J1 League

2019 J1 League logo.svg
Founded 1992; 27 years ago
Country Japan
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to J2 League (since 1998)
Domestic cup(s) Emperor’s Cup
Fuji Xerox Super Cup
League cup(s) YBC Levain Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Kawasaki Frontale (3rd title) (2020)
Most championships Kashima Antlers (8 titles)
Top goalscorer Yoshito Ōkubo (179 goals)
TV partners DAZN (all matches),
NHK BS1 (some matches)
Website www.jleague.jp
 2020 J1 League
TeamWinner
Kashima Antlers8
Yokohama F. Marinos4
Júbilo Iwata3
Sanfrecce Hiroshima3
Kawasaki Frontale3
Gamba Osaka2
Tokyo Verdy2
Urawa Red Diamonds1
Nagoya Grampus1
Kashiwa Reysol1
Shimizu S-Pulse0
Vegalta Sendai0
FC Tokyo0
YearChampionsRunners-upLeading goalscorerGoals
Japan Soccer League (1965–1971)
1965Toyo IndustriesYawata Steel  Mutsuhiko Nomura  (Hitachi)15
1966Toyo Industries Yawata Steel  Aritatsu Ogi  (Toyo Industries)14
1967Toyo Industries Furukawa Electric  Takeo Kimura  (Furukawa Electric)15
1968Toyo Industries Yanmar Diesel  Kunishige Kamamoto  (Yanmar Diesel)14
1969Mitsubishi Heavy IndustriesToyo Industries  Hiroshi Ochiai  (Mitsubishi Motors)12
1970Toyo Industries Mitsubishi Heavy Industries  Kunishige Kamamoto  (Yanmar Diesel)16
1971Yanmar DieselMitsubishi Heavy Industries  Kunishige Kamamoto  (Yanmar Diesel)11
Japan Soccer League Division 1 (1972–1992)
1972Hitachi SCYanmar Diesel  Akira Matsunaga  (Hitachi)12
1973Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hitachi SC  Akira Matsunaga  (Hitachi)11
1974Yanmar Diesel Mitsubishi Heavy Industries  Kunishige Kamamoto  (Yanmar Diesel)21
1975Yanmar Diesel Mitsubishi Heavy Industries  Kunishige Kamamoto  (Yanmar Diesel)17
1976Furukawa ElectricMitsubishi Heavy Industries  Kunishige Kamamoto  (Yanmar Diesel)15
1977Fujita IndustriesMitsubishi Heavy Industries  Carvalho  (Fujita Industries)23
1978Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Yanmar Diesel  Kunishige Kamamoto  (Yanmar Diesel)
  Carvalho  (Fujita Industries)
15
1979Fujita Industries Yomiuri SC  Ruy Ramos  (Yomiuri)14
1980Yanmar Diesel Fujita Industries  Hiroyuki Usui  (Hitachi)14
1981Fujita Industries Yomiuri SC  Hiroshi Yoshida  (Furukawa Electric)14
1982Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Yanmar Diesel  Hiroyuki Usui  (Hitachi)13
1983Yomiuri SCNissan Motors  Ruy Ramos  (Yomiuri)10
1984Yomiuri SC Nissan Motors  Tetsuya Totsuka  (Yomiuri)14
1985–86Furukawa Electric NKK SC  Hiroshi Yoshida  (Furukawa Electric)16
1986–87Yomiuri SC NKK SC  Toshio Matsuura  (NKK)17
1987–88Yamaha MotorsNKK SC  Toshio Matsuura  (NKK)11
1988–89Nissan MotorsANA SC  Adílson  (Yamaha Motors)11
1989–90Nissan Motors Yomiuri SC  Renato  (Nissan Motors)17
1990–91Yomiuri SC Nissan Motors  Tetsuya Totsuka  (Yomiuri)
  Tsuyoshi Kitazawa  (Honda Motor)
  Renato  (Nissan Motors)
10
1991–92Yomiuri SC Nissan Motors  Toninho  (Yomiuri)18
J.League (1993–1998)
1992Transition period; top flight clubs only play the  J.League Cup , but  Japan Football League  plays inaugural season
1993Verdy Kawasaki 
Yasutaro Matsuki
Kashima AntlersRamón Díaz  (Yokohama Marinos)28
1994Verdy Kawasaki 
Yasutaro Matsuki
Sanfrecce HiroshimaFrank Ordenewitz  (JEF United Ichihara)30
1995Yokohama F. Marinos
Hiroshi Hayano
Verdy KawasakiMasahiro Fukuda  (Urawa Red Diamonds)32
1996Kashima Antlers
João Carlos da Silva
Nagoya Grampus EightKazuyoshi Miura  (Verdy Kawasaki)23
1997Júbilo Iwata 
Takashi Kuwahara
Kashima AntlersPatrick Mboma  (Gamba Osaka)25
1998Kashima Antlers 
José Mário de Almeida Barros
Júbilo IwataMasashi Nakayama  (Júbilo Iwata)36
J.League Division 1 (1999–2014)
1999Júbilo Iwata 
Takashi Kuwahara
Shimizu S-PulseHwang Sun-Hong  (Cerezo Osaka)24
2000Kashima Antlers 
Toninho Cerezo
Yokohama F. MarinosMasashi Nakayama  (Júbilo Iwata)20
2001Kashima Antlers
Toninho Cerezo 
Júbilo IwataWill  (Consadole Sapporo)20
2002Júbilo Iwata 
Takeshi Okada
Yokohama F. MarinosNaohiro Takahara  (Júbilo Iwata)26
2003Yokohama F. Marinos
Takeshi Okada
Júbilo IwataUeslei  (Nagoya Grampus Eight)22
2004Yokohama F. Marinos
Takeshi Okada
Urawa Red DiamondsEmerson  (Urawa Red Diamonds)27
2005Gamba Osaka
Akira Nishino
Urawa Red DiamondsAraújo  (Gamba Osaka)33
2006Urawa Red Diamonds 
Guido Ulrich Buchwald
Kawasaki FrontaleWashington  (Urawa Red Diamonds)
Magno Alves  (Gamba Osaka)
26
2007Kashima Antlers
Oswaldo de Oliveira Filho 
Urawa Red DiamondsJuninho  (Kawasaki Frontale)22
2008Kashima Antlers 
Oswaldo de Oliveira Filho
Kawasaki FrontaleMarquinhos  (Kashima Antlers)21
2009Kashima Antlers 
Oswaldo de Oliveira Filho
Kawasaki FrontaleRyoichi Maeda  (Júbilo Iwata)20
2010Nagoya Grampus
Dragan Stojković
Gamba OsakaJoshua Kennedy  (Nagoya Grampus)
Ryoichi Maeda  (Júbilo Iwata)
17
2011Kashiwa Reysol 
Nélson "Nelsinho" Baptista
Nagoya GrampusJoshua Kennedy  (Nagoya Grampus)19
2012Sanfrecce Hiroshima 
Hajime Moriyasu
Vegalta SendaiHisato Satō  (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)22
2013Sanfrecce Hiroshima 
Hajime Moriyasu
Yokohama F. MarinosYoshito Ōkubo  (Kawasaki Frontale)26
2014Gamba Osaka 
Kenta Hasegawa
Urawa Red DiamondsYoshito Ōkubo  (Kawasaki Frontale)18
J1 League (2015–present)
2015Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Hajime Moriyasu 
Gamba OsakaYoshito Ōkubo  (Kawasaki Frontale)23
2016Kashima Antlers 
Masatada Ishii
Urawa Red DiamondsLeandro  ( Vissel Kobe )
Peter Utaka  (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
19
2017Kawasaki Frontale
Toru Oniki
Kashima AntlersYū Kobayashi  (Kawasaki Frontale)23
2018Kawasaki Frontale 
Toru Oniki
Sanfrecce HiroshimaJô  (Nagoya Grampus)24
2019Yokohama F. Marinos
Ange Postecoglou
FC TokyoTeruhito Nakagawa  (Yokohama F. Marinos)
Marcos Júnior  (Yokohama F. Marinos)
15
2020Kawasaki Frontale
Toru Oniki
Gamba OsakaMichael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol)25
2021