National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997, Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League 1961-1966 & Canadian Soccer League 1987-1992

1969 Season

1969 National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni
Directors: Zoltan Czimbalmos, Harry Bogdanow and Nick Martel
Secretary-treasurer: Conrad Schmidt

Review of the season

At the annual meeting at the Seaway Hotel, on Saturday March 8, 1969, Alderman Joseph Piccininni was elected president of the NSL. He replaced Bill Boytchuk who had been president of the league for seven years.

Windsor Teutonia dropped out from the previous season and the National League added five teams before the season to become a fourteen-team league. New clubs were Toronto Italia, London German-Canadians, Arsenal Oakville, Hamilton Homer and Montreal Inter Italia.

First Portuguese Canadian Club won the National Soccer League championship with 38 points. Hellas finished second with 37 points.

Arsenal Portuguese finished in the last place in the final standings.

Sudbury Italia, Toronto Italia, Arsenal and Montreal Italia dropped out after the season.

Final standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
1. First Portuguese2638
2. Hellas2637
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National Soccer League Cup

Toronto Italia won the 1969 NSL Cup

Exhibition games

May 18, 1969 Leamington, Ontario
Attendance:
Leamington
ESV Ingolstadt

First game of ESV Ingolstadts seven-game of Ontario. Rained out.

May 19, 1969 Cove Road Field, London, Ontario
Attendance: 1,200 (801 paid)
London German-Canadians 5
ESV Ingolstadt 0

May 21, 1969 Brantford, Ontario
Attendance:
Brantford
ESV Ingolstadt

May 25, 1969 St. Catharines, Ontario
Attendance:
St. Catharines Heidelberg 1
ESV Ingolstadt 2

May 26, 1969 Leamington, Ontario
Attendance:
Leamington
ESV Ingolstadt

July 27, 1969 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 1,500
National Soccer League All-Stars 3
Ferencvaros 7

July 28, 1969 Autostade, Montreal
Attendance: Poor*
Montreal Inter-Italia 0
Ferencvaros 8
* The Montreal Gazette noted that the attendance was poor due to lack of promotion of the game.

August 17, 1969 Aquinas Stadium, Rochester
Attendance: 650
Rochester Lancers 3
NSL All-Stars 1

October 29, 1969 Toronto
Attendance: 2,000
Toronto Hellas 1
Boavista (Portugal) 3

November 2, 1969  Stanley Park, Toronto (att: 2,000)
First Portuguese 1
Boavista (Portugal) 1
*First Portguese won on penalties 3-2

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