Japan Soccer League

The top flight association football league in Japan between 1965 and 1992, and was the precursor to the current professional league, the J.League.

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JEF United Chiba

Japanese professional football club that plays in the J2 League.

Akitas and Mina

Also, JEF United is the only team in J.League which corporate name survived the transition from the JSL in 1992, as J.League mandated that "corporate teams are not allowed in the J.League", and that any corporate teams need to adapt a hometown.

Kashiwa Reysol

Japanese professional football club based in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area.

The club was formed in 1940 and was a founding member ("Original Eight") of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965.

Urawa Red Diamonds

Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ), colloquially Urawa Reds (浦和レッズ) (1950–present, also Mitsubishi Urawa Football Club (April 1992–January 1996)), are a professional football club in the city of Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan.

International friendly match against Manchester United, July 30, 2005, Saitama Stadium

In 1965 it formed the Japan Soccer League (JSL) along with today's JEF United Chiba, Kashiwa Reysol, Cerezo Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and three other clubs who have since been relegated to regional leagues ("Original Eight").

Japan Football League (1992–1998)

Association football league that existed from 1992 to 1998.

Vissel Kobe vs. NTT Kanto F.C. at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium in 1995

When the Japan Football Association decided to found a professional football league, the Japan Soccer League (JSL), the top-flight league until the 1991/92 season, was reorganised into two newly formed leagues.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Japanese professional football club based in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima.

The club was a former company team of Toyo Kogyo Soccer Club (東洋工業サッカー部) in 1938 and played in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League.

Tokyo Verdy

Japanese professional football club based in Inagi, Tokyo.

Ruy Ramos

In 1971, Yomiuri marked 3rd place and promoted Japan Soccer League Second Division.

Cerezo Osaka

Japanese professional football club based in Osaka.

The club, originally called Yanmar Diesel, started in 1957 as the company team of Yanmar and was an original founder ("Original Eight") of the now-disbanded Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965.

Shimizu S-Pulse

Professional Japanese football club.

S-Pulse fans make the hundred mile trip to FC Tokyo, September 2007
Mount Fuji as seen from Nihondaira Stadium
The home end before a game in 2013
Shimizu S-Pulse shirts.
Club mascot Palchan and co performing at the 2007 All Star game.
S-Pulse Dream plaza is on the site of a former Shimizukō Line station.
Shizuoka branch of the S-Pulse Dream House chain

The west of the prefecture was already home to the company team of Yamaha Motor Corporation who played in the Japan Soccer League and who would later go on to form Júbilo Iwata, but it was believed there was room for another team for the football-hungry population.

Shonan Bellmare

Japanese professional football club based in Hiratsuka, in the west of Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area.

Hidetoshi Nakata, who won the Asian Cup Winners' Cup trophy in 1996

They were promoted to the Japan Soccer League (JSL) Division 1 in 1972.

Kawasaki Frontale

Japanese professional football club based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium

It was one of many city clubs that comprised the Japan Soccer League (JSL), including Yomiuri (later Tokyo Verdy 1969), Toshiba (later Consadole Sapporo) and NKK SC (now defunct).