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KICKING AROUND A NEW NATIONAL PASTIME IN CANADA?
Published March 4, 1998
The Canadian Soccer Association had 585,785 registered players in competitive leagues in '97, while hockey recorded 535,737, according to Norman Da Costa of the TORONTO STAR. Canadian Hockey Assn. President Bob MacKinnon: "It bothers me that we are not No. 1." Da Costa reports that Canadian demographics "are changing annually with the European, Asian and Caribbean newcomers still interested in soccer, which is by far the most popular sport everywhere but North America." Of the 585,785 registered soccer players, 203,628 (35%) are female and 182,756 of those players are under the age of 19, down to elementary school players (TORONTO STAR, 3/4).