Coronavirus pandemic: No relegation in Japan top flight this season with campaign disrupted, says J.League

The J.League season was only one match old when the decision was made to postpone matches. No fixtures have been played since 23 February.

Reuters March 19, 2020 14:35:21 IST
Coronavirus pandemic: No relegation in Japan top flight this season with campaign disrupted, says J.League

Clubs in Japan’s top domestic football league have agreed that there will be no relegation this season, the J.League announced on Thursday, with the campaign severely disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus pandemic No relegation in Japan top flight this season with campaign disrupted says JLeague

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The season was only one match old when the decision was made to postpone matches. No fixtures have been played since 23 February.

The pandemic has brought the global sporting calendar to a standstill, with top football leagues in Europe being put on hold while the Euro 2020 tournament has been delayed until next year.

Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics, however, have insisted they are moving forward with the July 24 start as planned despite concerns about the virus, which has infected more than 212,000 people and killed over 8,700 in 164 nations.

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The J.League also announced that if 75% of the campaign is completed then the top two teams in the second and third tiers of Japanese football will automatically be promoted.

If the top division, which currently has 18 teams, increases to 20 sides for the 2021 season then the league would feature four relegation spots.

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