Japan Football League
Season2009
Dates15 March – 29 November
ChampionsSagawa Shiga
2nd JFL title
2nd D3 title
PromotedNew Wave Kitakyushu
RelegatedFC Kariya
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima
Matches played306
Goals scored775 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorerShogo Shiozawa (17 goals total)
Highest attendance9,856 (Round 1,
New Wave vs. JEF Reserves)
Lowest attendance109 (Round 28,
Printing vs. Arte)
Average attendance1,189
2008
2010

The 2009 Japan Football League (Japanese: 第11回日本フットボールリーグ, Hepburn: Dai Jūikkai Nihon Futtobōru Rīgu) was the eleventh season of the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese football league system.

Overview

At the end of the 2008 season, three new clubs were promoted from the Japanese Regional Leagues by virtue of their final placing in the Regional League promotion series:

Machida Zelvia and V-Varen Nagasaki were approved as J. League associate members at the annual meeting in January.

Sagawa Shiga won their second championship title since 2007 season.

Table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sagawa Shiga[a] (C) 34 19 9 6 62 36 +26 66
2 Yokogawa Musashino[a] 34 17 9 8 48 34 +14 60
3 Sony Sendai 34 17 8 9 49 30 +19 59
4 New Wave Kitakyushu[b] (P) 34 16 10 8 49 31 +18 58 Promotion to 2010 J. League Division 2[c]
5 Gainare Tottori[a][b] 34 16 8 10 65 37 +28 56
6 Machida Zelvia 34 14 12 8 38 30 +8 54
7 Honda FC 34 13 12 9 49 38 +11 51
8 MIO Biwako Kusatsu 34 13 9 12 51 43 +8 48
9 SP Kyoto 34 14 5 15 56 46 +10 47
10 TDK SC 34 14 4 16 39 54 −15 46
11 V-Varen Nagasaki 34 12 8 14 38 43 −5 44
12 JEF Reserves[a] 34 9 14 11 26 37 −11 41
13 Honda Lock 34 9 13 12 34 38 −4 40
14 Arte Takasaki 34 9 13 12 34 46 −12 40
15 Ryutsu Keizai University 34 11 7 16 41 55 −14 40
16 FC Ryukyu 34 11 5 18 42 57 −15 38
17 FC Kariya (R) 34 7 10 17 26 51 −25 31 Promotion/Relegation Series[d]
18 Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima (R) 34 4 6 24 28 69 −41 18 Relegation to Okayama prefectural league[e]
Updated to match(es) played on November 29, 2009. Source: Japan Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d Occupied one of the top 4 places at the end of the first half of the season (17th week) and were seeded for 2009 Emperor's Cup. These clubs were automatically qualified for the tournament, while each of other JFL clubs had to go through the prefectural qualifier.
  2. ^ a b J. League Associate Membership and submitted applications to J. League board by 30 September.
  3. ^ Must hold J. League Associate Membership and submit applications to J. League board by 30 September, finish no less than in fourth place and pass a final inspection by J. League to be promoted. V-Varen Nagasaki and Machida Zelvia, both associate members, announced that they would not submit applications for this year due to some unresolved problems pointed out by J. League at the preliminary review.[1]
  4. ^ Series' occurrence is dependent on the number of places available after promotions to J2.
  5. ^ Mitsubishi Mizushima F.C. submitted a letter to JFL headquarters on 30 September regarding withdrawal from JFL by the end of 2009 season regardless of their 2009 results due to "various factors including recent economic slump."[2] However, Chugoku Soccer League, one of nine Japanese Regional Leagues, declined to accept Mizushima as its 2010 league member because of their voluntary withdrawal from JFL. Therefore, the highest division which Mizushima will be able to play in 2010 season is Okayama prefectural league division 1.[3]

Results

Home \ Away ART GAI HON LOC JER KAR RKU MIO MMM NWK PRI RYU SSH SON TDK VVN YMC ZEL
Arte Takasaki 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–5 1–4 0–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–3
Gainare Tottori 2–2 1–3 0–1 5–0 4–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 5–1 3–1 1–1 1–0
Honda FC 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–4 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 0–2 0–3
Honda Lock 1–0 3–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 4–2 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–0
JEF Reserves 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0
FC Kariya 1–2 4–2 1–6 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–2 3–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1
Ryutsu Keizai University 0–2 0–4 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 5–0 4–3 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–4
MIO Biwako Kusatsu 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–3 0–1
Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima 0–2 0–3 0–2 1–6 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–4 2–2 0–3 1–3 0–1 2–5 1–2 0–1
New Wave Kitakyushu 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 2–3 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1
SP Kyoto 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 7–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 4–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–1 1–4 2–0 0–1
FC Ryukyu 1–2 1–4 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–5 2–1 2–3 0–1 2–1 1–1
Sagawa Shiga 2–0 2–1 0–4 3–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–3
Sony Sendai 5–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–3 2–0 1–2 2–0
TDK SC 1–0 0–4 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–2 2–3 2–0 4–2 2–0 0–4 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–3
V-Varen Nagasaki 0–1 1–2 2–5 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–0
Yokogawa Musashino 1–1 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–3 4–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1
Machida Zelvia 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on November 29, 2009. Source: JFL First Round, JFL Second Round
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals[4]
1 Japan Shogo Shiozawa SP Kyoto 17
2 Japan Shingo Kinoshita MIO Biwako Kusatsu 15
Japan Gen Nakamura Sagawa Shiga 15
4 Japan Keiichi Kubota Arte Takasaki 11
Japan Junya Nitta Honda FC 11
Japan Toshitaka Tsurumi Gainare Tottori 11
7 Japan Ryota Arimitsu V-Varen Nagasaki 10
Ivory Coast Hamed Koné Gainare Tottori 10
Japan Shoma Mizunaga Honda Lock 10
Japan Tomoya Osawa Sagawa Shiga 10
Japan Yuya Sano New Wave Kitakyushu 10
Japan Tatsuya Sekino Yokogawa Musashino 10

Attendance

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Gainare Tottori 58,128 6,188 1,267 3,419 +6.3%
2 New Wave Kitakyushu 57,983 9,856 1,365 3,411 +196.9%
3 V-Varen Nagasaki 46,966 5,122 1,020 2,763 +95.0%
4 Machida Zelvia 32,059 3,861 1,067 1,886 n/a
5 FC Ryukyu 22,919 2,747 618 1,348 −53.2%
6 Sagawa Shiga 18,617 2,139 316 1,095 +28.7%
7 MIO Biwako Kusatsu 16,929 2,058 338 996 +16.6%
8 Honda Lock 13,865 1,796 501 816 +109.8%
9 Yokogawa Musashino 12,950 1,326 281 762 −24.2%
10 Honda FC 12,734 2,482 335 749 −12.3%
11 TDK SC 12,594 2,563 259 741 −22.1%
12 Sony Sendai 12,425 1,990 239 731 −16.0%
13 FC Kariya 10,312 1,188 191 607 +0.5%
14 Ryutsu Keizai University 7,747 725 183 456 −16.2%
15 Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima 7,486 953 304 440 +23.9%
16 Arte Takasaki 7,166 1,121 202 422 +40.7%
17 SP Kyoto 6,715 834 109 395 +7.3%
18 JEF Reserves 6,362 713 207 374 −22.9%
League total 363,957 9,856 109 1,189 −24.3%

Source: JFL First Round, JFL Second Round
Notes:
Team played previous season in Regional Leagues.

Promotion and relegation

Due to Kitakyushu being promoted and Mitsubishi Mizushima being relegated, the Regional League promotion series winner and runner-up, Matsumoto Yamaga and Hitachi Tochigi Uva respectively, were promoted automatically. Third-placed team, Zweigen Kanazawa were set to play FC Kariya in the promotion and relegation series.

Zweigen Kanazawa1 – 0FC Kariya
Furube 52' Report
Seibu Ryoku Chikouen Stadium, Kanazawa
Attendance: 2,176
Referee: Takuto Okabe

FC Kariya1 – 1Zweigen Kanazawa
Kusaka 87' Report Nemoto 31'
Kariya Municipal Athletic Park, Kariya
Attendance: 1,605
Referee: Itaru Hirose

Zweigen Kanazawa won the series at 2–1 aggregate score and earned promotion to JFL. F.C. Kariya relegated to Tōkai regional league.

References

  1. ^ JFL:Machida became the second club to give up promotion to J2 for the next season, after Nagasaki (JFL:町田が来季のJ2昇格断念…長崎に続き2チーム目) Archived 2009-09-29 at the Wayback Machine Mainichi Shimbun (Japanese) dated 2009-09-26
  2. ^ Announcement:Withdrawal of Mitsubishi Mizushima FC from JFL (お知らせ「三菱水島FCのJFLからの脱退について」)[permanent dead link] JFL official website (Japanese) dated 2009-11-02
  3. ^ Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima withdrawn from JFL – being tossed about by the economic slump, inevitably cause another weakening. (三菱自水島JFL脱退 不況に翻弄、弱体化必至) Archived 2009-12-15 at the Wayback Machine The Sanyo Shimbun (Japanese) dated 2009-12-12
  4. ^ "JFL Top Scorers". jfl.or.jp. Japan Football League. Retrieved May 1, 2010.