1993 J. League

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Geographic location of ten J. League clubs in 1993.

The J. League 1993 season was the inaugural season of the J. League Division 1. The league fixtures began on May 15, 1993 and ended on December 15, 1993. The first ever Suntory Championship took place in the following year, January 9 and January 16, 1994.

Honours[edit]

Competition Champion Runners-Up 3rd Place
Domestic League
J. League Suntory Series Kashima Antlers Verdy Kawasaki Yokohama Marinos
J. League NICOS Series Verdy Kawasaki Shimizu S-Pulse Yokohama Marinos
Suntory Championship Verdy Kawasaki Kashima Antlers n/a
Cup Competitions
Emperor's Cup Yokohama Flugels Kashima Antlers Shimizu S-Pulse
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Nabisco Cup Verdy Kawasaki Shimizu S-Pulse Yokohama Flugels
Gamba Osaka
XEROX Super Cup Not held

Clubs[edit]

Following ten clubs participated in J. League during 1993 season.

  • Kashima Antlers
  • Urawa Red Diamonds
  • JEF United Ichihara
  • Verdy Kawasaki
  • Yokohama Marinos
  • Yokohama Flugels
  • Shimizu S-Pulse
  • Nagoya Grampus Eight
  • Gamba Osaka
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Format[edit]

In the first year, the league followed split-season format, and each halves (or stages) were known as Suntory Series and NICOS Series for sponsorship purposes. In each series, ten clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 18 games per club (per series). The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. The clubs were ranked by number of wins, and tie breakers are, in the following order:

  • Goal differential
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Extra match or a coin toss

The club that finished at the top of the table is declared stage champion and qualifies for the Suntory Championship. The first stage winner, hosts the first leg in the championship series. If the same club win both stages, the runners-up of each stages plays against each other and the winners challenges the stage winner at the championship game.

Results[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Suntory Series (1st Stage) Standings[edit]

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1 Kashima Antlers 18 13 5 41 18 23 1993 Suntory Series Champions
Qualifies to Suntory Championship '93
2 Verdy Kawasaki 18 12 6 29 21 8
3 Yokohama Marinos 18 11 7 29 24 5
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 18 10 8 28 25 3
5 JEF United Ichihara 18 9 9 26 23 3
6 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 18 9 9 23 24 -1
7 Yokohama Flugels 18 8 10 24 21 3
8 Gamba Osaka 18 8 10 27 31 -4
9 Nagoya Grampus Eight 18 7 11 21 38 -17
10 Urawa Red Diamonds 18 3 15 11 34 -23

NICOS Series (2nd Stage) Standings[edit]

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1 Verdy Kawasaki 18 16 2 43 10 33 1993 NICOS Series Champions
Qualifies to Suntory Championship '93
2 Shimizu S-Pulse 18 14 4 26 9 17
3 Yokohama Marinos 18 10 8 31 24 7
4 Kashima Antlers 18 10 8 31 25 6
5 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 18 9 9 31 25 6
6 Gamba Osaka 18 8 10 24 34 -10
7 Yokohama Flugels 18 8 10 20 30 -10
8 Nagoya Grampus Eight 18 5 13 27 28 -1
9 JEF United Ichihara 18 5 13 25 44 -19
10 Urawa Red Diamonds 18 5 13 15 44 -29

Suntory Championship '93[edit]

January 9, 1994
Time
Kashima Antlers 0 - 2 Verdy Kawasaki
[Official Report] 60' Kazu
89' Bismark
Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 53,553
Referee: Kenji Tanaka

January 16, 1994
Time
Verdy Kawasaki 1 - 1 Kashima Antlers
Kazu 82' [Official Report] 38' Alcindo
Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 59,715
Referee: Shizuo Takada
VERDY KAWASAKI won the series on 3-1 aggregate.

Overall standings[edit]

Pos Club Name Pld W L GF GA GD Note
1 Verdy Kawasaki 36 28 8 69 28 41 1993 J. League Champions
Qualifies to 1994/95 ACC,
1994 Super Cup, and 1994 Sanwa Bank Cup
2 Kashima Antlers 36 23 13 72 43 29
3 Shimizu S-Pulse 36 24 12 54 34 20
4 Yokohama Marinos 36 21 15 60 48 12
5 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 36 18 18 54 49 5
6 Yokohama Flugels 36 16 20 51 65 -7
7 Gamba Osaka 36 16 20 51 65 -14
8 JEF United Ichihara 36 14 22 51 67 -16
9 Nagoya Grampus Eight 36 12 24 48 66 -18
10 Urawa Red Diamonds 36 8 28 26 78 -52

Average attendance[edit]

In its first year, the league averaged 17,976 fans and had over 3.2 million fans total over the course of the season. The following chart shows the league ranked in terms of average attendance:

Team Name Total Number of Fans Attendance Average
Verdy Kawasaki 454,237 25,235
Gamba Osaka 388,286 21,571
JEF United Ichihara 364,922 20,273
Nagoya Grampus Eight 357,451 19,858
Shimizu S-Pulse 332,312 18,462
Yokohama Marinos 302,054 16,781
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 299,586 16,644
Yokohama Flugels 278,346 15,464
Kashima Antlers 252,291 14,016
Urawa Red Diamonds 206,265 11,459
Total 3,235,750 17,976

References[edit]