1973 Japan Soccer League

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The 1973 season of Japanese football.

League Tables[edit]

JSL First Division[edit]

Tanabe Pharmaceuticals was relegated, thereby becoming the first Japanese team to go straight back down one season after promotion.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1. Mitsubishi Motors 30 14 2 2 35 12 +23 Champions
2. Hitachi 25 12 1 5 35 18 +17
3. Yanmar Diesel 23 10 3 5 40 17 +23
4. Towa Real Estate 21 9 3 6 29 22 +7
5. Furukawa Electric 21 9 3 6 31 27 +4
6. Nippon Steel 16 7 2 9 25 26 -1
7. Toyota Motors 15 5 5 8 22 31 -9
8. Toyo Industries 14 4 6 8 16 28 -12
9. Nippon Kokan 12 4 4 10 24 32 -8 To Promotion/Relegation Series
10. Tanabe Pharmaceutical 3 1 1 16 7 51 -44

JSL 1/2 Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

JSL Division 1 1st leg 2nd leg JSL Division 2
Nippon Kokan 2-1 2-2 Kofu Club
Tanabe Pharmaceutical  2-1 0-2 Eidai Industries

Eidai promoted, Tanabe relegated.

JSL Second Division[edit]

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Eidai Industries 26 11 4 3 51 24 +27 To Promotion/Relegation Series with Division 1
2 Kofu Club 26 12 2 4 39 25 +14
3 Yomiuri 24 10 4 4 40 21 +19
4 Fujitsu 22 9 4 5 33 28 +5
5 NTT Kinki 21 8 5 6 31 29 +2
6 Dainichi Nippon Cable Industries 16 6 6 7 30 34 -4
7 Kyoto Shiko Club 14 5 4 9 31 35 -4
8 Teijin Matsuyama 13 4 5 9 21 43 -22
9 Toyota Industries 9 2 6 11 30 34 -4 To Promotion/Relegation Series with Senior Cup Finalists
10 Hagoromo Club 9 3 3 12 25 48 -23

JSL Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

Sumitomo, at the time based in Osaka, would move to Kashima, Ibaraki in 1975 and become today's Kashima Antlers.

JSL 1st leg 2nd leg Senior Cup
Toyota Industries 1-1 1-2 Hitachi Ibaraki (Cup runner-up)
Hagoromo Club  2-2 1-2 Sumitomo Metal (Cup winner)

Hitachi Ibaraki and Sumitomo promoted, Toyota Industries and Hagoromo Club relegated.

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