2018 J2 League

The 2018 Meiji Yasuda J2 League (2018 明治安田生命J2リーグ) season was the 47th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 20th season since the establishment of J2 League.

Meiji Yasuda J2 League
Season2018
ChampionsMatsumoto Yamaga
PromotedMatsumoto Yamaga
Oita Trinita
RelegatedRoasso Kumamoto
Kamatamare Sanuki
Matches played462
Goals scored1,143 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorerGenki Omae
Omiya Ardija, 24 goals
Highest attendance22,465[1]
Niigata 1–1 Matsumoto
(3 March)
Lowest attendance1,510[1]
Sanuki 1-1 Yamagata
(19 September)
Average attendance7,049
2017
2019

ClubsEdit

The participating clubs are listed in the following table:

Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seirō, Niigata Relegated from J1
Omiya Ardija Saitama Relegated from J1
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime[a]
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama[b]
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu[c]
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba
Kamatamare Sanuki Takamatsu, Kagawa
Kyoto Sanga Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto[d]
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo
Matsumoto Yamaga Central cities/towns in Nagano[e]
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata[f]
Oita Trinita Ōita
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi[g]
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Promoted from J3
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima[h]
Ventforet Kofu All Yamanashi Prefecture[i] Relegated from J1
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa
Zweigen Kanazawa Kanazawa

Personnel and kitsEdit

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata   Masakazu Suzuki   Ryota Isomura Adidas
Avispa Fukuoka   Masami Ihara   Hisashi Jogo Yonex
Ehime FC   Shuichi Mase   Kazuhisa Kawahara Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama   Tetsu Nagasawa   Kohei Kiyama Penalty
FC Gifu   Takeshi Oki   Yuto Ono New Balance
JEF United Chiba   Juan Esnáider   Naoya Kondo Kappa
Kamatamare Sanuki   Makoto Kitano   Kazumasa Takagi ATHLETA
Kyoto Sanga   Takanori Nunobe   Yuta Someya Wacoal
Machida Zelvia   Naoki Soma   Ri Han-jae SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga   Yasuharu Sorimachi   Masaki Iida Adidas
Mito HollyHock   Shigetoshi Hasebe   Junya Hosokawa GAViC
Montedio Yamagata   Takashi Kiyama   Takumi Yamada New Balance
Oita Trinita   Tomohiro Katanosaka   Akira Takeuchi Puma
Omiya Ardija   Masatada Ishii   Kosuke Kikuchi Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi   Masahiro Shimoda   Hidetoshi Miyuki Finta
Roasso Kumamoto   Hiroki Shibuya   Akihiro Sato Puma
Tochigi SC   Yuji Yokoyama   Koji Hirose ATHLETA
Tokushima Vortis   Ricardo Rodríguez   Ken Iwao Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy   Miguel Ángel Lotina   Akira Ibayashi ATHLETA
Ventforet Kofu   Tatsuma Yoshida   Hideomi Yamamoto Mizuno
Yokohama FC   Edson Tavares   Kensuke Sato SOCCER JUNKY
Zweigen Kanazawa   Masaaki Yanagishita   Tomonobu Hiroi Adidas

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Ventforet Kofu   Tatsuma Yoshida 30 April 2018[2]   Nobuhiro Ueno 30 April 2018
Kyoto Sanga   Takanori Nunobe 11 May 2018[3]   Boško Gjurovski 11 May 2018
Ehime FC   Shuichi Mase 15 May 2018[4]   Kenta Kawai 15 May 2018
Albirex Niigata   Masakazu Suzuki 8 August 2018[5]   Koichiro Katafuchi 22 August 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, Iran, Malaysia, and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Other Former
Albirex Niigata   Alex Muralha   Cauê   Jonathan Reis   Thalles   Song Ju-hun   Bruno Meneghel
Omiya Ardija   Marcelo Toscano   Mateus   David Babunski   Robin Simović   Kim Dongsu   Cauê
Avispa Fukuoka   Dudu   Léo Mineiro   Won Du-jae   Yu In-soo   Euller
  Túlio de Melo
Ehime FC   Park Seung-su   Woo Sang-ho
Fagiano Okayama   Ricardo Santos   Choi Jung-won   Jeong Chung-geun   Lee Kyung-tae   Lee Yong-jae
FC Gifu   Ezequiel Ham   Michael   Ryan De Vries   Jeon San-hae   Víctor Ibáñez   Woo Sang-ho
JEF United Chiba   Joaquín Larrivey   Diego Rodríguez   Jason Geria   Hebert   Jorge Salinas
Kamatamare Sanuki   Alex   Park Chan-yong   Song Young-min
Kyoto Sanga   Juninho   Kaio   Wu Shaocong   Kim Cheol-ho   Renzo López   Matías Caseras
  Alexandre
Machida Zelvia   Dorian Babunski   Romero Frank   Jung Han-cheol   Ri Han-jae
Matsumoto Yamaga   Dinei   Paulinho   Serginho   Goh Dong Min   Jo Jin-woo   Anders Aplin
Mito HollyHock   Batista   Diego   Jefferson Baiano   Danny Carvajal
Montedio Yamagata   Álvaro   Bruno Lopes   Felipe Alves   Jairo
Oita Trinita   Willian   Mun Kyung-gun   Hwang Song-su   Lim Seung-gyeom
Renofa Yamaguchi   Julinho   Renan   Washington   Gerson
  Min Kyung-jun
Roasso Kumamoto   Lim Jin-woo   Yang Sang-jun   An Byong-jun
Tochigi SC    Alex   Paulao   Henik   Mendes   Johnny Leoni   Diogo Ferreira
  Nejc Pečnik
Tokushima Vortis   Bueno   Peter Utaka   Kim Jong-pil   David Barral   Sisinio   Nathan Júnior
  Danny Carvajal
Ventforet Kofu   Diego   Éder Lima   Ferrugem   Junior Barros   Byeon Jun-byum   Dinei
  Lins
Tokyo Verdy   Alan Pinheiro   Douglas   Leandro   Ri Yong-jik   Carlos Martínez
Yokohama FC   Bruno Meneghel   Leandro Domingues   Calvin Jong-a-Pin   Ibba Laajab   Bae Seung-jin   Jeong Chung-geun
Zweigen Kanazawa   Allan   Rodrigo Maranhão

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Matsumoto Yamaga (C, P) 42 21 14 7 54 34 +20 77 Promotion to 2019 J1 League
2 Oita Trinita (P) 42 23 7 12 76 51 +25 76
3 Yokohama FC 42 21 13 8 63 44 +19 76 Qualification to promotion play-offs[a]
4 Machida Zelvia 42 21 13 8 62 44 +18 76
5 Omiya Ardija 42 21 8 13 65 48 +17 71 Qualification to promotion play-offs[a]
6 Tokyo Verdy 42 19 14 9 56 41 +15 71
7 Avispa Fukuoka 42 19 13 10 58 42 +16 70
8 Renofa Yamaguchi 42 16 13 13 63 64 −1 61
9 Ventforet Kofu 42 16 11 15 56 46 +10 59
10 Mito HollyHock 42 16 9 17 48 46 +2 57
11 Tokushima Vortis 42 16 8 18 48 42 +6 56
12 Montedio Yamagata 42 14 14 14 49 51 −2 56
13 Zweigen Kanazawa 42 14 13 15 52 48 +4 55
14 JEF United Chiba 42 16 7 19 72 72 0 55
15 Fagiano Okayama 42 14 11 17 39 43 −4 53
16 Albirex Niigata 42 15 8 19 48 56 −8 53
17 Tochigi SC 42 13 11 18 38 48 −10 50
18 Ehime FC 42 12 12 18 34 52 −18 48
19 Kyoto Sanga 42 12 7 23 40 58 −18 43
20 FC Gifu 42 11 9 22 44 62 −18 42
21 Roasso Kumamoto (R) 42 9 7 26 50 79 −29 34 Relegation to 2019 J3 League[b]
22 Kamatamare Sanuki (R) 42 7 10 25 28 72 −44 31
Source: 2018 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE League table
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Only teams that meet J1 license criteria can participate in promotion play-offs. 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.
  2. ^ Direct exchange between J2 and J3 is subject to eligibility of J2-licensed teams in top 2 of 2018 J3 League.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALB ARD AVI EHI FAG GIF HOL JEF KAM MON REN ROS SAN TOC TRI VEN VER VOR YAM YFC ZEL ZWE
Albirex Niigata 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–1 5–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–3 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–5 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1
Omiya Ardija 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 4–4 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 4–0 1–0 1–1
Avispa Fukuoka 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–2
Ehime FC 0–0 2–3 1–5 2–0 1–3 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2
Fagiano Okayama 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–3
FC Gifu 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 2–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–4 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1
Mito HollyHock 0–1 0–2 1–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 5–0 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0
JEF United Chiba 1–2 1–3 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–0 6–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–0 2–4 2–1 2–3 2–0 2–3 0–1 3–2 3–4
Kamatamare Sanuki 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 0–4 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2
Montedio Yamagata 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–3 2–2 2–1
Renofa Yamaguchi 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–2 0–4 1–0 0–1 4–1 1–2 1–0 1–3 0–1 4–3 2–2 2–2 0–3 0–1 2–2
Roasso Kumamoto 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–4 0–1 1–3 1–4 0–0 2–1 1–3 3–5 2–3 0–1
Kyoto Sanga 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–0
Tochigi SC 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–5 1–0 3–1 2–4 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1
Oita Trinita 4–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 5–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–4 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–3 2–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 6–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–3
Tokyo Verdy 4–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–4 0–1
Tokushima Vortis 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 0–1 5–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–3
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–0 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 5–0
Yokohama FC 0–3 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–3 4–2 3–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–3 0–4
Machida Zelvia 0–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 3–3 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0
Zweigen Kanazawa 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2018. Source: J.League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion–Relegation PlayoffsEdit

Because Machida Zelvia did not own a J1 license for the 2019 season, they were ineligible to participate in the play-offs. Thus, Yokohama FC, finishing third in the season, received a bye into the second round, from which the winner will play the team finishing 16th in J1.

  1st Semi-Final 2nd Semi-Final Final
                               
    1 Júbilo Iwata 2  
    2 Yokohama FC 0     J2 (6) Tokyo Verdy 0  
  3 Omiya Ardija 0     J2 (6) Tokyo Verdy 1  
  4 Tokyo Verdy 1  

First Semi-FinalEdit


Omiya Ardija0–1Tokyo Verdy
Taira   71'

Second Semi-FinalEdit


Yokohama FC0–1Tokyo Verdy
Douglas Vieira   90+7'
Attendance: 12,625
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

FinalEdit

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

Top scorersEdit

As of matches played 17 November 2018.[6]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
  Genki Omae Omiya Ardija
24
2
  Ado Onaiwu Renofa Yamaguchi
22
3
  Takayuki Funayama JEF United Chiba
19
4
  Ibba Yokohama FC
17
5
  Douglas Vieira Tokyo Verdy
13
6   Masashi Oguro Tochigi SC 12
  Seigo Kobayashi Renofa Yamaguchi
  Yuki Nakashima Machida Zelvia
  Mateus Omiya Ardija
  Kenji Baba Oita Trinita
  Noriaki Fujimoto

AttendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Albirex Niigata 313,080 22,465 8,614 14,913 −32.3%
2 Matsumoto Yamaga 278,948 19,066 9,490 13,283 −21.0%
3 JEF United Chiba 207,025 12,440 6,152 9,858 −1.3%
4 Omiya Ardija 193,711 12,400 6,506 9,224 −19.5%
5 Oita Trinita 187,052 15,125 4,880 8,907 +10.5%
6 Avispa Fukuoka 186,323 15,331 6,684 8,873 −7.1%
7 Fagiano Okayama 180,586 13,851 5,034 8,599 −9.2%
8 Ventforet Kofu 155,054 10,192 3,130 7,384 −31.9%
9 FC Gifu 144,011 12,045 3,819 6,858 −1.7%
10 Montedio Yamagata 142,094 13,609 4,675 6,766 +2.8%
11 Yokohama FC 128,959 10,978 3,051 6,141 +2.9%
12 Renofa Yamaguchi 128,579 12,927 3,133 6,123 +12.3%
13 Tokyo Verdy 124,654 10,529 3,048 5,936 −4.4%
14 Kyoto Sanga 118,931 9,036 2,624 5,663 −16.1%
15 Tochigi SC 118,805 11,562 3,203 5,657 +9.9%
16 Roasso Kumamoto 110,643 10,226 3,206 5,269 −19.6%
17 Tokushima Vortis 104,941 8,753 2,974 4,997 +0.4%
18 Mito HollyHock 103,698 7,858 2,736 4,938 +0.1%
19 Machida Zelvia 103,215 10,013 2,414 4,915 +21.2%
20 Zweigen Kanazawa 95,093 9,645 2,108 4,528 +3.0%
21 Ehime FC 66,382 5,319 2,196 3,161 −18.2%
22 Kamatamare Sanuki 64,532 5,668 1,510 3,073 −19.2%
League total 3,256,416 22,465 1,510 7,049 +1.1%

Updated to games played on 17 November 2018
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Relegated from J1. Promoted from J3.

ReferencesEdit

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