Change of competition format of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP

Change of competition format of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP

J.LEAGUE announced the change of competition format of the 2020 J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP on the account of the COVID-19 outbreak. The details of change are as follows:

■Change of the Competition Format 

New format
-Group Stage
16 teams (15 J1 teams* and J2 team Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.**) will play in a round-robin format in 4 groups. 
Top teams in each group and top 1 team in second place will qualify to the Prime Stage.

*3 teams participating in the AFC Champions League (ACL) will play from Prime Stage.
**Matsumoto will not play from sec. 2 and their group will be made up of 3 teams. 2 teams that will not play 
against Matsumoto will be given 3 points.

-Prime Stage
8 teams (5 qualified teams and 3 teams participating in the ACL) will play a knockout format.

Original format
-Group Stage
16 teams (15 J1 teams* and 1 J2 team) will play in 4 groups, top 2 teams in each group and top 2 teams in third place will qualify to the Playoff Stage.
*3 teams participating in the ACL will play from Prime Stage.

-Playoff Stage
10 qualified teams will play in a home-and-away format and top 5 teams will qualify to the Prime Stage.

-Prime Stage
8 teams (5 qualified teams and 3 teams participating in the ACL) will play in a home-and-away 
knockout format and the final is played once to decide the cup winner.

■Schedule

  NewOriginal
Group StageSec. 116 Feb16 Feb
Sec. 2TBA26 Feb
Sec. 3TBA4 Mar
Sec. 4-8 Apr
Sec. 5-22 Apr
Sec. 6-6 May
Playoff Stage1st Leg-27 May
2nd Leg-17 Jun
Prime StageQuarter-finalTBA2 Sep
 -6 Sep
Semi-finalTBA7 Oct
 -11 Oct
FinalTBA24 Oct

 

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