Should the J-League go European?By: Jeremy | August 3rd, 2010
After seeing the post yesterday in the Daily Dose from Eurosport that the J-League is thinking of going to European schedule, I thought that I should give my view.
Currently the Japanese season starts in March and ends in December and then completely finishes on January 1st of the following year with the Emperor’s Cup (FA Cup) in Tokyo. This is how the J-League’s schedule has been for 15 years.
Here are the biggest problems that the league has with this schedule.
If the J-League switches to a European schedule, August to May here is how the schedule would change.
Do not discount the snow, with only Consadole Sapporo and Oita Trinita playing in domed stadiums, you are forcing teams to play in cold weather. Niigata, Sendai, Kofu get lots of snow and if matches are postponed that will backlog the schedule. Right now the backlog is mainly due to typhoons in the fall.
I prefer the current schedule but by forcing the league to adopt a European schedule will be a big shift in the way the league is organized.