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|
|Saturday 27 February – Saturday 4 December,
38 rounds/380 matches
|Home and Away
* 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