2001 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season2001
Dates1 April – 18 November
ChampionsHonda Motors
1st JFL title
2nd D3 title
Promotednone
Matches played240
Goals scored779 (3.25 per match)
Top goalscorerTakaaki Tokushige (25 goals total)
Highest attendance3,305 (Round 28,
Honda vs. Kyoken)
Lowest attendance48 (Round 23,
Express vs. Sangyo)
Average attendance515
2000
2002

The 2001 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第3回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai San-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the third season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system.

Overview[edit]

It was contested by 16 teams, and Honda Motors won the championship. No promotion or relegation took place due to the promotion-eligible teams not being autonomous clubs fit for the J. League, and at the other end of the table, due to the expansion of the league from 16 to 18 teams.

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Honda Motor[a] (C) 30 22 5 3 74 19 +55 71
2 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 30 21 5 4 78 35 +43 68
3 Jatco SC 30 20 5 5 65 36 +29 65
4 Sagawa Express[a] 30 19 5 6 60 23 +37 62
5 Denso SC 30 17 3 10 70 54 +16 54
6 YKK FC 30 15 5 10 53 39 +14 50
7 Yokogawa FC 30 12 5 13 37 54 −17 41
8 NTT West Kumamoto 30 10 7 13 55 62 −7 37
9 Shizuoka Sangyo University 30 11 4 15 41 59 −18 37
10 Kokushikan University 30 10 6 14 47 53 −6 36
11 Kyoken Kyoto 30 9 7 14 39 46 −7 34
12 Ehime FC 30 9 6 15 39 43 −4 33
13 Tochigi SC 30 9 5 16 28 46 −18 32
14 Sony Sendai 30 9 5 16 28 46 −18 32
15 ALO's Hokuriku 30 4 7 19 28 57 −29 19
16 SC Tottori 30 2 2 26 23 90 −67 8
Updated to match(es) played on November 18, 2001. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Occupied one of the top two places at the end of the first half of the season (15th week) and were seeded for 2001 Emperor's Cup. These clubs were automatically qualified for the tournament, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ALO DEN EHI HON JAT KSU KYO NTW OTP SET SON SSU TOC TOT YKK YOK
ALO's Hokuriku 4–1 0–0 0–5 0–1 0–1 0–3 0–3 1–2 2–3 2–3 1–2 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–1
Denso SC 3–2 2–2 1–0 1–4 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–2 4–0 5–3 2–0 5–2 4–1 1–3 2–0
Ehime FC 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–3 3–2 1–2 0–4 2–3 0–1 0–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–3
Honda Motors 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 8–0 5–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 4–1 3–0 2–1
Jatco SC 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–0 3–1 3–2 5–3 3–5 3–2 6–2 0–3 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
Kokushikan University 2–0 4–2 0–1 1–5 0–2 4–2 1–1 0–5 0–2 2–0 6–0 2–2 3–0 0–2 0–1
Kyoken Kyoto 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–4 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–3
NTT West Kumamoto 2–0 3–4 1–2 1–2 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–6 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 0–3 0–1
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 2–2 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 3–2 2–2 4–1
Sagawa Express 3–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 7–0 3–0 4–1
Sony Sendai 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–4 0–3 0–1 2–4 4–2 1–1 2–0
Shizuoka Sangyo University 3–0 2–5 1–0 2–4 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–3 1–3 0–5 3–4 4–0 1–0 1–2 1–2
Tochigi SC 1–0 2–4 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–3 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0
SC Tottori 4–1 0–3 2–7 0–3 0–4 0–2 2–1 2–3 0–5 1–1 3–4 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–2
YKK FC 0–1 4–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 5–2 1–0 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 7–0
Yokogawa FC 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–4 3–2 1–4 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on November 18, 2001. Source: Japan Football League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Takaaki Tokushige Denso SC
25
2 Japan Yasuhiko Niimura Jatco SC
21
3 Japan Takehiro Hayashi Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
20
4 Japan Mitsuru Hasegawa YKK FC
18
Japan Masao Yamamoto Sagawa Express
18

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Honda Motors 13,178 3,305 402 879 −11.9%
2 SC Tottori 12,281 2,124 401 819 n/a
3 NTT West Kumamoto 10,394 1,378 324 693 n/a
4 Ehime FC 9,896 1,250 348 660 n/a
5 Tochigi SC 9,723 1,141 285 648 −38.2%
6 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 8,975 2,391 284 598 +18.4%
7 YKK FC 8,093 2,477 198 540 n/a
8 Sony Sendai 7,817 886 342 521 −52.3%
9 Yokogawa FC 7,334 1,198 240 489 −30.4%
10 ALO's Hokuriku 6,380 1,801 180 425 −12.2%
11 Jatco SC 6,329 1,075 167 422 −36.7%
12 Sagawa Express 5,365 1,054 48 358 n/a
13 Denso SC 5,344 831 119 356 −17.8%
14 Kyoken Kyoto 5,262 468 203 351 −9.1%
15 Shizuoka Sangyo University 4,013 803 101 268 −48.9%
16 Kokushikan University 3,298 414 54 220 −28.3%
League total 123,682 3,305 48 515 −42.8%

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

Promotion and relegation[edit]

No relegation has occurred due to expansion of the league to 18 teams. At the end of the season, the winner and runner-up of the Regional League promotion series, Sagawa Express Osaka and Profesor Miyazaki were promoted automatically.

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