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J.League YBC Levain Cup
J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup.png
Founded 1992; 28 years ago (1992)
Region Japan
Number of teams 18
Current champions Cerezo Osaka
Most successful club(s) Kashima Antlers (6 titles)
Television broadcasters SKY PerfecTV!
2017 J.League Cup

The J.League Cup is a Japanese football (soccer) competition organized by J.League. It is the oldest professional domestic football competition in Japan. It has been sponsored by Yamazaki Biscuits of Yamazaki Baking (formerly Yamazaki Nabisco) since its inception in 1992. It is also known as the J. League YBC Levain Cup or Levain Cup (Levain is one of Yamazaki's products). It was known as the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup or Nabisco Cup until August 2016.

It is generally regarded as the Japanese equivalent to league cup competitions played in many countries such as the Football League Cup in England. Before the J. League Cup was created, the old Japan Soccer League had its own Japan Soccer League Cup since the 1976 season.

The tournament format varies almost each year largely depending on the schedule of international matches such as the Olympic Games and World Cup games (see the Format section below).

Since 2007, the winners are qualified for the Suruga Bank Championship held in the following summer.

Champions

Nabisco Cup Final 2008 November 1st 2008
The 2008 Final
J League Cup 2003
J League Cup 2003
Shuto Yamamoto
Shuto Yamamoto playing for Jubilo Iwata in the 2010 J-League cup final
Season Champions Runner-up
1992 Verdy Kawasaki Shimizu S-Pulse
1993 Verdy Kawasaki Shimizu S-Pulse
1994 Verdy Kawasaki Júbilo Iwata
1996 Shimizu S-Pulse Verdy Kawasaki
1997 Kashima Antlers Júbilo Iwata
1998 Júbilo Iwata JEF United Ichihara
1999 Kashiwa Reysol Kashima Antlers
2000 Kashima Antlers Kawasaki Frontale
2001 Yokohama F. Marinos Júbilo Iwata
2002 Kashima Antlers Urawa Red Diamonds
2003 Urawa Red Diamonds Kashima Antlers
2004 Tokyo Urawa Red Diamonds
2005 JEF United Ichihara Chiba Gamba Osaka
2006 JEF United Ichihara Chiba Kashima Antlers
2007 Gamba Osaka Kawasaki Frontale
2008 Oita Trinita Shimizu S-Pulse
2009 F.C. Tokyo Kawasaki Frontale
2010 Júbilo Iwata Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2011 Kashima Antlers Urawa Red Diamonds
2012 Kashima Antlers Shimizu S-Pulse
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