1979 NASL Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational

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North American Soccer League
-1979 Budweiser Invitational-
Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational
Tournament details
Dates January 27, 1979 –
January 28, 1979
Teams 4
Final positions
Champions Dallas Tornado (2nd title)
Runners-up Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 42 (10.5 per match)
Attendance 12,680 (3,170 per match)
Top scorer(s) Scotland Jim Ryan (7 goals)

The 1979 NASL Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational was a four-team indoor soccer tournament held in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Bayfront Center on the last weekend of January of the same year.[1][2]


Four teams, all from the North American Soccer League, participated in the two-day event; the Dallas Tornado, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Tulsa Roughnecks. Matches were 45 minutes long and divided into three 15-minute periods with an intermission between each. Each session consisted of two games (i.e. a doubleheader). Nearly 12,700 people attended the two sessions. Dallas and Tampa Bay each won both of their matches, but Dallas Tornado were crowned champions based on a greater goal differential. Dallas forward Jim Ryan lead the invitational in scoring with 7 goals. The tournament's final match saw goalkeeper Winston DuBose of Tampa Bay become only the second NASL goalie to record a rare indoor shut-out.[3][4] Dallas goalkeeper Ken Cooper had accomplished the feat on two previous occasions.[5]

These were not the only indoor games played that winter. With a fully sanctioned season of NASL indoor soccer still eleven months away,[6] NASL teams were free to schedule their own games at that time. Tampa Bay, for example played three other indoor matches. By contrast, Fort Lauderdale scheduled only the two games of the invitational.[2] The competing Major Indoor Soccer League had already begun their first season in December 1978.

Tournament sessions[edit]

Session 1: January 27, 1979

7:00 PM EST Dallas Tornado 8–7 Tulsa Roughnecks Attendance: 6,342
8:30 PM EST Tampa Bay Rowdies 6–4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Session 2: January 28, 1979[7]

6:00 PM EST Dallas Tornado 7–2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 6,338
7:30 PM EST Tampa Bay Rowdies 3–0 Tulsa Roughnecks

Final standings[edit]

1979 Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational
Team League Record Standings GF GA GD
Dallas Tornado* NASL 2–0 1st place 15 9 +6
Tampa Bay Rowdies NASL 2–0 2nd place (Runners-up) 9 4 +5
Tulsa Roughnecks NASL 0–2 3rd place 7 11 -4
Fort Lauderdale Strikers NASL 0–2 4th place 6 13 -7

* Dallas wins title on goal differential

Non-tournament matches[edit]

In addition to the tournament itself, several NASL teams participated in international indoor friendlies, and tune-ups for both the tournament and 1979 outdoor season. Dallas and Houston played twice in December 1978.[2][8] The Rowdies–Hurricane match on January 25 was played using the MISL-style goals, timing and ball, as the arena was already set up for the Hurricane's alter ego, the MISL’s Houston Summit.[9] As part of a six-match, NASL tour in February, Russian powerhouse FC Dynamo Moscow scheduled three indoor games.[10][11]

Match reports[edit]

See also[edit]

North American Soccer League


  1. ^ "1979 Rowdies Indoor Magazine". Tampa Bay Rowdies Appreciation Blog. Ian Morris. September 2, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Tierney, Mike (January 27, 1979). "Blast off! Rowdies aim for indoor orbit". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1c. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Beard, Randy (January 29, 1979). "Rowdies Had To Do More". The Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search. 
  4. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 29, 1979). "Rowdies win a battle 3–0, but lose the war". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1c. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search. 
  5. ^ "Dallas Captures Indoor Soccer Invite". Lakeland Ledger. January 29, 1979. p. 4D. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search. 
  6. ^ "Indoor Returning, Officially This Time". Evening Independent. September 28, 1979. p. 4-C. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Rowdies Defeat Strikers". Lakeland Ledger. January 28, 1979. p. 1C. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search. 
  8. ^ Marcia Schallert, editor. (1979). Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational match program. Tampa, FL. Tampa Bay Rowdies. p 12
  9. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 25, 1979). "Rowdies hope to hold onto goalie". St. Petersburg Times. p. 4C. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Tulsa-Moscow Game Set". The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA). January 18, 1979. p. B-3. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ Carr, Al (February 22, 1979). "Russians See Through the Clouds". Los Angeles Times. p. Part III-11. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  12. ^ Lindblad, Elven. "Roughnecks Soccer Steps Indoors" (PDF). Oklahoma Today. Vol. 30-1 (Winter 1979 ed.). p. 21. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 

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