Mar 18, 2014

No evidence of Sanfrecce-Frontale match-fixing: J.League

The J.League said Tuesday it found no evidence of match-fixing in the March 8 game between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Kawasaki Frontale after receiving an alert about the match from FIFA. While all relevant parties have been cleared, it was Japanese soccer’s first suspected case ...

Mar 11, 2014

J. League probes 'Japanese only' banner displayed at Urawa match

The nation’s professional soccer league said Monday it was investigating after an apparently racist banner reading “Japanese only” appeared at a weekend match. The large banner, written in English, was hoisted near a gate to the stands of a stadium in the city of ...

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

Mar 1, 2014

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As two decades have now elapsed since its inception, the J. League is entering a new era. And as one of its most conspicuous projects for the next decade and beyond, the Japanese professional soccer circuit is looking to expand its presence in Asia, ...

Sanfrecce open with win

Feb 22, 2014

Sanfrecce open with win

by Andrew Mckirdy

Teenage strikers Gakuto Notsuda and Takuma Asano put Yokohama F. Marinos to the sword as Sanfrecce Hiroshima opened the new soccer season with a 2-0 victory in the Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Notsuda got the two-time defending J. League champions off the mark ...

Dec 17, 2013

J.League season to begin on March 1

The J.League’s board of directors on Tuesday approved March 1 as the starting date of next year’s season. The first-division (J1) with 18 teams playing a home-and-away format will take the field on March 1, with the second division (J2) starting the following day ...

Sep 17, 2013

J. League adopts two-stage format

The J. League’s board of directors on Tuesday formally approved a new two-stage format that will be implemented from 2015. The J. League moved to its existing single-stage championship in 2005. Until then, the season was decided by the winners of two stages. The ...