1981 Japan Soccer League

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Statistics of Japan Soccer League for the 1981 season.

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First Division

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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Fujita Engineering 181152247+1727Champions
2 Yomiuri 188913216+1625
3 Mitsubishi Motors 1810442416+824
4 Yanmar Diesel 187832115+622
5 Furukawa Electric 187742823+521
6 Honda 185492328514
7 Hitachi 1853102227513
8 Mazda 1845915271213
9 Nippon Steel 18351014271311To Promotion/Relegation Series
10 Yamaha Motors 18261011281710Relegated to Second Division
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Promotion/Relegation Series

JSL Division 11st leg2nd legJSL Division 2
Nippon Steel 0-31-2 Nissan Motors

Second Division

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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Nippon Kokan 1811434222+2026Promoted to First Division
2 Nissan 1811433116+1526To Promotion/Relegation Series with First Division
3 Toshiba 1812154621+2525
4Tanabe Pharmaceuticals189453511+2422
5 Fujitsu 1810173127+421
6 Toyota Motors 186483330+316
7 Sumitomo 1871103231+115
8Teijin Matsuyama1854923341114
9 Kofu Club 18421218422410To Promotion/Relegation Series with Regional Series
10Nagoya S.C.1821151672565Relegated to Regional Leagues
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Promotion/Relegation Series

JSL1st leg2nd legRegional Series
Kofu Club 1-01-0NTTPC Kinki (runner-up)

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