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The 2018 J1 League, also known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League (明治安田生命J1リーグ, Meiji Yasuda Seimei J1 Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, was the 26th season of J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993.

Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Season2018
Dates23 February 2018 – 1 December 2018
ChampionsKawasaki Frontale (2nd title)
RelegatedKashiwa Reysol
V-Varen Nagasaki
AFC Champions LeagueKawasaki Frontale
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kashima Antlers
Urawa Red Diamonds
Matches played306
Goals scored813 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorer (Nagoya Grampus)
(24 goals)
Biggest home winKawasaki v Consadole 7–0
(15 September)
Biggest away winVegalta v Marinos 2–8
(16 July)
Highest scoringVegalta v Marinos 2–8
(16 July)
Longest winning run9 – Gamba Osaka
(Matchday 25–33)
Longest unbeaten run12 – Consadole Sapporo
(Matchday 25–34)
Longest winless run15 – Nagoya Grampus
(Matchday 3–17)
Longest losing run8 – Nagoya Grampus
(Matchday 4–11)
Highest attendance55,689 – Urawa v Vissel
(23 September,
Matchday 27)
Lowest attendance6,189 – Shimizu v V-Varen
(11 April,
Matchday 7)
Total attendance5,833,538
Average attendance19,064
2017
2019

Kawasaki Frontale are the defending champions.

Contents

2018 season clubsEdit

A total of 18 clubs contested the league. The 2017 J2 League champion Shonan Bellmare and the winner of the promotion play-offs Nagoya Grampus returned to the top flight a year after being relegated from J1 in the 2016 season. V-Varen Nagasaki, J2 runner-up in 2017, played in the J1 League for the first time.

Club Location Stadium Last season
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Hokkaido Sapporo Dome J1 (11th)
Vegalta Sendai Miyagi Prefecture Yurtec Stadium Sendai J1 (12th)
Kashima Antlers Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Soccer Stadium J1 (2nd)
Urawa Red Diamonds Saitama Prefecture Saitama Stadium 2002 J1 (7th)
Kashiwa Reysol Chiba Prefecture Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium J1 (4th)
FC Tokyo Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium J1 (13th)
Kawasaki Frontale Kanagawa Prefecture Todoroki Athletics Stadium J1 (Champions)
Yokohama F. Marinos Nissan Stadium
Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium
J1 (5th)
Shonan Bellmare Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka J2 (Champions)
Shimizu S-Pulse Shizuoka Prefecture IAI Stadium Nihondaira J1 (14th)
Júbilo Iwata Yamaha Stadium J1 (6th)
Nagoya Grampus Aichi Prefecture Paloma Mizuho Stadium

Toyota Stadium

J2 (3rd)
Gamba Osaka Osaka Prefecture Panasonic Stadium Suita J1 (10th)
Cerezo Osaka Yanmar Stadium Nagai

Kincho Stadium

J1 (3rd)
Vissel Kobe Hyōgo Prefecture Noevir Stadium Kobe J1 (9th)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Hiroshima Prefecture Edion Stadium Hiroshima J1 (15th)
Sagan Tosu Saga Prefecture Best Amenity Stadium J1 (8th)
V-Varen Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture Transcosmos Stadium Nagasaki J2 (2nd)

Personnel and kitsEdit

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Front shirt sponsor
Kashima Antlers   Go Oiwa[1]   Mitsuo Ogasawara Nike Lixil
Cerezo Osaka   Yoon Jong-hwan[2]   Hotaru Yamaguchi Puma Yanmar
Consadole Sapporo   Mihailo Petrović[3]   Hiroki Miyazawa Kappa Shiroi Koibito
Yokohama F. Marinos   Ange Postecoglou[4]   Yuji Nakazawa Adidas Nissan
Kawasaki Frontale   Toru Oniki[5]   Yū Kobayashi Puma Fujitsu
Gamba Osaka   Tsuneyasu Miyamoto[6]   Yasuhito Endō Umbro Panasonic
Júbilo Iwata   Hiroshi Nanami[7]   Nagisa Sakurauchi Puma Yamaha
Nagoya Grampus   Yahiro Kazama[8]   Hisato Satō Mizuno Toyota
Urawa Red Diamonds   Oswaldo de Oliveira   Yōsuke Kashiwagi Nike Polus
Kashiwa Reysol   Nozomu Kato   Hidekazu Otani Yonex Hitachi
Shimizu S-Pulse   Jan Jönsson[9]   Ryo Takeuchi Puma Suzuyo
Sagan Tosu   Kim Myung-hwi   Yutaka Yoshida New Balance DHC
Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Hiroshi Jofuku[10]   Toshihiro Aoyama Nike Edion
Shonan Bellmare   Cho Kwi-jea[11]   Kaoru Takayama Penalty Meldia
FC Tokyo   Kenta Hasegawa[12]   Jang Hyun-soo Umbro Lifeval
Vegalta Sendai   Susumu Watanabe[13]   Shingo Tomita Adidas Iris Ohyama
Vissel Kobe   Juan Manuel Lillo[14]   Lukas Podolski Asics Rakuten
V-Varen Nagasaki   Takuya Takagi[15]   Jordy Buijs Hummel Japanet

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Urawa Red Diamonds   Takafumi Hori 2 April 2018[16]   Oswaldo de Oliveira 19 April 2018[17]
Kashiwa Reysol   Takahiro Shimotaira 13 May 2018   Nozomu Kato 13 May 2018[18]
Gamba Osaka   Levir Culpi 23 July 2018[19]   Tsuneyasu Miyamoto 23 July 2018
Vissel Kobe   Takayuki Yoshida 17 Sep 2018[20]   Juan Manuel Lillo 4 Oct 2018[21]
Sagan Tosu   Massimo Ficcadenti 17 Oct 2018   Kim Myung-hwi 17 Oct 2018

Foreign playersEdit

The total number of foreign players is restricted to five per club. Clubs can register up to four foreign players for a single match-day squad, of which a maximum of three are allowed from nations outside the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.

Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Other Former
Consadole Sapporo   Jay Bothroyd   Gu Sung-yun   Kim Min-tae   Chanathip Songkrasin   Jonathan Reis
  Julinho
Vegalta Sendai   Rafaelson   Ramon Lopes   Kim Jung-ya   Lee Yun-oh   Ryang Yong-gi
Kashima Antlers   Leandro   Léo Silva   Serginho   Jung Seung-hyun   Kwoun Sun-tae   Pedro Júnior
Urawa Red Diamonds   Andrew Nabbout   Fabrício   Maurício Antônio   Quenten Martinus   Zlatan Ljubijankič
Kashiwa Reysol   Cristiano   Nathan Otávio   Michael Olunga   Kim Bo-kyung   Park Jeong-su   Ramon Lopes
  Yun Suk-young
FC Tokyo   Diego Oliveira   Lins   Lipe Veloso   Jang Hyun-soo   Jakkit Wachpirom
Kawasaki Frontale   Caio César   Eduardo   Elsinho   Jung Sung-ryong   Jefferson Tabinas   Eduardo Neto
Yokohama F. Marinos   Thiago Martins   Olivier Boumal   Hugo Vieira   Dušan Cvetinović   Yun Il-lok   Ippei Shinozuka   Milos Degenek
  David Babunski
Shonan Bellmare   André Bahia   Mihael Mikić   Lee Jeong-hyeop   Alen Stevanović
Shimizu S-Pulse   Mitchell Duke   Crislan   Douglas   Freire   Hwang Seok-ho   Jong Tae-se   Wu Shaocong
Júbilo Iwata   Adaílton   Krzysztof Kaminski   Eren Albayrak   Fozil Musaev   Guilherme Santos
  Gabriel Morbeck
Nagoya Grampus   Mitchell Langerak   Eduardo Neto   Gabriel Xavier     Willian Rocha   Washington
Gamba Osaka   Ademilson   Fábio Aguiar   Hwang Ui-jo   Oh Jae-suk   Matheus Jesus
Cerezo Osaka   Souza   Matej Jonjić   Kim Jin-hyeon   Yang Dong-hyun   Osmar Barba   Pierce Waring
  Chaowat Veerachat
Vissel Kobe   Wellington   Lukas Podolski   Kim Seung-gyu   Andrés Iniesta   Theerathon Bunmathan
  Ahmed Yasser
  Leandro
  Jung Woo-young
Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Besart Berisha   Felipe Silva   Patric   Teerasil Dangda
Sagan Tosu   Joan Oumari   Cho Dong-geon   Kim Min-hyeok   Fernando Torres   Víctor Ibarbo
  An Yong-woo
  Jung Seung-hyun
V-Varen Nagasaki   Jordy Buijs   Choi Kyu-baek   Jairo Morillas   Juanma   Ben Halloran

ResultsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Kawasaki Frontale (C) 34 21 6 7 57 27 +30 69 Champions League group stage
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 34 17 6 11 47 35 +12 57 Champions League play-off round
3 Kashima Antlers 34 16 8 10 50 39 +11 56
4 Consadole Sapporo 34 15 10 9 48 48 0 55
5 Urawa Red Diamonds[a] 34 14 9 11 51 39 +12 51 Champions League group stage
6 FC Tokyo 34 14 8 12 39 34 +5 50
7 Cerezo Osaka 34 13 11 10 39 38 +1 50
8 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 14 7 13 56 48 +8 49
9 Gamba Osaka 34 14 6 14 41 46 −5 48
10 Vissel Kobe 34 12 9 13 45 52 −7 45
11 Vegalta Sendai 34 13 6 15 44 54 −10 45
12 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 12 5 17 56 56 0 41
13 Shonan Bellmare 34 10 11 13 38 43 −5 41
14 Sagan Tosu 34 10 11 13 29 34 −5 41
15 Nagoya Grampus 34 12 5 17 52 59 −7 41
16 Júbilo Iwata (O) 34 10 11 13 35 48 −13 41 Relegation play-off
17 Kashiwa Reysol (R) 34 12 3 19 47 54 −7 39 Relegation to J2 League
18 V-Varen Nagasaki (R) 34 8 6 20 39 59 −20 30
Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:


Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Kawasaki Frontale1421325633345433333332222221111111
Sanfrecce Hiroshima4212111111111111111111111112222222
Kashima Antlers127968121381214151381011131079677778743355333
Consadole Sapporo161115111576444433355564456644574533444
Urawa Red Diamonds6131317171611109121411121314111297899999986666665
FC Tokyo6141713943522222222222223333335444556
Cerezo Osaka6910151264355554544456765565657878897
Shimizu S-Pulse12533458121311710119109810810111111121210109987778
Gamba Osaka1417181818181818171716151616161616161617171817171717171312109989
Vissel Kobe6151481310997688107666455444578910111211121110
Vegalta Sendai4354232267697878781012888864687910101011
Yokohama F. Marinos6161612101314161515131615151310131313151314151514141211101113111212
Shonan Bellmare36710141112151413101213141214111211111212121413131414131414141413
Sagan Tosu61069699141616171717171717171717161515161616151516171615151514
Nagoya Grampus214571516171818181818181818181818181816141311121315161516161615
Júbilo Iwata18181113101415118109666879111291010101010111112151312131316
Kashiwa Reysol168875877108117911912141515131413131115161617141717171717
V-Varen Nagasaki1511121616171713119121414121515151414141617181818181818181818181818
Leader and qualification to AFC Champions League Group stage
Qualification to AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
Qualification to Relegation play-off
Relegation to J2 League

Results tableEdit

Home \ Away ANT BEL CER CON FMA FRO GAM GRA JUB RED REY SSP SAG SFR TOK VVN VEG VIS
Kashima Antlers 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 6–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1
Shonan Bellmare 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–3 0–2
Cerezo Osaka 0–2 2–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–1
Consadole Sapporo 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–3 2–1 2–2 3–2 2–1 1–0 3–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 3–0 4–4 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–4 0–1 5–2 5–2 1–2
Kawasaki Frontale 4–1 1–1 1–2 7–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–2 3–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 5–3
Gamba Osaka 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–3 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–0 4–1 2–3 1–3 3–0 0–0 1–2 3–4 2–3 1–2
Júbilo Iwata 3–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–6 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–0 1–2 3–2 0–2
Urawa Red Diamonds 3–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–3 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 3–2 0–0 1–0 4–0
Kashiwa Reysol 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 4–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–1 5–1 0–2 2–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 0–0 4–2 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 5–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–3
Sagan Tosu 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 3–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 4–0 1–2 0–0 1–4 0–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0
FC Tokyo 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 5–2 0–2 3–2 3–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–0
V-Varen Nagasaki 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–3 1–2 1–2 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–5 1–0 0–1
Vegalta Sendai 0–3 4–1 2–2 2–2 2–8 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–1
Vissel Kobe 0–5 0–3 2–0 4–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 2–4 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–2
Source: 2018 J1 League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offEdit

Júbilo Iwata2–0Tokyo Verdy
K. Ogawa   41' (pen.)
Taguchi   80'
Report
Attendance: 14,588

Season statisticsEdit

AttendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 603,534 55,689 21,250 35,502 +5.8%
2 FC Tokyo 449,388 44,801 13,425 26,432 −0.2%
3 Nagoya Grampus 419,218 43,579 9,297 24,660 +60.5%
4 Gamba Osaka 399,242 35,242 11,824 23,485 −3.3%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 394,709 24,677 17,113 23,218 +5.0%
6 Yokohama F. Marinos 370,401 41,686 8,688 21,788 −9.9%
7 Vissel Kobe 367,716 26,603 9,015 21,630 +18.4%
8 Kashima Antlers 330,376 33,647 7,672 19,434 −5.0%
9 Cerezo Osaka 319,782 34,303 8,165 18,811 −10.3%
10 Consadole Sapporo 309,798 34,250 6,729 18,223 −1.1%
11 Júbilo Iwata 263,060 31,375 8,047 15,474 −5.2%
12 Vegalta Sendai 261,943 19,152 13,158 15,408 +4.5%
13 Sagan Tosu 255,004 22,669 7,138 15,000 +5.7%
14 Shimizu S-Pulse 254,844 20,109 6,193 14,991 −0.8%
15 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 243,874 21,997 7,344 14,346 +2.2%
16 Shonan Bellmare 206,039 15,351 8,002 12,120 +43.4%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 193,833 14,208 9,255 11,402 +6.3%
18 V-Varen Nagasaki 190,827 15,975 6,579 11,225 +88.9%
League total 5,833,538 55,689 6,193 19,064 +1.0%

Updated to games played on 1 December 2018
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Promoted from J2.

AwardsEdit

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