NASL Final 1971

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NASL Final 1971
Event NASL Final
Best of three series
Over Time
Date September 12, 1971 (1971-09-12)
Venue Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date September 15, 1971 (1971-09-15)
Venue Franklin Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Date September 19, 1971 (1971-09-19)
Venue Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
1970
1972

NASL Final 1971 was the North American Soccer League's postseason championship final of the 1971 season. The event was contested in a best of three series between the Dallas Tornado and the Atlanta Chiefs. The series was held on September 9, 15, and 19, 1971. Games one and three were played at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, in Atlanta, Georgia. Game two was played at Franklin Stadium, in Dallas, Texas. The Atlanta Chiefs won game one, while the Dallas Tornado won games two and three. The Dallas Tornado won the series and became the 1971 NASL champions.[1][2]

Background[edit]

The Dallas Tornado qualified for the playoffs by virtue of having the highest non-division-winning point total in the league (119 points). They defeated the defending league champion Rochester Lancers in a marathon semifinal series, two games to one, that had featured two of the longest games ever played in the history of soccer. Game 1 lasted a record 176 minutes and Game 3 lasted 148 minutes. The hard earned victory advanced Dallas to the championship series.

The Atlanta Chiefs path to the finals was a bit smoother. They qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Southern Division with 120 points. The Chiefs then defeated the New York Cosmos, two games to none without conceding a goal in the league's other semifinal series played on September 2 and 5, respectively, to advance to the championship series.

Match summary[edit]

Championship results[edit]

Team 1 Series Team 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Attendance
Dallas Tornado 2 - 1 Atlanta Chiefs 1 - 2 (3ot) 4 - 1 2 - 1 September 12 Atlanta Fulton County Stadium-?
September 15 Franklin Stadium-?
September 19 Atlanta Fulton County Stadium-?

Game one[edit]

Atlanta
Dallas

Game two[edit]

Dallas[3]
Atlanta

Game three[edit]

Atlanta[4]
Dallas


1971 NASL Champions: Dallas Tornado

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