1998 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 1998
Champions Tokyo Gas
1st D2 title
1st JFL title
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 240
Goals scored 846 (3.53 per match)
1997
          1999 (J2) →
1999 (new JFL)

Statistics of Japan Football League in the 1998 season.

Overview[edit]

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Sony Sendai
Brummel Sendai
Montedio Yamagata
Albirex Niigata
Mito HollyHock
Omiya Ardija
Tokyo Gas
Kawasaki Frontale
Kokushikan University
Kokushikan University
Ventforet Kofu
Jatco F.C.
Honda Motor
Denso S.C.
Otsuka F.C. Vortis Tokushima
Sagan Tosu
Oita Trinity

The 1998 season was the seventh and the last of the former Japan Football League. It was contested by 16 teams, and Tokyo Gas won the championship. After the season, nine teams together with J. League Promotion and Relegation series' losers Consadole Sapporo formed the second division of J. League. Other seven clubs together with regional leagues promotion winners Yokogawa Electric and newly created Yokohama FC have formed the new Japan Football League.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
OW
PW
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Tokyo Gas (C) 30 21 3 0 6 67 17 +50 69 Formed J. League Division 2
2 Kawasaki Frontale 30 22 1 0 7 72 24 +48 68 J. League Division 1 Pro/Rele Series
3 Montedio Yamagata 30 20 2 0 8 69 38 +31 64 Formed J. League Division 2
4 Ventforet Kofu 30 16 5 1 8 74 40 +34 59
5 Honda Motor 30 16 3 0 11 57 45 +12 54 Formed new Japan Football League
6 Oita Trinity 30 14 1 1 14 51 51 0 45 Formed J. League Division 2
7 Brummell Sendai 30 10 5 3 12 55 53 +2 43
8 Sagan Tosu 30 11 3 0 16 40 55 −15 39
9 Otsuka FC Vortis Tokushima 30 11 2 1 16 58 48 +10 38 Formed new Japan Football League
10 Denso SC 30 11 2 1 16 48 59 −11 38
11 Albirex Niigata 30 10 2 0 18 39 47 −8 34 Formed J. League Division 2
12 Omiya Ardija 30 9 2 0 19 51 56 −5 31
13 Sony Sendai 30 7 1 0 22 42 71 −29 23 Formed new Japan Football League
14 Mito HollyHock 30 7 1 0 22 37 69 −32 23
15 Kokushikan University 30 5 3 0 22 42 76 −34 21
16 Jatco FC 30 4 3 0 23 44 97 −53 18

Updated to games played on November 1998.
Source: Montedio Yamagata website
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(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]

Home \ Away[1] ALB ARD BRU DEN FRO HOL HON JAT KSU MON OVT SAG SON TGA TRI VEN
Albirex Niigata 1–2 2–3 0–2 0–2 2–1
 OT 
5–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1
 OT 
1–2
 OT 
0–1
 OT 
3–1
Omiya Ardija 2–0 1–2 3–4
 OT 
0–2 3–0 1–2
 OT 
3–0 1–0
 OT 
0–2 4–1 0–2 2–1
 OT 
0–3 3–0 1–4
Brummel Sendai 0–2 2–2
5 PK 4
2–1
 OT 
2–3 3–0 0–1 6–1 2–1 2–1
 OT 
3–2
 OT 
5–1 2–1
 OT 
0–3 1–0
 OT 
0–1
Denso SC 3–0 3–2
 OT 
2–4 1–3 3–4 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–3 0–1 3–0 1–5 2–3 1–2
Kawasaki Frontale 2–0 3–2 2–0 6–0 3–0 0–1
 OT 
3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 7–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–0
 OT 
Mito HollyHock 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–5 0–3 0–1 3–2 0–3 0–7 0–1 2–1
 OT 
0–1 1–3 1–6
Honda Motor 3–1 2–1 1–3 2–1 1–0
 OT 
2–0 2–1 5–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–4
 OT 
0–2 2–1 1–2
 OT 
Jatco FC 1–2 3–2
 OT 
1–3 3–1 3–2 1–5 3–10 1–2
 OT 
3–6 2–1 3–2
 OT 
0–5 0–1 1–2 2–7
Kokushikan University 2–1 0–2 2–2
1 PK 4
0–2 0–4 1–4 1–3 3–2 1–4 4–3 4–1 3–2
 OT 
1–6 2–3 1–3
Montedio Yamagata 1–0 3–1 1–1
4 PK 5
4–2 1–0 3–2 3–2 5–0 3–2 1–0 2–1
 OT 
6–1 1–3 3–1 3–2
Otsuka FC Vortis Tokushima 1–2 0–3 1–0 1–1
4 PK 5
1–3 1–0 4–0 3–1 5–3 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–2
 OT 
2–2
4 PK 2
1–2
Sagan Tosu 1–0 2–1
 OT 
5–0 1–2 2–5 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–2
 OT 
1–0
 OT 
2–3
 OT 
2–1
 OT 
0–3 1–0 1–0
Sony Sendai 1–2 3–4 1–3 0–1 0–5 1–0 2–1 3–4
 OT 
1–2 0–2 1–3 2–3 0–1 2–1 3–1
Tokyo Gas 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–1 0–1 1–0
 OT 
2–0 5–0 3–0 0–1 0–1
 OT 
2–0 3–0 5–0 2–1
Oita Trinity 2–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 0–1 2–2
5 PK 3
1–2 5–1 2–1 2–3
 OT 
0–4 2–0 1–3 3–2 0–1
 OT 
Ventforet Kofu 4–1 3–2
 OT 
6–2 1–0 2–3 3–2
 OT 
1–0 2–2
4 PK 3
2–0 3–1 4–1 2–1
 OT 
5–0 2–1 1–3

Updated to games played on November 1998.
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]

Kawasaki Frontale were awarded a spot in the first round of J. League Promotion and Relegation Series where they have played against Avispa Fukuoka.

November 19, 1998
19:00
Avispa Fukuoka 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) Kawasaki Frontale
Kudo Goal 24'
Yamashita Goal 89'
Fernando Goal 104'
Report Ito Goal 17'
Tuto Goal 61'

Avispa proceeded to the next round and Frontale entered the second division.

Successor seasons[edit]

References[edit]