1991 National Soccer League

League commissioner: Rocco LoFranco

Annual general meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held on December 2, 1990 in Toronto. The league operated as a ten-team league. Before the season started the league added Scarborough International, Toronto Jets, Toronto/North York Argentina, North York Strikers and Woodbridge Azzuri.

Clubs and players

London City


Founded: 1973
Stadium:
General manager: Harry Gauss
Head Coach: Harry Gauss
Key players: Goalkeeper Craig Sinnott

London City were again managed by Harry Gauss. Returning players included goalkeeper Craig Sinnott, defenders Rob Mikalachki, Doug Rudnicki and Chris Wood; midfielder Chris Wood and forward Paul Hillman. They also signed two forwards, Tony Tamburro from Toronto Italia and Bill Meadus from Fanshawe College.

North York Atletico Argentina Soccer Club
Founded: November 23, 1990
Stadium: Lamport Stadium, Toronto
Head Coach: Elio Garro
Key players:

North York Strikers
Stadium:
Colors:
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

St. Catharines Roma
Founded: 1967
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
President:
Head Coach:
Key players: Martin Dugas, Michael Henneman, Gerry Vandermerwe and Sasha Vukovic.

St. Catharines Roma won the Canadian Championship.

Scarborough International
Stadium:
Colors:
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Scarborough International joined the league from the Ontario Soccer League, where they had been known as Toronto International.

Toronto Croatia
Founded: 1956
Stadium:
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Italia


Founded: 1972
General manager: Peter Felicetti
Head Coach: Peter Felicetti
Key players: Goalkeeper Carmine Isacco

Toronto Italia were led by coach and general manager Peter Felicetti.

Toronto Jets
Stadium:
Colors:
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Windsor Wheels


Stadium: Windsor Stadium, Windsor
General manager: Ivano Bertoni
Head Coach: Walter Barboza
Key players: forwards Horacio Medaglia and Drago

Windsor Wheels imported a coach and three players from Brazil to strengthen their team. Coach Walter Barbosa had been a player in Brazil and Venezuela, and had been a coach at Brazilian teams Juventus, Montenegro and Palmeiras. The Brazilian players were defender Joao Araugo; and midfielders Silas Ferreira and Luiz DeSouza. Returning players included Rob Agostini, Milan Korac, Mike Vigh and Victor Quni. The Wheels opened their season at Windsor Stadium with a 3-0 over London City on Sunday May 12. Later in May they sined former Toronto Italia forward Horacio Medaglia. In July they strengthened their team by signing Detroit Rockers (National Professional Soccer League) star Drago.   

Woodbridge Azzurri
Stadium:
Colors:
President:
Head Coach: Peter Pinizzotto
Key players:

Review of the season

Toronto Italia won the league championship with one more point than second-placed Scarborough International. It was not until the final league match of the season that the championship was decided. When Scarborough International met Windsor Wheels in Windsor on September 22 they needed a win to go past Toronto Italia on goal average. However the match finished in a 0-0 tie and the Scarborough team finished tied for second-place with St. Catharines Roma.

Post-season

After the season former Windsor Wheels forward Mike Vigh signed for Maltese first division club Sliema Wanderers. The league dropped the Scarborough team. They were to be replaced by Richmond Hill Kick.

Results and standings

Final league standings*      
                      GP W  L  T  GF GA Ps
Toronto Italia        18 11  2  5 28 13 27
Scarborough Inter.    18 10  2  6 25 11 26
St. Catharines Roma   17 12  3  2 37 18 26
Toronto Croatia       18  9  5  4 22 13 22
Argentina             18  8  5  5 30 18 21
Woodbridge Azzurri    18  6  7  5 23 30 17
Windsor Wheels        18  5 10  3 22 33 13
North York Strikers   17  4 11  2 12 26 10
Toronto Jets          17  2 10  5 16 27  9
London City           18  2 13  3 15 36  7
 *Final league table according to the Windsor Star September 23, 1991

Coach-of-the-year: Peter Felicetti (Toronto Italia)
League MVP: Ivica Raguz (Toronto Croatia)
Rookie-of-the-year: Paul Hillman (London City)