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Sunday, 23 February 1997

JLSL Challenge Match & L.League Promotion Play-off 1996

By 1996 the number of teams seeking promotion to the L.League had been reduced to two. Those two teams played a two-legged play-off series (the JLSL Challenge Match), with the winner progressing to play the side finishing bottom in the L.League that season, again in a two-legged play-off.

JLSL Challenge Match

First Leg:
Urawa Ladies FC  2 - 0  Akita Ladies FC

Second Leg:
Akita Ladies FC  0 - 1  Urawa Ladies FC

Urawa Ladies FC win 3-0 on aggregate and progress to meet OKI Winds FC for the right to play in the L.League's 1997 season.

L.League promotion Play-off

First Leg:
OKI Winds FC  3 - 1  Urawa Ladies FC

Second Leg:
Urawa Ladies FC  0 - 3  OKI Winds FC

OKI Winds FC win 6-1 on aggregate and retain their place in the L.League.

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