Covering the National Socccer League (1926-1992) and the Canadian National Soccer League (1993-1997)
This is a blog about the National Soccer League that mostly operated out of Ontario, but also had long periods operating in Quebec. I have no ties to any former clubs or any other personal relationships to this league.
I have been gathering information about the NSL since the 1980’s, without ever having watched a match. My interest started by being an overseas observer of the razzmatazz of the North American Soccer League. Followed up by Canada’s appearance in the 1986 World Cup, and the strange case that many of the players had gone from being professionals in the NASL to being parttime soccer players.
I will forever be indebted to the journalism of Colin Jose whose great articles in World Soccer in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, kept me updated about the NASL, the Canadian Soccer League and North American soccer. Colin would put as much info as possible into his articles, while still telling great stories.
I followed the Canadian Soccer League vividly from overseas and was in regular contact with their PR department via snail mail. I also subscribed to Soccer America, in hope that they would once in a while have an article about Canadian soccer. It would often take 8 to 9 weeks before Soccer America arrived by post.
In the 1990’s Rocket Robin got me hooked on the Canadian National Soccer League when he did updates online in the early days of the internet. Bad modem, insane cost of dialing up, pure joy reading Robin Glover’s posts. I found that many of the players I had heard about in the 1980’s were playing in this cool league. Robin would describe how he chased down line-ups and info, to put as accurate info as possible in his match reports.
Through Colin and Robin’s great work I discovered the great history of Canada’s soccer heritage.
The National Soccer League has played such a huge part in the development of soccer in Canada. I try to tell the story of the league in this blog.
Today I am lucky to have contact with former NSL players, the families of former NSL players and officials. There are so many good people out there that help me to gather more info about this fantastic league.
Thanks and regards, Chris
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