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Broadcasting of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE to Begin in Indian Subcontinent

J.LEAGUE has announced that it has reached an agreement with Sony Pictures Networks India on the broadcasting of the 2021 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE.

Live broadcasts of the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE are scheduled to be available from Sec. 18 on June 19, on SONY TEN 2 (paid) and SonyLIV (OTT), in the following eight countries: India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The number of overseas viewers of the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and the number of overseas countries and regions where it is broadcast is continuing to grow, centered on Asia. With the conclusion of this agreement with Sony Pictures Networks India, MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE will now be broadcast in over 60 countries and regions worldwide.

Further announcements may follow upon determination of additional regions and broadcasters.

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News Release

June J.LEAGUE International YouTube broadcast schedule announced

The MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE fixtures to be broadcast on the J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel have been announced for the month of June.

Supporters will encounter an action-packed calendar of live football, as mouthwatering matchups are beamed across the world. The pick of the group may well be a marquee matchup on June 13th featuring Andrés Iniesta's Vissel Kobe as they visit Kasper Junker's Urawa Reds in the 2021 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Play-off Stage.

The month’s action also sees four matchups from the MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE make international airwaves, including a home match for promotion hopefuls Kyoto Sanga FC as they welcome Fagiano Okayama on June 26th.

It should be a splendid month ahead for fans outside of Japan to catch live matches on the official J.LEAGUE International YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

J.LEAGUE News

Details of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced the details of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE matches scheduled from November onwards. Please see below links for details.

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE

  Announcement Details
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 26th-34th sec.* ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 30th – 42nd sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venue
・TV/Internet Broadcast
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 25th – 34th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast

*Include matches rescheduled due to change in the AFC Champions League 2020 schedule and due to COVID-19 (sec.7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. Nagoya Grampus/sec.11 Vegalta Sendai vs. Sagan Tosu/sec. 25 Kawasaki Frontale vs. F.C. Tokyo).

 

J.LEAGUE News

Details of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced the details of the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE matches scheduled from September onwards. Please see below links for details. Further details are scheduled to be announced in early October.

2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE

  Announcement Details
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 14th – 25th sec.*1 ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
26th – 34th sec. ・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 16th – 29th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venue
・TV/Internet Broadcast
30th – 42nd sec. ・Fixture schedule*2
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 13th – 24th sec. ・Fixture schedule  (incl. kick-off time)
・Venues
・TV/Internet Broadcast
25th – 34th sec. ・Fixture schedule*2

*1 Include 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE (sec. 29) matches between Urawa Reds vs. F.C. Tokyo and Vissel Kobe vs. Nagoya Grampus 
*2 Possible dates to hold the matches

 

J.LEAGUE News

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

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

Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company signs a “special sponsorship” agreement with J.LEAGUE

 On 22 May, J.LEAGUE announced an agreement on a "special sponsorship" with Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company (President: Akio Negishi; Head Office: Tokyo, Japan), in addition to its existing title partner agreement.

 Since 2015, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company has not only supported the J.LEAGUE as a title partner, but has also signed individual sponsorship agreements with all 56 clubs, to engage in a variety of community activities.

 Based on this new "special sponsorship" agreement, the J.LEAGUE will work with clubs in various regions to promote health and to help revitalize communities, and encourage people to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

■Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
■Contract Period: June 2020 to December 2021

Comment from Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company:

 “In support of the J.LEAGUE’s goal to be “community-based and to be loved by the community,” Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance has been the title partner of the league since 2015. We signed individual sponsorship agreements with all the clubs through our regional offices and has been contributing to the respective communities and regions.
 In the past five years with the J.LEAGUE, we believe we have deepened our bond by sharing our appreciation to the community for their support and our will to continue contributing to them.
 Although the J.LEAGUE is currently postponing matches due to the spread of the COVID-19, we believe that the energy when cheering the clubs and the excitement that sports bring to the fans will give a strong boost to the community and its people, and will also help revitalize the economy.
 We would need an environment where the J.LEAGUE and the clubs can focus on their preparations to resume their activities and we would need to send a message to the communities. Thus we decided to sign a “special sponsorship” agreement with the J.LEAGUE and work together on activities to support the communities.
 We, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, will continue to support the J.LEAGUE and the communities with the slogan "everyone is a supporter," and to help ensure development of a healthy and energetic communities all around Japan.”

Comment from Mitsuru Murai, J.LEAGUE Chairman:

 “The challenge continues fighting against COVID-19, but I hope to overcome this challenge with our partners and fans & supporters. I cannot express my gratitude enough and I myself received great encouragement. We received a photo panel filled with warm messages from the regional offices of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance. All of us from J.LEAGUE, including the executive committee, have all agreed to make our utmost efforts to meet their expectations.”

 

J.LEAGUE News

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai on the lift of state of emergency

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai:

“To our fans and supporters,

 Today, the state of emergency has been fully lifted.

 I would like to sincerely thank all the fans and supporters across the country, who have been practicing “STAY HOME” to prevent infection.

 Clubs are starting to resume their training by taking safety measures. While it is encouraging to see positive signs, we will continue to be cautious as we prepare plans to restart the league, putting the health of the people as top priority.

 I hope everyone will continue to take measures to prevent infection and to protect your loved ones and hometowns.”

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE extends suspension of matches

J.LEAGUE announced to suspend matches below on account of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to prevent cluster of the coronavirus from expanding further.

The resume of matches scheduled on and beyond 13 June has not yet been determined and further announcement will be made as soon as the decision is made.

■Matches Suspended

  Sec. Date # of matches
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 16th sec. Saturday, 30 May
Sunday, 31 May
9
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 18th sec. Saturday, 30 May
Sunday, 31 May
11
19th sec. Saturday, 6 June
Sunday, 7 June
11
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 11th sec. Saturday, 30 May
Sunday, 31 May
9
12th sec. Saturday, 6 June
Sunday, 7 June
9

 

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 further push suspension of matches

 J.LEAGUE announced to suspend matches below on account of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to prevent cluster of the coronavirus from expanding further.

 The resume of matches scheduled from 30 May has not yet been determined and further announcement will be made as soon as the decision is made.

■Matches Suspended

  Sec. Date # of matches
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 13th sec. Saturday, 9th May
Sunday, 10th May
9
14th sec. Friday, 15th May
Saturday, 16th May
Sunday, 17th May
9
15th sec. Saturday, 23rd May 9
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 13th sec. Saturday, 2nd May
Sunday, 3rd May
11
14th sec. Wednesday, 6th May
Wednesday, 13th May
11
15th sec. Saturday, 9th May
Sunday, 10th May
11
16th sec. Saturday, 16th May
Sunday, 17th May
11
17th sec. Saturday, 23rd May
Sunday, 24th May
11
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 7th sec. Saturday, 25th April
Sunday, 26th April
9
8th sec. Saturday, 2nd May
Sunday, 3rd May
9
9th sec. Wednesday, 6th May 9
10th sec. Saturday, 16th May
Sunday, 17th May
9
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Playoff Stage 1st leg. Wednesday, 27th May 5

Previously announced matches suspended : https://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/16881/  https://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/16824/

 

J.LEAGUE News

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai on the government declaring a state of emergency for seven prefectures

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai:

“To our fans and supporters, 

 Today, the government has declared a state of emergency for seven prefectures. I believe the tension among fans and supporters increased, but I hope everyone stay calm and take necessary measures to prevent infection.

 J.LEAGUE will need to hold profound discussions and take prompt actions to protect the society from this crisis. We have been exchanging opinions and sharing information with the clubs. Specific measures shall soon be decided by the governors of each prefectures, but it is also crucial for us to keep working with the clubs based on the protocols in place to prevent further spread of the COVID-19.

 We hope we can ask the fans and supporters to join us to think about what the J.LEAGUE and sport can do at this time. Days may continue with frustration, but most importantly, please take care of your own health and that of those around you. Your continued support to lead us towards a bright resumption is greatly appreciated.” 

 

J.LEAGUE News

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai on a player tested positive for COVID-19

Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai : 
 “Today, we received a report from Vissel Kobe that one of its players, Gotoku Sakai, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
 It is reported that he is losing his sense of smell and taste but is in a stable condition. First and foremost, we convey our wishes for his speedy recovery.
 The J.LEAGUE will continue to work and make every effort with the clubs to protect the players, their families, club staff, spectators and the society, and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 infection.”

 

J.LEAGUE News

Postponement of EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE

J.LEAGUE announced to postpone the eSports competition "EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE" which was initially scheduled on Friday, 8th May and Saturday, 9th May 2020, following to the Electronic Arts' decision to suspend all EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series events due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Future schedules will be decided after the suspension of EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series is lifted.

■Announcement by Electronic Arts Inc.
https://www.ea.com/news/coronavirus-competitive-gaming-suspension

 

J.LEAGUE News

Remarks by Mitsuru Murai, J.LEAGUE Chairman, in Media Briefing on 25th March 2020

J.LEAGUE held an extraordinary executive committee yesterday and J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai spoke to the media, about the further extending suspension of matches to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 ““The decision was made unanimously among the committee members of 56 clubs, with premises of the statement received from experts in the governmental panel on 19th March, and advice received from the three medical experts at the liaison council with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) held on 23rd March with regards to holding events.

 Based on the statement and the advice, J.LEAGUE has agreed to “prevent further spread of the COVID-19 infection” and “cooperate with the governmental views and administrative policies”. At the same time, J.LEAGUE also agreed to continue efforts to provide the value of sports to everyone and to make necessary preparations.

 At the committee today, there were 5 points of agreement, which are as follows:

(1) To extend the suspension of matches

 J.LEAGUE aimed to resume on 3rd April, but it will be postponed. One reason was considering preparations to safely welcome the spectators to the venues. One of the supplies we need to secure is thermometer equipment to measure body temperature. We estimated we will need about 450 of them to cover all J1, J2, and J3 venue gates and the VIP related gates.
 The equipment will be secured in phases, starting from 3rd April to 18th April. Hence, we had no choice but to extend suspension beyond 3rd April. For staff at the venues, we have 70,000 masks and 300 liters of disinfection-related items (equivalent for about 100,000 staff) already secured besides the thermometers and we expect to secure the thermometers by 18th April.
 It was difficult for us to get ahead with securing the supplies in the midst of a time where the need is common to everyone in Japan. We are preparing by explaining the need in a reasonable term. Considering all the necessary supplies, we had no choice but to extend the suspension of matches.

(2) Date to resume the matches

 We will have the thermometers available by 18th April, but we believe operating them will require high-quality skills. Since the measurements will be made in the open air, various factors such as wind, temperature, shade, etc. need to be considered. We believe we will need a certain time to prepare using the thermometers after we secure them on 18th April. We will aim to start J3 matches ahead of J1 and J2 matches, given the various circumstances such as the number and capacity of spectators (*1).
 As we get ahead of J3 matches, all members of the J.LEAGUE will cooperate and fully support to raise the proficiency of J1 and J2 clubs to manage using the supplies. As for J2, we aim to resume on Saturday, 2nd May. As for J1, we aim to resume on Saturday, 9th May, which is after the Golden Week (*2). By taking phases to resume the matches, it will give a period of time for clubs with higher capacity to become more proficient in using the supplies. In addition, we will avoid having J1 matches during Golden Week, where a great move of people is expected.
 (*1) The J3 draws smaller crowds compared to J1 and J2 and it will be easier to enforce the safety measures first.
 (*2) Golden Week is a holiday season in Japan

(3) About density

 Our decision is made after careful consideration of the advice received from the medical experts in holding events. The main precaution for holding an event is that (1) the event is held in a closed space and (2) in a dense crowd of people (3) who are chanting closely together. The first factor, fortunately, does not apply to J.LEAGUE matches, whereas we need to consider the remaining two factors; density and closeness.
 With regards to density, it is said big events can bring people from all around the country to come, and there is a possibility a cluster of people with coronavirus go back to their homes. We are still in discussion, but we may ask people to refrain from going to away games for about 2 months after the matches resume. This is the third point we agreed on. We understand there may be spectators who come from far away to home game venues, and there may be those who live nearby to come to away game venues, but we plan to lay down specific rules such as not setting any seats to chant for the away team. This is our stance on density.

(4) About closeness

 We assume to basically have spectators take a certain distance in between, with every other seat be left empty. As a result, the capacity of the venue will be 50% less than usual. We have agreed to reduce the degree of closeness by aiming to keep the number of spectators to less than 50% of its capacity. This is the fourth point we agreed on.

(5) Responding to request for voluntary restraint

 We aim to resume on 25th April, 2nd May and 9th May, but we are still at an unpredictable point with the changing situation of the spread of the COVID-19. If the government or any administration requests a voluntary restraint, we will follow the request and be flexible in deciding to play the game without spectators or change the schedule. This is the fifth point we agreed on.

 The above five points are the points we agreed on. One of the other points we discussed was setting basic rules of ways of cheering. For example, we discussed the possibilities to refrain from styles of cheering out loud or high-fiving and crossing shoulders. Another opinion that was often expressed was with regards to the players. The situation where dates to resume the matches were postponed again and again was making the players more difficult to keep up their condition mentally and physically. I mentioned in the past that I would be making decisions in a two-week interval, considering the government has been announcing their views in a two-week interval. However, I have decided to aim 25th April. Now with the aim dates to resume, I hope the players will target those dates to prepare their conditions.

 Lastly, this was a fairly difficult decision to make. I would like to thank all the executive committee members from the 56 clubs for agreeing beyond individual interests. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to NPB, where the decision was based on the advice of the government's expert panel and the experts who we worked with NPB. I once again feel I could not have made such a decision on my own. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company has been very flexible and calm in waiting for our decision. YAMAZAKI-BISCUITS Co., Ltd. has not made any requests regarding the tournament format. It was all freehand and left for us to decide. Like broadcasting a training match between Kashima Antlers and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo the other day, DAZN has continued to support us, even though they may be struggling to have new subscribers. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the support, with further possibilities to broadcast more matches in April, where the teams prepare for the upcoming matches.”

 

J.LEAGUE News

J.LEAGUE Further Extends Suspension of Matches

J.LEAGUE announced to further extend suspension of matches below on account of the novel coronavirus outbreak and to prevent cluster of the coronavirus from expanding further.

■Matches Suspended

  Sec. Date # of matches
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE 7th sec. Friday, 3rd April
Saturday, 4th April
9
8th sec. Saturday, 11th April
Sunday, 12th April
9
9th sec. Saturday, 17th April
Sunday, 18th April
9
10th sec. Saturday, 25th April
Sunday, 26th April
9
11th sec. Wednesday, 29th April
Wednesday, 13th May
9
12th sec. Friday, 1st May
Saturday, 2nd May
Sunday, 3rd May
9
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J2 LEAGUE 8th sec. Saturday, 4th April
Sunday, 5th April
11
9th sec. Saturday, 11th April
Sunday, 12th April
11
10th sec. Friday, 17th April
Saturday, 18th April
Sunday, 19th April
11
11th sec. Saturday, 25th April
Sunday, 26th April
11
12th sec. Wednesday, 29th April 11
2020 MEIJI YASUDA J3 LEAGUE 5th sec. Saturday, 4th April
Sunday, 5th April
9
6th sec. Saturday, 11th April
Sunday, 12th April
9
2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP Group Stage 4th sec. Wednesday, 8th April 8
Group Stage 5th sec. Wednesday, 22nd April 8
Group Stage 6th sec. Wednesday, 6th May 8

Previously announced matches suspended : https://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/16824/

 

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

J.LEAGUE to Extend Suspension of Matches

J.LEAGUE announced to extend suspension of matches scheduled in March after the executive committee and board of directors meeting held today.

■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*
5th sec. Wednesday, 18th March 9
6th sec. Sunday, 22th 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*
5th sec. Wednesday, 18th March 11
6th sec. Saturday, 21st March
Sunday, 22nd March
11
7th sec. Saturday, 28th March
Sunday, 29th 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*
3rd sec. Saturday, 21st March
Sunday, 22nd March
9
4th sec. Saturday, 28 March
Sunday, 29th 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

J.LEAGUE News

Announcement of New J.LEAGUE Board of Directors

J.LEAGUE announced the appointment of members of the board of directors effect from 12 March, 2020.

Position Name Organisation
Chairman Mitsuru Murai Japan Professional Football League
Vice Chairman Hiromi Hara Japan Professional Football League
Senior Managing Director Masaaki Kimura Japan Professional Football League
*Director (full-time) Shinji Kubota Japan Professional Football League
*Director (full-time) Yuriko Saeki Japan Professional Football League
Director (part-time) Yoshikazu Nonomura President, Consadole Co., Ltd.
Director (part-time) Kunio Numata President, FC Mito Hollyhock Co., Ltd.
*Director (part-time) Naoki Ogane President, TOKYO FOOTBALL CLUB Co., Ltd.
Director (part-time) Hiroyuki Shimokawa Chairman, Zelvia Co., Ltd.
*Director (part-time) Yoshihiro Warashina Chairman, Kawasaki Frontale Co., Ltd.
Director (part-time) Masaki Tsukano President, SC TOTTORI Co., Ltd.
*Director (part-time) Toru Enoki President, Oita Football Club Co., Ltd.
* Director (part-time) Takayuki Tateishi CEO, STVV NV
Director (part-time) Dai Tamesue President, DEPORTARE PARTNERS
Director (part-time) Kumi Fujisawa President, Sophia Bank
*Director (part-time) Retz Fujisawa Representative Director, RCF
Executive Director, Japan Association of New Public
* Director (part-time) Wataru Baba Executive Officer Business Innovation Division General Manager, Panasonic Corporation
Auditor (part-time) Noriko Otsuka Representative, Noriko OTSUKA CPA Firm
Auditor (part-time) Tadashi Yamazaki PROPERTY INNOVATION CONSULTING Co., Ltd.
Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Takao Konishi President, J.LEAGUE INC.
Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Shingo Toyama Corporate Executive Officer, Europe Business, BeNEXT Technologies Inc.
*Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Yasuharu Sorimachi Former Head Coach, Matsumoto YamagaFC
*Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Hideyuki Hata President, ONE Championship Japan
*Co-opted Member, Executive Committee (part-time) Ryuji Bando MR12, Football Commentator

*Newly appointed or change in position

-Period: 2 years (March 12, 2020 to end of General Meeting scheduled in March, 2022)
-Member of the board must be under 65 years of age as of 1 April 2020.