Tony Nocita’s career in soccer spanned three decades and showed no signs
of slowing down. As player / assistant coach of the Sons of Italy Lions senior
men’s soccer team, Nocita won the 2002 Canadian championship.
In total, Nocita has won seven MSA Cups, a Canadian Soccer League Mita Cup and was a Canadian national men’s team member for eight years. He proved himself individually time and time again on the local, provincial, national and international stage. Nocita captained every soccer team he played for including Canada’s national team, where his very presence was an anomaly in the Manitoba soccer scene at the time.
Nocita went to his first Olympic team camp in 1984, becoming the first Manitoban in many years to get such an invitation. He earned an Olympic team position after a difficult, character-building tryout camp. He represented Canada with the national team from 1986-93 including the 1987 Olympic qualifications, the 1989 World Cup qualification and was the Team Canada Captain in 1990 for the world indoor championship in Holland. Nocita had eight official Canadian men’s national team caps.
His professional career started in 1987 as the first-ever draft choice of the Winnipeg Fury and lasted the full six years of the CSL’s existence in which he was team captain each year. A two-time CSL all-star, Nocita also captained and played one season as a defender for the Hamilton Steelers. In 1994 he captained the Toronto Rockets and competed as a midfielder with the American Professional Soccer League (A-League) team. He has had success at both the midfield and centre defender positions.
One of Nocita’s proudest moments came in 1992 when he helped the Winnipeg Fury win its first Mita Cup for the final CSL championship, as the league folded after that. In 2002, the local Italian community honoured him with the Tony Nocita Soccer Pitch at Centro Caboto Cultural Centre.
b. November 9, 1963