1982 National Soccer League

President: Joe Piccininni

Toronto alderman Joe Piccininni returned as president.

Clubs and players

Before the season Italia had recruited the Steelers’ 1981 Championship winning coach Carlo Del Monte.  They were helped by Carlos Salguero joining them in mid-June on loan from the Buffalo Stallions of the MISL, by September 22 he had scored 16 goals. Italia also borrowed two more players from Buffalo, fullback Mark Peckman and midfielder Eddie Azavedo. In addition they had foreign stars in Romanian Marinel Risnita and Dane Niels Guldbjerg, a former NASL and MISL player. Local players included Dale Baxter, Enzo Concina, John McManus and Ed McNally. Italia were watched by usually no more than 1,500 fans.

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.

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.

Dinamo Latino, a new South American team, were strengthened by players from Argentina and finished sixth.

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.

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

Results and standings

                      GP W  L  T  GF GA Pts
Toronto Italia        18 14  0  4 43  10 32
Hamilton Steelers     18  9  4  5 31  21 23
St. Catharines Roma   18  9  8  1 33  33 19
Panhellenic           18  8  7  3 20  22 19
London City           18  7  7  4 33  29 18
First Portuguese      18  6  7  5 28  27 17
Bradford Marshlanders 18  5  7  6 24  29 16
Dinamo Latino         18  4  8  6 20  23 14
Toronto Falcons       18  4 10  4 19  39 12
Toronto Croatia       18  3 11  4 15  29  9
Detroit Besa withdrew
Leading goalscorers:
1. Carlos Salguero (Toronto Italia)
2. Hildeberto Ponte (First Portuguese)
1. Leg
Hamilton Steelers 2
London City 0
2. Leg
Hamilton Steelers 3
London City 2
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
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
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