2020 J2 League

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Template:Infobox football league season The 2020 J2 League, also known as the Script error: No such module "Nihongo". for sponsorship reasons, will be the 28th season of J2 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The league will start on 21 February 2020. For this season, the league was planned to have season break to avoid clash with 2020 Summer Olympics due to be starting from June to August, as the Olympics have been postponed to a year.[1]

Effects of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic[edit source | edit]

On February 25, all J.League matches until March 15 were postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] After that, it was announced that it would be postponed until March 29.[3] On March 19, the J.League announced no relegation would take place for the 2020 season, with the J1 League expanding to 20 clubs for the 2021 season.[4] On March 25, announced that it would be Suspended April 3 to May 6.[5]

On April 3, decided to starting over the official game schedule, which aims to gradually resume J3 from April 25, J2 from May 2, and J1 from May 9. Note that, considering a new schedule in the future, but it will resume it at least one month later and later in the month.[6]

On May 29, J.LEAGUE announced to decided to resume on June 27.[7] On June 9, announced to About schedule announcements of the 2020.[8] On June 15, announced to New dates. The first 2 matches in each league (J2 2nd-3rd sec. ) will be held without spectators. After July 10th, as a general rule, the maximum number of people will be 5,000 (stadiums with less capacity are those with less than 50% of the capacity of people, can't enter away supporters). After August, the maximum number of stadium capacity will be 50%, and it will be a “high alert spectator match”.[9]

After that, 11th J.League extraordinary executive committee on July 20, it was announced that the "super strict alert audience game" extended to August 10 in view of the spread of coronavirus infection.[10]

Clubs[edit source | edit]

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After spending only one season in J2 Kashiwa Reysol became champions and have been promoted to 2020 J1 League along with Yokohama FC. 2019 J3 League champions Giravanz Kitakyushu and second place Thespakusatsu Gunma entered the league as promoted teams, replacing Kagoshima United and FC Gifu who were relegated to 2020 J3 League. Those teams that qualified for promotion playoffs in 2019 were unable to defeat their opponent and thus remain in 2020 J1 League season.

Giravanz Kitakyushu return to J2 after spending 3 seasons in J3, while Thespakusatsu Gunma return after spending two seasons.

Meanwhile, Matsumoto Yamaga and Júbilo Iwata will join 2020 J2 League as relegated teams from 2019 J1 League having placed 17th and 18th respectively.

Club Name Home Town Stadium Capacity Last season licence
Albirex Niigata Niigata & Seiro, Niigata Denka Big Swan Stadium 42,300 J2 (10th) J1
Avispa Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Level5 Stadium 22,563 J2 (16th) J1
Ehime FC All cities/towns in Ehime[lower-alpha 1] Ningineer Stadium 20,000 J2 (19th) J1
Fagiano Okayama All cities/towns in Okayama[lower-alpha 2] City Light Stadium 20,000 J2 (9th) J1
Giravanz Kitakyushu Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu 15,066 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from J3 (Champions) J1
JEF United Chiba Chiba & Ichihara, Chiba Fukuda Denshi Arena 18,500 J2 (17th) J1
Júbilo Iwata Iwata, Shizuoka Yamaha Stadium 15,165 Arrowdownred.png Relegated from J1 (18th) J1
Kyoto Sanga Cities/towns in Kyoto[lower-alpha 3] Sanga Stadium by Kyocera 21,600 J2 (8th) J1
Machida Zelvia Machida, Tokyo Machida Athletic Stadium 10,600 J2 (18th) J1
Matsumoto Yamaga Cities/towns in Nagano[lower-alpha 4] Sunpro Alwin 20,396 Arrowdownred.png Relegated from J1 (17th) J1
Mito HollyHock Cities/towns in Ibaraki[lower-alpha 5] K's denki Stadium Mito 12,000 J2 (7th) J2
Montedio Yamagata All cities/towns in Yamagata[lower-alpha 6] ND Soft Stadium 20,315 J2 (6th) J1
Omiya Ardija Saitama, Saitama NACK5 Stadium Omiya 15,500 J2 (3rd) J1
Renofa Yamaguchi All cities/towns in Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium 20,000 J2 (15th) J1
FC Ryukyu All cities/towns in Okinawa[lower-alpha 7] Tapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium 25,000 J2 (14th) J1
Tochigi SC Utsunomiya, Tochigi Tochigi Green Stadium 18,025 J2 (20th) J1
Thespakusatsu Gunma All cities/towns in Gunma[lower-alpha 8] Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma 15,253 Arrowupgreen.png Promoted from J3(2nd) J1
Tokushima Vortis All cities/towns in Tokushima[lower-alpha 9] Pocarisweat Stadium 20,441 J2 (4th) J1
V-Varen Nagasaki All cities/towns in Nagasaki Prefecture[lower-alpha 10] Nagasaki Athletic Stadium 20,246 J2 (12th) J1
Ventforet Kofu All cities/towns in Yamanashi Prefecture[lower-alpha 11] Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000 J2 (5th) J1
Tokyo Verdy All cities/towns in Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970 J2 (13th) J1
Zweigen Kanazawa All cities/towns in Ishikawa[lower-alpha 12] Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium 20,000 J2 (11th) J1

Personnel and kits[edit source | edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Albirex Niigata Spain Albert Puig [11] Germany Adidas
Avispa Fukuoka Japan Shigetoshi Hasebe[12] Japan YONEX
Ehime FC Japan Kenta Kawai[13] Japan Mizuno
Fagiano Okayama Japan Kenji Arima[14] Brazil Penalty
Giravanz Kitakyushu Japan Shinji Kobayashi[15] Brazil Penalty
JEF United Chiba South Korea Yoon Jong-hwan[16] Italy Kappa
Júbilo Iwata Spain Fernando Jubero[17] Germany Puma
Kyoto Sanga Japan Noritada Saneyoshi[18] Germany Puma
Machida Zelvia Template:Country data AUTSerbia Ranko Popović [19] Japan SVOLME
Matsumoto Yamaga Japan Keiichiro Nuno[20] Germany Adidas
Mito HollyHock Japan Tadahiro Akiba[21] Japan GAViC
Montedio Yamagata Japan Kiyotaka Ishimaru[22] Brazil Penalty
Omiya Ardija Japan Takuya Takagi[23] United States Under Armour
Renofa Yamaguchi Japan Masahiro Shimoda[24] Brazil Finta
FC Ryukyu Japan Yasuhiro Higuchi[25] Japan sfida
Tochigi SC Japan Kazuaki Tasaka[26] Brazil ATHLETA
Thespakusatsu Gunma Japan Ryosuke Okuno [27] Spain Kelme
Tokushima Vortis Spain Ricardo Rodríguez[28] Japan Mizuno
V-Varen Nagasaki Japan Makoto Teguramori[29] England Umbro
Ventforet Kofu Japan Akira Ito[30] Japan Mizuno
Tokyo Verdy Japan Hideki Nagai [31] Brazil ATHLETA
Zweigen Kanazawa Japan Masaaki Yanagishita[32] Germany Adidas

Foreign players[edit source | edit]

As of 2020 season, there are no more restrictions on a number of signed foreign players, but clubs can only register up to five foreign players for a single match-day squad.[33] Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia 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 Player 6 Player 7 Former players
Montedio Yamagata Brazil Vinícius Araújo South Korea Min Seong-jun
Mito HollyHock Brazil Halef Pitbull
Tochigi SC Template:Country data PRK Han Yong-thae South Korea Woo Sang-ho
Thespakusatsu Gunma
Omiya Ardija Template:Country data BIH Nermin Haskić Template:Country data LAT Vitālijs Maksimenko Serbia Filip Kljajić Russia Ippei Shinozuka Norway Ibba Laajab
JEF United Chiba Brazil Alan Pinheiro Brazil Kléber South Korea Jang Min-gyu Template:Country data AUS Jason Geria Brazil Hebert
Tokyo Verdy Brazil Leandro Brazil Klebinho Brazil Matheus Vidotto
Machida Zelvia Serbia Alen Mašović Template:Country data PRK Ri Han-jae Template:Country data MKD Dorian Babunski South Korea Jeong Chung-geun Serbia Stefan Šćepović Template:Country data PER Erick Noriega
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Dudu Brazil Junior Barros Brazil Rafael Marques
Matsumoto Yamaga Brazil Augusto César Brazil Serginho Brazil Alvaro Brazil Jael Template:Country data GNB Isma
Albirex Niigata Brazil Fábio Brazil Silvinho Template:Country data URU Gonzalo González Template:Country data URU Pedro Manzi Argentina Mauro dos Santos
Zweigen Kanazawa Brazil Rodolfo Brazil Lucão
Jubilo Iwata Brazil Lulinha Brazil Lukian Argentina Juan Forlín Template:Country data UZB Fozil Musaev
Kyoto Sanga Brazil Renan Mota Brazil Juninho Template:Country data NED Jordy Buijs Template:Country data NGR Peter Utaka
Fagiano Okayama Brazil Paulinho Brazil Léo Mineiro South Korea Lee Yong-jae South Korea Yu Yong-hyeon South Korea Lee Kyeong-tae South Korea Choi Jung-won Template:Country data MAS Hadi Fayyadh
Renofa Yamaguchi Brazil Renan Brazil Henik Brazil Iury Brazil Sandro
Tokushima Vortis Brazil Diego Serbia Dušan Cvetinović
Ehime FC Spain Sisi
Avispa Fukuoka Brazil Douglas Grolli Spain Jon Ander Serantes Spain Carlos Gutiérrez Spain Juanma Template:Country data SWE Emil Salomonsson
Giravanz Kitakyushu
V-Varen Nagasaki Brazil Caio César Brazil Freire Brazil Luan Template:Country data COL Víctor Ibarbo
FC Ryukyu Brazil Felipe Tavares Template:Country data CRC Danny Carvajal South Korea Lee Ji-seong Template:Country data PRK Ri Yong-jik

League table[edit source | edit]

It was decided on 19 March to change the format regarding the rules for promotion/relegation for the end of the season for the J1, J2 and J3 leagues,[34] such that there would be no relegation this season, that two clubs from the J2 League would be promoted to the 2021 J1 League, and that two clubs from the J3 League would be promoted to the 2021 J2 League (subject to licensing regulations). It was also announced that the J1/J2 play-offs will not be held.[35]

Template:2020 J2 League table

Positions by round[edit source | edit]

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Top scorers[edit source | edit]

As of matches played September 4th, 2020.[36]
Rank Player Club Goals
Nigeria Peter Utaka Kyoto Sanga
Japan Akira Silvano Disaro Giravanz Kitakyushu
Japan Mutsuki Kato Zweigen Kanazawa
Japan Yuki Kakita Tokushima Vortis
Brazil Lukian Júbilo Iwata
Japan Takuma Abe FC Ryukyu
Japan Koki Ogawa Júbilo Iwata
Japan Kazuma Yamaguchi Mito HollyHock
Brazil Lucão Zweigen Kanazawa
Japan Shuto Machino Giravanz Kitakyushu
Japan Arata Watanabe Albirex Niigata

Attendances[edit source | edit]

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