1980–81 NASL Indoor season

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North American Soccer League -1980–81 Indoor Season-
Season1980–81
ChampionsEdmonton Drillers
PremiersChicago Sting
Matches played171
Goals scored1,998 (11.68 per match)
Top goalscorerWest Germany Karl-Heinz Granitza (42 goals)
Average attendance5,146

The 1980–81 season was the North American Soccer League's second indoor soccer season.

Overview[edit]

A total of 19 of a possible 21 NASL teams participated. New York and Montreal (who was moving from Philadelphia) were the only hold-outs this indoor season. Just as the season was getting underway, the Jacksonville Tea Men relocated from New England.[1] Teams played an 18-game regular season. The four Canadian teams were realigned into one division and forced to play only one another during the regular season. This was due to early season litigation which restricted NASL teams' travel between the U.S. and Canada.[2] The Edmonton Drillers won the championship in a two-game finals-sweep of the Chicago Sting. This was the Drillers' first, and only, NASL indoor title. Kai Haaskivi of Edmonton won both the regular season and playoff MVP awards.[3][4]

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind 1st Place, % = Winning Percentage, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against[5]

Eastern Division W L GB % GF GA
Atlanta Chiefs 13 5 .722 97 76
Tampa Bay Rowdies 9 9 4 .500 126 119
Jacksonville Tea Men 8 10 5 .444 96 104
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 17 12 .056 58 125
Central Division W L GB % GF GA
Chicago Sting 13 5 .722 146 103
Minnesota Kicks 12 6 1 .667 93 73
Detroit Express 7 11 6 .389 90 106
Southern Division W L GB % GF GA
California Surf 10 8 .556 104 118
Tulsa Roughnecks 9 9 1 .500 111 112
Dallas Tornado 7 11 3 .389 110 125
San Diego Sockers 6 12 4 .333 106 121
Northern Division W L GB % GF GA
Vancouver Whitecaps 11 7 .611 91 96
Edmonton Drillers 10 8 1 .556 128 109
Calgary Boomers 10 8 1 .556 100 94
Toronto Blizzard 5 13 6 .278 101 121
Western Division W L GB % GF GA
Los Angeles Aztecs 11 7 .611 118 100
Portland Timbers 10 8 1 .556 113 94
San Jose Earthquakes 10 8 1 .556 115 118
Seattle Sounders 9 9 2 .500 106 95

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

First Round
Best-of-3
Semifinals
Best-of-3
Championship Series
Best-of-3
               
P1 Chicago Sting 6 8(OT)
W2 Portland Timbers 2 7
P1 Chicago Sting 8 5 4
E1 Atlanta Chiefs 3 9 2
E1 Atlanta Chiefs 10 5(OT)
C2 Minnesota Kicks 8 4
P1 Chicago Sting 6 4
N2 Edmonton Drillers 9 5
N2 Edmonton Drillers 8 10
W1 Los Angeles Aztecs 3 6
N2 Edmonton Drillers 9 6
C1 Vancouver Whitecaps 7 4
C1 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 8 4
S1 California Surf 3 5 0

1st round[edit]

If a playoff series is tied after two games, a 15 minute, tie breaker mini-game is played.

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Edmonton Drillers - Los Angeles Aztecs 8–3 10–6 x February 16 • L.A. Sports Arena • 1,621
February 19 • Northlands Coliseum • 4,310
Vancouver Whitecaps - California Surf 0–3[6] 8–5 4–0 February 18 • Long Beach Arena • 472
February 21 • Pacific Coliseum • 8,496
Atlanta Chiefs - Minnesota Kicks 10–8 5–4 (OT) x February 16 • Met Center • 6,354
February 20 • The Omni • 6,150
Chicago Sting - Portland Timbers #6–2 8–7 (OT) x February 17 • Chicago Stadium • 3,254
February 19 • Chicago Stadium • 6,286

#Scheduling conflicts at the Portland Coliseum forced both games to be played in Chicago.[7]

Semi-finals[edit]

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Vancouver Whitecaps - Edmonton Drillers 7–9 4–6 x February 24 • Northlands Coliseum • 3,420
February 28 • Pacific Coliseum • 11,758
Chicago Sting - Atlanta Chiefs 8–3 5–9 4–2 February 25 • The Omni • 9,187
February 28 • Chicago Stadium • 12,376

Championship Finals[edit]

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Chicago Sting - Edmonton Drillers *6–9 4–5 x March 2 • Edmonton Gardens • 5,089[8]
March 7 • Chicago Stadium • 16,257

*Scheduling conflicts at the Northlands Coliseum forced Game 1 of the Finals to be moved across the street to the Edmonton Gardens.[9]

Championship match reports[edit]


1980–81 NASL Indoor Champions: Edmonton Drillers

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tea Men are leaving N.E. for new home in Florida". The Day. November 17, 1980. p. 28. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
  2. ^ Conklin, Mike (March 3, 1981). "Sting may be in for a surprise in finals". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, Sec 5. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Timbers-Sounders Game Opens NASL Indoor Season". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. December 3, 1981. p. 15-B. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
  4. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/image/199434807/?terms=NASL%2Bindoor%2BHaaskivi
  5. ^ 1983 Official North American Soccer League Guide
  6. ^ Jones, Graham L. (February 19, 1981). "Surf Beats Whitecaps, 3–0". Los Angeles Times. p. III-12. Retrieved December 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Conklin, Mike (February 16, 1981). "Sting home for playoff opener". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, Sec 4. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAdBFlMvZts
  9. ^ Conklin, Mike (March 3, 1981). "Finn star peppers Sting with 6 goals, Edmonton wins". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, Sec 5. Retrieved 21 December 2016.