National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997 & Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League 1961-1966

1957 Season

1957 National Soccer League

General manager: Connie Leber
President: Walter Freer
Vice-presidents:

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

GPWLTGFGAPts
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 Playoffs

Semi-finals

October 11, 1957 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Olympia 2
Italia 1

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Italia won two-game, total-goals series and qualified for finals

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October 14, 1957 Fred Hamilton Park, Toronto
Toronto Hungaria 4
Polish White Eagles 2

Hungaria won two-game, total-goals series and qualified for finals

Carling Cup Finals

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.

N.S.L. EASTERN DIVISION

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

Review

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

Semi-finals

September 28/29, 1957
Montreal Hungaria
Montreal Ukraina

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Final

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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

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