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Erich Geyer

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Erich Geyer
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-11-07) November 7, 1950 (age 71)
Place of birth Adelsdorf, West Germany
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Forward, defender
Youth career
ASV Herzogenaurach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 TSV Höchstadt
1975–1976 1. FC Bamberg
1976–1980 SpVgg Fürth 96 (11)
1980–1981 Hartford Hellions (indoor) 10 (0)
1981–1984 San Diego Sockers 57 (6)
1982–1983 San Diego Sockers (MISL) 39 (10)
1983–1984 San Diego Sockers (NASL indoor) 23 (8)
1984–1985 Chicago Sting (indoor) 17 (2)
1985 San Diego Sockers (MISL) 8 (0)
Teams managed
1984 San Diego Sockers (assistant)
1986–1988 Chicago Sting
1989–1992 San Diego Sockers (assistant)
1993–1997 Monterrey La Raza
1993– Mexican Futsal
1999–2000 Monterrey La Raza
2002–2004 Harrisburg Heat
2004 Monterrey Fury
2004 Monterrey Tigres
2007–2009 Monterrey La Raza
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Erich Geyer (born November 7, 1950) is a German former football (soccer) defender who spent most of his career in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. Following his retirement from playing, he coached for over twenty years.


Geyer graduated from the Hochschulinstitut fuer Leibesübungen in Erlangen, Germany. He then became a teacher and did not begin playing professional soccer until his early twenties when he signed with TSV Höchstadt. He played for Höchstadt from 1973 to 1975. After one season with 1. FC Bamberg in the Regionalliga, he moved to SpVgg Fürth in 1977. In 1980, he moved to the United States and joined the Hartford Hellions of the Major Indoor Soccer League. A forward in Germany, Geyer moved to defense in the U.S. After one season, he left the Hellions and signed with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League. He played four outdoor and one indoor NASL seasons with the Sockers. During the winter of 1982–83, the team competed in the MISL where it won the league championship. The Sockers then took the 1983–84 NASL indoor title before moving permanently to the MISL in the fall of 1984. However, the Sockers released Geyer during the preseason and he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Sting in November 1984.[1] On February 21, 1985, the Sting sold Geyer's contract back to the Sockers. The team released him again in June 1985.>[2]


During the Sockers 1984 outdoor season, Geyer played only two games, spending most of the season as an assistant coach. He was named to succeed Willy Roy as Sting head coach on December 23, 1986.[3] Geyer was fired by the Sting on February 22, 1988 and replaced by Gary Hindley.[4] In 1989, he became an assistant coach with the San Diego Sockers, a position he held until the spring of 1992.[5] In 1992, he became the head coach of the Monterrey La Raza of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. He was the 1995 CISL Coach of the Year.[6] In 1993, he also became the head coach of the Mexican Futsal team. He left La Raza in 1997, then returned in 1999 as they played in the World Indoor Soccer League. In August 2002, the Harrisburg Heat announced they had hired Geyer to replace Richard Chinapoo.[7] In March 2004, he became the head coach of the Monterrey Fury of the second Major Indoor Soccer League.[8] When that team collapsed before the 2004–05 season, the Monterrey Tigres replaced it in the standings. Geyer became the head coach of the Tigres, but the league terminated the franchise after only a few games.


After his retirement in 1985, Geyer became an MISL referee. He served in that capacity until hired as head coach of the Sting in 1986.[9]


  1. ^ "Sockers trim four for indoor season". The San Diego Union (CA). September 26, 1984.
  2. ^ "Daley, Geyer, Moura dropped from Sockers". The San Diego Union (CA). June 9, 1985.
  3. ^ Leptich, John (December 24, 1986). "Era Ends In Style For Sting". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Appleman, Marc (February 28, 1988). "Former Socker Geyer Considers Future After Losing Sting Coaching Job". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Patterson, Don (December 24, 1989). "The 'H' Is Back in Eric, Geyer Is Back With Sockers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "Continental Indoor Soccer League". January 29, 2006. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  7. ^ "Scoreboard" (PDF). Laredo Morning Times. August 7, 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  8. ^ "Erich Geyer named new head coach of the Fury". March 8, 2004. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  9. ^ Appleman, Marc (January 21, 1986). "OH, GO AHEAD: BOO HIM : Just Because He Was the Sockers' Wolfman Doesn't Mean Geyer Expects to Hear Cheers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
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