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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004

J. League set for 18 teams in 2005

The J. League decided Tuesday to increase the number of teams in the first division from 16 to 18 starting with the 2005 season by way of a promotion playoff system.

Under the system, the top two teams from the second division would automatically be promoted to J-1 with the third-place team in J-2 earning a chance to play in the top flight by way of a two-leg playoff with the bottom club in the 16-team first division.

The current format sees the bottom two teams in the first division automatically relegated with the top two from the second promoted.

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