Japan Football League
Season2000
Dates16 April – 12 November
ChampionsYokohama FC
2nd JFL title
2nd D3 title
PromotedYokohama FC
Matches played132
Goals scored468 (3.55 per match)
Top goalscorerKenji Arima (24 goals total)
Highest attendance5,324 (Round 1,
Yokohama vs. Tochigi)
Lowest attendance84 (Round 17,
Kokushinkan vs. ALO's)
Average attendance901
1999
2001

The 2000 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第2回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Ni-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the second season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system.

Overview

It was contested by 12 teams, and Yokohama FC defended their champions title.

Table

Pos Team Pld W OTW D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Yokohama FC[a] (C, P) 22 19 1 2 0 66 24 +42 61 Promotion to 2001 J. League Division 2
2 Honda Motor[a] 22 15 2 0 5 51 29 +22 49
3 Denso SC[a] 22 11 5 1 5 43 23 +20 44
4 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 22 12 2 0 8 57 37 +20 40
5 Sony Sendai 22 11 2 0 9 51 37 +14 37
6 Jatco SC 22 9 0 1 12 42 44 −2 28
7 Kokushikan University 22 7 3 1 11 45 48 −3 28
8 ALO's Hokuriku 22 6 2 0 14 26 49 −23 22
9 FC Kyoken 22 4 3 1 14 20 38 −18 19
10 Shizuoka Sangyo University 22 4 1 2 15 25 50 −25 16
11 Tochigi SC 22 3 2 1 16 21 48 −27 14
12 Yokogawa FC 22 2 0 3 17 21 41 −20 9
Updated to match(es) played on November 12, 2000. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Occupied one of the top three places at the end of the first half of the season (11th week) and were seeded for 2000 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

Home \ Away ALO DEN HON JAT KSU KYO OTP SON SSU TOC YOK YFC
ALO's Hokuriku 0–1 1–2OT 4–2 2–1 1–0 1–6 2–1 1–4 0–2 3–2 0–1
Denso SC 2–0 1–0OT 5–1 2–1OT 1–2 2–1 1–2OT 2–1 2–1OT 1–0 1–2OT
Honda Motors 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–1OT 2–1 5–1 5–0 2–0 2–1 2–7
Jatco SC 5–1 0–2 0–3 2–2OT 4–0 1–3 1–0 1–2 4–3 3–2 0–1
Kokushikan University 3–2OT 2–3 3–4 3–1 1–2OT 1–3 4–5 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–4
FC Kyoken 1–2OT 0–4 0–3 1–4 2–1 1–2OT 1–2 0–1 2–1OT 0–0OT 0–1
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 1–0 1–2OT 3–1 4–0 2–4 3–2 2–1OT 8–0 0–1 1–0 1–5
Sony Sendai 3–1 2–1OT 2–3 1–0 1–2OT 2–0 3–4 3–0 7–0 1–0 1–2
Shizuoka Sangyo University 5–1 1–3 1–2 1–4 1–2OT 2–3OT 2–1OT 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–2
Tochigi SC 0–1OT 0–2 0–2 0–4 2–3 0–1 2–4 0–3 0–0OT 3–2OT 0–1
Yokogawa FC 1–2 2–3OT 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–4 1–2 0–0OT 2–3OT 1–3
Yokohama FC 3–0 2–2OT 3–0 3–2 5–3 1–0 6–2 6–5 4–0 3–1 1–1OT
Updated to match(es) played on November 12, 2000. Source: Japan Football League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Japan Kenji Arima Yokohama FC 24
2 Japan Hidenori Tabata Sony Sendai 19
3 Japan Takehiro Hayashi Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 16
4 Japan Shusuke Shimada Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 15
5 Japan Tatsuya Furuhashi Honda Motors 14

Attendances

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Yokohama FC 40,293 5,324 2,808 3,663 −10.2%
2 Sony Sendai 12,027 4,421 317 1,093 +67.4%
3 Tochigi SC 11,543 2,279 473 1,049 n/a
4 Honda Motors 10,982 3,139 438 998 −11.9%
5 Yokogawa FC 7,736 2,744 265 703 +17.2%
6 Jatco SC 7,335 2,803 210 667 +7.6%
7 Shizuoka Sangyo University 5,763 1,568 172 524 n/a
8 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 5,550 2,219 203 505 −10.9%
9 ALO's Hokuriku 5,320 1,602 260 484 n/a
10 Denso SC 4,760 1,168 241 433 −17.2%
11 FC Kyoken 4,246 1,080 206 386 n/a
12 Kokushikan University 3,375 1,786 84 307 −13.3%
League total 118,930 5,324 84 901 −16.9%

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

Promotion and relegation

No relegation has occurred as league continued to expand. At the end of the season, the winner and runner-up of the Regional League promotion series, Sagawa Express Tokyo and YKK FC were promoted automatically. In addition, NTT West Kumamoto, SC Tottori and Ehime FC were included by JFA recommendation.