National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997

1957 Season

1957 National Soccer League

General manager: Connie Leber
President: Walter Freer

Review of the season

The National Soccer League in Ontario was now an outlawed league. This led to that the Inter-provincial final between the two Western and Eastern Division winners was not played.

Malta United joined the league from the Toronto Metro League. They paid $1,500 for their franchise rights.

The season opened in Toronto on May 4.

In a novel development Sunday afternoon NSL games were broadcast on Buffalo (N. Y.) channel WGR-TV. There is an article about this here.

Toronto Italia won the league and playoff championships.

There was no Inter-Provincial Final as the NSL were not affiliated to the Canadian Soccer Association. Instead two games were staged between the NSL Quebec All-Stars and the NSL Ontario All-Stars for the Labatt Trophy.

Most popular player – Mario Pizutti (Toronto Italia)

19-year old Italia fullback Mario Pizutti was voted as the most popular player in the NSL by the World Soccer magazine in Toronto. Mario joined Toronto Italia in 1953.

Leading goalscorer – Gerhard Borchert (Olympia)

Gerhard Borchert joined Olympia in May 1956. He had spent four years in a Russian prison camp before coming to Canada. In 1957 he was the leading goal scorer in the National Soccer League.

Final standingsWestern Division

Toronto Italia2718 4 5593141
White Eagles2715 3 9 744439
Olympia2716 7 4744836
Toronto Hungaria2711 9 7513929
Ulster United271110 6555428
Tridents271212 3494727
Malta United27 811 8385224
Toronto Ukraina27 814 5374821
East End Canadians27 418 5356513
Toronto Sparta27 217 8368012

Leading goalscorer

  1. Gerhard Borchert (Olympia)

Carling Cup

October 20, 1957 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Attendance: 6,200
Referee: Jack Craig
Toronto Italia 1
Toronto Hungaria 0

October 27, 1957 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1
Toronto Hungaria 1

November 3, 1957 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1
Toronto Hungaria 2

November 10, 1957 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto Hungaria 0

Toronto Italia won the National Soccer League playoff championship.


President: Dr. Ernest Stastny
Vice-president: M. Nicola Schmidinghen


Soccer in Montreal continued to prosper thanks to the involvement of Nicola Schmidinghen and Dr. Ernest Stastny. The work they put down during the 1957 season led to the top Montreal clubs involvement in an inter-provincial version of the National Soccer League in the 1958 season.

Montreal Cantalia won the 1957 league championship.

Final standings

1. Cantalia
2. Hungaria
3. Sparta
4. Vienna
5. Ukraina
6. Polonia

National Soccer League play-offs – Eastern Division


September 28/29, 1957
Montreal Hungaria
Montreal Ukraina

September ??, 1957


September ??, 1957

N.S.L. Inter-Provincial Final (East vs West)

Play-offs not held between Western and Eastern Division.

Inter-City Challenge games

October 6, 1957 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Montreal Hungaria 1 (Tibor Stankovics)
Toronto Italia 1 (Pete Cassin)

October 20, 1957 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Montreal Cantalia 3 (Tibor Fekete 2, Vittorio Santini)
Toronto Polish White Eagles 3 (Alf Lesz, Harold Martin, Cec McCormack)

Labatt N.S.L. Cup Finals

November 3, 1957 Toronto
Ontario National League All-Stars 1 (Alfie Lesz)
Quebec National League All-Stars 0

November 10, 1957 Faillon Stadium, Montreal
Quebec National League All-Stars 3 (Arpad Kiraly 2, Zoltan Teli)
Ontario National League All-Stars 0

Exhibition games

May 22, 1957 Windsor Stadium, Windsor, Ontario
Attendance: 4,193
Referee: Al McDermott
Essex County F. A. All-Stars 1
Tottenham Hotspurs 11
Read about the match here

May 25, 1957 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Ray Morgan
Ontario All-Stars 0
Tottenham Hotspur 7
Read about the match here

June 29, 1957 Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 2,500
Hamilton & District All-Stars 2
New York Giuliana 1

Other Leagues and Cups

1957 Toronto & District Football Association

Senior LeagueFirst Division

Teams: Arsenal “A”, East York, Etobicoke, Estonians, Hotspurs, Mimico, Neerlandia, Saracen, Scarboro, Toronto Irish, USFC and Vikings

Senior LeagueSecond Division

Teams: Arsenal “B”, Cooksville, Eintracht “B”, Hellas “B”, Latvia Hawks, Neerlandia “B”, Piccadilly, Regals and Royals

1957 Metro League

The league decided to operate with 18 teams in the 1957 season. The teams were divided into nine teams in the First Division and nine teams in the Second Division.

First Division

All games played at St. Clair Stadium

Teams (9): Belfast United, Caledonian, Croatia, Danforth, Estonia, 7000 Club, Scottish, Thistles and Victoria

Second Division

Teams (9): Avro, C.N.R.A., Danforth, Germania, Maple Leafs, Oakville Athletics, Silverthorn, Udinese and Vikings

1957 Continental League

Teams: Alexander, Austria, ASC Toronto, Blackpool, Eintracht, Hellas, Latvian Hawks, FC Lions, Lithunia Vytis, Mt Carmel, Puglia and St Thomas.

Hamilton City Soccer League

All games were played at H.A.A.A. Grounds, Charlton St. W., Hamilton, Ontario

Teams: British Imperials, Hamilton City, Hamilton Hungaria, Hamilton United, Italo-Canadians, Slovakia, Turuls, Ukraina

1957 Essex County Football Association

“A” Division


Champions: Windsor Italia

“B” Division


Champions: Windsor Hungaria

Windsor Star Cup

Champions: Windsor Italia

1957 Western Ontario Cup

No competition

1957 Dominion Cup






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