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.
Referees: Mladen Moric
Clubs and players
Founded: September 23, 1956
Head Coach: Bill Gillis
Roster included goalkeeper Mauro Pippo; Dino Fotia and Giacomo Michenzi; forwards Louie Fotia, John Zvoko and Sydney Marsh
Key players: Goalkeeper Zoran Potrovsky
Roster included goalkeeper David Ashfield; Garry Brian; Peter Roussis
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 Bazi
Roster included goalkeeper Rob Agostini; defenders Mark Christensen; midfielders Ian Parratt; forwards Mark Tirikian
Review of the season
Toronto Italia clinched the league championship when they defeated Toronto Croatia 1-0 on Wednesday August 31.
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
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)