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1980–81 NASL Indoor season

North American Soccer League -1980–81 Indoor Season-
Season1980–81
ChampionsEdmonton Drillers
PremiersChicago Sting
Matches played171
Goals scored1,998 (11.68 per match)
Top goalscorer Karl-Heinz Granitza (42 goals)
Average attendance5,146

The 1980–81 season was the North American Soccer League's second indoor soccer season.

1980–81 NASL Indoor season Intro articles: 2

Overview

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 four Canadian teams were realigned into one division and forced to play only one another during the regular season. This was due to early season litigation which restricted NASL teams' travel between the U.S. and Canada.[2] The Edmonton Drillers won the championship in a two-game finals-sweep of the Chicago Sting. This was the Drillers' first, and only, NASL indoor title. Kai Haaskivi of Edmonton won both the regular season and playoff MVP awards.[3][4]

1980–81 NASL Indoor season Overview articles: 6

Regular season

W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = Games Behind 1st Place, % = Winning Percentage, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against[5]

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 .556 104 118
Tulsa Roughnecks 9 9 1 .500 111 113
Dallas Tornado 7 11 3 .389 110 125
San Diego Sockers 6 12 4 .333 106 121
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

1980–81 NASL Indoor season Regular season articles: 16

Playoffs

Bracket

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

If a playoff series is tied after two games, a 15 minute, tie breaker mini-game is played.

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Edmonton Drillers - Los Angeles Aztecs 8–3 10–6 x February 16 • L.A. Sports Arena • 1,621
February 19 • Northlands Coliseum • 4,310
Vancouver Whitecaps - California Surf 0–3[6] 8–5 4–0 February 18 • Long Beach Arena • 472
February 21 • Pacific Coliseum • 8,496
Atlanta Chiefs - Minnesota Kicks 10–8 5–4 (OT) x February 16 • Met Center • 6,354
February 20 • The Omni • 6,150
Chicago Sting - Portland Timbers #6–2 8–7 (OT) x February 17 • Chicago Stadium • 3,254
February 19 • Chicago Stadium • 6,286

#Scheduling conflicts at the Portland Coliseum forced both games to be played in Chicago.[7]

Semi-finals

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Vancouver Whitecaps - Edmonton Drillers 7–9 4–6 x February 24 • Northlands Coliseum • 3,420
February 28 • Pacific Coliseum • 11,758
Chicago Sting - Atlanta Chiefs 8–3 5–9 4–2 February 25 • The Omni • 9,187
February 28 • Chicago Stadium • 12,376

Championship Finals

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Chicago Sting - Edmonton Drillers *6–9 4–5 x March 2 • Edmonton Gardens • 5,089[8]
March 7 • Chicago Stadium • 16,257

*Scheduling conflicts at the Northlands Coliseum forced Game 1 of the Finals to be moved across the street to the Edmonton Gardens.[9]

Championship match reports

March 2, 1981 Game 1Edmonton Drillers9–6Chicago StingEdmonton, Alberta
8:30 P.M. (MST) Raduka  3:09'
Guðmundsson  9:09' (Haaskivi)
Haaskivi  11:58' (Guðmundsson, Raduka)
Haaskivi  19:35' (James, Guðmundsson)
Haaskivi  21:45' (Sweeney, de Luca)
Oostrom  24:53' (Haaskivi, Guðmundsson)
Haaskivi  34:56' (Raduka, Guðmundsson)
Haaskivi  51:03' (Sweeney, Oostrom)
Haaskivi  58:23' (Guðmundsson, Oostrom)
Report Hall  15:31' (Peter, Granitza)
Hall  23:06' (Glenn, Steele)
Simanton  26:05' (Granitza, Ryan)
Long  34:18' (Granitza)
Fajkus  40:08' (Steele, Glenn)
Simanton  53:54' (Granitza, Spalding)
Stadium: Edmonton Gardens]
Attendance: 5,089
March 7, 1981 Game 2Chicago Sting4–5Edmonton DrillersChicago, Illinois
2:00 P.M. (CST) Granitza  12:28' (Ryan, Fajkus)
Steffenhagen  23:59' (Simanton, Glenn)
Hall  32:33' (Mishalow)
Peter  58:54' (Hall)
Report Sweeney  31:15' (Goossens)
Knight  37:57' (Haaskivi)
Oostrom  40:14' (Haaskivi)
Guðmundsson  46:53'
Oostrom  58:49' (Haaskivi)
Stadium: Chicago Stadium
Attendance: 16,257
Referee: Toros Kibritjan (USA)


1980–81 NASL Indoor Champions: Edmonton Drillers

1980–81 NASL Indoor season Playoffs articles: 24

Post season awards

References

  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. ^ Conklin, Mike (March 3, 1981). "Sting may be in for a surprise in finals". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, Sec 5. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  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.
  4. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/image/199434807/?terms=NASL%2Bindoor%2BHaaskivi
  5. ^ 1983 Official North American Soccer League Guide
  6. ^ Jones, Graham L. (February 19, 1981). "Surf Beats Whitecaps, 3–0". Los Angeles Times. p. III-12. Retrieved December 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Conklin, Mike (February 16, 1981). "Sting home for playoff opener". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, Sec 4. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAdBFlMvZts
  9. ^ Conklin, Mike (March 3, 1981). "Finn star peppers Sting with 6 goals, Edmonton wins". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, Sec 5. Retrieved 21 December 2016.