President: Armando Difruscio
Vice-president: Italo Recine
Annual general meeting
At the annual general meeting held in Toronto in January 1988 the league elected a new president in Armando Difruscio of St. Catharines Roma. Italo Recine of the Windsor Wheels was elected as vice-president. The league also decided to operate with a reserve division.
Clubs and players
Founded: September 23, 1956
Key players: Goalkeeper Mauro Pippo, forward Sydney Marsh
Key players: Goalkeeper Zoran Potrovsky
Key players: Goalkeeper David Ashfield; Garry Brian
St. Catharines Roma
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
Key players: Goalkeeper John Vanousten
Head Coach: Miso Smajlovic
Key players: Goalkeeper Otto Orf, defender Lupe Stotkovski, Darico Pantalon, Mladen Pesec, forwards Drago Santic and Bozo Bakota
Toronto Croatia hired former Yugoslav international player Miso Smajlovic as their head coach. Before the season they signed former NK Zagreb and Sturm Graz-star Bozo Bakota. Bakota had played in one international match for Yugoslavia in 1978.
Head Coach: Ivan Markovic
Key players: Carlos Salguero, Ben Vian, Zoran Petrovski, Carmen Groe
Toronto Italia hired Ivan Markovic as their head coach.
Stadium: Windsor Stadium, Windsor
Head Coach: Mirko Bazic
Key players: Goalkeeper Rob Agostini, defender Mark Christensen, Ian Parratt, Mark Tirikian
Review of the season
Toronto Italia won the league championship.
Toronto Croatia won the playoff championship.
After the season London Marconi took a year’s leave of absence and Chile Lindo were dropped because of their behavioural problems on the pitch for the past two seasons.
Results and standings
Final league standings GP W L T GF GA Pts Toronto Italia 18 14 2 2 59 10 30 Panhellenic 18 11 2 5 35 22 27 Windsor Wheels 18 12 4 2 52 26 26 Toronto Croatia 18 11 4 3 49 18 25 St. Catharines Roma 18 6 9 3 34 40 15 First Portuguese 17 6 9 2 29 49 14 Chile Lindo 17 4 10 3 17 36 11 America United 18 4 11 3 20 37 11 Mississauga Lakers 18 4 11 3 17 48 11 London Marconi 18 3 13 2 19 46 8 Leading goalscorer: Carlos Salguero (Toronto Italia) Most improved player: Danny Kolic (Windsor Wheels) Rookie-of-the year: Ed Marlovits (Windsor Wheels)
NSL League play-offs
Toronto Croatia defeated Toronto Italia
NSL League cup
September 14, 1988 Toronto
Toronto Croatia 2 (own goal, Dragan Santic)
Windsor Wheels 1 (Victor Quni)
September 16, 1988 Windsor Stadium, Windsor
Windsor Wheels 1 (Mike Lupenec)
Toronto Croatia 1 (Bozo Bakota)
Toronto Croatia won total-goal series 3-2
Canadian Soccer Championship
September 25, 1988 Herbert St. Leonard Park, Montreal Attendance: 1,200
Montreal St. Leonard-Corfinium 3 (Windsor Vertus 2, Paul David)
Toronto Croatia 1 (Zoran Narjanovic)