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The California Surf was a soccer club based in Anaheim, California who played in the North American Soccer League from 1978 to 1981. Their home field was Anaheim Stadium. They played two seasons of indoor soccer, one each at the Anaheim Convention Center[1] and the Long Beach Arena.[2]

California Surf
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Full nameCalifornia Surf
Nickname(s)The Surf
Founded1978
Dissolved1981
GroundAnaheim Stadium 69,008
Indoor:
Anaheim Convention Center 5,400 (1979–80)
Long Beach Arena 10,600 (1980–81)
LeagueNorth American Soccer League

They originally were the St. Louis Stars. The Surf had a strong British influence under the direction of coach John Sewell including future Arsenal manager, George Graham. However, notable Brazilian internationals Carlos Alberto Torres and Paulo Cézar Caju both appeared for the club in 1981.

Ownership and staffEdit

ManagersEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

Year League W L Pts Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attend.
1978 NASL 13 17 115 2nd, American Conference, Western Division Lost 1st Round (San Diego) 11,171
1979 NASL 15 15 140 T1st, American Conference, Western Division Lost 1st Round (San Diego) 10,330
1979–80 NASL Indoor 4 8 4th, Western Division Did not qualify 3,181
1980 NASL 15 17 144 2nd, American Conference, Western Division Lost 1st Round (Ft. Lauderdale) 7,593
1980–81 NASL Indoor 10 8 1st, Southern Division Lost 1st Round (Vancouver) 4,249
1981 NASL 11 21 117 3rd, Western Division Did not qualify 8,299

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/doc/162836591.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Mar%2018,%201980&author=&pub=Los%20Angeles%20Times&edition=&startpage=&desc=Surf%20Getting%20Ready%20for%20the%20Great%20Outdoors
  2. ^ "The Vancouver Sun - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.