1988–89 Japan Soccer League

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Statistics of Japan Soccer League in season 1988/1989.

First Division[edit]

For the first time, the format of three points for a win was adopted, but only for the First Division. Nissan won their first title.

Four-time champion Mitsubishi was relegated for the first time, along with struggling Sumitomo.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Nissan 46 14 4 4 32 17 +15 Champions
2 ANA Club 40 12 4 6 37 22 +15
3 Yamaha Motors 39 12 3 7 31 21 +10
4 Fujita Engineering 36 10 6 6 34 20 +14
5 Yomiuri 32 8 8 6 25 23 +2
6 Furukawa Electric 29 8 5 9 21 19 +2
7 Matsushita Electric 29 8 5 9 26 30 -4
8 Yanmar Diesel 28 7 7 8 23 22 +1
9 Honda 27 7 6 9 20 23 -3
10 Nippon Kokan 19 3 10 9 17 31 -14
11 Sumitomo 19 4 7 11 12 37 -25 Relegated to Second Division
12 Mitsubishi Motors 14 1 11 10 14 27 -13

Second Division[edit]

This was the last season in which the second tier was contested in an East-and-West format. Toshiba won a second championship, but this time their promotion was automatic. Fallen giant Hitachi, still adjusting to the change in town, joined them. Regional outfits Fujieda Municipal and NTT Kansai went back to their regional leagues.

First Stage[edit]

East[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
1 Toshiba 23 9 5 0 38 7 +29
2 Fujitsu 20 8 4 2 22 13 +9
3 Hitachi 19 7 5 2 18 9 +9
4 NTT Kanto 16 6 4 4 16 12 +4
5 Kofu Club 14 7 0 7 19 24 -5
6 Toho Titanium 9 3 3 8 10 24 -14
7 Cosmo Oil 8 2 4 8 13 25 -12
8 Fujieda City Office 3 1 1 12 7 29 -22

West[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
1 Mazda 22 9 4 1 24 6 +18
2 Toyota Motors 21 8 5 1 27 8 +19
3 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 19 8 3 3 20 11 +9
4 Osaka Gas 18 7 4 3 20 18 +2
5 Nippon Steel 12 4 4 6 16 19 +3
6 Kawasaki Steel 8 1 6 7 8 15 -7
7 Teijin Matsuyama 8 2 4 8 18 32 -14
8 NTT Kansai 4 1 2 11 7 31 -24

Second Stage[edit]

Promotion Group[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Toshiba 21 8 5 1 20 10 +10 Promoted to First Division
2 Hitachi 18 8 2 4 13 9 +4
3 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 17 6 5 3 17 13 +4
4 Fujitsu 16 6 4 4 16 15 +1
5 Mazda 14 5 4 5 16 9 +7
6 Toyota Motors 12 3 6 5 18 18 0
7 NTT Kanto 10 4 2 7 18 20 -2
8 Osaka Gas 2 0 2 11 5 29 -24

Relegation Group[edit]

East[edit]
Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Kofu Club 20 9 2 9 24 29 -5
2 Cosmo Oil 17 6 5 9 25 30 -5
3 Toho Titanium 13 4 5 11 17 33 -16
4 Fujieda City Office 8 2 4 14 11 38 -27 Relegated to Regional Leagues
West[edit]
Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Nippon Steel 20 7 6 7 25 25 0
2 Kawasaki Steel 14 2 10 8 15 22 -7
3 Teijin Matsuyama 13 4 5 11 26 42 -16
4 NTT Kansai 9 3 3 14 17 42 -25 Relegated to Regional Leagues
9th-16th Places Playoff[edit]
Pos East Score West
9・10 Kofu Club 1-1(PK3-1) Nippon Steel
11・12 Cosmo Oil 0-0(PK3-2) Kawasaki Steel
13・14 Toho Titanium 2-3 Teijin Matsuyama
15・16 Fujieda City Office 0-3 NTT Kansai

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