1990–91 Japan Soccer League

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

League tablesEdit

First DivisionEdit

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 Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Yomiuri S.C. 22 15 4 3 41 16 +25 49 1991–92 Asian Club Championship
2 Nissan 22 11 9 2 27 10 +17 42 1991–92 Asian Cup Winners Cup
3 Honda 22 10 8 4 29 21 +8 38
4 Toshiba 22 8 8 6 26 24 +2 32
5 Toyota Motors 22 7 9 6 26 27 −1 30
6 Matsushita 22 7 9 6 24 26 −2 30
7 ANA Club 22 7 6 9 24 24 0 27
8 Yamaha Motors 22 6 7 9 21 22 −1 25
9 Furukawa Electric 22 5 10 7 22 24 −2 25
10 Mitsubishi Motors 22 6 6 10 18 23 −5 24
11 Yanmar Diesel 22 5 5 12 13 31 −18 20 Relegated to Second Division
12 Nippon Kokan 22 2 5 15 16 39 −23 11

Second DivisionEdit

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 Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hitachi 30 27 1 2 102 19 +83 82 Promoted to First Division
2 Mazda 30 24 2 4 76 17 +59 74
3 Fujita Engineering 30 21 7 2 60 15 +45 70
4 Sumitomo 30 15 6 9 43 24 +19 51
5 Fujitsu 30 15 6 9 46 30 +16 51
6 NTT Kanto 30 16 3 11 43 41 +2 51
7 Kawasaki Steel 30 15 4 11 37 41 −4 49
8 Yomiuri S.C. Juniors 30 11 7 12 37 38 −1 40
9 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 30 12 4 14 39 41 −2 40
10 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 30 11 2 17 32 44 −12 35
11 Cosmo Oil Yokkaichi 30 9 7 14 26 39 −13 34
12 Kofu Club 30 9 7 14 37 57 −20 34
13 Kyoto Shiko Club 30 8 7 15 42 62 −20 31
14 Toho Titanium 30 4 6 20 13 41 −28 18
15 Osaka Gas 30 2 6 22 14 62 −48 12 Relegated to Regional Leagues
16 Nippon Steel 30 3 2 25 18 94 −76 11