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Volume 6 No. 213
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Japan's Professional Football League Announces Formation Of Division Three

The J.League announced the formation of J.League Division 3 to serve as the third-tier professional football association league in Japan, starting in '14. Teams from the current Japan Football League and other regional leagues will be reviewed to see if they meet the standards to joining the league. These standards include: a home stadium with capacity of 5,000, three or more players with a pro contract, and a coach with a league approved "S" class license. J.League Chair Kazumi Ohigashi expects the league to "consist of approximately of 10 teams including relegated teams from J2 (Division 2)" (J.League).