Japan Football League (1992–1998)

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Japan Football League
Jfl 1992 logo.jpg
Founded1992
Folded1998
Country Flag of Japan.svg
Confederation AFC
Divisions2 (1992–1993)
1 (1994–1998)
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid2–3 (1992–1993)
2 (1994–1998)
Promotion to J.League
Relegation to Japanese Regional Leagues
Domestic cup(s) Emperor's Cup
J.League Cup (associates)
Last champions Tokyo Gas
(1998)
Most championships7 clubs
(1 title each)
Vissel Kobe vs. NTT Kanto F.C. at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium in 1995 Kobe-Univ Stadium.jpg
Vissel Kobe vs. NTT Kanto F.C. at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium in 1995

The former Japan Football League (ジャパンフットボールリーグ, Japan Futtobōru Līgu) was an association football league that existed from 1992 to 1998. Also known as the JFL, it was the 2nd tier of the Japanese football hierarchy following J.League.

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History

When the Japan Football Association decided to found a professional football league, the Japan Soccer League (JSL), the top-flight league until the 1991/92 season, was reorganised into two newly formed leagues. One was the Japan Professional Football League as known as J. League, the first-ever professional football league in Japan. The other was the former Japan Football League.

Out of twenty eight clubs who were the members of the JSL division 1 and 2, nine along with independent Shimizu S-Pulse formed J.League, one (Yomiuri Junior) was merged with their parent club, and the other eighteen chose not to be professional, at least at that time. They played the inaugural 1992 season of the former JFL together with Osaka Gas and Seino Transportation, the top two places in the Regional League promotion series. The initial configuration was two divisions of 10 clubs each, but from 1994, the format was changed to a single division of 16 clubs.

The former JFL ceased to exist at the end of the 1998 season when J.League Division 2 was formed. Out of 16 teams who played the last season of the former JFL, 9 decided and were accepted to play in J2 and the other 7 teams joined the new JFL.

Participating clubs

Division 1

Club nameFirst season
in JFL
Seasons
in JFL
Home town(s)First season
in D2
Seasons
in D2
Last spell
in D2
Last JFL
title
Current
league
Albirex Niigata 19981 Niigata & Seirō, Niigata 199811998J2
Omiya Ardija 19945 Saitama 1987/88101994–1998J2
Shonan Bellmare 19922 Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 1990/9141990/91–19931993J1
Fukuoka Blux 19933 Fukuoka 1991/9241993–19951995J1
Brummel Sendai 19954 Sendai, Miyagi 199541995–1998J1
Cerezo Osaka 19923 Osaka, Osaka 1991/9241991/92–19941994J1
Consadole Sapporo 19926 Sapporo, Hokkaido 1978171992–19971997J1
Cosmo Oil Yokkaichi 19943 Yokkaichi, Mie 1980101994–1996Defunct
Denso 19963 Kariya, Aichi 199631996–1998New JFL
Kawasaki Frontale 19927 Kawasaki, Kanagawa 1972201979–1998J1
Fukushima FC 19953 Fukushima 199531995–1997Defunct
Tosu Futures 19943 Tosu, Saga 199431994–1996Defunct
Mito HollyHock 19972 Mito, Ibaraki 199721997–1998J2
Honda Motors 19926 Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 1975121994–19981996New JFL
Jatco SC 19972 Numazu, Shizuoka 199721997–1998Defunct
Kokushikan University 19981 Machida, Tokyo 199811998Kantō University League
Montedio Yamagata 19945All cities/towns in Yamagata 199451994–1998J2
NKK SC 19921 Kawasaki, Kanagawa 198051991/92–1992Defunct
Otsuka FC Vortis Tokushima 19945All cities/towns in Tokushima 1990/9171994–1998J1
Kyoto Purple Sanga 19933Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto 1972131993–1995J2
Kashiwa Reysol 19923 Kashiwa, Chiba 1987/8861992–1994J1
Sagan Tosu 19972 Tosu, Saga 199721997–1998J1
Seino Transportation 19944All cities/towns in Gifu 198571994–1997Defunct
Sony Sendai 19981 Miyagi 199811998New JFL
Tokyo Gas 19927Tokyo1991/9281991/92–19981998J1
Oita Trinity 19963 Ōita 199631996–1998J1
Ventforet Kofu 19945All cities/towns in Yamanashi 1972251994–1998J2
Vissel Kobe 19942 Kobe, Hyōgo 1986/8791994–1995J1
Yamaha Motors 19922 Iwata, Shizuoka 197941992–19931992J2

Division 2

Club nameFirst season
in JFL D2
Seasons
in JFL D2
Home town(s)Last spell
in JFL D2
Current
league
Fukuoka Blux 19921 Fujieda, Shizuoka 1992J1
Cosmo Oil Yokkaichi 19922 Yokkaichi, Mie 1992–1993Defunct
Honda Motors 19931 Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 1993New JFL
Kawasaki Steel19922 Kurashiki, Okayama 1992–1993J1 (as Vissel Kobe)
Kofu SC 19922All cities/towns in Yamanashi 1992–1993J2
Kyoto Shiko 19921Southwestern cities/towns in Kyoto 1992J2
NKK SC 19931 Kawasaki, Kanagawa 1993Defunct
NTT Kanto 19922 Saitama 1992–1993J2
Osaka Gas 19921 Osaka, Osaka 1992Osaka League D1
PJM Futures 19931 Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 1993Defunct
Seino Transportation 19922All cities/towns in Gifu 1992–1993Defunct
Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 19921 Osaka, Osaka 1992Defunct
Toho Titanium 19922 Chigasaki, Kanagawa 1992–1993Kantō League D2
Toyota Higashi-Fuji 19931 Shizuoka 1993Defunct

Championship, promotion and relegation history

SeasonChampionsRunners-upPromoted to J.League after the seasonPromoted from Regional Leagues before the seasonRelegated to Regional Leagues after the season
1992 [1] Div. 1-Yamaha
Div. 2-Chuo Bohan Fujieda
Div. 1-Hitachi
Div. 2-Kyoto Shiko Club
None Osaka Gas
Seino Transportation
Tanabe Pharmaceutical S.C.
Osaka Gas S.C.
1993 [2] Div. 1-Bellmare Hiratsuka
Div. 2-Honda FC
Div. 1-Júbilo Iwata
Div. 2-PJM
Hiratsuka
Iwata
Toyota Higashifuji
PJM
Toho Titanium SC
NKK F.C. (disbanded)
Toyota Higashifuji (disbanded)
1994 [3] Cerezo Osaka Kashiwa Reysol Cerezo
Kashiwa
NEC Yamagata None
1995 [4] Fukuoka Blux Kyoto Purple Sanga Fukuoka
Kyoto
Brummell Sendai
Fukushima FC
None
1996 [5] Honda FC Vissel Kobe Kobe Nippon Denso
Ōita F.C.
Cosmo Oil Yokkaichi (disbanded)
Tosu Futures (disbanded)
1997 [6] Consadole Sapporo Tokyo Gas Sapporo Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura
Jatco F.C.
Sagan Tosu (new club, replaces Tosu Futures)
Fukushima FC (disbanded)
Seino Transportation F.C. (disbanded)
1998 [7] Tokyo Gas Kawasaki Frontale None Albirex Niigata
Sony Sendai FC,
Kokushikan Univ. S.C. (recommended by Univ. Assoc.)
None
*The following clubs were admitted to the new J.League Division 2: Brummell Sendai (Vegalta Sendai), Montedio Yamagata, Omiya Ardija, Tokyo Gas F.C. (FC Tokyo), Kawasaki Frontale, Ventforet Kofu, Albirex Niigata, Sagan Tosu, Ōita F.C. (Oita Trinita)

Most successful clubs

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasonsRunners-up seasons
Júbilo Iwata
1
1
19921993
Tokyo Gas
1
1
19981997
Bellmare Hiratsuka
1
0
1993
Cerezo Osaka
1
0
1994
Fukuoka Blux
1
0
1995
Honda FC
1
0
1996
Consadole Sapporo
1
0
1997
Kashiwa Reysol
0
2
1992, 1994
Kyoto Purple Sanga
0
1
1995
Vissel Kobe
0
1
1996
Kawasaki Frontale
0
1
1998

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See also

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Japan Soccer League Second Division
Second tier of Japanese football
1992–1998
Succeeded by
J.League Division 2