Like the Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl and Super Bowl, the NASL Soccer Bowl has a history.
It is a football game. Just not one of the traditional holiday football affairs.
The 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl will be played on Nov. 9 in Atlanta. One of the two finalists will be the hometown Atlanta Silverbacks, Georgia’s only professional team.
The Silverbacks earned the right to host the Super Bowl at Atlanta Silverbacks Park by winning the first half of the NASL’s regular season.
The Silverbacks’ opponent will be the team that wins the second half of the league’s split season. Should the Silverbacks win that one also, their opponent will be the team with second most points between the two seasons. And now the history. The original North American Soccer League began calling its championship game “Soccer Bowl” in 1975 when the late Phil Woosnam was the commissioner.
The league would host 10 Soccer Bowls from 1975-1984, four of which were won by the New York Cosmos, led by Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, and Giorgio Chinaglia.
Now in 2013, the new NASL has opted to bring back the Soccer Bowl name, reintroducing a rich tradition that the league developed in its early years.
The NASL has already announced that additional seating will be added at Atlanta Silverbacks Park boosting stadium capacity for the game in excess of the normal 5,000 seats.
Tickets are already being sold through the Silverbacks office.
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