2003 Japan Football League

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Japan Football League
Season 2003
Dates 30 March – 23 November
Champions Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
1st JFL title
1st D3 title
Promoted none
Relegated Kyoto BAMB 1993
Jatco SC (folded)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 724 (3.02 per match)
Top goalscorer Tatsuya Furuhashi (31 goal total)
Highest attendance 4,123 (Round 18,
SE Osaka vs. SE Tokyo)
Lowest attendance 83 (Round 24,
Kokushikan vs. Printing)
Average attendance 573
2002
2004

The 2003 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第5回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Go-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the fifth season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system.

Overview

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

Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (C) 30 23 3 4 65 21 +44 72
2 Honda FC 30 21 4 5 73 30 +43 67
3 Ehime FC 30 17 5 8 55 39 +16 56
4 Sagawa Express Osaka 30 16 6 8 48 29 +19 54
5 Sagawa Express Tokyo 30 15 7 8 54 37 +17 52
6 YKK FC 30 15 5 10 56 38 +18 50
7 Jatco SC 30 15 3 12 45 44 +1 48 Folded 1
8 Tochigi SC 30 12 9 9 48 35 +13 45
9 Sony Sendai 30 13 6 11 46 44 +2 45
10 SC Tottori 30 10 7 13 45 50 −5 37
11 Kokushikan University 30 10 4 16 36 64 −28 34
12 Denso SC 30 9 5 16 41 51 −10 32
13 Yokogawa Musashino 30 9 2 19 32 65 −33 29
14 ALO's Hokuriku 30 7 6 17 23 47 −24 27
15 SP Kyoto 30 5 6 19 31 62 −31 21
16 Kyoto BAMB 1993 (R) 30 2 4 24 26 68 −42 10 Promotion/Relegation Series

Updated to games played on November 23, 2003.
Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Denotes clubs that occupied top 2 places at the end of the 2001 season and were seeded for 2003 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 After the season Jatco F.C. submitted the letter of resignation to the league and disbanded the team.
(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

Home \ Away[1] ALO BAM DEN EHI HON JAT KSU OTP PRI SEO SET SON TOC TOT YKK YMC
ALO's Hokuriku 1–0 0–3 0–3 1–2 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 2–1 1–4 2–0
Kyoto BAMB 1993 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–3 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–3 2–5 1–2 2–2 2–3
Denso SC 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–4 0–3 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–4 3–0 2–3 1–1 1–2 1–0
Ehime FC 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 4–1 3–3 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0
Honda FC 5–0 3–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 5–3 3–3 4–1 1–2 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 3–1
Jatco SC 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 4–1 0–3 1–0 1–3 3–2 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–3 3–1
Kokushikan University 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–3 5–1 0–3 2–0 1–4 2–2 1–5 0–2 1–6 0–0 1–2
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 5–1 6–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 3–2
SP Kyoto 0–1 2–1 1–3 2–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 0–2 1–4 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–2
Sagawa Express Osaka 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–3 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 5–1
Sagawa Express Tokyo 2–2 3–2 3–0 2–4 0–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–2
Sony Sendai 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–4 0–4 2–1 2–0 1–5 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0
Tochigi SC 0–0 5–1 3–3 1–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–1 3–4 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0
SC Tottori 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–3 5–3 3–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–2
YKK FC 0–1 4–0 2–1 4–1 3–3 3–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–0 1–3 3–3 0–1
Yokogawa Musashino 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–4 0–5 1–6 1–0 0–5 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–3

Updated to games played on November 23, 2003.
Source: Japan Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Tatsuya Furuhashi Honda FC
31
2 Japan Yasuaki Oshima Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
19
3 Japan Toshiro Tomochika Ehime FC
18

Attendances

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Ehime FC 19,615 3,284 412 1,308 +19.9%
2 Honda FC 14,569 3,385 330 971 −11.7%
3 SC Tottori 11,800 1,412 251 787 −6.3%
4 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 11,720 1,765 223 223 −71.6%
5 Tochigi SC 11,286 1,215 454 752 −25.8%
6 Sony Sendai 10,276 1,688 259 685 −20.3%
7 ALO's Hokuriku 8,526 788 155 568 +67.1%
8 Sagawa Express Osaka 8,403 4,123 114 560 +107.4%
9 YKK FC 8,017 849 209 534 +9.2%
10 Yokogawa Musashino 6,610 777 215 441 −16.8%
11 Jatco SC 5,871 964 179 391 −12.7%
12 Kyoto BAMB 1993 4,745 423 255 316 −6.0%
13 Sagawa Express Tokyo 4,400 681 103 293 −11.2%
14 Denso SC 4,317 475 155 288 +2.1%
15 SP Kyoto 4,041 604 104 269 n/a
16 Kokushikan University 3,437 421 83 229 −24.2%
League total 137,633 4,123 83 573 −0.2%

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

Promotion and relegation

Due to the Jatco team disbanding, the Regional League promotion series winner Thespa Kusatsu were promoted automatically. Runner-up Gunma Horikoshi were set to play Kyoto BAMB 1993 in the promotion and relegation series.

Gunma Horikoshi 3 – 2 Kyoto BAMB 1993
Koyama Goal 20'
Mori Goal 46'
Kurakawa Goal 57'
Report 丸山 展生 Goal 18'
Ezawa Goal 85'
Attendance: 735
Referee: 鈴木 亮哉

Kyoto BAMB 1993 0 – 5 Gunma Horikoshi
Report Mori Goal 43' (pen.)84'89'
Kurakawa Goal 50'
Danilo Goal 60'
Attendance: 331
Referee: 鈴木 亮哉

Gunma Horikoshi won the series at 8–2 aggregate score and earned promotion to JFL. Kyoto BAMB 1993 were relegated to Kansai regional league.

References


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