1972 North American Soccer League season
|Champions||New York Cosmos|
|Premiers||New York Cosmos|
|Goals scored||156 (2.79 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Randy Horton
|Longest winning run||5, St. Louis Stars|
(Mosc. Dynamo @ Dallas)
|Lowest attendance||1,100 (Dallas @ Montreal)|
Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1972. This was the 5th season of the NASL.
NASL 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.
Changes from previous season
Washington Darts moved to Miami and were renamed Gatos.
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.
|New York Cosmos||7||3||4||28||16||77|
|St. Louis Stars||7||4||3||20||14||69|
|First Team||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|
|N1||New York Cosmos||2|
|S1||St. Louis Stars||1|
|S1||St. Louis Stars||2|
|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
|New York Cosmos||2–1||St. Louis Stars|
|Horton 5' (Young)
Jelinek 86' (pen.)
|Frankiewicz 7' (Sewell)|
1972 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos
Post season awards
- Most Valuable Player: Randy Horton, New York
- Coach of the year: Casey Frankiewicz, St. Louis
- Rookie of the year: Mike Winter, St. Louis
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