1980 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1980 Season-
Season 1980
Champions New York Cosmos
(4th title)
Premiers New York Cosmos
(4th title) most total points
*Seattle Sounders
best Won/Loss record
Matches played 384
Goals scored 1371 (3.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Italy Giorgio Chinaglia
(32 goals)
Highest attendance 70,312
(Ft. Lauderdale @ NY)
Lowest attendance 254
(Memphis at New England)
Average attendance 14,440
1979
1981

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1980. This was the 13th season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

The league comprisd 24 teams. The New York Cosmos defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the finals on September 21 to win the championship. For the third time in league history the team with the most wins (Seattle) did not win the regular season due to the NASL's system of awarding bonus points for goals scored.

Changes from the Previous Season[edit]

The 1980 Season saw the regular season expand from 30 games to 32 games. Three North Americans were required to be among the eleven in the match for each team, up from two during the previous season.[1]

New Teams[edit]

None

Teams Folding[edit]

None

Teams Moving[edit]

None

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PT= point system

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

National Conference[edit]

Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
New York Cosmos 24 8 87 41 213
Washington Diplomats 17 15 72 61 159
Toronto Blizzard 14 18 49 65 128
Rochester Lancers 12 20 42 67 109
Central Division W L GF GA PT
Dallas Tornado 18 14 57 58 157
Minnesota Kicks 16 16 66 56 147
Tulsa Roughnecks 15 17 56 62 139
Atlanta Chiefs 7 25 34 84 74
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Seattle Sounders 25 7 74 31 207
Los Angeles Aztecs 20 12 61 52 174
Vancouver Whitecaps 16 16 52 47 139
Portland Timbers 15 17 50 53 133

American Conference[edit]

Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
Tampa Bay Rowdies 19 13 61 50 168
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 18 14 61 55 163
New England Tea Men 18 14 54 56 154
Philadelphia Fury 10 22 42 68 98
Central Division W L GF GA PT
Chicago Sting 21 11 80 50 187
Houston Hurricane 14 18 56 69 130
Detroit Express 14 18 51 52 129
Memphis Rogues 14 18 49 57 126
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Edmonton Drillers 17 15 58 51 149
California Surf 15 17 61 67 144
San Diego Sockers 16 16 53 51 140
San Jose Earthquakes 9 23 45 68 95

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention[2][3]
Phil Parkes, Chicago G Jack Brand, Seattle Jan van Beveren, Fort Lauderdale
Carlos Alberto, New York D Mihalj Keri, Los Angeles David Nish, Seattle
Mike Connell, Tampa Bay D Wim Rijsbergen, New York John Gorman, Tampa Bay
Rudi Krol, Vancouver D Peter Nogly, Edmonton Frantz Mathieu, Chicago
Bruce Rioch, Seattle D John Ryan, Seattle Andranik Eskandarian, New York
Franz Beckenbauer, New York M Arno Steffenhagen, Chicago Ray Hudson, Ft. Lauderdale
Vladislav Bogićević, New York M Johan Neeskens, New York Ace Ntsoelengoe, Minnesota
Teófilo Cubillas, Ft. Lauderdale M Alan Hudson, Seattle Jomo Sono, Toronto
Giorgio Chinaglia, New York F Steve Wegerle, Tampa Bay Tommy Hutchison, Seattle
Johan Cruyff, Washington F Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago Alan Green, Washington
Roger Davies, Seattle F Luis Fernando, Los Angeles Julio César Romero, New York

Playoffs[edit]

The top two teams from each division qualified for the playoffs automatically. The two highest remaining point totaled teams in each conference also qualified for the playoffs as wild cards and were given the lowest first round seeds. Playoff match-ups and home/away status were reset after each round, based on regular season point totals.

In 1979 and 1980, if a playoff series was tied at one victory each, a full 30 minute mini-game was played. If neither team held an advantage after the 30 minutes, the teams would then move on to a shoot-out to determine a series winner.[4]

First round[edit]

(higher seed) Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
Minnesota Kicks - Dallas Tornado 0 - 1 0 - 2 x August 27 -17,461 • August 31 -8,674
San Diego Sockers - Chicago Sting 2 - 1 2 - 3 2 - 1 (SO, 3–0) August 27 -12,125 • August 30 -12,267
New England Tea Men - Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 - 1 0 - 4 x August 27 -17,121 • August 30 -26,368
Vancouver Whitecaps - Seattle Sounders 1 - 2 (OT) 1 - 3 x August 27 -27,231 • August 30 -35,254
Washington Diplomats - Los Angeles Aztecs 1 - 0 1 - 2 (SO, 4–5) 0 - 2 August 27 -20,231 • August 30 -14,163
Houston Hurricane - Edmonton Drillers 1 - 2 1 - 0 0 - 1 August 27 -3,902 • August 31 -22,059
California Surf - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 - 2 2 - 0 0 - 1 (SO, 2–3) August 28 2,929 • August 31 -15,282
Tulsa Roughnecks - New York Cosmos 1 - 3 1 - 8 x August 28 -22,890 • August 31 -40,285


Conference Semifinals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
Los Angeles Aztecs - Seattle Sounders 3 - 0 0 - 4 2 - 1 (SO, 2–0) September 3 -13,466 • September 5 -32,564
Edmonton Drillers - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 - 1 3 - 2 (SO, 2–1) 0 - 3 September 3 -18,029 • September 6 -17,380
Dallas Tornado - New York Cosmos 2 - 3 3 - 0 0 - 3 September 3 -7,459 • September 7 -45,153
San Diego Sockers - Tampa Bay Rowdies 6 - 3 0 - 6 2 - 1 (SO, 2–0) September 4 -20,109 • September 7 -25,852


Conference Championships[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
San Diego Sockers - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 - 2 4 - 2 0 - 3 September 11 -27,635 • September 13 -18,420
Los Angeles Aztecs - New York Cosmos 1 - 2 1 - 3 x September 10 -25,487 • September 13 -42,324


Soccer Bowl '80[edit]

Main article: Soccer Bowl '80
September 21[5]
12:44 pm EDT[6]
New York Cosmos 3–0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Romero (Chinaglia, Bogićević) Goal 47:55'
Chinaglia (Davis, Rijsbergen) Goal 70:06'
Chinaglia (Cabañas) Goal 87:07'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 50,768[7]
Referee: Paul Avis[8]

1980 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]