1996 J.League

The 1996 J. League season was the fourth season since the establishment of the J. League Division 1. The season began on March 16, 1996 and ended on November 9, 1996.


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).


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 Club Name Pld. Win Loss Pts GF GA GD Note
90, E.T.P.K.
1.Ibaraki Prefecture Kashima Antlers302163666134-1996 J. League Champions
Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*,
1997/98 ACC, and 1997 Super Cup
2.Aichi Prefecture Nagoya Grampus Eight302190636339-Qualifies to 1996 Suntory Cup*
3.Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Flugels302190635844-
4.Shizuoka Prefecture Jubilo Iwata302082625338-
5.Chiba Prefecture Kashiwa Reysol3020100606752-
6.Saitama Prefecture Urawa Red Diamonds301992595131-
7.Tokyo Verdy Kawasaki3019110576842-
8.Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Marinos3014160423940-
9.Chiba Prefecture JEF United Ichihara3013161404547-
10.Shizuoka Prefecture Shimizu S-Pulse3012171375060-
11.Kanagawa Prefecture Bellmare Hiratsuka3012180364758-
12.Osaka Prefecture Gamba Osaka3011190333859-
13.Osaka Prefecture Cerezo Osaka3010200303856-
14.Hiroshima Prefecture Sanfrecce Hiroshima3010200303660-
15.Fukuoka Prefecture Avispa Fukuoka309192294264-
16.Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Purple Sanga308220242254-

† Points system: 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 Jubilo Iwata 15
5 Brazil Magrão Verdy Kawasaki 13
6 Japan Yoshiyuki Hasegawa Kashima Antlers 12
Czechoslovakia Ivan Hasek JEF United Ichihara 12
8 Croatia Mladen Mladenovic Gamba Osaka 11
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojkovic 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


Individual awards

Most Valuable PlayerBrazil JorginhoKashima Antlers
Rookie of the YearJapan Toshihide SaitoShimizu S-Pulse
Manager of the YearBrazil NicanorKashiwa Reysol
Top Scorer Japan Kazuyoshi MiuraVerdy Kawasaki23 goals.

Best Eleven

GKSeigo NarazakiYokohama Flugels Japan
DFNaoki SomaKashima Antlers Japan
DFMasami IharaYokohama Marinos Japan
DFGuido BuchwaldUrawa Red Diamonds Germany
MFJorginhoKashima Antlers Brazil
MFMasakiyo MaezonoYokohama Flugels Japan
MFMotohiro YamaguchiYokohama Flugels Japan
MFHiroshi NanamiJubilo Iwata Japan
FWKazuyoshi MiuraVerdy Kawasaki Japan
FWDragan StojkovićNagoya Grampus Eight Yugoslavia
FWMasayuki OkanoUrawa Red Diamonds Japan

See also

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