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Encyclopedia > Soccer in Canada

Soccer has been one of the many popular recreational sports in Canada and has overtaken hockey as the sport with the most registered players in Canada, but professional soccer is considerably less popular then contemporary sports, and has had much less success developing than in the rest of the world. However, the Canadian national women's team is one of the best in the world, and has benefitted from a surge in youth participation. Canada was the host of the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, and finished a surprising second to the USA. Canada's men have only made it once to the FIFA World Cup. They qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, but in the tournament the Canadian side failed to score a single goal, were eliminated in the first round, and finished last in the overall standings. In 2000, Canada stunned the continent by taking home the CONCACAF Gold Cup, giving their backers cause to hope for better times to come. However, Soccer Canada never capitalized on this success at the adult level, and Soccer continues to suffer due to lack of players. This is because most men tend to play either professionally or recreationally in sports of higher standing within Canada, IE; Baseball, Softball, Canadian Football/American Football or Hockey. Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Professional sports are sports in which the participants receive payment for playing, as opposed to amateur sports where they are not. ... First International United States 1 - 0 Canada (Minneapolis, USA; July 7, 1986) Largest win Puerto Rico 0 - 21 Canada (Etobicoke, Canada; August 28, 1998) Worst defeat United States 9 - 1 Canada (Dallas, USA; May 19, 1995) United States 9 - 1 Canada (Sydney, Australia; June 2, 2000) Norway 9 - 1 Canada... The FIFA U-20 Womens World Championship is a world championship football tournament, organized by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), for national teams of women under age 20. ... First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Australia 3-2 Canada (Brisbane, Australia; June 7, 1924) Largest win Unofficial: USA 0 - 7 Canada (St. ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ... Qualifying countries The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th staging of the World Cup, was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main national football (soccer) competition of the CONCACAF nations. ... Canadian football is a sport in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


The high point of Canadian soccer history was on September 14, 1985, at King George V Park in St. John's, Newfoundland when over 13,000 people witnessed Canada's 2-1 victory over Honduras, which qualified the Canadians for their first World Cup (at Football World Cup 1986, Mexico). September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... King George V Park is a Football (soccer) stadium in St. ... St. ... The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ...


There is a long history of soccer in Canada. The first game played under modern rules took place in Toronto in 1876. The first league the Dominion Football Association was formed a year later. Canada was an early soccer power, winning the gold medal at the 1904 Olympics and competing with the best teams in Europe and the United States. The Canadian team declined as the sport was outcompeted by Canadian football and ice hockey in terms of popularity and players. A steady stream of immigrants from soccer countries kept the game at a limited popularity, but it has never again entered the mainstream until the end of the 20th century when the number of registered players exceeded hockey. In the 1980s Canada was well represented in the North American Soccer League, but this league folded in 1985. This was replaced by the Canadian Soccer League that began with teams in eight Canadian cities. This league existed from 1987 to 1992. Starting in 2007, Major League Soccer with one club, Toronto FC, will be the top level in Canada, in a city which has never shown any support to many previous attempts. The second tier is the USL First Division, which has two Canadian clubs: Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps. The governing body of soccer in Canada is the Canadian Soccer Association. The league in Europe with the largest content of Canadian footballers is the Football League Championship, in England. The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of soccer (football) in Canada. ... (Redirected from 1904 Olympics) The 1904 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the III Olympiad, were held in St. ... Canadian football is a sport in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ... The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canadas top professional soccer league, featuring teams based predominantly in Southern Ontario. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... Year founded 2006 League Major League Soccer Nickname TBD Stadium BMO Field Coach Mo Johnston Owner MLSE First Game Chivas USA - Toronto FC (Home Depot Center; April 7, 2007) Largest Win TBD Worst Defeat TBD All-time Top Scorer TBD Supporter Groups Red Patch Boys, U-Sector MLS Cup none... The United Soccer Leagues First Division (often referred to as simply, USL-1) is a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a soccer team in the North American USL First Division. ... The Whitecaps (officially Whitecaps F.C.) are a Canadian professional soccer team, which currently plays in the USL First Division (formerly the A-League) of the United Soccer Leagues (USL), the largest system of national soccer leagues in North America. ... The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of football (soccer) in Canada. ... The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the FA Premier League. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...


Tromsø is the only premier club in Europe (Norway) with three Canadians in its team. Haugesund, also in Norway, has four Canadians plying their trade there. Tromsø I.L. is a Norwegian football club founded in 1920, from the city of Tromsø. // The club was founded on September 15, 1920, and given the name Tromsø Turnforenings Fotballag (Tromsø Gymnastics Associations Football Team), or Turn for short. ... County Rogaland District Haugaland Municipality NO-1106 Administrative centre Haugesund Mayor (2005) Thomas Myre. ...


Noted Canadian soccer players

Women

Charmaine Hooper (born on January 15, 1968 in Georgetown, Guyana) is a striker for the Canadian womens national soccer team. ... Kara Elise Lang (b. ... Christine Latham (born on September 15, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta) is a striker for the Canadian womens national soccer team. ... Christine Sinclair (born June 12, 1983 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian soccer player. ... Brittany Timko (born on September 5, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a midfielder for the Canadian womens national soccer team. ...

Men

Paul Peschisolido (born May 25, 1971 in Scarborough, Canada) is a professional footballer who has played for several English Football League sides and 52 times for the Canadian national team. ... Jim Brennan (born May 8, 1977 in East York, Ontario) is a professional soccer player from Toronto. ... Brian Budd was a professional soccer player who became known to sports television audiences in Canada and briefly in the United States through his exploits in the Superstars multi-discipline sports competition in the late 1970s. ... Alex Bunbury (born June 16, 1967 in Plaisance, Guyana) is a former Canadian elite professional soccer player. ... Errol Gilmour Crossan (born on October 6, 1930 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former Canadian soccer player, who played in the English Football League. ... Julian Bobby de Guzman (born March 25, 1981 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a professional soccer player. ... Jonathan de Guzman (born on September 12, 1987 in Toronto, Canada) is a midfielder for Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Dutch Eredivisie. ... Dwayne De Rosario (surname also spelt de Rosario; born on May 15, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian soccer player, who currently plays as a midfielder and forward for Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. ... Craig Forrest (born September 20, 1967 in Vancouver, British Columbia) was the first-choice soccer goalkeeper for Canada during the 1990s and either first or second choice at English club Ipswich Town from the late 1980s to mid-1990s. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... James Joe Kennaway (born January 25, 1905 in Point St. ... Bob Lenarduzzi (born 1 May 1955 in Vancouver) is a former North American Soccer League star, Canadian International, and coach of the Canadian national and olympic soccer teams. ... Colin Miller (born October 4, 1964 in Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish-Canadian professional football (soccer) coach who as a player captained the Canadian national team several times while earning 61 caps in total. ... Jimmy Nicholl (born on February 28, 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) was an Northern Irish football player. ... Tomasz Radzinski (born 14 December 1973 in Poznań, Poland) is a Canadian football striker who currently plays club football for Fulham F.C. in London, England. ... Paul Stalteri (born October 18, 1977 in Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an elite level Canadian association football player, who is currently a defender for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premiership. ... Carl Valentine (born 4 July 1958 in Manchester, England) is a former professional soccer player and coach who has had a long association with soccer in the Vancouver area of Canada. ... Johannes Nicolaas John van t Schip (born December 30, 1963 in Fort Saint John, British Columbia, Canada) is a Dutch football coach and former player. ... Bruce Wilson (born June 20, 1951 in Vancouver) was a NASL and Canadian international soccer player. ... Frank Yallop (born April 4, 1963 in Watford, England) is a former English-Canadian soccer player, and the current head coach of the Canadian mens national soccer team. ... David Edgar (born May 19, 1987 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian-born footballer who plays professionally for FA Premier League club Newcastle United. ...

See also

|- The Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum was founded and incorporated on September 24, 1997. ... USL First Division clubs Montreal Impact Toronto Lynx Vancouver Whitecaps Canadian Professional Soccer League clubs Border Stars Brampton Hitmen Durham Storm Hamilton Thunder Laval Dynamites London City Metro Lions North York Astros St. ...


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|- !style="background:#BFD7FF;"|Competitions in Canadian Soccer |- | colspan="12" | The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of football (soccer) in Canada. ... First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Australia 3-2 Canada (Brisbane, Australia; June 7, 1924) Largest win Unofficial: USA 0 - 7 Canada (St. ... First International United States 1 - 0 Canada (Minneapolis, USA; July 7, 1986) Largest win Puerto Rico 0 - 21 Canada (Etobicoke, Canada; August 28, 1998) Worst defeat United States 9 - 1 Canada (Dallas, USA; May 19, 1995) United States 9 - 1 Canada (Sydney, Australia; June 2, 2000) Norway 9 - 1 Canada... USL First Division clubs Montreal Impact Toronto Lynx Vancouver Whitecaps Canadian Professional Soccer League clubs Border Stars Brampton Hitmen Durham Storm Hamilton Thunder Laval Dynamites London City Metro Lions North York Astros St. ... The Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame is housed at The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughan, Ontario. ... Columbus Crew Stadium opened in 1999 as the first of a growing number of American stadiums built for soccer Soccer-specific stadium (SSS) is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada. ... The Canadian Soccer Pyramid is a term used in soccer to describe the structure of the league system in the Canadian Confederation. ...

MLS USL First Division USL Second Division PDL
Super-20 CSL Rogers Cup PCSL
Open Cup W-League C-NA ST Y-League

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... The United Soccer Leagues First Division (often referred to as simply, USL-1) is a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... The USL Premier Development League (PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. ... The United Soccer Leagues Super-20 League is an American-Canadian soccer league for players 17 to 20 years of age. ... The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canadas top professional soccer league, featuring teams based predominantly in Southern Ontario. ... The Rogers Cup is the championship game of the Canadian Soccer League. ... The Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) is a soccer league for men and women based out of the Pacific Northwest. ... Open Canada Cup, is a one-game knock out competition independent of the league schedule involving all Canadian Professional Soccer League teams and other amateur and professional senior soccer teams in Canada wishing to participate. ... The W-League is the first modern womens soccer league in the United States pyramid. ... The Croatian-North American Soccer Tournament is a soccer tournament established in 1965 to pit North Americas Croatian teams against each other. ... The Super Y-League is the highest form of american and canadian youth soccer. ...

References

External links

  • CanadaSoccer.com Official Site of the Canadian Soccer Association
  • CSA with a list of its Hall of Fame inductees
  • Regional Canadian Soccer Leagues: An overview of the history of professional soccer leagues and clubs in Canada
  • cbc.ca profile of soccer in Canada

  Results from FactBites:
 
Soccer in Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (502 words)
Soccer or football has long been one of the most popular recreational sports in Canada, but professional soccer has been less popular than in much of the rest of the world.
Canada was the host of the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, and finished a surprising second to the USA.
Canada was an early soccer power, winning the gold medal at the 1904 Olympics and competing with the best teams in Europe and the United States.
Canada men's national soccer team - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (615 words)
However, thoughts that the side was emerging as a soccer power were at least temporarily discarded with a poor showing in the qualification rounds for the 2006 FIFA World Cup where it failed to reach the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying.
Canada's Under-20 team continued this recent success for Canada by defeating Brazil in the first game of a three game series, defeating the Brazilians 2-1 in front of 14,000+ at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on May 19, 2006.
The FIFA rankings for July 2006 have the men's team ranked 56th out of 205 countries, while the women's team is ranked 12th out of 121 countries as of March 2006.
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