The Canadian Soccer League played seven seasons of summertime outdoor soccer from 1987 to 1992. Organizers formed the league in the wake of Canada’s first-ever qualification for the World Cup in 1986 and two years after the demise of the North American Socccer League (1968-1984), which featured once-popular teams in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and elsewhere.
The league drew a number of NASL refugees in its early years, including Drew Ferguson, Gerry Gray, Ray Hudson, Bob Lenarduzzi, Dale Mitchell, Mike Sweeney and Carl Valentine. Many of the ex-NASL players in the CSL had starred for Canadian NASL clubs such as the Vancouver Whitecaps and Edmonton Drillers and established roots in those communities. The league was also a popular destination for top indoor soccer players such as Ted Eck and Domenic Mobilio, looking for outdoor opportunities and a summertime paycheck.
League membership was wobbly at best, with teams coming and going every year. The league finally gave up the ghost after the 1992 season. Three former CSL clubs – the Montreal Supra (changed to Impact), Toronto Blizzard and Vancouver 86ers – linked up with the American Professional Soccer League (1988-1996) and soldiered on.
The dominant club in CSL history was the Vancouver 86ers franchise, which appeared in five of six CSL championship games, winning four times.
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|Calgary Strikers||1989||Strikers Home||Tagged Posts|
|Edmonton Brickmen||1987-1990||Brickmen Home||Tagged Posts|
|Hamilton Steelers||1987-1991||Steelers Home||Tagged Posts|
|Kitchener Spirit||1990-1991||Spirit Home||Tagged Posts|
|London Lasers||1990 & 1992||Lasers Home||Tagged Posts|
|Montreal Supra||1988-1992||Supra Home||Tagged Posts|
|North York Rockets||1987-1992||Rockets Home||Tagged Posts|
|Nova Scotia Clippers||1991||Clippers Home||Tagged Posts|
|Ottawa Intrepid||1988-1989||Intrepid Home||Tagged Posts|
|Ottawa Pioneers||1987||Pioneers Home||Tagged Posts|
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|Victoria Vistas||1989-1990||Vistas Home||Tagged Posts|
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