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1980 North American Soccer League season

Sports season

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 of "North American Soccer League (1968%E2%80%9384)" article

Overview

The league comprised 24 teams. 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.

1980 North American Soccer League season Overview articles: 3

Changes from the previous season

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

  • None

Teams folding

  • None

Teams moving

  • None

Name changes

  • None

Regular season

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

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

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

1980 North American Soccer League season Regular season articles: 21

NASL All-Stars

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

Playoffs

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

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

First round

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

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

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 0–3 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

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

1980 North American Soccer League season NASL All-Stars articles: 25

Post season awards

References

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

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