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Nadeshiko League Division 2

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The Nadeshiko League Division 2 (Japanese: なでしこリーグ2部, Nadeshiko rīgu 1-bu), also known as the Plenus Nadeshiko League Division2 (プレナスリーグ2) for sponsorship reasons,[1] is the second- tier of the Nadeshiko League, the top- flight women's football division in Japan. The current format was created in 2015 after the former second division was renamed the Challenge League and was divided into East and West groups.

Plenus Nadeshiko League Division 2
Founded2015; 6 years ago (2015)
Number of teams10
Relegation toChallenge League
Domestic cup(s)Empress's Cup
Nadeshiko League Cup
Current championsEhime
(1st title)
Most championshipsTokiwagi Gakuen HS
(3 titles)[2]

In 2004, the L. League was reformed and renamed Nadeshiko League, following the reformation, the Nadeshiko League had two divisions - Division 1 (with 8 clubs) and Division 2 (also 8 clubs) with the bottom club in the second division playing off against a regional league play-off winner team. During the 2010 and 2011 season, the second division was divided into an East and West group with six teams each. The second league returned to the earlier format until 2015 when the Challenge League was created, assuming the East and West format. The Nadeshiko League then had two tiers - Nadeshiko League Division 1 and the Nadeshiko League Division 2.


As of the 2020 season, the League consists of 10 teams. The league winner promotes automatically to the Nadeshiko League Division 1 while the runners-up engages the Division 1's ninth placed team in a play-off, likewise the last two teams at the end of the season.

Current teams[edit]

The following clubs will be participating in the 2020 season.

Clubs Hometown(s)
Bunny's Kyoto Kyoto. (Kyoto)
Elfen Saitama kawagoe, Saitama
Harima Himeji, (Hyogo)
Jumonji Ventus Niza, Saitama,[lower-alpha 1]
Kamogawa Kamogawa
Nittaidai Yokohama[lower-alpha 2]
Nagano Parceiro Nagano[lower-alpha 2]
Sfida Setagaya Musashino
Yamato Sylphid Yokohama
Yokohama Yokohama

Team changes

  1. Promoted from the Challenge League.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Relegated from the 2019 Division 1

Past winners[edit]

Year Club
2004 Okayama Yunogo Belle
2005 INAC Kobe Leonessa
2006 Albirex Niigata Ladies
2007 TEPCO Mareeze
2008 JEF United Chiba Ladies
2009 AS Elfen Sayama FC
Year East West
2010 Tokiwagi Gakuen HS Speranza FC Takatsuki
2011 Tokiwagi Gakuen HS FC Kibi International University Charme
Year Club
2012 Vegalta Sendai Ladies
2013 Tokiwagi Gakuen HS
2014 Speranza FC Osaka-Takatsuki
2015 AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies
2016 Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara
2017 Nippon Sport Science University Fields Yokohama
2018 Iga FC Kunoichi
2019 Ehime

Wins by club[edit]

Title Champions (Years won in brackets)
3 Tokiwagi Gakuen High School (2010, 2011, 2013)[lower-alpha 1]
2 Speranza Osaka-Takatsuki (2010, 2014)
1 Okayama Yunogo Belle (2004),

INAC Kobe Leonessa (2005)
Albirex Niigata Ladies (2006)
TEPCO Mareeze (2007)
JEF United Chiba Ladies (2008)
AS Elfen Sayama FC (2009)
FC Kibi International University Charme (2011)
Vegalta Sendai Ladies (2012)
AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies (2015)
Nojima Stella (2016)
Nittaidai (2017)
Iga FC Kunoichi (2018)

  1. couldn't be promoted to the Nadeshiko League since it was a school team.

See also[edit]

  • Nadeshiko League
  • Nadeshiko League Cup


  1. "Plenus Co. Ltd. Supports Nadeshiko League". Plenus Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  2. "Japan Women - List of Champions". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 17 July 2020.

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