1980 Japan Soccer League

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Statistics of Japan Soccer League in season 1980. For the first time ever, automatic promotion and relegation was introduced for the first and last places of the Second Division, which means that the last place in the First Division went down.

First Division[edit]

Yanmar Diesel won the title for a fourth time.

Nissan, who had saved itself from relegation in the playout the previous season, went down after the bottom place was granted automatic relegation, while Yamaha saved itself by beating Fujitsu in the playout.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Yanmar Diesel 30 13 4 1 29 13 +16 Champions
2 Fujita Engineering 23 10 3 5 33 19 +14
3 Furukawa Electric 22 9 4 5 26 21 +5
4 Mitsubishi Motors 20 7 6 5 24 20 +4
5 Hitachi 19 8 3 7 32 28 +4
6 Yomiuri 20 6 8 4 22 21 +1
7 Toyo Kogyo 17 8 1 9 37 29 +8
8 Nippon Steel 15 6 3 9 21 27 -6
9 Yamaha Motors 13 5 3 10 28 39 -11 To Promotion/Relegation Series
10 Nissan 6 2 2 14 11 41 -30 Relegated to Second Division

Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

JSL Division 1 1st leg 2nd leg JSL Division 2
Yamaha Motors 1-0 1-1 Fujitsu

Second Division[edit]

Honda was finally promoted on the second attempt after the 1978 debacle.

Kofu Club saved itself from relegation by defeating Furukawa Electric Chiba, Furukawa's B-team. Cosmo Oil Yokkaichi fell through and went back to the Tokai regional league.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Honda 28 13 2 3 43 17 +26 Promoted to First Division
2 Fujitsu 25 10 5 3 45 12 +23 To Promotion/Relegation Series with First Division
3 Toshiba 22 8 6 4 30 17 +13
4 Nippon Kokan 20 7 6 5 23 17 +6
5 Toyota Motors 18 7 4 7 29 34 -5
6 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 17 6 5 7 15 22 -7
7 Teijin Matsuyama 17 7 3 8 20 24 -4
8 Sumitomo 13 4 5 9 22 33 -11
9 Kofu Club 10 4 2 12 17 33 -16 To Promotion/Relegation Series with Regional Series
10 Daikyo Oil 10 5 0 13 27 46 -19 Relegated to Regional Leagues

Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

JSL 1st leg 2nd leg Regional Series
Kofu Club 1-2 4-1 Furukawa Electric Chiba (runner-up)

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