NASL Final 1968

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NASL Final 1968
Event NASL Final
Aggregate goals
Date September 21, 1968 (1968-09-21)
Venue Balboa Stadium[1], San Diego, California
Referee Reg Clark (Canada)
Attendance 9,360
Date September 28, 1968 (1968-09-28)
Venue Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Referee Jim Carr (England)
Attendance 14,994

NASL Final 1968 was the North American Soccer League's postseason championship final of the 1968 season. The event was contested in a two-game aggregate match between the Atlanta Chiefs and the San Diego Toros. The first leg was played to a, 0–0, draw on September 21, 1968 at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California. The return leg was contested on September 28, 1968 at Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia with the Chiefs winning by the score of 3–0. After the two-day competition was completed, the Atlanta Chiefs held a 3–0 aggregate lead and were crowned the 1968 NASL champions.[2][3]


The Atlanta Chiefs qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Atlantic Division with 174 points. They faced the Lakes Division champion Cleveland Stokers in a two-game aggregate match for the Eastern Conference championship. The first game was played on September 11 and ended in a, 1–1, draw. The second leg, played on September 14, also finished regulation at 1–1, but the Chiefs were able to score in overtime to win the Eastern Conference title and advance to the finals.

The San Diego Toros qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Pacific Division with 186 points. They faced the Gulf Division champion Kansas City Spurs in a two-game aggregate match for the Western Conference championship. Like the other match played that day, the first leg ended in a, 1–1, draw on September 11. After 90 minutes of regulation the second leg ended with neither team able to score. The September 16 match moved into overtime, and then into a second overtime before Toros' reserve Novak Tomić scored in 118th minute to end it. The victory gave San Diego the Western Conference title and advanced them to the finals.[4]

Match summary[edit]

Championship results[edit]

Team 1 Aggregate Team 2 First leg Second leg Attendance
Atlanta Chiefs 3–0 San Diego Toros 0–0 3–0 September 21 • Balboa Stadium • 9,360
September 28 • Atlanta Stadium • 14,994

First leg[edit]

September 21[5]
1:00 P.M. (PST)
San Diego Toros 0–0 Atlanta Chiefs
Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 9,360
Referee: Reg Clark (Canada)
San Diego

Assistant referees:
Artie Wachter
John Greenhalgh[6]

Television: CBS
Announcers: Mario Machado, Clive Toye

Second leg[edit]

San Diego[11][10]

1968 NASL Champions: Atlanta Chiefs

Assistant referees:

Television: CBS
Announcers: Mario Machado, Clive Toye

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

NASL Soccer Bowl (official website)