San Diego Sockers (1978–1996)

The San Diego Sockers were a soccer and indoor soccer team based in San Diego, California. The team played in the indoor and outdoor editions of the North American Soccer League (NASL) until 1984 as well as the original Major Indoor Soccer League and CISL. The franchise folded in 1996 and was the last surviving NASL franchise.

San Diego Sockers
Version of the Sockers logo,
used until 1984.
Full nameSan Diego Sockers
GroundJack Murphy Stadium (48,460) (1978–84)
San Diego Sports Arena (12,920) (1980–96)
CoachRon Newman
LeagueNASL (1978–84)
MISL (1982–83, 1984–92)

The Sockers are considered the most successful indoor soccer team to play the sport. They made the playoffs in all but one of their 16 seasons of play as an indoor soccer team.


The team began as the Baltimore Comets in 1974 but moved to San Diego as the San Diego Jaws in 1976. After a one-year stay in Las Vegas as the Las Vegas Quicksilvers, the team returned as the San Diego Sockers in 1978.[1][2] They were owned by Bob Bell and played their indoor games at the San Diego Sports Arena.[3]

Initially, victories came slowly for the club but mounted quickly and they experienced moderate success over their outdoor history winning several division titles. However, the San Diego Sockers won the North American Soccer League (NASL) Indoor Championships of 1981–82 and 1983–84. Success was far from over for the San Diego Sockers. When the NASL folded, the San Diego Sockers moved to the Major Indoor Soccer League and won eight championships: 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992. The Sockers carried their success from one league to the next. They switched to the Continental Indoor Soccer League for three more years from 1993 to 1995. However, after several ownership changes, Sockers folded after the 1996 season.

There have been two subsequent revivals of the Sockers. The first was a franchise in the WISL that later joined the second MISL before folding in 2004. A second started play in the PASL-PRO in 2009.


  • NASL 1974–1984
  • NASL indoor 1980–1982, 1983–1984
  • MISL 1982–1983, 1984–1992
  • CISL 1993–1996


  • Co-Owners included Charles T. Koval, Joe Sadowski, Ed Lewis, Bob Bell (1977–78)
  • Co-Owners Charles T. Koval, Bob Bell (1978–81)
  • Bob Bell (1981–87)
  • Ron Fowler (1987–91)
  • Oscar Ancira, Sr. (1991–94)
  • San Diego Sports Arena Management (1994–96)

Head coaches



Year Reg. Season Playoffs Notes Attendance
1974 2nd East, 10–8–2 Lost Quarterfinal operated as the Baltimore Comets 4,139
1975 5th East, 9–13 Failed to qualify 2,641
1976 5th South, 9–15 Failed to qualify operated as the San Diego Jaws 6,152
1977 5th South. 11–15 Failed to qualify operated as the Las Vegas Quicksilvers 7,079
1978 1st American Conference West, 18–12 Lost Conference Semifinal first season as the San Diego Sockers 5,146
1979 2nd American Conference West, 15–15 Lost Conference Final 11,271
1980 3rd American Conference West, 16–16 Lost Conference Final 12,753
1981 1st West, 21–11 Lost Conference Final 14,802
1982 2nd West, 19–13 Lost League Semifinal 8,532
1983 4th West, 11–19 Failed to qualify 4,685
1984 1st West, 14–10 Lost Semifinal last outdoor season 5,702


Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance
1976 NASL 3rd West Regional, 0–2 Failed to advance 6,055
1980–81 NASL 4th South, 6–12 Failed to qualify 4,912
1981–82 NASL 1st West, 10–8 Won Championship 7,047
1982–83 MISL 1st West, 32–16 Won Championship 8,081
1983–84 NASL 1st NASL, 21–11 Won Championship 11,415
1984–85 MISL 1st West, 37–11 Won Championship 9,595
1985–86 MISL 1st West, 36–12 Won Championship 9,581
1986–87 MISL 3rd West, 27–25 Lost Semifinal 9,748
1987–88 MISL 1st West, 42–14 Won Championship 8,996
1988–89 MISL 2nd MISL, 27–21 Won Championship 8,383
1989–90 MISL 2nd West, 25–27 Won Championship 8,131
1990–91 MSL 1st West, 34–18 Won Championship 7,231
1991–92 MSL 1st MSL, 26–14 Won Championship 9,348
1993 CISL 2nd CISL, 20–8 Runners-up 5,583
1994 CISL 2nd West, 18–10 Lost Quarterfinal 5,032
1995 CISL 3rd South, 17–11 Lost Quarterfinal 5,366
1996 CISL 1st West, 17–11 Lost Semifinal 4,830



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