Yamazaki Nabisco Cup holders Kashima Antlers have been drawn in Group A for the 2016 edition of the competition.
The J.League on Thursday announced the group stage schedule for the tournament, with FC Tokyo temporarily slotted into Group A pending their AFC Champions League qualifying play-off result.
The group stage will take place between March 23 and June 5 with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the knockout stage, where they will join participants in the AFC Champions League.
The full schedule can be seen on the Schedule & Results page
■2016 J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Group Stage
Group A: Kashima Antlers, Ventforet Kofu, Omiya Ardija, Shonan Bellmare, Jubilo Iwata, Nagoya Grampus, Vissel Kobe, FC Tokyo*
Group B: Vegalta Sendai, Albirex Niigata, Kashiwa Reysol, Kawasaki Frontale, Sagan Tosu, Yokohama F.Marinos, Avispa Fukuoka
Seeded to Knockout Stage: Urawa Reds, Gamba Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima
*Will be seeded to knockout stage with win in AFC Champions League play-off on February 9