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OverviewEdit

It was contested by 18 teams, and Kashima Antlers won the championship.

First stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW PKW OTL PKL L GF GA GD Pts
1   Júbilo Iwata 17 13 0 0 0 0 4 52 18 +34 39
2   Shimizu S-Pulse 17 13 0 0 0 0 4 32 14 +18 39
3   Nagoya Grampus Eight 17 9 3 0 0 1 4 37 21 +16 33
4   Yokohama Marinos 17 10 1 0 1 0 5 39 21 +18 32
5   Kashima Antlers 17 10 1 0 0 0 6 41 28 +13 32
6   Verdy Kawasaki 17 10 0 0 1 1 5 34 25 +9 30
7   Urawa Red Diamonds 17 8 1 2 1 0 5 30 23 +7 28
8   Yokohama Flügels 17 7 2 1 0 0 7 33 32 +1 26
9   Cerezo Osaka 17 7 1 0 1 0 8 36 47 −11 23
10   Kashiwa Reysol 17 6 1 2 1 0 7 32 35 −3 22
11   JEF United Ichihara 17 7 0 0 2 0 8 31 31 0 21
12   Bellmare Hiratsuka 17 5 2 1 1 0 8 27 34 −7 20
13   Sanfrecce Hiroshima 17 5 2 0 2 1 7 22 33 −11 19
14   Gamba Osaka 17 4 2 1 1 0 9 27 29 −2 17
15   Kyoto Purple Sanga 17 4 2 0 3 0 8 20 33 −13 16
16   Consadole Sapporo 17 3 1 0 2 3 8 28 44 −16 11
17   Vissel Kobe 17 3 0 0 1 0 13 20 48 −28 9
18   Avispa Fukuoka 17 2 0 1 2 2 10 22 47 −25 7

Second stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW PKW OTL PKL L GF GA GD Pts
1 Kashima Antlers 17 12 3 0 0 0 2 38 15 +23 42
2 Júbilo Iwata 17 13 0 0 1 0 3 55 21 +34 39
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 17 11 0 0 2 0 4 32 17 +15 33
4 Yokohama Marinos 17 10 1 0 3 0 3 40 27 +13 32
5 Shimizu S-Pulse 17 8 3 1 0 1 4 39 21 +18 31
6 Nagoya Grampus Eight 17 9 1 1 1 0 5 34 26 +8 30
7 Yokohama Flügels 17 8 0 1 0 0 8 37 32 +5 25
8 Kashiwa Reysol 17 8 0 1 1 1 6 24 26 −2 25
9 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 17 7 1 1 1 1 6 23 19 +4 24
10 Consadole Sapporo 17 8 0 0 1 1 7 29 30 −1 24
11 Kyoto Purple Sanga 17 6 2 1 0 0 8 27 30 −3 23
12 Bellmare Hiratsuka 17 7 0 1 0 0 9 26 32 −6 22
13 Cerezo Osaka 17 7 0 0 0 1 9 20 32 −12 21
14 Vissel Kobe 17 5 0 1 1 0 10 25 41 −16 16
15 Avispa Fukuoka 17 4 1 0 0 0 12 11 38 −27 14
16 Gamba Osaka 17 3 2 0 0 1 11 20 32 −12 13
17 Verdy Kawasaki 17 3 0 0 1 1 12 13 28 −15 9
18 JEF United Ichihara 17 1 0 1 2 1 12 18 44 −26 4

PlayoffsEdit

Suntory ChampionshipEdit

Júbilo Iwata1 – 2Kashima Antlers
Nakayama 7' [Official Report] Hasegawa 72'
Muroi 110'
Kokuritsu, Tokyo

Kashima Antlers2 – 1Júbilo Iwata
Akita 39'
Bismarck 41'
[Official Report] Fujita 84'

Relegation playoffsEdit

On the aggregate table, JEF United Ichihara, Avispa Fukuoka, and Vissel Kobe had earned within the 15th-18th places in the tables for both 1997 and 1998, while Consadole Sapporo had achieved within the same span on its sole season on the J.League. These clubs thus were entered in an elimination promotion/relegation tournament along with Japan Football League runners-up Kawasaki Frontale, who unlike champions Tokyo Gas had a base more qualifiable for the J.League.

First roundEdit

Avispa Fukuoka3–2 (AET)Kawasaki Frontale
Kudo 24'
Yamashita 89'
Fernando 104' (golden goal)
[Official Report] Ito 17'
Ruschel 61'

Kawasaki forms J.League Division 2 the next season. Fukuoka advances to the next round.

Second roundEdit

The winners of this round stay in J.League Division 1 and the losers play a final elimination series to determine the club relegated to Division 2.

Vissel Kobe2–1Consadole Sapporo
Nagashima 34' (pen.)
Kaimoto 41'
[Official Report] Tanada 50'

Consadole Sapporo0–2Vissel Kobe
[Official Report] Tomàs 48'
Watada 89'
Muroran City Stadium, Muroran
Avispa Fukuoka0–2JEF United Ichihara
[Official Report] Takeda 65'
Scholten 76'

JEF United Ichihara2–1Avispa Fukuoka
Suzuki 49'
Sakai 60'
[Official Report] Mori 63'

Final roundEdit

Avispa Fukuoka1–0Consadole Sapporo
Ueno 61' [Official Report]

Consadole Sapporo0–3Avispa Fukuoka
[Official Report] Ueno 52'
Fernando 84'
Ishimaru 89'
Muroran City Stadium

Fukuoka stays in J.League Division 1. Sapporo is relegated to new J.League Division 2.

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