Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Soccer Bowl….wait, Soccer Bowl? That’s right – bowl games aren’t just for American football. On November 9, the Atlanta Silverbacks, Georgia’s only professional soccer team, will host NASL Soccer Bowl 2013, the league’s championship game, at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
No, the name wasn’t chosen to appeal to the millions of diehard football fans in the South. In fact, the name “Soccer Bowl” carries quite a bit of historical value and tradition with it. The original North American Soccer League (NASL) began dubbing its championship game “Soccer Bowl” in 1975 under the guidance of Commissioner Phil Woosnam.
The league would go onto host 10 Soccer Bowls from 1975-1984 – four of which were won by the New York Cosmos, who were led by the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, and Giorgio Chinaglia. Now, the NASL has opted to bring back the Soccer Bowl name, reintroducing the rich tradition that the league developed in its early years.
Fast-forward to 2013 and the Atlanta Silverbacks are the hosts of the game, earning the right to do so by winning the NASL Spring Season. The fact still remains that the Soccer Bowl, along with the league’s new split-season format, is something that not everyone understands yet. Don’t worry, though…the Silverbacks have you covered. Detailed below is the “who, what, where, when, and how” of NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 is the league’s championship game that pits the 2013 NASL Spring Season Champion against the 2013 NASL Fall Season Champion. The advantage to winning the Spring Season comes in the form of being able to host the Soccer Bowl. The championship is a single game – not a series.
By winning the 2013 NASL Spring Season Championship, the Silverbacks earned the right to host the 2013 NASL Fall Season Champion in NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. If the Fall Season ended today, the Silverbacks would be hosting the New York Cosmos, who are currently in first place. There are still six regular season weeks of games remaining, however, and only five points separate six of the league’s eight teams in the standings.
So what would happen if the Silverbacks won the Fall Season too? The answer is they would host the team that amassed the second-most total points between the Spring and Fall Seasons.
The Silverbacks will host NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 at their home stadium, Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks and NASL have already revealed that they will increase the stadium’s capacity for the game, increasing the number of seats from the normal 5,000 for regular season games.
NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 will be played on November 9 – exactly one week after the final game of the league’s fall season schedule.
Tickets to the game are currently on sale, with prices ranging from $20-$75. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling the Silverbacks Ticket Office at 404-969-4900 or visiting atlantasilverbacksfc.com.
Fans who are Georgia residents that purchase their tickets before October 21 will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to England to watch a professional soccer match of their choice in 2014.