1988 National Soccer League

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

America United
Head Coach:
Key players:

Chile Lindo
Head Coach:
Key players:

First Portuguese
Head Coach:
Key players:

London Marconi
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Mauro Pippo, forward Sydney Marsh

Mississauga Lakers
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper Zoran Potrovsky

Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper David Ashfield; Garry Brian

St. Catharines Roma
Head Coach:
Key players: Goalkeeper John Vanousten

Toronto Croatia
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.

Toronto Italia
Head Coach: Ivan Markovic
Key players: Carlos Salguero, Ben Vian, Zoran Petrovski, Carmen Groe

Toronto Italia hired Ivan Markovic as their head coach.

Windsor Wheels
Stadium: Windsor Stadium, Windsor
Head Coach: Mirko Bazic
Key players: Goalkeeper Rob Agostini, defender Mark Christensen, Ian Parratt, Mark Tirikian

Review of the season

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)