-offs between J2 and JFL will take place between Kamatamare Sanuki, 2nd-placed club of 2013 Japan Football League with J. League Associate Membership, and 22nd-ranked club of 2013 J2
Promotion Playoffs to Division 1 Edit
2013 J.League Road To J1 play-offs (2013 J1昇格プレーオフ)
Teams that finished 3rd to 6th participate in play-off series for the last J1 promotion berth.
|5||JEF United Chiba||1|
|Kyoto Sanga||0–0||V-Varen Nagasaki|
|Tokushima Vortis||1–1||JEF United Chiba|
|Douglas 37'||Report||40' Yamaguchi|
If the score is tied after 90 minutes, no extra time is played and the winner is the team with the best league ranking.
|Kyoto Sanga||0–2||Tokushima Vortis|
Tokushima Vortis were promoted to 2014 J.League Division 1
JFL Relegation Playoffs Edit
|Team 1||Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Gainare Tottori||1–2||Kamatamare Sanuki||1–1||0–1|
|Kamatamare Sanuki||1–1||Gainare Tottori|
|Takahashi 47'||Report||50' Mori|
|Gainare Tottori||0–1||Kamatamare Sanuki|
Top scorers Edit
|1||Kempes||JEF United Chiba|
|2||Takashi Usami||Gamba Osaka|
|3||Yoshihiro Uchimura||Consadole Sapporo|
|Keijiro Ogawa||Vissel Kobe|
|8||Tomohiro Tsuda||Tokushima Vortis|
|9||Ryuichi Hirashige||Thespakusatsu Gunma|
Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: J. League
Player of the Month Edit
|May||Oh Seung-Hoon||Kyoto Sanga|
|June||Ryohei Hayashi||Montedio Yamagata|
|July||Koji Yamase||Kyoto Sanga|
|August||Takashi Usami||Gamba Osaka|
|September||Keijiro Ogawa||Vissel Kobe|
|October||Kempes||JEF United Chiba|
|5||JEF United Chiba||210,078||15,982||6,511||10,004||+7.8%|
Updated to games played on 24 November 2013
Source: J. League Division 2
† Team played previous season in J1.
‡ Team played previous season in JFL.
- Plays for Gamba until June