1972 Japan Soccer League

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The 1972 season in Japanese football introduced a Second Division to the Japan Soccer League. 9 clubs were chosen from the 1971 Japanese Regional Leagues, but as Nagoya Mutual Bank resigned from the League, a tenth club was chosen from the Kansai League.

League Tables[edit]

JSL First Division[edit]

No relegation took place as the First Division was being expanded to 10 clubs.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1. Hitachi 21 9 3 2 36 16 +20 Champions
2. Yanmar Diesel 20 7 6 1 30 11 +19
3. Toyo Industries 16 7 2 5 20 13 +7
4. Mitsubishi Motors 16 5 6 3 26 19 +7
5. Nippon Kokan 13 4 5 5 15 18 -3
6. Nippon Steel 12 4 4 6 22 30 -8
7. Furukawa Electric 8 3 2 9 17 41 -24
8. Towa Real Estate 6 2 2 10 11 29 -18

JSL Second Division[edit]

Toyota Motors, later one of the Japanese big names as Nagoya Grampus, was crowned the inaugural Second Division champion. Tanabe Pharmaceutical, a club from Osaka, followed them into the expanded 10-team First Division. No relegations took place, to keep the Second Division at 10 clubs.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1. Toyota Motors 30 13 4 1 34 16 +18 Promoted to First Division
2. Tanabe Pharmaceutical 26 10 6 2 37 22 +15
3. Kofu Club 21 9 3 6 33 21 +12
4. Kyoto Shiko Club 17 7 3 8 19 23 -4
5. Fujitsu 17 4 9 5 26 31 -5
6. Nippon Light Metal 16 7 2 9 31 33 -2
7. Yomiuri 15 7 1 10 27 31 -4
8. Dainichi Nippon Cable Industries 14 5 4 9 36 40 -4
9. NTT Kinki 14 4 6 8 21 25 -4
10. Toyota Industries 10 4 2 12 14 36 -22

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