1976 NASL Indoor tournament

Over the course of three weekends in March 1976, the North American Soccer League hosted its second league-wide indoor soccer tournament. Twelve of the twenty NASL teams participated.

North American Soccer League
-1976 Indoor Tournament-
NASL Indoor Tournament
Tournament details
DatesMarch 12, 1976 –
March 27, 1976
Teams12
Final positions
ChampionsTampa Bay Rowdies (1st title)
Runners-upRochester Lancers
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored175 (10.94 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Juli Veee (8 goals)
Best player(s)Bermuda Clyde Best (Tampa Bay)
1975
1978

OverviewEdit

In 1976, instead of playing a full indoor schedule (and despite the hopes of Tampa Bay owner George Strawbridge, Jr.),[1] the North American Soccer League opted to stage a two-tiered indoor tournament for the second consecutive year. Of the league's 20 teams, 12 participated in three regions, which was down from 16 in four regions in the previous year's tournament. The regional winners along with the "best" second-place team would advance to the final four in St. Petersburg, Florida. While the goals remained 4 × 16, the games would be shortened to three 15-minute periods, instead of the 20-minute frames played the previous year.[2][3][4][5] The tournament also saw the first-ever indoor overtime and penalty shootout, as Miami and Boston played to a 6–6 draw in the opening match. After 45 minutes of regulation time and two 5-minute golden goal extra sessions, the match was ultimately decided by spot kicks.[6]

Playing in their home arena, the Bayfront Center, the Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the Rochester Lancers 6–4 in the Championship Final. Juli Veee of San Jose scored eight goals to lead the tournament, while Clyde Best of Tampa Bay earned the MVP honors.

1976 Indoor Regional tournamentsEdit

Eastern RegionalEdit

played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida[7][8][9]

March 12 Miami Toros 7–6 (PK, 4–3) Boston Minutemen Attendance: 4,762
March 12 Tampa Bay Rowdies 9–5 Washington Diplomats

March 13 Washington Diplomats 9–3 Miami Toros Attendance: 5,785
March 13 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5–3 Boston Minutemen
Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 2 0 14 8 +6 4
2 Washington Diplomats 2 1 1 14 12 +2 2
3 Miami Toros 2 1 1 9 15 –6 2
4 Boston Minutemen 2 0 2 9 11 –2 0

*Tampa Bay wins region, advances to semifinals

Midwest RegionalEdit

played at International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois[10]

March 13 Toronto Metros-Croatia 8–6 St. Louis Stars Attendance: 1,700 (est.)[11]
March 13 Rochester Lancers 5–2 Chicago Sting

March 14 Rochester Lancers 5–4 St. Louis Stars Attendance: 1,700 (est.)[12]
March 14 Chicago Sting 6–2 Toronto Metros-Croatia
Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 Rochester Lancers 2 2 0 10 6 +4 4
2 Chicago Sting 2 1 1 8 7 +1 2
3 Toronto Metros-Croatia 2 1 1 10 12 –2 2
4 St. Louis Stars 2 0 2 10 13 –3 0

*Rochester wins region, advances to semifinals

West RegionalEdit

played at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California [16][17][18]

March 19 Dallas Tornado 5–2 San Diego Jaws Attendance: 6,671[19]
March 19 San Jose Earthquakes 18–6 Vancouver Whitecaps

March 21 Dallas Tornado 11–2 Vancouver Whitecaps Attendance: 5,438[20]
March 21 San Jose Earthquakes 8–4 San Diego Jaws
Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 San Jose Earthquakes 2 2 0 26 10 +16 4
2 Dallas Tornado 2 2 0 16 4 +12 4
3 San Diego Jaws 2 0 2 6 13 –7 0
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0 2 8 29 –21 0

*San Jose wins region on goal differential, while Dallas is the top second-place team in any region, so both advance to semifinals

1976 Indoor Final FourEdit

BracketEdit

  Semifinals     Championship Final
                 
  M1 Rochester Lancers 6  
  W1 San Jose Earthquakes 4    
      M1 Rochester Lancers 4
      E1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6
  E1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6    
  W2 Dallas Tornado 2   Third place
 
W1 San Jose Earthquakes 5
  W2 Dallas Tornado 2

Semi-finalsEdit

played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida[22]

March 26 Rochester Lancers 6–4 San Jose Earthquakes Attendance: 5,365
March 26 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6–2 Dallas Tornado

Third-place matchEdit

played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida

March 27 San Jose Earthquakes 5–2 Dallas Tornado

Championship FinalEdit

Tampa Bay Rowdies6–4Rochester Lancers
Smethurst   3:37' (Scullion)
Lindsay   12:43'
Best   20:11'
Smethurst   30:26' (Best)
Smethurst   41:42'
Best   44:58' (Scullion)
Report Garcia   2:31' (Escos)
Escos   9:54'
Silva  
Moia   35:43'

1975 NASL Indoor Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Final Four awardsEdit

Final team rankingsEdit

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 4 4 0 26 14 +12
2 Rochester Lancers 4 3 1 20 16 +4
3 San Jose Earthquakes 4 3 1 35 18 +17
4 Dallas Tornado 4 2 2 20 15 +5
5 Washington Diplomats 2 1 1 14 12 +2

Non-tournament matchesEdit

In addition to the tournament itself, a few teams staged other indoor matches as tune-ups for both the outdoor season and the indoor tournament itself.

Match reportsEdit

March 6, 1976 1 Int'l friendly Tampa Bay Rowdies 11–4 Santos F.C. (Jamaica) St. Petersburg, Florida
7:30 PM (EST) Wark   8:08' (Garber)
Austin   14:11' (Marsh)
Lindsay   17:19' (Marsh)
Best   24:13' (Garber)
Marsh   25:54' (Auguste)
Marsh   26:31' (Bleum)
Best   27:40'
Best   29:23' (Scullion)
Scullion   35:28' (Marsh)
Scullion   51:34' (Marsh)
Best   55:18' (Wark)
Report 1
Report 2
P. Marston   13:56' (Taylor)
L. Anderson   30:57' (Taylor)
E. Reid   39:29' (Taylor)
McKenzie   41:46' (Blair)
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 5,620
April 8, 1976 3 Philadelphia Atoms 4–3 Washington Diplomats Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Herrada   7:05' (Camacho)
Navarro   21:53'
Galati   32:05' (Lopez)
López   39:45'
Report 1
Report 2
Report 3
Minor   26:52'
Grell   27:04'
Minor   33:40'
Stadium: Spectrum
Attendance: 4,234[26]

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