1977 National Soccer League

Division 1

Montreal Castors won the league with two points. Hugo Nicolini was their player-coach.

Toronto Italia finished second. Italia goalkeeper Paolo Cimpiel had by the end of August registered his 14th shutout. Voted as the leading goalkeeper of the NSL.

Coach Ivan Markovic was released by the Windsor Stars at the beginning of April following a disagreement with the management. Markovic had recieved an offer to coach the Tunisian national team. He was replaced by midfielder Jim Townsend as player-coach. New players included John Russo from New York Cosmos. The owners lost $75,000. From the original 14 owners in 1975 only three remained after the 1977 season.

Led by former Sporting Lisboa star Marinho the First Portuguese club finished in fifth place. Other key players were Joao Moniz and former Canadian national team player Jim Douglas. The team was coached by Artur Rodrigues.

London City again imported former Margate F.C. players from England, like Steve Breach and John Hold. In addition they signed German star Gert Dorfel. After the season Breach joined Crawley in England. 

Macedonia hired Carlo Delmonte as head coach. Led by the goalscoring of Mike Burke Macedonia finished seventh.

Serbian White Eagles hired Luis Dabo as head coach. After a disastrous season they left the NSL but returned again for the 1979 season as the Toronto Serbians. Macedonia also left the league.

Review of the season

The final league game of the 1977 season was played on Thursday October 6 when Hamilton Italo-Canadians beat Panhellenic 6-1.

Results and standings

                     GP W  L  T   GF GA  Pts
Montreal Castors     36 24  4  8  93  56  56
Toronto Italia       36 22  4 10  74  22  54
Panhellenic          36 21  8  7  74  47  49
Windsor Stars        36 20 10  6  87  38  46
First Portuguese     36 17 10  9  72  43  43
London City          36  9 14 13  41  62  31
Macedonia            36 12 18  6  40  56  30
Hamilton Italo-Can.  36  7 19 10  40  60  24
Toronto Croatia      36  7 23  6  34  78  20
Serbian White Eagles 36  0 29  7  24 137   7
  
Leading goalscorer:
1. Saban Romanovic (Panhellenic)
  
Leading goalkeeper:
Paolo Cimpiel (Toronto Italia)