1972–73 Yugoslav First League
|Champions||Red Star (11th title)|
|Top goalscorer||Vojin Lazarević
(25 goals each)
The 1972–73 Yugoslav First League season was the 27th season of the First Federal League of Yugoslavia (Serbo-Croatian: Prva savezna liga Jugoslavije), the top level association football competition of SFR Yugoslavia, since its establishment in 1946. A total of 18 teams competed in the league, with the previous season's runners-up Red Star winning the title.
A total of eighteen teams contested the league, including sixteen sides from the 1971–72 season and two sides promoted from the 1971–72 Yugoslav Second League (YSL) as winners of the two second level divisions East and West. The league was contested in a double round robin format, with each club playing every other club twice, for a total of 34 rounds. Two points were awarded for wins and one point for draws.
Radnički Kragujevac and NK Maribor were relegated from the 1971–72 Yugoslav First League after finishing the season in bottom two places of the league table. The two clubs promoted to top level were Bor and Spartak Subotica.
|Borac Banja Luka||Banja Luka||SR Bosnia and Herzegovina||13th|
|Čelik||Zenica||SR Bosnia and Herzegovina||12th|
|Dinamo Zagreb||Zagreb||SR Croatia||8th|
|Hajduk Split||Split||SR Croatia||10th|
|OFK Belgrade||Belgrade||SR Serbia||3rd|
|Olimpija Ljubljana||Ljubljana||SR Slovenia||9th|
|Radnički Niš||Niš||SR Serbia||14th|
|Red Star||Belgrade||SR Serbia||2nd|
|Sarajevo||Sarajevo||SR Bosnia and Herzegovina||15th|
|Sloboda||Tuzla||SR Bosnia and Herzegovina||7th|
|Spartak Subotica||Subotica||SR Serbia||N/A|
|Sutjeska Nikšić||Nikšić||SR Montenegro||16th|
|Velež||Mostar||SR Bosnia and Herzegovina||6th|
|Vojvodina||Novi Sad||SR Serbia||4th|
|Željezničar||Sarajevo||SR Bosnia and Herzegovina||1st|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Red Star Belgrade (C)||34||21||10||3||71||28||+43||52||1973–74 European Cup|
|2||Velež||34||17||12||5||48||27||+21||46||1973–74 UEFA Cup|
|8||Dinamo Zagreb||34||11||11||12||39||47||−8||33||1973–74 European Cup Winners' Cup|
|10||Vardar||34||10||11||13||35||50||−15||31||1974 Balkans Cup|
|12||Borac Banja Luka||34||9||11||14||30||26||+4||29|
|17||Spartak Subotica (R)||34||8||10||16||37||48||−11||26||Yugoslav Second League1973–74|
|18||Sutjeska Nikšić (R)||34||9||7||18||32||49||−17||25|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Red Star Belgrade