Nippon Puro Sakkā Rigu (Japan Professional Football League)
It is an association football in Japan that aims to become one of the most successful leagues in Asia. According to the ranking by AFC (Asian Football Confederation), some of the leagues are ranked as “A” or as higher than “B” by most standards. In the history of the League, there have been a number of earlier leagues prior to the creation of the J League and in it is the highest level of club football names as JSL or Japan Soccer League. However, despite winning lots of prestigious medals and sports honors, the club declined, especially in the 80s, along with the decline of the global situations. In contrast to other Asian power teams and clubs, the Japan Soccer League did not go at par with them causing fewer fans to support the club. In an effort to improve the deteriorating popularity of JSL, the JFA (Japan Football Association) decided to promote a professional league and thus Japan League was formed.
The creation of the league in 1993 started with just ten clubs and the season’s kick-off match was between Tokyo Verdy (formerly Verdy Kawasaki), hosting the game for its opponent, the Yokohama F. Marinos (formerly Yokohama Marinos). In the advent of new games, the association still declined in popularity, and a change in game structure started its great overhaul which led to it creating two divisions – the J League 1 and the J-League 2. The creation of two divisions was made by pulling along top clubs from both JFL and J-Leagues into the first division consisting of 16 clubs, while the second division is made with 10 clubs from all over Japan.
Who wins the Japanese J League 2017?