1980 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1980 Season-
Season1980
ChampionsNew York Cosmos
(4th title)
PremiersNew York Cosmos
(4th title) most total points
*Seattle Sounders
best Won/Loss record
Matches played384
Goals scored1,371 (3.57 per match)
Top goalscorerGiorgio Chinaglia
(32 goals)
Highest attendance70,312
(Ft. Lauderdale @ NY)
Lowest attendance254
(Memphis at New England)
Average attendance14,440
1979
1981

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1980. This was the 13th season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

The league comprised 24 teams; for the only time in NASL history, the lineup of teams was identical to the year before, with no clubs joining or dropping out, franchise shifts or even name changes. The New York Cosmos defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the finals on September 21 to win the championship. For the third time in league history the team with the most wins (Seattle) did not win the regular season due to the NASL's system of awarding bonus points for goals scored.

Changes from the previous season[edit]

The 1980 season saw the regular season expand from 30 games to 32 games. Three North Americans were required to be among the eleven playing in the match for each team, up from two during the previous season.[1]

New teams[edit]

  • None

Teams folding[edit]

  • None

Teams moving[edit]

  • None

Name changes[edit]

  • None

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PT= point system

6 points for a win, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for each regulation goal scored up to three per game.

 -Premiers (most points).  -Best record.  -Other playoff teams.

American Conference[edit]

Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
Tampa Bay Rowdies 19 13 61 50 168
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 18 14 61 55 163
New England Tea Men 18 14 54 56 154
Philadelphia Fury 10 22 42 68 98
Central Division W L GF GA PT
Chicago Sting 21 11 80 50 187
Houston Hurricane 14 18 56 69 130
Detroit Express 14 18 51 52 129
Memphis Rogues 14 18 49 57 126
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Edmonton Drillers 17 15 58 51 149
California Surf 15 17 61 67 144
San Diego Sockers 16 16 53 51 140
San Jose Earthquakes 9 23 45 68 95

National Conference[edit]

Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
New York Cosmos 24 8 87 41 213
Washington Diplomats 17 15 72 61 159
Toronto Blizzard 14 18 49 65 128
Rochester Lancers 12 20 42 67 109
Central Division W L GF GA PT
Dallas Tornado 18 14 57 58 157
Minnesota Kicks 16 16 66 56 147
Tulsa Roughnecks 15 17 56 62 139
Atlanta Chiefs 7 25 34 84 74
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Seattle Sounders 25 7 74 31 207
Los Angeles Aztecs 20 12 61 52 174
Vancouver Whitecaps 16 16 52 47 139
Portland Timbers 15 17 50 53 133

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention[2][3]
England Phil Parkes, Chicago G Canada Jack Brand, Seattle Netherlands Jan van Beveren, Fort Lauderdale
Brazil Carlos Alberto, New York D Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mihalj Keri, Los Angeles England David Nish, Seattle
South Africa Mike Connell, Tampa Bay D Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen, New York Scotland John Gorman, Tampa Bay
Netherlands Rudi Krol, Vancouver D Germany Peter Nogly, Edmonton Haiti Frantz Mathieu, Chicago
Scotland Bruce Rioch, Seattle D England John Ryan, Seattle Iran Andranik Eskandarian, New York
Germany Franz Beckenbauer, New York M Germany Arno Steffenhagen, Chicago England Ray Hudson, Ft. Lauderdale
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladislav Bogićević, New York M Netherlands Johan Neeskens, New York South Africa Ace Ntsoelengoe, Minnesota
Peru Teófilo Cubillas, Fort Lauderdale M England Alan Hudson, Seattle South Africa Jomo Sono, Toronto
Italy Giorgio Chinaglia, New York F South Africa Steve Wegerle, Tampa Bay Scotland Tommy Hutchison, Seattle
Netherlands Johan Cruyff, Washington F Germany Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago England Alan Green, Washington
England Roger Davies, Seattle F Brazil Luis Fernando, Los Angeles Paraguay Julio César Romero, New York

Playoffs[edit]

The top two teams from each division qualified for the playoffs automatically. The last two spots would go to the next best teams in the conference, regardless of division. The top three seeds went to the division winners, seeds 4-6 went to the second place teams and the last two seeds were given wild-card berths. The winners of each successive round would be reseeded within the conference by regular season point total, regardless of first-round seeding.[4] The Soccer Bowl remained a single game final.

In 1979 and 1980, if a playoff series was tied at one win apiece, a full 30 minute mini-game was played. If there was no winner after the 30 minutes ended, the teams would then move on to a shoot-out to determine a series winner.[5]

Bracket[edit]

Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Championships Soccer Bowl '80
                  
1 Chicago 1 3 1(0)
16 San Diego 2 2 1(3)
San Diego 6 0 1(2)
Tampa Bay 3 6 1(0)
8 Tampa Bay 1 4
9 New England 0 0
San Diego 1 4 0
Fort Lauderdale 2 2 2
5 Edmonton 2 0 1
12 Houston 1 1 0
Edmonton 0 2(2) 0
Fort Lauderdale 1 2(1) 3
4 Fort Lauderdale 2 0 0(3)
13 California 1 2 0(2)
Fort Lauderdale 0
New York 3
6 New York 3 8
11 Tulsa 1 1
New York 3 0 3
Dallas 2 3 0
3 Dallas 1 2
14 Minnesota 0 0
New York 2 3
Los Angeles 1 1
7 Los Angeles 0 1(5) 2
10 Washington 1 1(4) 0
Los Angeles 3 0 1(2)
Seattle 0 4 1(0)
2 Seattle 2 3
15 Vancouver 1 1

First round[edit]

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game (lower seed hosts Game 1)
Minnesota Kicks - Dallas Tornado 0–1 0–2 x August 27 • Metropolitan Stadium • 17,461
August 31 • Texas Stadium • 8,674
San Diego Sockers - Chicago Sting 2–1 2 - 3 2–1 (SO, 3–0) August 27 • San Diego Stadium • 12,125
August 30 • Comiskey Park • 12,267
New England Tea Men - Tampa Bay Rowdies 0–1 0–4 x August 27 • Schaefer Stadium • 17,121
August 30 • Tampa Stadium • 26,368
Vancouver Whitecaps - Seattle Sounders 1–2 (OT) 1 –3 x August 27 • Empire Stadium • 27,231
August 30 • Kingdome • 35,254
Washington Diplomats - Los Angeles Aztecs 1–0 1–2 (SO, 4–5) 0–2 August 27 • RFK Stadium • 20,231
August 30 • Rose Bowl • 14,163
Houston Hurricane - Edmonton Drillers 1–2 1–0 0–1 August 27 • Astrodome • 3,902
August 31 • Commonwealth Stadium • 22,059
California Surf - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1–2 2–0 0–1 (SO, 2–3) August 28 • Anaheim Stadium • 2,929
August 31 • Lockhart Stadium • 15,282
Tulsa Roughnecks - New York Cosmos 1–3 1–8 x August 28 • Skelly Stadium • 22,890
August 31 • Giants Stadium • 40,285

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game (lower seed hosts Game 1)
Los Angeles Aztecs - Seattle Sounders 3–0 0–4 2–1 (SO, 2–0) September 3 • Rose Bowl • 13,466
September 5 • Kingdome • 32,564
Edmonton Drillers - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0–1 3–2 (SO, 2–1) 0 - 3 September 3 • Commonwealth Stadium • 18,029
September 6 • Lockhart Stadium • 17,380
Dallas Tornado - New York Cosmos 2–3 3–0 0–3 September 3 • Texas Stadium • 7,459
September 7 • Giants Stadium • 45,153
San Diego Sockers - Tampa Bay Rowdies 6–3 0–6 2–1 (SO, 2–0) September 4 • San Diego Stadium • 20,109
September 7 • Tampa Stadium • 25,852

Conference Championships[edit]

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game (lower seed hosts Game 1)
San Diego Sockers - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1–2 4–2 0–2 September 11 • San Diego Stadium • 27,635
September 13 • Lockhart Stadium • 18,420
Los Angeles Aztecs - New York Cosmos 1–2 1–3 x September 10 • Rose Bowl • 25,487
September 13 • Giants Stadium • 42,324

Soccer Bowl '80[edit]

New York Cosmos3–0Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Romero 47:55' (Chinaglia, Bogićević)
Chinaglia 70:06' (Davis, Rijsbergen)
Chinaglia 87:07' (Cabañas)
Attendance: 50,768[8]
Referee: Paul Avis (Canada)[9]

1980 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Evening Independent - Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". home.att.net. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page".
  4. ^ 1980 Official North American Soccer League Guide. 1980. p. 276.
  5. ^ "NASL Playoffs Open Tonight". The Hour. August 14, 1979. p. 49. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  6. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search".
  7. ^ "Cosmos regain soccer title". Christian Science Monitor. 23 September 1980.
  8. ^ "The Evening News - Google News Archive Search".
  9. ^ http://www.naslsoccerbowl.com/index.php?id=788
  10. ^ "Jack Brand". Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2013-05-08.

1980 Official North American Soccer League Guide. New York, NY: North American Soccer League. 1980.

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