President: Joe Piccinini
Vice-presidents: John Fischer and Jose Sousa
Secretary: Ivan Habus
Referee-in-chief: Steve Sohuyko
Annual general meeting
At the annnual general meeting on December 4, 1971 the NSL added two teams and endorsed a west coast division. The two successful applications were Toronto Italia and Hamilton Italo-Canadians. West Indies United, London Greek Olympians, Brasilia and Spartak had their applications rejected. The NSL was working on getting four to six teams in British Columbia to join the league.
Alderman Joe Piccininni was elected as president for another two-year term. First vice-president John Fischer and secretary Ivan Habus was also re-elected. Jose Sousa was elected as second vice-president, replacing Tony Canic. Steve Sohuyoku was re-elected as referee-in-chief.
Hamilton Italo-Canadians joined the NSL from the Inter-City Soccer League.
Clubs and players
Founded: September 23, 1956
First Portuguese hired coach Luis Vilas, formerly a player with Juventus and Palmeiras, and an assistant coach with Benfica and Boavista in Portugal.
Roster included Malcolm Sinclair, Duncan Henry, Neil McDonald, David Martin
Roster included Ray Trevisan, Frank Riga
Kitchener Maple Leafs
London German-Canadian Football Club
Manuel Ramalho was the new coach of the Ottawa Tigers and they had signed five professionals from Europe before the the season started.
St. Catharines Heidelberg
Serbian White Eagles
Serbian White Eagles signed Mike Bakic from Yugoslavia.
Head Coach: Vladimir Simunic
Toronto Croatia was coached by Vladimir Simunic. Goalkeeper Zeljko Bilecki recorded 17 shutouts in league play.
Head Coach: Luis Dabo replaced by Oswaldo Toriani
New team A.S. Italia was backed by the Westwood group, a major force in junior soccer. They invested $85,000 before the season started. The team started out with nine local players and eight imports from South America. New head coach Luis Dabo had starred with First Portuguese in the 1971 season. In July the club signed former Serie A player Ulisse Gualtieri. Dabo was fired in the beginning of August and replaced by goalkeeper Oswaldo Toriani.
Sport Association Ukraina
Founded: May 16, 1948
Review of the season
The season opened on Sunday April 30 with Toronto Croatia beating Toronto Ukraina 3-0. Marijan Blaskovic scored the first goal after just four minutes of play. Blaskovic at the same time broke his left leg when he fell on the hard turf and missed much of the season. Mehmed Cejuar scored the other two goals. Croatia would go on to be unbeaten in league play. 4,500 fans watched the game.
Toronto Croatia won the league championship.
Toronto Italia won the league play-off final.
After the season London German-Canadians left the league and joined the London & District League. They were replaced by London City.
Results and standings
Toronto Italia beat Toronto Croatia
NSL Cup Winner:
Canadian Open Championship
October 15, 1972 Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1 (Goran Peric penalty)
Vancouver Columbus 0
June 17, 1972
Toronto Italia 0
CUF Sarteiro (Portugal) 3
July 26, 1972 at Hamilton
Hamilton Italo Canadians 0
Italian Military XI Exhib. 3 (Franco Bergamaschio 2, ???)