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North American Soccer League (1968-84)

The NPSL and USA merged to form the NASL in 1968 and the new league lasted through 1984. The NASL championship was known as the Soccer Bowl from 1975-84. One game decided the NASL title every year but five. There were no playoffs in 1969; a two-game/aggregate goals format was used in 1968 and '70; and a best-of-three games format was used in 1971 and '84; (*) indicates overtime and (†) indicates game decided by shootout.

Multiple winners: NY Cosmos (5); Chicago (2).

Playoff Final Regular Season
Year Winner Score(s) Loser Leading Scorer GA Pts
1968 Atlanta Chiefs 0-0,3-0 San Diego Toros John Kowalik, Chicago 309 69
1969 Kansas City Spurs No game Atlanta Chiefs Kaiser Motaung, Atlanta 164 36
        
1970 Rochester Lancers 3-0,1-3 Washington Darts Kirk Apostolidis, Dallas 163 35
1971 Dallas Tornado 1-2*,4-1,2-0 Atlanta Chiefs Carlos Metidieri, Rochester 198 46
1972 New York Cosmos 2-1 St. Louis Stars Randy Horton, New York 94 22
1973 Philadelphia Atoms 2-0 Dallas Tornado Kyle Rote Jr., Dallas 1010 30
1974 Los Angeles Aztecs 3-3†Miami Toros Paul Child, San Jose 156 36
1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 Portland Timbers Steve David, Miami 236 52
1976 Toronto Metros 3-0 Minnesota Kicks Giorgio Chinaglia, New York 1911 49
1977 New York Cosmos 2-1 Seattle Sounders Steve David, Los Angeles 266 58
1978 New York Cosmos 3-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies Giorgio Chinaglia, New York 3411 79
1979 Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies Oscar Fabbiani, Tampa Bay 258 58
        
1980 New York Cosmos 3-0 Ft. Laud. Strikers Giorgio Chinaglia, New York 3213 77
1981 Chicago Sting 0-0†New York Cosmos Giorgio Chinaglia, New York 2916 74
1982 New York Cosmos 1-0 Seattle Sounders Giorgio Chinaglia, New York 2015 55
1983 Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 Toronto Blizzard Roberto Cabanas, New York 2516 66
1984 Chicago Sting 2-1,3-2 Toronto Blizzard Steve Zungul, Golden Bay 2010 50
Note: In 1969, Kansas City won the NASL regular season championship with 110 points to 109 for Atlanta. There were no playoffs.

Regular Season MVP

Regular season Most Valuable Player as designated by the NASL.

Multiple winner: Carlos Metidieri (2).

Year  
1967 Rueben Navarro, Phila (NPSL)
1968 John Kowalik, Chicago
1969 Cirilio Fernandez, KC
1970 Carlos Metidieri, Rochester
1971 Carlos Metidieri, Rochester
1972 Randy Horton, New York
1973 Warren Archibald, Miami
1974 Peter Silvester, Baltimore
1975 Steve David, Miami
1976 Pelé, New York
1977 Franz Beckenbauer, New York
1978 Mike Flanagan, New England
1979 Johan Cruyff, Los Angeles
1980 Roger Davies, Seattle
1981 Giorgio Chinaglia, New York
1982 Peter Ward, Seattle
1983 Roberto Cabanas, New York
1984 Steve Zungul, Golden Bay

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