History of the League
The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canada’s only professional soccer league and is a continuation of earlier leagues, the National Soccer League (NSL), the Canadian National Soccer League (CNSL) and the Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL), going back more than 80 years.
The CSL operates a First Division of 14 Teams and also runs a Reserve Divison (Second Divison).
Windsor Stars History
The Former Windsor Stars was conceived in the fall of 1974 almost simultaneously in the minds of soccer aficionados from several ethnic communities in the city. They came together to create something they all believed in, a team for the best league possible with the combined resources. On December 15th, 1974, on a motion by the Serbian White Eagles, seconded by A.C. Italia and Homer SC, the Windsor Stars were accepted into the NSL. Perhaps it was significant that the connection with these NSL clubs reflected the very ethnic character of the Windsor Teams that had provided the spark that set off the Windsor fire to put a team in Canada’s premier league. It’s now history that the stars succeeded and won the championship in 1975.
Windsor Wheels History
The Windsor Wheels Soccer team was granted its franchise in the National Soccer League in 1985. The goal was to promote soccer at the highest level possible in Canada. The objective was the Wheels would make every effort to continue the success of promoting and developing Canadian players. In 1987 their season started with an International Exhibition game against Team Canada followed by a string of ten unbeaten games, which included wins over the strong favorites Toronto Italia and Toronto Croatia. The Windsor Wheels captured the regular season championship a feat accomplished over a grueling 20 game schedule to finish 3 points ahead of Toronto Croatia to win the coveted NSL award.
Border Stars History
Windsor Border Stars was a professional Canadian soccer team, founded in 2004. The team was a member of the Canadian Soccer League, the highest-lever soccer league in Canada at the time. The team’s colors were black, white and orange. Border Stars entered the CPSL in 2004, and won the Open Canada Cup in both 2004 and 2005. They also participated one season in the AISL (American Indoor Soccer League) and won it in 2005.
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