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

JSL 1/2 Promotion/Relegation Series[edit]

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

Eidai promoted, Tanabe relegated.

JSL Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Eidai Industries 18 11 4 3 51 24 +27 26 To Promotion/Relegation Series with Division 1
2 Kofu SC 18 12 2 4 39 25 +14 26
3 Yomiuri 18 10 4 4 40 21 +19 24
4 Fujitsu 18 9 4 5 33 28 +5 22
5 NTT Kinki 18 8 5 5 31 29 +2 21
6 Dainichi Nippon Cable Industries 18 5 6 7 30 34 −4 16
7 Kyoto Shiko 18 5 4 9 31 35 −4 14
8 Teijin Matsuyama 18 4 5 9 21 43 −22 13
9 Toyoda Automatic Loom Works 18 2 5 11 30 34 −4 9 To Promotion/Relegation Series with Senior Cup Finalists
10 Hagoromo Club 18 3 3 12 25 48 −23 9

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
Toyoda Automatic Loom Works 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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