Soccer Bowl '81
|(A.E.T.) Penalty Shoot-out 2-1|
|Date||September 26, 1981|
|Venue||Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario|
|Man of the Match||Frantz Mathieu|
Soccer Bowl '81 was the North American Soccer League's postseason championship final of the 1981 season. The event was contested in a single-game match between the Chicago Sting and the New York Cosmos. The match was played on September 26, 1981 at Exhibition Stadium, in Toronto, Ontario to a 0–0 draw after 90 minutes. Following 15 minutes of scoreless golden goal extra time, the game moved to an NASL style shoot-out. The Sting won the shoot-out by the score of 2–1, and were crowned the 1981 NASL champions.
|Chicago Sting||1–0*||New York Cosmos|
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.
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