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CANADA'S MOST POPULAR PARTICIPATION SPORT: A NO-BRAINER?
Published March 10, 1999
For the third year in a row, "soccer retained its position as the most popular participation sport" in Canada, according to Norman Da Costa of the TORONTO STAR. Hockey, which was "displaced" from the top spot in '96, "held on to second place." The Canadian Soccer Association had 660,008 registered players in its competitive leagues in '98, while hockey recorded 548,013. In the preceding year, soccer had 575,785 players and hockey 535,737 (TORONTO STAR, 3/10).