1963 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League

President: Harold Ballard
Secretary: Bill Simpson
Publicity director: Ed Fitkin

Annual general meeting

At the annual meeting held on Tuesday January 15, 1963 the league president Harold Ballard announced an operating profit of $13,000 the previous year. However most of the clubs suffered losses. Teams for the 1963 season were given as Toronto Italia, Toronto Roma, Toronto City, Hamilton Steelers, Montreal Cantalia-Kickers and Montreal Ukrainians. Buffalo White Eagles were given permission to withdraw for the 1963 season.

Clubs and players

Hamilton Steelers
Player coach: Steve Mokone
Key players: Goalkeeper Enore Zanoni, fullback Dave Hartwell, half-backs Steve Carty and ex-Glasgow Celtic player John Kurila, left wing Tom McLeod, centre forward Peter Smethurst.

Montreal Cantalia
Stadium: Faucher Stadium, Montreal
Colors: Red and white shirts
President: Dr. Ernest Stastny
Vice-president: Connie Leber
Head coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Dominic Vanafro, fullback Luciano Borghi, forwards Olivio Lacerda, Romano Cori and Roberto Resquin

Montreal Ukraina
General manager:
Head coach:
Key players:

Toronto Italia
General manager:
Head coach:
Key players:

Toronto Inter-Roma
General manager:
Head coach:
Key players:

Delormier Stadium changed name to Faucher Stadium.

Cantalia was operated by a holding club, Montreal City Soccer Club Inc.

After the season Cantalia rejoined the National Soccer League.

  
Final League Standings     GP   W   T   L  GF  GA  PTS
Toronto Italia             25  19   5   1  86  29  43
Hamilton Steelers          25  12   9   4  58  30  28
Toronto Inter-Roma         25  10   9   6  45  43  26
Montreal Cantalia          25  11  10   4  34  55  26
Montreal Ukraina           25   5   5  15  43  83  15
  
Leading goalscorer                    Gpd Gls                 
1. Jorgen Petersen (Toronto Italia)    22  23 
2. Robert Resquin (Montreal Cantalia)      23
3. Peter Smethurst (Hamilton Steelers)     20  
 

Semi-Finals
September 4, 1963 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1 (Bruno Bertolin)
Toronto Roma 1 (Mike Noha)

September 7, 1963 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 3
Toronto Roma 1

September 11, 1963 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 7
Toronto Roma 2

September 13, 1963 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto Roma 0

Toronto Italia won the series

September 4, 1963 Faucher Stadium, Montreal
Montreal Cantalia 0
Hamilton Steelers 0

September 8, 1963 Hamilton Civic Stadium, Hamilton        
Hamilton Steelers 1 (Peter Smethurst)
Montreal Cantalia 3 (Ante Kosta 2, Nick Filipone)

September 9, 1963 Hamilton Civic Stadium, Hamilton  
Referee: Ray Morgan      
Hamilton Steelers 2 (Jim Anderson, John Simpson)
Montreal Cantalia 0

September 11, 1963 Faucher Stadium, Montreal
Montreal Cantalia 1 (Roberto Maielletti)
Hamilton Steelers 0

Montreal Cantalia won the series

President’s Cup
September 15, 1963 Faucher Stadium, Montreal
Toronto Italia 1 (George Piotti)
Montreal Cantalia 0

September 18, 1963 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 5,262
Toronto Italia 4 (Jorgen Petersen 3, Gord Hopkinson)
Montreal Cantalia 0

Toronto Italia won the best-of-three games series 2-0