NASL50th! CELEBRATION PLANS REVEALED
It’s been half a century, and it’s time to CELEBRATE.
The calendar of events is:
Friday, October 19
- NASL50th! News Conference (afternoon)
Saturday, October 20
- NASL50th! Luncheon (midday)
- National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction ceremony (evening)
- Concert (evening)
Sunday, October 21
- FC Dallas match (afternoon)
- NASL Veterans match (following the MLS match)
All the above activities are planned for the Hall of Fame or other facilities at Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas. Exact times and formats are yet to be confirmed.
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.
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."
50 years ago, the North American Soccer League took America by storm, laying the foundation for today’s thriving soccer landscape. Over 17 seasons, the League’s story was told. 44 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.
Timeline of timeless glory
Two rival professional leagues—the National Professional Soccer League and the United Soccer Association--vie for America’s attention and business success. After lengthy and at times acrimonious negotiations, the NPSL and USA merge to form the NASL
Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 in the 2nd leg of the first NASL Championship to win the title. John Kowalik of Chicago Mustangs wins the scoring title with 69 points.
Pele, recognized worldwide as the greatest soccer player ever, signs with the New York Cosmos. Pele makes his Cosmos debut on national television against the Dallas Tornado. He scored one goal and had an assist in the 2-2 draw at Downing Stadium.
The league initiates the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup, bringing first-class international teams to play a mid-season tournament. The Cosmos dominance continues with another Soccer Bowl victory.
The final season saw 9 teams take the field. Chicago Sting took home the final championship.