1983 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1983 Season-
Season 1983
Champions Tulsa Roughnecks
Premiers New York Cosmos
(7th title) most total points
*Vancouver
best Won/Loss record
Matches played 180
Goals scored 708 (3.93 per match)
Top goalscorer Paraguay Roberto Cabañas
(25 goals)
Highest attendance 60,342
Seattle at Vancouver
(June 20)
Lowest attendance 3,079
Toronto at San Diego
(May 25)
Average attendance 13,258
1982
1984

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1983. This was the 16th and penultimate season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

There were 12 teams in the league. The Tulsa Roughnecks won the championship. Though Vancouver won 2 more games than anyone else, for the fourth time in league history the team with the most wins did not win the regular season due to the NASL's system of awarding points.

Changes from the Previous Season[edit]

New Teams[edit]

  • Team America

Teams Folding[edit]

  • Edmonton Drillers
  • Jacksonville Tea Men
  • Portland Timbers

Teams Moving[edit]

Name Changes[edit]

San Jose to Golden Bay

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 22 8 87 49 194
Chicago Sting 15 15 66 73 147
Toronto Blizzard 16 14 51 48 135
Montreal Manic 12 18 58 71 124
Southern Division W L GF GA PT
Tulsa Roughnecks 17 13 56 49 145
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 14 16 60 63 136
Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 23 48 87 83
Team America 10 20 33 54 79
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Vancouver Whitecaps 24 6 63 34 187
Golden Bay Earthquakes 20 10 71 54 169
Seattle Sounders 12 18 62 61 119
San Diego Sockers 11 19 53 65 106

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team[2][3]   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention
Jan van Beveren, Ft. Lauderdale G Tino Lettieri, Vancouver missing
David Watson, Vancouver D Ray Evans, Seattle Dave Huson, Chicago
Franz Beckenbauer, New York D Bruce Wilson, Toronto Bruce Miller, Ft. Lauderdale
Andranik Eskandarian, New York D Frantz Mathieu, Montreal Gregg Thompson, Tampa Bay
Barry Wallace, Tulsa D Cho Young-Jeung, Chicago missing
Vladislav Bogićević, New York M Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago Ray Hudson, Ft. Lauderdale
Stan Terlecki, Golden Bay M Steve Daley, Seattle missing
Frans Thijssen, Vancouver M Kaz Deyna, San Diego missing
Roberto Cabañas, New York F Giorgio Chinaglia, New York missing
Steve Zungul, Golden Bay F Ricardo Alonso, Chicago missing
Pato Margetic, Chicago F David Byrne, Toronto missing

Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
New York Cosmos - Montreal Manic 2 - 4 0 - 1 (SO, 2–3) x September 6 -17,202 September 12 -20,726
Tulsa Roughnecks - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3 - 2 (OT) 4 - 2 x September 6 -7,826 • September 10 -8,873
Golden Bay Earthquakes - Chicago Sting 6 - 1 0 - 1 5 - 2 September 7 16,572 • September 12 -5,852 • September 14 -17,361
Vancouver Whitecaps - Toronto Blizzard 1 - 0 3 - 4 0 - 1 September 8 22,015 • September 12 -7,958 • September 15 -24,545


Semifinals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Tulsa Roughnecks - Montreal Manic 2 - 1 (SO, ?–?) 0 - 1 3 - 0 September 18 10,625 • September 26 -16,185 • September 28 -18,090
Golden Bay Earthquakes - Toronto Blizzard 0 - 1 (SO, 3-5) 0 - 2 x September 17 19,027 • September 22 -15,556


Soccer Bowl '83[edit]

Main article: Soccer Bowl '83
October 1[4]
Tulsa Roughnecks 2–0 Toronto Blizzard
Pesa (Wallace) Goal 55:36'
Futcher (Moore) Goal 61:37'
BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
Attendance: 53,326[5]
Referee: Ed Bellion[6]

1983 NASL Champions: Tulsa Roughnecks

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]