1980 National Soccer League

The opening match of the 1980 season was held on May 4 when the First Portuguese beat the Panhellenic Olympics 2-0 with Joao Moniz and Mike Ristich scoring the goals. The match at Lamport Stadium was watched by 4,000 fans. Helped by their imports from Poland the Toronto Falcons won the 1980 League Championship. First Portuguese finished second after seeing their 52-game unbeaten run coming to an end in July when they lost to Panhellenic. Panhellenic were coached by the veteran Artur Rodrigues, goalkeeper Robert Judd and star forward Marco Abascal helped them to a fourth place finish. Led by the goalscoring of Mike Burke returning club Toronto Italia finished third. There were mid-table finishes for London City, St Catharines Roma, Bradford Marshland, Buffalo Blazers and Ukraina. Sudbury Cyclones were reported to be in the need of $60,000 to be able to start the season, or they would have to move to antoher city. The Cyclones struggled on through the season and finished third from bottom in the twelve-team league. The two former great clubs Toronto Croatia and the Serbian White Eagles finished in the two bottom poistions.

  
                  
Final standings       GP W L  T  GF GA Pts
Toronto Falcons       22 18  1  3 45 14 39
First Portuguese      22 16  1  5 71 15 37
Toronto Italia        22 14  2  6 63 16 34
Panhellenic           22 11  2  9 38 14 31
London City           22 11  8  3 49 25 25
St. Catharines Roma   22  8 10  4 29 26 20
Bradford Marshlanders 22  7 10  5 31 58 19
Buffalo Blazers       22  8 12  2 33 49 18
Ukraina               22  5 14  3 22 56 13
Sudbury Cyclones      22  3 13  6 27 40 12
Toronto Croatia       22  4 15  3 21 55 11
Serbian White Eagles  22  1 18  3 14 75  5
  
Leading goalscorers:  
1. Mike Burke (Toronto Italia)   24 gls
2. Joao Moniz (First Portuguese) ?? gls
  
Leading goalkeeper
Robert Judd (Panhellenic)
  
  
Playoff Final:  
Panhellenic defeated St. Catharines Roma.
  
NSL Cup Final
First Leg 
September 3, 1980 Lamport Stadium
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto Falcons 0

Second Leg
September 7, 1980 Lamport Stadium
Toronto Italia 2 (Mike Burke 2)
Toronto Falcons 0