The 2010 J. League Cup, more widely known as the 2010 Nabisco Cup, was the 35th edition of the most prestigious Japanese soccer league cup tournament and the 18th edition under the current J. League Cup format. It began on 31 March 2010 with the first matches of the group stage and ended on 3 November 2010 with the Final at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.

Teams from the J1 took part in the tournament. Kashima Antlers, Kawasaki Frontale, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Gamba Osaka were given a bye to the quarter-final due to the qualification for the AFC Champions League group stage. The remaining 14 teams started from the group stage, where they were divided into two groups of seven. The group winners and the runners-up of each group qualified for the quarter-final along with the four teams which qualified for the AFC Champions League.

The competition was won by Júbilo Iwata, who defeated Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5–3 after extra time. They qualified for the 2011 Suruga Bank Championship.

Group stage

Knockout stage

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Kawasaki Frontale 1 3 4  
Kashima Antlers 2 1 3  
  Kawasaki Frontale 1 1 2  
  Júbilo Iwata 3 0 3  
Vegalta Sendai 1 0 1
  Júbilo Iwata 2 0 2  
    Júbilo Iwata (a.e.t.)  
  Sanfrecce Hiroshima  
  Gamba Osaka 1 1 2  
Sanfrecce Hiroshima (a) 0 2 2  
  Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2 1 3
  Shimizu S-Pulse 1 1 2  
F.C. Tokyo 1 0 1
  Shimizu S-Pulse (a) 1 0 1  


First leg

Kashima Antlers2 – 1Kawasaki Frontale
Marquinhos Goal 31'
Koroki Goal 55'
(Report) Kurotsu Goal 68'
Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
Attendance: 6,977
Referee: Ryuji Sato

Júbilo Iwata2 – 1Vegalta Sendai
Gilsinho Goal 32'
Nishi Goal 34'
Ota Goal 76'
Yamaha Stadium, Iwata
Attendance: 5,032
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

Sanfrecce Hiroshima0 – 1Gamba Osaka
Lucas Goal 66'
Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima
Attendance: 6,731
Referee: Masayoshi Okada

F.C. Tokyo1 – 1Shimizu S-Pulse
Morishige Goal 79' Okazaki Goal 68'
Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 12,510
Referee: Hiroyoshi Takayama

Second leg

Kawasaki Frontale3 – 1Kashima Antlers
Tasaka Goal 32'
Nakamura Goal 79'
Vitor Junior Goal 88'
(Report) Ogasawara Goal 33'
Todoroki Athletics Stadium, Kawasaki
Attendance: 9,406
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida

Kawasaki Frontale won 4-3 on aggregate.

Vegalta Sendai0 – 0Júbilo Iwata
Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai
Attendance: 7,317
Referee: Masayoshi Okada

Júbilo Iwata won 2-1 on aggregate.

Gamba Osaka1 – 2Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Dodo Goal 82' Sato Goal 26'
Morisaki Goal 56'
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita
Attendance: 6,498
Referee: Minoru Tojo

Sanfrecce Hiroshima won by away goals rule (2-2 on aggregate).

Shimizu S-Pulse0 – 0F.C. Tokyo
Outsourcing Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka
Attendance: 5,683
Referee: Matsuo Hajime

Shimizu S-Pulse won by away goals rule (1-1 on aggregate).


First leg

Júbilo Iwata0 – 1Kawasaki Frontale
Kurotsu Goal 55'
Yamaha Stadium, Iwata
Attendance: 10,353
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura

Sanfrecce Hiroshima2 – 1Shimizu S-Pulse
Lee Goal 55'
Takahagi Goal 68'
Edamura Goal 76'
Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium, Hiroshima
Attendance: 5,034
Referee: Joji Kashihara

Second leg

Kawasaki Frontale1 – 3Júbilo Iwata
Juninho Goal 38' Oi Goal 35'
Yamazaki Goal 78'
Naruoka Goal 88'
Todoroki Athletics Stadium, Kawasaki
Attendance: 13,417
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami

Júbilo Iwata won 3-2 on aggregate.

Shimizu S-Pulse1 – 1Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Ono Goal 87' Yamagishi Goal 64'
Outsourcing Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka
Attendance: 12,384
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

Sanfrecce Hiroshima won 3-2 on aggregate.


Júbilo Iwata5 – 3 (a.e.t.)Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Funatani Goal 36'
Maeda Goal 89', Goal 109'
Suganuma Goal 102'
Yamazaki Goal 104'
Lee Goal 43'
Yamagishi Goal 48'
Makino Goal 105+3'
Tokyo National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 39,767
Referee: Hiroyoshi Takayama

Top goalscorers

Goalscorers Goals Team
Brazil Gilsinho
Júbilo Iwata
Japan Yuzo Tashiro
Montedio Yamagata
Brazil Diego
Kyoto Sanga
Japan Atsushi Yanagisawa
Kyoto Sanga
Brazil Popó
Vissel Kobe