The Remarkable Rise & Fall of the NASL

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    HITC Sevens

    Runtime: 17:10

    From Franz Beckenbauer and Pele at the New York Cosmos to George Best and Johan Cruyff with the Los Angeles Aztecs, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the North American Soccer League - NASL - attracted some of the finest footballers / soccer players on Earth at one time.
    Despite the influx of big names and some clubs attracting large crowds, ultimately the league became unsustainable and suffered financial collapse in 1984.
    In this short documentary, HITC Sevens takes a look back at the rise, fall, and downright madness of the North American Soccer League, and it's legacy in terms of the history of soccer in United States and worldwide to this day.

King Wes7
King Wes7

The American soccer league in the 20s if it continued would've been one of the top leagues in the world today. We had great players in that league, Europeans do not give America any credit for the sport. They think we are just now getting into it when we had interest in it since the 1920s. And even then we called it football and the league was more popular then the NFL only behind MLB, just insane to think what could've been. Now we do have a solid more organized league in the MLS. But we will be low tier quality wise until the higher ups of MLS allow clubs to spend more on better talent and keep the young talented players. We are clearly improving on quality every year. And it is no longer easy to become a star player, but it won't be for years until we are up there with the European leagues if we don't allow spending. We have the infrastructure and quality of life that can get good players to come here, but limited spending is the biggest obstacle I see right now.

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Nathan Stansfield
Nathan Stansfield

Please do the Team America video, that sounds fascinating, and something that everyone must've done on fifa when they were younger!

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Mrcs Mt
Mrcs Mt

A video about the best NCAA footballers historically would be neat...unless a U.S. U-21 would be more relevant.

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Peter Draper
Peter Draper

make a video on the problems in indian football. i can link you to local journalists here

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NYCFC Away Days
NYCFC Away Days

Great video!

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sebastianaraque354
sebastianaraque354

Do a MLS documentary

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Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh

This video was absolutely fantastic, I love all of your American videos because it’s a league I definitely want to get into but I really know very little about it. I like Orlando because of kaka and the purple shirt but other than that I’ve never really looked into the whole set up of it. I’m Irish and would love to watch some videos about the history of Irish soccer, Bobby charlton played for waterford united, Sam allardyce started his managerial career in Limerick etc could be very interesting

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Joan of Bark
Joan of Bark

Remember, it was the NORTH American Soccer League. There were many Canadian teams in the league, and they won a couple of Soccer Bowls.

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robert perrella
robert perrella

i like that comment"THE NASL WAS A GLORIOUS FAILURE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1,,,,BRILLIANT research by HITC Sevens!!!!!!!!!!!

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Homer Less
Homer Less

You forgot to mention why only soccer died due to the Great Depression. It was because most of these clubs were based on factories/mills which had European immigrants/workers playing the game. These mills/factories got shut down when the Great Depression hit. Literally all clubs died. Baseball did not have this association with factories which meant it survived.

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Ping
Ping

Holy shit, totally missed this when it came out! Thanks for covering the NASL! I'm almost certain the NASL is presented in uni courses as a way to show how one DOESN'T run a sports league! Edit: now that I've finished it, I should say that one thing you only touched on was that the NASL was spending money on an indoor league each winter, which was money they could have been spending on the outdoor league.

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Brian Koelbel
Brian Koelbel

Oops...fact checking myself.....77,691 at Giants Stadium in NJ vs. Fort Lauderdale was August 14th, 1977 not the 16th......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzoGpbI0bG4

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Brian Koelbel
Brian Koelbel

After the obvious reason of over expansion.....two other reasons the league folded. First, the league could not maintain a network television contract, and the lack of those funds made it impossible for the smaller market expansion teams to survive. Secondly, the little known "Mandatory North American" rule. IN 1977, teams had to have at least 2 North American players on the pitch at all times, 3 in 1978, and 4 in 1979......assuming that the American TV market wanted to see homegrown talent. The league mis-read it's market. The overall market wanted to see exceptional football and supported the "galactico" approach. Much of the overall market was ethnically based....both TV viewers and game day attendees.....so the "North American Rule" was not only off base, but held little value for the majority of the viewership / game day attendees. Cosmos Captain Werner Roth could have played anywhere in the world...but for the rest of the league, substantial North American talent was increasingly difficult to find, and often mis-matched with the Superstars. Having said that, watching Shep Messing, Werner Roth and Bobby Smith - all Americans - introduced as the first 3 Cosmos starters for team in the 1977 Soccer Bowl was a great moment.

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Brian Koelbel
Brian Koelbel

Great NASL video, a magical time for those of us lucky enough to "live it!" One fact check tho....the 1978 Soccer Bowl at Giants Stadium did indeed draw 74,901 fans. The record, though, occurred on August 16, 1977. For the Cosmos v Strikers playoff game, the total was 77,691. Stadium capacity was 75,646, but the pre-sales levels were so large that the NJSEA (New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority) allowed for standing room only sales. So you're probably asking what kind of nerd would know that? I worked in the ticket office for the team, and had to reconcile every ticket and stub (yes, actual paper tickets) so I could watch the second half of the game! Keep up the great videos!

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Matthew Keefe
Matthew Keefe

Also, many of the NASL stadiums had 1970s-era artificial turf, which was probably an adjustment for players used to regular grass pitches.

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James Deegan
James Deegan

I have been subscribed for more than 3 years🤘

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Lee McDonald
Lee McDonald

How long was the gap between the NASL folding and the MLS inaugural season?

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Lee McDonald
Lee McDonald

@Ethan Fanning Thank you.

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Ethan Fanning
Ethan Fanning

11 years, NASL stopped in 1985 and the first MLS match was in 1996

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Nathaniel Chwalik
Nathaniel Chwalik

US Soccer is still a mess, and the soccer wars are as relevant as ever. I'm working on starting a grassroots club (Delaware Rising FC) in my local city to help players in my area.

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Nathaniel Chwalik
Nathaniel Chwalik

@Agent P Thanks, I appreciate the wishes. I probably should've referenced that Delaware is also a small city in Ohio. Cool fact nonetheless!

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Agent P
Agent P

Nice to see you're trying to make soccer a better sport in the US. Hope you succeed in the state of Joe Biden. If I'm not wrong, was Delaware was the first every US state.

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Jonathan Rosenberg
Jonathan Rosenberg

Very well done, thank you for your efforts!

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Ye Olde Football Channel
Ye Olde Football Channel

The only "positive" of the NASL was that Canada, who had some teams there (Vancouver, who won the Soccer Bowl, Montreal or Toronto) had a decent number of good players and they qualified for the World Cup in 1986. The likes of Lenarduzzi, Tino Lettieri or Bruce Wilson were playing at the tail end of the league and helped the Canucks to enter the World CUp ahead of other super-powers such as Honduras.

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George Lee
George Lee

Back in the late 70's or early 80's the NASL should've had pro/rel w/ the ASL 2.0 and both leagues could've been saved. Then form regional amateur leagues below and we'd have a fully developed American soccer pyramid today and the USMNT wouldn't be worse than tiny Caribbean islands of semi-pro teams. After 25 years of MLS the US soccer situation is worse than 1994. FIFA needs to take the 2026 WC away from the US and PERMANENTLY ban them until pro/rel is implemented.

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George Lee
George Lee

This league was MUCH MUCH MUCH better than today's mediocre and corrupt MLS. Too bad nobody tried to save them. MLS deserves to die! #Prorel4USA #BoycottMLS #DonGarberisathief

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Ricco Rich
Ricco Rich

Part of the problem with the old NASL also was that the league lacked infrastructure to support and develop the American Player. The Cosmos was great and ahead of thier time. But they didn't have long term plans, the 86 World cup bid was a blow for sure. But still Soccers biggestvstruggle in America is that's it's still a Foreigners or immigrants game. There isnt a American Culture derived from the sport like you see in other sports even to this day Soccer still lacks a American culture development. Most representation is really outside influence

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soccermavn
soccermavn

The United Soccer Association didn't get the TV deal; it was the unsanctioned National Professional Soccer League that got that

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dulyjs
dulyjs

Thanks for the video, from an old Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1977-1983) supporter.

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CMunsk
CMunsk

You should do a video on the Philadelphia Union! It is a great case study in showing what happens when you don't have a plan (the first couple years) and when you do have a plan and stick to a system and make savvy moneyball signings mixed with youth development (now). They have a fantastic academy you can touch on as a part of their slow build success

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ottmar montes
ottmar montes

When I was in highschool soccer games didn't go to penalties during playoffs and instead they copied the system in the NASL.

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Pavel Gonzalez
Pavel Gonzalez

Boooo talk about Mexican soccer

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Heath Settle
Heath Settle

The NASL style shootout is infinitely better than the penalty shoot out that currently exists. Change my mind. Spoiler alert: you can't change my mind

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Heath Settle
Heath Settle

I wonder what it would have been like if the more profitable clubs had lobbied to join the Mexican league after 84. Like New York and Los Angeles and Dallas. It's the only successful league in proximity and they would have probably seen a little bit of success, albeit with high travel costs

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Heath Settle
Heath Settle

That ball design tho...

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Fade In
Fade In

these kind of videos are the best ones you work on. Good job once again.

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Derek Wood
Derek Wood

Thank you for saying so, Alfie -- and indeed you're right, the NASL 35-yard/5 second penalty try WAS better than the 12-yard spot kick. It's a shame it didn't catch on in other leagues.

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Spencer Harding
Spencer Harding

Thanks for the excellent videos about the USA lately

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Fhloston Paraphrase
Fhloston Paraphrase

I can't get over how awful those numbers at the front of the shirt looks, hideous!

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R69NiX
R69NiX

5:08 had to do a double take there! Thought that guy was smoking a huge as spliff 😂

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Dylan Miles
Dylan Miles

These players were still old lmfao back in the day over 30 was ancient for a footballer and my mans over here saying "only 30 and only 32"

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ivaneurope
ivaneurope

The reason why NASL received so little media coverage can be traced to the fact that some other sports had 2 competing leagues like the NBA vs. ABA in basketball and NHL vs. WHA in hockey. Not to mention the NFL, MLB and college sports are also in the mix. Even though the MLS is making progress nowdays, its viewing figures are peanuts compared to the NBA and especially NFL with European leagues such as the Premier League have better ratings (duh) despite the time zone issues.

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George Lee
George Lee

The old NASL was MUCH MUCH more popular and respected than today's crappy MLS and had WAY HIGHER TV ratings. MLS is a failure by comparison.

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espben360
espben360

NASL problems Sounds bit like What some English championship teams, and definitely league 1 and league 2 teams face.

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christisn salas
christisn salas

Great report man. Thank you

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BFDCITYBULLS JOSH
BFDCITYBULLS JOSH

7 players who could of turned proffesional in another sport ?

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Helix Gaming - Gaming/Vlogs king
Helix Gaming - Gaming/Vlogs king

Keep coming out with USA stuff I’m a American and love it. (RedBulls fan if u wanna hook me up lol)

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George Lee
George Lee

@Agent P Also RBNY isn't a club, it's a McFranchise of soulless corporate MLS fake league.

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Agent P
Agent P

Do you admit that you're club is actually in New Jersey and not in New York?

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Eli Griffen
Eli Griffen

Everyone who sees this, have an amazing day, and I hope you are well.

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riri sangraja
riri sangraja

I've got a suggestion for another football loving nation documentary "Indonesia", it's got a very weird history from world cup, unrealistic bids, corruption, two football associations, the galatama (model for the first j league), some stars there (kempes and Roger Milla), voodoo magic, clubs being runned to the ground, hooliganism, and many more

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Agent P
Agent P

In Malaysia we tend to stereotype Indonesian football fans as hooligans. Tak apa lah. Kita masih suka bola kan?

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Giancarlo Torres
Giancarlo Torres

The penalty shootouts are so much fun!

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1anonymousb
1anonymousb

I kinda like the "shootout" that the NASL and early days MLS more than penalties too. I didn't like that they were used to settle draws though. A somewhat interesting fact about the American sports landscape back in and around the '20s is that NFL football wasn't popular at all. It didn't become popular until heavy marketing was thrown at it sometime mid century. Of course, baseball was already entrenched. Football/soccer in America had every chance to be the dominant sport, but mismanagement doomed the leagues. Balkanized leagues and bringing in almost exclusively foreign players allowed other leagues to paint soccer as a "foreign" sport and thus influence Americans to prefer our homegrown ones instead. What a shame. We could possibly have a few World Cup titles by now. I guess the bright side is I get to watch the sport and league(s) grow here in my lifetime.

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Daniel Martinez
Daniel Martinez

You're not American? I would have never imagined

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TheLegend27
TheLegend27

Id love to see the cosmos play in the MLS since it has so much history

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David W
David W

The dream of NASL is alive in Portland. https://youtu.be/TZt-pOc3moc?t=48

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George Lee
George Lee

@Agent P MLS is a big failure compared to Cosmos. I'd like to see NASL revived properly and MLS folding.

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Keyuante Johnson
Keyuante Johnson

new york cosmos is my favorite American team from a chelsea fan

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Agent P
Agent P

Unfortunately, people in the MLS want to avoid taking things from the supposedly 'failed' NASL.

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Shahid Willie
Shahid Willie

Great video

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Drew Castronovo
Drew Castronovo

Much love from the US! Americans love actual football as well

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George Lee
George Lee

We want real soccer/football but everyone hates MLS. That garbage league GOTTA GO! Way past time.

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Brandon Thompson
Brandon Thompson

People trippin bout ads like dude dont deserve to make money for his content. God forbid yall shell out a few bucks a month for premium if the ads are so unbearable

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Mo Sh
Mo Sh

Just to let you know that Phil Woosnam used to play for West Ham United in the early 60s

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Tu Ring
Tu Ring

Please stop adding so many ads in your video

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Nicole Crosby
Nicole Crosby

Thanks for the video!! When I used to live in New Jersey, I would hear from everyone about when Pele played for the NY Cosmos at Giants Stadium and they was so happy to see him! I started to watch football when the MLS started in 96 and became a fan of the Metrostars/Red Bulls.

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Nicole Crosby
Nicole Crosby

George Lee I agree!

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George Lee
George Lee

MLS is a failure compared to old NASL and Cosmos. MLS isn't good enough to clean Pele's ass.

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tehsin hussain
tehsin hussain

Search 'RIP NASL' on YouTube, its a good video.

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Owen Schneider
Owen Schneider

Love the American theme videos and the documentary style videos so a combo is great

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The Virtual Jonathan
The Virtual Jonathan

No one is rating these videos. Perhaps people mean "undervalued" and "under viewed". But "underrated" just doesn't apply. I agree these videos are really good and a nice change of pace from the lists. I hope alfie gets enough financial help to be able to work on more projects of love and interest. Great video.

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BeyondthePage
BeyondthePage

I've always thought the five second shoot out was a great idea and I'm not sure I know to many people that don't. Like you say, it a much better test of skill and ability and a much better spectacle for fans.

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Erik The Half A Bee
Erik The Half A Bee

Great vid. I was surprised the astroturf surface wasn't mentioned.

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Paul Miller
Paul Miller

It is interesting that you brought up some of the new "rules" that the NASL invented that the world just ended up adopted but no one gives them credit for. It's very similar to how the XFL which lasted only 1 season came up with some new ideas that the NFL ended up adopting but will naturally never give them credit for. It's also interesting how many current MLS teams are named after former NASL teams such as the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders.

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David W
David W

Spiritual mostly. Theme song, name, Schmetzer. The USL Sounders maintained the logo and look of the NASL Sounders, but when they went MLS, they were almost Seattle United, and it was only due to a fan outcry that the name "Sounders" was kept as "Sounders FC". There was a new crest, but many players and coaches and owners came across (Schmetzer, Le Toux) but MLS Sounders are basically a different organization. FWIW, there is an unofficial thing called the NASL "Heritage Cup" between San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Portland Timbers as teams that kept their NASL names. The Cascadia Cup is the only one these teams care about though so it hasn't become a thing.

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Paul Miller
Paul Miller

@j p Not being a Sounders fan there are probably others more qualified to answer but if I am not mistaken the answer is no. They were a USL team which was named after the NASL team but were their own independent team taking up the old name and look to honor the team of old. Then they paid to become an MLS team and technically no longer hold claim to any of their achievements in USL (not that I know if they actually achieved anything there) but still kept the team name and look. Basically, they are the Sounders in name but have no direct link to the NASL team. However, I could be mistaken.

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j p
j p

the Sounders have some sort of direct lineage to their NASL team, no?

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Abdul Aliff
Abdul Aliff

Always love your vids but man the ads are so annoying. Compare to other channel, the amount of ads on video from this channel is noticeably increasing time after time. Do something.

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Benjamin Eckford
Benjamin Eckford

You should have mentioned Dennis Tueart. A star for Man City and an England international, he signed for the Cosmos when he was only 28. They signed him to replace Pele, that’s how good he was

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AdamNetherton
AdamNetherton

I love your USA videos! Keep them coming! :D

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Ivan Evaristo
Ivan Evaristo

Could you do a video on the Brazillian-born Chinese generation of footballers? I just found it interesting that most of the Brazillian imports such as Ricardo Goulart, are getting Chinese citzenships, kind of strange yet similar to the Ukrainian national team situation.

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smn han
smn han

I love these videos, although I think you should sprinkle some more classic videos in. An idea, Top 7 managers who have played professionally in the past 7 years(or something like that) thank!

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JAVIER MORENO
JAVIER MORENO

For the unitial fact of the league being the second most popular, the NFL did not exist in the Early 1900’s until the 1920s, college football was a thing but nothing impressive. The 35-yardline hand-to-hand penalties were sick, and nowadays would be more nailbiting, the clock, the players, man that would be awesome if it returned sometime

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Saksham chowdhury
Saksham chowdhury

Video on footballers that almost transferred to a big team seven years ago and where they end up today

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Christian Rivas
Christian Rivas

very nice video

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Ashle Norling
Ashle Norling

I like and appreciate the video, it's not often I pop up on something focused on the NASL. However, there are actually quite a few issues I've found and have with the video. I research sports history for fun and ironically was going through the history of the NPSL, USA, and NASL yesterday to make banner graphics for the league's champions. Here are the issues in the order they appear in the video. Again very well done but the mistakes are quite a few and I wanna make sure everyone knows the correct history of the NASL and US/Canadian soccer. 1) The NPSL was the one who had the TV contract with CBS for 1967 and 68 not the USA. In fact the USA was scheduled to launch in 1968 but FIFA and the USSFA (now US Soccer/USSF) announced sanctioning for the USA and imported teams to compete with the NPSL for 1967. (there is actually a deeper story on this as there was three groups looking to form leagues but that is an entirely different rabbit hole). 2) The complete disregard of the NPSL's 1967 season is a bit weird considering they had the TV deal and were not made up of imported teams. A mention of why the ratings were terrible would have been nice to add to the story. 3) Only the first part of the 1969 NASL season was made up of imported teams. After the "International Cup" each of the imported teams played against the club side they represented. Following this the NASL held it's "official" season for 1969 consisting of 16 matches per club in which the Kansas City Spurs also won. 4) Mentioning that two clubs were pulled from the ASL for 1970 but not mentioning it was the second version of the league could confuse people as you did say (correctly) when and why the original ASL collapsed. 5) The NASL broadcasting rights were purchased by CBS not ABC in what was to have been a three year contract. Only the first year actually happened and the NASL moved to TVS for 1977-78, before ABC purchased the TV rights for 1979. ABC then held TV rights from 1979-81. ESPN began airing the NASL in 1981 and ESPN and USA Network would hold the rights for the leagues final three seasons. 6) NASL Soccer Bowl '78 is not the highest attendance for a club match in US history. That goes to the first leg of the 1977 NASL Eastern Division Championship Series between the Cosmos and Strikers. That match drew 77,691 fans to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. However it would be correct to say that no match in MLS history has surpassed that Soccer Bowl '78 crowd. 7) It was not 70% of revenue going to player salaries but rather 70% of the overall budget. The one word makes a huge difference as just the player salaries themselves outpaces the revenue each team was generating, making the entire league a money pit and unsustainable. Had it been 70% of revenue the league (while unlikely) could have been sustainable. The one word difference is the difference in millions of dollars. 8) The MISL never "poached" any NASL teams. Rather the NASL had been having intermittent indoor seasons since 1971. The creation of the MISL did push the NASL to having full indoor seasons but the NASL did not have a full blown indoor season for 1982/83. This was in contrast to 1979/80-1981/82 where they played full indoor seasons. Three NASL teams (Chicago, Golden Bay, and San Diego) temporarily moved their indoor sides to the MISL for the 1982/83 season. All three teams would play both the 1983 and 1984 NASL seasons as well as the 1983/84 NASL Indoor season. 9) Of the final nine teams in the NASL four of them would once again play in the MISL for 84/85 due to the lack of an NASL Indoor Season. This move became permanent when the league shut down due to only Minnesota and Toronto wanting to continue the NASL. Tulsa would play 11 matches as an independent in 1985, Golden Bay would survive through 1988 and Tampa Bay would survive all the way until 1993.

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Lance Stone
Lance Stone

Dam history do repeat itself! MLS is nothing more than the orginally nasl reincarnated. If you look at the two history of the league there is a lot of common trends...

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John Smithton
John Smithton

@George Lee Nope. All that world class talent you talk about from the NASL? They are the same sort of players that come over now and people just say are over the hill. Of all the stars people bring up almost all of them were 31 when they came over while several were 35 or so. The league was just a place for teams to pay crazy sums of money for players that were past their prime. And the idea that the NASL was grassroots is just laughably absurd. The Cosmos were owned by Time Warner, Montreal was owned by the Molson Beer Company, Toronto was owned by the Global Television Network, and the New England Tea Men were named that because they were owned by the Lipton Tea Company. The NASL had far more corporate investment than MLS has. As for MLS being a failure? 25 years, most teams owning stadiums, top rate practice facilities, and fully staffed and operated youth teams (from u-12 to the U-19 level) pretty much should prove it isn't. Add in that it is actually successful on the business side unlike the NASL and is starting to be a league that sells both domestic and international players to Europe and well, I say you are just talking out your ass for it being a failure. A failure is the league collapsing like the NASL did within 5 years of its heyday. Actually building a sustainable soccer league in America despite their being at best the 5th most popular sport in the country? Not a failure by any metric except for people thinking that somehow the whole league is supposed to be basically as good as the Champions League knockout teams (because no one is honestly saying they would follow the league if it was a bunch of Burnley's and Crystal Palace's)

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George Lee
George Lee

@John Smithton You're talking w/ your ass and spewing bulls**t about MLS. It's a failure and much worse and less organic than NASL and less interesting w/ none of the world class talent.

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John Smithton
John Smithton

Not really. Maybe in the very early days but now? Not at all. In the heyday of NASL you had crowds that were on average smaller than MLS (NASL's best attended season is below all MLS seasons except for 1998 through 2000, when the league almost folded), teams consistently moving or folding (after their highest attended year in 1980 there were 3 teams that folded and another 4 move cities while MLS has had 3 teams fold and 1 team move in 25 years), and teams that were mostly made up of imported talent (in 1980 the best XI, second XI, and honorable mentions were all non-domestic except for one Canadian player). MLS has built stadiums, training facilities, imposed foreign quotas, and set up youth academies. The only thing in MLS that remotely resembles NASL are some of the higher profile talent. And even in that most of the NASL players were payed large sums as loan players while MLS barely pays above market wages for most players these days (remember that when looking at American figures vs Euro figures that in America it is pre-tax while in Europe it is post-tax). I get why people make the comparisons but it is night and day between how the two leagues actually operated. There is a reason that MLS is still around 25 years later and is doing fine in a pandemic whereas NASL ceased after 16 years.

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Dragonmark909
Dragonmark909

I loved the 35 yard (I think) penalties, a lot of people don't realize how difficult and intense that is. Now its more about how well the attacker can put away a penalty with a keeper given ample amount of prep time.

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JaviFuego93
JaviFuego93

Make a video on the Australian league I’m from the US but their league seems to me to be more similar to MLS than soccer in the rest of the world. From team names to them I believe also having a salary cap and DPs

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Homer Less
Homer Less

@George Lee A-league is 10 years behind MLS. the next phase of the A-league is to have their own stadiums.

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George Lee
George Lee

@SantomPh Australia has a more developed soccer culture than the US. Also there is no pro/rel btwn A-League and lower divs. but there are plans for it. Unlike the US, AUS has a real pyramid below the A-League w/ traditional pro/rel.

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George Lee
George Lee

A-League is at least 10-20 years ahead of MLS in quality and player development. Imagine if Australia had the US's population - they'd win multiple WC's and be on par w/ France.

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Agent P
Agent P

@SantomPh Is the A-League more city influenced like the AFL(where a.hige chunk of clubs are around Melbourne) and NRL(where a huge chunk of clubs are around Sydney).

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SantomPh
SantomPh

they are in a similar situation to the US, so it makes sense. Cities spread apart on a continent, competition from native sportslike AFL and other sports like tennis, cricket and rugby. They also have a collective bargaining agreement as well as a team from outside the country competing (Wellington from NZ). There is also no relegation and promotion and the Aussie tradition of the wooden spoon is practiced instead (like a boobie award). The only real difference is that the A League doesn't have a major college network to recruit young talent, who usually sign on as teenagers and train within a club's youth system like in the UK.

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sbonga dlamini
sbonga dlamini

During apartheid South Africa when most European leagues banned South African football players most of the best players went to America...I can name Ace Ntsoelengoe ( inducted in American Sports Hall of Fame), Vusi 'Computer' Lamola and Jomo Sono to name a few *Ace Ntsoelengoe was probably one of the best players in the world in the 1970s to early 80s( not exaggerating look him up), too bad Europe never got to see his greatness

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Jack Kelesoglu
Jack Kelesoglu

Those old hockey style penalties are so cool to watch. They also used them in the early years if he MLS. They were the perfect example of Americanizing the sport to become more enticing to the American public without being too sacrilegious and making a novelty out of the sport

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Tom C
Tom C

Honestly super greatful that's there's a European football channel giving objective and fair coverage to U.S. football/soccer 👍 Thank you!! 🙏

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Keyuante Johnson
Keyuante Johnson

do you support the new year cosmos

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Riverside Coras
Riverside Coras

Fun fact in a corner kick the ref will tell the player to hold on for a good couple of minutes for CBS to play commercials. Awkward if you’re in attendance and not know what’s happening

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Joachim Hane
Joachim Hane

Great video! I have an idea for a new video, ”7 most failed club sales”!

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Hugh mungus
Hugh mungus

each continents best league

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Hugh mungus
Hugh mungus

sbonga dlamini just wrote his whole script and if you keep Antarctica its 7

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sbonga dlamini
sbonga dlamini

Europe...La Liga, Spain Asia...J League, Japan Africa...Ligue 1, Tunisia North America...Liga MX, Mexico South America...Primera Division, Argentina Oceania...New Zealand Premier League Honorable Mention: Antarctica Pro League, Antarctica

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Papa Smurf
Papa Smurf

You should do something on the history of the Indoor Soccer leagues in the US. They are very entertaining

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Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy

Love videos like this! Would love to see a similar one on the League of Ireland and its state (or even Irish football as a whole with the FAI). You dont talk enough about the #GreatestLeagueintheWorld

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Denzel Reyna
Denzel Reyna

Quality video Alfie, thoroughly enjoyed that one

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KevinField
KevinField

loving the USA football videos

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Damian Priday
Damian Priday

Greetings! From the founder of the founder of the (Amateur) modern version of the Boston Rovers!

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ciara flood
ciara flood

Can you do a video on the last efl apprentices of the year for league 1,2 and championship

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JMAN420
JMAN420

Day 2 of asking for the best footballer for each of the top 50 most common first names

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Thomas Crosby
Thomas Crosby

Dont mind me just gonna wait here until the Team America Soccer video comes out

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MA Romano
MA Romano

The shootouts! I once saw a friendly between juventus and idontrememberwho that finished in draw and was resolved via shootout, I remember Salas embarrassing himself.

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Nguyen Quang Huy
Nguyen Quang Huy

Love your document Alfie, also when you succeed 1 mil subs and won't mind about views anymore, can you do a document about Football Fever in Vietnam during 2018 U-23 Asian Cup, the most exciting crowd you might ever seen, even World Cup couldn't beat it :))

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vjaska
vjaska

Whilst the MLS gave Europe and others three good innovations (squad numbers assigned to a single person rather than based on position, player names on shirts & the backpass rule), it needs to take one last thing from the rest of the world whether US watchers like it or not - promotion & relegation The American penalty idea is certainly very interesting even though I'm still perfectly fine with standard penalties

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SantomPh
SantomPh

@sbonga dlamini penalty taking is skill more than luck, many teams like Liverpool and Barcelona even have specialist coaches on the topic. Luck is a dog running onto the pitch and biting the ball. Skill is being able to tuck the ball into a corner the keeper cannot catch, or psych the goalie out and dink it down the middle. Many players, even top pros find it difficult to consistently do penalties the same way each time. In fact keepers are known more for saving them than people scoring them. also, finals are decided by penalties because they have had 90 to 120 minutes of time to have goals scored the normal way. A shootout saves time and ends the issue of who wins quite easily. It works for football because the result is absolute. Better than a coin flip.

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sbonga dlamini
sbonga dlamini

I feel the standard penalties are unfair is they sho zero skill but rely on luck...no final should be won on luck in my opinion

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Joel Sati
Joel Sati

7 underachieving golden generations

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Tom Potter
Tom Potter

Do Australia next

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John Quiroz
John Quiroz

Thank you for this! Not much is talked about the first national American football league

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dannyfm360
dannyfm360

You should make more videos on liga MX a lot of your US fans are mexican and liga MX is better than MLS

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George Lee
George Lee

@umop apIsdn For eternity. Not to mention Canadian league is also better than MLS.

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umop apIsdn
umop apIsdn

For now

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Robotical John
Robotical John

These videos are CRIMINALLY underrated

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Darshan Bhatt
Darshan Bhatt

Looking at this history, I have some hope for indian super league now.

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George Lee
George Lee

You should be hopeful since India has gotten more things right about soccer/football than the US. I see China and India both passing the US soon.

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Ron Harris
Ron Harris

Finally you explained to the Euro crowd and snobs that’s why we don’t have pro/rel it’s way too early for the risk of investors and why the MLS is capped with salaries and it’s working and just give us time to dominate the sport

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SantomPh
SantomPh

it's not about snobbery. It's just that it's shit ,and a testament to why the US can't improve at all in domestic leagues.

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rolandtb3
rolandtb3

Good summary. It would be interesting to find out the impact of fields (size, type - grass/turf, location and distance spread, weather). Also rhe impact if city ethnicity on determining crowd size and loyalty.

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SantomPh
SantomPh

ethnicity only really matters in the US, to be honest.

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Michael Mearney
Michael Mearney

Jesus that video about the age of players in America was 3 years ago? Keep it up Alfie. Long time subscriber

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Omar Adnan
Omar Adnan

7 best primes in football history etc Messi 2008-2019 Ronaldo-1998-2002

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Omar Adnan
Omar Adnan

You get the idea

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Chris Wolf
Chris Wolf

Nah Ronaldo barely played from 1998 to 2001 more like 1996-1998 and 2002-2006 that was Ronaldo's prime

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Mustaqiim Mustaqiim
Mustaqiim Mustaqiim

Nice video mannn.....Rise of the USL mabye?

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