1982 National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni


Toronto alderman Joe Piccininni returned as president.

Clubs and players

The new South American team Dinamo Latino were strengthened by players from Argentina. They also imported Peruvian Carlos Lazon.

First Portuguese brought in former Toronto Metros coach Artur Rodrigues as general manager. The club operated six teams, including one girls’ team. Led by the goalscoring of Hildeberto Ponte the First Portuguese team finished fifth.

Hamilton Steelers finished second this season with a team that included former Blizzard players Graham Hatley and Gordon Wallace. After the season Hamilton Steelers joined the new Canadian Professional Soccer League that would operate for the first time in 1983.

Panhellenic star player Leon Voudouris helped his team to a fourth place finish.

Review of the season

The league started what was said to be its 57th season with 1981 league champions Hamilton Steelers meeting Toronto Italia at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton on Sunday May 16th. Italia won the game 3-1.

The very strong Toronto Italia team would go undefeated through their league season.

The struggling Detroit Besa team withdrew from the league during the season. After the season Bradford Marshlanders took a one-year leave of absence, but never returned to the league.

Leading goalscorer – Carlos Salguero

National Soccer League Results

May ??, 1982

National Soccer League final standings

National Soccer League Playoffs

1. Leg
Hamilton Steelers 2
London City 0
2. Leg
Hamilton Steelers 3
London City 2

Hamilton Steelers qualified for finals
1. Leg
Toronto Italia
First Portuguese
2. Leg, October 10, 1982  Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2 (Cosimo Comisso, David Crabb)
First Portuguese 1 (Stewart Miller)
After overtime

Toronto Italia qualified for finals

NSL Championship Finals

1. Leg, October 20, 1982 Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Hamilton Steelers
Toronto Italia
2. Leg, October 24, 1982 Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke, Toronto
Toronto Italia
Hamilton Steelers

National Soccer League Cup

NSL Cup Final First Leg
September 19, 1982 Centennial Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 3 (Fred Ferrara, John Moniz, Eddie McNally)
St. Catharines Roma  0
NSL Cup Final Second Leg
September 22, 1982 St. Catharines
St. Catharines Roma
Toronto Italia

Toronto Italia won the 1982 NSL Cup

Exhibition games

June 9, 1982 Hale Stadium, Tennessee State, Nashville
Nashville Diamonds
London City 0