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2021 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE Opening match fixtures

J.LEAGUE has announced the opening match fixtures for the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE have confirmed as below. The kick-off time and broadcasting details will be announced on 22nd January.

【2021 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE】

■Opening match(1st Sec.)

Date Fixture Venue
Friday 26 February Kawasaki Frontale vs Yokohama F・Marinos Todoroki


■1st Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Saturday 27 February Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo vs Yokohama FC Sapporo.D
Kashima Antlers vs Shimizu S-Pulse Kashima
Urawa Reds vs F.C.Tokyo Saitama.S
Shonan Bellmare vs Sagan Tosu LemonSHiratsuka
Cerezo Osaka vs Kashiwa Reysol YANMAR STADIUM
Vissel Kobe vs Gamba Osaka NOEVIR.S
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Vegalta Sendai EDION Stadium.H
Oita Trinita vs Tokushima Vortis SHOWA DENKO.D
Sunday 28 February Avispa Fukuoka vs Nagoya Grampus BEST-STA


■11th Sec.※

Date Fixture Venue
Wednesday 3 March Nagoya Grampus vs Gamba Osaka Toyota.S


■2nd Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Saturday 6 March Vegalta Sendai vs Kawasaki Frontale Yurtec.S
Kashiwa Reysol vs Shonan Bellmare SANKYO FKashiwa
F.C.Tokyo vs Cerezo Osaka Ajinomoto
Yokohama FC vs Oita Trinita NHK SPRING .F
Shimizu S-Pulse vs Avispa Fukuoka IAI.S
Gamba Osaka vs Kashima Antlers Pana.S
Tokushima Vortis vs Vissel Kobe POCARI SWEAT.S
Sagan Tosu vs Urawa Reds EKI.S
Sunday 7 March Yokohama F・Marinos vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima Nissan.S

※The 11th Sec. will be held in March due to the adjustment to the AFC Champions League 2021 schedule.

【2021 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE】

■1st Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Saturday 27 February Giravanz Kitakyushu vs Albirex Niigata MIKUNI.S
V・Varen Nagasaki vs Zweigen Kanazawa trasta
Sunday 28 February Mito Hollyhock vs Omiya Ardija K's denki.S
Tochigi SC vs Fagiano Okayama kanseki.S
Thespakusatsu Gunma vs Blaublitz Akita Shoda.S
JEF United Chiba vs Ventforet Kofu Fukuda.A
Tokyo Verdy vs Ehime FC Ajinomoto
FC Machida Zelvia vs Montedio Yamagata Machida GION S.
S.C. Sagamihara vs Kyoto Sanga F.C. GION STADIUM
Renofa Yamaguchi FC vs Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. Me-Life Stadium
FC Ryukyu vs Jubilo Iwata Tapic Stadium


■2nd Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Saturday 6 March Omiya Ardija vs Ventforet Kofu NACK5.S
Albirex Niigata vs V・Varen Nagasaki DENKA BIG SWAN
Jubilo Iwata vs FC Machida Zelvia Yamaha
Sunday 7 March Kyoto Sanga F.C. vs Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. SANGA S
Fagiano Okayama vs Zweigen Kanazawa CITY LIGHT S.
Ehime FC vs JEF United Chiba Ningineer.S


■3rd Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Sunday 14 March Ventforet Kofu vs Tochigi SC Yamanashibank.S
Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. vs Montedio Yamagata SUNAL
Zweigen Kanazawa vs Giravanz Kitakyushu Ishikawaseibu.S


■4th Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Sunday 21 March Montedio Yamagata vs Tochigi SC ND.S


■5th Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Sunday 28 March Blaublitz Akita vs Kyoto Sanga F.C. SOYU.S


【2021 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE】

■1st Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Sunday 14 March Fukushima United FC vs Fujieda MYFC TOHO S.
Y.S.C.C. Yokohama vs Kataller Toyama NHK SPRING .F
FC Gifu vs Vanraure Hachinohe Nagaragawa
Kamatamare Sanuki vs AC Nagano Parceiro Pikara Stadium
FC Imabari vs Roasso Kumamoto YUMESTA
Tegevajaro Miyazaki vs Iwate Grulla Morioka UniSta
Kagoshima United FC vs Gainare Tottori Shiranami Sta


■2nd Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Saturday 20 March Azul Claro Numazu vs FC Imabari Ashitaka
Roasso Kumamoto vs Kagoshima United FC EGAO K Stadium
Sunday 21 March AC Nagano Parceiro vs Tegevajaro Miyazaki Nagano U
Kataller Toyama vs Vanraure Hachinohe Toyama
Fujieda MYFC vs FC Gifu Fujieda.S
Gainare Tottori vs Iwate Grulla Morioka Axis


■3rd Sec.

Date Fixture Venue
Sunday 28 March Vanraure Hachinohe vs Azul Claro Numazu Prifoods.S
Iwate Grulla Morioka vs AC Nagano Parceiro IWAGIN.S

 

J.LEAGUE News

Chairman’s New Year Message

On behalf of the entire J.LEAGUE, I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. 

2020 has been a year like no other. Beginning with a four-month-long hiatus and it was a season nobody could have experienced before.

Even when the J.LEAGUE resumed in July, we had to hold matches without spectators and from there we welcomed fans and supporters to the stadium at a limited capacity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players and everyone who have supported J.LEAGUE.
We do not know how 2021 would look like.
It may be in the distant future when all the fans and supporters could pack the stadiums like before. 
However, the J.LEAGUE will keep moving forward. 
With the aim of protecting the health of the people and culture of sport, and with the belief that football should be with the fans and supporters, J.LEAGUE will continue to bring football to you in 2021 believing that sport can give energy and courage to many people.

We have 57 clubs – including newly-added Tegevajaro Miyazaki – in 40 prefectures supported by many people. We sincerely wish the clubs to deliver exciting and fascinating football in 2021.
J.LEAGUE will continue to be with you.

On behalf of the J.LEAGUE, I wish all of you a delightful year in 2021.

Mitsuru Murai
Chairman
Japan Professional Football League

 

J.LEAGUE News

Competition Format of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced the competition format of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE. More details will be announced as soon as determined.

Competition Schedule and number of matches Competition format
MEIJI YASUDA
J3 LEAGUE
(15 teams)
Saturday 13 March – Sunday 5 December,
30 rounds/210 matches
Home and Away 
round-robin competition

* There is a possibility of that the schedule may change. 

■Promotion and relegation rules between J2 LEAGUE and J3 LEAGUE
● The bottom four clubs of the J2 LEAGUE shall be relegated to J3 LEAGUE and the top two clubs of J3 LEAGUE shall be promoted to J2 LEAGUE
● J3 clubs that have not received a J.LEAGUE club license cannot be promoted and will not be replaced by third or lower place club

 

J.LEAGUE News

Competition Format of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced the competition format of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE. More details will be announced as soon as determined.

Competition Schedule and number of matches Competition format
MEIJI YASUDA
J1 LEAGUE
(20 teams)
Saturday 27 February – Saturday 4 December,
38 rounds/380 matches
Home and Away 
round-robin competition

* There is a possibility of that the schedule may change. 

■Promotion and relegation rules between J1 LEAGUE and J2 LEAGUE
● The bottom four clubs of J1 LEAGUE shall be relegated to J2 LEAGUE and the top two clubs of J2 LEAGUE shall be promoted to J1 LEAGUE
● J1/J2 Play-Offs shall not be held
● J2 clubs that have not received a J.LEAGUE club license cannot be promoted, and will not be replaced by third or lower place club

 

J.LEAGUE News

Competition Format of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced the competition format of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE. More details will be announced as soon as determined.

Competition Schedule and number of matches Competition format
MEIJI YASUDA
J2 LEAGUE
(22 teams)
Saturday 27 February – Sunday 5 December,
42 rounds/462 matches
Home and Away 
round-robin competition

* There is a possibility of that the schedule may change. 

■Promotion and relegation rules between J1 LEAGUE and J2 LEAGUE
● The bottom four clubs of J1 LEAGUE shall be relegated to J2 LEAGUE and the top two clubs of J2 LEAGUE shall be promoted to J1 LEAGUE
● J1/J2 Play-Offs shall not be held
● J2 clubs that have not received a J.LEAGUE club license cannot be promoted, and will not be replaced by third or lower place club

■Promotion and relegation rules between J2 LEAGUE and J3 LEAGUE
● The bottom four clubs of the J2 LEAGUE shall be relegated to J3 LEAGUE and the top two clubs of J3 LEAGUE shall be promoted to J2 LEAGUE
● J3 clubs that have not received a J.LEAGUE club license cannot be promoted and will not be replaced by third or lower place club

 

J.LEAGUE News

Results of COVID-19 tests

■Previous test results
Round 1: 18-21 June 3,070 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 2: 2–5 July 3,182 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 3: 10-12 July 16-19 July 3,299 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 3 (referees): 25-26 July 112 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 4 (teams & referees): 29 July–2 August 3,203 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 4 (referees): 8-10 August 116 tested, with zero testing positive.
Extra round (Sagan Tosu): 17 August 123 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 5 (teams & referees): 13-17 August 3,196 tested, with zero testing positive.
Extra round (Sagan Tosu): 24 August 177 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 5 (referees & others): 17-23 August 115 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 6 (teams & referees): 27-30 August, 3,240 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 6 (referees): 5-6 September, 108 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 7 (teams, referees & others): 10-13 September, 3,245 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 7 (referees): 18-20 September, 116 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 8 (teams, referees & others): 25-27 September,  3,237 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 8 (referees): 2-4 October, 116 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 9 (teams & referee): 8-11 October, 3,242 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 9 (referees): 17-18 October, 116 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 10(Teams & Referees):24 - 25 OCTOBER, 3,242 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 10(Referees & Others):28 OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER, 119 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 11(Teams): 5 NOVEMBER,89 tested,with one testing positive.
Round 11(Teams, referees & others): 5-8 NOVEMBER, 3,264 tested,with three testing positive.
Extra round (Kashiwa Reysol): 10 NOVEMBER, 115 tested,with two testing positive.
Round 11(referees & others): 13-16 NOVEMBER, 116 tested,with zero testing positive.
Extra round (Kashiwa Reysol): 16 NOVEMBER, 114 tested,with two testing positive.
Extra round (F.C.Tokyo & Yokohama F・Marinos & Vissel Kobe): 17-18 NOVEMBER, 185 tested,with zero testing positive.
Round 12(Teams): 19 NOVEMBER, 120 tested,with zero testing positive.
Round 12(Teams, referees & others): 19-22 NOVEMBER, 3,173 tested,with two testing positive.
Extra round (Kashiwa Reysol): 22 NOVEMBER, 2 tested,with zero testing positive.
Round 12(referees): 28-29 NOVEMBER, 104 tested,with zero testing positive.
Round 13(Teams, referees & others):3-6 December, 3,176 tested,with three testing positive.
Extra round (F.C.Tokyo): 3-6 December, 60 tested,with zero testing positive.
Round 13(Referees & Others):11-16 December, tested111, with zero testing positive.
Extra round (F.C.Tokyo): 15 December, 62 tested,with zero testing positive.
Extra round (Yokohama F・Marinos): 14 December, 51 tested,with zero testing positive.
Extra round (Yokohama F・Marinos): 17 December, 51 tested,with zero testing positive.
Extra round (Vissel Kobe): 17 December, 50 tested,with zero testing positive.

 

J.LEAGUE News

[J.League Awards] Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol) crowns the MVP to be the eighth top scoring player to double. Kawasaki Frontale produce nine members in the Best Eleven Players

J.League has announced the winners of awards including the ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Best Eleven Players’.

The Player of the Year was awarded to Kashiwa Reysol’s Michael Olunga. With the recognition, he has become the eighth top scorer to have won both awards simultaneously. 2020 J1 Champions Kawasaki Frontale produced nine players in the Best Eleven Players, the highest number in J1 history.

[2020 J.League Awards winners]

Award Pos. Name Club
Player of the Year FW OLUNGA Kashiwa Reysol First time
Best Eleven Players GK JUNG Sung Ryong Kawasaki Frontale Second time
DF JESIEL Kawasaki Frontale First time
DF Shogo TANIGUCHI Kawasaki Frontale Second time
DF Kyohei NOBORIZATO Kawasaki Frontale First time
DF Miki YAMANE Kawasaki Frontale First time
MF Akihiro IENAGA Kawasaki Frontale Second time
MF Ao TANAKA Kawasaki Frontale First time
MF Kaoru MITOMA Kawasaki Frontale First time
MF Hidemasa MORITA Kawasaki Frontale First time
FW EVERALDO Kashima Antlers First time
FW OLUNGA Kashiwa Reysol First time
Top Scorer FW OLUNGA Kashiwa Reysol First time
Best Young Player DF Ayumu SEKO Cerezo Osaka  
Fair Play Prize
(Individual)
MF Hotaru YAMAGUCHI Vissel Kobe First time
Fair Play Prize
(Prince Takamado Cup)
Oita Trinita First time
Fair Play Prize (J1) Kawasaki Frontale, Gamba Osaka, Cerezo Osaka, Sagan Tosu, Yokohama FC, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vegalta Sendai, Shonan Bellmare, Shimizu S-Pulse, and Nagoya Grampus
Fair Play Prize (J2) Giravanz Kitakyushu, Omiya Ardija, Montedio Yamagata, Tokushima Vortis, Zweigen Kanazawa, Fagiano Okayama, Thespakusatsu Gunma, FC Ryukyu, Ehime FC, Matsumoto Yamaga F.C., Tokyo Verdy, Kyoto Sanga F.C., V・Varen Nagasaki, Ventforet Kofu, Tochigi Sc, JEF United Chiba, Jubilo Iwata, Mito Hollyhock, and Albirex Niigata
Fair Play Prize (J3) Blaublitz Akita, AC Nagano Parceiro, Vanraure Hachinohe, Gainare Tottori, Cerezo Osaka U-23, FC Gifu, Roasso Kumamoto, Gamba Osaka U-23, Kamatamare Sanuki, Fujieda MYFC, Azul Claro Numazu, Kagoshima United FC, Fukushima United FC, and Kataller Toyama
Manager of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League Champions Toru ONIKI Kawasaki Frontale Third time
Manager of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League Champions RICARDO RODRIGUEZ Tokushima Vortis First time
Manager of the Meiji Yasuda J3 League Champions Ken YOSHIDA Blaublitz Akita First time
Manager of the Year (J1) Tsuneyasu MIYAMOTO Gamba Osaka First time
Manager of the Year (J2) Shinji KOBAYASHI Giravanz Kitakyushu First time
Manager of the Year (J3) Fumitake MIURA SC Sagamihara First time
Referee of the Year Yuichi NISHIMURA 11th time
Assistant Referee of the Year Yosuke TAKEBE First time
Best Youth Scheme Tokyo Verdy Third time
Goal of the Year Mitsuki SAITO Shonan First time
Match-day 27, November 15 (Sun) Kobe vs. Shonan (Noevir Stadium) 84th minute First time  
Special Service Award Yuto SATO, Daisuke NASU, and Tomokazu MYOJIN (announced on November 17)

 

Award Name  
Chairman Special Award Mitsuo KAKU Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Room Specially Appointed Professor
Tohoku University Professor Emeritus/Visiting Professor
Tokyo Metropolis Councillor
Hiroshige MIKAMO Aichi Medical University Graduate School of Medicine Clinical Infectious Diseases Professor
Kazushiro TATEDA Toho University School of Medicine Medical Course Professor
Satoshi TAKAHASHI Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine Infection Control/・Laboratory Medicine Course Professor
Hiroyuki KUNISHIMA St. Marianna University School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Course Professor
Hiroshi KAKEYA Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine Infection Control Science Professor
Hiroki OGE Hiroshima University Hospital Infectious Diseases Professor
Koichi IZUMIKAWA Nagasaki University Graduate School of Medicine Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Infectious Diseases Professor
Seiya IMOTO The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo Human Genome Center Head of Center/Professor
Michio MURAKAMI Fukushima Medical University Department of Health Risk Communication Associate Professor
Koki KAKU National Defense Medical College Research Institute Professor

 

J.LEAGUE News

Avispa Fukuoka vs Tokushima Vortis – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 20

The J.League International YouTube Channel will broadcast free J2 matches this weekend. On December 20, we will offer the match between Avispa Fukuoka and Tokushima Vortis from Match-day 42.

Tokushima and Fukuoka have already sealed their promotion to J1. This weekend’s last clash between the top two teams will decide who will finish on top of J2 and lift the trophy.

However, League leaders Tokushima are three points ahead of second-place Fukuoka, and also have a massive lead on goal difference. Fukuoka need a win with seven or more goal difference to become the J2 champions. But despite Tokushima huge advantage, Fukuoka still have a slim chance. To pull out a miracle at home, Fukuoka will do their 110% to score as many goals as possible.

The match kicks off at 14:00 JST on December 20 (Sunday).

Click here to watch!


*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J.LEAGUE News

V-Varen Nagasaki vs Zweigen Kanazawa – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 20

The J.League International YouTube Channel will broadcast free J2 matches this weekend. On December 20, we will offer the match between V-Varen Nagasaki and Zweigen Kanazawa from Match-day 42.

Nagasaki dream of getting promoted back to J1 did not come true. The last home game of the season will be a special one, as the departure of manager Makoto Teguramori and retirement of Yuhei Tokunaga have been announced. The away side Kanazawa are unbeaten for four matches, but failed to win in the last three. Expectations are high for Raisei Shimazu, who is in great form.

The match kicks off at 14:00 JST on December 20 (Sunday).

Click here to watch!


*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J.LEAGUE News

Yokohama FC vs Yokohama F・Marinos – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 19!

It's derby day in Yokohama! Global fans in select markets can catch all the action as Yokohama FC host Yokohama F·Marinos LIVE on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel on December 19th!

Another outfit back to the league are Yokohama F. Marinos as they brace for a derby day with Yokohama FC. Three players including forward Marcos Júnior will be missed, but no excuses will be permitted for the defending champions given Yokohama FC’s recent hobble. They have been winless for the past six games and suffered a pounding four-goal defeat in the previous derby match.

*Broadcast only available to audiences in the following countries:
ASIA: India, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia and Laos.
MENA: United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan.
EUROPE: Albania, Andorra, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vatican State.

Click here to watch!

 

J.LEAGUE News

On Promotions and Relegations at the End of the 2021 Season

The J.League has determined as follows regarding promotion and relegation rules at the end of the 2021 season. Other competitions formats will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

[Promotion and relegation rules after the end of the 2021 season]
- Number of promoted and relegated clubs (as decided and announced on Nov. 17)

   -   Promotion from J2 to J1, and J3 to J2: 2 clubs
   -   Relegation from J1 to J2, and J2 to J3: 4 clubs

- Regulation regarding the two promoted clubs
   -   Promotion from J2 to J1 shall be automatic for the top two clubs in the league.
   -   Promotion from J3 to J2 shall be automatic for the top two clubs in the league.

※ Clubs that have not received a J.League club license can not be promoted, and will not be replaced by third or lower place club.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Yokohama FC vs Gamba Osaka – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 16!

Don’t miss this MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE match between Yokohama FC and Gamba Osaka on Matchweek 33! The match will be available to global fans in select markets on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel!

Three points against Yokohama FC would seal the return to Champions League for second-place Gamba Osaka. Their previous outing awarded them the impetus through a victory against Shona Bellmare. The Brazilian forward Patric has been sharp in the box and has bagged two goals in two recent outings. Gamba’s coveted three points may well flourish in the face of staggering Yokohama FC. They have been winless for five matches with poor finishing scrapping their fantasy. The diminutive forward Koki Saito had scored in the previous head-to-head against Gamba and will again be pinned hopes on.

*Broadcast only available to audiences in the following countries:
ASIA: India, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia and Laos.
MENA: United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan.
EUROPE: Albania, Andorra, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vatican State.

Click here to watch!

 

J.LEAGUE News

Tokyo Verdy vs V Varen Nagasaki – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 13.

The J.League International YouTube Channel will broadcast a free J2 match this weekend. On December 13, we will offer the match between Tokyo Verdy and V Varen Nagasaki Match-day 40.

Third-place Nagasaki are chasing second-place Avispa Fukuoka by two points as they travel to Tokyo Verdy this weekend. In the previous match, they topped Montedio Yamagata and are now fully back in the fight for promotion. There are high hopes and expectations for Cayman Togashi, who has been in good shape. Tokyo Verdy, on the other hand, are a bit on a slump, as they have not won in their last four matches. Although they are good at possession, that does not translate into goals. Can their attackers bounce back, and pull out some goals?

The featured match kicks off at 14:00 JST on December 13 (Sunday)

Click here to watch!


*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J.LEAGUE News

Kashima Antlers vs Shimizu S-Pulse – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 12!

Shimizu S-Pulse travels to the Ibaraki Prefecture to face Kashima Antlers in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE this weekend! Global fans in select markets can catch it all LIVE on December 12th on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel!

Another contender for the international ticket, fifth-place Kashima Antlers host Shimizu S-Pulse. The most unfavourable outfit for the ACL currently, their win will need to be reinforced by Nagoya’s failure to win. Their last outing against Urawa Red Diamonds was a landslide victory on a four-goal haul. All six points are required from the remaining two matches and forward Ayase Ueda will be pinned hopes on for goals. On the other hand, Shimizu come off from a 2-2 draw with the champions Kawasaki Frontale. The diminutive forward Carlinhos has been scoring in the last two matches and will again be decisive for Shimizu upheaval.

*Broadcast only available to audiences in the following countries:
ASIA: India, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia and Laos.
MENA: United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan.
EUROPE: Albania, Andorra, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vatican State.

Click here to watch!

 

J.LEAGUE News

Observation of the Athlete Track measures for the AFC Champions League 2020 participants

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Preparation Track for Athletes (“Athlete Track") measures will be observed by the AFC Champions League participants F.C.Tokyo, Yokohama F・Marinos and Vissel Kobe.

The Athlete Track is a measure conceived for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games that allows athletes designated by the JOC and related personnel to conduct athletic activities (training, participating in competitions, etc.) during the 14-day quarantine period following return from overseas. The Japan Professional Football League, in collaboration with the Japan Football Association, has made a request through the Japanese Olympic Committee to the Secretariat of the Headquarters for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Japan Sports Agency to apply the Athlete Track measures to the three teams mentioned above. As a result, in addition to athletes designated by the JOC, the Athlete Track measures will be observed by the players and teammates of F.C.Tokyo, Yokohama F・Marinos and Vissel Kobe.

The Athlete Track will be applied to the three teams to allow them to participate in trainings and matches during the 14-day period following their return to Japan on the condition that they will undertake additional control measures, such as health and activity management in accordance with the Athlete Track Application Guideline set by the JFA and J.League before, during and in the 14 days following their participation in the AFC Champions League 2020 in Qatar.

[Summary of additional control measures (from the Athlete Track Application Guideline)]

・Players and team staff must record their health condition and activity history  based on the J.League Guideline or an equivalent measure.
・For training during the 14-day period following the re-entry to Japan, players and team staff are only allowed to move between the training venue and their living quarters (home) and they must not eat in other locations.
・For matches during the 14-day period following the re-entry to Japan, players and team staff must move from their home to the training facilities (or to a meeting place) only by their own cars, then from there to the match venue by a bus arranged by the club.


・All personnel related to the team will take antigen test at the airport when they re-enter the country, and only those who tested negative will be allowed to participate in the team activities.
・During the 14-day period following the re-entry to the country, the J.League will conduct up to three PCR tests, and only those who tested negative will be allowed to participate in the team activities.

 

J.LEAGUE News

Mito Hollyhock vs Tokushima Vortis - Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 6.

On December 6, the J.League International YouTube Channel will broadcast a free J2 match from Round 39: the clash between Mito Hollyhock and Tokushima Vortis.

Table leaders Tokushima will earn promotion to the J1 League if they win this game. Also, they could be promoted with a draw or a loss, if third place V-Varen Nagasaki obtain the same result.

In the previous match, they defeated Giravanz Kitakyushu 4-1 and achieved their third consecutive victory. They are displaying an overwhelming scoring ability with 11 goals in the last three games.

After seven years in the second division, the time seems ready for their return to the J1 League, but they will have to deal with home side Mito, who defeated Jubilo Iwata last Wednesday and are in good shape. Since both team play offensive football, we might witness an exciting game full of goals.

This hot contest kicks off at 14:00 JST on December 6 (Sunday).

Click here to watch!


*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

J.LEAGUE News

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Kawasaki Frontale – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 5!

The newly-crowned champions hit the road in Shimizu! Our global fans in select markets can catch all the action on our official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel as Shimizu S-Pulse host Kawasaki Frontale on December 5th! Another matchweek, another live broadcast from the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE!

Already crowned the champions of the league, Kawasaki Frontale visit Shimizu S-Pulse. It would be their first match after ascending to the throne and despite the absence of a tangible objective, keeping the momentum alive will be key to stay competitive ahead of the Emperor's Cup fixture scheduled for the end of the year. On a personal level, the 23-year-old forward, Kaoru Mitoma eye on rookie’s scoring record as one goal would prove to turn it in his favour. Meanwhile, Shimizu has been reaping the gains after the managerial change, garnering ten points in their last five matches; sitting 17th on the ladder. Revenge would see them rise along with the table, having lost on a five-goal margin to Kawasaki previously.

*Broadcast only available to audiences in the following countries:
ASIA: India, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Philippines, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia and Laos.
MENA: United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and South Sudan.
EUROPE: Albania, Andorra, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vatican State.

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2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP FINAL Kick-off time confirmed

J.LEAGUE has announced that the kick-off time for the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP FINAL match between Kashiwa Reysol and F.C.Tokyo has been confirmed as follows.
 
■Match rescheduled
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP FINAL

Date KO Fixture Venue
Monday
4 January
2021
14:35 Kashiwa
Reysol
vs F.C.Tokyo National Stadium

 

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Fagiano Okayama vs Avispa Fukuoka – Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on December 2

On December 2, the J.League International YouTube Channel will broadcast a free J2 match from Round 38: the clash between Fagiano Okayama and Avispa Fukuoka.

Second-place Fukuoka, who are four points behind league leaders Tokushima Vortis, will face Okayama away. After failing to win for two matches, Fukuoka gained three important points on Sunday by defeating Omiya Ardija. They are now aiming for a second consecutive victory by relying in particular on their steady back line. Meanwhile, Okayama are struggling, being winless in five matches. Satoki Uejo has been in fine form, but the defensive unit needs to step up and concede less goals.

 The match kicks off at 19:30 JST on December 2 (Wednesday).

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*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*

 

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Matsumoto Yamaga FC vs Kyoto Sanga FC - Free Live Streaming on the J.League International YouTube Channel on November 29.

The J.League International YouTube Channel will broadcast a free J2 match this weekend. On November 29, for Match-day 37, we will offer the match between Matsumoto Yamaga FC and Kyoto Sanga FC.

Matsumoto will host Kyoto. The home side displayed a solid performance and shared points with V Varen Nagasaki in the previous match. They are undefeated in the last three games. Visitors Kyoto obtained only a point at Ventforet Kofu last Wednesday and as a result, they lost the chance to get promoted this season. All eyes will be on Peter Utaka, who has scored three goals in the last four games.

The match kicks off at 14:00 JST on November 29 (Sunday). 

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*Broadcast only available to audiences outside of Japan*