1976 National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni

Preview

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

The league also operated with a Second Division.

Referees

Steve Sohuyko

Referee-in-chief: Steve Sohuyko

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

NSL Division 1

Review of the season

The season kicked off on Wednesday April 29, 1976, in Hamilton. Hamilton Croatia scored two goals in the second half to tie First Portuguese 2-2. Goalscorers for Hamilton Croatia were Stejpan Loparic and Slobodan Hrstic. Goalscorers for First Portuguese were Armando Costa and Jim McLean.

Windsor Stars opened their season in Hamilton by beating Hamilton Croatia on Sunday May 2. The game was watched by 1,000 fans at Brian Timmis Stadium. Joe Vitale and Manfred Michel scored the goals for Windsor Stars.

Toronto Italia won the league championship.

First Portuguese defeated Toronto Italia in the playoff championship.

Standings

National Soccer League Playoffs

Playoff finals

October ??, 1976
First Portuguese 2
Toronto Italia 0

October 4, 1976 Lamport Stadium, Toronto
First Portuguese 2 (Armando Costa 2)
Toronto Italia 1 (John Fahy)

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.

Polonia imported a number of second division players from Poland. They also hired former Polish international player Pawel Kawolski as their head coach.

Division 2 Final Standings

Leading goalscorers (as of August 9, 1976)
1.  Emanuel Kulu (Buffalo Blazers) 10 goals

Promotion-relegation play-offs

October 6, 1976 at Hamilton
Hamilton Croatia 2 (David Dodds 2)
Toronto Croatia 2 (Ivan Mrsic, Derek Stanton)
 
October 10, 1976 at Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1 (Alan Harvey)
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
Attendance: 400
Canadian Olympic Team 0
Toronto Italia 1 (Mario Narciso)

June 5, 1976 Welland
Attendance: 1,200
Welland Lions 0
Canadian National Team 1 (Bob Bolitho)

June 6, 1976 Toronto
Attendance:
First Portuguese 0
Canadian National Team 1 (John Connors)

September ??, 1976 Toronto
Attendance:
Panhellenic 3
Bermuda Bluebirds 2

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

September 8, 1976 Toronto
Attendance:
Windsor Stars 3
Bermuda Bluebirds 1

October XX, 1976 Toronto
Attendance:
Toronto Italia
Catanzaro (Italy)