1999 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 1999
Champions Yokohama FC
1st D3 title
1st JFL title
Promoted Mito HollyHock
Matches played 108
Goals scored 386 (3.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Marcus (22 goals total)
Highest attendance 11,283 (Round 2,
Yokohama vs. Jatco)
Lowest attendance 113 (Round 4,
Kokushikan vs. Jatco)
Average attendance 1,084
2000

Statistics of Japan Football League in the 1999 season.

Overview[edit]

After the dissolution of former Japan Football League in order to form J. League Division 2, the new Japan Football League was established from this season as the nation-wide top division for amateur clubs. It was originally planned to have 8 clubs, including seven former JFL clubs and Yokogawa Electric, promoted from Kantō Soccer League, one of nine Japanese Regional Leagues. But it eventually became nine-club structure by accepting Yokohama FC, which was established by supporters of defunct Yokohama Flügels, as an associate member as an extralegal measures. Nine clubs played 24 matches each, in triple round-robin format. Yokohama F.C. won the championship but under the conditions of their associate membership were not eligible to promotion and had to stay in JFL for the next year.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
WO
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Yokohama FC (C) 24 16 2 3 3 57 32 +25 55
2 Honda Motor 24 13 5 1 5 69 34 +35 50
3 Mito HollyHock (P) 24 13 3 0 8 48 32 +16 45 Promotion to 2000 J. League Division 2 1
4 Denso SC 24 8 3 4 9 46 38 +8 34
5 Sony Sendai 24 7 2 1 14 29 42 −13 26
6 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 24 7 1 2 14 35 47 −12 25
7 Jatco FC 24 6 2 3 13 40 53 −13 25
8 Yokogawa Electric 24 6 1 0 17 26 42 −16 20
9 Kokushikan University 24 4 2 0 18 36 65 −29 16

Updated to games played on 7 November 1999.
Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Denotes clubs that occupied top three places at the end of the first part of the season (9th week) and were seeded for 1999 Emperor's Cup. These clubs were automatically qualified for the tournament, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier. Yokohama F.C. and Kokushikan University were not eligible to be seeded.
1 Though Mito HollyHock haven't finished within top two, their promotion was unanimously accepted by the special J. League Board decision. The fact that championship has been won by associate JFL members, Yokohama F.C., was taken into account.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Round 1
Home \ Away[1] DEN HOL HON JAT KSU OTP SON YEL YFC
Denso SC 2–4 3–1 0–0
 OT 
3–1 1–1
 OT 
Mito HollyHock 0–3 1–2
 OT 
1–0
Honda Motor 6–4 3–2 1–2 2–0 3–4
Jatco FC 2–1
 OT 
2–3
 OT 
Kokushikan University 0–5 0–3 0–1 1–3
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–4
Sony Sendai 0–4 2–3 1–0
 OT 
0–1
Yokogawa Electric 0–1
 OT 
2–1 2–1
 OT 
Yokohama FC 4–1 2–2
 OT 
5–2 1–0 4–0

Updated to games played on 13 June 1999.
Source: Japan Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Round 2
Home \ Away[1] DEN HOL HON JAT KSU OTP SON YEL YFC
Denso SC 0–4 3–0 1–0 2–2
 OT 
Mito HollyHock 2–1 2–1 4–3 4–0
Honda Motor 1–2 8–2 4–1 2–0
Jatco FC 0–4 0–5 1–3 2–3
Kokushikan University 1–3 1–0
 OT 
1–2
 OT 
2–1
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 1–2
 OT 
1–1
 OT 
2–0 2–3
Sony Sendai 0–1 1–3 1–3 3–1
Yokogawa Electric 0–1 1–2 0–2 3–4
 OT 
Yokohama FC 3–2 4–3
 OT 
1–0 2–1

Updated to games played on 15 August 1999.
Source: Japan Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Round 3
Home \ Away[1] DEN HOL HON JAT KSU OTP SON YEL YFC
Denso SC 3–2
 OT 
0–0
 OT 
1–0
 OT 
Mito HollyHock 2–1 3–2
 OT 
4–1 1–0 2–0
Honda Motor 1–0
 OT 
2–1
 OT 
2–1
 OT 
4–3
 OT 
Jatco FC 5–3 2–1
 OT 
1–5 2–1
Kokushikan University 5–4 3–1 0–3 0–3
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 2–2
 OT 
3–0 2–3
 OT 
Sony Sendai 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–0
Yokogawa Electric 2–3 1–5 3–2 3–0 0–1
Yokohama FC 3–2 2–1 3–2
 OT 
2–0

Updated to games played on 7 November 1999.
Source: Japan Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Brazil Marcus Honda Motor
22
2 Japan Kenji Arima Yokohama FC
19
3 Japan Mitsunori Yabuta Yokohama FC
12
4 Japan Hiroyasu Ibata Honda Motor
11
Japan Hiroaki Tajima Honda Motor
11

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Yokohama FC 53,045 11,283 1,494 4,080 -0.25668449197861−74.3%
2 Honda Motor 14,733 3,109 283 1,133 0.620886981402+62.0%
3 Mito HollyHock 10,695 2,531 412 891 0.16623036649215+16.6%
4 Sony Sendai 7,833 2,109 329 653 -0.42540716612378−57.4%
5 Jatco FC 6,198 1,809 362 620 0.052631578947368+5.2%
6 Yokogawa Electric 7,194 1,556 268 600
n/a
7 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 6,803 2,039 172 567 -0.95294117647059−4.7%
8 Denso SC 6,270 1,372 211 523 0.28501228501228+28.5%
9 Kokushikan University 4,253 2,099 113 354 0
League total 117,024 11,283 113 1,084 −39.6%

Source: Japan Football League
Notes:
The club was created by the supporters of disbanded J. League club Yokohama Flügels – therefore attendances are compared to Flügels' last record in J. League.
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

No relegation has occurred because the league was expanding to 12 teams. At the end of the season, the winner and runner-up of All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series, ALO's Hokuriku and Tochigi SC were promoted automatically. In addition, FC Kyoken and Shizuoka Sangyo University were included by JFA and College FA recommendations.

References[edit]