1985 National Soccer League

Commissioner: Ugo Fusco
President: Rocco Lofranco

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting was held in Toronto on January 20, 1985, in Toronto. At the meeting Windsor Roma was given an expansion franchise. The franchise fee was $15,000. There were rumours of a Montreal team joining the league but this failed to materialize.

Clubs and players

Dinamo Latino
Formed:
Owner: York-Hannover Amusements Ltd
Head Coach: Dave Turner
Key players: Goalkeeper Glen McNamara, Marco Abascal

First Portuguese


Founded: September 23, 1956
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Carlos Santos, defender Luis Marques, forwards Francisco Bolota and Carlo Cunha.

London Marconi Soccer Club


Founded: 1962
Stadium:
Head Coach: Bill Gillies/Charlie Spence
Key players: Goalkeeper Al Wanvyck, Jens Kraemer, Sydney Marsh

Panhellenic Olympics


Founded: 1976
Head Coach: Mike Ristich
Key players: Goalkeeper Robert Judd, forwards Frank Anagnostopoulos and Nick Arendzis.

St. Catharines Roma


Founded: 1967
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
Head Coach: Jim Douglas
Key players: Goalkeeper Tony Gatto, Tony Novacic.

Toronto Croatia


Founded: 1956
Owner:
Head Coach: Branko Mileunic
Key players: Goalkeeper Frank Jubenovic, sweeper Blaz Redic, forward Mike Edwards.

Toronto Italia


Founded: 1972
General manager: Joe Mallozzi
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeepers Dale Baxter and Don Ferguson, defender Gordon Rennie, Marinel Risnita, Ed McNally

Windsor A. C. Roma
Formed:
Owner:
Head Coach: Gus Moffatt
Key players: midfielder Ian Parratt, forward Steve Swanson

Roma started the year with Ilario Bontarin as head coach but he was replaced by Gus Moffatt before the season started. Roma drew 350-400 fans to their matches.

Review of the season

With the demise of the NASL and of the Toronto Blizzard the NSL was again left with the task of providing the best soccer in the Toronto area. The NASL disbanded on March 28 and the Blizzard folded on April 24. 

The NSL season kicked off on May 12 with Dinamo Latino beating St. Catharines Roma 3-1 at Lamport Stadium.

Windsor Roma made their home debut in front of 1,185 fans at Windsor Stadium on May 26. Toronto Croatia won the match 3-0 thanks to two goals from Mike Edwards and an own goal from Roma’s Waldir de Sousa.

In June York-Hannover Amusesments Ltd., former owners of Toronto Blizzard in the NASL, bought the Dinamo Latino franchise. On December 12, 1985 it was announced that the team name would be changed to Toronto Blizzard.  

London Marconi won the league championship.

Toronto Italia won the championship play-off finals by beating Windsor Roma 1-0 on October 14, 1985. Windsor Roma had been unbeaten in 13 games up to their final loss. Marinel Risnita was the Italia goalscorer.

 
Final League standings
                    GP  W  L   T  GF GA Pts
London Marconi      14  8   1   5        21
Dinamo Latino       14  8   2   4        20
Toronto Italia      14  6   2   6        18 
Windsor Roma        14  5   5   4        14
St. Catharines Roma 14  4   6   4        12
Toronto Croatia     14  4   6   4        12
Panhellenic         14  4   7   2        10
First Portuguese    14  2  11   1         5  

Top goalscorer:
1. Marco Abascal (Dinamo Latino)

Finals
October 12, 1985 Windsor Stadium, Windsor
Windsor Roma 1 (Ian Parratt)
Toronto Italia 1 (Herbert Gallo)
 
October 14, 1985 Toronto
Toronto Italia 1 (Marinel Risnita)
Windsor Roma 0
 
Toronto Italia won the two-game total-goals series 2-1

Exhibition game
September 22, 1985 Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 300
NSL All-Stars 1
Quebec All-Stars 2