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 and the Long Beach Arena.
|Full name||California Surf|
|Stadium||Anaheim Stadium 69,008 |
Anaheim Convention Center 5,400 (1979–80)
Long Beach Arena 10,600 (1980–81)
|League||North 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 Caju both appeared for the club in 1981.
Ownership and staffEdit
|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|
NASL Division titles
NASL All-Star First Team
- 1978 Ray Evans
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
- 2004: Tony Chursky
Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
- "N.A.S.L. Surf Disbands". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 16, 1981.
- Carr, Al (March 18, 1980). "Surf Getting Ready for the Great Outdoors". Los Angeles Times.
- "Surf breaks over Whitecaps". The Vancouver Sun. February 19, 1981. Retrieved 15 February 2019 – via Google News.
- "Hall of Famers". indoorsoccerhall.com. September 1, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.