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2020 J.LEAGUE Match Schedules

J.LEAGUE announced the new match schedules for the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP. Please see below links for details.
The first 2 matches in each league (J1 2nd-3rd sec. J2 2nd-3rd sec. and J3 1st-2nd sec.) will be held without spectators.

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE

  Announcement Details
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd – 13th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
14th – 34th sec.*1 ・Fixture schedule*2
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage
2nd – 3rd sec.
・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
Prime Stage ・Dates
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd – 15th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venue
・TV/Internet Broadcast
16th – 42nd sec.*1 ・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st – 12th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
13th – 34th sec.*1 ・Fixture schedule*2

*1 Kick-off times for 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE: 14th – 34th sec., 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE: 16th – 42nd sec., and 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE: 13th to 34th sec. will be announced in early August and early October.
*2 Dates will be possible dates

 

J.LEAGUE News

About schedule announcements of the 2020 J.LEAGUE

The J.LEAGUE will make announcements of its 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP match schedules on the following date.

Date   Announcement Details
17:00
Monday
15 June
(TBD)
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd – 13th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
14th – 34th
sec.*1
・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd – 15th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venue
・TV/Internet Broadcast
16th – 42nd
sec.*1
・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st – 12th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
13th – 34th
sec.*1
・Fixture schedule*2
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage
2nd – 3rd sec.
・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
Prime Stage ・Dates

*1 Kick-off times for 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE: 14th – 34th sec., 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE: 16th – 42nd sec., and 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE: 13th to 34th sec. will be announced in early August and early October.
*2 Dates will be possible dates

 

J.LEAGUE News

Change of Competition Format of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced further change in the format of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE after the third extraordinary board of directors held today. 

■Change of the Competition Format
1. Schedule
 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE: Friday 21 February – Saturday 19 December
 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE: Sunday 23 February – Sunday 20 December
 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE: Saturday 27 June – Sunday 20 December

2. Matches
 As a safety measure to prevent infection, matches featuring teams from the same geographical area will be taken priority in scheduling.

3. Number of substitutes
 - increase the maximum number of substitutions from three to five
 - can make substitutions up to three times (excluding during half time)

*Previously announced changes: https://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/16961/

 

J.LEAGUE News

About the resumption/opening dates of the J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced to resume the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE on 4 July and the MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE on 27 June. The MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE will also start on 27 June.

The matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators to the stadiums in the future, taking into account the situation with the COVID-19 in the country.

All fixtures will be rescheduled and the league will take priority to schedule matches featuring teams from the same geographical area as one safety measure to prevent infection. Further details are scheduled to be announced on 15 June.

The 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Play-Off 2nd Stage scheduled on 17 June will be postponed. Further details on the tournament format and the resumption date of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP will be announced as soon as they are determined.

■Matches to be rescheduled

  Sec.
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd sec. – 34th sec.
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd sec. – 42nd sec.
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st sec. – 38th sec.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Change of competition format of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced the format details of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE after the extraordinary board of directors held today.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE League Format
【Promotion/Relegation Rule】
1. 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.
2. Clubs finishing in first and second place of the J3 LEAGUE will be automatically promoted to the J2 LEAGUE.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.

【Prize Money and Awards】
1. If the season is not completed, prize money will not be paid and awards and presentation ceremonies will not be held.
2. If the season is not completed, scoresheets of the matches will be used as reference data. Player's stats (appearances, goals, etc.) will be counted as records.

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE to Change Format in the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE decided to change format in the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and apply exceptional rules for promotion/relegation in all categories after the board of directors held on 17 March and the extraordinary executive committee held today.

Further announcements of when to resume and details on league format and match schedules will be made on 25 March.

■2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE League Format

Apply exceptional rules below for promotion/relegation after resume (in all J1, J2 and J3 category)
Promotion
    *No promotion in J1
    *2 clubs promote from J2 to J1
    *2 clubs promote from J3 to J2
     (number of clubs to promote may change due to licensing regulations)
Relegation
    *No relegations

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai

“Including the committee held today, the league has had many thorough discussions in the past weeks. We may face circumstances or unfairness when we resume, such as in the use of home stadiums, tight schedules and in difference in # of home/away matches, but the decision was unanimously made among our members with determination to continue playing football by avoiding relegations.” 

 

J.LEAGUE News

Postponement of 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and J.LEAGUE YBC Levain Cup in between 28th February and 15th March

Following the postponement of the J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP on the 26th February, J.LEAGUE will also postpone all J.LEAGUE matches scheduled in between 28th February and 15th March.

The decision has been made at the Board of Directors held today, considering the statement made by the experts on a government panel that the upcoming one to two weeks are critical to prevent clusters of the new coronavirus from further spreading.

J.LEAGUE will take every effort to take measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and to prepare to resume the matches. Substitutional dates and handling of tickets will be announced once decided.

■Matches postponed

  Sec. Date # of matches
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 2nd sec. Friday, 28th February
Saturday, 29th February
Sunday, 1st March
9
3rd sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
9
4th sec. Friday, 13th March
Saturday, 14th March
9
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 2nd sec. Saturday, 29th February
Sunday, 1st March
11
3rd sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
11
4th sec. Saturday, 14th March
Sunday, 15th March
11
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 1st sec. Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
9
2nd sec. Saturday, 14th March
Sunday, 15th March
9
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage 2nd sec. Wednesday, 26th February*
Wednesday, 11th March
8
Group Stage 3rd sec. Wednesday, 4th March 8

*previously announced

J3 LEAGUE

FC Ryukyu to open private high school in April

FC Ryukyu on Wednesday announced the opening of FC Ryukyu Gakuin, a private high school located in the city of Okinawa.

The school, which will be the first of its kind, will focus on developing student athletes and raising the next generation of football players from Okinawa prefecture.

“Education will be incredibly important for future generations,” FC Ryukyu chairman Keishiro Kurabayashi said. 

“As this prefecture’s J.League club we want to take on the important challenge of running an athletics-focused school by using our resources and networking ability.

“Together with the rest of the prefecture, FC Ryukyu Gakuin will work to realise our three visions of developing sports education, developing talent in the field, and promoting sports within the prefecture.

J3 LEAGUE

Vathanaka amongst nine released from Fujieda

Fujieda MYFC on Tuesday announced a list of nine players whose contracts will not be renewed next season.

Amongst them are striker Chan Vathanaka, who became the first Cambodian to play in the J.League earlier this season.

“I want to thank everyone who cheered for me and provided support over the last 10 months,” Vathanaka said. 

“I now realise that the J.League is at a very high level. I want to teach what I’ve learned at Fujieda MYFC to other Cambodian players in order to improve the level of Cambodian football.”

J3 LEAGUE

Chan Vathanaka selected for national team

Fujieda MYFC on Thursday announced the selection of striker Chan Vathanaka for the Cambodian national team’s upcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers.

The team will face Vietnam at home on September 5 at Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium.

The 23-year-old, who joined the J3 League outfit this winter, is still waiting for his debut J.League appearance.

J3 LEAGUE

Slovenian striker Pecnik joins Tochigi

Tochigi SC on Wednesday announced the arrival of striker Nejc Pecnik on a full transfer from Omiya Ardija.

After scoring 14 goals for JEF United Chiba in the 2015 J2 campaign, the 31-year-old Slovenia international joined Omiya Ardija on a full transfer in the winter of 2016 and will now begin a new adventure back in the second tier.

“This transfer is a new challenge for me. I understand that our goal is to earn promotion to the J2, and that’s my goal as well,” Pecnik said. 

“I want to give 100 per cent on the pitch as I always have and work to help the team accomplish our goal. I’ve heard good things about Tochigi SC from my friend Paulinho, and I look forward to this challenge. Thank you for your support.”

Tochigi will hope Pecnik makes an impact on the field quickly given he has gone without scoring a goal in six MEIJI YASUDA J1 League appearances this year, notching jusy one strike from six additional appearances in the Levain Cup and Emperor’s Cup.

J3 LEAGUE

Sittichok Paso named to Thailand U-23 squad

Kagoshima United striker Sittichok Paso has been selected for the upcoming Thailand Under-23 training camp, the club announced on Thursday.

The J.League’s first Thai player will participate in the week-long camp beginning on June 3, which will conclude in a friendly match with the Iraq U-23s on June 10 in Chonburi.

“I’m happy to have been called up to my country’s U-23 training camp,” Sittichok said . “I’ve been training every day at Kagoshima United and earning appearances, so I want to thank my team-mates.

“After the training camp, I want to come back and continue to improve.”

Sittichok has made three appearances this season for Kagoshima, who are 10th in the MEIJI YASUDA J3 League.

J3 LEAGUE

15-year-old Kubo becomes J3’s youngest goal-scorer

FC Tokyo Under-23 striker Takefusa Kubo became the youngest player to score a goal in a J.League match on Saturday during his team’s MEIJI YASUDA J3 League match against Cerezo Osaka U-23.

Kubo’s 38th-minute goal came at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, besting the previous J3 record held by Cerezo’s Reiya Morishita of 17 years, five months and one day.

The current J1 record of 15 years, 11 months and 28 days is held by Kawasaki Frontale’s Takayuki Morimoto, who scored his debut goal in 2004 with Tokyo Verdy.

Urawa Reds midfielder Daisuke Kikuchi holds the J2 record of 17 years, three months and 15 days, which he accomplished for Shonan Bellmare in 2008.

Fans are eagerly tracking the progress of Kubo, who joined Tokyo after spending four years on the books of FC Barcelona’s youth academy.

J3 LEAGUE

Vathanaka called up to national team

Fujieda MYFC on Tuesday announced that striker Chan Vathanaka has been called up to Cambodia’s national team for the upcoming international period.

The South-East Asian team will host India in a March 22 friendly before traveling to face Jordan on March 28 in qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Vathanaka, who joined Fujieda this winter, is attempting to become the first Cambodian to play in the J.League.

J3 LEAGUE

Kwon eager to start Japan adventure

Fujieda MYFC on Tuesday announced the signing of Korean defender Kwon Young-ho.

The 24-year-old joins the J3 League side after spending last year at former K-League Challenge participants Goyang Zaicro FC, who disbanded at the end of last season.

“I had many experiences in the K-League and now I’ve come to the J.League with big goals and dreams,” Kwon said. 

“I want to contribute to Fujieda and help the team earn promotion to the J2.”

J3 LEAGUE

Kagoshima defender injures ACL

Kagoshima United defender Taikai Uemoto will miss six weeks of action after injuring his right knee, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old damaged his anterior cruciate ligament during a February 28 training match with the University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences’ football team.

Uemoto, who joined Kagoshima from V-Varen Nagasaki earlier in 2017, has previously played for Vegalta Sendai, Cerezo Osaka, Oita Trinita and Jubilo Iwata.

J3 LEAGUE

Defender Niwa joins Kagoshima

Kagoshima United on Monday announced the signing of Sagan Tosu defender Ryuhei Niwa on a full transfer.

The 31-year-old, who has also played for Vissel Kobe and Cerezo Osaka, spent nearly seven years at the Kyushu side before his loan to JEF United Chiba in the second half of 2016.

“I will fight with all my strength for the team! Let’s excite Kagoshima together!” Niwa commented.

J3 LEAGUE

ACL winner Sasaki retires

Tochigi FC on Wednesday announced the retirement of midfielder Hayato Sasaki, who will join Vegalta Sendai’s school coaching staff.

The 34-year-old made his professional debut in 2005 with Montedio Yamagata, also playing for Gamba Osaka - where he won the AFC Champions League in 2008 - as well as Vegalta and Kyoto Sanga before joining Tochigi in 2016.

The Miyagi native ends his career with 143 J1 League, 139 J2 League, and 19 J3 League appearances.

“I would like to thank Montedio Yamagata for launching my career, as well as everyone at Gamba, Vegalta and Tochigi,” he said.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

J3 LEAGUE

Sittichok to become first Thai J.League player

J3 League members Kagoshima United announced the signing of striker Sittichok Phaso on loan for the 2017 season from Chonburi.

The 18-year-old is set to become the J.League’s first Thai player, beating out Chanatip Songkrasin who will arrive at Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in July.

“I’ll do my absolute best. I want to improve my abilities, for myself and for the team,” Sittichok commented.

“I’m glad we could sign Sittichok in 2017 - the 130th anniversary of friendly relations between Japan and Thailand,” Kagoshima president Go Tokushige said.

“Of course we have high expectations of him, but he is still a very young player and we want to support him as he continues to improve.”

Sittichok is scheduled to participate in the Kagoshima Round of the J.League DAZN New Year Cup.

J3 LEAGUE

Midfielder Renan returns to J.League with Fukushima

Fukushima United have announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Renan on a full transfer from Roma Esporte Apucarana.

The 26-year-old previously spent the 2014 season on loan at Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in the J.League Division 2. 

“It’s a joy to return to Japan. I want to work hard and play great football at Fukushima,” Renan commented.

“I hope I will have everyone’s support.”