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

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

GPWLTGFGAPts
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 round

June 9, 1971 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 1,507
First Portuguese 2
Toronto Hungaria 1

First Portuguese qualified for second round

June 14, 1971 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 5,321
Toronto Croatia 7
Toronto White Eagles 0

Toronto Croatia qualified for second round

Olympia qualified for second round

Hellas qualified for second round

Sudbury City qualified for second round

Ottawa Tigers qualified for second round

Second round

July 18, 1971 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance:
First Portuguese 3
Olympia 0

First Portuguese qualified for semi-finals

August 7, 1971 St. Joseph’s High School Field, Ottawa
Attendance:
Ottawa Tigers 1
Toronto Croatia 0

Ottawa Tigers won after 30 minutes of overtime and qualified for semi-finals.

Hellas qualified for semi-finals

Sudbury City qualified for semi-finals

Semi-finals

August 23, 1971 Toronto
Attendance: 4,267
Toronto Hellas 0
First Portuguese 1 (Carlos Correia)

First Portuguese qualified for NSL Cup final

August 14, 1971 Ottawa
Attendance:
Ottawa Tigers 1
Sudbury City 1
*After OT

August ??, 1971
Attendance:
Ottawa Tigers 1
Sudbury City 1

September 25, 1971 Sudbury, Ontario
Attendance:
Sudbury City 2 (Ferrucio Deni, George Courtney)
Ottawa Tigers 0

Sudbury City qualified for NSL Cup final

Finals

XX, 1971 XXX
Attendance:
First Portuguese
Sudbury City

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
Attendance:
Hamilton Croatia
Dinamo Zagreb

Other Leagues & Cups

1971 Ontario Cup

District qualifiers

Windsor District:

Windsor Maple Leafs defeated Anglo to qualify for First Round Proper

Toronto District:

Toronto San Fili defeated San Marco to qualify for First Round Proper

First round

Hamilton Italo-Canadians 3, Kitchener Leos 2

Windsor Maple Leafs 9, Sarnia Dante 0

Quarter-finals

August 18, 1971 Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance:
Hamilton Italo-Canadians 3
St. Catharines Roma 1

Hamilton Italo-Canadians won sudden-death game and qualified for semi-finals

August 7, 1971 Windsor Stadium, Windsor, Ontario
Attendance:
Windsor Maple Leafs 10
London Scottish 0

Windsor Maple Leafs won sudden-death game and qualified for semi-finals

XX vs XX

Toronto San Fili won sudden-death game and qualified for semi-finals

XX vs XX

XX won sudden-death game and qualified for semi-finals

Semi-finals

August 21, 1971 Windsor Stadium, Windsor, Ontario
Attendance:
Windsor Maple Leafs
Hamilton Italo-Canadians

Windsor Maple Leafs won sudden-death game and qualified for Ontario Cup finals

??, 1971 ??
Attendance:
XX
Toronto San Fili

Toronto San Fili won sudden-death game and qualified for Ontario Cup finals

Finals

August 28, 1971 Windsor Stadium, Windsor, Ontario
Attendance:
Windsor Maple Leafs
Newmarket San Fili

??, 1971 ??
Attendance:
Toronto San Fili
Windsor Maple Leafs

XXX won the two-game finals

1971 Ontario Inter City League

League champions: Hamilton Italo Canadians

Play-offs

Finals

Toronto Azzurri 2, Hamilton Italo Canadians 2

Hamilton Italo Canadians 5, Toronto Azzurri 1

Hamilton Italo Canadians won the 1971 Inter City League playoff championship.

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