2001 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2001
Dates1 April – 18 November
Champions Honda Motors
1st JFL title
2nd D3 title
Promotednone
Matches played240
Goals scored779 (3.25 per match)
Top goalscorer Takaaki Tokushige (25 goals total)
Highest attendance3,305 (Round 28,
Honda vs. Kyoken)
Lowest attendance48 (Round 23,
Express vs. Sangyo)
Average attendance515
2000
2002

The 2001 Japan Football League(Japanese:第3回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn:Dai San-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the third season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system.

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Overview

It was contested by 16 teams, and Honda Motors won the championship. No promotion or relegation took place due to the promotion-eligible teams not being autonomous clubs fit for the J. League, and at the other end of the table, due to the expansion of the league from 16 to 18 teams.

Honda FC

Honda FC is a Japanese football club based in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. They play in the Japan Football League.

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1 Honda Motor [lower-alpha 1] (C)3022537419+5571
2 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 3021547835+4368
3 Jatco SC 3020556536+2965
4 Sagawa Express [lower-alpha 1] 3019566023+3762
5 Denso SC 30173107054+1654
6 YKK FC 30155105339+1450
7 Yokogawa FC 301251337541741
8 NTT West Kumamoto 30107135562737
9 Shizuoka Sangyo University 301141541591837
10 Kokushikan University 30106144753636
11 Kyoken Kyoto 3097143946734
12 Ehime FC 3096153943433
13 Tochigi SC 30951628461832
14 Sony Sendai 30951628461832
15 ALO's Hokuriku 30471928572919
16 SC Tottori 3022262390678
Updated to match(es) played on November 18, 2001. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Occupied one of the top two places at the end of the first half of the season (15th week) and were seeded for 2001 Emperor's Cup. These clubs were automatically qualified for the tournament, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier.

Results

Home \ Away ALO DEN EHI HON JAT KSU KYO NTW OTP SET SON SSU TOC TOT YKK YOK
ALO's Hokuriku 4–10–00–50–10–10–30–31–22–32–31–20–14–01–11–1
Denso SC 3–22–21–01–41–11–04–00–24–05–32–05–24–11–32–0
Ehime FC 0–01–21–02–33–21–20–42–30–10–12–23–14–00–22–3
Honda Motors 5–12–02–01–13–13–08–05–10–03–03–11–04–13–02–1
Jatco SC 1–00–32–10–03–13–25–33–53–26–20–32–04–02–02–1
Kokushikan University 2–04–20–11–50–24–21–10–50–22–06–02–23–00–20–1
Kyoken Kyoto 1–23–22–11–22–22–12–21–40–02–10–10–12–01–22–3
NTT West Kumamoto 2–03–41–21–22–23–10–01–62–13–01–21–23–00–30–1
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 2–23–02–01–02–02–21–13–20–13–03–00–03–22–24–1
Sagawa Express 3–03–10–10–00–21–12–12–12–02–04–02–07–03–04–1
Sony Sendai 2–21–21–11–12–12–11–21–20–40–30–12–44–21–12–0
Shizuoka Sangyo University 3–02–51–02–40–22–21–13–31–30–53–44–01–01–21–2
Tochigi SC 1–02–40–01–20–21–20–12–21–22–10–30–12–10–11–0
SC Tottori 4–10–32–70–30–40–22–12–30–51–13–40–20–00–10–2
YKK FC 0–14–32–11–20–25–21–02–22–30–11–12–11–24–17–0
Yokogawa FC 1–12–20–11–31–10–22–21–43–21–41–02–01–02–12–1
Updated to match(es) played on November 18, 2001. Source: Japan Football League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Takaaki Tokushige Denso SC
25
2 Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhiko Niimura Jatco SC
21
3 Flag of Japan.svg Takehiro Hayashi Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
20
4 Flag of Japan.svg Mitsuru Hasegawa YKK FC
18
Flag of Japan.svg Masao Yamamoto Sagawa Express
18

Attendances

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Honda Motors 13,1783,305402879−11.9%
2 SC Tottori 12,2812,124401819n/a
3 NTT West Kumamoto 10,3941,378324693n/a
4 Ehime FC 9,8961,250348660n/a
5 Tochigi SC 9,7231,141285648−38.2%
6 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 8,9752,391284598+18.4%
7 YKK FC 8,0932,477198540n/a
8 Sony Sendai 7,817886342521−52.3%
9 Yokogawa FC 7,3341,198240489−30.4%
10 ALO's Hokuriku 6,3801,801180425−12.2%
11 Jatco SC 6,3291,075167422−36.7%
12 Sagawa Express 5,3651,05448358n/a
13 Denso SC 5,344831119356−17.8%
14 Kyoken Kyoto 5,262468203351−9.1%
15 Shizuoka Sangyo University 4,013803101268−48.9%
16 Kokushikan University 3,29841454220−28.3%
League total123,6823,30548515−42.8%

Source: [ citation needed ]
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotion and relegation

No relegation has occurred due to expansion of the league to 18 teams. At the end of the season, the winner and runner-up of the Regional League promotion series, Sagawa Express Osaka and Profesor Miyazaki were promoted automatically.

The Japanese Regional Football League Competition is a nationwide play-off tournament meant as a transition for Japanese football clubs competing in regional leagues to the top tier for amateur clubs, the Japan Football League.

Sagawa Express Osaka Soccer Club(佐川急便大阪サッカー部) were a Japanese soccer team based in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka. They were founded in 1965 and played in the Japan Football League (JFL) from 2002 to 2007, when they merged with Sagawa Express Tokyo S.C. to form what is now Sagawa Shiga F.C. As the name implies they were run by Sagawa Express, a Japanese transportation business.

Estrela Miyazaki was a Japanese football club based in Miyazaki. The club played in the Japan Football League.

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