National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997

1971 Season

1971 National Soccer League

League officials

League president: Ian Dickson replaced by Joe Piccininni
League secretary: Ivan Habus


Referees included Emerson Mathurin

Review of the season

St. Catharines Heidelberg joined the league. Ottawa Sons of Italy changed their name to Ottawa Tigers.

The member clubs of the NSL during 1971 season were:

Croatia National S.C. (Toronto)

Toronto Ukraina S. A.

Kitchener Concordia

Hellas Athletic Club (Toronto)

Toronto Hungaria S.C.

Serbia S. C. White Eagle (Toronto)

The First Portuguese Canadian Club

Sudbury City F. C.

Croatia Sport Club (Hamilton)

Tigers S.C. Ottawa

Heidelberg National S. C. (St Catharines)

Olympia F. C. (Toronto)

Hamilton Apollos

Homiros Hamilton F. C.

German Canadian Club (London)

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.

Final standings

Toronto Croatia2622 1 3581447
First Portuguese2617 5 4451938
Hamilton Croatia2614 7 5383133
Toronto Ukraina2614 9 3472831
Sudbury City2614 9 3553431
Olympia-Harmonie261110 5494027
London German-Can.261212 2575426
St. Cath Heidelberg261112 3424225
Serbian White Eagles26 912 5373923
Hellas261013 3364123
Hungaria261114 1405223
Ottawa Tigers26
Hamilton Apollos26 318 5236911
Kitchener Kickers26 218 6316510

Leading goalscorer:
1. Ferruccio Deni (Sudbury City)

Leading goalkeeper:
1. Zeljko Bilecki (Toronto Croatia)

National Soccer League Play-offs

Play-off final

October 11, 1971 at Stanley Park
Attendance: 7,000
Toronto Croatia 1 (Bruno Pilas)
First Portuguese 0

National Soccer League Cup

First Portuguese won the 1971 National Soccer League Cup

Export Cup – Canadian Open Championship

October 17, 1971 Toronto
Attendance: 4,373
Toronto Croatia 3 (Bruno Pilas, Alija Solak, Marijan Bradvic)
Vancouver Eintracht 0

Exhibition games

July 3, 1971 Toronto
Attendance: 7,500
Toronto Croatia 0
Dinamo Zagreb 1 (Drago Vabec)

July 18, 1971 Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Hamilton Croatia 0
Dinamo Zagreb 10

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