1984 North American Soccer League season

1984 North American Soccer League Season

1984 North American Soccer League season

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The 1984 NASL season was the 72nd season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States and Canada, the 17th with a national first-division league in North America, as well as the 17th and final season of the North American Soccer League. The start of this season was impacted by the loss of three teams that would reduce the total number of teams down to nine and reduce the divisions from three to two.

Prior to 1984

From the end of the 1980 season, the NASL was in rapid decline. Much of this decline was due to financial problems that had beset the league causing many teams to fold. By 1983, the NASL had lost half of the 24 teams that existed in 1980. The NASL was also beginning to emphasise the indoor soccer game as they realised it was easier to turn a profit in the smaller arenas, not to mention the increasing popularity of the indoor game. As a result, the NASL also reduced the outdoor season to 24 games to allow the indoor season to be longer.

The 1983 NASL season saw a surprise team emerge as the Soccer Bowl winner – the Tulsa Roughnecks. The Tulsa team almost didn't make it to the start of 1984 season, as it was suffering from financial hardships as well.

The league's flagship franchise, the Cosmos, was also in decline. 1983 marked the first year the Cosmos did not lead the league in attendance since 1976. The Cosmos ownership would change, first by losing the corporate backing of Warner Brothers and then being run by a group headed by...
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