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|
|Highest attendance||24,742 |
(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.
Changes from previous season
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.
- Washington Darts to Miami 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.)
|Report||Frankiewicz 52' (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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