2004 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 2004
Champions Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
2nd D3 title
2nd JFL title
Promoted Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
Thespa Kusatsu
Relegated Kokushikan University
(expelled by JFA)
Matches played 239
Goals scored 746 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorer Takehiro Hayashi (21 goal total)
Highest attendance 13,743 (Round 27,
Thespa vs. Otsuka)
Lowest attendance 85 (Round 23,
Kokushikan vs. Tottori)
Average attendance 1,141
2003
2005

Statistics of Japan Football League in the 2004 season.

Overview[edit]

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Sony Sendai
Tochigi S.C.
Gunma Horikoshi
Thespa Kusatsu
Sagawa Express Tokyo
Yokogawa Musashino
Kokushikan University
Kokushikan
University
Honda F.C.
Denso S.C.
YKK AP
ALO's Hokuriku
Sagawa Express Osaka
Sagawa Printing
S.C. Tottori
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
Ehime F.C.

It was contested by 16 teams, and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals won the championship.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (C) (P) 30 25 3 2 74 20 +54 78 Promotion to 2005 J. League Division 2
2 Honda FC 30 19 5 6 64 36 +28 62
3 Thespa Kusatsu (P) 30 19 5 6 63 35 +28 62 Promotion to 2005 J. League Division 2
4 YKK AP 30 15 5 10 56 33 +23 50
5 Ehime FC 30 14 7 9 53 42 +11 49
6 Sony Sendai 30 13 8 9 50 42 +8 47
7 Sagawa Express Tokyo 30 13 5 12 43 39 +4 44
8 Gunma Horikoshi 30 11 8 11 48 47 +1 41
9 Tochigi SC 30 11 7 12 41 47 −6 40
10 ALO's Hokuriku 30 10 7 13 46 52 −6 37
11 Sagawa Express Osaka 30 9 8 13 38 40 −2 35
12 Sagawa Printing 30 10 4 16 30 45 −15 34
13 Yokogawa Musashino 30 8 8 14 41 51 −10 32
14 SC Tottori 30 5 7 18 36 62 −26 22
15 Kokushikan University (R) 30 5 5 20 37 73 −36 20 Expelled 1
16 Denso SC 30 4 6 20 29 85 −56 18

Updated to games played on December 5, 2004.
Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Denotes clubs that occupied top 3 places at the end of the first half of the season (15th week) and were seeded for 2004 Emperor's Cup. These clubs were automatically qualified for the tournament, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier.
1 Expelled by Japan Football Association after 29th week because of the scandal caused by arrest of Kokushikan players for sex attack on a minor.[1] In the remaining game against Sagawa Express Tokyo a team was awarded a default 0–3 defeat.
(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] ALO DEN EHI GUH HON KSU OTP PRI SEO SET SON SPA TOC TOT YKK YMS
ALO's Hokuriku 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 3–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–2 2–0 3–2 1–1
Denso SC 0–1 1–4 2–4 0–3 1–0 0–11 0–0 1–2 1–5 0–1 1–5 1–2 2–3 0–3 1–1
Ehime FC 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–0 4–2 0–0 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 4–1
Gunma Horikoshi 3–3 1–1 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–2 2–1 2–1 3–2
Honda FC 4–0 3–0 5–4 1–1 3–0 0–2 3–1 3–2 3–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–1
Kokushikan University 1–4 1–1 1–3 3–2 1–2 1–1 4–3 2–4 1–0 1–0 2–4 1–3 3–3 0–5 1–3
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 4–0 7–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–1
Sagawa Printing 2–1 5–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–3 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–1
Sagawa Express Osaka 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1
Sagawa Express Tokyo 1–2 0–4 2–2 2–1 0–2 3–02 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–2 4–1 1–3 0–2
Sony Sendai 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 4–3 2–3 1–0 3–2 2–2 2–3 1–0 5–1 1–1 2–2
Thespa Kusatsu 2–1 3–0 5–2 1–3 4–2 5–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0
Tochigi SC 1–5 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 0–4 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 3–3 2–2 1–4 1–0
SC Tottori 2–3 2–2 1–2 3–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 3–2 0–4 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–3
YKK AP 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–3 0–2 3–0 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–2
Yokogawa Musashino 2–3 6–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–2 0–4 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–3

Updated to games played on December 5, 2004.
Source: JFL First Round, JFL Second Round
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Kokushikan University S.C. were expelled from Japan Football League after 29th week and awarded a default 0–3 defeat in the remaining game against Sagawa Express Tokyo S.C.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[2]
1 Japan Takehiro Hayashi Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
21
2 Japan Yasuaki Oshima Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
20
3 Japan Koji Murayama Yokogawa Musashino
18
Japan Junya Nitta Honda FC
18
5 Japan Mitsuru Hasegawa YKK AP
16
Japan Toshiro Tomochika Ehime FC
16
7 Japan Tatsuya Furuhashi Honda FC
15
8 Japan Youichi Mori Gunma Horikoshi
14
9 Japan Yosuke Kobayashi Yokogawa Musashino
12
Japan Takeshi Ushibana YKK AP
12
Japan Atsushi Yoshimoto Thespa Kusatsu
12

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Thespa Kusatsu 74,221 13,743 1,724 4,948
n/a
2 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 45,697 9,553 707 3,046 2.9001280409731+290.0%
3 Ehime FC 33,874 11,051 565 2,258 0.7262996941896+72.6%
4 Tochigi SC 17,403 3,321 643 1,160 0.54255319148936+54.2%
5 Honda FC 17,255 3,557 457 1,150 0.18434603501545+18.4%
6 Sagawa Express Osaka 11,396 4,649 286 760 0.35714285714286+35.7%
7 SC Tottori 9,539 1,535 287 636 -0.80813214739517−19.1%
8 ALO's Hokuriku 9,426 1,227 267 628 0.1056338028169+10.5%
9 Sony Sendai 9,320 1,406 252 621 -0.90656934306569−9.3%
10 Gunma Horikoshi 9,103 3,003 289 607
n/a
11 YKK AP 8,915 1,516 282 594 0.1123595505618+11.2%
12 Yokogawa Musashino 8,645 988 350 576 0.30612244897959+30.6%
13 Sagawa Express Tokyo 5,247 885 202 375 0.27986348122867+27.9%
14 Sagawa Printing 5,596 585 106 373 0.38661710037175+38.6%
15 Denso SC 3,694 583 126 246 -0.85416666666667−14.5%
16 Kokushikan University 3,277 527 85 218 -0.95196506550218−4.8%
League total 272,608 13,743 85 1,141 +99.1%

Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Because of promotion of Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Thespa Kusatsu and expulsion of Kokushikan University, no relegation has occurred. After the season, Honda Lock, Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima and Ryutsu Keizai University were promoted from Regional Leagues by the virtue of their placing in All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arrest of Kokushikan players for sex attack on minor.
  2. ^ "JFL Top Scorers". jfl.or.jp. Japan Football League. Retrieved July 7, 2010.