1972 Japan Soccer League

The 1972 season in Japanese football introduced a Second Division to the Japan Soccer League. 9 clubs were chosen from the 1971 Japanese Regional Leagues, but as Nagoya Mutual Bank resigned from the League, a tenth club was chosen from the Kansai League.

League Tables

JSL First Division

No relegation took place as the First Division was being expanded to 10 clubs.

Pos ClubPtsW D L GF GA GD Notes
2.Yanmar Diesel207613011+19
3.Toyo Industries167252013+7
4.Mitsubishi Motors165632619+7
5.Nippon Kokan134551518-3
6.Nippon Steel124462230-8
7.Furukawa Electric83291741-24
8.Towa Real Estate622101129-18

JSL Second Division

Toyota Motors, later one of the Japanese big names as Nagoya Grampus, was crowned the inaugural Second Division champion. Tanabe Pharmaceutical, a club from Osaka, followed them into the expanded 10-team First Division. No relegations took place, to keep the Second Division at 10 clubs.

Pos Club Pts W D L GF GA GDNotes
1. Toyota Motors 3013413416+18Promoted to First Division
2. Tanabe Pharmaceutical 2610623722+15
3. Kofu SC 219363321+12
4. Kyoto Shiko 177381923-4
5. Fujitsu 174952631-5
6. Nippon Light Metal 167293133-2
7. Yomiuri 1571102731-4
8. Dainichi Nippon Cable Industries 145493640-4
9. NTT Kinki 144682125-4
10. Toyoda Automatic Loom Works 1042121436-22


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