2010 J.League Division 2

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Template:Infobox football league season The 2010 J. League Division 2 season was the 39th season of the second-tier club football in Japan and the 12th season since the establishment of J2 League. The season began on March 6 and ended on December 4.[1]

In this season, the number of participating clubs was increased by one, making the total number, nineteen. As opposed to the last two seasons, clubs will play double-round robin, instead of triple-round robin. At the end of the season, the top three clubs will be promoted to J. League Division 1 for the 2011 season. Furthermore, there will be no relegation to the third-tier Japan Football League.

Clubs[edit source | edit]

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Club Name Home Town(s) Note(s)
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Consadole Sapporo Sapporo, Hokkaidō
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama
FC Gifu All cities/towns in Gifu
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Promoted from JFL in 2009
Renamed from New Wave Kitakyushu
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba Relegated from J1 League in 2009
Kashiwa Reysol Kashiwa, Chiba Relegated from J1 League in 2009
Kataller Toyama All cities/towns in Toyama
Mito HollyHock Mito, Ibaraki
Oita Trinita All cities/towns in Oita Relegated from J1 League in 2009
Roasso Kumamoto Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Sagan Tosu Tosu, Saga
Thespa Kusatsu All cities/towns in Gunma
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo
Ventforet Kofu All cities/towns in Yamanashi
Yokohama FC Yokohama, Kanagawa

League format[edit source | edit]

Nineteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 36 games each. A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked by points, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

A draw would be conducted, if necessary. However, if two clubs are tied at the first place, both clubs will be declared as the champions. Three top clubs will be promoted to J1 (see below).

Changes from Previous Year
  • Nineteen participating clubs, increased by one, Giravanz Kitakyushu, from last year
  • Due to abolishment of triple round-robin format, which has been applied for the past two seasons, and installation of double round-robin, the number of games per club decreased to 36, down from 51, the fewest games played in J2, as same as 1999 J2 season. Therefore, regular season schedule had a month break after June 13 games during 2010 FIFA World Cup, first World Cup break as J2 since the 2002 events held in Japan, then the season resumed from July 17.
  • As in J1, J2 teams may now have 7 substitute players per match, up from 5.

League table[edit source | edit]

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Results[edit source | edit]

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Top scorers[edit source | edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[2]
1 Japan Mike Havenaar Ventforet Kofu 20
2 Brazil Ricardo Lobo Tochigi SC 16
Japan Tomohiro Tsuda Tokushima Vortis 16
4 Japan Genki Nagasato Avispa Fukuoka 15
5 Brazil Paulinho Ventforet Kofu 14
6 Brazil Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol 13
Japan Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu 13
8 Japan Masashi Oguro[note 1] Yokohama FC 12
9 Japan Ryohei Hayashi Kashiwa Reysol 11
10 Japan Kazuki Hiramoto Tokyo Verdy 10
Japan Masato Kudo Kashiwa Reysol 10
Japan Kosuke Nakamachi Avispa Fukuoka 10
Brazil Neto Baiano JEF United Chiba 10


  1. Moved on loan to FC Tokyo after 17th week.

Attendance[edit source | edit]

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. "J-League to kick off season March 6".[permanent dead link]
  2. "2010 J2 Top Scorers". j-league.or.jp. J-League. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2010.

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