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1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer

North American Soccer League
1983 Grand Prix of Indoor
NASL Indoor Grand Prix
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 21, 1983 –
February 20, 1983
Teams4
Final positions
ChampionsTampa Bay Rowdies (3rd title)
Runners-upMontreal Manic
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored199 (12.44 per match)
Attendance37,111 (2,319 per match)
Top scorer(s) Laurie Abrahams
Dale Mitchell
(12 goals)
Best player(s) Laurie Abrahams
Mehdi Cerbah

The 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer was an indoor soccer tournament staged by four franchises of the North American Soccer League.

1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Intro articles: 2

Overview

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.[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[2] 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.[5] 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.[6][7][8]

1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Overview articles: 18

Preliminary rounds

Round 1

played at Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma[9][10]

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

Round 2

played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida[11][12]

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

Round 3

played at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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

Seeding

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.

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1* Montreal Manic 6 4 2 36 31 +5 42
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6 4 2 38 31 +7 42
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 6 3 3 33 37 –4 33
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

Bracket

  Semifinals     Championship Final
                 
  1 Montreal Manic 11  
  4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4    
      1 Montreal Manic 4
      2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5(2OT)
  3 Tulsa Roughnecks 6    
  2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8   Third place
 
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 9
  4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4

Semi-finals

played at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec

February 18 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8–6 Tulsa Roughnecks Attendance: 6,049[13]
Montreal Manic 11–4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Third place match

played at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec (1:30 PM EST)

February 20 Tulsa Roughnecks 9–4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Championship Final

Montreal Manic4–5 (2OT)Tampa Bay Rowdies
Mitchell  16:17'
Mitchell  19:51' (McGrane)
Mitchell  24:53' (Uremovich)
Lodeweges  44:01'
Report (p. 2C) Tatu  7:06' (McLeod, Perez)
Perez  11:12'
Nogly  31:46'
Zequinha  58:05' (Gruber, Tatu)
Karpun  69:28'  (Nogly)
Attendance: 7,895
Referee: Gordon Arrowsmith

1983 Indoor Grand Prix Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies

1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Grand Prix Championship rounds articles: 9

Tournament awards

  • 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

Final rankings

G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 6 2 51 41 +10
2 Montreal Manic 8 5 3 51 40 +11
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 8 4 4 48 49 -1
4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 8 1 7 40 60 -20

Statistics

Leading Scorers Goals Assists Points
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
Leading Goalkeepers Minutes GA GAA
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.

Match reports

January 15, 1983 2Tulsa Roughnecks3–6Tampa Bay RowdiesDallas, Texas
Belfiore  8:42' (Krupa, DuBose)
Danaeifard  36:17'
Pesa  55:57' (Abrahams)
Report p. 2-C McLeod  6:59' (Nogly, Perez)
Karpun  37:23'
Zequinha  39:53' (Molina, Nogly)
Van der Beck  42:30' (Roe)
McLeod  51:45'
Pérez  56:33' (Zequinha)
Stadium: Reunion Arena
Attendance: 5,451
January 18, 1983 3Tulsa Roughnecks3–5Tampa Bay RowdiesOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Saldana  21:07'
Saldana  21:29' (Danaiford)
Saldana  52:00' (Riordan)
Report 1 (p. 5-C)
Report 2
Nogly  18:08' (Oliveira)
Van der Beck  19:14'
McLeod  (Myernick)
Karpun  (Myernick)
Roe  (Karpun, Nogly)
Stadium: Myriad Arena
Attendance: 2,500
January 29, 1983 4Tampa Bay Rowdies7–5Montreal ManicSt. 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)
Usiyan  39:40'
Mitchell  40:40' (O'Brien)
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 5,525
February 25, 1983 5Tampa Bay Rowdies8–5Fort Lauderdale StrikersLakeland, Florida
8:00 PM (EST) Tatu  6:15' (Gruber, Easton)
Karpun  13:04'
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
Attendance: 3,506

1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer Non-grand prix matches articles: 27

References

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