1986 National Soccer League

1986 NATIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE
President: Rocco LoFranco
Director of Public Relations: Bryn Lloyd

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting was held in Windsor on the weekend of December 14-15, 1985. At the meeting it was decided to add a Quebec division for the 1986 season. Work also started to move away from ethnic team names, with an hope to eliminate all ethnic names within three years. Each NSL franchise would also be required to post a bond of $ 15,000 to protect against financial collapse in mid-season. The name change of Dinamo Latino to Toronto Blizzard was also approved. The league decided to allow each team five imports this season.

Clubs and players

First Portuguese
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Francicso Coelho, forward Francisco Bolota

London Marconi
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Glen McNamara, midfielder Ed McNally forwards Louie Fotia, Sid Marsh, Ron Marsh, David Crabb and Philip Murphy

Panhellenic (Scarborough Olympics)
Stadium: Highview Park and Birchmount Stadium
Head Coach: Colin Byron
Key players: Goalkeeper Robert Judd, forward Pat Cubelis

St. Catharines Roma
Stadium:
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Marcus Klein

Toronto Blizzard
Stadium: Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach: Dave Turner
Key players: Goalkeeper Paul Hammond, midfielder Lyndon Hooper

Toronto Croatia
Stadium: Etobicoke Centennial Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach: Bruno Pilas
Key players: defender Tom Panhuysen, Blaz Redic, Ninino Beljo

Toronto Italia
Stadium: Etobicoke Centennial Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach: Carlos Delmonte replaced by Alex Moore
Key players: midfielder Ed McNally, Cosimo Comisso, forwards Carlos Salguero and Danny Simijoski

Windsor Wheels
Stadium: Windsor Stadium, Windsor
Head Coach: Gus Moffatt replaced by Vern Mittermeier
Key players: Waldir deSouza

Review of the season

Toronto Blizzard won the league championship.

Toronto Croatia went through a winless season.

Toronto Italia won the NSL playoff championship.

Blizzard’s Carlo Bosco was voted NSL Player of the Year.

Final league standings*    
                      GP W  L  T  GF GA Pt
 Toronto Blizzard     14 10  1  3 34 12 21  
 Toronto Italia       13  7  3  3 25 12 17
 Panhellenic          14  6  4  4 23 23 16
 London Marconi       14  7  6  1 27 24 15
 First Portuguese     14  6  5  3 17 18 15
 Windsor Wheels       14  6  5  3 24 29 15 
 St. Catharines Roma  14  3  9  2 19 36  8
 Toronto Croatia      13  0 10  3  9 30  3
  
 * Toronto Croatia vs Toronto Italia September 15 not played. 
 
Leading goalscorers                   
(As of August 29, 1986)
1. Mustafa Muratovic (Windsor Wheels)   10 goals
2. Ace Ntsoelengoe (Toronto Blizzard)    8 goals

 Semifinals
 September 21, 1986 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
 Toronto Blizzard 1 (Marco Abascal)
 Panhellenic 0
  
 September 21, 1986 Etobicoke Stadium, Toronto
 Toronto Italia 2
 London Marconi 1
  
 Final
 September 24, 1986 Varsity Stadium, Toronto
 Toronto Italia 1
 Toronto Blizzard 0
  
 

NSL League Cup Championship

Semifinal
September 26, 1986 Toronto
Vancouver Columbus Italia 1 (Frank Ciaccia)
Laval (NSL Quebec champion) 0

Final
September 28, 1986
Toronto Blizzard 2 (Lyndon Hooper, Hector Marinaro)
Vancouver Columbus Italia 1 (John Guzzo)