1980–81 NASL Indoor season

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North American Soccer League -1980–81 Indoor Season-
Season 1980–81
Champions Edmonton Drillers
Premiers Chicago Sting
Matches played 171
Goals scored 1998 (11.68 per match)
Top goalscorer West Germany Karl-Heinz Granitza (42 goals)
Average attendance 5,146

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 Edmonton Drillers won the championship with a two-game finals-sweep of the Chicago Sting. This was the Drillers' first ever NASL title.

Regular season[edit]

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

Eastern Division W L GB % GF GA
Atlanta Chiefs 13 5 -- .722 97 75
Tampa Bay Rowdies 9 9 4 .500 126 120
Jacksonville Tea Men 8 10 5 .444 96 102
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 91 96
Tulsa Roughnecks 9 9 1 .500 128 109
Dallas Tornado 7 11 3 .389 100 94
San Diego Sockers 6 12 4 .333 101 121
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 99
Portland Timbers 10 8 1 .556 110 93
San Jose Earthquakes 10 8 1 .556 118 115
Seattle Sounders 9 9 2 .500 106 98

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.

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Edmonton Drillers - Los Angeles Aztecs 8–3 10–6 x February 16 -1,621 • February 19 -4,310
Vancouver Whitecaps - California Surf 0–3[2] 8–5 4–0 February 18 -1,000+ • February 21 -8,496
Atlanta Chiefs - Minnesota Kicks 10–8 5–4 (OT) x February 16 -6,354 • February 20 -6,150
Chicago Sting - Portland Timbers 6–2 8–7 (OT) x February 17 -3,254 • February 19 -6,286

Semi-finals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Vancouver Whitecaps - Edmonton Drillers 7–9 4–6 x February 24 -3,420 • February 28 -?
Chicago Sting - Atlanta Chiefs 8–3 5–9 4–2 February 25 -9,187 • February 28 -12,376

Championship Finals[edit]

Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Chicago Sting - Edmonton Drillers 6–9 4–5 x March 2 -5,089 • March 7 -16,257

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. ^ "Surf breaks over Whitecaps". Vancouver Sun. February 19, 1981. p. D1. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search. 
  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.