Manners & Rule of Spectating

J.LEAGUE, together with J clubs, is striving to establish a safe and comfortable stadium environment that can be proud to present to the world, based on the following safety principles under the slogan, “Security during games is the ultimate audience service. In addition, we regularly hold research meetings with experts from each club’s management and security companies to build a safe and comfortable stadium environment.

J.LEAGUE ​Safety Principles for Match Implementation

  1. The safety of spectators shall be given the highest priority.
  2. Players and team staff are irreplaceable assets, and referees are key to the progress of the game, and their safety must be ensured.
  3. Match commissioners and competition staff are indispensable to the management of matches, and their safety must be ensured.
  4. Sincerely hope that the players will ensure fair play, and spectators must be encouraged to cheer and watch the games in the spirit of fair play.
  5. Aim to enhance the safety of the stadium.

Manners of Spectating

In an effort to create safe and comfortable stadiums, J.LEAGUE would like to ask not only the players on the pitch, but also visitors to the stadium to support the players in a fair manner that will enhance the atmosphere of the match.
To this end, J.LEAGUE has established a set of rules and manners common to all clubs for all matches, and is calling for understanding and cooperation so that all fans and supporters visiting the stadium can have a pleasant and enjoyable time.

Game Operation Management Regulations

J.LEAGUE and J clubs operate games in accordance with “Game Operation Management Regulations” in order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for spectators to watch games in stadiums. When watching a match, please support the team in the spirit of fair play and observe “Game Operation Management Regulations”. Spectators are asked to observe the regulations and may be asked to leave the venue or be banned from entering the venue if they engage in prohibited behavior or conduct that may pose a security problem. Also, J.LEAGUE or each club will make the final decision as to whether or not such behavior is in violation of “Game Operation Management Regulations”.

Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of these regulations is to ensure the smooth and safe operation of all matches managed by the Japan Professional Football League (hereinafter referred to as J.LEAGUE) (including all matches organized by the Japan Football Association (hereinafter referred to as the JFA)), and to ensure the safety of spectators, players, referees, team staff, and related persons.

Article 2 (Definitions)
The meanings of the terms listed in the following items shall be as prescribed respectively in those items.

  1. Supervised matches
    All matches under the control of the organizer.
  2. Facilities, etc.
    A stadium or other facility where a match is to be held, regardless of whether it is inside or outside the stadium, and within the control of the manager.
  3. Spectators, etc.
    All persons present at the facility, etc.
  4. Director of Operations
    The person in charge of the management of the match (in J.LEAGUE, the general manager of the Football Division, and in clubs, the executive committee member).
  5. Operation Officer
    A person in charge of operations and security who is appointed by Director of Operations and engages in operations to ensure the safety of the games.
  6. Security Officer
    A person appointed by the supervisor to ensure safety at the games under the supervision of the supervisor.

Article 3 (Prohibited Items)
Spectators, etc. are not allowed to bring any of the following items into the facilities, except in cases where the organizer or supervisor deems it particularly necessary.

  1. Fireworks, firecrackers, smoke canisters, smoke balls, firearms, poisonous or deleterious materials, insecticides, dry ice, air guns, spring guns, gas horns, bottles and cans, drones, cooking utensils, laser beams, pets (excluding guide dogs and hearing dogs).
  2. Bulletin boards, signs, banners, streamers, flags, placards, bibs, documents, drawings, printed matter, and any other similar items that are deemed by the organizer or supervisor to fall under the following.
    1. Items that display or evoke political, ideological, or religious principles, claims, or ideas
    2. Items that contain discriminatory or insulting content or expressions
    3. Items that do not support or inspire the players or teams
    4. Any other content that is deemed inappropriate from a socially accepted standpoint
  3. Items that display the name of a specific company, product, etc. for the purpose of advertising a specific company or commercial enterprise (including, but not limited to, items that are reminiscent of a specific company, product, etc.).
  4. In addition to the items specified in the preceding items, any items that the organizer or the person in charge clearly prohibits from being brought into the venue in advance.
  5. Any other items that are prohibited by the organizer or security staff (including items that the organizer or security staff clearly prohibits in person).

Article 4 (Prohibited Acts)
Spectators, etc. shall not engage in any of the following acts at the facilities, etc., except when specifically deemed necessary by the organizer or supervisor.

  1. Throwing objects into the field or jumping onto the field.
  2. Entering the stadium without a proper ticket or pass, or entering the stadium despite the fact that it is forbidden to do so.
  3. Acts that may interfere with the smooth operation of the match, such as protest rallies and demonstrations.
  4. Entering a facility in a state of intoxication that may prevent normal judgment due to the effects of alcohol, drugs, or other substances, or becoming intoxicated at a facility, etc., and interfering with the operation of the match or the actions of others.
  5. Solicitation, speeches, rallies, proselytizing, or any other acts other than for the purpose of spectating.
  6. Riding a vehicle or bicycle in a place other than the designated place, or parking or parking a bicycle in a place other than the designated place.
  7. Commercial activities, soliciting donations, posting advertisements, etc.
  8. Disposing of garbage or other filth outside of designated areas
  9. Taking photographs or videos of the match (including, for the purpose of this Article, practices and ceremonies held before and after the match) or spectators, etc., for any purpose other than personal use.
  10. Duplicating the photographs or videos taken in the preceding item for any purpose other than personal use.
  11. Distributing all or part of the audio or video of the match through the Internet or other media.
  12. Discriminatory, insulting, or otherwise socially inappropriate remarks or actions regarding race, color, gender, language, religion, politics, or origin.
  13. Summoning the staff in charge of the event and asking them to explain the rules of the event without a valid reason.
  14. Violence, destruction of facilities or equipment, theft of other people’s property, or other acts that violate laws and regulations.
  15. Use of whistles, whistles, etc.
  16. Posting banners in areas where they are not allowed, or removing or damaging the banners of the other club without permission.
  17. Other than those specified in each of the preceding items, acts that are clearly prohibited in advance by the organizer or supervisor.
  18. Any other acts prohibited by the organizer or Security Personnel (including acts explicitly declared prohibited by the organizer or security staff in front of the participants).

Article 5 (Compliance)
Spectators, etc. shall comply with the following items.

  1. To present tickets, identification cards, and passes when requested to do so.
  2. To comply with requests to inspect baggage and personal belongings for security purposes.
  3. If an incident or accident has occurred or is expected to occur, follow the instructions, guidance, or direction of security personnel or the security authorities.
  4. Any other matters requested by the organizer or the supervisor.

Article 6 (Elimination of Antisocial Forces)
The supervisor may deny admission to persons who fall under any of the following items in accordance with the following Article.

  1. A person who belongs to a crime syndicate or similar antisocial force (hereinafter referred to as “crime syndicate, etc.”) (hereinafter referred to as “crime syndicate member, etc.”)
  2. A person for whom five years have not passed since he/she ceased to be crime syndicate member, etc.
  3. A person who uses crime syndicate, etc. or crime syndicate member, etc. for the purpose of benefiting himself/herself or a third party.
  4. A person who is involved in the maintenance or operation of crime syndicate, etc. by providing funds, etc. or favors to crime syndicate, etc. or crime syndicate member, etc.
  5. A person who has a socially reprehensible relationship with a crime syndicate member, etc.
  6. Any other person who is judged by the organizer or manager to have reasonable grounds for refusing admission.”

Article 7 (Refusal of Entry, Order to Leave, Confiscation of Objects)

  1. The organizer may refuse admission to a person who violates Articles 3 through 5, or a person who falls under the preceding Article, order him/her to leave the facilities, etc., and take necessary measures such as confiscating the items listed in each item of Article 3.
  2. The organizer and the main organizer may demand compensation for damages incurred by the organizer and the main organizer from those who fall under the preceding paragraph.

Requests from J.LEAGUE Regarding Video Taken inside the Stadium

Please be aware that all or part of the images (including still images) taken inside the stadium (including concourses) for the purpose of use in match broadcasts, etc. (including portraits of individual visitors, banners, flags, chants, and other products) may be used for the following purposes in addition to the use in match broadcasts, etc.

  1. Use on large video equipment inside the stadium and various monitors installed inside the stadium.
  2. Use in official J.LEAGUE and club media.
  3. Use in news programs and related media, etc.
  4. Use in video and other productions produced by J.LEAGUE or parties designated by J.LEAGUE (including partner companies), and in various sales materials, etc.