J.League
Season1997
ChampionsKashima Antlers
1st J. League title
Asian Club ChampionshipKashima Antlers
Matches played240
Goals scored778 (3.24 per match)
Top goalscorerKazuyoshi Miura (23 goals)
Highest attendance50,974 - Reds vs. P-Sanga (May 15)
Lowest attendance4,491 - Sanfrecce vs. Avispa (November 6)
Average attendance13,353
1995
1997

The 1996 J.League season was the fourth season since the establishment of the J.League. The season began on March 16, 1996, and ended on November 9, 1996.

Clubs

The following sixteen clubs participated in J.League during the 1996 season. Of these clubs, Kyoto Purple Sanga, and Avispa Fukuoka were newly promoted from Japan Football League (former).

Format

In the 1996 season, the league abolished the split-season format and followed a single-season format; sixteen clubs played in double round-robin format, a total of 30 games per club. The games went to golden-goal extra time and penalties if needed after regulation. A club received 3 points for any win, 1 point for PK loss, and 0 pts for regulation or extra time loss. The clubs were ranked by points, and tie breakers are in the following order:

The club that finished at the top of the table was declared season champion.

Changes in competition format

Final standings

Pos Team Pld W PKL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Antlers 30 21 3 6 61 34 +27 66 1996 J.League Champions Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*, 1997/98 ACC, and 1997 Super Cup
2 Aichi Prefecture Nagoya Grampus Eight 30 21 0 9 63 39 +24 63 Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*
3 Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Flügels 30 21 0 9 58 44 +14 63
4 Shizuoka Prefecture Júbilo Iwata 30 20 2 8 53 38 +15 62
5 Chiba Prefecture Kashiwa Reysol 30 20 0 10 67 52 +15 60
6 Saitama Prefecture Urawa Red Diamonds 30 19 2 9 51 31 +20 59
7 Tokyo Verdy Kawasaki 30 19 0 11 68 42 +26 57
8 Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Marinos 30 14 0 16 39 40 −1 42
9 Chiba Prefecture JEF United Ichihara 30 13 1 16 45 47 −2 40
10 Shizuoka Prefecture Shimizu S-Pulse 30 12 1 17 50 60 −10 37
11 Kanagawa Prefecture Bellmare Hiratsuka 30 12 0 18 47 58 −11 36
12 Osaka Prefecture Gamba Osaka 30 11 0 19 38 59 −21 33
13 Osaka Prefecture Cerezo Osaka 30 10 0 20 38 56 −18 30
14 Hiroshima Prefecture Sanfrecce Hiroshima 30 10 0 20 36 60 −24 30
15 Fukuoka Prefecture Avispa Fukuoka 30 9 2 19 42 64 −22 29
16 Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Purple Sanga 30 8 0 22 22 54 −32 24
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: Win = 3 pts; P.K. loss = 1 pt; Regulation, E.T. loss = 0 pts

Golden Boots ranking

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23
2 Brazil Edílson Kashiwa Reysol 21
3 Brazil Evair Yokohama Flügels 20
4 Italy Salvatore Schillaci Júbilo Iwata 15
5 Brazil Magrão Verdy Kawasaki 13
6 Japan Yoshiyuki Hasegawa Kashima Antlers 12
Czechoslovakia Ivan Hašek JEF United Ichihara 12
8 Croatia Mladen Mladenovic Gamba Osaka 11
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
Japan Takuya Takagi Sanfrecce Hiroshima 11
Japan Yasuyuki Moriyama Nagoya Grampus Eight 11
Japan Koji Noguchi Bellmare Hiratsuka 11
Brazil Mazinho Kashima Antlers 11
Japan Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds 11

Awards

Individual awards

Award Recipient Club Notes
Most Valuable Player Brazil Jorginho Kashima Antlers
Rookie of the Year Japan Toshihide Saito Shimizu S-Pulse
Manager of the Year Brazil Nicanor Kashiwa Reysol
Top Scorer Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki 23 goals.

Best Eleven

Pos Footballer Club Nationality
GK Seigo Narazaki Yokohama Flügels  Japan
DF Naoki Soma Kashima Antlers  Japan
DF Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos  Japan
DF Guido Buchwald Urawa Red Diamonds  Germany
MF Jorginho Kashima Antlers  Brazil
MF Masakiyo Maezono Yokohama Flügels  Japan
MF Motohiro Yamaguchi Yokohama Flügels  Japan
MF Hiroshi Nanami Júbilo Iwata  Japan
FW Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki  Japan
FW Dragan Stojković Nagoya Grampus Eight  FR Yugoslavia
FW Masayuki Okano Urawa Red Diamonds  Japan

See also