2003 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2003
Dates30 March – 23 November
Champions Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
1st JFL title
1st D3 title
Promotednone
Relegated Kyoto BAMB 1993
Jatco SC (folded)
Matches played240
Goals scored724 (3.02 per match)
Top goalscorer Tatsuya Furuhashi (31 goal total)
Highest attendance4,123 (Round 18,
SE Osaka vs. SE Tokyo)
Lowest attendance83 (Round 24,
Kokushikan vs. Printing)
Average attendance573
2002
2004

The 2003 Japan Football League(Japanese:第5回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn:Dai Go-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the fifth season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system.

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Japan Football League association football league

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Contents

Overview

It was contested by 16 teams, and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals won the championship.

Tokushima Vortis association football club in Japan

Tokushima Vortis is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J2 League. The team is located in Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture. Their home stadium is Naruto Athletic Stadium, in Naruto, Tokushima.

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals [lower-alpha 1] (C)3023346521+4472
2 Honda FC [lower-alpha 1] 3021457330+4367
3 Ehime FC 3017585539+1656
4 Sagawa Express Osaka 3016684829+1954
5 Sagawa Express Tokyo 3015785437+1752
6 YKK FC 30155105638+1850
7 Jatco SC 30153124544+148Folded [lower-alpha 2]
8 Tochigi SC 3012994835+1345
9 Sony Sendai 30136114644+245
10 SC Tottori 30107134550537
11 Kokushikan University 301041636642834
12 Denso SC 30951641511032
13 Yokogawa Musashino 30921932653329
14 ALO's Hokuriku 30761723472427
15 SP Kyoto 30561931623121
16 Kyoto BAMB 1993 (R)30242426684210 Promotion/Relegation Series
Updated to match(es) played on November 23, 2003. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 One of two clubs that occupied top 2 places at the end of the 2001 season and were seeded for 2003 Emperor's Cup. These clubs were automatically qualified for the tournament, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier.
  2. After the season Jatco F.C. submitted the letter of resignation to the league and disbanded the team.

Results

Home \ Away ALO BAM DEN EHI HON JAT KSU OTP PRI SEO SET SON TOC TOT YKK YMC
ALO's Hokuriku 1–00–30–31–20–11–31–21–10–11–12–40–22–11–42–0
Kyoto BAMB 1993 2–01–11–20–22–01–20–30–30–21–21–32–51–22–22–3
Denso SC 3–12–01–02–40–32–00–31–21–21–43–02–31–11–21–0
Ehime FC 1–31–12–12–12–20–10–11–02–14–13–32–12–12–12–0
Honda FC 5–03–02–22–13–05–33–34–11–23–22–02–04–11–03–1
Jatco SC 2–01–01–21–22–14–10–31–01–33–21–02–20–10–33–1
Kokushikan University 1–02–22–11–00–35–10–32–01–42–21–50–21–60–01–2
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 1–01–03–11–02–10–15–16–00–21–00–02–03–13–23–2
SP Kyoto 0–12–11–32–20–11–22–20–00–21–41–20–22–21–31–2
Sagawa Express Osaka 1–13–10–01–31–01–31–20–14–01–01–10–02–12–05–1
Sagawa Express Tokyo 2–23–23–02–40–11–12–03–00–01–03–20–03–02–10–2
Sony Sendai 1–04–02–12–40–42–12–01–52–01–21–21–10–01–22–0
Tochigi SC 0–05–13–31–21–10–23–10–13–42–21–10–11–21–02–0
SC Tottori 0–12–12–11–10–12–00–10–35–33–11–31–10–21–14–2
YKK FC 0–14–02–14–13–33–04–02–12–11–00–33–01–33–30–1
Yokogawa Musashino 0–02–12–01–40–51–61–00–51–21–11–20–20–23–12–3
Updated to match(es) played on November 23, 2003. Source: Japan Football League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

RankScorerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Furuhashi Honda FC
31
2 Flag of Japan.svg Yasuaki Oshima Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
19
3 Flag of Japan.svg Toshiro Tomochika Ehime FC
18

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Ehime FC 19,6153,2844121,308+19.9%
2 Honda FC 14,5693,385330971−11.7%
3 SC Tottori 11,8001,412251787−6.3%
4 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 11,7201,765223781−0.6%
5 Tochigi SC 11,2861,215454752−25.8%
6 Sony Sendai 10,2761,688259685−20.3%
7 ALO's Hokuriku 8,526788155568+67.1%
8 Sagawa Express Osaka 8,4034,123114560+107.4%
9 YKK FC 8,017849209534+9.2%
10 Yokogawa Musashino 6,610777215441−16.8%
11 Jatco SC 5,871964179391−12.7%
12 Kyoto BAMB 1993 4,745423255316−6.0%
13 Sagawa Express Tokyo 4,400681103293−11.2%
14 Denso SC 4,317475155288+2.1%
15 SP Kyoto 4,041604104269n/a
16 Kokushikan University 3,43742183229−24.2%
League total137,6334,12383573−0.2%

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

Promotion and relegation

Due to the Jatco team disbanding, the Regional League promotion series winner Thespa Kusatsu were promoted automatically. Runner-up Gunma Horikoshi were set to play Kyoto BAMB 1993 in the promotion and relegation series.

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.

Thespakusatsu Gunma association football club

Thespakusatsu Gunma is a professional football (soccer) club based in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The club plays in the J3 League, the third division of professional football in Japan.

Arte Takasaki

Arte Takasaki were a football (soccer) club based in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, formerly of the Japan Football League. Their team colours were black and red.

Gunma Horikoshi 3 – 2 Kyoto BAMB 1993
Koyama Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Mori Soccerball shade.svg 46'
Kurakawa Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Report 丸山 展生 Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Ezawa Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Shikishima Stadium, Maebashi
Attendance: 735
Referee: 鈴木 亮哉

Kyoto BAMB 1993 0 – 5 Gunma Horikoshi
Report Mori Soccerball shade.svg 43' (pen.), 84', 89'
Kurakawa Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Danilo Soccerball shade.svg 60'
City Park Stadium Sonobe, Nantan
Attendance: 331
Referee: 鈴木 亮哉

Gunma Horikoshi won the series at 8–2 aggregate score and earned promotion to JFL. Kyoto BAMB 1993 were relegated to Kansai regional league.

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