Canadian Mac Forums at ehMac banner
1 - 20 of 58 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,287 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
... may still be perceived as hockey, but consider the following facts:

- The number one sport in Canada participation wise in Canada is soccer. Last year, registration reached over 850,000 soccer players, almost 50% more than hockey.

- This years under 20 (U-20) World Cup of Soccer hosted by Canada, starting this Saturday, will be the largest sporting event in the history of Canada. There have been 940,000 tickets sold to date, and they are still going fast. They have the capacity to sell 1.3 million tickets, which would be the highest attended U-20 World Cup in history.

- The Toronto FC (Which I am @#&@ head-over-heals about) has become the #1 franchise in the MLS (Major League Soccer) in season ticket sales, merchandise sales, and television ratings. Toronto FC have 14,000 season tickets sold (1 of them being mine) and have sold out every game in their 20,000+ seat soccer specific stadium on Toronto's waterfront, and the new, 65 Million dollar BMO field.

There is nothing like being at a live Toronto FC game. It makes other sporting events seem like attending a funeral. The atmosphere is electric the entire game, with fans chanting, cheering, booing and singing the entire game.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQvz01OKrsA"]Here's the first TFC goal ever scored at BMO field[/ame], by fan favourite, #9 Danny Dichio.

I went with one of my daughter's to the last home game on Father's Day, where they trounced the #1 team in the league 4-0. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o7YA1PwKKk"]Here are some highlights[/ame].

Its great, when Danny Dicho scored the very first goal ever, he scored it at the 24th minute. Now, at every game at the 24th minute, the crowd starts chanting the Danny Dichio cheer. At the last game, the crowd just starting the chant, when who scores the 2nd goal of the game... Dichio! [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4AJQdxCmhs"]Here's a video[/ame], which will give you an idea of the level of excitement at the game in the supporters section.

Soccer is sweeping the nation! As for me... hockey schmoky! :)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,374 Posts
- The number one sport in Canada participation wise in Canada is soccer. Last year, registration reached over 850,000 soccer players, almost 50% more than hockey.
I would have been very surprised if it was anything but soccer (I've heard europeans mock us by calling it "soccerball" so remember to be offended if you ever hear it called that).

The number of soccer fields located between hockey rinks is staggering and most are used frequently. The number of spectators going to these games, especially for young children's leagues is enormous and clogs up my community with traffic and parked cars at least a few times a week.

- The Toronto FC (Which I am @#&@ head-over-heals about) has become the #1 franchise in the MLS (Major League Soccer) in season ticket sales, merchandise sales, and television ratings. Toronto FC have 14,000 season tickets sold (1 of them being mine) and have sold out every game in their 20,000+ seat soccer specific stadium on Toronto's waterfront, and the new, 65 Million dollar BMO field.
I really hope this isn't just the euphoria of having a new team in Toronto and that they will keep selling out in the coming seasons. To be able to have a successful professional soccer league in North America is critical to developing Canadian soccer talent and improving our chances of actually getting into the World Cup...and one day winning it.

A big thumbs up to our sports TV stations for covering the Toronto FC and further promoting the sport and league across the country.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,920 Posts
I went with one of my daughter's to the last home game on Father's Day, where they trounced the #1 team in the league 4-0. Here are some highlights.
I took my dad and mom to that game as well and it was a great match to go to, that game was also my 1st taste of Toronto FC football and I was very impressed by the atmosphere of the crowd.

Laterz :)
 

·
Indigent Academic
Joined
·
8,115 Posts
I vote for beer.... Just don't get Soccer.. I find it boring in the extreme, and then there is the faked injury issue - talk about lying down on the job..
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,287 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
I really hope this isn't just the euphoria of having a new team in Toronto and that they will keep selling out in the coming seasons.
Well... if its any indication... On craiglist and other sites, people are asking, and getting hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars "for the right" to buy season tickets next year.

I have one season ticket. (I procrastinated when buying and could only get one). So, I have first right of refusal to renew my season ticket next year. I could use up every ticket this year and probably get more than the value I paid for my ticket, just selling the right to buy a season ticket next year. :eek:

I'm 100% certain this isn't a passing phase as some critics in the papers are saying. I've been itching for a pro-soccer team for ever. In the past, there has been some feeble attempts, mostly from some guy with some spare cash. This time, its different. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, who owns the Toronto Maple Leafs and The Raptors, are behind it with very deep pockets.

Toronto is a massive soccer market. Statistics about TV viewership of soccer in Toronto, especially during World Cup put Toronto at one of the highest ratings in the world.

My only worry is the traction in the US, where there are some markets with not the best turn-out. Ironically, the success in Toronto is contagious and some elements of Toronto's atmosphere are being copied around the league.

There's also this player who has just a little hype around him, called David Beckham or something who is joining the league next month. There are rumours of other very high profile signings soon.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,374 Posts
There's also this player who has just a little hype around him, called David Beckham or something who is joining the league next month.
Not sure who this David whatchamacallit is but hopefully your are correct. ;)

Sounds like some kind of galaxy or something. :D
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,287 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
I vote for beer.... Just don't get Soccer.. I find it boring in the extreme, and then there is the faked injury issue - talk about lying down on the job..
So be it. I won't get into a "my sport is better than your sport" argument. I'll just say, I couldn't imagine possibly anything more boring than baseball or North American football.

Certainly, in terms of excitement at a game, there is nothing even close to a live, professional soccer game. As I said, it makes other sports seem like a funeral.

Here's the analogy I have. Different sports are like different ways of making love. :eek:

Basketball... you've got the really quick, score, score, score... Its like the cheap porno of sports. :)

North American football is just big and clumsy. Its all hype, but the actual is :yawn: Constantly having to refer to charts, and plays. So much padding.

Hockey is pretty exciting, but its kind of rough.

Soccer... Soccer.... is the beautiful game. No gimmicks. No flash. You've got to really work, take your time. Slowly test the defense. If one side is not working, switch to the other side. Find the right (never mind) :eek: You'll find nice music and good singing and chanting. You've got to have skill... gradually you build up to the perfect play and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLLLL. The crowd goes wild!!!!!!!!

If you're really good, you might get a couple of goals a game.

All these other amateur sports in North America. With North American culture of instant gratification and non-refined taste... I can see why there are some who don't get it.

For those of us who do.... Yes... we get it. :) :D

As for the dives... Yeah, there are quite a few who fake it. :lmao:
 

·
Indigent Academic
Joined
·
8,115 Posts
So be it. I won't get into a "my sport is better than your sport" argument. I'll just say, I couldn't imagine possibly anything more boring than baseball or North American football.
Certainly not intending to get into any sort of nasty flame war.... but! :D

You need to distinguish between the NFL and the CFL. I think that last night's game demonstrates the CFL-rules football can be an exciting spectacle. I have seen a few excellent soccer matches also. Certainly one's predilections regarding "my sport" are an interesting source of variation. I happen to like to watch the, what you might call, plan-and-go aspect of the CFL.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,047 Posts
Yawn.

I don't mean to be offensive, but I've heard this story every since I was a kid. . . several decades ago.

Registration is increasing. . . it has the highest participation rate. . . the new pro league (I can think of at least three) will bring it to the forefront . . immigrants are fuelling the interest. . . .The World Cup will help. . . .The Under-20 World Cup will help . . .Pele/Beckham/other stars will help. . .

Soccer/football has a boom and bust cycle in North America.

Wake me when it's here for real.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,287 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Yawn.

I don't mean to be offensive, but I've heard this story every since I was a kid. . . several decades ago.

Registration is increasing. . . it has the highest participation rate. . . the new pro league (I can think of at least three) will bring it to the forefront . . immigrants are fuelling the interest. . . .The World Cup will help. . . .The Under-20 World Cup will help . . .Pele/Beckham/other stars will help. . .

Soccer/football has a boom and bust cycle in North America.

Wake me when it's here for real.
WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,287 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Interest in soccer keeps on increasing over the decades. But why do kids stop participating (even if they keep/start watching) when they get to 12 or so?
There have been great soccer players from Canada, the "roadmap" for professional soccer wasn't there in Canada, so our good players were shipped off to Europe or elsewhere. Kitchener's own David Edgar was one such lad. He now plays for Newcastle United in the English Premiership, and *will* be playing for Canada this Sunday.

He recently was at a Toronto FC game, and he was completely floored.

Myself, not to toot my own horn, but I was very involved in competitive soccer. I played for our regions select team, and was going to all kinds of tournaments in Canada and the US until I was around 14. Shooting for professional soccer wasn't just something that was really there when I was a kid.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
696 Posts
Toronto is a massive soccer market. Statistics about TV viewership of soccer in Toronto, especially during World Cup put Toronto at one of the highest ratings in the world.
Isn't that why the Canadian men's team doesn't play any of it's matches here anymore? Most of the spectators would cheer for the visiting team! :D

I've been to quite a few matches like that at Varsity Stadium (sad to see it go) and felt pretty bad for the boys in red.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,287 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Isn't that why the Canadian men's team doesn't play any of it's matches here anymore? Most of the spectators would cheer for the visiting team! :D

I've been to quite a few matches like that at Varsity Stadium (sad to see it go) and felt pretty bad for the boys in red.
Watch Sunday's game on CBC at 8:00pm EST. BMO field will be a sea of red 20,000+ strong cheering for team Canada against Chile.

Canada's U-20 team hosted a low-key friendly match against Argentina at BMO to a sold out crowd. David Edgar scored on a penalty shot. If you watch, you'll see there was a bit of cheering for Canada. (Nothing like a TFC game)

Just wait for Sunday.
 

·
Vorlon Ambassador
Joined
·
5,295 Posts
Maybe I missed something, but Canada's NEVER been to the World Cup, have they??? So how can it be the #1 sport!

Don't Blaspheme! Hockey is Canada's #1 sport!

You don't see Canadians glued to their set for soccer.
 
1 - 20 of 58 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top