The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) is the primary body governing soccer in Canada, and is responsible for running the Canadian women’s and men’s national soccer teams including the under-seventeen and under-twenty men and women’s junior teams within the Canadian soccer leagues. The CSA runs both the national and unprofessional soccer club championships. It regulates, promotes and also controls the football activities in Canada, in particular through development programs targeting the youth. The organisation also protects the interests of its members.

Founded in July 1912 in the town of Winnipeg, Manitoba is the Dominion of Canada Football Association. It was made up of various provisional associations of Saskatchewan, New Ontario, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. On December 31, 1912, the Dominion of Canada Football Association joined Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) but later resigned on June 21, 1926. After two decades, it managed to rejoin FIFA on June 20, 1948.

On June 6, 1952, the association changed its name from the Dominion of Canada Football Association to The Football Association of Canada and Organisation. The name was finally changed to CSA in the year 1971. Having won many confederation championships, the team is well-known in the world. The CSA has also hosted various international tournaments. These include the FIFA world championships for both men and women, like the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship in 2002, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and most recently, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The CSA has also placed its bid to host the FIFA world cup in 2026.

The significant success and achievements of the CSA have greatly influenced the growth of soccer betting in Canada. Presently, there are hundreds of Canadian soccer sites and soccer bets are being placed every minute in every city of Canada. However, frequent claims of match-fixing in the professional soccer leagues in recent times have also discouraged players from betting as much as they used to.

By Artus