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The Soccer Bowl was the championship game of the North American Soccer League from 1975 to 1983. This event was tagged by NASL Commissioner Phil Woosnam who was trying to build a neutral-site championship event in the mold of the NFL's Super Bowl

Unlike the Super Bowl, the game was not denoted by Roman Numerals but the last two digits of the year would be used to denote what game it was.

As they hit financial problems, 1984 (in what would be the league's final year) saw the NASL abandon the neutral-site format for a Best of 3 series played at each team's home field.

Prior to 1975, the NASL had used a single game championship starting in 1972. When the league started in 1968 and again in the 1970 season, they played a two game aggregate goals. In 1969, with only 5 teams, the team with the most points at the end of the regular season was the champions. In 1971, the league used a best 2 games out of 3 system.

Game results

Game Date Location Winning Team Score Losing Team Attendance Television
Soccer Bowl '75 August 24 San Jose, CAmarker Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 Portland Timbers 17,483 CBS
Soccer Bowl '76 August 28 Seattle, WAmarker Toronto Metros-Croatia 3-0 Minnesota Kicks 14,609 CBS, CBC
Soccer Bowl '77 August 28 Portland, ORmarker New York Cosmos 2-1 Seattle Sounders 35,548 TVS
Soccer Bowl '78 August 27 East Rutherford, NJmarker New York Cosmos 3-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 73,064 TVS
Soccer Bowl '79 September 8 East Rutherford, NJmarker Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 64,045 ABC, CTV
Soccer Bowl '80 September 21 Washington, DCmarker New York Cosmos 3-0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 56,768 ABC, CTV
Soccer Bowl '81 September 26 Toronto, ONmarker Chicago Sting 1-0* New York Cosmos 36,099 ABC, CTV
Soccer Bowl '82 September 18 San Diego, CAmarker New York Cosmos 1-0 Seattle Sounders 20,044 USA, CTV
Soccer Bowl '83 October 1 Vancouver, BCmarker Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 Toronto Blizzard 58,452 USA, CTV
*Shootout

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