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How is the J.League structured?

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J.League system J.League system

MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUEMEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE

18 clubs compete in a home and away round-robin format
(Each club plays 34 matches)
  • Top three finishers will qualify for the subsequent season's AFC Champions League (ACL).
  • The above rules apply only when each category holds more than 75% of its total matches and 50% of each team's games. However, it may be further discussed at the board of directors to meet a contingency.
  • If the above criteria are not met, the season will not be considered as completed. The ranking in each category will not be determined and there will be no promotion. Hence in the 2021 season, the number of clubs in each category will be 18-20 clubs for J1, 20-24 clubs for J2 and 14-18 clubs for J3.

MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUEMEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE

22 clubs compete in a home and away round-robin format
(Each club plays 42 matches)
  • Clubs finishing in first and second place of the J2 LEAGUE will be automatically promoted to the J1 LEAGUE and J1/J2 Play-Offs will not be held.
  • If either of the top two finishers do not possess a requisite license, promotion will not carry down to any clubs in third place or below.
  • The above rules apply only when each category holds more than 75% of its total matches and 50% of each team's games. However, it may be further discussed at the board of directors to meet a contingency.

MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUEMEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE

18 clubs compete in a home and away round-robin format
(Each club plays 36 matches)
  • Top two finishers will be automatically promoted to the J2 League for the subsequent season.
  • If either of the top two finishers do not possess a requisite license, promotion will not carry down to any clubs in third place or below.
  • The above rules apply only when each category holds more than 75% of its total matches and 50% of each team's games. However, it may be further discussed at the board of directors to meet a contingency.
  • If the above criteria are not met, the season will not be considered as completed. The ranking in each category will not be determined and there will be no promotion. Hence in the 2021 season, the number of clubs in each category will be 18-20 clubs for J1, 20-24 clubs for J2 and 14-18 clubs for J3.

J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUPJ.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP *In the case of 2020

Group stage
  • 16 teams (15 J1 teams* and J2 team Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.**) will play in a round-robin format in 4 groups.
  • Top teams in each group and top 1 team in second place will qualify to the Prime Stage.
  • *3 teams participating in the AFC Champions League (ACL) will play from Prime Stage.
  • **Matsumoto will not play from sec. 2 and their group will be made up of 3 teams. 2 teams that will not play against Matsumoto will be given 3 points.
Prime stage (Knock-out stage)
  • 8 teams (5 qualified teams and 3 teams participating in the ACL) will play a knockout format.
J.League Clubs Across Japan

When is the J.League season?

2020 J.League season

2020 J.League Schedule

The 2020 season starts on Friday, February 21st!

  • MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
    Friday, February 21 ~ Saturday, December 19
    [ 34 Sec/306 matches ]
  • MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
    Sunday, February 23 ~ Sunday, December 20
    [ 42 Sec/462 matches ]
  • MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE
    Saturday, June 27 ~ Sunday, December 20
    [ 34 Sec/306 matches ]
  • J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP
    Sunday, February 16 ~ Saturday, 7 November

How to buy tickets?

How to buy tickets?
  • To search by date

    1. Access TICKET page.
      Search by date 1 Search by date 1
    2. Select month.
      Search by date 2 Search by date 2
    3. Select match and click Buy Ticket button.(it will direct you to an external website)
      Search by date 3 Search by date 3
    4. Select seat to proceed with purchase procedure!
      Search by date 4 Search by date 4
  • To search by club

    1. Access CLUBS & PLAYER page
      Search by club 1 Search by club 1
    2. Select club.
      Search by club 2 Search by club 2
    3. Click SCHEDULE button.
      Search by club 3 Search by club 3
    4. Select match and click Buy Ticket button.(it will direct you to an external website)
      Search by date 4 Search by date 4
    5. Select seat to proceed with purchase procedure!
      Search by club 5 Search by club 5
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* The sales of tickets are restricted due to the COVID-19.
For the latest information, please visit the club’s official website.

Ways you can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 -For a safe and secure match day experience-

Under full alert / alert

1. Before coming to the stadium…
  • Step 1 How are you feeling?
    Stay home if:
    • you are not feeling well
    • you have symptoms such as fever, coughing, sore throat, feel dull, loss of taste/smell
    • you have a family member or someone close who may have viral infections
    • you or someone close to you returned from a country/region within the past 14 days where the government requires entry measures
  • Step 2 Ready to go to the stadium?
    What to bring:
    • a mask
      * mandatory to wear a mask at the stadium and there will be no mask available to hand out at the stadium
    • a mind to practice physical distancing and cough etiquette
      * physical distancing: stay 2m apart, minimum 1m apart from one another
      * cough etiquette: use tissues, cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve, etc. when coughing/sneezing
2. At the stadium…
  • Step 3 Is your body temperature below 37.5°C?
    • A staff will take your temperature at the gate. If you have a temperature of 37.5°C or higher, you cannot enter the stadium
  • Step 4 You are in the stadium! Enjoy the excitement but do not forget…
    • to wash and sterilize your hands often
    • keep in mind to practice physical distancing and cough etiquette
    • you cannot move from your seat/designated spot during the match
      * no sitting to next each other without physical distancing, going upfront to talk to the players, etc
    • you can put out banners but you cannot lead cheering, sing out loud, whistle/whistle with your fingers, handclap, wave small flags/towels, use megaphones, beat drums, do high-fives, put your arms on one’s shoulder, put out big flags (exception in area where there are no spectators)
  • Step 5 Return home safely
    • Do not make loud noises or chant outside the stadium or on your way home
    • Keep in mind to practice physical distancing and cough etiquette!

Other notes when under full alert

  • Stay home and do not go to away games, considering long distance traveling. There are no seats allocated specifically for the away team fans
  • Wearing jerseys/goods of the away team is not allowed

How to access the stadiums?

How to access the stadiums?
*Select club to view google map

Who are the key players to keep an eye on?

What is there to do at the stadium?

“Safe and comfortable stadiums” are part of J.League’s greatest attributes. Beside watching the match, there are many ways to enhance your experience at the stadium.

Stadium Food !

Gourmet

There are many concession-stands located both outside and inside the stadium. At some stadiums, there will be nearly 50 concession-stands to choose from, providing another reason for the supporters to visit the stadium.

The type of food served may vary by the stadium, and local specialties are often found at these concession-stands. We encourage you to visit many stadiums to find your favourite stadium food.

Alcohol is permitted inside the stadium!

Gourmet

Drinking alcohol is allowed at J.League matches.

You may bring your own alcohol beverages into the stadium but entering with bottles and cans are prohibited.

Please transfer the content to a paper cup before entering the stadium.

Interacting with Mascots !

Mascot

Almost all J.League clubs have their own mascot character, who interacts with the supporters and serves an important role for the club’s public relations.

There are wide variety of mascots and each mascot has a unique trait, whether it’s their cuteness, coolness, or even their swift dance moves. The mascots of the two opposing sides may sometimes interact with each other before the match, so please check them out when you come to the stadium.

A “Mascot Election” is held each year to determine the No.1 mascot of J.League, and the mascots have become an essential part of the league.

When you see the mascots at the stadium, please feel free to interact with them.

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