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The “Callies” or Caledonians were the unofficial champions of Canada from 1907 to 1909, winning the People’s Shield each time and earning a spot in Canada’s Soccer Hall of Fame.

Calgary’s soccer history is more extensive than most people realize.

The “Callies” or Caledonians were the unofficial champions of Canada from 1907 to 1909, winning the People’s Shield each time and earning a spot in Canada’s Soccer Hall of Fame.

Like in many communities across Canada, the pro soccer landscape has been hampered by vision, finance and endurance. The Calgary Boomers of the NASL came and went, along with several tier 2 pro teams including the Strikers turned Kickers of the Canadian Soccer League, then the Mustangs and Storm of the A-League.

Suitable venues were non existent which didn’t help, the CSL was positive but not built on solid ground, and the American based leagues were transient. More recently, the Pro Development League’s Foothills U23 club has enjoyed incredible success at the semi-professional level, with the club finishing as runners up to Michigan in the 2016 Championship.

Despite the drifting snow of pro soccer in Calgary, the youth game endured, and still thrives today. Owen Hargreaves may be the most notable name to come out of Calgary, but there have been many others including Sam Adekube, and Kevin McKenna both of whom went on to represent Canada.

The Adult Game administered by CUSA is also active with hundreds of men’s women’s and co-ed teams joining the ranks.

Groups

Calgary Minor Soccer Association

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Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club

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Calgary Northside Soccer

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Deerfoot United Football Club

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Calgary West Soccer Club

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Calgary Women’s Soccer Association

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Calgary Rangers Football Club

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Calgary Eastside Memorial FC

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Calgary Foothills Soccer Club

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Calgary Chinooks Football Club

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Airdrie & District Soccer Association

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Strathmore Minor Soccer Federation

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Okotoks United Soccer Club

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Cochrane Minor Soccer Association

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