National Soccer League

National Soccer League (1926-1992) & Canadian National Soccer League (1993-1997)

1965 Season

1965 National Soccer League

President: Bill Boytchuk


Referees included Alex Weir (Hamilton, Ontario) and Art King (Toronto, Ontario)

Review of the season

The annual general meeting was held in Toronto February 7, 1965. Vasyl (Bill) Boychuk was re-elected as president of the league.

The NSL decided to add five more Ontario franchises to the league to form an 11-team division. The new teams addded at the time were Toronto Hakoah, Windsor Teutonia, Kitchener Kickers, Sudbury Italia and Oshawa Ukrainians. All these teams had paid the $500 entry fee. In addition they were considering wether to accept Croatia or Imperials as the Hamilton entry. Teams in London and St. Catharines had also applied for membership. The league ended up as a 12-team league when they added Toronto club Azzurri.

In the Windsor Star newspaper on May 7, 1965, it was predicted by Wally Lomas that the Toronto clubs Ukraina, Olympia and Abruzzi would be the strongest members of the league. Wally Lomas is a life member of the Ontario Football Association.

The season kicked off on Sunday May 2, 1965 at Stanley Park with two new clubs meeting each other, Toronto Hakoah beating Sudbury Italia 2-1.

The following weekend the two other non-Toronto teams that had been added to the league opened their seasons with identical losses with a 2-1 score to their opponents. On the Saturday Abruzzi beat Kitchener Kickers, on the Sunday Toronto Hellas beat Windsor Teutonia at Stanley Park.

After the games played on Sunday June 20, Hakoah was leading the leading with 15 points. This was six more than Toronto Hungaria, Toronto Ukraina and Sudbury Italia. These three Clubs were all tied for second. Windsor Teutonia was in last place. Sudbury Italia went through a run of 13 undefeated games.

When Ukraina and White Eagles played to a goalless tie on Saturday September 1, Sudbury’s 2-2 tie with Hungaria on the Sunday was enough for the Ukrainians to clinch the league championship title.

Six of the twelve teams qualified for the play-offs. Kitchener Kickers got the sixth spot on goal average, finishing their league games after the play-offs had started.

Toronto Ukraina and Hakoah qualified for the championship finals, with Hakoah coming out as winner in the best-of-three-games series.

After the season had finished Hakoah dropped out again from the league. Other clubs that dropped out were Azzurri and Abruzzi.

Final league standings

Toronto Ukraina2215 3 434
Toronto Hakoah2212 2 832
Sudbury Italia2211 3 931
Toronto Hungaria2212 3 630
Windsor Teutonia22 9 7 624
Kitchener Kickers22 8 9 521
Toronto Croatia22 910 321
Olympia-Harmonie22 610 620
Hellas22 711 418
Abruzzi22 412 615
Portuguese United22 414 311
Azzurri22 212 711

Kitchener earned play-off spot on goal average.

National Soccer League Play-offs

Play-offs Group A

October 2, 1965
Toronto Ukraina 4
Windsor Teutonia 2
October 10, 1965 Sudbury
Sudbury Italia 1
Windsor Teutonia 0
October 17, 1965 Toronto
Toronto Ukraina 2
Sudbury Italia 0

Play-offs Group B

October 3, 1965
Toronto Hungaria 1
Toronto Hakoah 1
October ??, 1965
Kitchener Kickers
Toronto Hungaria
October ??, 1965
Kitchener Kickers
Toronto Hakoah

National Soccer League finals (Best-of-three games)

October ??, 1965
Toronto Hakoah
Toronto Ukraina
October 24, 1965
Toronto Hakoah 2
Toronto Ukraina 3
October 26, 1965 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Hakoah 3
Toronto Ukraina 1

Exhibition games

April 18, 1965 29th and Cambria streets, Philadelphia
Attendance: 2,000
Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 5
Toronto Ukraina 1

September 5, 1965 Cobb Hill, Rochester, New York
Rochester Ukrainians 3
Toronto Ukraina 1

Other Leagues and Cups


Commissioner: Bill Simpson


Referees included Hugh McLean (Guelph, Ontario)

Review of the season

Montreal Italica won the O’Keefe Trophy symbolic of winning the league championship. Italica went through a season undefeated at home.

Toronto Italia won the President’s Cup for the third time in 1965. They had previousily won the post-season play-offs in 1962 and 1963.

Toronto City disbanded in December 1965.

Final standings

Montreal Italica24135631
Toronto Inter-Roma24124828
Toronto Italia24106826
Hamilton Primos24751219
Toronto City24561316

Leading goalscorers

1. Carlos Metidieri (Toronto Italia)19

 President’s Cup

September 17, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2
Hamilton Primos 2
September 19, 1965 Hamilton
Toronto Italia 3
Hamilton Primos 1
September 22, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 3
Hamilton Primos 1
Toronto Italia won series

Exhibition games

May 2, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto City 3
ECPSL All-Stars 3

June 14, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
ECPSL All-Stars
Nottingham Forest

August 26, 1965 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
ECPSL All-Stars 1
Independiente (Argentina) 10

September 20, 1965 Molson Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 2,500
Montreal Italica 1
Hapoel Petah-Tikva 0

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