1968 National Soccer League

Clubs and players

Sudbury Italia spent about $30,000 on the season. Nine of the eleven players on Sudbury’s team in their last game of the regular season was at the time living in Toronto. One of these were former Toronto Italia star Anders Yrfelt.

Hungaria were led by center-forward Leo Dowhaluk, who in seven games netted 14 goals. Dowhaluk had formerly played for Wacker Vienna and Toronto Ukraina, after the season he joined Rochester Lancers of the American Soccer League.

Hellas led by player-coach Alex Marshall had a team composed of eight Greek-Canadians and five Scottish-Canadians.

Portuguese FC had a team consisting of Portuguese-Canadians from Hamilton and the Metro area.

Review of the season

On April 17 Windsor Teutonia met NASL-club Detroit Cougars in an exhibition match at Wigle Park in Windsor. 500 fans watched the professional Cougar team win 7-1.

23,700 fans attended the games during the 1968 season.
After the season Windsor Teutonia dropped out.

Results and standings:

Final league table   GP W  L  T GF GA  Pts
  1. Sudbury Italia                     29 
  2. Hellas                             28
  3. Ukraina                            27
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NSL Playoff quarter-finals 
Series A (best-of-five games)
First game, September 15, 1968
Sudbury Italia 4
Toronto Hungaria 1
  
Series B (best-of-three games)
First game, September ??, 1968
Ukraina drew Olympia
  
Second game, September 15, 1968
Olympia 1
Ukraina 1
  
 
???? game, September 18, 1968 at Stanley Park
Ukraina 1 (Ted Purdon)
Olympia 1 (Phillip Sax)
  
Olympia won the the quarter-final with a two-goal edge in the total-goals series.
  
  
Series C (best-of-three games)
First game, September 12, 1968 at Stanley Park, Toronto
Hellas 3 (Panos Polyvion 2, Bruce Smith)
Croatia 1 (Marion Blaskovic)
 
Second game, September 15, 1968 at Stanley Park, Toronto
Hellas 6 (Chris Hatzis 2, John Opacak 2, Panos Polyviov, Bruce Smith) 
Croatia 0
  
Hellas win series 2-0
  
  
NSL Playoff semi-finals (best-of-five games)
First game,
Sudbury Italia dft Hungaria
 
Second game,
Sudbury Italia dft Hungaria
  
Third game, September 28, 1968 at Sudbury
Sudbury Italia 0
Hungaria 0
  
NSL Playoff semi-finals (best-of-three games)
First game, 
Hellas vs Olympia
 
 
NSL Playoff finals (two-game total goals)
  
  
   

Exhibition games

April 17, 1968 Wigle Park, Windsor
Attendance: 500
Windsor Teutonia 1 (Werner Machmig)
Detroit Cougars 7 (Barry Brown 3, John Kerr 2, Lars Heinemann, Jorgen Kristensen)

October 1, 1968 Stanley Park, Toronto
NSL All-Stars 0
Canadian National Team 1 (Papadakis)
Line-up: Ted Hatzis (GK), Herculy Vaz, Ted Purdon, Bernardo Vargas, Iris deBrito

Bernardo Vargas and Iris deBrito from the Toronto Falcons guested for the All-Stars.