1962 National Soccer League


President: Walter Freer
Secretary-manager: Frank Thirkettle


Referees included Jack Craig and Hugh Morrow.


The NSL paid its affiliation fee to the Canadian Soccer Football Association at the C.S.F.A. annual meeting in Montreal on March 17, 1962. It had been rumoured that the NSL would not operate in the 1962 season due to the competition with the ECPSL. NSL president Walter Freer however said that the league had recieved two tentative request from Montreal clubs for affiliation. One of these were belived to be the Germania-Kickers. The Montreal clubs however ended up playing in an independent Quebec-based National Soccer League.

Review of the season

Toronto Croatia joined the league from the Toronto & District League. Other new clubs were Estonia, Queen City, Italia Virtus, Macedonia, Oshawa Hungarians, Oshawa Italia and Hellenic.

Toronto Ukraina started the season with a great 4-1 win over the Oshawa Italians on April 30, 1962. The opening match of the NSL season at Stanley Park was watched by 2,000 fans. Leo Dowhaluk, top scorer for the Ukrainian club the previous season, performed the hat-trick. The fourth goal was scored by Walter Zakaluzny, a veteran of eleven years with the Ukrainians.

Estonia secured its second successive victory by beating Queen City 3-2 in front of 400 fans on Wednesday night May 9.

On Thursday night May 10 Ulster United defeated Macedonia 4-1 in front of a crowd of 400. John Plummer scored two goals for Ulster, Billy Lea and John McManus one each. Chris Rapos scored for Macedonia.

Dave Hutchinson scored two goals to secure a 2-0 win for Olympia against Oshawa Hungaria on May 12 at Stanley Park.

Olympia beat Italia Virtus 3-2 on Wednesday night May 16.

Oshawa Italia beat Macedonia 5-0 on Thursday night May 24 in Toronto. Oshawa’s goal scorers were Espiga Lopez, Remy Sabadin, Mario Bizzotti, Mario Pedretti and Adriano Di Danieli.

On Friday night May 25 Ulster United and Italian Virtus played to a scoreless draw.

Oshawa Italia beat Queen City 2-1 in Toronto on Saturday night June 2.

Macedonia beat Hellenic 3-1 on Sunday night June 3. Tommy Georeff, George Apollo and Chris Rapos scored for the Macedonians. Theodore Mihalis scored for Hellenic.

On Tuesday night June 5 Ulster United defeated league-leaders Olympia 3-2. The win moved Ulster United into a four-way tie for second place in the NSL standings. Olympia were still in first place with eight place. Hungaria, Estonia, Ukraina and Ulster United all had seven points.

On Friday night June 8 Oshawa Italia defeated Hellenic 5-0 in Oshawa.

Italia Virtus defeated Oshawa Hungaria 2-0 in Toronto on Friday night June 15.

Ulster United defeated Oshawa Italia on Thursday night June 21. Alec Marshall scored twice and Bill Lea scored once for Ulster United.

On June 24 Toronto Ukraina beat Toronto Croatia 4-0 in front of 600 fans at Stanley Park Stadium. Leo Dowhaluk scored two goals. Peter Dowhaluk and Ernie Stansfield scored one each.

Queen City defeated Hellenic 3-2 in Toronto on Tuesday night July 3.

Ukraina defeated Italia Virtus 2-0 on Friday night July 6. Leo Dowhaluk and George Crook scored for the Ukrainians.

Estonia and Macedonia played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday night July 10.

On Tuesday night July 17 Alec Marshall scored twice to lead Ulster United to a 2-1 victory over Estonia. The goal scorer for Estonia was Ula Liipere.

Croatia and Macedonia played to a scoreless draw on Tuesday night July 24.

On Friday night July 27 Italia Virtus beat Oshawa Italia 4-2 in Toronto.

In July Italian Virtus player Valerio Cecco was banned for life after attacking referee Jack Craig. This was Cecco’s second offence, earlier in the season Cecco had tried to go after referee Hugh Morrow in the dressing room after being sent off.

Toronto Hungaria defeated Queen City 1-0 on Saturday night July 28 at Stanley Park.

On Tuesday night July 31 Ulster United and Olympia played to a 1-1 draw. Jim Kenna scored for Ulster and Bill Clark for Olympia.

Franco Rosati scored all three goals for Italia Virtus in their 3-2 win over Macedonia on August 3. Imre Dora and Sammy Papalazarov scored the goals for the Macedonians.

Ukraina defeated Oshawa Hungaria 4-1 on August 5. George Crook scored two goals on penalty kicks, brothers Leo and Paul Dowhaluk scored once each. Frank Budai scored for the Hungarians.

Toronto Hungaria defeated Italia Virtus 2-1 on Friday night August 10. Victor Ivonyi and Arthur Alberternst scored for the Hungarians.

Oshawa Hungaria shocked Ulster United by beating them on Saturday night August 11. Leslie (Lajos) Serege scored Hungaria’s goal.

Hellenic and Olympia played to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night August 14. Giovanni Lombardi scored for Hellenic and Klaus Woitschaetzke for Olympia.

On Friday night August 17 Ulster United defeated Macedonia 2-1. Terry Mulvoy and John McManus scored for Ulster United and Lubomir Pavolov scored for Macedonia.

On August 19 Italia Virtus and Croatia played to a 2-2 tie. Franco Rosati scored both goals for the Italians.

Italia Virtus beat Estonia 4-0 on Friday night August 24 at Stanley Park. Guiseppe Tonani scored two goals for Italia Virtus, Luciano Lovisotto and Egibio Papais once each.

On September 18 Olympia defeated Oshawa Italia 5-0, needing just one more win to clinch the league championship.

Olympia secured the league championship by beating Toronto Hungaria 7-0 on Tuesday October 2. Klaus Woitschaetze was star of the game by scoring three of the goals.

Italian Virtus won the playoff championship.

Total attendance for the league this season was said to be 35,000. After the season Ulster United dropped out.

Final standings

Tor. Ukraina145333
Oshawa Italia132728
Ulster United123727
Italian Virtus105725
K.F.C. Estonia105725
Tor. Hungaria103923
Tor. Macedonia85921
Tor. Hellenic641216
Oshawa Hung.421610
Tor. Croatia341510
Queen City3316 9


October 9, 1962 Toronto
Italian Virtus

October 11, 1962 Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 4 (Ivan Ignatovych 2, Vukassynai, Crook))
Estonia 0

October 12, 1962
Oshawa Italia

October 13, 1962
Ulster United
Toronto Ukraina

October 14, 1962
Oshawa Italia
Italia Virtus

October 16, 1962
Ulster United

October 18, 1962
Italia Virtus

October 19, 1962
Estonia 0
Toronto Ukraina 1 (Paul Dowhaluk)

October 20, 1962
Italia Virtus 3
Oshawa Italia 0

October 21, 1962
Ulster United

Group 1

Olympia-Harmonie, Oshawa Italia and Italia Virtus

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Italian Virtus qualified for the playoff final

Group 2

Toronto Ukraina, Ulster United and Estonia

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Toronto Ukraina qualified for the playoff final

Playoff finals

October 28, 1962
Italia Virtus 2
Toronto Ukraina 0

November ??, 1962
Italia Virtus 2
Toronto Ukraina 3

Italian Virtus won the best-of-two games total goal-series 4-3

Exhibition game

December 2, 1962 Edgerton Park, Rochester, New York
Rochester Ukrainians 3
Toronto Ukraina 0