Japan Soccer League Cup

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The Japan Soccer League Cup was the original league cup for clubs in the top levels of Japanese football before the creation of the J. League and its cup. The cup was first played in 1973, but did not become an annual tournament until 1976.

The JSL Cup included clubs from both the First Division and the Second Division. The format varied; sometimes the clubs played small group stages, other times it was an outright elimination, including only the clubs that were not recent promotions to the Second Division. During the season timeframe change of 1985, the cup was played within the year, a rule that stayed until the advent of the J. League.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1973 Towa Real Estate (shared) 1-1 Yanmar Diesel (shared) Nishigaoka National Stadium, Tokyo
1976 Hitachi 1-0 Eidai Industries National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
1977 Furukawa Electric 4-0 Yanmar Diesel National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
1978 Mitsubishi Motors 2-1 Fujita Industries Kanko Stadium, Okayama
1979 Yomiuri FC 3-2 Furukawa Electric Nagai Stadium, Osaka
1980 Nippon Kokan 3-1 Hitachi Nagai Stadium, Osaka
1981 Mitsubishi Motors (shared) 4-4 Toshiba (shared) Utsunomiya Soccer Field, Utsunomiya
1982 Furukawa Electric 3-2 Yanmar Diesel Shizuoka Athletic Stadium, Shizuoka
1983 Yanmar Diesel 1-0 Nissan Motors Kofu Midorigaoka Stadium, Kofu
1984 Yanmar Diesel 3-0 Toshiba Komazawa Stadium, Tokyo
1985 Yomiuri FC 2-0 Nissan Motors Toyohashi Soccer Stadium, Toyohashi
1986 Furukawa Electric 4-0 Nissan Motors Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya
1987 Nippon Kokan 3-0 Sumitomo Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya
1988 Nissan Motors 3-0 Toshiba Yokkaichi Stadium, Yokkaichi
1989 Nissan Motors 1-0 Yamaha Motors Toyohashi Soccer Stadium, Toyohashi
1990 Nissan Motors 3-1 Furukawa Electric Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya
1991 Yomiuri FC 4-3 Honda Giken Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya

Performances by team[edit]

Teams are named using current nomenclature, or last one if they are defunct (denoted in italics).

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runners-up seasons
Yokohama F. Marinos 3 3 1988, 1989, 1990 1983, 1985, 1986
JEF United Chiba 3 2 1977, 1982, 1986 1979, 1990
Cerezo Osaka 3 2 1973 (shared), 1983, 1984 1977, 1982
Tokyo Verdy 3 0 1979, 1985, 1991
Urawa Red Diamonds 2 0 1978, 1981 (shared)
NKK SC 2 0 1980, 1987
Shonan Bellmare 1 1 1973 (shared) 1978
Kashiwa Reysol 1 1 1976 1980
Consadole Sapporo 1 1 1981 (shared) 1988
Eidai SC 0 1 1976
Kashima Antlers 0 1 1987
Júbilo Iwata 0 1 1989
Honda FC 0 1 1991

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