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)|
1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Intro articles: 2
The NASL franchises from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, Montreal, and Tulsa opted to play the Grand Prix in early 1983 as a makeshift indoor 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 and Tampa Bay finished tied on both points and record after the preliminary rounds, but Montreal held the head-to-head tie-breaker, and with it the top seed. Tampa Bay won the championship final 5–4 on a golden goal by Mark Karpun at 1:58 of the second, seven and a half minute, overtime period. This victory marked the Rowdies' third indoor trophy and fourth title 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.
1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Overview articles: 18
|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
1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Preliminary rounds articles: 4
Grand Prix Championship rounds
|4||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||4|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||5(2OT)|
|2||Tampa Bay Rowdies||8||Third place|
|4||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||4|
|February 18||Tampa Bay Rowdies||8–6||Tulsa Roughnecks||Attendance: 6,049|
|Montreal Manic||11–4||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers|
Third place match
|February 20||Tulsa Roughnecks||9–4||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers|
|Montreal Manic||4–5 (2OT)||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Report (p. 2C)||Tatu
1983 Indoor Grand Prix Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies
1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Grand Prix Championship rounds articles: 9
- Most Valuable Players:
Laurie Abrahams (Tulsa) - Goals: 12 Assists: 6 Total Pts: 30
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
G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential
|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 Vujović (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||12||22|
|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|
1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Tournament awards articles: 10
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|
|Stadium: Jacksonville Coliseum|
|January 15, 1983 2||Tulsa Roughnecks||3–6||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Dallas, Texas|
|Report p. 2-C||McLeod
Van der Beck
|Stadium: Reunion Arena|
|January 18, 1983 3||Tulsa Roughnecks||3–5||Tampa Bay Rowdies||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Report 1 (p. 5-C)
Van der Beck
|Stadium: Myriad Arena|
|January 29, 1983 4||Tampa Bay Rowdies||7–5||Montreal Manic||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|7:30 PM (EST)||Karpun
Van der Beck
|Report p. 2-C||Mitchell
|Stadium: Bayfront Center|
|February 25, 1983 5||Tampa Bay Rowdies||8–5||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Lakeland, Florida|
|8:00 PM (EST)||Tatu
|Report p. 2-C||Kidd
|Stadium: Lakeland Civic Center|
1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Non-grand prix matches articles: 27
- "Rowdies take on Montreal". Lakeland Ledger. January 21, 1983. p. 3D. Retrieved 2014-01-23 – via Google News Archive Search.
- Beard, Randy (February 15, 1983). "Rowdies' pair united in feelings toward Team America and coach". The Evening Independent. p. 3-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Manic, Rowdies Clash Today". Youngstown Vindicator. February 20, 1983. p. D-4. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Rowdies enter touney". Lakeland Ledger. December 12, 1982. p. 3D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- Johnson, Mark (February 21, 1983). "Rowdies win Grand Prix on Karpun's goal in OT". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved 4 October 2017 – via newspapers.com.
- Allen, Diane Lacy (February 23, 1983). "Rowdies meet Strikers at Civic Center". Lakeland Ledger. p. 3D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- Beard, Randy (February 21, 1983). "Championship effort carried Rowdies to title". The Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Miller resigns as Rowdies coach". Lakeland Ledger. October 4, 1983. p. 1D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Manic win opener". The Montreal Gazette. October 4, 1983. p. H-2. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Injury takes edge off Rowdies' victory". The Evening Independent. January 24, 1983. p. 8-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Rowdies whip Strikers in Grand Prix Soccer". Lakeland Ledger. February 7, 1983. p. 6D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Manic triumph". The Montreal Gazette. February 5, 1983. p. H-1. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
- Beard, Randy (February 19, 1983). "Power play went short-handed Rowdies' way". The Evening Independent. p. 3-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.