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The 1975 Global Soccer League (Global Zone) was an international men's national association football tournament; hosted in the United States, and played by 4 teams; the hosts and the three teams which were invited.

This was the first edition of the Global Soccer League, originally serving as a "spin-off exhibition friendly tournament" for international teams. The Organization of Global Soccer (OGS) organized the tournament after approval from the government of the United States, along with the approval of the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA.

Organized in 4 venues spanning 4 cities; each one of the four matches were played at one of the venues. This tradition of four teams participating was continued until 1983; when expansion plans were agreed, expanding the size of teams competing to sixteen, which stayed as such until 1983, when it was permanently moved to just eight teams for several noted reasons.

The tournament was won by the United States; who beat Spain in the final 1–0, although the report and details on the final and the tournament overall were lost, meaning that this was the only tournament do have all of its' match reports lost. Italy beat England in the third place play-off game, winning 3–0.

Qualifying

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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the final was played.

The Organization of Global Soccer, following approval from the USA government, FIFA and the USA Soccer Federation, invited three additional teams to play at the tournament. The three teams picked were England, Spain and Italy.

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United States
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Spain
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Italy
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England

Tournament

Semi-finals

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USA
3–1
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Italy
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England
1–4
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Spain

Third place play-off game

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England
0–3
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Italy

Final

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Spain
1–2
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USA

References

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