1981 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1981 Season-
Season 1981
Champions Chicago Sting
Premiers New York Cosmos
(5th title)
Matches played 336
Goals scored 1234 (3.67 per match)
Top goalscorer Italy Giorgio Chinaglia
(29 goals)
Highest attendance 50,755
Washington at Montreal
(August 18)
Lowest attendance 1,861
Dallas at Chicago
(May 10)
Average attendance 14,084
1980
1982

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1981. This was the 14th season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

There were a total of 21 teams participating. The Chicago Sting defeated the New York Cosmos in Soccer Bowl '81 on September 26 to win the championship.

Changes from the Previous Season[edit]

New Teams[edit]

Teams Folding[edit]

  • Houston Hurricane
  • Rochester Lancers
  • Washington Diplomats

Teams Moving[edit]

  • Memphis Rogues to Calgary Boomers
  • Detroit Express to Washington Diplomats
  • New England Tea Men to Jacksonville Tea Men
  • Philadelphia Fury to Montreal Manic

Regular season[edit]

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

6 points for a win in regulation and overtime, 4 point for a shootout win, 0 points for a loss, 1 bonus point for each regulation goal scored, up to three per game.[1]

Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
New York Cosmos 23 9 80 49 200
Montreal Manic 15 17 63 57 141
Washington Diplomats 15 17 59 58 135
Toronto Blizzard 7 25 39 82 77
Southern Division W L GF GA PT
Atlanta Chiefs 17 15 62 60 151
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 18 14 54 46 144
Jacksonville Tea Men 18 14 51 46 141
Tampa Bay Rowdies 15 17 63 64 139
Central Division W L GF GA PT
Chicago Sting 23 9 84 50 195
Minnesota Kicks 19 13 63 57 163
Tulsa Roughnecks 17 15 60 49 154
Dallas Tornado 5 27 27 71 54
Western Division W L GF GA PT
San Diego Sockers 21 11 67 49 173
Los Angeles Aztecs 19 13 53 55 160
California Surf 11 21 60 77 117
San Jose Earthquakes 11 21 44 78 108
Northwest Division W L GF GA PT
Vancouver Whitecaps 21 11 74 43 186
Calgary Boomers 17 15 59 54 151
Portland Timbers 17 15 52 49 141
Seattle Sounders 15 17 60 62 137
Edmonton Drillers 12 20 60 79 123

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team   Position   Second Team[2] Honorable Mention[3]
Jan van Beveren, Ft. Lauderdale G Hubert Birkenmeier, New York Volkmar Gross, San Diego
Frantz Mathieu, Chicago D Barry Wallace, Tulsa Nick Rohmann, San Diego
Wim Rijsbergen, New York D Kevin Bond, Seattle Robert Iarusci, New York
Peter Nogly, Edmonton D Mihalj Keri, Los Angeles Dave Huson, Chicago
John Gorman, Tampa Bay D Pierce O'Leary, Vancouver Carlos Alberto, California
Arno Steffenhagen, Chicago M Alan Hudson, Seattle Juli Veee, San Diego
Vladislav Bogićević, New York M George Best, San Jose Jomo Sono, Toronto
Teófilo Cubillas, Ft. Lauderdale M Peter Lorimer, Vancouver Duncan McKenzie, Tulsa
Brian Kidd, Atlanta F Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago Mike Stojanović, San Diego
Gordon Hill, Montreal F Roberto Cabañas, New York Pato Margetic, Chicago
Giorgio Chinaglia, New York F Franz Gerber, Calgary Alan Green, Jacksonville / Steve Wegerle, New York

Playoffs[edit]

First round[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Tulsa Roughnecks - Minnesota Kicks 1 - 3 0 - 1 (SO, 4–5) x August 22 -16,205 • August 26 -10,722
Portland Timbers - San Diego Sockers 2 - 1 1 - 5 0 - 2 August 22 -16,003 • August 26 -12,039 • August 30 -15,244
Jacksonville Tea Men - Atlanta Chiefs 3 - 2 (OT) 2 - 1 x August 23 -9,287 • August 25 -6,572
Calgary Boomers - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 - 3 0 - 2 x August 23 -12,196 • August 26 -11,494
Tampa Bay Rowdies - Vancouver Whitecaps 4 - 1 1 - 0 x August 23 -21,192 • August 26 -28,896
Seattle Sounders - Chicago Sting 2 - 3 2 - 0 2 - 3 August 23 -14,643 • August 26 -15,176 • August 30 -24,080
Montreal Manic - Los Angeles Aztecs 5 - 3 2 - 3 2 - 1 (OT) August 24 -46,682 • August 27 -7,529 • August 30 -8,812


Quarterfinals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Tampa Bay Rowdies - New York Cosmos 3 - 6 3 - 2 (SO, 4–2) 0 - 2 September 2 -29,224 • September 5 -38,691 • September 9 -33,754
Montreal Manic - Chicago Sting 3 - 2 2 - 4 2 - 4 September 2 -58,542 • September 5 -24,648 • September 10 -27,489
Fort Lauderdale Strikers - Minnesota Kicks 3 - 1 3 - 0 x September 2 -11,918 • September 6 -10,278
Jacksonville Tea Men - San Diego Sockers 2 - 1 (OT) 1 - 2 1 - 3 September 2 -12,252 • September 6 -14,428 • September 9 -14,015


Semifinals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Fort Lauderdale Strikers - New York Cosmos 3 - 4 1 - 4 x September 12 -18,814 • September 16 -31,112
San Diego Sockers - Chicago Sting 2 - 1 1 - 2 0 - 1 (SO, 2–3) September 12 -18,192 • September 16 -21,760 • September 21 -39,623


Soccer Bowl '81[edit]

Main article: Soccer Bowl '81

1981 NASL Champions: Chicago Sting


*From 1977 through 1984 the NASL had a variation of the penalty shoot-out procedure for tied matches. The shoot-out started 35 yards from the goal and allowed the player 5 seconds to attempt a shot. The player could make as many moves as he wanted in a breakaway situation within the time frame. Even though this particular match was a goalless draw after extra time, NASL procedure also called for the box score to show an additional "goal" given to the winning side of a shoot-out.[6][7]

Post season awards[edit]

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