1980 North American Soccer League season
|Champions||New York Cosmos
|Premiers||New York Cosmos
(4th title) most total points
best Won/Loss record
|Goals scored||1371 (3.57 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Giorgio Chinaglia
(Ft. Lauderdale @ NY)
(Memphis at New England)
Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1980. This was the 13th season of the NASL.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Changes from the Previous Season
- 3 Regular season
- 4 NASL All-Stars
- 5 Playoffs
- 6 Post season awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
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 in the match for each team, up from two during the previous 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.
|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|
|San Diego Sockers||16||16||53||51||140|
|San Jose Earthquakes||9||23||45||68||95|
|New York Cosmos||24||8||87||41||213|
|Los Angeles Aztecs||20||12||61||52||174|
|First Team||Position||Second Team||Honorable Mention|
|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, Ft. 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|
The top two teams from each division qualified for the playoffs automatically. The two highest remaining point totaled teams in each conference also qualified for the playoffs as wild cards and were given the lowest first round seeds. Playoff match-ups and home/away status were reset after each round, based on regular season point totals.
In 1979 and 1980, if a playoff series was tied at one victory each, a full 30 minute mini-game was played. If neither team held an advantage after the 30 minutes, the teams would then move on to a shoot-out to determine a series winner.
|(higher seed)||Game 1||Game 2||Mini-game|
|Minnesota Kicks||-||Dallas Tornado||0 - 1||0 - 2||x||August 27 -17,461 • August 31 -8,674|
|San Diego Sockers||-||Chicago Sting||2 - 1||2 - 3||2 - 1 (SO, 3–0)||August 27 -12,125 • August 30 -12,267|
|New England Tea Men||-||Tampa Bay Rowdies||0 - 1||0 - 4||x||August 27 -17,121 • August 30 -26,368|
|Vancouver Whitecaps||-||Seattle Sounders||1 - 2 (OT)||1 - 3||x||August 27 -27,231 • August 30–35,254|
|Washington Diplomats||-||Los Angeles Aztecs||1 - 0||1 - 2 (SO, 4–5)||0 - 2||August 27 -20,231 • August 30 -14,163|
|Houston Hurricane||-||Edmonton Drillers||1 - 2||1 - 0||0 - 1||August 27 -3,902 • August 31 -22,059|
|California Surf||-||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||1 - 2||2 - 0||0 - 1 (SO, 2–3)||August 28 2,929 • August 31 -15,282|
|Tulsa Roughnecks||-||New York Cosmos||1 - 3||1 - 8||x||August 28 -22,890 • August 31 -40,285|
|Game 1||Game 2||Mini-game|
|Los Angeles Aztecs||-||Seattle Sounders||3 - 0||0 - 4||2 - 1 (SO, 2–0)||September 3–13,466 • September 5–32,564|
|Edmonton Drillers||-||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||0 - 1||3 - 2 (SO, 2–1)||0 - 3||September 3–18,029 • September 6–17,380|
|Dallas Tornado||-||New York Cosmos||2 - 3||3 - 0||0 - 3||September 3–7,459 • September 7 -45,153|
|San Diego Sockers||-||Tampa Bay Rowdies||6 - 3||0 - 6||2 - 1 (SO, 2–0)||September 4–20,109 • September 7–25,852|
|Game 1||Game 2||Mini-game|
|San Diego Sockers||-||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||1 - 2||4 - 2||0 - 3||September 11–27,635 • September 13–18,420|
|Los Angeles Aztecs||-||New York Cosmos||1 - 2||1 - 3||x||September 10–25,487 • September 13 -42,324|
Soccer Bowl '80
|New York Cosmos||3–0||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|Romero (Chinaglia, Bogićević) 47:55'
Chinaglia (Davis, Rijsbergen) 70:06'
Chinaglia (Cabañas) 87:07'
1980 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos
Post season awards
- Most Valuable Player: Roger Davies, Seattle
- Coach of the year: Alan Hinton, Seattle
- Rookie of the year: Jeff Durgan, New York
- North American Player of the Year: Jack Brand, Seattle