The aim with these pages are to remember the many highs and some of the lows of the National Soccer League. I also include some of the various soccer leagues that existed in the same areas and at the same time as of the NSL.
It is now forgotten how many international stars that played in the National Soccer League. Sam Chedgzoy, Erno Schwarz, Zoltan Czibor, Jair da Costa and Jose Altafini are just a number of famous players to have played in the league. So did Maradona, Lalo that was.
The forerunner to the NSL was the Inter-City League (1922-1923) and the Inter-Provincial League (1924).
The National Soccer League was formed in 1926.
After the war the NSL competed with the Ontario Major Soccer League.
Wanting to make Canadian soccer more professional the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League was created in 1961 and lasted until 1966.
In 1981 the start was made to create a professional soccer league in Canada. The Canadian Professional Soccer League was formed in 1983. It was a disaster and struggled to finish its first and only season.
Please note that I am deliberately not copying from groundbreakers like Colin Jose and Rocket Robin to avoid eventual small mistakes being repeated. They have my full and utmost respect for their passion and hard work.
If you see mistakes or have info, please contact me!
Christian Hesle, Oslo, Norway
Magazines: Soccer Illustrated Match Magazine Telesport World Soccer North American Soccer and Football News Media Guides: National Soccer League North American Soccer League (1968-1984) Major Indoor Soccer League/Major Soccer League Websites: www.rsssf.com Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame - www.hschof.ca Books: Their Sporting Legacy, K.W. Sokoloyk Football League Players' Records 1946-1988, Barry J. Hugman Newsaper archives: Toronto Star Ukrainian Weekly Newspapers.com: Montreal Gazette Ottawa Citizen Ottawa Journal Windsor Star