1975 NASL Indoor tournament
|NASL Indoor Tournament|
|Host country||United States|
|Dates||24 January 1975 –
16 March 1975
|Champions||San Jose Earthquakes (1st title)|
|Runners-up||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Goals scored||230 (11.5 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Paul Child (14 goals)|
|Best player||Paul Child (San Jose)
Gabbo Garvic (San Jose)
Though the Dallas Tornado had won an indoor tournament in 1971, the birth of the modern game in North America can be traced to 1974, when three indoor exhibitions against the touring Soviet Red Army of Moscow club took place. The games were played on a field the size of a hockey rink, with goals 4' x 16’ (h x w). Much like hockey, matches were played in three 20 minute periods, allowed free substitution, and featured six man sides (five field players and a goalkeeper). The Soviets beat an outmatched NASL All-Star team 8-4 on February 7 at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. The second game against the reigning champion Philadelphia Atoms on February 11, is considered by many as the watershed event of North American indoor soccer. The game stayed close into the third period, though the Red Army squad eventually pulled away 6-3. On February 13 the Russians closed out their tour with an 11-4 throttling of the St. Louis Stars in Missouri before an impressive crowd of 12,241.
In spite of the losses, and because another 11,790 curious fans packed Philadelphia's Spectrum to watch this "new" game, the NASL began considering indoor soccer’s potential to increase fan interest in the sport as a whole. A month and seven days later a Spectrum crowd of 6,314 turned out to watch the Atoms defeat the New York Cosmos 5-3. With this, franchises also recognized that they could generate more revenue from players already under contract. The following year the NASL staged an indoor tournament: sixteen of the twenty teams participated. It was divided into four regional tournaments, with the regional winners meeting in San Francisco for the overall title in a similar format to the NCAA college basketball tournament. In the regionals, two teams would play each other, and then winners would play losers in a two game series. The team with the best record advanced to the semifinals; in the event of teams having identical records, the side with the best total goal differential advanced out of the region. That first year the goals stayed 4 x 16 and the games remained divided into three 20 minute frames like those played against the Red Army club the previous year.
Four NASL clubs, Chicago, Denver, Portland and San Antonio did not participate in the tournament. However three of them were recently announced expansion teams that had yet to play an outdoor season either.
The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the newly formed Tampa Bay Rowdies 8–5 in the Championship Final. Paul Child of San Jose scored seven goals in the regionals, and added another seven during the final four to lead all goal scorers. Child and teammate Gabbo Garvic shared the MVP honors.
1975 Indoor Regional tournaments
|January 24||Philadelphia Atoms||5 – 3||St. Louis Stars|
|Toronto Metros-Croatia||2 – 1||Dallas Tornado|
|January 26||St. Louis Stars||8 – 4||Toronto Metros-Croatia|
|Dallas Tornado||6 – 2||Philadelphia Atoms|
|2||St. Louis Stars||2||1||1||11||9||+2||2|
*Dallas wins region on goal differential, advances to semifinals
|February 6||New York Cosmos||6 – 4||Hartford Bicentennials||Attendance: 2,191|
|Boston Minutemen||4 – 3||Rochester Lancers|
|February 8||Hartford Bicentennials||5 – 3||Boston Minutemen||Attendance: 3,173|
|Rochester Lancers||8 – 7||New York Cosmos|
|1||New York Cosmos||2||1||1||13||12||+1||2|
*New York wins region on goal differential, advances to semifinals
|February 17||Miami Toros||11 – 8||Baltimore Comets||Attendance: 4,437|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||7 – 2||Washington Diplomats|
|February 19||Miami Toros||7 – 4||Washington Diplomats||Attendance: 4,032|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||8 – 6||Baltimore Comets|
|1||Tampa Bay Rowdies||2||2||0||15||8||+7||4|
|February 26||Vancouver Whitecaps||15 – 4#||Los Angeles Aztecs|
|San Jose Earthquakes||14 – 4#||Seattle Sounders|
|February 28||Los Angeles Aztecs||9 – 4||Seattle Sounders|
|San Jose Earthquakes||7 – 3||Vancouver Whitecaps|
#Vancouver and San Jose won by such large margins, that the NASL and the two teams agreed to a head-to-head pairing on Feb. 28.
|1||San Jose Earthquakes||2||2||0||21||7||+14||4|
|3||Los Angeles Aztecs||2||1||1||13||19||-6||2|
*San Jose wins region, advances to semifinals
1975 Indoor Final Four
|March 14||Tampa Bay Rowdies||13 – 5||New York Cosmos||Attendance: 9,113|
|San Jose Earthquakes||8 – 5||Dallas Tornado|
Third place match
|March 16||Dallas Tornado||2 – 0||New York Cosmos|
|March 16||San Jose Earthquakes||8 – 5||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Attendance: 8,618|
Final Four Awards
- Most Valuable Player: Paul Child (San Jose) & Gabbo Garvic (San Jose)
- All-tournament Team: Paul Child (San Jose), Doug Wark (Tampa Bay), Ilija Mitić (Dallas), Gabbo Garvic (San Jose), Mike Renshaw (Dallas), Ken Cooper (Dallas)
Final Four Statistics
|Leading Scorers||Goals||Assists||Total Points|
|Paul Child (San Jose)||7||3||17|
|Doug Wark (Tampa Bay)||7||0||14|
|Bernard Hartze (Tampa Bay)||4||3||11|
|Ilija Mitić (Dallas)||4||1||9|
|Zygmunt Lezak (Tampa Bay)||4||0||8|
Final Team Rankings
|1||San Jose Earthquakes||4||4||0||37||17||+20|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||4||3||1||33||21||+11|
|4||New York Cosmos||4||1||3||18||27||-9|
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