Canadian National Soccer League

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Canadian National Soccer League
Founded1926
Folded1997
CountryCanada
ConfederationCONCACAF
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toNone
Relegation toNone
Most championshipsToronto Italia (14 titles)

The Canadian National Soccer League, known as the National Soccer League until 1993, was a soccer league in Canada that existed from 1926 to 1997.[1][2] The league was also known as the National Soccer League of Ontario and Quebec. Adding 'Canadian' in 1993 was a result of the folding of the original CSL, and the accepting of the Winnipeg Fury, making the league more national.

It was then re-branded as the Canadian Professional Soccer League in 1998, primarily as a result of the restructuring in conjunction with the OSA; and subsequently as the second Canadian Soccer League in 2006 with aspirations for national expansion.[3]

NSL/CNSL Champions[edit]

Season Champions Score Playoff Runners-up Regular Season Champions Runner-Up Cup
1926 Toronto Ulster United 5-1 /1-0 Montreal Maroons NSL Cup:
Toronto Ulster United
1927 Not completed
1928 Montreal C.N.R. 1-2 / 4-0 Toronto Ulster United
1929 Montreal C.N.R. 1-0 / 3-2 Toronto Ulster United
1930 Toronto Scottish 1-1 / 4-3 Montreal C.N.R.
1931 Toronto Scottish 2-1 / 2-2 Montreal Carsteel
1932 Toronto Ulster United 4-3 / 3-1 Montreal Carsteel
1933 Toronto Ulster United 5-0 / 3-2 Montreal Carsteel
1934 Toronto Ulster United 2-0 / 3-2 Montreal Carsteel
1935 Frood Mines 3-1 Toronto Ulster United
1936 Montreal Carsteel 5-3 / 1-0 Toronto Ulster United
1937 Toronto British Consols 1-3 / 5-1 Falconbridge Falcons
1938 Montreal Royal Victoria Hospital w/o Toronto Ulster United
1939 Montreal Royal Victoria Hospital w/o Toronto British Consols
1940 Montreal Carsteel 3-2 / 2-2 Toronto Maple Leafs
1941 Toronto Ulster United 0-1 / 2-0 Montreal Carsteel
1942-46 Not played during WWII.
1947 Toronto Greenbacks Montreal Stelco Toronto Ulster United
1948 Montreal Carsteel 3-1 / 3-3 Hamilton Westinghouse
1949 Toronto East End Canadians 7-1 / 4-1 Montreal Carsteel
1950 Hamilton Westinghouse 3-2 / 1-1 Montreal Canadian Falcons
1951 Toronto Ukraina 1-0 Toronto East End Canadians Toronto St. Andrews Toronto Ulster United Dominion Cup:
Toronto Ulster United
1952 Toronto Ulster United Toronto St. Andrews Toronto East End Canadians Toronto Hungaria Arnold Cup:
Toronto Ukraina
1953 Toronto Ukraina Toronto Ukraina Toronto Ulster United
1954 Toronto Ulster United 2-1 / 0-1 / 6-0 Polish White Eagles Toronto Ukraina Toronto Ulster United
1955 Toronto Ulster United Polish White Eagles Toronto Ukraina Toronto Ulster United
1956 Polish White Eagles 2-1 / 2-2 Toronto Italia Polish White Eagles Toronto Italia
1957 Toronto Italia 1-0 / 1-1 / 1-2 / 2-0 Toronto Hungaria Toronto Italia Polish White Eagles
1958 Montreal Hungaria 2-2 / 2-2 Toronto Italia Montreal Hungaria Toronto Italia
1959 Toronto Italia 1-0 / 1-1 Montreal Cantalia Montreal Cantalia Toronto Italia
1960 Toronto Italia 2–2 / 0–0 / 4–2 Montreal Cantalia Toronto Italia Toronto Sparta
1961 Toronto Ukraina 1-0 / 1-0 Toronto Hungaria Toronto Roma Montreal Concordia
1962 Italian Virtus 2-0 / 2-3 Toronto Ukraina Olympia-Harmonie Toronto Ukraina
1963 Toronto Ukraina 2-0 / 3-2 Toronto Hakoah Italian Virtus Toronto Hakoah
1964 Toronto Ukraina 1–0 / 4–1 Toronto Abruzzi Toronto Ukraina Montreal Cantalia
1965 Toronto Hakoah 2-3 / 3-1 Toronto Ukraina Toronto Ukraina Toronto Hakoah
1966 Windsor Teutonia 1–1 / 1–0 Toronto Croatia Sudbury Italia Toronto Hellas
1967 Windsor Teutonia 3-1 / 1-0 Hamilton Primos Hamilton Primos Toronto Roma
1968 Sudbury Italia Toronto Hellas Sudbury Italia Toronto Hellas
1969 no play-off Toronto First Portuguese Toronto Hellas NSL Cup:
Toronto Italia
1970 Hamilton Croatia 3-0 Toronto Croatia Toronto Croatia Hamilton Croatia NSL Cup:
Toronto First Portuguese
1971 Toronto Croatia 1-0 Toronto First Portuguese Toronto Croatia Toronto First Portuguese Canadian Open Cup:
Toronto Croatia
NSL Cup:
Toronto First Portuguese
1972 Toronto Italia Serbian White Eagles Toronto Croatia Serbian White Eagles Canadian Open Cup:
Toronto Croatia
NSL Cup:
Toronto Croatia
1973 Toronto Hungaria 2-1 Toronto Croatia Toronto Croatia Serbian White Eagles Canadian Open Cup:
Toronto Croatia
NSL Cup:
Toronto Hungaria
1974 Toronto Croatia 1-0 Toronto Homer Serbian White Eagles Toronto Homer Canadian Open Cup:
Serbian White Eagles
NSL Cup:
Toronto Italia
1975 no play-off Toronto Italia Toronto First Portuguese Canadian Open Cup:
Toronto Italia
NSL Cup:
Toronto Croatia
1976 Toronto First Portuguese 2-0 / 2-1 Toronto Italia Toronto Italia Montreal Castors NSL Cup:
Toronto Panhellenic
1977 no play-off Montreal Castors Toronto Italia NSL Cup:
Toronto Panhellenic
1978 Toronto Falcons Hamilton Italo-Canadians Montreal Castors Toronto First Portuguese NSL Cup:
Toronto Falcons
1979 no play-off Toronto First Portuguese Toronto Falcons NSL Cup:
Toronto First Portuguese
1980 Toronto Panhellenic 1-0 St. Catharines Roma Toronto Falcons Toronto First Portuguese NSL Cup:
Toronto Italia
1981 Hamilton Steelers Toronto Italia Hamilton Steelers Toronto Panhellenic NSL Cup:
Hamilton Steelers
1982 Hamilton Steelers 2–1 / 1–1 Toronto Italia Toronto Italia Hamilton Steelers NSL Cup:
Toronto Italia
1983 Toronto Italia 0-2 / 2-0 (4-3 p.) Dinamo Latino Toronto Panhellenic Toronto Italia NSL Cup:
Toronto Italia
1984 Toronto Italia London Marconi Toronto Italia NSL Cup:
Toronto Italia
1985 Toronto Italia 1-1 / 1-0 Windsor Roma London Marconi Dinamo Latino NSL Cup:
Dinamo Latino
1986 Toronto Italia 1-0 Toronto Blizzard Toronto Blizzard Toronto Italia NSL Cup:
Toronto Blizzard
NSL Canadian Championship:
Toronto Blizzard
NSL Canada Cup:
Toronto Blizzard
1987 Toronto Italia 2-0 London Marconi Windsor Wheels Toronto Croatia NSL Cup:
Toronto Italia
NSL Canadian Championship:
Windsor Wheels
NSL Canada Cup:
Toronto Italia
1988 Toronto Croatia Toronto Italia Toronto Italia Toronto Panhellenic NSL Cup:
Toronto Croatia
NSL Canadian Championship:
Toronto Italia
NSL Canada Cup:
Montreal St-Leonard Corfinium
1989 no play-off Toronto Italia Toronto Croatia NSL Cup:
Toronto Croatia
NSL Canadian Championship:
Toronto Italia
NSL Canada Cup:
Toronto Croatia
1990 no play-off Toronto First Portuguese Toronto Italia NSL Cup:
St. Catharines Roma
NSL Canadian Championship:
Toronto First Portuguese
1991 no play-off Toronto Italia Scarbourough International NSL Cup:
Toronto Argentina
NSL Canada Cup:
Toronto Argentina
1992 no play-off Toronto Croatia St. Catharines Roma NSL Cup:
Toronto Croatia
1993 St. Catharines Roma 0-0 / 1-0 Toronto Rockets Toronto Rockets Montreal Croatia CNSL Cup:
Toronto Croatia
1994 Toronto Italia 0-1 / 3-1 St. Catharines Roma Toronto Italia St. Catharines Roma CNSL Cup:
St. Catharines Roma
1995 St. Catharines Wolves 1–1 / 2–1 Toronto Jets Toronto Jets St. Catharines Wolves CNSL Cup:
St. Catharines Wolves
1996 Toronto Italia 5–0 / 6–0 St. Catharines Wolves Toronto Italia St. Catharines Wolves CNSL Cup:
St. Catharines Wolves
1997 St. Catharines Wolves 0-0 / 4-3 Toronto Supra St. Catharines Wolves Toronto Croatia CNSL Cup:
Toronto Supra

thecnsl.com - Canadian National Soccer Leagu / Update: 6 June 2022
RSSSF - Canadian National Soccer League / Update: 6 June 2022

Performance by club[edit]

Club Champions Winning years
Toronto Italia 14 1957, 1959, 1960, 1972, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1996
Toronto Ulster United 8 1926, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1941, 1952, 1954, 1955
Toronto Ukrainia 5 1951, 1953, 1961, 1963, 1964
Toronto First Portuguese 4 1969, 1976, 1979, 1990
Toronto Croatia 4 1971, 1974, 1988, 1992
Montreal Carsteel 3 1936, 1940, 1948
St. Catharines Roma Wolves 3 1993, 1995, 1997
Montreal C.N.R. 2 1928, 1929
Toronto Scottish 2 1930, 1931
Montreal Royal Victoria Hospital 2 1938, 1939
Windsor Teutonia 2 1966, 1967
Hamilton Steelers 2 1981, 1982
Frood Mines 1 1935
Toronto British Consols 1 1937
Toronto Greenbacks 1 1947
Toronto East End Canadians 1 1949
Hamilton Westinghouse 1 1950
Polish White Eagles 1 1956
Montreal Hungaria 1 1958
Italian Virtus 1 1962
Toronto Hakoah 1 1965
Sudbury Italia 1 1968
Hamilton Croatia 1 1970
Toronto Hungaria 1 1973
Montreal Castors 1 1977
Toronto Falcons 1 1978
Toronto Panhellenic 1 1980

NSL/CNSL clubs[edit]

Clubs are listed by name and year that a club by that name participated. Whether clubs by the same name were indeed the same club or not has not been made clear by the source used for compiling this list. Note as well that the same source does not include information for the Eastern Division of the league from the 1930s through to the 1950s, nor any information at all for the following seasons: 1968, 1969, from 1983 through 1992, and 1994. Moreover, the source provides only an incomplete list of teams for 1947 through 1949, and, for a few other seasons, not all team names in full.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jose, Colin. "The National Soccer League". Canadian Soccer History. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (2001). On-Side - 125 Years of Soccer in Ontario. Vaughan, Ontario: Ontario Soccer Association and Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum. pp. 114, 115.
  3. ^ "Canadian Soccer League". Canadian Soccer League. Retrieved September 5, 2021.

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