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North American Soccer League
2014 NASL Championship Logo
Founded 1968
Folded 1985 (last season 1984)
Country United States and Canada
Most championships New York Cosmos (5)

North American Soccer League (NASL) is the name of two men's soccer leagues that played at different times in North America.

The first NASL had teams in the United States and Canada, and was the top level of the sport in both countries. It played between 1968 and 1984.

The second NASL began play on April 9, 2011 with teams in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is the second level of the soccer pyramid in both the U.S. and Canada, behind Major League Soccer. Puerto Rico has its own soccer league, but it plays at a level below the NASL.

2011/12 teams

The Puerto Rico Islanders reached the semi-finals of the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League

2012 Teams

Team City Stadium Founded Joined Color Head Coach
Atlanta Silverbacks Atlanta, GA Atlanta Silverbacks Park 1995 2011 Red, Black, White Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón
Carolina RailHawks Cary, NC WakeMed Soccer Park 2006 2010 Orange, Blue, White Northern Ireland Colin Clarke
FC Edmonton Edmonton, AB Foote Field 2010 2011 Blue, White Netherlands Harry Sinkgraven
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Fort Lauderdale, FL Lockhart Stadium 2006 2010 Yellow, Red, Black United States Daryl Shore
Minnesota Stars Blaine, MN National Sports Center 2010 2010 Blue, Gold United States Manny Lagos
Puerto Rico Islanders Bayamón, PR Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium 2003 2011 Orange, White, Sky Blue England Adrian Whitbread
San Antonio Scorpions San Antonio, TX Heroes Stadium 2010 2012 Red, Black. Gold United States Tim Hankinson
Tampa Bay Rowdies St. Petersburg, FL Progress Energy Park 2008 2010 Green, Gold England Ricky Hill

Champions 1968 till 1984

At that time the NASL was the top league in the league pyramid.

Season Champions Runner-up
1968 Atlanta Chiefs San Diego Toros
1969 Kansas City Spurs Atlanta Chiefs
1970 Rochester Lancers Washington Darts
1971 Dallas Tornado Atlanta Chiefs
1972 New York Cosmos St. Louis Stars
1973 Philadelphia Atoms Dallas Tornado
1974 Los Angeles Aztecs Miami Toros
1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies Portland Timbers
1976 Toronto Metros-Croatia Minnesota Kicks
1977 New York Cosmos Seattle Sounders
1978 New York Cosmos Tampa Bay Rowdies
1979 Vancouver Whitecaps Tampa Bay Rowdies
1980 New York Cosmos Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1981 Chicago Sting New York Cosmos
1982 New York Cosmos Seattle Sounders
1983 Tulsa Roughnecks Toronto Blizzard
1984 Chicago Sting Toronto Blizzard

The most successful team in the old NASL were New York Cosmos with five titles.

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