Women's soccer in Canada

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Women's soccer in Canada
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Governing bodyCanadian Soccer Association
National team(s)Women's national team
National competitions
International competitions
Audience records
Single match53,058[1]

Soccer is not traditionally a major mainstream sport in Canada,[2][3][4] but the sport is growing especially in places like Nova Scotia.[5] Up to 85,000 girls participate in soccer, which is 41% of all youth in the country.[6][7] The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was hosted in Canada.[8][9]


Women's soccer was first introduced in Canada in 1922.[10]

Soccer in Canada has often had to compete with Ice Hockey as a mainstream sport in Canada.[11] In 1986 the Canadian Soccer Association designed a women's soccer program in preparation for the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in China.[12] Which acted as a qualifier for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup which Canada failed to qualify for.[13] Canada won the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship tournament.[14] In the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Canada played Japan in front off 23,000 people.[15] In 2002 Canada lost in final of the Gold Cup to the US.[16][17]

Canada reached the semi-finals of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup and reached fourth-placed.[18]

In 2006 Canada again reached the final of the Gold cup losing to the United States.[19]

National board[edit]

Canadian Soccer Association is the national board for soccer in Canada.[20]

Senior Team[edit]

The senior women's national soccer team's best achievement is gaining a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, defeating France 1-0.[21] The national team enjoys greater mainstream support than their male counterparts.[22]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Women's soccer growing in popularity". Toronto. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ "World Cup proves Canada not just a hockey nation". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Women's soccer takes main stage". Canada.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  5. ^ "Girls' participation in soccer way up". CBC News. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  6. ^ "Women's soccer takes main stage". Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  7. ^ Hall, M. Ann (19 November 2017). The Girl and the Game: A History of Women's Sport in Canada, Second Edition. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442634121. Retrieved 19 November 2017 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Growing women's soccer in Canada after the World Cup". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  9. ^ Ghonaim, Hala. "Girls soccer in Canada: from small beginnings to hosting the Women's World Cup". Gazette. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  10. ^ Fan, Hong; Hong, Fan; Mangan, J. A. (March 8, 2004). "Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: Kicking Off a New Era". Taylor & Francis – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Hall, M. Ann (June 1, 2003). "The game of choice: Girls' and women's soccer in Canada". Soccer & Society. 4 (2–3): 30–46. doi:10.1080/14660970512331390815.
  12. ^ "Canada Soccer from 1982 to 1992 | Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com.
  13. ^ "Canada Soccer from 1993 to 1996 | Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com.
  14. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 1999™ - News - Women referees only at the 1999 Women's World Cup in the USA - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.
  15. ^ Longman, Jere (June 22, 1999). "WOMEN'S WORLD CUP; Bigger Crowds Watching Better Play" – via NYTimes.com.
  16. ^ Longman, Jere (April 25, 2003). "THE SARS EPIDEMIC: SPORTS; Citing Illness, China Decides To Postpone Soccer Season" – via NYTimes.com.
  17. ^ "Canada Soccer from 2005 to 2008 | Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com.
  18. ^ "Moment 3: Canada finishes fourth at FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003" – via www.youtube.com.
  19. ^ "Lilly's clutch penalty kick ices Gold Cup title for U.S. women". usatoday30.usatoday.com.
  20. ^ "Canada risks falling behind in women's soccer without the opportunity to play professionally at home |". thestar.com.
  21. ^ Jeff Blair. "Canadian women's soccer team gets Olympic bronze medals". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  22. ^ "Why the Canadian women's soccer team is more popular than the men's team". Yahoo. Retrieved 19 November 2017.