1997 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 1997
Champions Consadole Sapporo
3rd D2 title
1st JFL title
Promoted Consadole Sapporo
Relegated Fukushima FC (folded)
Seino Transportation (folded)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 765 (3.19 per match)
1996
1998

Statistics of Japan Football League in the 1997 season.

Overview[edit]

It was contested by 16 teams, and Consadole Sapporo won the championship.

As a result of Cosmo Oil Yokkaichi's closure the previous year, Jatco F.C. and Mito HollyHock were promoted before the season.

League standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
OW
PW
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Consadole Sapporo (C) (P) 30 24 2 0 4 77 26 +51 76 Promotion to 1998 J. League
2 Tokyo Gas 30 21 2 1 6 70 30 +40 68
3 Kawasaki Frontale 30 21 2 0 7 87 36 +51 67
4 Honda Motor 30 20 2 1 7 60 37 +23 65
5 Montedio Yamagata 30 18 1 0 11 57 36 +21 56
6 Ventforet Kofu 30 15 3 1 11 59 41 +18 52
7 Otsuka FC Vortis Tokushima 30 13 1 0 16 50 45 +5 41
8 Brummell Sendai 30 12 1 2 15 37 43 −6 40
9 NTT Kanto 30 11 3 0 16 48 49 −1 39
10 Fukushima FC 30 12 1 0 17 48 59 −11 38 Folded 1
11 Sagan Tosu 30 12 1 0 17 38 54 −16 38
12 Oita Trinity 30 7 4 0 19 42 64 −22 29
13 Denso SC 30 7 2 2 19 29 49 −20 27
14 Seino Transportation 30 5 0 0 25 24 67 −43 15 Folded 2
15 Jatco FC 30 2 1 3 24 25 70 −45 11
16 Mito HollyHock 30 3 0 1 26 24 69 −45 10

Updated to games played on November 1997.
Source: Montedio Yamagata website
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 After the season Fukushima F.C. has folded due to financial difficulties.
2 Seino Transportation S.C. were disbanded by parent company after the season.
(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.

Home \ Away[1] BRU CON DEN FRO FFC HOL HON JAT MON NTK OVT SAG SET TGA TRI VEN
Brummel Sendai 0–1 1–0 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–1
3 PK 4
2–0 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–0
Consadole Sapporo 3–0 1–0 4–3
 OT 
2–0 6–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 5–1 4–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 3–0
Denso SC 1–0
 OT 
1–6 1–4 0–1 1–0 0–3 4–3 2–1 0–0
4 PK 3
1–5 1–3 2–0 1–3 3–3
5 PK 4
0–2
Kawasaki Frontale 3–0 3–4
 OT 
1–0 3–1 1–0 1–3 4–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 5–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 2–3
Fukushima FC 1–0 2–5 1–0 2–6 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 4–3
 OT 
2–2
3 PK 4
Mito HollyHock 1–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–3 0–0
5 PK 6
0–4 2–3 1–6 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–2 1–5
Honda Motor 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–4 5–0 3–2 1–5 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 4–0 2–1
Jatco FC 2–2
1 PK 4
0–3 0–1 0–6 0–1 1–0
 OT 
1–2 0–3 0–3 1–3 1–1
4 PK 1
0–1 1–4 0–1
 OT 
0–3
Montedio Yamagata 3–1 4–1 2–1 1–2
 OT 
2–1 2–0 1–0
 OT 
2–1 1–2
 OT 
2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–3
NTT Kanto 0–3 3–5 1–2
 OT 
0–1 2–0 3–2 0–1 3–2 0–2 2–1
 OT 
2–0 2–1 0–3 3–2
 OT 
0–1
Otsuka FC Vortis Tokushima 1–0 0–2 1–0
 OT 
0–1
 OT 
3–0 2–1 1–2 5–1 2–1 1–5 1–1
3 PK 5
3–0 1–2 1–2
 OT 
3–0
Sagan Tosu 2–1 0–2 0–0
3 PK 1
0–3 4–1 1–1
3 PK 5
3–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–1 2–1
 OT 
0–2 1–0 2–0
Seino Transportation 1–3 1–2 0–3 1–5 0–2 4–1 2–3
 OT 
1–1
2 PK 4
1–4 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–4
Tokyo Gas 5–0 0–0
6 PK 5
2–1 4–3
 OT 
1–0 1–0 5–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 5–2 2–0 3–2
 OT 
3–0
Oita Trinity 1–2
 OT 
1–2 1–0 1–7 1–2 4–2 1–2 2–1
 OT 
0–1 2–1 2–3 2–3
 OT 
1–0
 OT 
0–4 2–0
Ventforet Kofu 1–1
3 PK 4
2–0 2–1
 OT 
3–0 3–0 2–1
 OT 
1–2
 OT 
3–0 2–5 3–2 4–0 2–3
 OT 
3–0 1–0
 OT 
3–1

Updated to games played on November 1997.
Source: Montedio Yamagata website
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion and Relegation[edit]

Because Fukushima FC and Seino Transportation were disbanded, no relegation has occurred. At the end of the season, the winner and runner-up of All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series, Sony Sendai and Albirex Niigata were promoted automatically.

References[edit]