National Soccer League

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

1973 Season

1973 National Soccer League

League president: Joe Piccininni
League secretary: Ivan Habus


Steve Sohuyko

Referee-in-chief: Steve Sohuyko

Referees included Emerson Mathurin and Bill Divorski.

Review of the season

The National Soccer League operated with seventeen clubs. The NSL again became an inter-provincial league by adding a club from Montreal. The new Montreal Cantalia club joined the league, previous versions of the Cantalia club had been members of the NSL in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Other new clubs in the 1973 season were London City, Montreal Cantalia and K.S. Polonia Toronto. London City had bought the NSL franchise rights from the London German-Canadians.

In January 1973 Hamilton Apollo decided to change their name to Hamilton City.

Ottawa Tigers where suspended from the National Soccer League on August 21, 1973.

Toronto Croatia won the league championship.

Toronto Hungaria won the playoff championship by beating Toronto Croatia in the final on October 19, 1973. A crowd of 2,110 watched Allan Callender and Tibor Molnar score for Hungaria at Stanley Park. Aleja Solak replied for Croatia.

Final Standings

Toronto Croatia3022 4 4712348
Serbian White Eagles3022 7 1662145
First Portuguese3017 5 8523342
Toronto Hungaria3017 6 7683541
Toronto Italia3016 9 5553737
Homer3014 8 8583536
London City3012 9 9474333
St Catharines Heidelberg301211 7373931
Hamilton Croatia301011 9555329
Melita30 81210374526
Toronto Ukraina30 916 5454823
Hamilton City30 815 7395823
Montreal Cantalia30 815 7395823
Hamilton Italo-Canadians30 417 9206417
Srbija Kitchener30 421 5297713
Toronto Polonia30 522 3308313

Leading goalscorers:Goals
1. John Fahy (Toronto Hungaria)24
1. Keith Summers (Toronto Ukraina)24

Leading goalkeepers:Shutouts
1. Blagoje Tamindzic (Serbian White Eagles)

National Soccer League Playoffs

October 14, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Serbian White Eagles 2
Toronto Homer 1

Serbian White Eagles qualified for the semi-finals


October 16, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Croatia 2 (Branko Trtanj, Alija Solak)
First Portuguese 1 (Emilio Hernandez)

Toronto Croatia qualified for play-off final

October 17, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Serbian White Eagles 1 (???)
Toronto Hungaria 2 (John Fahy)

Toronto Hungaria qualified for play-off final

Play-off final 

October 19, 1973 at Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 2,313
Toronto Hungaria 2
Toronto Croatia 1

Toronto Hungaria won the NSL Championship

National Soccer League Cup

First round

Second round

September 3, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 1,085
Serbian White Eagles 2 (Momcilo Stojanovic 2)
St. Catherines Heidelberg 1 (???)

Serbian White Eagles advanced to the next round.


August 20, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 411
Toronto Croatia 3
Hamilton Croatia 0

Toronto Croatia advanced to the semi-finals

Toronto Hungaria advanced to the semi-finals

Serbian White Eagles advanced to the semi-finals

XXX advanced to the semi-finals


Toronto Hungaria qualified for final

October 5, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Serbian White Eagles
Toronto Croatia

Toronto Croatia qualified for final

NSL Cup Final

October 21, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Toronto Hungaria 3
Toronto Croatia 1
* Game cancelled with 30 minutes remaining due to a riot by fans.

Toronto Hungaria won the NSL Cup

Canadian Open Championship

October 28, 1973
Toronto Croatia 3
West Indies United 1

Toronto Croatia won the Canadian Open Championship

Exhibition games

May 23, 1973 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 13,281
Canada Selects 0
Arsenal 1

June 12, 1973 Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
Attendance: 2,500
Ottawa All-Stars 1
Belenenses (Portugal) 4

June 16, 1973 Stanley Park, Toronto
Attendance: 7,196
First Portuguese 0
Belenenses (Port.) 2

July 18, 1973 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 13,334
A. S. Italia-Toronto Metros 2
Italian National Army 1

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