1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer

The 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer was an indoor soccer tournament staged by four franchises of the North American Soccer League.

North American Soccer League
1983 Grand Prix of Indoor
NASL Indoor Grand Prix
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 21, 1983 –
February 20, 1983
Final positions
ChampionsTampa Bay Rowdies (3rd title)
Runners-upMontreal Manic
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored199 (12.44 per match)
Attendance37,111 (2,319 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Laurie Abrahams
Canada Dale Mitchell
(12 goals)
Best player(s)England Laurie Abrahams
Algeria Mehdi Cerbah


The NASL franchises from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, Montreal, and Tulsa opted to play the Grand Prix in early 1983 as a makeshift indoor season, because for various reasons, the eight other NASL clubs had chosen to forego playing a full 1982–83 NASL indoor season.[1] Three of those eight teams (Chicago, Golden Bay and San Diego) had joined the Major Indoor Soccer League for 1982-83 season, while the remaining five squads chose to sit out winter indoor play completely.

The tournament consisted of three weeks of double round-robin play for the purpose of seeding, followed by a Championship weekend at the Forum in Montreal.[2][3] Fort Lauderdale did not host a round because there was no suitable venue in the area that also met the minimum seating requirements. Instead, Tulsa hosted Rounds 1 and 3. The tournament would mark the third time NASL teams played in such an event, with the first two coming in 1975 and 1976. Additionally the teams participated in a season-long Shootout Challenge competition, the champions of which would split a $5,000 purse.[4]

Montreal and Tampa Bay finished tied on both points and record after the preliminary rounds, but Montreal held the head-to-head tie-breaker, and with it the top seed.[2] Tampa Bay won the championship final 5–4 on a golden goal by Mark Karpun at 1:58 of the second, seven and a half minute, overtime period.[5] This victory marked the Rowdies' third indoor trophy and fourth title overall in the NASL. Laurie Abrahams of Tulsa led all scorers (12 goals, 6 assists) and was named the offensive MVP, while Montreal goalie Mehdi Cerbah who posted a 4.36 goals-against-average was the defensive MVP of the tournament. Tampa Bay also won the $5,000 Shootout Challenge purse by defeating Ft. Lauderdale, 2–0, with Rowdies goalie Jürgen Stars stopping all three Strikers shots in the final round.[6][7][8]

Preliminary rounds

Round 1

played at Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma[9][10]

January 21 Montreal Manic 6–3 Tampa Bay Rowdies Attendance: 3,522
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 8–4 Tulsa Roughnecks
January 22 Montreal Manic 8–6 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 4,341
Tampa Bay Rowdies 7–2 Tulsa Roughnecks

Round 2

played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida[11][12]

February 4 Montreal Manic 6–3 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 4,450
Tampa Bay Rowdies 7–6 Tulsa Roughnecks
February 5 Tulsa Roughnecks 7–4 Montreal Manic Attendance: 5,545
Tampa Bay Rowdies 10–6 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Round 3

played at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma

February 11 Tampa Bay Rowdies 7–5 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 2,064
Tulsa Roughnecks 8–7 Montreal Manic
February 12 Montreal Manic 5–4 Tampa Bay Rowdies Attendance: 3,245
Tulsa Roughnecks 5–4 (OT) Ft. Lauderdale Strikers


G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential, PTS= point system

6 points awarded for a win. Beginning with the fourth goal, 1 bonus point awarded for each goal scored. Maximum of 5 bonus points per game.

1* Montreal Manic 6 4 2 36 31 +5 42
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6 4 2 38 31 +7 42
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 6 3 3 33 37 –4 33
4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 6 1 5 32 40 –8 20

*Montreal wins top seed based on 2–0 head-to-head edge over Tampa Bay

Grand Prix Championship rounds


  Semifinals     Championship Final
  1 Montreal Manic 11  
  4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4    
      1 Montreal Manic 4
      2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5(2OT)
  3 Tulsa Roughnecks 6    
  2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8   Third place
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 9
  4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4


played at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec

February 18 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8–6 Tulsa Roughnecks Attendance: 6,049[13]
Montreal Manic 11–4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Third place match

played at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec (1:30 PM EST)

February 20 Tulsa Roughnecks 9–4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Championship Final

Montreal Manic4–5 (2OT)Tampa Bay Rowdies
Mitchell Goal 16:17'
Mitchell Goal 19:51' (McGrane)
Mitchell Goal 24:53' (Uremovich)
Lodeweges Goal 44:01'
Report (p. 2C) Tatu Goal 7:06' (McLeod, Perez)
Perez Goal 11:12'
Nogly Goal 31:46'
Zequinha Goal 58:05' (Gruber, Tatu)
Karpun Golden goal 69:28'  (Nogly)

1983 Indoor Grand Prix Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Tournament awards

  • Most Valuable Players:
    - Offensive: England Laurie Abrahams (Tulsa) - Goals: 12 Assists: 6 Total Pts: 30
    - Defensive: Algeria Mehdi Cerbah (Montreal) Goals-against-average: 4.36
  • $5,000 Shootout Challenge:
    - Semi-finals: Tampa Bay 3 – 1 Tulsa • Ft. Lauderdale 3 – 1 Montreal
    - Finals: Tampa Bay 2 – 0 Ft. Lauderdale

Final rankings

G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 6 2 51 41 +10
2 Montreal Manic 8 5 3 51 40 +11
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 8 4 4 48 49 -1
4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 8 1 7 40 60 -20


Leading Scorers Goals Assists Points
Laurie Abrahams (Tulsa) 12 6 30
Dale Mitchell (Montreal) 12 4 28
Branko Šegota (Ft. Lauderdale) 10 8 28
Dragan Vujović (Montreal) 9 7 25
Teófilo Cubillas (Ft. Lauderdale) 8 9 25
Hugo Pérez (Tampa Bay) 10 4 24
Tatu (Tampa Bay) 9 5 23
Keith Weller (Tulsa) 8 7 23
Wes McLeod (Tampa Bay) 5 13 23
Njego Pesa (Tulsa) 9 4 22
Alan Willey (Montreal) 8 6 22
Steve Wegerle (Ft. Lauderdale) 7 6 20
Leading Goalkeepers Minutes GA GAA
Mehdi Cerbah (Montreal) 330 24 4.36
Jürgen Stars (Tampa Bay) 377 32 5.09
Craig Scarpelli (Ft. Lauderdale) 330 33 5.99
Winston DuBose (Tulsa) 486 49 6.05

Non-grand prix matches

In addition to the Grand Prix tournament, the four teams took part in other indoor matches as tune-ups for both the outdoor season and the Grand Prix itself.

Match reports


  1. ^ "Rowdies take on Montreal". Lakeland Ledger. January 21, 1983. p. 3D. Retrieved 2014-01-23 – via Google News Archive Search.
  2. ^ a b Beard, Randy (February 15, 1983). "Rowdies' pair united in feelings toward Team America and coach". The Evening Independent. p. 3-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  3. ^ "Manic, Rowdies Clash Today". Youngstown Vindicator. February 20, 1983. p. D-4. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  4. ^ "Rowdies enter touney". Lakeland Ledger. December 12, 1982. p. 3D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  5. ^ Johnson, Mark (February 21, 1983). "Rowdies win Grand Prix on Karpun's goal in OT". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved 4 October 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Allen, Diane Lacy (February 23, 1983). "Rowdies meet Strikers at Civic Center". Lakeland Ledger. p. 3D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  7. ^ Beard, Randy (February 21, 1983). "Championship effort carried Rowdies to title". The Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  8. ^ "Miller resigns as Rowdies coach". Lakeland Ledger. October 4, 1983. p. 1D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  9. ^ "Manic win opener". The Montreal Gazette. October 4, 1983. p. H-2. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  10. ^ "Injury takes edge off Rowdies' victory". The Evening Independent. January 24, 1983. p. 8-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  11. ^ "Rowdies whip Strikers in Grand Prix Soccer". Lakeland Ledger. February 7, 1983. p. 6D. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  12. ^ "Manic triumph". The Montreal Gazette. February 5, 1983. p. H-1. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
  13. ^ Beard, Randy (February 19, 1983). "Power play went short-handed Rowdies' way". The Evening Independent. p. 3-C. Retrieved 23 January 2014 – via Google News Archive Search.
1980–81 Fort Lauderdale Strikers indoor season

The 1979 Fort Lauderdale Strikers season was the second season of the team in the North American Soccer League indoor league. It was part of the club's fourteenth season in professional soccer. This year the team finished in fourth place of the Eastern Division and did not make the playoffs. Following this season, the team sat out the 1981–82 NASL Indoor season, and returned in the 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer.

1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers indoor season

The 1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers season was the team's third season of indoor soccer in the North American Soccer League.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1977–83)

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were an American soccer team, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1977 to 1983. They played their home games at Lockhart Stadium.

The franchise was founded as the Washington Darts in 1967 and moved to the Miami metropolitan area in 1972, where they were known as the Miami Gatos (1972) and the Miami Toros (1973–1976) before moving to Fort Lauderdale. In addition to their time in the NASL outdoor league, the Strikers also played two NASL indoor seasons in 1979–80 and 1980–81, and competed in the 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer tournament. They were owned by Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie and his wife Elizabeth Robbie. In 1984 they relocated to Minnesota as the Minnesota Strikers. Their first ever game was an indoor exhibition match with their cross-state rival the Tampa Bay Rowdies on February 27, 1977

Fort Lauderdale–Tampa Bay rivalry

The Fort Lauderdale–Tampa Bay rivalry, also known as the Florida Derby, refers to the suspended soccer rivalry that most recently involved the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, both of whom played in the North American Soccer League though the 2016 season. Over the years the rivalry has spanned more than one hundred matches across eight soccer leagues and several tournaments, and involved nine different teams from the two regions of Florida. At times it has involved players, coaches, management and fans. Even the press has fanned the rivalry's flames at times. From 2010 through 2014, the winner of the regular season series automatically won the Coastal Cup as well. The status of the rivalry beyond 2016 remains unclear because the Rowdies have since joined the United Soccer League, while the Strikers ongoing ownership and legal battles of 2016 and 2017 have left them defunct.

Laurie Abrahams

Lawrence Adam Michael "Laurie" Abrahams (also spelt Lawrie; born 3 April 1953) is an English retired professional footballer who played as a striker in England, the United States, and Australia. In a career which lasted from 1977 to 1987, Abrahams played 283 career league games, and scored 142 league goals.

Mehdi Cerbah

Mehdi Cerbah (born 3 April 1953) is a retired Algeria international football player.

Tatu (soccer)

Antonio Carlos Pecorari (born February 1, 1962), commonly known as Tatu, is a Brazilian football (soccer) coach and former player, one of the most accomplished indoor soccer players of all time. His nickname means "armadillo" in Portuguese.

January 14, 1983 1Tea Men All-Stars3–4Fort Lauderdale StrikersJacksonville, Florida
Zec Goal Report Whelan Goal, Goal 59:22'
Bolitho Goal
Šegota Goal
Stadium: Jacksonville Coliseum
Attendance: 5,000
January 15, 1983 2Tulsa Roughnecks3–6Tampa Bay RowdiesDallas, Texas
Belfiore Goal 8:42' (Krupa, DuBose)
Danaeifard Goal 36:17'
Pesa Goal 55:57' (Abrahams)
Report p. 2-C McLeod Goal 6:59' (Nogly, Perez)
Karpun Goal 37:23'
Zequinha Goal 39:53' (Molina, Nogly)
Van der Beck Goal 42:30' (Roe)
McLeod Goal 51:45'
Pérez Goal 56:33' (Zequinha)
Stadium: Reunion Arena
Attendance: 5,451
January 18, 1983 3Tulsa Roughnecks3–5Tampa Bay RowdiesOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Saldana Goal 21:07'
Saldana Goal 21:29' (Danaiford)
Saldana Goal 52:00' (Riordan)
Report 1 (p. 5-C)
Report 2
Nogly Goal 18:08' (Oliveira)
Van der Beck Goal 19:14'
McLeod Goal (Myernick)
Karpun Goal (Myernick)
Roe Goal (Karpun, Nogly)
Stadium: Myriad Arena
Attendance: 2,500
January 29, 1983 4Tampa Bay Rowdies7–5Montreal ManicSt. Petersburg, Florida
7:30 PM (EST) Karpun Goal 7:38' (Myernick)
Tatu Goal 34:32' (Molina, Kozic)
Oliveira Goal 35:46' (Molina, Myernick)
Tatu Goal 39:05' (Molina)
Pérez Goal 40:28' (McLeod)
Nogly Goal 48:47' (Pérez)
Van der Beck Goal 58:37'
Report p. 2-C Mitchell Goal 18:46'
Willey Goal 24:27' (Falzon, Knight)
Usiyan Goal 37:56' (Marcantonio, Lodeweges)
Usiyan Goal 39:40'
Mitchell Goal 40:40' (O'Brien)
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 5,525
February 25, 1979 5Tampa Bay Rowdies8–5Fort Lauderdale StrikersLakeland, Florida
8:00 PM (EST) Tatu Goal 6:15' (Gruber, Easton)
Karpun Goal 13:04'
Miller Goal 22:55' (Pérez, Kozic)
Karpun Goal 31:35' (Fall)
Gruber Goal 44:42' (Fall)
Molina Goal 46:43' (Thompson)
Bates Goal 53:38' (Molina, McLeod)
Oliveira Goal 57:51' (Pérez, Molina)
Report p. 2-C Kidd Goal 13:26' (Segota)
Cubillas Goal 23:55' (Kidd)
Kidd Goal 36:14' (Whelan)
Meschbach Goal 39:31' (Kadupski, Cubillas)
Kidd Goal 54:16' (Kadupski)
Stadium: Lakeland Civic Center
Attendance: 3,506

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