2011 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League
Season 2011
Champions NSC Minnesota Stars
Woosnam Cup Carolina RailHawks
Matches played 112
Goals scored 290 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorer Etienne Barbara (20)
Biggest home win EDM 4-0 TB
MTL 4-0 ATL
Biggest away win EDM 0–5 MTL
Highest scoring 7 goals:
ATL 3–4 PUR
Longest winning run 10 matches:
Carolina Railhawks
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches:
Carolina Railhawks
Longest winless run 9 matches:
Atlanta Silverbacks
Montreal Impact
Longest losing run 6 matches:
Atlanta Silverbacks
Highest attendance 12,060
FC Tampa Bay @ Montreal Impact
Lowest attendance 797
Puerto Rico Islanders @ FC Edmonton
Average attendance 3,770[1]
2010
2012

The 2011 North American Soccer League season is the 44th season of second division soccer in the United States and the inaugural season of the newly revived North American Soccer League.

Earlier in 2011, the league's likelihood of earning second tier sanctioning had been thrown into question when the U.S. Soccer Federation rejected the league in January due to its financial instability.[2] The USSF gave provisional sanctioning at the annual general meeting in Las Vegas on February 12, 2011.[3]

Competition format[edit]

The NASL debuted in 2011 with 8 teams playing a 28 game regular season schedule, with 14 home and 14 away games, playing each opponent four times. The NASL’s playoff format will consist of the top six teams, with the first two teams receiving a bye until the semifinal round and the remaining four teams playing in a single-game playoff to advance to the semi-finals. The semifinals and the finals will each consist of a two-game home and home aggregate goal system.[4]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
Head-to-head
1 Carolina RailHawks (C) 28 17 3 8 50 26 +24 54 2011 NASL Playoffs semifinals
2 Puerto Rico Islanders 28 15 7 6 41 32 +9 52
3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 28 11 8 9 41 36 +5 41 2011 NASL Playoffs quarterfinals
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 28 9 11 8 35 36 −1 38
5 FC Edmonton 28 10 6 12 35 40 −5 36 EDM: 8 pts
MIN: 2 pts
6 NSC Minnesota Stars 28 9 9 10 30 32 −2 36
7 Montreal Impact 28 9 8 11 35 27 +8 35
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 4 4 20 25 63 −38 16

Updated to games played on September 24, 2011.
Source: NASL Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.
In the case of two or more teams are tied on points, the first tie-breaker is the head-to-head record among the tied teams.[5]
(C) denotes regular season champion.

Results table[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Atlanta Silverbacks – ATL • Carolina RailHawks – CAR • FC Edmonton – EDM • Ft. Lauderdale Strikers – FTL
NSC Minnesota Stars – MIN • Montreal Impact – MTL • Puerto Rico Islanders – PUR • FC Tampa Bay – TAM

Win  • Loss  • Draw  • Home

Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Atlanta Silverbacks MIN EDM FTL TAM EDM MIN FTL CAR MIN MTL TAM PUR CAR PUR FTL MTL TAM CAR TAM PUR MTL EDM CAR PUR EDM MIN FTL MTL
1–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–0 0–2 0–2 2–1 2–3 1–3 1–5 3–4 3–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–4 0–3 2–4 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–4
Carolina RailHawks PUR MTL EDM MIN TAM FTL MTL PUR ATL TAM EDM TAM ATL MTL MIN EDM EDM ATL FTL PUR MIN FTL ATL TAM FTL MTL PUR MIN
1–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 5–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–2
FC Edmonton FTL ATL CAR MTL ATL TAM MIN TAM MTL CAR PUR MIN MTL MIN CAR TAM CAR TAM FTL PUR FTL ATL PUR PUR MIN ATL FTL MTL
2–1 1–0 0–2 0–5 2–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–4 1–3 0–3 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 0–2
Fort Lauderdale Strikers EDM MIN ATL PUR MIN CAR ATL MTL PUR MIN MTL PUR TAM TAM ATL MTL PUR EDM CAR MIN EDM CAR TAM MTL CAR EDM ATL TAM
1–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–4 0–0 0–0 3–2 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–3 1–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2
NSC Minnesota Stars ATL FTL PUR CAR FTL ATL PUR EDM TAM PUR ATL FTL EDM EDM CAR PUR MTL MTL FTL TAM CAR MTL MTL EDM TAM ATL TAM CAR
2–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–1
Montreal Impact TAM CAR TAM EDM CAR TAM FTL EDM ATL PUR FTL EDM PUR CAR FTL ATL MIN PUR MIN TAM ATL MIN MIN FTL PUR CAR EDM ATL
0–1 1–2 0–0 5–0 1–2 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 3–3 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 4–0
Puerto Rico Islanders CAR TAM MIN FTL MIN CAR MIN FTL MTL EDM ATL FTL MTL ATL TAM MIN FTL MTL EDM ATL CAR TAM EDM EDM ATL MTL CAR TAM
2–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–3 2–1 0–3 3–1 1–1 0–0 4–3 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0
FC Tampa Bay MTL PUR MTL ATL CAR EDM MTL MIN EDM CAR ATL CAR FTL FTL PUR EDM ATL EDM ATL MTL MIN PUR FTL CAR MIN MIN PUR FTL
1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–4 1–2 3–2 1–3 1–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 4–0 3–3 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0

Source: NASL results table

Playoffs[edit]

The 6 qualifying teams will be given seeds 1 through 6 with the top team in the standings receiving the number 1 seed.

The format of the Playoffs will consist of a Quarterfinal Round, Semifinal Round and a Final Round. The Quarterfinal Round will be a single game while the Semifinal and Final Rounds will each be a 2-game series with each team playing at home once and the team with the greater number of aggregate goals in both games winning each series.

The number 1 seed and the number 2 seed will receive a bye directly to the Semifinal Round while the number 3 seed will host the number 6 seed and the number 4 seed will host the number 5 seed in the Quarterfinal Round.

For the Semifinal Round, the number 1 seed will be paired with the lowest seeded team to qualify from the Quarterfinal Round with the number 2 seed being paired with the highest seeded team to qualify from the Quarterfinal Round.

The winners of each series in the Semifinal Round will meet in the Final Round know as the Soccer Bowl. In the event of a draw in either Quarterfinal Round game, such game will progress to a 30-minute extra time period (the golden goal rule will not be in effect). If the teams are still locked in a draw following the extra time period, the winner will be determined by a penalty shootout.

In each Semifinal Round series and the Final Round series, if the teams are tied on the number of aggregate goals scored in the series at the conclusion of the second game, the teams will progress to a 30-minute extra time period. As in the Quarterfinal Round, the golden goal rule will not be in effect. If the teams are still locked in a draw following the extra time period, the winner of the series will be determined by a penalty shootout.

  Quarter-Finals     Semi-Finals     Soccer Bowl 2011
                                   
      1  Carolina RailHawks FC 0 4 4 (3)  
  3  FC Tampa Bay 0     6  NSC Minnesota Stars 1 3 4 (5)    
  6  NSC Minnesota Stars 1         4  Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 0 1
      6  NSC Minnesota Stars 3 0 3
      2  Puerto Rico Islanders 1 1 2    
  4  Fort Lauderdale Strikers 5     4  Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3 2 5  
  5  FC Edmonton 0  


Quarterfinals[edit]


Semifinals[edit]


Soccer Bowl 2011[edit]


2011 NASL Champions: NSC Minnesota Stars

Statistical leaders[edit]

Top Goalkeepers[edit]

(Minimum of 1260 Minutes Played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club MINS SVS GA GAA
1 United States Evan Bush Montreal Impact 1668 71 14 0.757
2 United States Brad Knighton Carolina RailHawks 2480 115 26 0.942
3 United States Matt Glaeser Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1905 75 22 1.038
4 United States Ray Burse Puerto Rico Islanders 2340 98 28 1.077
5 United States Joe Warren NSC Minnesota Stars 2430 105 30 1.111
6 United States Jeff Attinella Tampa Bay Rowdies 2060 128 31 1.354
7 Netherlands Rein Baart FC Edmonton 2145 78 33 1.387
8 United States Jimmy Maurer Atlanta Silverbacks 1531 93 41 2.412

Source:[8]

League Attendance[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Montreal Impact 161,102 11,507
n/a
2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 52,769 3,769
n/a
3 Carolina RailHawks 46,942 3,353
n/a
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 42,138 3,010
n/a
5 Atlanta Silverbacks 40,117 2,866
n/a
6 Puerto Rico Islanders 30,247 2,161
n/a
7 FC Edmonton 25,434 1,817
n/a
8 Minnesota United 23,463 1,676
n/a
League total 422,212 3,770
n/a

Updated to games played on Nov 2, 2011
Source: Kenn.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ NASL Weekend in Review (18 July 2011).
  2. ^ Quarstad, Brian (January 21, 2011). "NASL Releases Press Statement Concerning US Soccer’s Decision to Decline Sanctioning". Inside Minnesota Soccer. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "NASL Provisionally Sanctioned by USSF for 2011". North American Soccer League. February 12, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "NASL Provisionally Sanctioned by USSF". North American Soccer League. November 21, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "NASL Standings". 
  6. ^ "NASL Individual Leaders". Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NASL Individual Leaders". Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "NASL Individual Leaders". Retrieved September 25, 2013. 

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