1981 Japan Soccer League

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Statistics of Japan Soccer League in season 1981.

First Division[edit]

Fujita Industries won their third League title.

Nippon Steel, one of eight inaugural member of the First Division in 1965 as Yawata Steel, was defeated by Second Division runner-up Nissan in the playout and relegated, never to play top flight football again. Yamaha Motors was relegated in bottom place, having won only two matches.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Fujita Engineering 27 11 5 2 24 7 +17 Champions
2 Yomiuri 25 8 9 1 32 16 +16
3 Mitsubishi Motors 24 10 4 4 24 16 +8
4 Yanmar Diesel 22 7 8 3 21 15 +6
5 Furukawa Electric 21 7 7 4 28 23 +5
6 Honda 14 5 4 9 23 28 -5
7 Hitachi 13 5 3 10 22 27 -5
8 Mazda 13 4 5 9 15 27 -12
9 Nippon Steel 11 3 5 10 14 27 -13 To Promotion/Relegation Series
10 Yamaha Motors 10 2 6 10 11 28 -17 Relegated to Second Division

Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

JSL Division 1 1st leg 2nd leg JSL Division 2
Nippon Steel 0-3 1-2 Nissan Motors

Second Division[edit]

NKK and Nissan returned after two years in the second tier, NKK also grabbing the Emperor's Cup.

Kofu Club saved itself from relegation yet again by defeating NTT West Japan Kyoto, who were looking to regain their League place. Nagoya Soccer Club, an amateur outfit who never looked like League material, went back to the Tokai regional league after a single attempt.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Nippon Kokan 26 11 4 3 42 22 +20 Promoted to First Division
2 Nissan 26 11 4 3 31 16 +15 To Promotion/Relegation Series with First Division
3 Toshiba 25 12 1 5 46 21 +25
4 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 22 9 4 5 35 11 +24
5 Fujitsu 21 10 1 7 31 27 +4
6 Toyota Motors 16 6 4 8 33 30 +3
7 Sumitomo 15 7 1 10 32 31 +1
8 Teijin Matsuyama 14 5 4 9 23 34 -11
9 Kofu Club 10 4 2 12 18 42 -24 To Promotion/Relegation Series with Regional Series
10 Nagoya S.C. 5 2 1 15 16 72 -56 Relegated to Regional Leagues

Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

JSL 1st leg 2nd leg Regional Series
Kofu Club 1-0 1-0 NTTPC Kinki (runner-up)

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