1967 National Soccer League

President: Bill Boytchuk

Referees included Alex Weir (Hamilton, Ontario)

Preview of the season

In February 1967 it was confirmed that Hamilton Primos and Inter-Roma would join the NSL from the defunct ECPSL. The league planned on operating with ten teams but had received applications from other clubs in Toronto, as well as from Rochester, N.Y., and London, Ontario.  

The annual general meeting was held in Toronto on March 4 and two more franchises were added. These were the Serbian White Eagles and former member Olympia.

Review of the season

Hamilton Primos had much of the same team that had represented them in the 1966 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League season. After the season Dick Howard, Ken McDonald and John Kerr joined Detroit Cougars for the 1968 North American Soccer League season.

The NSL season opened when Sudbury Italia defeated Olympia in Toronto on Saturday May 13. Bob Smith scored two goals for Italia in their 3-1 win.

Windsor Teutonia opened their season by beating Toronto Ukraina 2-0 in Toronto on May 14. Inside left Heinrich Klingbeil scored the two goals for Teutonia and goalkeeper Zoltan Vigh recorded the shutout.

The NSL season in Windsor opened on May 28 when Teutonia hosted Olympia at Wigle Park. Olympia had lost their first two games of the NSL season.

Toronto Roma kept hold of their first-place in the NSL standings by beating Toronto Portuguese 2-1 on Monday July 18. Anders Yrfelt and Lou Caruso were Roma’s goalcorers. Carlos Dias scored for Portuguese.

Hamilton Primos climbed into a tie for first-place with Toronto Roma when the beat Hellas 4-1 on July 22. John Kerr, Bob McCafferty, Jackie Thoms and Dan McLardy scored for Primos. Jim Lefkos scored for Hellas. This was Primos ninth win in 11 games.

Hamilton Primos won the league championship.

Inter-Roma withdrew from the play-offs in October.

Windsor Teutonia won the playoff championship.

Leading goalscorer – Victor Jurisevic (Windor Teutonia)

Victor Jurisevic was born in Tuzla in Yugoslavia. Before emigrating to Canada he played for Sloboda Istra. In the 1967 season he scored 29 goals for Windsor Teutonia. In 1968 he joined Toronto Falcons in the North American Soccer League.

Leading goalkeeper – Dick Howard (Hamilton Primos)

6-foot-2 goalkeeper Dick played in the English Football League for Chester City in the 1965-66 season. In 1967 Dick starred for Hamilton Primos in the National Soccer League. He had 15 shutouts during the season. After the NSL season Dick joined Rochester Lancers in the American Soccer League. In the 1968 season he played for Detroit Cougars in the North American Soccer League.

Results and standings


Playoff semi-finals (two-game-total goals)*
October 9, 1967 at Wigle Park, Windsor (att: 200)
Windsor Teutonia 6 (Jurisevic 3, Cain, Pavljsevic)
Sudbury Italia 0
October 15, 1967 at Sudbury
Sudbury Italia 2
Windsor Teutonia 2
Windsor Teutonia won series 8-2
*Toronto Roma withdrew from the three-team, round-robin semi-finals.

Playoff semi-finals (three-team, round-robin series)
October 7, 1967 Hamilton
Hamilton Primo 4
Toronto Hellas 0
October ??, 1967
Toronto Hellas 5  
Toronto Hungaria 2

October ??, 1967
Hamilton Primos
Toronto Hungaria
1. Hamilton Primos

O’Keefe Trophy – Playoff finals

November 5, 1967 at Hamilton
Attendance: 150
Hamilton Primos 1 (Jack Thoms)
Windsor Teutonia 3 (Bob Cain, Jovan Urukala, Victor Jurisevic)

November 12, 1967 at Windsor
Windsor Teutonia 1 (Gaetano Feregotto)
Hamilton Primos 0 

Windsor Teutonia won the best-of-three-games series in tow straight games. Thus winning the O’Keefe Trophy for the second season in row.

Exhibition game

October 9, 1967 Toronto
Attendance: 5,317
National Soccer League All-Stars 1
Israel National Team 3

NSL All-Stars: Dick Howard (Hamilton Primo); H Voz (Sudbury Italia), Allan Harvey (Roma); George Simcic (Croatia), John Simpson (Hamilton Primo), Bobby Nicol (Roma); Chris Hadzis (Hellas), Anders Yrfeld (Roma), Frank Rosati (Roma), George Piotti (Roma), John Kerr (Hamilton
Primo). Coach: Ostap Steckiw