Attendance Project: NASL

Here is the best information available on attendance figures for the North American Soccer League, which played from 1967-1984.

Regular Season Attendance 1967-84
Year League G Total Average Growth Median
1967 USA 73 568,118 7,782   6,533
1967 NPSL 159 754,752 4,747   4,324
1968 NASL 254 1,193,479 4,699 -17.5% 3,876
1969 NASL 29 84,974 2,930 -37.6% 2,969
1970 NASL 80 253,071 3,163 8.0% 2,704
1971 NASL 111 461,145 4,154 31.3% 3,627
1972 NASL 55 262,921 4,780 15.1% 4,327
1973 NASL 90 535,865 5,954 24.6% 5,158
1974 NASL 150 1,165,464 7,770 30.5% 6,216
1975 NASL 220 1,681,150 7,642 -1.6% 5,401
1976 NASL 240 2,470,884 10,295 34.7% 7,061
1977 NASL 234 3,172,603 13,558 31.7% 9,942
1978 NASL 360 4,710,244 13,084 -3.5% 9,110
1979 NASL 360 5,112,262 14,201 8.5% 10,772
1980 NASL 384 5,545,104 14,440 1.7% 11,113
1981 NASL 336 4,732,062 14,084 -2.5% 11,465
1982 NASL 224 2,946,827 13,155 -6.6% 11,071
1983 NASL 180 2,386,511 13,258 0.8% 10,310
1984 NASL 108 1,161,950 10,759 -18.8% 9,472
TOTALS 3,646 39,191,539 10,749

 

1967 United Soccer Association
Team G Total Average
Houston Stars 6 118,813 19,802
Dallas Tornado 6 55,360 9,227
New York Skyliners 6 52,596 8,766
Washington Whips *7 54,597 7,800
Los Angeles Wolves 6 46,660 7,777
Vancouver Royal Canadians 6 42,113 7,019
Toronto City 6 41,538 6,923
Cleveland Stokers 6 39,399 6,567
Detroit Cougars 6 34,247 5,708
San Francisco Gales 6 32,531 5,422
Chicago Mustangs 6 25,239 4,207
Boston Rovers 6 25,025 4,171
USA TOTAL 73 568,118 7,782
*One game was replayed, both figures included
 
1967 National Professional Soccer League
Team G Total Average
St.Louis Stars 16 121,719 7,607
Atlanta Chiefs *15 104,416 6,961
Baltimore Bays 16 93,414 5,838
Philadelphia Spartans 16 84,177 5,261
Oakland Clippers 16 79,280 4,955
New York Generals 16 67,749 4,234
Toronto Falcons 16 60,675 3,792
Los Angeles Toros 16 51,463 3,216
Pittsburgh Phantoms 16 49,959 3,122
Chicago Spurs 16 41,900 2,619
NPSL TOTAL 159 754,752 4,747
*One game was unplayed
 
1968
Team G Total Average
Kansas City Spurs 16 136,160 8,510
Washington Whips *14 92,199 6,586
Vancouver Royals 16 99,157 6,197
Atlanta Chiefs *13 75,324 5,794
New York Generals 16 89,690 5,606
St.Louis Stars 16 86,212 5,388
Toronto Falcons 16 84,542 5,284
Baltimore Bays *11 50,910 4,628
Cleveland Stokers 16 68,874 4,305
Detroit Cougars *14 59,727 4,266
San Diego Toros *15 63,678 4,245
Boston Beacons 16 64,064 4,004
Oakland Clippers *15 55,505 3,700
Houston Stars 16 51,943 3,246
Dallas Tornado 16 46,858 2,929
Chicago Mustangs *13 32,021 2,463
Los Angeles Wolves *15 36,615 2,441
NASL TOTAL 254 1,193,479 4,699
*Attendance figure missing for 17 games and 1 was unplayed
 
1969
Team G Total Average
Kansas City Spurs *7 29,912 4,273
Atlanta Chiefs *6 20,227 3,371
Dallas Tornado *4 11,691 2,923
St.Louis Stars 8 18,192 2,274
Baltimore Bays *4 4,952 1,238
NASL TOTAL 29 84,974 2,930
*Attendance figure missing for eleven games
 
1970
Team G Total Average
Rochester Lancers 14 63,084 4,506
Washington Darts 14 54,520 3,894
Atlanta Chiefs *12 36,899 3,075
St.Louis Stars 14 38,424 2,745
Kansas City Spurs *13 31,178 2,398
Dallas Tornado *13 28,966 2,228
NASL TOTAL 80 253,071 3,163
*Attendance figure missing for four games
 
1971
Team G Total Average
Toronto Metros 14 83,900 5,993
Rochester Lancers 14 82,192 5,871
New York Cosmos *13 58,716 4,517
Atlanta Chiefs 14 59,843 4,275
St.Louis Stars 14 50,103 3,579
Dallas Tornado 14 46,562 3,326
Washington Darts 14 45,665 3,262
Montreal Olympique 14 34,164 2,440
NASL TOTAL 111 461,145 4,154
*Attendance figure missing for one game
 
1972
Team G Total Average
St.Louis Stars 7 54,409 7,773
Toronto Metros 7 50,209 7,173
Rochester Lancers 7 38,537 5,505
Atlanta Chiefs *6 30,204 5,034
New York Cosmos 7 29,976 4,282
Dallas Tornado 7 28,649 4,093
Montreal Olympique 7 16,154 2,308
Miami Gatos 7 14,783 2,112
NASL TOTAL 55 262,921 4,780
*Attendance figure missing for one game
 
1973
Team G Total Average
Philadelphia Atoms 10 115,014 11,501
Dallas Tornado 10 74,742 7,474
St.Louis Stars 10 63,367 6,337
Toronto Metros 10 59,614 5,961
New York Cosmos 10 55,931 5,593
Miami Toros 10 54,785 5,479
Rochester Lancers 10 40,688 4,069
Montreal Olympique 10 38,557 3,856
Atlanta Apollos 10 33,167 3,317
NASL TOTAL 90 535,865 5,954
 
1974
Team G Total Average
San Jose Earthquakes 10 165,942 16,594
Seattle Sounders 10 134,342 13,434
Philadelphia Atoms 10 117,837 11,784
Vancouver Whitecaps 10 100,979 10,098
Boston Minutemen 10 96,422 9,642
Dallas Tornado 10 84,694 8,469
Miami Toros 10 73,403 7,340
St.Louis Stars 10 71,891 7,189
Rochester Lancers 10 59,078 5,908
Los Angeles Aztecs 10 50,983 5,098
Washington Diplomats 10 49,746 4,975
Denver Dynamos 10 48,402 4,840
Baltimore Comets 10 41,388 4,139
New York Cosmos 10 35,781 3,578
Toronto Metros 10 34,576 3,458
NASL TOTAL 150 1,165,464 7,770
 
1975
Team G Total Average
San Jose Earthquakes 11 197,194 17,927
Seattle Sounders 11 185,000 16,818
Portland Timbers 11 159,536 14,503
Tampa Bay Rowdies 11 118,005 10,728
New York Cosmos 11 114,949 10,450
Washington Diplomats 11 97,320 8,847
Los Angeles Aztecs 11 91,372 8,307
Vancouver Whitecaps 11 83,369 7,579
Philadelphia Atoms 11 80,047 7,277
Toronto Metros 11 68,985 6,271
St.Louis Stars 11 66,777 6,071
Rochester Lancers 11 58,661 5,333
Miami Toros 11 54,127 4,921
Dallas Tornado 11 50,932 4,630
Boston Minutemen 11 48,643 4,422
San Antonio Thunder 11 48,528 4,412
Chicago Sting 11 47,542 4,322
Hartford Bicentennials 11 40,920 3,720
Denver Dynamos 11 40,194 3,654
Baltimore Comets 11 29,049 2,641
NASL TOTAL 220 1,681,150 7,642
 
1976
Team G Total Average
Seattle Sounders 12 285,941 23,828
Minnesota Kicks 12 277,404 23,117
Portland Timbers 12 241,996 20,166
San Jose Earthquakes 12 231,338 19,278
New York Cosmos 12 218,719 18,227
Tampa Bay Rowdies 12 197,429 16,452
Dallas Tornado 12 169,113 14,093
Vancouver Whitecaps 12 103,877 8,656
Los Angeles Aztecs 12 96,606 8,051
San Diego Jaws 12 73,822 6,152
St.Louis Stars 12 73,795 6,150
Washington Diplomats 12 71,554 5,963
Philadelphia Atoms 12 67,413 5,618
Chicago Sting 12 66,933 5,578
Toronto Metros 12 66,663 5,555
Rochester Lancers 12 61,906 5,159
San Antonio Thunder 12 57,524 4,794
Hartford Bicentennials 12 41,037 3,420
Miami Toros 12 36,843 3,070
Boston Minutemen 12 30,971 2,581
NASL TOTAL 240 2,470,884 10,295
 
1977
Team G Total Average
New York Cosmos 13 443,947 34,150
Minnesota Kicks 13 426,020 32,771
Seattle Sounders 13 314,936 24,226
Tampa Bay Rowdies 13 253,388 19,491
San Jose Earthquakes 13 230,610 17,739
Dallas Tornado 13 214,626 16,510
Portland Timbers 13 171,708 13,208
Washington Diplomats 13 169,487 13,037
Vancouver Whitecaps 13 154,660 11,897
Los Angeles Aztecs 13 125,295 9,638
St.Louis Stars 13 118,635 9,126
Ft.Lauderdale Strikers 13 105,815 8,140
Toronto Metros 13 95,169 7,321
Las Vegas Quicksilvers 13 92,031 7,079
Rochester Lancers 13 78,843 6,065
Chicago Sting 13 67,647 5,204
Team Hawaii 13 59,056 4,543
Connecticut Bicentennials 13 50,730 3,902
NASL TOTAL 234 3,172,603 13,558
 
1978
Team G Total Average
New York Cosmos 15 717,842 47,856
Minnesota Kicks 15 462,904 30,860
Seattle Sounders 15 338,677 22,578
Tampa Bay Rowdies 15 271,856 18,124
Vancouver Whitecaps 15 235,866 15,724
San Jose Earthquakes 15 214,777 14,318
Detroit Express 15 182,906 12,194
New England Tea Men 15 180,954 12,064
Oakland Stompers 15 178,941 11,929
Portland Timbers 15 177,049 11,803
Tulsa Roughnecks 15 168,834 11,256
California Surf 15 167,569 11,171
Washington Diplomats 15 161,741 10,783
Ft.Lauderdale Strikers 15 157,188 10,479
Los Angeles Aztecs 15 139,514 9,301
Memphis Rogues 15 135,482 9,032
Dallas Tornado 15 128,149 8,543
Philadelphia Fury 15 121,127 8,075
Houston Hurricane 15 116,247 7,750
Colorado Caribous 15 111,266 7,418
Rochester Lancers 15 101,402 6,760
Toronto Metros-Croatia 15 93,501 6,233
San Diego Sockers 15 77,185 5,146
Chicago Sting 15 69,267 4,618
NASL TOTAL 360 4,710,244 13,084
 
1979
Team G Total Average
New York Cosmos 15 700,348 46,690
Tampa Bay Rowdies 15 428,197 28,546
Minnesota Kicks 15 368,705 24,580
Vancouver Whitecaps 15 344,436 22,962
Seattle Sounders 15 284,963 18,998
Tulsa Roughnecks 15 246,383 16,426
San Jose Earthquakes 15 226,380 15,092
Los Angeles Aztecs 15 215,003 14,334
Detroit Express 15 210,864 14,058
Ft.Lauderdale Strikers 15 205,616 13,708
Washington Diplomats 15 179,600 11,973
Toronto Blizzard 15 177,321 11,821
San Diego Sockers 15 169,071 11,271
Portland Timbers 15 167,584 11,172
California Surf 15 154,956 10,330
Edmonton Drillers 15 148,854 9,924
Dallas Tornado 15 139,585 9,306
Rochester Lancers 15 130,200 8,680
Chicago Sting 15 120,935 8,062
Atlanta Chiefs 15 110,244 7,350
Memphis Rogues 15 107,053 7,137
New England Tea Men 15 98,433 6,562
Houston Hurricane 15 93,175 6,212
Philadelphia Fury 15 84,356 5,624
NASL TOTAL 360 5,112,262 14,201
 
1980
Team G Total Average
New York Cosmos 16 684,068 42,754
Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 453,512 28,345
Vancouver Whitecaps 16 429,341 26,834
Seattle Sounders 16 387,936 24,246
Tulsa Roughnecks 16 316,593 19,787
Washington Diplomats 16 307,283 19,205
Minnesota Kicks 16 292,460 18,279
Toronto Blizzard 16 240,680 15,043
Ft.Lauderdale Strikers 16 228,469 14,279
San Jose Earthquakes 16 210,703 13,169
San Diego Sockers 16 204,042 12,753
Los Angeles Aztecs 16 192,912 12,057
Chicago Sting 16 186,752 11,672
Detroit Express 16 179,166 11,198
Edmonton Drillers 16 174,717 10,920
Portland Timbers 16 163,360 10,210
Memphis Rogues 16 157,829 9,864
New England Tea Men 16 139,965 8,748
Rochester Lancers 16 124,105 7,757
California Surf 16 121,486 7,593
Dallas Tornado 16 108,026 6,752
Houston Hurricane 16 93,095 5,818
Atlanta Chiefs 16 78,148 4,884
Philadelphia Fury 16 71,445 4,465
NASL TOTAL 384 5,546,093 14,443
 
1981
Team G Total Average
New York Cosmos 16 557,713 34,857
Montreal Manic 16 379,263 23,704
Vancouver Whitecaps 16 371,783 23,236
Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 370,593 23,162
Seattle Sounders 16 291,585 18,224
Tulsa Roughnecks 16 275,012 17,188
Minnesota Kicks 16 265,672 16,605
San Diego Sockers 16 236,824 14,802
Ft.Lauderdale Strikers 16 213,178 13,324
Chicago Sting 16 206,227 12,889
San Jose Earthquakes 16 195,876 12,242
Washington Diplomats 16 193,702 12,106
Edmonton Drillers 16 170,109 10,632
Portland Timbers 16 168,259 10,516
Calgary Boomers 16 168,019 10,501
Jacksonville Tea Men 16 152,111 9,507
California Surf 16 132,777 8,299
Toronto Blizzard 16 116,590 7,287
Atlanta Chiefs 16 99,022 6,189
Los Angeles Aztecs 16 93,031 5,814
Dallas Tornado 16 74,716 4,670
NASL TOTAL 336 4,732,062 14,084
 
1982
Team G Total Average
New York Cosmos 16 459,888 28,743
Montreal Manic 16 341,573 21,348
Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 296,048 18,503
Vancouver Whitecaps 16 292,011 18,251
Tulsa Roughnecks 16 232,862 14,554
Seattle Sounders 16 200,630 12,539
Ft.Lauderdale Strikers 16 197,525 12,345
San Jose Earthquakes 16 176,187 11,012
Chicago Sting 16 150,033 9,377
Portland Timbers 16 140,583 8,786
San Diego Sockers 16 136,504 8,532
Toronto Blizzard 16 129,674 8,105
Jacksonville Tea Men 16 114,564 7,160
Edmonton Drillers 16 78,745 4,922
NASL TOTAL 224 2,946,827 13,155
 
1983
Team G Total Average
Vancouver Whitecaps 15 437,454 29,164
New York Cosmos 15 408,635 27,242
Team America 15 195,032 13,002
Tulsa Roughnecks 15 186,229 12,415
Golden Bay Earthquakes 15 178,999 11,933
Toronto Blizzard 15 174,457 11,630
Tampa Bay Rowdies 15 167,575 11,172
Chicago Sting 15 164,061 10,937
Ft.Lauderdale Strikers 15 162,430 10,829
Seattle Sounders 15 122,721 8,181
Montreal Manic 15 118,650 7,910
San Diego Sockers 15 70,268 4,685
NASL TOTAL 180 2,386,511 13,258
 
1984
Team G Total Average
Vancouver Whitecaps 12 182,494 15,208
Minnesota Strikers 12 171,151 14,263
New York Cosmos 12 153,807 12,817
Toronto Blizzard 12 137,420 11,452
Tampa Bay Rowdies 12 131,194 10,933
Golden Bay Earthquakes 12 123,383 10,282
Chicago Sting 12 100,512 8,376
Tulsa Roughnecks 12 93,567 7,797
San Diego Sockers 12 68,422 5,702
NASL TOTAL 108 1,161,950 10,759