1962 National Soccer League

President: Walter Freer
Secretary-manager: Frank Thirkettle

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.  

Clubs and players

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.

Review of the season

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.

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.

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.

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

Results and standings:

Final Standings      GP  W  L  T  GF GA Pts
1. Toronto Olympia  
2. Toronto Ukraina