1982 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1982 Season-
Season 1982
Champions New York Cosmos
(5th title)
Premiers New York Cosmos
(6th title)
Matches played 224
Goals scored 809 (3.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Ricardo Alonso
(21 goals)
Highest attendance 52,436
Tampa Bay at New York
(April 18)
Lowest attendance 2,120
San Jose at Edmonton
(August 4)
Average attendance 13,155
1981
1983

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1982. This was the 15th season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

The league comprised 14 teams. The New York Cosmos won the championship. The NASL no longer used the 35 yard line for offside, but retained its presence for use in tie-breaker shootouts.[1]

Changes from the Previous Season[edit]

Teams Folding[edit]

Atlanta, Calgary, California, Dallas and Washington folded in September 1981,[2] while Los Angeles and Minnesota folded in November–December 1981.

Regular season[edit]

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

6 points for a win in regulation and overtime, 4 point for a shootout win, 0 points for a loss, 1 bonus point for each regulation goal scored, up to three per game.[3]

    -Premiers (most points).     -Other playoff teams.
Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
New York Cosmos 23 9 73 52 203
Montreal Manic 19 13 60 43 159
Toronto Blizzard 17 15 64 47 151
Chicago Sting 13 19 56 67 129
Southern Division W L GF GA PT
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 18 14 64 74 163
Tulsa Roughnecks 16 16 69 57 151
Tampa Bay Rowdies 12 20 47 77 112
Jacksonville Tea Men 11 21 41 71 105
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Seattle Sounders 18 14 72 48 166
San Diego Sockers 19 13 71 54 162
Vancouver Whitecaps 20 12 58 48 160
Portland Timbers 14 18 49 44 122
San Jose Earthquakes 13 19 47 62 114
Edmonton Drillers 11 21 38 65 93

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team   Position   Second Team[4] Honorable Mention[5]
Germany Hubert Birkenmeier, New York G Netherlands Jan van Beveren, Ft. Lauderdale Sweden Jan Möller, Toronto
Haiti Frantz Mathieu, Chicago D England Barry Wallace, Tulsa Canada Bruce Wilson, Toronto
South Korea Cho Young-Jeung, Portland D United States Jeff Durgan, New York South Africa Mike Connell, Tampa Bay
Germany Peter Nogly, Tampa Bay D Brazil Carlos Alberto, New York England John Wile, Vancouver
Iran Andranik Eskandarian, New York D England Ray Evans, Seattle Canada Bob Lenarduzzi, Vancouver
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladislav Bogićević, New York M England Steve Daley, Seattle England Vince Hilaire, San Jose
South Africa Ace Ntsoelengoe, Toronto M Netherlands Johan Neeskens, New York England Ray Hudson, Ft. Lauderdale
Germany Arno Steffenhagen, Chicago M Peru Teófilo Cubillas, Ft. Lauderdale United States Juli Veee, San Diego
Italy Giorgio Chinaglia, New York F England Steve Hunt, New York Canada Branko Šegota, Ft. Lauderdale
England Peter Ward, Seattle F Germany Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago South Africa David Byrne, Toronto
Argentina Ricardo Alonso, Jacksonville F Argentina Pato Margetic, Chicago England Laurie Abrahams, Tulsa • England Godfrey Ingram, San Jose • England Carl Valentine, Vancouver

Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 *(higher seed hosts Games 1 and 3)
New York Cosmos - Tulsa Roughnecks 5–0 0–1 1–0 August 25 • Giants Stadium • 23,917
August 28 • Skelly Stadium • 15,817
September 1 • Giants Stadium • 24,209
Seattle Sounders - Toronto Blizzard 4–2 1–2 (OT) 4–2 August 25 • Kingdome • 13,005
August 27 • Exhibition Stadium • 5,099
September 1 • Kingdome • 17,332
Fort Lauderdale Strikers - Montreal Manic *2–3 (OT) 1–0 (OT) 4–1 *August 25 • Olympic Stadium • 15,232
August 29 • Lockhart Stadium • 10,696
September 1 • Lockhart Stadium • 11,897
San Diego Sockers - Vancouver Whitecaps 5–1 0–1 2–1 August 25 • Jack Murphy Stadium • 7,267
August 29 • Empire Stadium • 18,253
September 2 • Jack Murphy Stadium • 8,857

*Montreal Manic hosted Game 1 (instead of Game 2) due to stadium conflicts with the Expos baseball club.

Semifinals[edit]

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 (higher seed hosts Games 1 and 3)
New York Cosmos - San Diego Sockers 2–1 2–1 (OT) x September 5 • Giants Stadium • 34,653
September 8 • Jack Murphy Stadium • 13,074
Seattle Sounders - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2–0 3–4 (OT) 1–0 (OT) September 4 • Kingdome • 17,338
September 8 • Lockhart Stadium • 15,196
September 10 • Kingdome • 28,986

Soccer Bowl '82[edit]

Main article: Soccer Bowl '82

1982 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]