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Reproductions of the soccer balls in the Japan Soccer League logo.

Welcome to this attempt to rebuild a complete record of the Japan Soccer League (Nihongo: 日本サッカーリーグ, Nihon Sakkā Rīgu), the first Japanese top-flight football ever!

What does “Ganbare” mean (頑張れ)? Well, is not the best form to encourage someone to do the best (be careful with someone who is very senior to you!)…and, in fact, is only an encouragement to myself for the completion of this record, which is very hard due to an apparent lack of sources.


As JSL: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
As JSL1: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92
㊎ The list of the seasons, with the winning teams ㊎
Records and all-time table.


㊎ The complete list, sorted alphabetically ㊎
Winners: Toyo Industries, Yomiuri (5); Yanmar, Mitsubishi (4); Fujita (3); Furukawa, Nissan (2); Hitachi, Yamaha (1)
㊎ Performances at the international tournaments ㊎


㊎ The complete list, sorted by team ㊎
Record-men: Kunishige Kamamoto (most goals scored and assists); Yoshikazu Nagai (most appearances); Shiro Kikuhara (youngest rookie)


The list of the teams, which pages include the list of the managers
㊎ List of the winning managers ㊎
Most winning manager: Yukio Shimomura (5 as manager, 2 as general manager)

READING SUGGESTIONS: ㊎ (= 金, gold) marks pages with links to the homepage of the site.