1981 NATIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE

After one year of absence Hamilton Italo-Canadians returned to the league. Under the leadership of Mario DiBartolemeo they changed their name to Hamilton Steelers to have a broader appeal. They won the league championship in convincing style much helped by the goalscoring of Rennie Phillips. In December 1981 Paul Roe joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL.

Panhellenic-Olympics were coached by Germain Sanchez. Leading players included striker Nick Aredzis, Hugo Nicolini and Toronto Blizzard-reject Ginar Engin.

National Soccer League   GP W  L  T  GF GA Pts
Hamilton Steelers        20 16  3  1 55 14  33
Panhellenic              20 12  5  3 38 21  27
Toronto Italia           20 11  4  5 43 25  27
Toronto Falcons          20  7  3 10 32 28  24
Toronto Croatia          20  8  5  7 30 22  23
St. Catharines Roma      20  8  6  6 30 27  22
London City              20  4  8  8 25 28  16
Detroit Besa             20  7 11  2 25 39  16
First Portuguese         20  4  9  7 22 28  15
Bradford Marshlanders    20  1 12  7 20 49   9
Toronto Ukraina          20  2 14  4 15 30   8
 
Leading goalscorer                 Goals
Rennie Phillips (Hamilton Steelers) 18 
 
 
National Soccer League Play-offs
 
Semifinals 
Toronto Italia 1
Toronto Falcons 2
 
Toronto Italia 2
Toronto Falcons 0
 
Toronto Italia qualified for the final. 
 
Hamilton Steelers beat Toronto Panhellenic.
 
Hamilton Steelers qualified for the final.
 
Final        
Hamilton Steelers beat Toronto Italia