2020 J1 League

2020 J1 League

The 2020 J1 League, also known as the 2020 Meiji Yasuda J1 League (Japanese: 2020 明治安田生命J1リーグ, Hepburn: 2020 Meiji Yasuda Seimei J1 Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, is the 28th season of the J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993. The league began play on 21 February 2020. For this season, the league will have season break to avoid clash with Olympics 2020 starting from June to August.[needs update] [1]

Yokohama F. Marinos are the defending champions while Kashiwa Reysol and Yokohama FC entered the league as promoted teams from the 2019 J2 League, replacing Júbilo Iwata and Matsumoto Yamaga who were relegated to the 2020 J2 League.


  • 1 Effects of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
  • 2 Clubs
    • 2.1 Personnel and kits
    • 2.2 Managerial changes
  • 3 Foreign players
  • 4 League table
  • 5 Results table
  • 6 Season statistics
    • 6.1 Top scorers
    • 6.2 Hat-tricks
  • 7 Attendances
  • 8 References

Effects of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic[edit]

On February 25, all J.League matches until March 15 were postponed in response to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.[2] After that,it was announced that it would be postponed until March 29.[3] On March 19, the J.League announced no relegation would take place for the 2020 season, with the J1 League expanding to 20 clubs for the 2021 season. [4] On March 25, announced that it would be Suspended April 3 to May 6.[5]

On April 3, decided to starting over the official game schedule, which aims to gradually resume J3 from April 25, J2 from May 2, and J1 from May 9. Note that, considering a new schedule in the future, but it will resume it at least one month later and later in the month.[6]


SapporoGreater Tokyo Area†Keihanshin‡ShimizuTosuHiroshimaSendaiOitaNagoya† Greater Tokyo teams
FC Tokyo
Kawasaki Frontale
Urawa Red Diamonds
Yokohama F. Marinos
Kashima Antlers
Kashiwa Reysol
‡ Keihanshin teams
Cerezo Osaka
Gamba Osaka
Vissel Kobe
Locations of the 2020 J1 League teams
Kashima AntlersKashiwa ReysolUrawa Red DiamondsYokohamaFC TokyoKawasaki FrontaleShonanYokohamaYokohama F. Marinos Greater Tokyo Area J1 League teams

For the 2020 season, there were only two changes in the league. Kashiwa Reysol returned as the 2019 J2 League champions and Yokohama FC as runners-up after 13 seasons absence from the top tier of Japanese football. They replaced Matsumoto Yamaga (one season in J1) and Júbilo Iwata (four seasons in J1), who were relegated to the 2020 J2 League.

Meanwhile, Shonan Bellmare remained in the J1 League after defeating Tokushima Vortis in the 2019 J2 League playoff final.

Personnel and kits[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Foreign players[edit]

As of 2020 season, there are no more restrictions on a number of signed foreign players, but clubs can only register up to five foreign players for a single match-day squad.[25] Players from J.League partner nations (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia and Qatar) are exempt from these restrictions.

  • Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.

League table[edit]

On March 19,decided to change format in the 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE and apply exceptional rules for promotion/relegation in all categories. Apply exceptional rules below for promotion/relegation after resume (in all J1, J2 and J3 category).[26][a]

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Updated to match(es) played on 23 February 2020. Source: Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.

  • ^ promote from J3 to J2 is number of clubs to promote may change due to licensing regulations
  • Results table[edit]

    Updated to match(es) played on 23 February 2020. Source: 2020 J1 League
    Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Season statistics[edit]

    Top scorers[edit]



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    Updated to games played on 23 February 2020
    Source: J. League Data
    † Promoted from J2


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    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_J1_League