California Surf

California Surf
Full name California Surf
Nickname(s) The Surf
Founded 1978
Dissolved 1981
Stadium Anaheim Stadium 69,008
Anaheim Convention Center 5,400 (1979–80)
Long Beach Arena 10,600 (1980–81)
League North American Soccer League

The California Surf was a soccer club based in Anaheim, California who played in the North American Soccer League from 1978 to 1981.[1] Their home field was Anaheim Stadium. They played two seasons of indoor soccer, one each at the Anaheim Convention Center[2] and the Long Beach Arena.[3]

They originally were the St. Louis Stars. The Surf had a strong British influence under the direction of coach John Sewell including future Arsenal manager, George Graham. However, notable Brazilian internationals Carlos Alberto Torres and Caju both appeared for the club in 1981.

Ownership and staff



Year League W L Pts Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attend.
1978 NASL 13 17 115 2nd, American Conference, Western Division Lost 1st Round (San Diego) 11,171
1979 NASL 15 15 140 T1st, American Conference, Western Division Lost 1st Round (San Diego) 10,330
1979–80 NASL Indoor 4 8 β€” 4th, Western Division Did not qualify 3,181
1980 NASL 15 17 144 2nd, American Conference, Western Division Lost 1st Round (Ft. Lauderdale) 7,593
1980–81 NASL Indoor 10 8 β€” 1st, Southern Division Lost 1st Round (Vancouver) 4,249
1981 NASL 11 21 117 3rd, Western Division Did not qualify 8,299


NASL Division titles

NASL All-Star First Team

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame


  1. ^ "N.A.S.L. Surf Disbands". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 16, 1981.
  2. ^ Carr, Al (March 18, 1980). "Surf Getting Ready for the Great Outdoors". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Surf breaks over Whitecaps". The Vancouver Sun. February 19, 1981. Retrieved 15 February 2019 – via Google News.
  4. ^ "Hall of Famers". September 1, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2021.