1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer
|NASL Indoor Grand Prix|
|Dates||January 21, 1983 –
February 20, 1983
|Champions||Tampa Bay Rowdies (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||199 (12.44 per match)|
|Attendance||37,111 (2,319 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Laurie Abrahams
|Best player|| Laurie Abrahams
The Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, Montreal, and Tulsa franchises opted to play the Grand Prix in early 1983 as a makeshift season, because for various reasons, the eight other NASL clubs had chosen to forego playing a full 1982–83 NASL indoor season. Three of those eight teams (Chicago, Golden Bay and San Diego) had joined the Major Indoor Soccer League for 1982-83 season, while the remaining five squads chose to sit out winter indoor play completely.
The tournament consisted of three weeks of double round-robin play for the purpose of seeding, followed by a Championship weekend at the Forum in Montreal. Fort Lauderdale did not host a round because there was no suitable venue in the area that also met the minimum seating requirements. Instead, Tulsa hosted Rounds 1 and 3. The tournament would mark the third time NASL teams played in such an event, with the first two coming in 1975 and 1976. Additionally the teams participated in a season-long Shootout Challenge competition, the champions of which would split a $5,000 purse.
Montreal finished the preliminary rounds with the top seed. Tampa Bay won the championship final 5–4 on a golden goal by Mark Karpun in double overtime. This victory marked the Rowdies' third indoor title and fourth overall in the NASL. Laurie Abrahams of Tulsa led all scorers (12 goals, 6 assists) and was named the offensive MVP, while Montreal goalie Mehdi Cerbah who posted a 4.36 goals-against-average was the defensive MVP of the tournament. Tampa Bay also won the $5,000 Shootout Challenge purse by defeating Ft. Lauderdale, 2–0, with Rowdies goalie Jürgen Stars stopping all three Strikers shots in the final round.
|January 21||Montreal Manic||6–3||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Attendance: 3,522|
|Ft. Lauderdale Strikers||8–4||Tulsa Roughnecks|
|January 22||Montreal Manic||8–6||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers||Attendance: 4,341|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||7–2||Tulsa Roughnecks|
|February 4||Montreal Manic||6–3||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers||Attendance: 4,450|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||7–6||Tulsa Roughnecks|
|February 5||Tulsa Roughnecks||7–4||Montreal Manic||Attendance: 5,545|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||10–6||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers|
|February 11||Tampa Bay Rowdies||7–5||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers||Attendance: 2,064|
|Tulsa Roughnecks||8–7||Montreal Manic|
|February 12||Montreal Manic||5–4||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Attendance: 3,245|
|Tulsa Roughnecks||5–4 (OT)||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers|
G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential, PTS= point system
6 points awarded for a win. Beginning with the fourth goal, 1 bonus point awarded for each goal scored. Maximum of 5 bonus points per game.
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||6||4||2||38||31||+7||42|
|4||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers||6||1||5||32||40||-8||20|
*Montreal wins top seed based on 2–0 head-to-head edge over Tampa Bay
Grand Prix Championship rounds
|4||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||4|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||5(2OT)|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||8|
|February 18||Tampa Bay Rowdies||8–6||Tulsa Roughnecks||Attendance: 6,049|
|February 18||Montreal Manic||11–4||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers|
Third place match
|February 20||Tulsa Roughnecks||9–4||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers|
February 20, 1983
3:30 PM EST
|Montreal Manic||4–5 (2OT)||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
Mitchell 19:51' (McGrane)
Mitchell 24:53' (Uremovich)
|Report (p. 2C)||Tatu 7:06' (McLeod, Perez)
Zequinha 58:05' (Gruber, Tatu)
Karpun 76:58' (Nogly)
1983 Indoor Grand Prix Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies
- Most Valuable Players:
- Offensive: Laurie Abrahams (Tulsa) - Goals: 12 Assists: 6 Total Pts: 30
- Defensive: Mehdi Cerbah (Montreal) Goals-against-average: 4.36
- $5,000 Shootout Challenge:
- Semi-finals: Tampa Bay 3 – 1 Tulsa • Ft. Lauderdale 3 – 1 Montreal
- Finals: Tampa Bay 2 – 0 Ft. Lauderdale
|1||Tampa Bay Rowdies||8||6||2||51||41||+10|
|4||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers||8||1||7||40||60||-20|
|Laurie Abrahams (Tulsa)||12||6||30|
|Dale Mitchell (Montreal)||12||4||28|
|Branko Šegota (Ft. Lauderdale)||10||8||28|
|Dragan Vujovic (Montreal)||9||7||25|
|Teófilo Cubillas (Ft. Lauderdale)||8||9||25|
|Hugo Pérez (Tampa Bay)||10||4||24|
|Tatu (Tampa Bay)||9||5||23|
|Keith Weller (Tulsa)||8||7||23|
|Wes McLeod (Tampa Bay)||5||13||23|
|Njego Pesa (Tulsa)||9||4||22|
|Alan Willey (Montreal)||8||6||22|
|Steve Wegerle (Ft. Lauderdale)||7||6||20|
|Mehdi Cerbah (Montreal)||330||24||4.36|
|Jürgen Stars (Tampa Bay)||377||32||5.09|
|Craig Scarpelli (Ft. Lauderdale)||330||33||5.99|
|Winston DuBose (Tulsa)||486||49||6.05|
Non-grand prix matches
In addition to the Grand Prix tournament, the four teams took part in other indoor matches as tune-ups for both the outdoor season and the Grand Prix itself.
|January 14, 1983 1||Tea Men All-Stars||3–4||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Report||Whelan , 59:22'
|Stadium: Jacksonville Coliseum
|January 15, 1983 2||Tulsa Roughnecks||3–6||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Dallas, Texas|
|Belfiore 8:42' (Krupa, DuBose)
Pesa 55:57' (Abrahams)
|Report p. 2-C||McLeod 6:59' (Nogly, Perez)
Zequinha 39:53' (Molina, Nogly)
Van der Beck 42:30' (Roe)
Pérez 56:33' (Zequinha)
|Stadium: Reunion Arena
|January 18, 1983 3||Tulsa Roughnecks||3–5||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Saldana , ,||Report p. 5-C||Nogly 18:08'
Van der Beck 19:14'
|January 29, 1983 4||Tampa Bay Rowdies||7–5||Montreal Manic||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|7:30 PM (EST)||Karpun 7:38' (Myernick)
Tatu 34:32' (Molina, Kozic)
Oliveira 35:46' (Molina, Myernick)
Tatu 39:05' (Molina)
Pérez 40:28' (McLeod)
Nogly 48:47' (Pérez)
Van der Beck 58:37'
|Report p. 2-C||Mitchell 18:46'
Willey 24:27' (Falzon, Knight)
Usiyan 37:56' (Marcantonio, Lodeweges)
Mitchell 40:40' (O'Brien)
|Stadium: Bayfront Center
|February 25, 1979 5||Tampa Bay Rowdies||8–5||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Lakeland, Florida|
|8:00 PM (EST)||Tatu 6:15' (Gruber, Easton)
Miller 22:55' (Pérez, Kozic)
Karpun 31:35' (Fall)
Gruber 44:42' (Fall)
Molina 46:43' (Thompson)
Bates 53:38' (Molina, McLeod)
Oliveira 57:51' (Pérez, Molina)
|Report p. 2-C||Kidd 13:26' (Segota)
Cubillas 23:55' (Kidd)
Kidd 36:14' (Whelan)
Meschbach 39:31' (Kadupski, Cubillas)
Kidd 54:16' (Kadupski)
|Stadium: Lakeland Civic Center
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