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1972 North American Soccer League season

North American Soccer League -1972 Season-
Season 1972
Champions New York Cosmos
Premiers New York Cosmos
Matches played 56
Goals scored 156 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Randy Horton
(9 goals)
Longest winning run 5, St. Louis Stars
Highest attendance 24,742
(Mosc. Dynamo @ Dallas)
Lowest attendance 1,100 (Dallas @ Montreal)
Average attendance 5,340

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1972. This was the 5th season of the NASL.


Eight teams took part in the league with the New York Cosmos winning the championship.

NASL changed its offside rule during the season on June 26. They created a "Blue Line" which was an offside line across the field, 35 yards from the goal line. Thereafter, no player could be offside unless he had crossed the 35-yard line. This made the NASL unique in the soccer world; the league received temporary approval for the change from FIFA on an experimental basis only. The league also switched the playoff format to single-match elimination contests rather than series.[1]

Changes from previous season

Washington Darts moved to Miami and were renamed Gatos.

Regular season

W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PT= point system

6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for each goal scored up to three per game.

Northern Division W L T GF GA PT
New York Cosmos 7 3 4 28 16 77
Rochester Lancers 6 5 3 20 22 64
Montreal Olympique 4 5 5 19 20 57
Toronto Metros 4 6 4 18 22 53
Southern Division W L T GF GA PT
St. Louis Stars 7 4 3 20 14 69
Dallas Tornado 6 5 3 15 12 60
Atlanta Chiefs 5 6 3 19 18 56
Miami Gatos 3 8 3 17 32 44

NASL All-Stars

First Team[2][3]   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention
Ken Cooper, Dallas G Dick Howard, Toronto Sam Nusum, Montreal
John Best, Dallas D Dick Hall, Dallas Adolfo Gori, Rochester
John Sewell, St. Louis D Clive Charles, Montreal Charlie Mitchell, Rochester
Peter Short, Rochester D Wilf Tranter, St. Louis John Cocking, Atlanta
Willie Evans, Miami D Brian Rowan, Toronto Joe Puls, St. Louis
John Kerr, New York M Francisco Escos, Rochester Mick Hoban, Atlanta
Graeme Souness, Montreal M Dave Metchick, Miami Larry Hausmann, St. Louis
Pat McBride, St. Louis M Siggy Stritzl, New York Billy Fraser, Miami
Randy Horton, New York F Carlos Metidieri, Rochester Mike Renshaw, Dallas
Paul Child, Atlanta F Art Welch, Atlanta Warren Archibald, Miami
Michael Dillon, Montreal F Jorge Siega, New York Casey Frankiewicz, St. Louis



August 15 Rochester Lancers 0 – 2 St. Louis Stars Busch Memorial Stadium • Att. 5,319

August 19 Dallas Tornado 0 – 1 New York Cosmos Hofstra Stadium • Att. 5,026

NASL Final 1972

Main article: NASL Final 1972

August 26
New York Cosmos 2–1 St. Louis Stars
Horton Goal 5' (Young)
Jelinek Goal 86' (pen.)
Frankiewicz Goal 7' (Sewell)
Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, New York
Attendance: 6,102[1]
Referee: Roger Schott[4]

1972 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

Post season awards


  1. ^ a b "The Year in American Soccer - 1972". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Christopher S. Page. "NASL Homepage". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 

External links

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