1979 National Soccer League

League president: John Fisher

Annual general meeting

On Saturday March 3, 1979 the NSL held its annual meeting. London City owner Harry Gauss put forward a motion to remove representatives off all clubs that had not paid their dues. Seconded by John Santos of the First Portuguese, Gauss’ move succeeded and the representatives of almost half the clubs where shown out before the proceedings were begun.

Consequently all these clubs were given until April 3, 1979 to pay their dues. The clubs were Toronto Italia, Montreal Castors, Toronto Polonia, Buffalo Blazers, St. Catherines Heidelberg, Windsor Stars, Melita and Macedonia. Castors had already asked for a one-year leave of absence and St. Catharines Heidelberg had been granted the same. Due to the failure of these clubs to meet the given requirements, the league lost many of its franchises and had to drop its two-division format. Creating a huge gap between the best and poorest teams.

New clubs Detroit Besa, Vardar, Serbians and Toronto Canadians. Vardar dropped out during the season.

Clubs and players

London City were captained by Jim McDonald. After the season he joined Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Review of the season

First Portuguese won the league championship.

Carlos Delmonte took over as head coach of the Hamilton Italo-Canadians and led the team to a strong top-half finish. After the season the club asked for a one year leave of absence and returned for the 1981 season as the Hamilton Steelers.

Results and standings

  
Standings                      GP   W   L   T   GF  GA  Pts
(as of October 22, 1979)
 1. First Portuguese           25   23   0   2  93   9   48
 2. Toronto Falcons            25   17   5   3  63  25   37
 3. St. Catharines Roma        26   16   5   5  57  22   37
 4. Hamilton Italo-Canadians   22   16   2   4  55  10   36
 5. Montreal Stars             26   11   9   6  49  38   28
 6. Sudbury Cyclones           24   10  11   3  42  35   23
 7. Detroit Besa               25    8  11   6  30  43   22
 8. Toronto Croatia            23    8  11   4  23  36   20
 9. Panhellenic Olympics       25    8  13   4  31  29   20
10. Toronto Ukraina            25    6  12   7  22  56   19
11. Toronto Canadians          24    4  12   8  23  42   16
12. London City                25    6  15   4  25  44   16
13. Bradford Marshlanders      26    5  18   3  19  82   13
14. Toronto Serbians           23    1  15   7  15  76    9