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Japan Football League
Season2019
ChampionsHonda FC
9th JFL title[1]
PromotedFC Imabari[2][3]
RelegatedRyutsu Keizai Dragons
Matches played240
Goals scored623 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorerEfrain Rintaro
Suzuka Unlimited
(18 goals)
Average attendance939
2018
2020

The 2019 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第21回日本フットボールリーグ(第21回 JFL 2019), Hepburn: Dai Nijūikkai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu (Dai Nijūikkai JFL 2019)) is the seventh season of the fourth tier in Japanese football, and the 21st season since the establishment of Japan Football League.

Starting from this season, the league reverted to a one-stage double round-robin again.

2019 season Clubs

Sixteen clubs will feature in this season of Japan Football League. There were some changes: Vanraure Hachinohe won promotion to pro football in 2018, while Cobaltore Onagawa was relegated. There are two new clubs in the JFL, debuting in this category: Matsue City FC won the Regional Promotion Series, while Suzuka Unlimited FC came second in the final phase.[4]

Club Name Home Town Position Notes
FC Imabari Imabari, Ehime 5th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
FC Osaka Higashiōsaka, Osaka 2nd
Honda FC Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 1st Defending champions of 2018
Honda Lock Miyazaki, Miyazaki 14th
Maruyasu Okazaki Okazaki, Aichi 13th
Matsue City FC Matsue, Shimane RPS 1st Promoted from CSL after 1st place in 42nd Regional Promotion Series
MIO Biwako Shiga Kusatsu, Shiga 7th
Nara Club All cities/towns in Nara[a] 8th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
ReinMeer Aomori Aomori, Aomori 10th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons Ryūgasaki, Ibaraki 15th
Sony Sendai Tagajō, Miyagi 4th
Suzuka Unlimited FC Suzuka, Mie RPS 2nd Promoted from TASL after 2nd place in 42nd Regional Promotion Series
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Miyazaki & Shintomi, Miyazaki 12th J.League 100 Year Plan club status
Tokyo Musashino City Musashino, Tokyo 6th J.League 100 Year Plan club status and J3 license holders
Veertien Mie All cities/towns in Mie[b] 11th
Verspah Oita Yufu & Ōita, Ōita 9th

Personnel and kits

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
FC Imabari Japan Takeshi Ono Japan TBA Adidas
FC Osaka Japan Haruo Wada Japan Tomoyuki Iwamoto bonera
Honda FC Japan Hiroyasu Ibata Japan Yuya Suzuki Umbro
Honda Lock Japan Shinya Shirakawa Japan Naoya Oyama Kappa
Maruyasu Okazaki Japan Ryuji Kitamura Japan Keita Sugimoto ATHLETA
Matsue City FC Japan Koji Tanaka Japan Yuzuru Tabira GAViC
MIO Biwako Shiga Japan Masafumi Nakaguchi TBA JOGARBOLA
Nara Club Japan Koichi Sugiyama Japan Shinichi Mukai SQUADRA
ReinMeer Aomori Japan Tatsuya Mochizuki Japan Kanta Takahashi Umbro
Ryutsu Keizai Dragons Japan Yuji Nakano TBC Adidas
Sony Sendai Japan Shinji Honda Japan Kenta Ogihara Umbro
Suzuka Unlimited FC Spain Milagros Martínez Domínguez Japan Toshihiro Horikawa ATHLETA
Tegevajaro Miyazaki Japan Keiji Kuraishi TBA Penalty
Tokyo Musashino City Japan Hisayuki Ikegami Japan Koji Ishihara Yonex
Veertien Mie Japan Nobuhiro Ueno Japan Hitoshi Nishimura Mizuno
Verspah Oita Japan Shigemitsu Sudo Japan Kosuke Fukumoto LINES
  1. ^ centering on Nara
  2. ^ centering on Kuwana & Yokkaichi

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Honda FC (C) 30 19 6 5 59 30 +29 63
2 Sony Sendai 30 16 7 7 60 34 +26 55
3 FC Imabari (P) 30 13 12 5 41 26 +15 51 Promotion to 2020 J3 League[a]
4 Tokyo Musashino City 30 13 9 8 44 39 +5 48
5 Tegevajaro Miyazaki 30 11 8 11 37 34 +3 41
6 Honda Lock 30 10 11 9 41 39 +2 41
7 Verspah Oita 30 10 10 10 42 36 +6 40
8 FC Osaka 30 10 10 10 33 32 +1 40
9 MIO Biwako Shiga 30 11 7 12 27 40 −13 40
10 Veertien Mie 30 10 9 11 38 34 +4 39
11 Maruyasu Okazaki 30 9 11 10 30 30 0 38
12 Suzuka Unlimited FC 30 9 9 12 43 47 −4 36
13 ReinMeer Aomori 30 9 9 12 40 44 −4 36
14 Nara Club 30 8 10 12 27 32 −5 34
15 Matsue City FC 30 5 10 15 26 51 −25 25
16 Ryutsu Keizai Dragons (R) 30 5 6 19 35 75 −40 21 Relegation to regional leagues
Source: JFL website (in Japanese)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Disciplinary points; 6) Draw
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ To qualify for promotion, a club must hold a 100 Year Plan status, obtain a J3 license (marked in bold in the table), and finish both in the top 4 of the JFL, and either 1st or 2nd among the promotion-eligible clubs.

Top scorers

As of match played March 25, 2020.[5]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
Brazil Efrain Rintaro Suzuka Unlimited
18
2
Japan Tsubasa Ando Honda Lock SC
16
3
Japan Kazuki Sakamoto MIO Biwako Shiga
14
4
Japan Yuta Uchino Sony Sendai FC
12
Japan Hiroki Bandai ReinMeer Aomori
6
Japan Masahiko Sugita Sony Sendai FC
11
Japan Jin Shioya Veertien Mie
8
Japan Yuki Mizutani Tokyo Musashino City FC
10
9
Japan Daiya Tono Honda FC
9
Japan Koji Ishihara Tokyo Musashino City FC
Japan Hiroto Miyauchi Matsue City FC

Promotion from Regional Leagues

Iwaki FC and Kochi United SC won the promotion after coming in the Top 2 of the Final Round of the 2019 Regional Promotion Series.

Attendances

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 FC Imabari       46,512 3,981 1,694 3,101 +0.6%
2 Nara Club         30,308 5,102 513 2,021 +12.6%
3 Tokyo Musashino   26,866 5,284 504 1,791 +112.2%
4 FC Osaka         16,474 2,685 157 1,098 +39.3%
5 Veertien Mie 15,606 4,014 492 1,040 +22.5%
6 Tegevajaro Miyazzaki 13,624 1,976 514 908 +125.3%
7 Honda FC 12,641 1,612 616 843 +2.9%
8 Matsue City FC 10,482 1,544 360 699 n/a
9 Suzuka Unlimited 8,301 1,308 312 553 n/a
10 MIO Biwako Shiga 8,292 1,523 206 553 +8.0%
11 Verspah Oita 7,549 1,148 253 503 −13.6%
12 Sony Sendai FC 6,629 709 253 442 −5.6%
13 Reinmeer 6,575 630 217 438 −14.6%
14 FC Maruyasu Okazaki 5,797 632 207 387 +8.7%
15 Honda Lock SC 5,169 837 168 345 +13.1%
16 Dragons Ryugasaki 4,638 512 155 309 −32.8%
League total 225,463 5,284 155 939 +3.5%

Updated to games played on 01/12/2019
Source: JFL

Notes

References

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  2. ^ 岡ちゃんがJに帰ってくる FC今治がJ3昇格決定 - 日刊スポーツ 10 November 2019
  3. ^ Jリーグ入会審査(J3)結果について − J.League 18 November 2019
  4. ^ "鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC、JFL昇格内定!「お嬢様聖水かけ」も". Qoly. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  5. ^ "日本フットボールリーグオフィシャルWebサイト【得点R】".