List of winners of J2 League and predecessors
A national second tier of Japanese league football was first established in 1972, as the Japan Soccer League Second Division. In 1992, with the breakup of the JSL and restructuring of the top flight into the J.League, the (former) Japan Football League became the second tier. In 1999 the J.League has established a second division (officially known as J2 League).
|Japanese League (2nd tier)|
|Japan Soccer League Second Division (1972–1992)|
(former) Japan Football League Division 1 (1992–1993)
(former) Japan Football League (1994–1998)
J.League Division 2 (1999–2014)
J2 League (2015–present)
|Number of teams|
|22 (2021 season)|
|Tokushima Vortis (2020)|
|Most successful club|
Japan Soccer League Second Division (1972–1992)Edit
Numbers in parentheses indicate number of wins at the date.
(former) Japan Football League Division 1 (1992–1993)Edit
An extra season of Japanese football was done by the Japan Football League in late 1992, as the top flight clubs were still re-organizing and adopting new identities before the J.League kicked off in 1993.
|Yamaha Motors† (2)||Hitachi†|
|Shonan Bellmare (2)||Júbilo Iwata|
† Not promoted to J.League
(former) Japan Football League (1994–1998)Edit
In 1994, the Japan Football League Division 2 was abolished.
|Cerezo Osaka||Kashiwa Reysol|
|Fukuoka Blux||Kyoto Purple Sanga|
|Honda Motors† (3)||Vissel Kobe|
|Consadole Sapporo (3)||Tokyo Gas†|
|Tokyo Gas†||Kawasaki Frontale†|
J2 League (1999–present)Edit
From 1999 to 2014 the league was known as J.League Division 2.
Clubs in bold compete in J2 as of 2021 season. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
Years in italic indicate seasons of amateur football (Japan Soccer League D2 and former Japan Football League).
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Winning seasons||Runners-up seasons|
|Consadole Sapporo||1979, 1988–89, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2016||1982|
|Shonan Bellmare||1991–92, 1993, 2014, 2017||2012|
|Kashiwa Reysol||1990–91, 2010, 2019||1988–89, 1992, 1994, 2006|
|Kawasaki Frontale||1976, 1999, 2004||1974, 1980, 1998|
|Honda FC||1978, 1980, 1996|
|Tokyo Verdy||1974, 1977||1975, 1976, 2007|
|Júbilo Iwata||1982, 1992||1979, 1993, 2015|
|Kashima Antlers||1984, 1986–87||1983, 1991–92|
|FC Tokyo||1998, 2011||1997, 1999|
|Kyoto Sanga||2001, 2005||1995|
|Gamba Osaka||1985, 2013||1987–88|
|NKK SC||1981, 1983|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||2008||1985, 1990–91, 2003|
|Nagoya Grampus||1972||1986–87, 1989–90|
|Cerezo Osaka||1994||2002, 2009|
|Ventforet Kofu||2012||1973, 2010|
|Avispa Fukuoka||1995||2005, 2020|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||1989–90||2000|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||0||3||1977, 1978, 1981|
|Vissel Kobe||1996, 2013|