J1 League – Japanese Soccer/Football Teams

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Japanese Professional Soccer League is called J1 League. In this article we are going to see all the teams in Japan and some curiosities about the JFA J-League.

When it comes to the top tier of Japanese football, the J1 League is often considered one of the most competitive and exciting leagues in the world.

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About the J-League

Nihon Puro Sakkā Rīgu [日本プロサッカーリーグ] is the Japanese name of the J.League, which can also be called the Meiji Yasuda J.League . It is the second biggest football league in all of Asia.

The numbering after the J refers to the division of the league. That is, J1 is the first division of the Japanese professional football/socceer league, made up of 3 divisions like in many countries.

The J-League had its first championship on May 15, 1993 with a total of ten teams, formed by players from the former post-war Japan Football League.

The league is currently sponsored by the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company and is known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League. The official website of the league is www.j-league.com

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How does the J1-League work?

The J1-League is divided into two phases. The first stage, called the regular season, runs from February to November, with all 18 teams playing.

Each team plays every other team twice, once at home and once away. The team with the most points at the end of the regular season is crowned champion.

The second stage of J1-League is called playoffs. The playoffs are contested by the top four teams in the regular season. These teams play against each other in a two-legged play-off, with the winner advancing to the final.

The final is a single match, played at a neutral venue, with the winner being crowned champion of the J1 League. We also recommend reading: Why does the Japan national team play in blue in football/soccer?

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Facts about the J-League

Let’s see now some curiosities involving the Japanese Football League:

Short players? Not so much…

It may seem unexpected, but the J-League has some of the tallest players in the world, even though the Japanese are short in stature, the average height in the J-League is 1.78m.

This is partly due to the league's foreign player quota, which allows each team to have up to four foreign players in its starting lineup.

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Asia's biggest league

J1-League has the highest average attendance of any football league in Asia with over 20,000 viewers per game. As mentioned, it is the second biggest league in Asia.

This is due in part to the passionate support of the Japanese fans, who are known for their impressive displays of support and passion for their teams.

In terms of international competition, the J1-League is the most successful league in Asia. Japanese teams have won the AFC Champions League a total of five times, with three of those wins coming in the past four years.

Valuable players in the J-League

According to a recent study, the J1 League is home to four of the most valuable football players in the world. These players are worth an estimated total of €1.1 billion, which is more than the total value of the Premier League!

Some famous Japanese players are Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda and Yuto Nagatomo. The league is home to some of the most successful clubs in Asia, including defending champions Kawasaki Frontale and Urawa Reds.

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The Champions of the J1-League

Below we have the J1-League champion teams of each year from 1993 to 2022. Kashima Antlers being the team with the most victories of all years.

1993Verdy Kawasaki
1994Verdy Kawasaki
1995Yokohama F. Marinos
1996Kashima Antlers
1997Júbilo Iwata
1998Kashima Antlers
1999Júbilo Iwata
2000Kashima Antlers
2001Kashima Antlers
2002Júbilo Iwata
2003Yokohama F. Marinos
2004Yokohama F. Marinos
2005Gamba Osaka
2006Urawa Red Diamonds
2007Kashima Antlers
2008Kashima Antlers
2009Kashima Antlers
2010Nagoya Grampus
2011Kashiwa Reysol
2012Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2013Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2014Gamba Osaka
2015Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2016Kashima Antlers
2017Kawasaki Frontale
2018Kawasaki Frontale
2019Yokohama F. Marinos
2020Kawasaki Frontale
2021Kawasaki Frontale
2022Yokohama F. Marinos

List of Japanese Football Teams and Clubs

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Let's see now the list of all current J-League Football teams, from the first to the third division.

Please note that team names usually take the second name as the Location to which it belongs.

J1-League Teams

  1. Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
  2. Kashima Antlers
  3. Urawa Reds
  4. Kashiwa Reysol
  5. F.C.Tokyo
  6. Kawasaki Frontale
  7. Yokohama F・Marinos
  8. Shonan Bellmare
  9. Shimizu S-Pulse
  10. Jubilo Iwata
  11. Nagoya Grampus
  12. Kyoto Sanga F.C.
  13. Gamba Osaka
  14. Cerezo Osaka
  15. Vissel Kobe
  16. Sanfrecce Hiroshima
  17. Avispa Fukuoka
  18. Sagan Tosu

J2-League Teams

  1. Iwate Grulla Morioka
  2. Vegalta Sendai
  3. Blaublitz Akita
  4. Montedio Yamagata
  5. Mito Hollyhock
  6. Tochigi SC
  7. Thespakusatsu Gunma
  8. Omiya Ardija
  9. JEF United Chiba
  10. Tokyo Verdy
  11. FC Machida Zelvia
  12. Yokohama FC
  13. Ventforet Kofu
  14. Albirex Niigata
  15. Zweigen Kanazawa
  16. Fagiano Okayama
  17. Renofa Yamaguchi FC
  18. Tokushima Vortis
  19. V-Varen Nagasaki
  20. Roasso Kumamoto
  21. Oita Trinita
  22. FC Ryukyu

J3-League Teams

  1. Vanraure Hachinohe
  2. Fukushima United FC
  3. Iwaki FC
  4. YSCC Yokohama
  5. SC Sagamihara
  6. Matsumoto Yamaga FC
  7. AC Nagano Partner
  8. Kataller Toyama
  9. Fujieda MYFC
  10. Numazu light blue
  11. FC Gifu
  12. Gainare Tottori
  13. Kamatamare Sanuki
  14. Ehime FC
  15. FC Imabari
  16. Giravanz Kitakyushu
  17. Tegevajaro Miyazaki
  18. Kagoshima United FC

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