CANADA'S MOST POPULAR PARTICIPATION SPORT: A NO-BRAINER?
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).