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
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.
8 teams (5 qualified teams and 3 teams participating in the ACL) will play a knockout format.
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.
10 qualified teams will play in a home-and-away format and top 5 teams will qualify to the 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.
|Group Stage||Sec. 1||16 Feb||16 Feb|
|Sec. 2||TBA||26 Feb|
|Sec. 3||TBA||4 Mar|
|Sec. 4||-||8 Apr|
|Sec. 5||-||22 Apr|
|Sec. 6||-||6 May|
|Playoff Stage||1st Leg||-||27 May|
|2nd Leg||-||17 Jun|
|Prime Stage||Quarter-final||TBA||2 Sep|