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J. League Division 1
Country Japan
Confederation AFC
Founded 1993
Level 1
Number of teams 18
Relegation to J. League Division 2

J. League Division 1 (Jリーグ・ディビジョン1 J Rīgu Dibijon1?) or J1 League (J1リーグ J1 Rīgu?) is part of the Japanese football club system.

J1 League is the top grouping of the Japan Professional Football League (日本プロサッカーリーグ Nippon Puro Sakkā Rīgu?).

It is one of the three major titles in Japan, along with J. League Cup and Emperor's Cup. The second tier is represented by J. League Division 2.

Club guide

There are 18 Division 1 (J1) teams.[1]

The list of clubs in the league has changed over time.[2] In 2013, the J1 teams are:


Season Champions Runner-up Third place
1993 Verdy Kawasaki Kashima Antlers Shimizu S-Pulse
1994 Verdy Kawasaki Sanfrecce Hiroshima Kashima Antlers
1995 Yokohama Marinos Verdy Kawasaki Nagoya Grampus
1996 Kashima Antlers Nagoya Grampus Yokohama Flügels
1997 Júbilo Iwata Kashima Antlers Yokohama Marinos
1998 Kashima Antlers Júbilo Iwata Shimizu S-Pulse
1999 Júbilo Iwata Shimizu S-Pulse Kashiwa Reysol
2000 Kashima Antlers Yokohama F. Marinos Kashiwa Reysol
2001 Kashima Antlers Júbilo Iwata JEF United Ichihara
2002 Júbilo Iwata Yokohama F. Marinos Gamba Osaka
2003 Yokohama F. Marinos Júbilo Iwata JEF United Ichihara
2004 Yokohama F. Marinos Urawa Red Diamonds Gamba Osaka
2005 Gamba Osaka Urawa Red Diamonds Kashima Antlers
2006 Urawa Red Diamonds Kawasaki Frontale Gamba Osaka
2007 Kashima Antlers Urawa Red Diamonds Gamba Osaka
2008 Kashima Antlers Kawasaki Frontale Nagoya Grampus
2009 Kashima Antlers Kawasaki Frontale Gamba Osaka
2010 Nagoya Grampus Gamba Osaka Cerezo Osaka
2011 Kashiwa Reysol Nagoya Grampus Gamba Osaka
2012 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Vegalta Sendai Urawa Red Diamonds

League Format

  • The first division's 18 teams will play round-robin matches twice in the regular league.
  • A club receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.
  • The clubs are ranked by points.

Related pages


  1. Japan Professional Football League (J.League), 2013 Club Guide. Retrieved 2013-1-21.
  2., "Japan J.League Teams", 2010. Retrieved 2012-3-2.
  3. J.League, Albirex Niigata; Albirex Niigata (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9. Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  4. J.League, Cerzo Osaka; Cerezo Osaka (English); (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  5. J.League, F.C. Tokyo; F.C. Tokyo (English); (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  6. J.League, Jubilo Iwata; Jubilo Iwata (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  7. J.League, Kashima Antlers; Kashima Antlers (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  8. J.League, Kashiwa Reysol; Kashiwa Reysol (English); (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  9. J. League, Kawasaki Frontale; Kawasaki Frontale (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  10. J.League, Nagoya Grampus; Nagoya Grampus (English); (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9. Archived 22 October 2009 at WebCite
  11. J.League, Oita Trinita; Oita Trinita; retrieved 2012-2-27.
  12. J.League, Omiya Ardija; Omiya Ardija (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  13. J.League, Sagan Tosu; Sagan Tosu. Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  14. J.League, Sanfrecce Hiroshima; Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  15. J.League, Shimizu S-Pulse; Shimizu S-Pulse (English); (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9. Archived 1 August 2011 at WebCite
  16. J.League, Shonan Bellmare; Shonan Bellmare; retrieved 2012-3-9.
  17. J.League, Urawa Reds; Urawa Red Diamonds (English); (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.
  18. J.League, Vegalta Sendai; Vegalta Sendai (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9. Archived 22 April 2011 at WebCite
  19. J.League, Venforet Kofu; Venforet Kofu (Japanese); retrieved 2012-3-9.
  20. J.League, Yokohama•Marinos; Yokohama F•Marinos (Japanese). Retrieved 2012-3-9.

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