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The 2017 J1 League (known as the 2017 Meiji Yasuda J1 League (2017 明治安田生命J1リーグ) for sponsorship reasons) was the 25th season of the J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The season began on 25 February 2017 and ended on 2 December. Fixtures for the 2017 season were announced on 26 January 2017.[3]

Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Season2017
ChampionsKawasaki Frontale (1st title)
RelegatedVentforet Kofu
Albirex Niigata
Omiya Ardija
AFC Champions LeagueKawasaki Frontale
Kashima Antlers
Cerezo Osaka
Kashiwa Reysol
Matches played306
Goals scored793 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorerYū Kobayashi (Kawasaki Frontale)
(23 goals)[1]
Biggest home winUrawa 7-0 Sendai
(7 April 2017)
Biggest away winNiigata 1-6 Urawa
(14 May 2017)
Highest scoringUrawa 7-0 Sendai
(7 April 2017)
Niigata 1-6 Urawa
(14 May 2017)
Urawa 4-3 Hiroshima
(1 July 2017)
Kawasaki 2-5 Iwata
(29 July 2017)
Longest winning runKashiwa Reysol
(8 matches)
Longest unbeaten runKawasaki Frontale
(15 matches)
Longest winless runAlbirex Niigata
(16 matches)
Longest losing runOmiya Ardija
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Albirex Niigata

(6 matches each)
Highest attendance57,447[2]
Urawa 0-1 Kashima
(4 May 2017)
Lowest attendance4,692[2]
Kofu 2-3 Kobe
(29 October 2017)
Total attendance5,778,178[2]
Average attendance18,883[2]
2016
2018

Kashima Antlers are the defending champions. Consadole Sapporo, Shimizu S-Pulse and Cerezo Osaka have entered as the three promoted teams from the 2016 J2 League.

The league was won by Kawasaki Frontale, winning the first title of major competitions after promoted to J1.

ClubsEdit

A total of 18 clubs will contest the league, including 15 sides from the 2016 season and three promoted from the 2016 J2 League. This will include the two top teams; Consadole Sapporo and Shimizu S-Pulse from the J2 League, and the winners of the play-offs; Cerezo Osaka.

The three promoted clubs replace Nagoya Grampus, Shonan Bellmare and Avispa Fukuoka. Former J1 League champion Nagoya Grampus were relegated to the J2 League for the first time in their history.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro Denka Big Swan Stadium 42,300
Kashima Antlers Southeast Ibaraki Prefecture[a] Kashima Soccer Stadium 40,728
Omiya Ardija Saitama NACK5 Stadium 15,500
Cerezo Osaka Osaka & Sakai Yanmar Stadium Nagai 47,816
Consadole Sapporo All Hokkaido[b] Sapporo Dome 41,484
Yokohama F. Marinos Yokohama & Yokosuka Nissan Stadium 72,327
Kawasaki Frontale Kawasaki, Kanagawa Todoroki Athletics Stadium 26,232
Gamba Osaka Northern Osaka Prefecture[c] Suita City Football Stadium 39,694
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka Yamaha Stadium 15,165
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama Saitama Stadium 63,700
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba Kashiwa Soccer Stadium 15,900
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka IAI Stadium Nihondaira 20,339
Sagan Tosu Tosu, Saga Tosu Stadium 24,490
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima Hiroshima Big Arch 50,000
FC Tokyo Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970
Vegalta Sendai Sendai Yurtec Stadium 19,694
Ventforet Kofu All Yamanashi Prefecture[d] Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000
Vissel Kobe Kobe Noevir Stadium Kobe 30,132

Personnel and kitsEdit

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata   Fumitake Miura   Kazunari Ono Adidas
Kashima Antlers   Masatada Ishii   Mitsuo Ogasawara Nike
Omiya Ardija   Hiroki Shibuya   Kosuke Kikuchi Under Armour
Cerezo Osaka   Yoon Jung-hwan   Yoichiro Kakitani Puma
Consadole Sapporo   Shuhei Yomoda   Hiroki Miyazawa Kappa
Yokohama F. Marinos   Erick Mombaerts   Manabu Saitō[4] Adidas
Kawasaki Frontale   Toru Oniki   Yū Kobayashi Puma
Gamba Osaka   Kenta Hasegawa   Yasuhito Endō Umbro
Júbilo Iwata   Hiroshi Nanami   Kota Ueda Puma
Urawa Red Diamonds   Mihailo Petrović   Yuki Abe Nike
Kashiwa Reysol   Takahiro Shimotaira   Hidekazu Otani Yonex
Shimizu S-Pulse   Shinji Kobayashi   Jong Tae-se Puma
Sagan Tosu   Massimo Ficcadenti   Yohei Toyoda New Balance
Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Hajime Moriyasu   Toshihiro Aoyama Nike
FC Tokyo   Yoshiyuki Shinoda   Masato Morishige Umbro
Vegalta Sendai   Susumu Watanabe   Shingo Tomita Adidas
Ventforet Kofu   Tatsuma Yoshida   Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno
Vissel Kobe   Nelsinho Baptista   Kazuma Watanabe ASICS

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Albirex Niigata   Fumitake Miura Resigned 7 May 2017[5] 17th   Wagner Lopes 11 May 2017[5]
Omiya Ardija   Hiroki Shibuya Sacked 28 May 2017[6] 18th   Akira Ito 28 May 2017[6]
Kashima Antlers   Masatada Ishii Sacked 31 May 2017[7] 7th   Go Oiwa 31 May 2017[7]
Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Hajime Moriyasu Resigned 4 July 2017[8] 17th   Jan Jönsson 10 July 2017[8]
Urawa Red Diamonds   Mihailo Petrović Sacked 31 July 2017[9] 8th   Takafumi Hori 31 July 2017[9]
Vissel Kobe   Nelsinho Baptista Sacked 16 August 2017[10] 11th   Takayuki Yoshida 16 August 2017[10]
FC Tokyo   Yoshiyuki Shinoda Sacked 10 September 2017[11] 10th   Takayoshi Amma 10 September 2017[11]
Omiya Ardija   Akira Ito Sacked 5 November 2017[12] 17th   Masatada Ishii 5 November 2017[12]

Foreign playersEdit

The total number of foreign players is restricted to five per club. For matchday squad registration, a club can register up to four foreign players, but a maximum of three can be from outside the AFC. Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, and Qatar) are exempt from these club registration and matchday squad registration restrictions.[13]

Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the summer transfer window.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Other Former
Albirex Niigata   Douglas Tanque   Roni   Thiago Galhardo   Romero Frank   Song Ju-hun   Jean Patrick
Kashima Antlers   Bueno   Leandro Moura   Léo Silva   Pedro Júnior   Kwoun Sun-tae
Omiya Ardija   Cauê Cecilio   Marcelo Toscano   Mateus   Kim Dongsu   Dragan Mrđa
  Nejc Pecnik
Cerezo Osaka   Ricardo Santos   Souza   Matej Jonjić   Ahn Joon-soo   Kim Jin-hyeon
Consadole Sapporo   Macedo   Reis   Jay Bothroyd   Gu Sung-yun   Kim Min-tae   Chanathip Songkrasin   Julinho
Yokohama F. Marinos   Miloš Degenek   Quenten Martinus   David Babunski   Hugo Vieira   Park Jeong-su   Ippey Sinodzuka
Kawasaki Frontale   Eduardo   Eduardo Neto   Elsinho   Rhayner   Jung Sung-ryong   Jefferson Tabinas
Gamba Osaka   Ademilson   Fabio   Hwang Ui-jo   Oh Jae-suk   Bae Soo-yong   Kim Jung-ya
Júbilo Iwata   Adaílton   Krzysztof Kaminski   Fozil Musaev
Urawa Red Diamonds   Maurício Antônio   Rafael Silva   Zlatan Ljubijankič
Kashiwa Reysol   Cristiano   Diego Oliveira   Ramon Lopes   Kim Bo-kyung   Yun Suk-young   Dudu
Sagan Tosu   Víctor Ibarbo   An Yong-woo   Cho Dong-geon   Jeong Seung-hyun   Kim Min-hyeok   Franco Sbuttoni
Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Anderson Lopes   Felipe   Patric   Mihael Mikić   Nathan Burns
Shimizu S-Pulse   Mitchell Duke   Freire   Kanu   Tiago Alves   Jong Tae-se   Byeon Jun-byum
FC Tokyo   Lipe Veloso   Peter Utaka   Jang Hyun-soo   Yu In-soo   Jakkit Wechpirom   Nathan Burns
Ventforet Kofu   Billy Konstantinidis   Dudu   Éder Lima   Lins   Gabriel Rodrigues
  Junior Barros
  Wilson
  Oliver Bozanic
Vegalta Sendai   Crislan   Vinícius   Lee Yunoh   Ryang Yong-gi   Pablo Diogo
Vissel Kobe   Leandro   Nílton   Wescley   Lukas Podolski   Kim Seung-gyu

ResultsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Kawasaki Frontale (C) 34 21 9 4 71 32 +39 72 Champions League group stage
2 Kashima Antlers 34 23 3 8 53 31 +22 72
3 Cerezo Osaka 34 19 6 9 65 43 +22 63
4 Kashiwa Reysol 34 18 8 8 49 33 +16 62 Champions League play-off round[a]
5 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 17 8 9 45 36 +9 59
6 Júbilo Iwata 34 16 10 8 50 30 +20 58
7 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 14 7 13 64 54 +10 49
8 Sagan Tosu 34 13 8 13 41 44 −3 47
9 Vissel Kobe 34 13 5 16 40 45 −5 44
10 Gamba Osaka 34 11 10 13 48 41 +7 43
11 Consadole Sapporo 34 12 7 15 39 47 −8 43
12 Vegalta Sendai 34 11 8 15 44 53 −9 41
13 FC Tokyo 34 10 10 14 37 42 −5 40
14 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 8 10 16 36 54 −18 34
15 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34 8 9 17 32 49 −17 33
16 Ventforet Kofu (R) 34 7 11 16 23 39 −16 32 Relegation to 2018 J2 League
17 Albirex Niigata (R) 34 7 7 20 28 60 −32 28
18 Omiya Ardija (R) 34 5 10 19 28 60 −32 25
Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ The winner of the 2017 Emperor's Cup qualified for the Group Stage of the 2018 AFC Champions League. Since the Emperor's Cup winner Cerezo Osaka had already qualified for the AFC Champions League, the play-off round spot was awarded to the fourth-placed team.


Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Kawasaki Frontale2638656796755966634544332222222221
Kashima Antlers14973232431467543322211111111111112
Cerezo Osaka11161310867857643222111122254445543333
Kashiwa Reysol1812151215111065321111245355443333354444
Yokohama F. Marinos315798491011998755557433525554435565
Júbilo Iwata1114101110131068910101211107776776666666666656
Urawa Red Diamonds13746421112134689888888788877777777
Sagan Tosu171511121411131113101111101212101011109910999998989888
Vissel Kobe4311113378888891111991011111111111110108108999
Gamba Osaka752534522321233446366787778910910101010
Consadole Sapporo14171713151415151515151515151516151514151515151414141414131313131211
Vegalta Sendai449471012131113141311101112121313131312121212121212121212111112
FC Tokyo42825785445764789101111109101010101111111111121313
Shimizu S-Pulse149691399111414121213131313131212121213131313131313141414141514
Sanfrecce Hiroshima7121417171617161616171616161717171717171717171716151515161616151415
Ventforet Kofu7121613111214141212131414141414141415141414141515161616151515161616
Albirex Niigata7111516161716171717181717181818181818181818181818181818181818181817
Omiya Ardija18171818181818181818161818171615161616161616161617171717171717171718
Leader and Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League group stage
Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League group stage
Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
Relegation to 2018 J2 League

Results tableEdit

Home \ Away ALB ANT ARD CER CON FMA FRO GAM JUB RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS
Albirex Niigata 2–4 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–6 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–3 1–2 1–0 0–2
Kashima Antlers 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–2
Omiya Ardija 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–2
Cerezo Osaka 4–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 4–2 2–1 1–0 5–2 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 3–1
Consadole Sapporo 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–4 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
Kawasaki Frontale 3–0 3–1 5–0 5–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–5 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 5–0
Gamba Osaka 0–1 0–1 6–0 3–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–2
Júbilo Iwata 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 2–1 0–1 2–2 3–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 3–3 2–4 1–2 2–2 4–3 3–3 2–1 7–0 4–1 1–1
Kashiwa Reysol 1–1 2–3 4–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 4–1 0–1 0–1 3–1
Sagan Tosu 3–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 1–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 2–3 2–3 1–1 3–2 0–2 1–3 0–3 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–4 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–3 1–0 0–1
FC Tokyo 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–4 1–2 0–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Vegalta Sendai 2–1 1–4 3–0 2–4 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–3 0–0 2–3 1–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 3–0 0–2
Ventforet Kofu 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–3
Vissel Kobe 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 3–0 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 2 December 2017. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

AttendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 570,215 57,447 21,603 33,542 −9.2%
2 FC Tokyo 450,331 42,979 13,417 26,490 +10.2%
3 Gamba Osaka 412,710 36,177 13,074 24,277 −4.2%
4 Yokohama F. Marinos 386,875 42,483 11,036 24,180 +0.7%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 375,910 25,904 17,358 22,112 −0.1%
6 Albirex Niigata 374,585 31,014 16,461 22,034 +4.0%
7 Cerezo Osaka 356,491 42,438 8,998 20,970 +67.6%
8 Kashima Antlers 347,942 36,080 10,838 20,467 +7.1%
9 Consadole Sapporo 313,100 33,353 9,535 18,418 +26.5%
10 Vissel Kobe 310,625 25,278 7,911 18,272 +7.4%
11 Júbilo Iwata 277,450 40,491 11,762 16,321 +11.7%
12 Shimizu S-Pulse 256,965 18,556 11,007 15,116 +34.1%
13 Vegalta Sendai 250,677 18,059 11,500 14,746 −4.7%
14 Sagan Tosu 241,295 21,245 7,381 14,194 +12.3%
15 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 238,720 22,333 8,319 14,042 −9.2%
16 Kashiwa Reysol 200,936 14,096 9,432 11,820 +10.2%
17 Omiya Ardija 194,887 13,364 9,598 11,464 −3.0%
18 Ventforet Kofu 184,311 14,680 4,692 10,842 +0.1%
League total 5,778,178 57,447 4,692 18,883 +5.1%

Updated to games played on 2017年12月2日
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Promoted from J2.

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