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Soccer Bowl '81

Soccer Bowl '81
Event Soccer Bowl
Chicago won 2–1 in a Shoot-out
Date September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
Venue Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario
Man of the Match Frantz Mathieu
Referee Dante Maglio
Attendance 36,971

Soccer Bowl '81 was the championship final of the 1981 NASL season, between the Chicago Sting and the New York Cosmos. The match was played on September 26, 1981 at Exhibition Stadium, in Toronto, Ontario. Following regulation and a 15-minute golden goal overtime, the match was tied 0-0. With that, the game moved to a shoot-out. The Sting won the shoot-out 2–1, and were crowned the 1981 NASL champions. This was the Chicago's first NASL title.[1][2]


The New York Cosmos and the Chicago Sting respectively won their semifinal games. This earned both teams the right to compete for the league title.

Game summary

Championship results

New York

1981 NASL Champions: Chicago Sting

*From 1977 through 1984 the NASL had a variation of the penalty shoot-out procedure for tied matches. The shoot-out started 35 yards from the goal and allowed the player 5 seconds to attempt a shot. The player could make as many moves as he wanted in a breakaway situation within the time frame. Even though this particular match was a goalless draw after extra time, NASL procedure also called for the box score to show an additional "goal" given to the winning side of a shoot-out.[5][6]

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External links

  • NASL Soccer Bowl (official website)
  • Video highlights of the game

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