1980–81 NASL Indoor season

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North American Soccer League -1980–81 Indoor Season-
Season 1980–81
Champions Edmonton Drillers
Premiers Chicago Sting
Matches played 171
Goals scored 1998 (11.68 per match)
Top goalscorer West Germany Karl-Heinz Granitza (42 goals)
Average attendance 5,146

1980–81 North American Soccer League's second indoor soccer season.

Overview[edit]

A total of 19 of a possible 21 NASL teams participated. New York and Montreal (who was moving from Philadelphia) were the only hold-outs this indoor season. Just as the season was getting underway, the Jacksonville Tea Men relocated from New England.[1] Teams played an 18 game regular season. The Edmonton Drillers won the championship with a two game finals-sweep of the Chicago Sting. This was the Drillers' first ever NASL title.

Regular Season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind 1st Place, % = Winning Percentage, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Eastern Division W L GB % GF GA
Atlanta Chiefs 13 5 -- .722 97 75
Tampa Bay Rowdies 9 9 4 .500 126 120
Jacksonville Tea Men 8 10 5 .444 96 102
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 17 12 .056 58 125
Central Division W L GB % GF GA
Chicago Sting 13 5 -- .722 146 103
Minnesota Kicks 12 6 1 .667 93 73
Detroit Express 7 11 6 .389 90 106
Southern Division W L GB % GF GA
California Surf 10 8 -- .556 91 96
Tulsa Roughnecks 9 9 1 .500 128 109
Dallas Tornado 7 11 3 .389 100 94
San Diego Sockers 6 12 4 .333 101 121
Northern Division W L GB % GF GA
Vancouver Whitecaps 11 7 -- .611 91 96
Edmonton Drillers 10 8 1 .556 128 109
Calgary Boomers 10 8 1 .556 100 94
Toronto Blizzard 5 13 6 .278 101 121
Western Division W L GB % GF GA
Los Angeles Aztecs 11 7 -- .611 118 99
Portland Timbers 10 8 1 .556 110 93
San Jose Earthquakes 10 8 1 .556 118 115
Seattle Sounders 9 9 2 .500 106 98

Playoffs[edit]

First Round Semifinals Championship Series
                 
C1 Chicago Sting 2
W2 Portland Timbers 0
C1 Chicago Sting 2
E1 Atlanta Chiefs 1
E1 Atlanta Chiefs 2
C2 Minnesota Kicks 0
C1 Chicago Sting 0
N2 Edmonton Drillers 2
N2 Edmonton Drillers 2
W1 Los Angeles Aztecs 0
N2 Edmonton Drillers 2
N1 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
N1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
S1 California Surf 1

1st Round[edit]

If a playoff series is tied after two games, a 15 minute, tie breaker mini-game is played.

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Edmonton Drillers - Los Angeles Aztecs 8 - 3 10 - 6 x February 16 -1,621 • February 19 -4,310
Vancouver Whitecaps - California Surf 0 - 3[2] 8 - 5 4 - 0 February 18 -1,000+ • February 21 -8,496
Atlanta Chiefs - Minnesota Kicks 10 - 8 5 - 4 (OT) x February 16 -6,354 • February 20 -6,150
Chicago Sting - Portland Timbers 6 - 2 8 - 7 (OT) x February 17 -3,254 • February 19 -6,286

Semi-Finals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Vancouver Whitecaps - Edmonton Drillers 7 - 9 4 - 6 x February 24 -3,420 • February 28 -?
Chicago Sting - Atlanta Chiefs 8 - 3 5 - 9 4 - 2 February 25 -9,187 • February 28 -12,376

Championship Finals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Chicago Sting - Edmonton Drillers 6 - 9 4 - 5 x March 2 -5,089 • March 7 -16,257

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]