NASL50th! CELEBRATION PLANS REVEALED
It’s been half a century, and it’s time to CELEBRATE.
The calendar of events is:
Friday, October 19
- Friday evening, NASL50th
! get-together in hotel meeting room, or other/TBD. The room will be open from 8 a.m.-midnight, Oct. 19-21.
Saturday, October 20
- 9:30 am-1030 am practice at F.C. Dallas’ Toyota Stadium, for those playing in Legends’ game. Return to Westin to shower. Those not playing can join us, or relax/shop with families, play golf.
- 12:00 pm NASL50th! Luncheon, Toyota Stadium.
- National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction ceremony (evening)
- Concert (evening)
Sunday, October 21
- 11:00 am-noon, pract
ice, at Toyota Stadium. Shower at the stadium.
- F.C. Dallas vs, Sporting Kansas City, 4 p.m. at Toyota Stadium Followed immediately by NASL50th! LEGENDS’ GAME.
- After game party at the London Pub, across from Toyota Stadium.
Please BE AWARE that the NASL50th! events are being held alongside but separate from the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fall opening, inductions and concert on Oct. 20. And a SASH (the soccer writers of America) conference Oct. 20-21.
Join us October 19-21, 2018
In Frisco, TX at the new National Soccer Hall of Fame, where the NASL’s 50th Anniversary will be saluted alongside the dedication of the gleaming Hall of Fame.
The North American Soccer League enjoyed remarkable times from 1968-84, created lifetime memories for everyone involved, and can certainly claim a founding role in today’s soccer-mad American society.
We are continuing to work on other activities and social functions for the NASL returnees, so there will be several settings to mingle, get reacquainted, swap yarns, and generally, relive those wonderful NASL days.
Watch the website because as events and details are finalized, we will post them.
Note: Transporation will be provided for NASL personnel and their families staying at the Westin Hotel, and will run from the airport to the hotel, to Toyota Stadium for all of the listed events, and finally back to the airport.
Big News about our NASL50th! Celebration.
The hotel is set, and it’s time to start making your plans. The NASL50! Room block is at the luxurious Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club.
Celebrating 50 years!
If you would like to support our efforts to produce a memorable weekend and celebrate the achievements of the 1968-84 North American Soccer League, please contact the organizers. Various levels of sponsorship are available.
“ The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning. "
Fifty years ago, the North American Soccer League took North America by storm, laying the foundation for today’s thriving soccer landscape. Over 17 seasons, the League’s story was told. forty-four different franchises in the United States and Canada had done their part to embed soccer in their communities and had spawned a youth participation boom that hasn’t abated to this day.
“After 11 years in the NASL we had some damn good experience playing against international players.”
"It was a very liberating experience to come to the U.S. and attend college -- I met so many wonderful people, I played with excellent players from all over the world, I got an education."
"I was pretty cocky at the time, and thought I can compete in this league. So I went with it -- it was a good decision, a great decision."
“I always feel good to know I was part of the beginning of what I think has been a great influence on the development of soccer in America,”
“I’m not a guy who does things in half. They only wanted me to go for the summer. But if I was to commit, it had to be full on.”
“Like every other guy who played in the NASL, I take pride in the part we played in soccer in this country,”
"In the end, was the NASL a failure? Absolutely not. It laid the groundwork for where we are today."
"I told him that ‘if you go there you can win the European Cup, but if you come to America you can win a country.’"
“George got me started understanding the game, I had never played, and I never really liked the game,”
"I was on the same field and training every day with some great players. Eighteen years old and now it’s my livelihood.”
"We were expecting 5-7,000 people and they only have six gates open and are 20,000 people out there. It was a great start for soccer in the state of Minnesota."
“The NASL was the first to number jerseys beyond No. 11, to put names on shirts, do clinics, marketing, PR, outreach all those things the rest of world took for granted."