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1991 Canadian Soccer League season

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Canadian Soccer League
  • May 26 – September 8
    (regular season)
  • September 11 – October 6
ChampionsVancouver 86ers
Regular season leaderVancouver 86ers
Matches played112
Goals scored342 (3.05 per match)
Top goalscorerDomenic Mobilio (25)
Best goalkeeperPaolo Ceccarelli (1.05 GAA)

The 1991 Canadian Soccer League season was the fifth season of play for the Canadian Soccer League, a Division 1 men's soccer league in the Canadian soccer pyramid.

Format and changes from previous season

Prior to the 1991 season, the league placed four franchises under suspension – Ottawa Intrepid, Edmonton Brick Men, Victoria Vistas, and London Lasers – due to financial difficulties.[1] Ultimately, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Victoria folded, while London requested a one-year leave of absence.[1] To avoid similar problems that the now defunct NASL had in its final year of operation, the league approved a $175,000 salary cap per team to further limit costs.[1]

In addition, CSL commissioner Dale Barnes retired in January after directing the league since its inception, with Hamilton Steelers owner, Mario DiBartolomeo, taking over the responsibilities on a temporary basis.[1] The league also approved a travel equalization plan that dramatically reduced costs for Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Nova Scotia.[1]

The Nova Scotia Clippers joined the league as an expansion franchise.[2] In addition, the Kitchener Spirit changed their name to the Kitchener Kickers following an ownership change.[3]

The league shifted to a single eight-team division, after previously operating two East and West geographical divisions since its inception, resulting in team's playing a balanced schedule for the first time in league history, playing each other clubs four times, twice at home and twice on the road.[1] The point system was also updated along with FIFA's change to 3–1–0 (win–draw–loss).[1] With the shift to a single division, the league reverted to six teams qualifying for the playoffs, with the top two finishers during the season receiving a bye to the semi-finals. The playoff format remained the same as the previous year.


The regular season once again belonged to the Vancouver 86ers, who were only the second team to win 20 regular season games. In the playoffs, Vancouver won their fourth consecutive league title, defeating the Toronto Blizzard in the finals.

Regular season

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Vancouver 86ers (O) 28 20 4 4 69 31 +38 64 Playoff semifinals
2 Toronto Blizzard 28 14 6 8 57 33 +24 48
3 North York Rockets 28 13 9 6 50 36 +14 48 Playoff quarterfinals
4 Hamilton Steelers 28 14 4 10 42 38 +4 46
5 Montreal Supra 28 11 7 10 41 38 +3 40
6 Nova Scotia Clippers 28 7 7 14 29 53 −24 28
7 Kitchener Kickers 28 4 7 17 28 56 −28 19
8 Winnipeg Fury 28 4 6 18 26 57 −31 18


The playoffs were conducted with a total points system. Teams earned two points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. The team with the most points following the two-game series advanced. If the teams were tied on points, they played a 30-minute mini-game for a bonus point, followed by a penalty shootout if the mini-game remained tied.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1 Vancouver 86ers 1 2 3
4 Hamilton Steelers (a.e.t.) 0 4 (1) 2+1 4 Hamilton Steelers 1 1 1
5 Montreal Supra 3 0 (0) 2 1 Vancouver 86ers 5
2 Toronto Blizzard 3
2 Toronto Blizzard (a.e.t.) 2 1 (1) 2+1
3 North York Rockets 4 5 4 3 North York Rockets 0 2 (0) 2
6 Nova Scotia Clippers 0 1 0


Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Canada Domenic Mobilio Vancouver 86ers 25
2 Canada Eddy Berdusco North York Rockets 14
3 Canada John Berti Winnipeg Fury 12
4 Canada Geoff Aunger Hamilton Steelers 10
United States Ted Eck Toronto Blizzard
Poland Marek Grabowski North York Rockets
Canada Dale Mitchell Toronto Blizzard
8 United States John Kerr Hamilton Steelers 9
9 Canada Alex Bunbury Montreal Supra 7
Canada Gino DiFlorio Toronto Blizzard
England Justin Fashanu Toronto Blizzard
Canada Doug Muirhead Toronto Blizzard
Reference: [1]

Top goaltenders

Rank Player Club GAA
1 Canada Paolo Ceccarelli North York Rangers 1.053
2 Canada Pat Onstad Toronto Blizzard 1.062
3 Canada Paul Dolan Vancouver 86ers 1.063
4 Canada Dino Perri Hamilton Steelers 1.300
5 Canada Pat Harrington Montreal Supra 1.320
Reference: [1]


The following awards and nominations were awarded for the 1991 season.[1]


Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player Canada Domenic Mobilio Vancouver 86ers
Rookie of the Year Canada Scott Munson Kitchener Kickers
Top Newcomer Poland Marek Grabowski North York Rangers
Top Goaltender Canada Paolo Ceccarelli North York Rangers
Fair Play Award Hamilton Steelers

League All-Stars

Player Position
Canada Paolo Ceccarelli (North York Rockets) Goalkeeper
Canada Peter Sarantopoulos (North York Rockets) Defender
Canada Mark Watson (Hamilton Steelers) Defender
Canada Steve MacDonald (Vancouver 86ers) Defender
Canada Norman Odinga (Vancouver 86ers) Defender
Canada Carl Valentine (Vancouver 86ers) Midfielder
Canada Dale Mitchell (Toronto Blizzard) Midfielder
Fiji Ivor Evans (Vancouver 86ers) Midfielder
Canada Eddy Berdusco (North York Rockets) Forward
Canada Domenic Mobilio (Vancouver 86ers) Forward
Canada Grant Needham (Montreal Supra) Forward


Player Position
Canada Paul Dolan (Vancouver 86ers) Goalkeeper
Canada Paul James (Toronto Blizzard) Defender
Canada Tony Nocita (Hamilton Steelers) Defender
Canada Nick De Santis (Montreal Supra) Midfielder
United States Ted Eck (Toronto Blizzard) Forward

Front Office

Person Role
Italy Fiorigi Pagliuso (North York Rockets) Head coach
Canada Alan Errington (Vancouver 86ers) Assistant coach
Canada Bob Lenarduzzi (Vancouver 86ers) General manager

Player of the Month

Month Player Club
June Canada Dino Lopez Nova Scotia Clippers
July Canada Domenic Mobilio Vancouver 86ers
August Canada Domenic Mobilio Vancouver 86ers

Player of the Week

Week Player Club
1 Canada Dino Lopez Nova Scotia Clippers
2 Canada Dale Mitchell Toronto Blizzard
3 Canada Pat Harrington Montreal Supra
4 Canada Doug Muirhead Vancouver 86ers
5 Fiji Ivor Evans Vancouver 86ers
6 Canada Lyndon Hooper Toronto Blizzard
7 Canada Peter Sarantopoulos North York Rockets
8 Canada Paolo Ceccarelli North York Rockets
9 Canada Norman Odinga Vancouver 86ers
10 Canada Joseph Majcher North York Rockets
11 Canada Domenic Mobilio Vancouver 86ers
12 Canada Geoff Aunger Hamilton Steelers
13 Canada Alex Bunbury Montreal Supra
14 Canada Brett Pence Kitchener Kickers
15 Canada Paul Peschisolido Hamilton Steelers

Average home attendances

Pos. Team GP Total Attendance Average Attendance
1 Vancouver 86ers 14 64,107 4,579
2 Montreal Supra 14 39,112 2,794
3 Hamilton Steelers 14 35,369 2,526
4 Winnipeg Fury 14 32,096 2,293
5 North York Rockets 14 27,864 1,990
6 Toronto Blizzard 14 25,945 1,853
7 Nova Scotia Clippers 14 21,098 1,507
8 Kitchener Kickers 14 9,418 673
Total Attendance 112 255,009 2,277


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "1991 CSL Stats" (PDF). Canadian Soccer League.
  2. ^ "The Clip Show". Martime Pro Ball. February 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Team-by-team preview of Canadian Soccer League". Vancouver Sun. May 24, 1991. p. 40.
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