1968 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1968 Season-
Season 1968
Champions Atlanta Chiefs
Premiers San Diego Toros
most total points
*Atlanta Chiefs
best Won/Loss record
Matches played 271
Goals scored 924 (3.41 per match)
Top goalscorer Poland Janusz Kowalik
(30 goals)
Average attendance 4,669
1969

The 1968 North American Soccer League season was the 56th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States and Canada, and the 1st with a national first-division league with the inaugural season of the NASL.

The NASL was formed this year as a merger between the former top division soccer leagues, the United Soccer Association along with the National Professional Soccer League. In the inaugural year, the Atlanta Chiefs were the champions, by winning the NASL Final 3–0, in a two-game aggregate over the San Diego Toros. While the Chiefs were the champions for the season, the premiers for this season were the Toros, who obtained the highest point total.[1]

Overview[edit]

17 teams competed in this inaugural season, and the Atlanta Chiefs won the championship. While San Diego won the premiership, Atlanta's winning percentage was higher because a match had been canceled.[1] This would mark the first of five times in the league's history that the best record did not equate to a premiership.

8 came from the NPSL: Atlanta, Baltimore, Kansas City (from Chicago), New York, Oakland, St. Louis, San Diego ( from Los Angeles) and Toronto.

9 came from the USA: Boston (nickname changed), Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Vancouver (nickname shorten) and Washington.

2 teams from the NPSL folded (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh).

3 teams from the USA folded (New York, San Francisco and Toronto).

Two teams: Houston (USA) and St. Louis (NPSL) had the same nickname the "Stars".

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts= point system

6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for each goal scored up to three per game.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division W L T GF GA Pts
Atlanta Chiefs 18 7 6 50 32 174
Washington Whips 15 10 7 50 32 167
New York Generals 12 8 12 62 54 164
Baltimore Bays 13 16 3 42 43 128
Boston Beacons 9 17 6 51 69 121
Lakes Division W L T GF GA Pts
Cleveland Stokers 14 7 11 62 44 175
Chicago Mustangs 13 10 9 68 68 164
Toronto Falcons 13 13 6 55 69 144
Detroit Cougars 6 21 4 48 65 88

Western Conference[edit]

Gulf Division W L T GF GA Pts
Kansas City Spurs 16 11 5 61 43 158
Houston Stars 14 12 6 58 41 150
St. Louis Stars 12 14 6 47 59 130
Dallas Tornado 2 26 4 28 109 52
Pacific Division W L T GF GA Pts
San Diego Toros 18 8 6 65 38 186
Oakland Clippers 18 8 6 71 38 185
Los Angeles Wolves 11 13 8 55 52 139
Vancouver Royals 12 15 5 51 60 136

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team[2][3]   Position   Second Team
Mirko Stojanović, Oakland G Vic Rouse, Atlanta
Mel Scott, Oakland D John Worbye, Washington
Momcilio Gavric, Oakland D John Cocking, Atlanta
David Davidovic, Oakland M Dennis Viollet, Baltimore
Ron Crisp, San Diego M Milan Čop, Oakland
Ruben Navarro, Cleveland M Tony Knapp, Los Angeles
Janusz Kowalik, Chicago F Victorio Casa, Washington
Pepe Fernandez, San Diego F Mario Baesso, Oakland
Jorgen Kristensen, Detroit[4] F Eric Barber, Kansas City
Casey Frankiewicz, St. Louis F Vavá, San Diego
Ilija Mitic, Oakland F Enrique Mateos, Cleveland

Playoffs[edit]

Conference Finals[5] Finals
 
E1  Atlanta Chiefs 1 2 3  
E2  Cleveland Stokers 1 1 2  
  E1  Atlanta Chiefs 0 3 3
  W1  San Diego Toros 0 0 0
W1  San Diego Toros 1 1 2
W2  Kansas City Spurs 1 0 1  

Conference finals[edit]

Aggregate First leg Second leg
Atlanta Chiefs 3 - 2 Cleveland Stokers 1 - 1 2 - 1 (OT) September 11 -3,431
September 14 -6,645
San Diego Toros 2 - 1 Kansas City Spurs 1 - 1 1 - 0 (2OT) September 11 -5,042
September 16 -6,271
[1][6][5]


NASL Final 1968[edit]

Main article: NASL Final 1968
Eastern Champion Aggregate Western Champion[7] First leg Second leg
Atlanta Chiefs 3 - 0 San Diego Toros 0 - 0 3 - 0 September 21 Balboa Stadium 9,360[8]
September 28 Atlanta Fulton County Stadium 14,994

First leg[edit]

September 21
San Diego Toros 0–0 Atlanta Chiefs
Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 9,360
Referee: Reg Clark

Second leg[edit]


1968 NASL Champions: Atlanta Chiefs

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Year in American Soccer - 1968". Homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  2. ^ "NASL Homepage". Web.archive.org. 2008-05-01. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page". Oocities.org. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ "NASL Soccer North American Soccer League Players-Jorgen Kristensen". Nasljerseys.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  5. ^ a b "San Diego advance to Finals in Soccer - Milwaukee Journal". Google news. 17 Sep 1968. 
  6. ^ "Toros Win Divisional Soccer Title - The Miami News". Google news. 16 Sep 1968. 
  7. ^ "San Diego Toros 1968". www.nasljerseys.com. 
  8. ^ http://soccerstats.us/teams/san-diego-toros/games/