Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Season2015
ChampionsSanfrecce Hiroshima
3rd J.League title
8th Japanese title
RelegatedMatsumoto Yamaga
Montedio Yamagata
Shimizu S-Pulse
Champions LeagueSanfrecce Hiroshima
Urawa Red Diamonds
Gamba Osaka
FC Tokyo
Club World CupSanfrecce Hiroshima
Matches played306
Goals scored820 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorerYoshito Ōkubo (23 goals)
Highest attendance53,148 Urawa vs Gamba Osaka
(2 May)
Lowest attendance6,100 Yamagata vs Nagoya
(29 July)
Average attendance17,803
2014
2016
All statistics correct as of 22 November 2015.

The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League (2015 明治安田生命J1リーグ) season[1] was the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

For a five-year period starting in 2015, the J.League changed to a newly conceived multistage system, with the year split into two halves and a third and final championship stage. The winners of the first and second stages and the highest ranking club of the aggregate table (other than the first or second stage winners) will qualify for the Championship Stage. Sanfrecce Hiroshima won the Championship Stage and advanced to the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup as the host nation's entrant.

Clubs

Club name Coach Home town(s) Stadium Capacity Note(s)
Albirex Niigata Japan Masaaki Yanagishita Niigata & Seirō, Niigata Big Swan Stadium 42,300
Kashima Antlers Japan Masatada Ishii Kashima, Ibaraki Kashima Soccer Stadium 40,728 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J.League Third placed team)
Shonan Bellmare South Korea Cho Kwi-jea Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Shonan Stadium Hiratsuka 18,500 Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014
Yokohama F. Marinos France Erick Mombaerts Yokohama & Yokosuka Nissan Stadium 72,327
Kawasaki Frontale Japan Yahiro Kazama Kawasaki, Kanagawa Todoroki Athletics Stadium 26,232
Gamba Osaka Japan Kenta Hasegawa Suita, Osaka Osaka Expo '70 Stadium 21,000 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J.League winners)
Nagoya Grampus Japan Akira Nishino Nagoya, Aichi Mizuho Athletic Stadium 27,000
Montedio Yamagata Japan Nobuhiro Ishizaki All cities/towns in Yamagata ND Soft Stadium 20,315 Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014
(through a play-off system)
Urawa Red Diamonds Serbia Mihailo Petrović Saitama Saitama Stadium 63,700 2015 AFC Champions League participant
(as 2014 J.League runners-up)
Kashiwa Reysol Japan Tatsuma Yoshida Kashiwa, Chiba Kashiwa Soccer Stadium 15,900 2015 AFC Champions League play-off participant
(as 2014 J.League Fourth placed team)
Shimizu S-Pulse Japan Kazuaki Tasaka Shizuoka IAI Stadium Nihondaira 20,339
Sagan Tosu Japan Hitoshi Morishita Tosu, Saga Tosu Stadium 24,490
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan Hajime Moriyasu Hiroshima Hiroshima Big Arch 50,000
FC Tokyo Italy Massimo Ficcadenti Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium 49,970
Vegalta Sendai Japan Susumu Watanabe Sendai, Miyagi Yurtec Stadium 19,694
Ventforet Kofu Japan Satoru Sakuma Kofu, Yamanashi Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium 17,000
Vissel Kobe Brazil Nelsinho Baptista Kobe, Hyōgo Misaki Park Stadium 30,132
Matsumoto Yamaga Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi Matsumoto, Nagano Matsumoto Stadium 20,000 Promoted from J.League Division 2 in 2014

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Date of separation Manner of departure Incoming manager Date of announcement
Ventforet Kofu Japan Yasuhiro Higuchi 13 May Mutual consent[2] Japan Satoru Sakuma 13 May
Kashima Antlers Brazil Toninho Cerezo 21 July Sacked[3] Japan Masatada Ishii 21 July
Shimizu S-Pluse Japan Katsumi Oenoki 1 August Resigned[4] Japan Kazuaki Tasaka 11 August

Foreign players

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player on-Visa Foreign Type-C Contract[5]
Albirex Niigata Brazil Cortês Brazil Léo Silva Brazil Rafael Silva South Korea Lim You-hwan Brazil Rafael Ratão
Kashima Antlers Brazil Caio Brazil Davi Brazil Dinei South Korea Hwang Seok-ho
Shonan Bellmare Brazil André Bahia Brazil Thiago Quirino South Korea Kim Jong-pil South Korea Lee Ho-seung Brazil Alison
Yokohama F. Marinos Brazil Ademilson Brazil Fabio Brazil Rafinha
Kawasaki Frontale Brazil Arthur Maia Brazil Elsinho
Gamba Osaka Brazil Lins Brazil Patric South Korea Oh Jae-suk South Korea Kim Jung-ya
Nagoya Grampus Brazil Leandro Domingues Colombia Danilson Córdoba Slovenia Milivoje Novaković Brazil Gustavo
Montedio Yamagata Brazil Alceu Brazil Diego Peru Romero Frank South Korea Kim Byeom-yong
Urawa Red Diamonds Slovenia Zlatan Ljubijankić
Kashiwa Reysol Brazil Cristiano Brazil Ederson Brazil Eduardo South Korea Kim Chang-soo
Shimizu S-Pulse Canada Dejan Jaković Netherlands Calvin Jong-a-Pin Nigeria Peter Utaka Australia Mitchell Duke North Korea Jong Tae-se
Sagan Tosu South Korea Baek Sung-dong South Korea Choi Sung-keun South Korea Kim Min-hyeok South Korea Kim Min-woo
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Brazil Douglas Croatia Mihael Mikić South Korea Byeon Jun-byum
FC Tokyo Serbia Vlada Avramov Spain Francisco Sandaza Australia Nathan Burns
Ventforet Kofu Brazil Baré Brazil Maranhão Brazil Marquinhos Paraná
Vegalta Sendai Brazil Felipe Brazil Ramon Lopes Brazil Wilson South Korea Kim Min-tae North Korea Ryang Yong-gi
Vissel Kobe Brazil Leandro Brazil Marquinhos Brazil Pedro Júnior South Korea Jung Woo-young Brazil Bueno
Matsumoto Yamaga Brazil Eric Brazil Obina Brazil Willians South Korea Kim Bo-kyung

Format changes

Teams play a single round-robin in the first stage and a single round-robin in the second stage.[6] After that an overall table is calculated and a championship stage is played. The winners of the first and second stages and any team that finishes in the top 3 of the overall rankings advance to the championship stage. The team that finishes atop the overall table automatically qualifies for the final, while the remaining teams play-off for the other spot in the final.

League table

First stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Urawa Red Diamonds (Q) 17 12 5 0 39 17 +22 41 Qualification to J.League Championship Stage
2 FC Tokyo 17 11 2 4 24 18 +6 35
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 17 10 4 3 29 16 +13 34
4 Gamba Osaka 17 9 5 3 24 13 +11 32
5 Kawasaki Frontale 17 9 3 5 32 26 +6 30
6 Yokohama F. Marinos 17 7 5 5 21 17 +4 26
7 Vegalta Sendai 17 6 5 6 27 20 +7 23
8 Kashima Antlers 17 6 4 7 27 25 +2 22
9 Nagoya Grampus 17 6 4 7 18 18 0 22
10 Shonan Bellmare 17 6 4 7 20 24 −4 22
11 Sagan Tosu 17 5 5 7 22 32 −10 20
12 Ventforet Kofu 17 6 2 9 12 22 −10 20
13 Vissel Kobe 17 4 7 6 17 19 −2 19
14 Kashiwa Reysol 17 4 6 7 22 25 −3 18
15 Matsumoto Yamaga 17 4 3 10 17 26 −9 15
16 Montedio Yamagata 17 3 5 9 14 24 −10 14
17 Albirex Niigata 17 3 5 9 20 33 −13 14
18 Shimizu S-Pulse 17 3 4 10 22 32 −10 13
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

Second stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Q) 17 13 1 3 44 14 +30 40 Qualification to J.League Championship Stage
2 Kashima Antlers 17 12 1 4 30 16 +14 37
3 Gamba Osaka 17 9 4 4 32 24 +8 31
4 Urawa Red Diamonds 17 9 4 4 30 23 +7 31
5 Yokohama F. Marinos 17 8 5 4 24 15 +9 29
6 FC Tokyo 17 8 4 5 21 15 +6 28
7 Kawasaki Frontale 17 8 3 6 30 22 +8 27
8 Kashiwa Reysol 17 8 3 6 24 18 +6 27
9 Shonan Bellmare 17 7 5 5 20 20 0 26
10 Nagoya Grampus 17 7 3 7 26 30 −4 24
11 Albirex Niigata 17 5 5 7 21 25 −4 20
12 Sagan Tosu 17 4 8 5 15 22 −7 20
13 Vissel Kobe 17 6 1 10 27 30 −3 19
14 Ventforet Kofu 17 4 5 8 14 21 −7 17
15 Matsumoto Yamaga 17 3 4 10 13 28 −15 13
16 Vegalta Sendai 17 3 3 11 17 28 −11 12
17 Shimizu S-Pulse 17 2 6 9 15 33 −18 12
18 Montedio Yamagata 17 1 7 9 10 29 −19 10
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League 2nd Stage Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

Overall table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C) 34 23 5 6 73 30 +43 74 Club World Cup, Champions League group stage and J.League Championship Final
2 Urawa Red Diamonds 34 21 9 4 69 40 +29 72 Champions League group stage and J.League Championship 1st Round
3 Gamba Osaka 34 18 9 7 56 37 +19 63
4 FC Tokyo 34 19 6 9 45 33 +12 63 Champions League qualifying play-off[a]
5 Kashima Antlers 34 18 5 11 57 41 +16 59
6 Kawasaki Frontale 34 17 6 11 62 48 +14 57
7 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 15 10 9 45 32 +13 55
8 Shonan Bellmare 34 13 9 12 40 44 −4 48
9 Nagoya Grampus 34 13 7 14 44 48 −4 46
10 Kashiwa Reysol 34 12 9 13 46 43 +3 45
11 Sagan Tosu 34 9 13 12 37 54 −17 40
12 Vissel Kobe 34 10 8 16 44 49 −5 38
13 Ventforet Kofu 34 10 7 17 26 43 −17 37
14 Vegalta Sendai 34 9 8 17 44 48 −4 35
15 Albirex Niigata 34 8 10 16 41 58 −17 34
16 Matsumoto Yamaga (R) 34 7 7 20 30 54 −24 28 Relegation to 2016 J2 League
17 Shimizu S-Pulse (R) 34 5 10 19 37 65 −28 25
18 Montedio Yamagata (R) 34 4 12 18 24 53 −29 24
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2015. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League Standings
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ The winner of the 2015 Emperor's Cup qualified for the Group Stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League. Since the Emperor's Cup winner was Gamba Osaka who were the third-placed team, the Qualifying Play-off spot was awarded to the fourth-placed team.

Positions by round

First stage

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617
Urawa Red Diamonds11111111111111111
FC Tokyo1010421543222453332
Sanfrecce Hiroshima411610664434322223
Gamba Osaka1013753222343234444
Kawasaki Frontale14646435565766655
Yokohama F. Marinos14161387118111186545566
Vegalta Sendai455247913131515121311797
Kashima Antlers14171711128108101198119978
Nagoya Grampus812161812811967811910889
Shonan Bellmare148127111314121213101087101010
Sagan Tosu63395356757678111111
Ventforet Kofu179151718181818181818181614131212
Vissel Kobe131318149107109911141012121313
Kashiwa Reysol77101281212781012131415151514
Matsumoto Yamaga8119121615131415121491213141415
Montedio Yamagata1718141617171717161613151516161616
Albirex Niigata1215101514141515141417171818181717
Shimizu S-Pulse1581015161616171716161717171818
Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2015. Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 10 results for 2015 AFC Champions League Participants (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Urawa Red Diamonds; Gamba Osaka vs. Kashima Antlers), held on 3 June 2015, are included in Matchday 15 ranking.
Note 2: Matchday 13 results for 2015 AFC Champions League quarterfinalists (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Gamba Osaka), held on 23 June 2015, are included in Matchday 17 ranking.

Second stage

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617
Sanfrecce Hiroshima31111122211111111
Kashima Antlers451174211122222222
Gamba Osaka686358108555484443
Urawa Red Diamonds6791314984964346554
Yokohama F. Marinos91416161714129676873335
FC Tokyo17109139646447535766
Kawasaki Frontale2345346101198657897
Kashiwa Reysol1210326333333768678
Shonan Bellmare6511117564789999989
Nagoya Grampus14866275781011101011101010
Albirex Niigata121714810101314121210111110111211
Sagan Tosu448911121112141313141414141312
Vissel Kobe1224811911101112121213121113
Ventforet Kofu141441213151613131414131312131414
Matsumoto Yamaga1418151012131516161717161516161615
Vegalta Sendai1113181818171717171615151715151516
Shimizu S-Pulse1816171715161415151516171818181717
Montedio Yamagata912131516181818181818181617171818
Leader and qualification to 2015 J.League Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 6 results for Gamba Osaka vs. Sagan Tosu, held on 22 July 2015, are included in Matchday 4 ranking. Gamba Osaka is a finalist in 2015 Suruga Bank Championship, scheduled on 11 August 2015.
Note 2: Matchday 9 results for Matsumoto Yamaga vs. Montedio Yamagata, held on 23 September 2015, are included on Matchday 12 ranking.

Overall

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Sanfrecce Hiroshima41161066443432222322211122112221111
Urawa Red Diamonds1111111111111111111122211221112222
Gamba Osaka101375322234323444434434444444444343
FC Tokyo101042154322245333243343333333333434
Kashima Antlers1417171112810810119811997877866665556666755
Kawasaki Frontale1464643556576665555555556665555666
Yokohama F. Marinos1416138711811118654556666689987777777577
Shonan Bellmare1481271113141212131010871010108810108710101099898888
Nagoya Grampus81216181281196781191088912997787991010910101099
Kashiwa Reysol771012812127810121314151515141413129101098888108991010
Sagan Tosu633953567576781111111011141212131212131313141414121111
Vissel Kobe131318149107109911141012121313111271111121111111111121315141212
Ventforet Kofu1791517181818181818181816141312121314131413141413121415131111111313
Vegalta Sendai455247913131515121311797910111314111314141212111212131414
Albirex Niigata12151015141415151414171718181817171718171615151515151514151513151515
Matsumoto Yamaga81191216151314151214912131414151516151516161616161616161616161616
Shimizu S-Pulse15810151616161717161617171718181817181817181717171717181818181817
Montedio Yamagata17181416171717171616131515161616161615161718171818181818171717171718
Leader, qualification to 2015 J.League Championship Final and 2016 AFC Champions League group stage
Qualification to 2015 J.League Championship 1st Round and 2015 AFC Champions League group stage / qualifying play-off
Relegation to 2016 J2 League
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: J. League Data Site
Note 1: Matchday 10 results for 2015 AFC Champions League Participants (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Urawa Red Diamonds; Gamba Osaka vs. Kashima Antlers), held on 3 June 2015, are included in Matchday 15 ranking.
Note 2: Matchday 13 results for 2015 AFC Champions League quarterfinalists (Kashiwa Reysol vs. Gamba Osaka), held on 23 June 2015, are included in Matchday 17 ranking.
Note 3: Matchday 23 results for Gamba Osaka vs. Sagan Tosu, held on 22 July 2015, are included in Matchday 21 ranking. Gamba Osaka is a finalist in 2015 Suruga Bank Championship, scheduled on 11 August 2015.
Note 4: Matchday 26 results for Matsumoto Yamaga vs. Montedio Yamagata, held on 23 September 2015, are included on Matchday 29 ranking.

Championship stage

Meiji Yasuda 2015 J.League Championship (明治安田生命 2015 Jリーグチャンピオンシップ)
The Championship stage consisted of a knockout tournament involving the champions of the First and Second Stages, and any team that finishes in the top 3 of the overall table. The team with the best aggregate record earned a bye to the final. The remaining teams playoff for the other spot in the final.

Semifinal Final
        
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 1 4
Gamba Osaka 2 1 3
Urawa Red Diamonds 1
Gamba Osaka (a.e.t.) 3

Urawa Red Diamonds1–3 (a.e.t.)Gamba Osaka
Ljubijankić 72' Report Konno 47'
Fujiharu 117'
Patric 120'
Saitama Stadium 2002, Midori-ku, Saitama
Attendance: 40,696
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Gamba Osaka2–3Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Nagasawa 60'
Konno 82'
Report Douglas 80'
Sasaki 90+1'
Kashiwa 90+6'
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita
Attendance: 17,844
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

Sanfrecce Hiroshima1–1Gamba Osaka
Asano 76' Report Konno 28'
Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima
Attendance: 36,609
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura

Results

First stage

Home \ Away ALB ANT BEL FMA FRO GAM GRA MON RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS YAM
Albirex Niigata 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–2 2–2
Kashima Antlers 1–1 1–2 2–3 3–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 3–1
Shonan Bellmare 1–3 0–2 1–3 4–2 0–0 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–0 0–3 3–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1
Kawasaki Frontale 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–4 3–2 0–1 3–0 2–2 2–0
Gamba Osaka 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0
Nagoya Grampus 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–3
Montedio Yamagata 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 0–1 0–1 0–0
Urawa Red Diamonds 5–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 1–0
Kashiwa Reysol 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–3 2–3 0–0 1–1
Sagan Tosu 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–6 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4–2 0–1 5–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–1
Shimizu S-Pulse 3–1 1–2 5–2 2–3 3–3 2–2 0–2 0–1
FC Tokyo 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 3–2 1–0
Vegalta Sendai 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–0 4–4 5–0 2–1 2–3 0–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–3
Vissel Kobe 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 4–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 1–2 2–3 0–3 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2015. Source: J. League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second stage

Home \ Away ALB ANT BEL FMA FRO GAM GRA MON RED REY SAG SFR SSP TOK VEG VEN VIS YAM
Albirex Niigata 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–0
Kashima Antlers 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–0 1–2 3–2 0–0 2–1 3–2
Shonan Bellmare 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–1
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–1 4–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0
Kawasaki Frontale 1–3 0–1 5–3 6–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 1–0
Gamba Osaka 1–0 2–2 4–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–2 0–3 3–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 4–2 2–0
Montedio Yamagata 1–3 0–3 0–0 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–1
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 5–2
Kashiwa Reysol 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–0
Sagan Tosu 0–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–1 5–0 2–0 2–1 5–2 0–3 0–0 0–1 6–0
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–4 0–3 1–5 1–1 0–1 0–5
FC Tokyo 3–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–4 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–0
Vegalta Sendai 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–1 3–4 1–2 3–1
Ventforet Kofu 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1
Vissel Kobe 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 7–1 0–4 2–1
Matsumoto Yamaga 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 2015. Source: J. League Data
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale 23
2 Brazil Douglas Sanfrecce Hiroshima 21
3 Japan Takashi Usami Gamba Osaka 19
4 Japan Yohei Toyoda Sagan Tosu 16
5 Brazil Cristiano Kashiwa Reysol 14
6 Japan Yuki Muto Urawa Red Diamonds 13
7 Japan Shinzo Koroki Urawa Red Diamonds 12
Brazil Patric Gamba Osaka
Japan Hisato Sato Sanfrecce Hiroshima
10 Japan Genki Omae Shimizu S-Pulse 11

Updated to games played on 22 November 2015

Source: J.League Data[7]

Awards

Individual

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Japan Toshihiro Aoyama Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Rookie of the Year Japan Takuma Asano Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Manager of the Year Japan Hajime Moriyasu Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Top scorer Japan Yoshito Ōkubo Kawasaki Frontale 23 goals.

Best Eleven

Position Footballer Club Nationality
GK Shusaku Nishikawa (4) Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan
DF Kosuke Ota (2) FC Tokyo  Japan
DF Masato Morishige (3) FC Tokyo  Japan
DF Tsukasa Shiotani (2) Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Japan
DF Tomoaki Makino (2) Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan
MF Mu Kanazaki (1) Kashima Antlers  Japan
MF Toshihiro Aoyama (3) Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Japan
MF Yasuhito Endō (12) Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Yoshito Ōkubo (3) Kawasaki Frontale  Japan
FW Takashi Usami (2) Gamba Osaka  Japan
FW Douglas (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Brazil

* The number in brackets denotes the number of times that the footballer has appeared in the Best 11.

Attendances

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 658,668 53,148 22,363 38,745 +9.1%
2 FC Tokyo 489,336 42,604 12,727 28,784 +14.3%
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 411,759 44,226 8,038 24,221 +4.9%
4 Albirex Niigata 398,545 31,324 16,068 23,444 +2.0%
5 Kawasaki Frontale 356,976 24,992 14,881 20,999 +26.0%
6 Matsumoto Yamaga 285,992 18,906 11,743 16,823 +32.1%
7 Kashima Antlers 279,185 29,030 6,923 16,423 −7.0%
8 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 278,499 33,210 7,966 16,382 +9.2%
9 Vissel Kobe 276,512 24,027 7,696 16,265 +8.4%
10 Nagoya Grampus 276,082 33,558 9,986 16,240 −2.9%
12 Gamba Osaka 271,984 18,842 10,702 15,999 +8.5%
11 Shimizu S-Pulse 239,406 19,736 11,348 14,083 −0.9%
13 Vegalta Sendai 234,442 19,375 12,488 13,791 −9.1%
14 Sagan Tosu 228,644 20,792 7,524 13,450 −4.9%
15 Shonan Bellmare 207,539 14,581 9,157 12,208 +44.0%
16 Ventforet Kofu 192,042 14,176 7,015 11,297 −7.2%
17 Kashiwa Reysol 185,609 14,055 6,701 10,918 +1.9%
18 Montedio Yamagata 170,518 13,737 6,100 10,030 +58.0%
League total 5,447,602 53,148 6,100 17,803 +3.3%

Updated to games played on 22 November 2015
Source: J. League Data
Notes:
Team played previous season in J2.

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