1990–91 Japan Soccer League

Both divisions of the Japan Soccer League were given the 3-1-0 league format.

League tables

First Division

Yomiuri won its fourth JSL title and went to the Asian Club Championship. Nissan, by virtue of its Emperor's Cup win, represented Japan for the first time in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

Yanmar Diesel, four-time champions in the 1970s, was relegated for the first time after an aimless decade. Nippon Kokan, who two seasons before was contending for the title, was relegated as well and would cease to exist by the middle of the decade.

Pos ClubPTSW D L GA GF GD Notes
1Yomiuri S.C.4915434116+251991-92 Asian Club Championship
2Nissan4211922710+171991-92 Asian Cup Winners Cup
5Toyota Motors307962627-1
7ANA Club277692424±0
8Yamaha Motors256792122-1
9Furukawa Electric2551072224-2
10Mitsubishi Motors2466101823-5
11Yanmar Diesel2055121331-18Relegated to Second Division
12Nippon Kokan1125151639-23

Second Division

Struggling fallen giants Hitachi and Mazda were promoted back to the top flight after a few seasons of second division wilderness: Hitachi at the first attempt, Mazda on the third.

Yawata Steel, co-founder of the First Division with them in 1965, was relegated, leaving only five JSL founding clubs that would professionalize for the J. League. Osaka Gas, who never looked like national league material, joined them.

Pos ClubPTSW D L GA GF GD Notes
1 Hitachi 82271210219+83Promoted to First Division
2 Mazda 7424247617+59
3 Fujita Engineering 6021726015+45
4 Sumitomo 5115694324+19
5 Fujitsu 5115694630+16
6 NTT Kanto 51163114341+2
7 Kawasaki Steel 49154113741-4
8 Yomiuri S.C. Juniors 40117123738-1
9 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 40124143941-2
10 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 35112173244-12
11 Cosmo Oil Yokkaichi 3497142639-13
12 Kofu Club 3497143757-20
13 Kyoto Shiko Club 3187154262-20
14 Toho Titanium 1846201341-28
15 Osaka Gas 1226221462-48Relegated to Regional Leagues
16 Nippon Steel 1132251894-76


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