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J1 League
J. League
Country Flag of Japan Japan
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 1993
Number of teams 18
Relegation to J2 League
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Emperor's Cup
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup
J.League Championship
AFC (Asia) cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Kashima Antlers (2016)
Most successful club Kashima Antlers (7 titles)
TV Sky PerfecTV (all matches),
NHK BS1 (some matches)
Website Official website
Football current event 2017

The J1 League is the top division of the Japan Professional Football League and is the top professional association football J.League in Japan. It is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. Currently, the J1 League is the first level of the Japanese association football league system. The second tier is represented by the J2 League. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League.

2017 season

League format

Main article: 2017 J1 League

Eighteen clubs will play in double round-robin (home and away) format, a total of 34 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 for first place, both clubs will be declared as co-champions. The top three clubs will qualify to the following year's AFC Champions League, while the bottom three clubs will be relegated to J2.

Prize Money (2015 figures)
  • Champions(Championship finals winners): 100,000,000 Yen
  • 1st & 2nd stage winners: 50,000,000 Yen
  • First place of Total point of 1st and 2nd stage: 80,000,000 Yen
  • Second place of Total point of 1st and 2nd stage: 30,000,000 Yen
  • Third place of Total point of 1st and 2nd stage: 20,000,000 Yen
  • Winner of championship first round and semifinal : 15,000,000 Yen

Participating clubs

Club Year
Joined
Seasons
in J1
Based in First Season in
Top Flight
Seasons in
Top Flight
Current Spell in
Top Flight
Last Title
Albirex Niigata 1999 (J2) 14 Niigata & Seiro, Niigata 2004 14 2004–
Kashima Antlers 1993 25 Southwestern cities/towns of Ibaraki 1985 28 1993– 2016
Omiya Ardija 1999 (J2) 12 Saitama, Saitama 2005 12 2016–
Cerezo Osaka 1995 17 Osaka & Sakai, Osaka 1965 43 2017– 1980
Consadole Sapporo 1998 6 All cities/towns in Hokkaidō 1989/90 9 2017–
Template:Fb team F Marinos 1993 25 Yokohama & Yokosuka, Kanagawa 1979 37 1982– 2004
Kawasaki Frontale 1999 (J2) 14 Kawasaki, Kanagawa 1977 16 2005–
Template:Fb team Gamba 1993 24 North cities in Osaka 1986/87 29 2014– 2014
Template:Fb team Jubilo 1994 22 Iwata, Shizuoka 1980 31 2016– 2002
Template:Fb team Red Diamonds 1993 24 Saitama, Saitama 1965 50 2001– 2006
Template:Fb team Reysol 1995 21 Kashiwa, Chiba 1965 45 2011– 2011
Template:Fb team S-Pulse 1993 (J) 24 Shizuoka, Shizuoka 1993 25 2017–
Template:Fb team Sagan 1999 (J2) 6 Tosu, Saga 2012 6 2012–
Template:Fb team Sanfrecce 1993 23 Hiroshima, Hiroshima 1965 45 2009– 2015
Template:Fb team FC Tokyo 1999 (J2) 23 Tokyo 2000 23 2012–
Template:Fb team Vegalta 1999 (J2) 10 Sendai, Miyagi 2002 10 2010–
Ventforet 1999 (J2) 8 All cities/towns in Yamanashi 2006 8 2013–
Template:Fb team Vissel 1997 19 Kobe, Hyōgo 1997 19 2014–

Source for teams participating:

  • Pink background denotes club was most recently promoted from J2 League.
  • "Year joined" is the year the club joined the J.League (Division 1 unless otherwise indicated).
  • "First season in top flight," "Seasons in top flight," "Current spell in top flight," and "Last title" include seasons in the old Japan Soccer League First Division.

External links

J.League
J1 League (2017)

Albirex Niigata · Cerezo Osaka · Consadole Sapporo · FC Tokyo · Gamba Osaka · Júbilo Iwata · Kashima Antlers · Kashiwa Reysol · Kawasaki Frontale · Omiya Ardija · Sagan Tosu · Sanfrecce Hiroshima · Shimizu S-Pulse · Urawa Red Diamonds · Vegalta Sendai · Ventforet Kofu · Vissel Kobe · Yokohama F. Marinos

J2 League (2017)

Avispa Fukuoka · Ehime FC · Fagiano Okayama · FC Gifu · FC Machida Zelvia · JEF United Ichihara Chiba · Kamatamare Sanuki · Kyoto Sanga FC · Matsumoto Yamaga FC · Mito HollyHock · Montedio Yamagata · Nagoya Grampus · Oita Trinita · Renofa Yamaguchi FC · Roasso Kumamoto · Shonan Bellmare · Thespakusatsu Gunma · Tokushima Vortis · Tokyo Verdy · V-Varen Nagasaki · Yokohama FC · Zweigen Kanazawa

J3 League (2017)

AC Nagano Parceiro · Azul Claro Numazu · Blaublitz Akita · Cerezo Osaka U-23 · FC Ryūkyū · FC Tokyo U-23 · Fujieda MYFC · Fukushima United FC · Gainare Tottori · Gamba Osaka U-23 · Giravanz Kitakyushu · Grulla Morioka · Kagoshima United FC · Kataller Toyama · SC Sagamihara · Tochigi SC · YSCC Yokohama

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