Japan Football League
Season2007
Dates18 March – 2 December
ChampionsSagawa Express
1st JFL title
1st D3 title
PromotedRosso Kumamoto
FC Gifu
Matches played306
Goals scored872 (2.85 per match)
Top goalscorerSho Gokyu (30 goals total)
Highest attendance12,539 (Round 1,
Tochigi vs. Ryukyu
Lowest attendance101 (Round 20,
Printing vs. Mizushima
Average attendance1,312
2006
2008

The 2007 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第9回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Kyū-kai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the ninth season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system.

Overview

It was contested by 18 teams, and Sagawa Express won the championship. The club was created before the season by merger of two Sagawa Express corporate clubs from Tokyo and Osaka.

SC Tottori were renamed to Gainare Tottori before the season.

TDK SC and FC Gifu were promoted from Regional leagues by the virtue of their placing in the Regional League promotion series, the former promoted automatically and the latter won the play-off series against Honda Lock.

FC Gifu, Gainare Tottori and Tochigi SC were approved as J. League associate members at the annual meeting in January.

Table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sagawa Express[a] (C) 34 26 5 3 81 31 +50 83
3 Rosso Kumamoto[b] (P) 34 21 6 7 65 34 +31 69 Promotion to 2008 J. League Division 2[c]
3 FC Gifu[b] (P) 34 17 9 8 45 31 +14 60
4 ALO's Hokuriku 34 16 11 7 50 35 +15 59
5 Honda FC 34 16 10 8 61 42 +19 58
6 YKK AP 34 16 7 11 60 53 +7 55
7 Yokogawa Musashino 34 16 6 12 50 44 +6 54
8 Tochigi SC[b] 34 14 10 10 43 29 +14 52
9 JEF Reserves 34 14 10 10 50 45 +5 52
10 Ryutsu Keizai University 34 15 5 14 58 49 +9 50
11 Sony Sendai 34 13 5 16 46 59 −13 44
12 SP Kyoto 34 13 4 17 45 57 −12 43
13 TDK SC 34 11 9 14 49 47 +2 42
14 Gainare Tottori[b] 34 10 9 15 42 51 −9 39
15 Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima 34 11 2 21 36 53 −17 35
16 FC Kariya 34 8 4 22 36 59 −23 28
17 FC Ryukyu 34 7 6 21 38 82 −44 27
18 Arte Takasaki 34 1 4 29 17 71 −54 7
Updated to match(es) played on December 2, 2007. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ Occupied the top place at the end of the first half of the season (17th week) and was automatically qualified for 2007 Emperor's Cup, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier.
  2. ^ a b c d J. League Associate Membership
  3. ^ Must hold J. League Associate Membership, finish no less than in fourth place and pass a final inspection by J. League to be promoted.

Results

Home \ Away ALO ART GAI GIF HON JER KAR RKU MMM PRI ROS RYU SEX SON TDK TOC YKK YMC
ALO's Hokuriku 7–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–3 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–0
Arte Takasaki 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–4 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–4 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–1
Gainare Tottori 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–2
FC Gifu 0–0 2–0 4–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 1–0 0–2 3–3 1–1
Honda FC 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 4–2 1–3 0–6 2–0 4–1 2–4 4–0 2–2 2–2 4–1 2–2 3–0 3–0
JEF Reserves 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–5 3–1 3–2 0–2 1–1 0–0
FC Kariya 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 0–3 3–2 1–0 0–3 0–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 3–0 0–2 1–2 0–1
Ryutsu Keizai University 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–4 1–0 4–1 4–1 0–1 2–3 3–0 3–1
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima 1–2 4–0 0–2 2–3 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 3–4 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1
SP Kyoto 0–3 2–0 2–4 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–3 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–2
Rosso Kumamoto 2–0 1–0 3–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 6–3 6–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 3–2
FC Ryukyu 0–2 3–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 3–3 3–4 3–3 2–1 0–1 0–4 1–3 2–2 0–8 1–0 2–3 0–0
Sagawa Express 4–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–4 4–3
Sony Sendai 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–3 1–3 4–1 2–4 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–3
TDK SC 2–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–1 5–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 1–1
Tochigi SC 1–1 4–0 2–2 0–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 5–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0
YKK AP 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–3 0–1 4–2 4–1 1–2 4–0 0–3 6–1 0–3 2–2 5–1
Yokogawa Musashino 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–2 0–3 5–0 4–1 0–2 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on December 2, 2007. Source: JFL First Round, JFL Second Round
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals[1]
1 Japan Sho Gokyu Sagawa Express 30
2 Japan Yutaka Takahashi Rosso Kumamoto 29
3 Japan Masatoshi Matsuda TDK SC 18
4 Japan Hideyuki Ishida ALO's Hokuriku 17
5 Japan Kodai Suzuki Honda FC 15
Japan Yuki Muto Ryutsu Keizai University 15
7 Japan Kento Hori Sagawa Express 14
8 Japan Shōgo Shimada Sagawa Express 13
9 Japan Takashi Harashima Yokogawa Musashino 12
Japan Syogo Kawano JEF Reserves 12
Japan Yuya Nagatomi ALO's Hokuriku 12
Japan Junya Nitta Honda FC 12
Japan Satoshi Yokoyama Tochigi SC 12

Attendance

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Tochigi SC 75,771 12,539 2,449 4,457 +108.4%
2 Rosso Kumamoto 60,680 6,365 1,559 3,569 −5.2%
3 FC Gifu 59,994 7,688 1,954 3,529 −13.4%
4 FC Ryukyu 41,539 4,675 1,153 2,443 −23.4%
5 Gainare Tottori 29,832 3,811 851 1,755 +53.1%
6 TDK SC 16,711 2,245 427 983 n/a
7 Sagawa Express 15,705 3,138 312 924 −14.4%
8 YKK AP 12,669 2,646 267 745 +2.1%
9 Yokogawa Musashino 11,437 1,405 317 673 −2.2%
10 ALO's Hokuriku 11,025 2,555 130 649 +11.1%
11 Honda FC 10,894 1,328 168 641 −24.1%
12 Sony Sendai 9,841 1,411 215 579 −10.1%
13 Ryutsu Keizai University 9,541 1,505 154 561 +131.8%
14 FC Kariya 8,749 1,458 211 515 −8.5%
15 JEF Reserves 7,041 945 113 414 +40.3%
16 Arte Takasaki 6,966 1,015 177 410 −14.9%
17 SP Kyoto 6,754 772 101 397 +4.7%
18 Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima 6,291 711 204 370 +16.7%
League total 401,440 12,539 101 1,312 +33.1%

Source: JFL First Round, JFL Second Round
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.
Sagawa Express attendance is compared to the combined figure of its predecessors, Sagawa Express Tokyo and Sagawa Express Osaka.

Promotion and relegation

No relegation has occurred due to a post-season merger of ALO's Hokuriku and YKK AP into one club named Kataller Toyama.

Fagiano Okayama, New Wave Kitakyushu and MIO Biwako Kusatsu were promoted to JFL from Regional leagues at the end of the season.

References

  1. ^ "JFL Top Scorers". jfl.or.jp. Japan Football League. Retrieved July 7, 2010.