|Dates||July 18 - November 28|
|Relegated||none (for season 2020 only)|
|Goals scored||330 (2.75 per match)|
|Lowest attendance||23 games played with|
zero attendance due to Covid-19
The 2020 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第22回日本フットボールリーグ[第22回 JFL 2020], Hepburn: Dai Nijūnikai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu [Dai Nijūnikai JFL 2020]) was the eight season of the fourth tier in Japanese football, and the 22nd season since the establishment of Japan Football League.
On February 27, the opening game and match day 2 were postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 16, it was announced match day 3 would be postponed. On March 25, it was announced Match day 4, Match day 5 would be postponed.
On April 7, it was announced Match day 6 would also be postponed.
On April 15 it was finally decided that only the second half of the season would be played beginning on the scheduled date, July 18. No relegations happened and the winners and runners-up of the Japanese Regional Series were automatically promoted, meaning that the 2021 season would be held with 17 clubs.
On June 24, the JFL announced new dates. The league match for this season started on July 18. Match days 16 and 17, and each home game opening game were held as a without spectator match.
Sixteen clubs featured in this season of Japan Football League. There were some changes: FC Imabari got promoted to J3, after finishing third in 2019, while Ryutsu Keizai Dragons was relegated after playing for five seasons at this level. Matsue City FC, who finished second-last place, were fated to go back to Japanese Regional Leagues as well, but avoided the drop thanks to FC Imabari going up to J3 League.
There are two new clubs in the JFL, debuting at this level after finishing in the top two in the 2019 Japanese Regional Series: Iwaki FC dominated the final stage, while Kochi United SC overcame the other two teams – Ococias Kyoto AC and Fukui United FC – to get the final spot for this seasons JFL.
|Club Name||Home Town||Position||Notes|
|Honda FC||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka||1st||2019 Champions|
|Honda Lock||Miyazaki, Miyazaki||6th|
|Iwaki FC||Iwaki, Fukushima||Winners of TSL and 43rd RPS, 100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders|
|Kochi United SC||Kōchi, Kōchi||Winners of SSL and runners-up of 43rd RPS|
|Maruyasu Okazaki||Okazaki, Aichi||11th|
|Matsue City FC||Matsue, Shimane||15th|
|MIO Biwako Shiga||Kusatsu, Shiga||9th||Applied for 100 Year Plan-status|
|Nara Club||All cities/towns in Nara[a]||14th||100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders|
|FC Osaka||Higashiōsaka, Osaka||8th||100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders|
|ReinMeer Aomori||Aomori, Aomori||13th||100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders|
|Sony Sendai||Tagajō, Miyagi||2nd|
|Suzuka Point Getters||Suzuka, Mie||12th||Applied for 100 Year Plan-status|
|Tegevajaro Miyazaki||Miyazaki & Shintomi, Miyazaki||5th||100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders|
|Tokyo Musashino City||Musashino, Tokyo||4th||No more 100 Year Plan-status, withdrew J3 license|
|Veertien Mie||All cities/towns in Mie[b]||10th||100 Year Plan-status and J3 license holders|
|Verspah Oita||Yufu & Ōita, Ōita||7th|
|Honda FC||Hiroyasu Ibata||Yuya Suzuki||Umbro|
|Honda Lock SC||Shinya Shirakawa||Naoya Oyama||Kappa|
|Iwaki FC||Yuzo Tamura||Masaru Hidaka||Under Armour|
|Kochi United SC||Akihiro Nishimura||Tsubasa Yokotake||bonera|
|Maruyasu Okazaki||Ryuji Kitamura||Teruyuki Moniwa||ATHLETA|
|Matsue City FC||Noriaki Sanenobu||Yuzuru Tabira||GAViC|
|MIO Biwako Shiga||Hiroshi Otsuki||Ryo Nishiguchi||JOGARBOLA|
|Nara Club||Maiki Hayashi||Shinichi Mukai||SQUADRA|
|FC Osaka||Shinya Tsukahara||Tomoyuki Iwamoto||bonera|
|ReinMeer Aomori||Tatsuya Mochizuki||Kanta Takahashi||Umbro|
|Sony Sendai FC||Gen Nakamura||Kenta Ogihara||Umbro|
|Suzuka Point Getters||Milagros Martínez Domínguez||Kohei Fujita||ATHLETA|
|Tegevajaro Miyazaki||Keiji Kuraishi||Kenta Ishii||Penalty|
|Tokyo Musashino City||Hisayuki Ikegami||Koji Ishihara||Yonex|
|Veertien Mie||Nobuhiro Ueno||Hitoshi Nishimura||Puma|
|Verspah Oita||Shigemitsu Sudo||Kosei Uryu||YASUDA|
|2||Tegevajaro Miyazaki (P)||15||8||4||3||26||15||+11||28||Promotion to 2021 J3 League[a]|
|5||Suzuka Point Getters||15||6||3||6||23||19||+4||21|
|9||MIO Biwako Shiga||15||6||2||7||23||27||−4||20|
|10||Matsue City FC||15||6||2||7||18||24||−6||20|
|11||Tokyo Musashino City||15||5||4||6||15||17||−2||19|
|14||Kochi United SC||15||4||4||7||17||20||−3||16|
|Tatsuma Sakai||Matsue City FC|
|Kazuki Sakamoto||MIO Biwako Shiga|
|Motoki Fujiwara||Sony Sendai FC|
|Jin Shioya||Veertien Mie|
|Shoma Mizunaga||Tegevajaro Miyazaki|
|Kaima Akahoshi||Kochi United SC|
Despite the JFL announcing that there would be no promotion or relegation of clubs, the J. League agreed to admit Tegevajaro Miyazaki to the J3 League on November 24, 2020, after Miyazaki finished in the top four positions. Miyazaki ultimately finished runners-up.
FC Tiamo Hirakata and FC Kariya were promoted from the Regional Leagues as Regional Promotion Series champions and runners-up respectively. Kariya returned to the JFL after being relegated back in 2009.
|5||Kochi United SC||4,741||1,151||0||677||n/a|
|7||Matsue City FC||3,934||971||0||656||−6.2%|
|8||MIO Biwako Shiga||2,479||832||0||413||−19.3%|
|11||Sony Sendai FC||1,249||303||0||178||−62.0%|
|12||Suzuka Point Getters||1,965||413||0||281||−49.2%|
|14||Tokyo Musashino City||3,658||907||0||610||−65.9%|
Updated to games played on 29/11/2020
23 games played with no spectators due to COVID-19 worldwide pandemic