Iwaki FC win J3 title, become 1st Fukushima club to earn J2 promotion

Photo: An Iwaki FC player lifts the winners' plate as the team and supporters celebrate after clinching the J3 championship and earning promotion to J2.

Iwaki FC beat Kagoshima United FC 3-0 at home in the J-League third division on Nov. 6 in a game played at J-Village Stadium in the Fukushima Prefecture town of Hirono. Iwaki extended their lead to an insurmountable 72 points with 22 wins, six draws and four losses, not only securing their place in the top two for automatic promotion but sealing the J3 championship in the club's first year in the J-League. It will be the first time ever that a Fukushima Prefecture club plays in the league's second division. (Translated by Kyodo News)