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

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

Panhellenic qualified for semi-finals

Semi-finals

September ??, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Italia
First Portuguese

September ??, 1976 Toronto
Toronto Italia
First Portuguese

XX 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

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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