Sport Participation in Canada, 2005
Active Participation over age 15.
In 1998, baseball was in the top three in popularity, with more than 1.3 million
participating nationwide. By 2005, it had dropped to sixth place, almost switching
places with soccer which was in seventh place in 1998. Soccer ranked fourth overall
in 2005. Among the top ten sports, soccer is the only sport that showed an increase
(one percentage point) in the participation rate between 1998 and 2005.
Baseball: 2005 7.1%
Soccer: 2005 9.7%
Active Participation ages 4-15.
Canadian children play a lot of soccer
Soccer has become the sport of choice for Canadian boys and girls 5 to 14 years
old. It has ranked as the number one sport activity for active children for many
years. In 1998 soccer led all sports practiced by children, and this ranking continued,
reaching 44% participation in 2005. The rate of involvement in soccer was the
same for boys and girls despite the fact that overall, boys tend to be more active in
sport than girls.
Baseball: 1998 22.1% 2005 13.6%
Soccer: 1998 32.1% 2005 44.1%