1981–82 NASL Indoor season

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North American Soccer League -1981–82 Indoor Season-
Season 1981–82
Champions San Diego Sockers
(2nd Title)
Premiers Edmonton Drillers
Matches played 117
Goals scored 1392 (11.9 per match)
Top goalscorer United States Juli Veee
(51 goals)
Highest attendance 19,398[1]
(Tampa Bay @ Chicago)
Average attendance 6,202
1983

1981–82 North American Soccer League's third indoor soccer season.

Overview[edit]

A total of 13 of a possible 14 NASL teams participated. Fort Lauderdale was the only non-participant in the 18 game regular season. The Los Angeles Aztecs and the Minnesota Kicks had been schedule to participated but were unable, do to mounting financial issues. By early December both teams had folded. Other changes in the indoor structure included the separating of the teams into two conferences, each with two divisions. The Atlantic Conference contained the East and Central Divisions, while the Pacific Conference held the West and Northwest Divisions. During the regular season teams played eighteen matches within their conference only. Four teams from each conference advanced to the playoffs. They included the two division winners, along with the two non-division winners with the best won-loss record.[1] [2] [3] The San Diego Sockers won the championship with a two game finals-sweep of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. This was the Sockers' first ever NASL title.

Regular Season[edit]

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

Atlantic Conference[edit]

East Division W L GB % GF GA
Montreal Manic 9 9 -- .500 93 97
Toronto Blizzard 8 10 1 .444 86 96
Jacksonville Tea Men 7 11 2 .389 86 106
New York Cosmos 6 12 3 .333 102 123
Central Division W L GB % GF GA
Chicago Sting 12 6 -- .667 139 117
Tampa Bay Rowdies 11 7 1 .611 121 113
Tulsa Roughnecks 10 8 2 .556 128 103

Pacific Conference[edit]

West Division W L GB % GF GA
San Diego Sockers 10 8 -- .556 147 110
Portland Timbers 7 11 3 .389 86 103
San Jose Earthquakes 5 13 5 .278 83 141
Northwest Division W L GB % GF GA
Edmonton Drillers 13 5 -- .722 133 91
Vancouver Whitecaps 10 8 3 .556 93 94
Seattle Sounders 9 9 4 .500 95 97

NASL All-Stars[edit]

[2]

Pacific Conference   Position   Atlantic Conference
Volkmar Gross, San Diego G Jürgen Stars, Tampa Bay
Alan Hudson, Seattle D Barry Wallace, Tulsa
Martin Donnelly, San Diego D Mike Connell, Tampa Bay
Jan Goossens, Edmonton F Tatu, Tampa Bay
Kai Haaskivi, Edmonton F Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago
Juli Veee, San Diego F Gordon Hill, Montreal

Playoffs[edit]

First Round Semifinals Championship Series
                 
P1 Edmonton Drillers 2
P4 Seattle Sounders 0
P1 Edmonton Drillers 0
P2 San Diego Sockers 2
P2 San Diego Sockers 2
P3 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
P2 San Diego Sockers 2
A3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
A1 Chicago Sting 1
A4 Tulsa Roughnecks 2
A4 Tulsa Roughnecks 1
A3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
A2 Montreal Manic 1
A3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2

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 - Seattle Sounders 8 - 6 12 - 4 x February 17 -4,112 • February 20 -6,027
San Diego Sockers - Vancouver Whitecaps 4 - 3 8 - 4 x February 19 -5,128 • February 21 -9,728
Montreal Manic - Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 - 8 (OT) 3 - 2 (OT) 1 - 2 (3OT) February 18 -5,043 • February 21 -15,855
Chicago Sting - Tulsa Roughnecks 4 - 5 7 - 6 (OT) 1 - 3 February 16 -5,482 • February 18 -16,077

Semi-Finals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Tampa Bay Rowdies - Tulsa Roughnecks 5 - 4 3 - 4 1 - 0[3] February 25 -7,021 • March 1 -5,545
Edmonton Drillers - San Diego Sockers 8 - 2 12 - 3[4] x February 25 -8,435 • March 1 -12,840

Championship Finals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Tampa Bay Rowdies - San Diego Sockers 6 - 9 4 - 5 x March 3 -12,840 • March 8 -6,325

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]