National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997

1976 Season

1976 National Soccer League Media Guide

National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni

Preview

Joe Piccininni was re-elected as president of the National Soccer League.

The league operated two divisions, a First Division and a Second Division.

Referees

Steve Sohuyko

Referee-in-chief: Steve Sohuyko

Referees included: Munif Dakac, Ilija Matos, Bill Bouwmeester (Chatham, Ontario) and Phil Clarke (London, Ontario).

NSL Division 1

Review of the season

Toronto Italia won the league championship.

First Portuguese defeated Toronto Italia in the playoff championship.

Division 1 final standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
Toronto Italia2717 3 7531341
Montreal Castors2716 6 5471837
Panhellenic 2715 5 7461937
First Portuguese2714 8 5512733
Windsor Stars271110 6473128
London City2710 9 8444028
Serbian White Eagles271011 6384826
Macedonia27 814 5334921
Hamilton Croatia27 420 3266811
Welland Lions27 322 21888 8

National Soccer League Playoffs

Playoff finals

October , 1976 Lamport Stadium, Toronto
First Portuguese 2
Toronto Italia 0

October 4, 1976 Lamport Stadium, Toronto
First Portuguese 2
Toronto Italia 1

First Portuguese won the 1976 NSL Playoff championship

NSL Division 2

Review of the season

Hamilton Italo-Canadians went through a 15 game winning streak to win the second division championship.

Division 2 Final Standings

GPWLTGFGAPts
Hamilton Italo-Canadians2119 1 1501139
Toronto Croatia2114 4 3482731
Toronto Polonia2111 8 2382124
Buffalo Blazers21 910 2375020
Ottawa Tigers21 911 1364019
Sudbury Cyclones21 710 4273218
Toronto Falcons21 415 2184710
St. Catharines Heidelberg21 216 31642 7

Leading goalscorer:
1.  Emanuel Kulu (Buffalo Blazers) 21 goals

Promotion-relegation play-offs

October 6, 1976 at Hamilton
Hamilton Croatia 2
Toronto Croatia 2
 
October 10, 1976 at Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1
Hamilton Croatia 0

National Soccer League Cup

First round

June 13, 1976 Mooney’s Bay, Ottawa
Ottawa Tigers 0
Toronto Italia 0

July 3, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Italia 2
Ottawa Tigers 1

Toronto Italia won total-goals series 2-1 and qualified for second round

June ??, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Polonia 0
Hamilton Croatia 0

July 4, 1976 Hamilton
Hamilton Croatia 0
Toronto Polonia 1

Toronto Polonia won total-goals series 1-0 and qualified for second round

June ??, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Croatia 3
Sudbury Cyclones 0

July 4, 1976 Sudbury
Sudbury Cyclones 0
Toronto Croatia 1

Toronto Croatia won total-goals series 4-0 and qualified for second round

June ??, 1976 Windsor
Windsor Stars 0
St. Catharines Heidelberg Nationals 0

July 4, 1976 St. Catharines
St. Catharines Heidelberg Nationals 0
Windsor Stars 1

Windsor Stars won total-goals series 1-0 and qualified for second round

July ??, 1976
Buffalo Blazers 0
Welland Lions 2

July ??, 1976
Welland Lions 5
Buffalo Blazers 2

Welland Lions won total-goals series 7-2 and qualified for second round

June 12, 1976 Montreal
Montreal Castors 0
London City 3

July 3, 1976 London
London City 1
Montreal Castors 3

London City won total-goals series 4-3 and qualified for second round

Panhellenic qualified for second round

July 1, 1976 Toronto
First Portuguese 3
Toronto Falcons 0

First Portuguese qualified for second round

Second round

July 11, 1976 Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Polonia
Windsor Stars

July ??, 1976
Windsor Stars
Toronto Polonia

Windsor Stars qualified for semi-finals

July ??, 1976
Toronto Italia
Toronto Croatia

July ??, 1976
Toronto Italia
Toronto Croatia

Toronto Italia qualified for semi-finals

July ??, 1976
London City
First Portuguese

July ??, 1976
London City
First Portuguese

First Portuguese qualified for semi-finals

XX, 1976
Serbian White Eagles
Panhellenic

August 19, 1976
Serbian White Eagles 0
Panhellenic 3 (Rakitzoglouis 3)

Panhellenic qualified for semi-finals

Semi-finals

September ??, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Italia
First Portuguese

October 4, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Italia 1
First Portuguese 2

First Portuguese qualified for final

September 21, 1976 Windsor Stadium, Windsor
Windsor Stars 1
Panhellenic 1

September 29, 1976 Toronto
Panhellenic 5
Windsor Stars 1

Panhellenic won total-goals series 6-2 and qualified for the final

Final

October 7, 1976 Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 3,000
First Portuguese 1 (Eraldo Barros)
Panhellenic 0

October 10, 1976 Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Attendance:
First Portuguese 2
Panhellenic 3

Panhellenic won the NSL Cup

Exhibition games

April 10, 1976 Toronto
Canadian Olympic Team 0
Toronto Italia 1

June 5, 1976 Welland
Welland Lions 0
Canadian National Team 1

June 6, 1976 Toronto
First Portuguese 0
Canadian National Team 1

September ??, 1976 Toronto
Panhellenic 3
Bermuda Bluebirds 2

September ??, 1976 London
London City 2
Bermuda Bluebirds 2

September 8, 1976 Toronto
Windsor Stars 3
Bermuda Bluebirds 1

October XX, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Italia
Catanzaro (Italy)

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