As expected, the overall number of games has been reduced by abandoning the group stage system and returning to the old tournament format. The 4 ACL teams (Cerezo, Gamaba, Grampus and Kashima) will enter at the quarter final stage, while the other 14 teams will play 2 legs home and away in the first and second rounds. Due to the format, two teams (Omiya and Niigata) were also lucky enough to get a bye in the first round. Vissel will play Yokohama F. Marinos on June 5 (away) and July 27 (home).
It's understandable that the competition has returned to the tournament format, but I find the spacing between games rather odd. There are 52 days between the first and second legs in the first round, but only 4 days between the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
|2011 J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup (post-earthquake format)|
|1||Jun 5 (Sun) 15:00||Nissan||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|1||Jul 27 (Wed) 19:00||Home's||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|2||Sep 14 (Wed)|
|2||Sep 28 (Wed)|
|QF||Oct 5 (Wed)|
|SF||Oct 9 (Sun)|
|F||Nov 3 (Thu)|