1990–91 Japan Soccer League

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Both divisions of the Japan Soccer League were given the 3-1-0 league format.

League tables[edit]

First Division[edit]

Yomiuri won its fourth JSL title and went to the Asian Club Championship. Nissan, by virtue of its Emperor's Cup win, represented Japan for the first time in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

Yanmar Diesel, four-time champions in the 1970s, was relegated for the first time after an aimless decade. Nippon Kokan, who two seasons before was contending for the title, was relegated as well and would cease to exist by the middle of the decade.

Pos Club PTS W D L GA GF GD Notes
1 Yomiuri S.C. 49 15 4 3 41 16 +25 1991-92 Asian Club Championship
2 Nissan 42 11 9 2 27 10 +17 1991-92 Asian Cup Winners Cup
3 Honda 38 10 8 4 29 21 +8
4 Toshiba 32 8 8 6 26 24 +2
5 Toyota Motors 30 7 9 6 26 27 -1
6 Matsushita 30 7 9 6 24 26 -2
7 ANA Club 27 7 6 9 24 24 ±0
8 Yamaha Motors 25 6 7 9 21 22 -1
9 Furukawa Electric 25 5 10 7 22 24 -2
10 Mitsubishi Motors 24 6 6 10 18 23 -5
11 Yanmar Diesel 20 5 5 12 13 31 -18 Relegated to Second Division
12 Nippon Kokan 11 2 5 15 16 39 -23

Second Division[edit]

Struggling fallen giants Hitachi and Mazda were promoted back to the top flight after a few seasons of second division wilderness: Hitachi at the first attempt, Mazda on the third.

Yawata Steel, co-founder of the First Division with them in 1965, was relegated, leaving only five JSL founding clubs that would professionalize for the J. League. Osaka Gas, who never looked like national league material, joined them.

Pos Club PTS W D L GA GF GD Notes
1 Hitachi 82 27 1 2 102 19 +83 Promoted to First Division
2 Mazda 74 24 2 4 76 17 +59
3 Fujita Engineering 60 21 7 2 60 15 +45
4 Sumitomo 51 15 6 9 43 24 +19
5 Fujitsu 51 15 6 9 46 30 +16
6 NTT Kanto 51 16 3 11 43 41 +2
7 Kawasaki Steel 49 15 4 11 37 41 -4
8 Yomiuri S.C. Juniors 40 11 7 12 37 38 -1
9 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 40 12 4 14 39 41 -2
10 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 35 11 2 17 32 44 -12
11 Cosmo Oil 34 9 7 14 26 39 -13
12 Kofu Club 34 9 7 14 37 57 -20
13 Kyoto Shiko Club 31 8 7 15 42 62 -20
14 Toho Titanium 18 4 6 20 13 41 -28
15 Osaka Gas 12 2 6 22 14 62 -48 Relegated to Regional Leagues
16 Nippon Steel 11 3 2 25 18 94 -76

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