League president: Ian Dickson replaced by Joe Piccininni
League secretary: Ivan Habus
Annual general meeting
St. Catharines Heidelberg joined the league. Ottawa Sons of Italy changed their name to Ottawa Tigers.
Clubs and players
Founded: September 23, 1956
Stadium: Stanley Park, Toronto
First Portuguese had a $60,000 budget.
Hamilton Croatia were led by the Sinclair brothers, Jim and Malcolm.
Kitchener Concordia Kickers
London German-Canadian Football Club
Key players: Lutz Wolanski, John McGurk
Stadium: St. Joseph’s High School Field, Ottawa
Ottawa Sons of Italy changed their name to Ottawa Tigers. The Tigers started the season by losing their first 11 matches.
St. Catharines Heidelberg
Key players: Jim Douglas
Serbian White Eagles
Key players: Ferruccio Deni, George Courtney and Leon Carinci
Head Coach: Oskar Jazbinsek
Toronto Croatia had a $80,000 budget. They hired former Croatian international player Oskar Jazbinsek as their head coach.
Sport Association Ukraina
Founded: May 16, 1948
Player coach: Leo Dowhaluk
Review of the season
In the NSL opening game Toronto Croatia beat First Portuguese 2-0 on May 2 in front of 6,000 fans at Stanley Park.
Ottawa Tigers started the season by losing their first 11 matches.
League president Ian Dickson had to resign due to medical advice in July 1971. Dickson had suffered his second heart attack a month earlier. He had been league president for four years.
Toronto Croatia won the league and playoff championship.
Total attendance at Stanley Park for the whole season was 145,000. Up 15,000 from the previous season.
Results and standings
1. Ferruccio Deni (Sudbury City)
1. Zeljko Bilecki (Toronto Croatia)
October 11, 1971 at Stanley Park
Toronto Croatia 1 (Bruno Pilas)
First Portuguese 0
Export Cup – Canadian Open Championship
October 17, 1971 Toronto
Toronto Croatia 3 (Bruno Pilas, Alija Solak, Marijan Bradvic)
Vancouver Eintracht 0