1981 National Soccer League Final Table
Researched and Written by John Punshon and Greg Stock

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Source: National Soccer League Season Guide 2002/3 by Andrew Howe.

Final Table
 
Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Sydney City 30 19 5 6 59 30 29 43
2 South Melbourne 30 13 13 4 41 27 14 39
3 Brisbane City 30 12 11 7 37 25 12 35
4 APIA Leichhardt 30 12 11 7 39 33 6 35
5 Canberra City 30 13 7 10 41 32 9 33
6 Brisbane Lions 30 11 11 8 41 33 8 33
7 Adelaide City 30 13 6 11 46 42 4 32
8 Heidelberg United 30 12 7 11 48 40 8 31
9 Sydney Olympic 30 11 9 10 46 46 0 31
10 Newcastle KB United 30 11 8 11 41 41 0 30
11 Wollongong City 30 8 12 10 35 39 -4 28
12 Preston Makedonia 30 9 7 14 39 41 -2 25
13 Footscray JUST 30 9 7 14 32 48 -16 25
14 Marconi 30 9 7 14 23 45 -22 25
15 Blacktown City 30 6 9 15 32 47 -15 21
16 West Adelaide 30 5 4 21 26 57 -31 14

Competition Rules: 2 points for a win; 1 point for a draw

Champions, premiers and relegations
Sydney City were crowned 1981 National Soccer League Champions.
No Finals Series was contested.
Blacktown City were relegated to the 1982 New South Wales State League competition.
St. George were promoted from the 1981 New South Wales State League competition.

Last updated: 10 July 2021.