1983 Japan Soccer League

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Statistics of Japan Soccer League in season 1983.

First Division[edit]

Yomiuri, the football club became one of big names of earlier years of J. League as Verdy Kawasaki, and currently known as Tokyo Verdy, won its first of seven League championships, fully riding in the wave of its parent company's funds and prestige.

Mazda, five-time First Division champions in the 1960s, was relegated for the first time. Hitachi saved itself by defeating Sumitomo in the playout.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD Notes
1 Yomiuri 27 12 3 3 27 13 +14 Champions
2 Nissan 25 11 3 4 28 17 +11
3 Fujita Engineering 21 7 7 4 18 15 +3
4 Yamaha Motors 19 7 5 6 25 20 +5
5 Yanmar Diesel 19 6 7 5 19 21 -2
6 Mitsubishi Motors 16 6 4 8 17 16 +1
7 Furukawa Electric 15 6 3 9 13 15 -2
8 Honda 14 4 6 8 17 23 -6
9 Hitachi 12 3 6 9 14 22 -8 To Promotion/Relegation Series
10 Mazda 12 5 2 11 15 31 -16 Relegated to Second Division

Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

JSL Division 1 1st leg 2nd leg JSL Division 2
Hitachi 3-2 1-0 Sumitomo

Second Division[edit]

NKK returned to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Saitama Teachers went back to the Kanto regional league, and Toho Titanium followed when they lost the playout to Matsushita, a rising club at the time based in Nara which would eventually become Gamba Osaka.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GD
1 Nippon Kokan 30 13 4 1 39 12 +27 Promoted to First Division
2 Sumitomo 24 8 8 2 33 27 +6 To Promotion/Relegation Series with First Division
3 Toshiba 20 8 4 6 38 23 +15
4 Nippon Steel 19 7 5 6 29 21 +8
5 Toyota Motors 19 7 5 6 23 30 -7
6 Tanabe Pharmaceuticals 18 7 4 7 29 29 0
7 Fujitsu 15 6 4 8 26 26 0
8 Kofu Club 14 4 6 8 29 40 -11
9 Toho Titanium 12 5 2 11 21 42 -21 To Promotion/Relegation Series with Regional Series
10 Saitama Teachers 9 4 1 13 14 28 -14 Relegated to Regional Leagues

Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

JSL 1st leg 2nd leg Regional Series
Toho Titanium 1-2 0-0 Matsushita Electric (runner-up)

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