Popular Sports in Canada

Canada is widely known for their sporting prowess. At the summer and winter Olympics, Canada is usually one of the top 10 countries in world on the medals table, with many online sports betting sites offering good odds on the Canadians in each category. At home, Canada is a nation dedicated to sports of every kind.

What are the most popular sports in Canada itself? When you think of Canada, usually Ice hockey comes up… But, what other sports do Canadians enjoy? To answer this question we are going to take a look at the sports Canadians are most enamoured with, and the various teams that are most supported in their sport.

Ice Hockey

Largely regarded as Canada’s most popular sport, Ice Hockey plays a central role in Canadian culture. Played at home, at school, at club level and at a professional level, ice hockey is more than just a sport for Canadians; it is a way of life. All the best online sports betting sites offer Canadian ice hockey betting and it is easy to see why. The National Hockey League, or NHL, was founded in Canada and still retains a significant number of Canadian teams. The Stanley Cup is the ultimate trophy for professional ice hockey players and considered to be the ice hockey equivalent of the Super Bowl.

There are a number of Canadian ice hockey teams taking part in the NHL at various levels of competition. Some of the most popular team for Canadian fans include the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Calgary Flames, the Montreal Canadiens, the Edmonton Oilers, the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks.

Baseball

Baseball is another major sport in Canada and one that regularly features on legit online sports betting websites. One could say that baseball found its place in the world in Canada. The World’s first official documented baseball game took place in Ontario Canada as far back at 1838. Ontario is also where you can find the world’s oldest baseball park that is still in operation. The Labatt Park has been going over 100 years and still attracts plenty of visitors.

Since finding its feet in Canada, baseball has been adopted by nations around the world, with Major League Baseball MLB being the most prestigious baseball tournament of its kind. The US has been the major proponent of baseball on an international scale. Like ice hockey, baseball is played at school and club level. The Canadians have a national baseball team but only have one MLB team in the form of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Basketball

While it might not be that well known, basketball was actually invented by a Canadian teacher. In fact, the first National Basketball Association game was played in Toronto in 1946 between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers. Since then, Basketball has been widely adopted as a popular Canadian sport. In the UK, basketball dominates the online sports betting sites with NBA games taking up much of the betting action. In Canada, basketball is played at club and league level but like baseball, the Americans took over the NBA with the bulk of the NBA teams hailing from the states. Today, Canada has only one team in the NBA in the form of the Toronto Raptors. Many Canadian players play for other teams in the NBA. In 2015, 13 Canadian players were on the NBA roster for the season while the country continues to produce athletes of outstanding calibre.

Canadian Football

While not as popular as its America cousin, Canadian football is a major sport in Canada and is viewed by millions of fans around the world. Canadian football is popular with online sports sites and offers up plenty of betting action. Like many of the other Canadian sports, the game is played at school level, at club level and at league level. There is a common misconception that Canadian football is the same as American football. While they may share similarities, Canadian football actually stems from the game of rugby.

The game came about when British Army officers played a modified game of rugby against civilians in 1965. By 1968, the first non-university Canadian Football club was established in Montreal, leading the way for a major growth in the sport. Not surprisingly, Canadian football only has one professional league in the form of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The CFL season culminates in the Grey Cup, which is the football’s main event. There are currently 9 active teams in the CFL including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Montreal Alouettes, the Ottawa REDBLACKS, the Toronto Argonauts, the BC Lions, the Edmonton Eskimos, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Soccer

Football dominates the online sports betting UK sites and is possibly the most popular sport on the planet. In Canada, football is known as soccer and is the largest participation sport in the country with an estimated 2.7 million people taking part game every year. The sport is played at school level, at club level and professionally. The first recorded soccer game in Canada date back to 1876 but it wasn’t until 1912 that the Dominion of Canada Football Association was founded.

Today, Canada’s governing body for soccer is known as the Canadian Soccer Association. Canada’s largest and only professional soccer competition is known as the Canadian Championship, which consists of 5 teams. The 5 teams include the Toronto FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Montreal Impact, FC Edmonton, and Ottawa Fury FC. The winning team or of the Canadian Championship automatically qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League.

All 5 of the Canadian soccer teams also play in US-based leagues. The best players in each team play in leagues around the world and are usually called into the national program for FIFA games. As a country, Canada competes in the Soccer World Cup. The 5 national teams also compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football known as CONCACAF. Canada has won the CONCACAF championships twice, once in 1985 and again in 2000.

It’s clear that Canada loves sports, and partakes and spectates in a diverse range of activities all year round.