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Soccer is a field sport played between two teams of 11 players, who try to score goal by kicking a ball into their opponents' goal. Players may use any part of their body other than their hands or arms to move the ball around the field, with the ultimate aim of scoring more goals by getting the ball into the opponents' net. Each goal is worth one point, and the team who is able to score the most points is the victor. One player can be designated as goalkeeper so is to remain in front of the goal posts and is able to use their hands to attempt to block or catch balls.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Football; Association football; Fussball (German); Calcio (Italian)

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Although ball games played with feet existed in numerous cultures around the world, modern soccer ("football") developed in England in the 1800s. In Canada, one of the earliest games was played in Toronto in 1859. In 1901 the Ontario Football Association was formed and created the Ontario Cup. Nine years later, the first professional game was played in 1910. Currently it is one of the most popular participation sports in Canada, with the most registered players compared to all other organized sports.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds. In the GTA, there are hundreds of leagues and teams for virtually every age group and both genders.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Outdoor soccer is usually played in the spring, summer, and fall. Indoor versions are played throughout the winter, in gymnasiums and indoor fields.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

There are over 600 registered clubs in Ontario. Major organizations include Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association; Ontario Soccer Association; Ontario Women’s Soccer League; Ontario Youth Soccer League; and Southeast Ontario Soccer Association.

Cultural Significance

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, and has cultural significance in numerous ethnocultural communities.

Is there anything else we should know?



  • Ontario Soccer Centre
    7601 Martin Grove Rd
    Vaughan, ON L4L 9E4
  • Varsity Centre
    University of Toronto
    299 Bloor St W
    Toronto, ON M5S 1W2
  • Back Campus Athletic Fields
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, ON M5S 2E5
  • Front Campus Fields
    University of Toronto
    King's College Cir
    Toronto, ON M5S 1A5
  • Ellesmere Community Centre
    20 Canadian Rd
    Toronto, ON M1R 4B4
  • Jack Goodlad Park
    929 Kennedy Rd
    Scarborough, ON M1P
  • Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre
    48 Thorncliffe Park Dr
    East York, ON M4H 1J7
  • Jimmie Simpson Park
    870 Queen St E
    Toronto, ON M4M 3G9
  • John Innes Community Recreation Centre
    150 Sherbourne St
    Toronto, ON M5A 2R6
  • Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre
    1369 St Clair Ave W
    Toronto, ON M6E 1C5
  • Malvern Recreation Centre
    30 Sewells Rd
    Scarborough, ON M1B 3G5
  • Masaryk - Cowan Community Centre
    220 Cowan Ave
    Toronto, ON M6K 2N6
  • Matty Eckler Recreation Centre
    953 Gerrard St E
    Toronto, ON M4M 1Z4
  • Ourland Community Centre
    18 Ourland Ave
    Toronto, ON M8Z 4C9
  • Parkway Forest Community Centre
    55 Forest Manor Rd
    Toronto, ON M2J 1G3
  • Regent Park Community Centre
    402 Shuter St
    Toronto, ON M5A 1X6
  • Secord Community Centre
    91 Barrington Ave
    Toronto, ON M4C 4Y9
  • Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
    875 Morningside Ave
    Scarborough, ON M1C 0C7
  • Wellesley Community Centre
    495 Sherbourne St
    Toronto, ON M4X 1K7
  • Academy Soccer Field
    95 Jonesville Cres
    North York, ON M4A 1H2
  • Churchill Meadows Community Common
    3370 McDowell Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 6R8
  • Garnetwood Park
    1996 Rathburn Rd E
    Mississauga, ON L4W
  • Lake Aquitaine Park
    2750 Aquitaine Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5N 3K5
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    1275 Mississauga Valley Boulevard
    Mississauga, ON L5A3R8
  • Streetsville Memorial Park
    335 Church St
    Mississauga, ON L5M
  • Tom Chater Memorial Park
    3195 The Collegeway
    Mississauga, ON L5L 4Z6
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    3430 Derry Rd E
    Mississauga, ON L4T 1A9
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    3061 Clayhill Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5B 4J3
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    1125 Winston Churchill Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5J 1L8
  • Dr. Martin L. Dobkin Park
    395 Fairview Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5B 4C7
  • Erin Mills Twin Arena
    3205 Unity Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5L 4L5
  • Fallingbrook Community Park
    5135 Fallingbrook Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5V
  • Huron Park
    830 Paisley Blvd W
    Mississauga, ON L5C 3P5
  • Meadowvale Sports Park
    2255 Meadowvale Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5N 5P9
  • South Common
    3555 Glen Erin Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5L 2E9
  • Ashgate Park
    846 Rathburn Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5B
  • Bloor Athletic Field
    830 Lexicon Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4Y 2P8
  • Brookmede Park
    2254 Council Ring Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5L 1B7
  • Bruce Reynolds Park
    2173 Springbank Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5H 3N5
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    2180 Camilla Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5A 2J6
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    2829 Castlebridge Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5T5
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    2800 Erin Centre Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5M 6R5
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    7230 Copenhagen Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5N 2C3
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    1165 Mississauga Valley Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5A
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    5284 Heatherleigh Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5V 1Z9
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    6140 Osprey Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5N 3S5
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    495 Atwater Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5G 2A4
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    670 Southdown Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5J 2Y4
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    4175 Pheasant Run
    Mississauga, ON L5L 2B9
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    6411 Glen Erin Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5N
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    5800 River Grove Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5M 4R8
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    6440 Glen Erin Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5N
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    2200 Sheridan Park Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5K 1C6
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    3295 Thorncrest Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5L 4K6
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    2715 Meadowvale Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5N 6P8
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    38 Windwood Dr
    Etobicoke York, ON M9W 6C4
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    3475 Ash Row Crescent
    Mississauga, ON L5L 1K3
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    2042 Kempton Park Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M
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    3119 Constitution Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L4Y 2Z1
  • Aquinas Park
    3400 Aquinas Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5M 7L2
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    150 Barondale Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4Z 3R8
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    1780 Bough Beeches Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L4W 2B9
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    1600 Bristol Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5M
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    7457 Russian Olive Close
    Mississauga, ON L5N 8N7
  • Castlebridge Common Park
    2636 Castlebridge Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5J4
  • Century City Park
    933 Focal Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5V
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    600 Ceremonial Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5R 3H9
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    565 Central Pkwy W
    Mississauga, ON L5B 4E3
  • Clover Meadows Park
    1090 White Clover Way
    Mississauga, ON L5V 1G7
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    1100 Rathburn Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5B
  • Duncairn Downs Park
    2860 Duncairn Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5C6
  • F. B. McFarren Memorial Park
    5255 McFarren Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5M 6C2
  • Fairview Park
    3300 Palgrave Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5B 3E8
  • Fleetwood Park
    2000 Burnhamthorpe Rd E
    Mississauga, ON L4X 2S8
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    4995 Forest Hill Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M
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    636 Avonwick Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5R 3N9
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    5900 Whitehorn Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5V 2W7
  • Golder Community Park
    3200 Destination Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M
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    6938 Gooderham Estates Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5W 1B4
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    5165 Fairwind Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5R
  • Heritage Hills Park
    315 Huntington Ridge Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5R 1R6
  • Huron Heights Park
    4500 Central Pkwy E
    Mississauga, ON L4Z 2J8
  • Iroquois Flats Park
    520 Fergo Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5B 2J3
  • John Cleary Park
    450 Webb Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5B 3Z7
  • Kennedy Park
    3505 Golden Orchard Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4Y 3H7
  • King's Masting Park
    3389 Martins Pine Crescent
    Mississauga, ON L5L 1G3
  • Meadow Glen Park
    535 Rathburn Rd E
    Mississauga, ON Map - Meadow Glen Park - Mississa
  • Middlebury Green Park
    5510 Middlebury Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5G8
  • Northwood Park
    3830 Brandon Gate Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4T
  • Novo Star Park
    640 Novo Star Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5W 1C7
  • Historic Trail Park
    6965 Historic Trail
    Mississauga, ON L5W 1C2
  • Pickwick Green
    1335 Pickwick Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5V 2J9
  • Rayfield Park
    530 Rathburn Rd E
    Mississauga, ON L4Z 1E4
  • Red Brush Park
    5139 Red Brush Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4Z 3Y8
  • Ridgewood Park
    7239 Cambrett Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4T 2R3
  • Rockwood Glen
    4247 Hartfield Grove
    Mississauga, ON L4W 2Y4
  • Rosebush Common
    4890 Creditview Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5M3
  • Golden Hills Park
    6893 Golden Hills Way
    Mississauga, ON L5W 1T7
  • Scott's Brae Park
    855 Brass Winds Pl
    Mississauga, ON L5W 1T3
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    1100 Pelham Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5E 1L2
  • Sonoma Park
    5565 Terry Fox Way
    Mississauga, ON L5V
  • Thornlodge Park
    2405 Homelands Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5K 1H3
  • Tobias Mason Park
    3274 Cactus Gate
    Mississauga, ON L5N 8A6
  • Trafalgar Common
    3110 McDowell Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 6J4
  • Westacres Park
    2166 Westfield Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4Y 1P7
  • Westwood Park
    6941 Darcel Ave
    Mississauga, ON L4T 2W7
  • Whiteoaks Park
    1450 Truscott Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5J 1Z2
  • Willowvale Fields
    1340 Willowvale Gardens
    Mississauga, ON L5V 2C6
  • Zonta Meadows Park
    410 Rathburn Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5B 3N8
  • Albert McBride Park
    3811 Teeswater Rd
    Mississauga, ON L4T 2A5
  • Allison's Park
    575 Willowbank Trail
    Mississauga, ON L4W 3K3
  • Arbour Green Park
    4145 Treetop Crescent
    Mississauga, ON L5L
  • Aspen Ridge Park
    7290 Aspen Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5N 7N8
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    955 Bancroft Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5V
  • Bell Harbour Park
    5820 Bell Harbour Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5L3
  • Birchwood Park
    1547 Lakeshore Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5J 4T4
  • Burnhamdale Park
    3316 CARDROSS RD
    Mississauga, ON L4X 2N2
  • Cawthra Park
    1399 Cawthra Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5G 4L1
  • Cordingley Park
    6530 Saratoga Way
    Mississauga, ON L5N 7W9
  • Courtneypark Athletic Fields
    600 Courtneypark Dr W
    Mississauga, ON L5W
  • Crawford Green Park
    4565 Glen Erin Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 4G5
  • Creditview Woods Park
    899 Rathburn Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5C
  • Derry Side Green
    7889 Tranmere Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5S
  • Eden Woods Park
    6647 Tenth Line W
    Mississauga, ON L5N
  • Erin Mills Athletic Field
    4419 Haydock Park Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M
  • Forest Park
    6810 Forest Park Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5N 6X6
  • Garthwood Park
    3170 Garthwood Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5L
  • Gulleden Park
    1500 Gulleden Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4X 2T7
  • Hawkins Glen
    2970 Rymal Rd
    Mississauga, ON L4Y 4B4
  • Hunter's Green
    2780 Gananoque Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5N
  • Kingsbridge Common Park
    4611 Regents Terrace
    Mississauga, ON L5R
  • Knotty Pine Park
    835 Knotty Pine Grove
    Mississauga, ON L5W 1K2
  • Kogaydiwin Park
    1585 Finfar Ct
    Mississauga, ON L5J 4K1
  • Lewis Bradley Park
    1901 Orr Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5J 4N9
  • Lisgar Fields
    3805 Doug Leavens Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5N 6N7
  • Manor Hill
    2225 Manor Hill Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5B8
  • Marvin Heights
    7363 Redstone Rd
    Mississauga, ON L4T 2B3
  • McKenzie Park
    575 Mississauga Valley Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5A
  • Meadow Park
    2203 Truscott Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5J 2A7
  • Quenippenon Meadows Community Park
    2625 Erin Centre Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5M 5P5
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    1095 Rathburn Rd E
    Mississauga, ON L4W
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    1815 Samuelson Cir
    Mississauga, ON L5N 7Z6
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    205 Nahani Way
    Mississauga, ON L4Z
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    845 White Clover Way
    Mississauga, ON L5V 0C2
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    855 Ceremonial Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5R 3B5
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    1129 Swinbourne Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5V 1B9
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    3500 Trelawny Cir
    Mississauga, ON L5N 6N7
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    5514 Whitehorn Ave
    Mississauga, ON L5V 1V5
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    4175 Woodington Dr
    Mississauga, ON L4Z 1K4
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    3500 Ellengale Dr
    Mississauga, ON L5C 1Z7

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