The 1966 season of the Japan Soccer League.
|Champions|| Toyo Industries |
|Relegated||Nagoya Mutual Bank|
|Goals scored||183 (3.27 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Aritatsu Ogi (14 goals)|
|6||Toyoda Automatic Loom Works||14||2||3||9||10||29||−19||7|
|7||Nagoya Mutual Bank||14||2||0||12||12||34||−22||4||To Promotion/Relegation Series|
Nagoya Mutual Bank became the first original JSL club to be relegated. In its place, Nippon Kokan from Kawasaki, Kanagawa was promoted and began a long career of league success that was only brought to a halt by the professionalization of the league.
|JSL||1st leg||2nd leg||Senior Cup|
|Nagoya Mutual Bank (JSL 7th Place)||2-3||1-2||Nippon Kokan (cup runner-up)|
|Yanmar Diesel (JSL 8th Place)||1-0||1-1||Urawa SC (cup winner)|
Nippon Kokan promoted, Nagoya Mutual Bank relegated.
|GK||Kenzo Yokoyama (1)||Mitsubishi Motors|
|DF||Hiroshi Katayama (1)||Mitsubishi Motors|
|DF||Masakatsu Miyamoto (1)||Furukawa Electric|
|DF||Kazuo Imanishi (1)||Toyo Industries|
|MF||Aritatsu Ogi (1)||Toyo Industries|
|MF||Hisao Kami (1)||Yawata Steel|
|MF||Ryuichi Sugiyama (1)||Mitsubishi Motors|
|MF||Teruki Miyamoto (1)||Yawata Steel|
|FW||Shigeo Yaegashi (1)||Furukawa Electric|
|FW||Takayuki Kuwata (1)||Toyo Industries|
|FW||Ikuo Matsumoto (1)||Toyo Industries|
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