CSL Memories (1987-1992)
Canadian Soccer League Memories (1987-92). Remembering, collecting and reminiscing about Canada's almost lost soccer history.
The Canadian Soccer League (1987-1992) was founded in 1986 following Canadas first appearance in the World Cup. Canada was one of the few, if not the only, country competing in the World Cup with out a domestic league. As a result the league was created to "bring our players home". The player base included young and old Canadians, players that had played in Europe, players that would go to play in Europe, and players that played in the NASL/MISL.
Unfortunately over the years there seems to have been a lack of documentation of this league and this website is meant as an attempt to collect and provide an important part of Canadian Soccer History for those that enjoyed it and those that have yet to enjoy it.
I initially started collecting CSL jerseys and found that it was hard to figure out who had worn them, what season they were worn etc. As a result I catalogued information I found sporadically and here we have the result.
If you have stories, corrections, pictures, jerseys or items you'd like to offer/donate to the website please feel free contact me at any time.
Special thanks to Dave at www.NASLjerseys.com for encouraging me to build this site and sending me a ton of pics in the process. If its not a jersey from my collection or credited to someone, its probably Daves pic. - Christian
06-01-20 Added new jersey to the collection and website, 1991 Vancouver 86ers Home gameworn by Stephen Burns, hes provided some games on VHS which ill have transferred soon too!
05-29-20 Big update with pics from Nick Gilberts closet (including jerseys from Kickers, Fury, Brick Men), a pic of the 1991 86ers away (from Stephen Burns), 1992 Supra posters (from Tom Kouzmanis), 1989 Vistas (from Simon Keith),
05-19-20 Updated Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton and Edmontons rosters from 1987 thanks to ex Ottawa Sean Holmes.
05-14-20 Posted up new pics for 1991 Rockets (thanks to Gary Morrow, Marco Antonucci), 1991 Steelers All Stars (thanks to Frank Riga), 1988 Supra Away jersey (thanks to Mario Cordileone), 1989 Fury v Edmonton Brickmen, 1990 86ers Champs (thanks to Stephen Burns) and 1987 National Capital Pioneers Roster with small anecdotes (thanks to Sean Holmes)
05-09-20 Posted up new pics from Inaugural seasons of Rockets, Steelers, the league itself. Thanks to Frank Riga, Gary Morrow, Sasha Pavic and Marco Antonucci
05-05-20 Have created a Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/232389838028803/, with the intention of sparking wider interest and conversation in the league. Come join us! Also managed to find a short clip of highlights from the 1991 CSL All Star Game vs AC Milan. You can find that with the Annual Stat from 1991.
04-30-20 Marco Antonucci (ex Blizzards, Rockets) was kind enough to send pics of some old gameworn tracksuits he still has, added those accordingly. Thanks again Marco for the pics. Updated rosters to include info put forth by the ever helpful Robin Glover.
04-27-20 Updated 1989 Season primarily for the Rockets but included Rosters for all clubs playing away to North York that season. Also have the cover and pull out posted from the Blizzards friendly vs Flamengo on July 7th (video was already posted). Thanks for all of it Robin! Also posted the final 45 of the 1989 CSL final between 86ers and Steelers in Vancouver. Can find it on either team page and youtube here . Marco Antonucci was nice enough to send some pics of some soccer balls the Blizzard and the league sold back in the day.
04-24-20 Put some more press clippings, pics of programs and ticket stubs all submitted by ex Pioneers/Intrepid/Spirit/Kickers Peter Mackie ( https://twitter.com/coachmackie). Response to the site has been amazing, please keep sending comments pics items, any and all is welcome!
04-22-20 Managed to get some games transferred from VHS to digital then uploaded to youtube. Once again huge thanks to Drew Ferguson as it all came in the wonderful box he sent. You can check out games involving the Steelers, Kickers, Blizzard, 86ers, Fury and Intrepid in their respective sections, the games were either in the 1989 season or in the 1991 season. Enjoy!
04-21-20 Updated some pics thanks to Marco Antonucci (ex Blizzard, Rockets), Marco Rizi (ex Supra) and John Stellato (designed and made Supras jersey in 1988 and 89)
04-20-20 Shout outs to reader?/Consumer?/Supporter? Matt K who told me to check out a twitter account, as they had posted some stuff about Ottawa. Turns out its former CSL player Peter Mackie! Hes an absolute gent and indulged me and my questions sending me pics of Kitcheners jerseys as well as one of the National Capitals. All updated, thank you both so much! Figured id hear from people but nothing this fast and this much! BTW you can check out Mr Mackie's Academy, https://twitter.com/REDacadofsoccer, theyve recently partnered with Glasgow Rangers!
04-19-20 Did a video chat with fellow collector Damien at https://www.rb-jerseys.com/, you can check it on his instagram feed soon. Talked about the website and collecting in general. Updated rosters for all teams in 1988 season thanks again to the hard work of Robin, http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/ a class act of a gent. Manage to get some more pics of North York that season too, the aways and keepers.