1972 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League 1972 season
ChampionsNew York Cosmos
PremiersNew York Cosmos
Matches played56
Goals scored156 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerRandy Horton
(9 goals)
Longest winning run5, St. Louis Stars
Highest attendance24,742
(Mosc. Dynamo @ Dallas)
Lowest attendance1,100 (Dallas @ Montreal)
Average attendance5,340

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1972. This was the 5th season of the NASL.


Eight teams took part in the league with the New York Cosmos winning the championship.

Changes from previous season[edit]

Rules changes[edit]

The league changed its offside rule during the season on June 26. They created a "Blue Line" which was an offside line across the field, 35 yards from the goal line. Thereafter, no player could be offside unless he had crossed the 35-yard line. This made the NASL unique in the soccer world; the league received temporary approval for the change from FIFA on an experimental basis only. The league also switched the playoff format to single-match elimination contests rather than series.[1]

New teams[edit]

  • None

Teams folding[edit]

  • None

Teams moving[edit]

  • Washington Darts to Miami Gatos

Name changes[edit]

  • None

Regular season[edit]

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

6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for each goal scored up to three per game.

 -Premiers (most points).  -Other playoff teams.
Northern Division W L T GF GA PT
New York Cosmos 7 3 4 28 16 77
Rochester Lancers 6 5 3 20 22 64
Montreal Olympique 4 5 5 19 20 57
Toronto Metros 4 6 4 18 22 53
Southern Division W L T GF GA PT
St. Louis Stars 7 4 3 20 14 69
Dallas Tornado 6 5 3 15 12 60
Atlanta Chiefs 5 6 3 19 18 56
Miami Gatos 3 8 3 17 32 44

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team[2][3]   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention
Ken Cooper, Dallas G Dick Howard, Toronto Sam Nusum, Montreal
John Best, Dallas D Dick Hall, Dallas Adolfo Gori, Rochester
John Sewell, St. Louis D Clive Charles, Montreal Charlie Mitchell, Rochester
Peter Short, Rochester D Wilf Tranter, St. Louis John Cocking, Atlanta
Willie Evans, Miami D Brian Rowan, Toronto Joe Puls, St. Louis
John Kerr, New York M Francisco Escos, Rochester Mick Hoban, Atlanta
Graeme Souness, Montreal M Dave Metchick, Miami Larry Hausmann, St. Louis
Pat McBride, St. Louis M Siggy Stritzl, New York Billy Fraser, Miami
Randy Horton, New York F Carlos Metidieri, Rochester Mike Renshaw, Dallas
Paul Child, Atlanta F Art Welch, Atlanta Warren Archibald, Miami
Michael Dillon, Montreal F Jorge Siega, New York Casey Frankiewicz, St. Louis


All playoff games in all rounds including the NASL Final were single game elimination match ups.


Semifinals NASL Final 1972
N1 New York Cosmos 1
S2 Dallas Tornado 0
N1 New York Cosmos 2
S1 St. Louis Stars 1
S1 St. Louis Stars 2
N2 Rochester Lancers 0


August 15 Rochester Lancers 0–2 St. Louis Stars Busch Memorial Stadium • Att. 5,319

August 19 Dallas Tornado 0–1 New York Cosmos Hofstra Stadium • Att. 5,026

NASL Final 1972[edit]

New York Cosmos2–1St. Louis Stars
Horton 5' (Young)
Jelinek 86' (pen.)
Report Frankiewicz 52' (Sewell)
Attendance: 6,102[4]
Referee: Roger Schott (USA)[5]

1972 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

Post season awards[edit]


  1. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1972". homepages.sover.net. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Christopher S. Page. "NASL Homepage". Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page". oocities.org. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Flachsbart, Harold (August 27, 1972). "Stars Lose Title Match". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 1C. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved January 16, 2014.

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