The Canadian Soccer Association (Canada Soccer) (French: Association canadienne de soccer) is the governing body of soccer (association football) in Canada. It is a national organization that oversees the Canadian men's and women's national teams for international play, as well as the respective junior sides (U-20 and U-17 for men and women). Within Canada, it oversees national professional and amateur club championships.
The founding meeting of the Dominion of Canada Football Association took place on May 24, 1912. The organization joined FIFA on 31 December 1912. On 21 June 1926, the DCFA resigned from FIFA, only to rejoin on 20 June 1948. The association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.
At the professional level, Canada's primary competition is the Amway Canadian Championship. In 2008, the Impact de Montréal won the inaugural competition ahead of Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. By finishing first, the Impact won the Voyageurs Cup and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League 2008-09 season. Joining inaugural Canadian Championship participants Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver, FC Edmonton entered the competition in 2011.
In addition, Canada Soccer is a financial backer of the U.S. National Women's Soccer League, set to launch in 2013 as that country's third attempt at a women's professional league. Specifically, Canada Soccer is paying the NWSL salaries of 16 national team players.