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.