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10 soccer leagues in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / May 14, 2012

Soccer Leagues TorontoSoccer leagues in Toronto can be traced all the way back to the founding of the Sheffield Football Association in 1867. 145 years and countless countries later, the world's most popular sport remains a great way to stay in shape, meet new people, and become involved in your community. As soccer continues to flourish in Toronto, so do your options of where to play. A growing number of high quality indoor and outdoor artificial turf facilities are making it easy to enjoy soccer 365 days a year, regardless of where you live in the GTA.

Whether you are an individual or you have a team of friends looking to play, the list of clubs and leagues accepting registration can become overwhelming. Here is a quick highlight of some of best options available for both indoor and outdoor, to help you enjoy this beautiful game.

Soccerworld Polson Pier
Toronto's largest indoor soccer league runs year-round inside its very own 2-field domed facility. For those in the downtown core looking to play recreational soccer, the location is ideal; situated just five minutes from the city centre in the Port Lands area. The league sees over 190 teams during the peak indoor season and offers women's, men's and co-ed divisions at various competitive levels. If you don't have a team, don't worry; they offer spaces for individuals to join as well. This organization also runs an affiliate outdoor soccer league called Toronto Rush FC, which is also listed below.

Toronto Services Soccer League
One of the longest running leagues in Toronto, TSSL is entering its 55th season. It is also one the largest outdoor soccer leagues in the city with up to 110 teams playing in the summer. TSSL's focus is on men's leagues, providing some of the most competitive soccer around. Games are held all over the GTA, from Centennial Park to Seneca College, Glendon College and Sunnybrook Park. Individual players looking for a team can fill out a submission form and get placed based on experience and preferred position. This year, the TSSL announced a move away from sanctioned soccer and will be using referees from their own training and development program.

Toronto Central Soccer Club
For top competitive women's soccer, TCSC has developed into the largest women's soccer club in Toronto. The club is located within central Toronto with outdoor games played at Eglinton Flats and Earlscourt Park, while indoor games take place at Lamport Stadium. Toronto Central is sanctioned by the Toronto Soccer Association and Ontario Soccer Association, and the league is known for some of the best women's soccer around.

The Hangar Sports Leagues
The Hangar is home to Downsview Park's indoor and outdoor soccer leagues. The large complex at Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue West that once manufactured de Havilland's Mosquito airplanes has been converted into four smaller indoor fields and three regulation outdoor fields--one of which is domed in winter. Adult leagues on offer include co-ed, women's, and men's in both outdoor and indoor options

Toronto Rush Soccer
Toronto Rush Soccer's outdoor leagues are entering their 4th season offering men's, co-ed and women's outdoor leagues to over 500 players in the downtown Toronto area. All games are played on turf with locations at Cherry Beach fields, Crescent School and a new field at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute. This popular league is sanctioned by the Toronto Soccer Association and Ontario Soccer Association, and offers a safe environment with professional referees in all of their recreational and competitive programs.

Extreme Toronto Sports Club
Extreme Toronto Sports Club offers provocative marketing campaigns and a professional sports league environment for adult recreational players. Free agents as well as teams are welcome in their indoor and outdoor soccer leagues that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as 6s and 11s in both men's and co-ed.

Toronto Recreational Sports League
TRSL is based out of the Yonge and Eglinton area, with all of their fields located nearby. Adult soccer leagues are played outdoor and 7-a-side with portable goals. The leagues are co-ed and self-officiated, and are more suitable for those looking for recreational, non-contact play.

St. Michael's Soccer Club
Open to adults over 18 years old, St. Michael's Soccer Club offers both indoor and outdoor competitive men's leagues. Outdoor soccer leagues are split across 10 field locations all east of highway 404 in Scarborough and Markham. Outdoor teams are also entered in a round-robin tournament known as the Archangel Cup. Indoor leagues run on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday evenings in Scarborough.

Toronto Soccerplex Leagues
Located at Lawrence Avenue East and the Don Valley Parkway, Toronto Soccerplex offers men's and co-ed indoor soccer leagues for adults. With fields smaller than most indoor facilities, teams in this league play a more compact game with only four players plus a keeper on each team. Soccerplex is also home to Justice League Football, which operates an indoor pick-up soccer program here, as well as an affiliated outdoor league at Sunnybrook Park.

Soccer City
Located in Etobicoke near Centennial Park, Soccer City is an established soccer facility running indoor and outdoor soccer leagues. Covering men's, women's and co-ed, at both recreational and competitive levels, they cater to a wide spectrum of soccer players and skill levels. When you are finished your game, you can stay to watch subsequent games from their 2nd level restaurant overlooking the field.

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Toronto Sports & Social Club
TSSC offers a variety of sports for adults, with soccer being one of their most popular. The majority of participants play in co-ed leagues throughout the city, both indoor and outdoor, in "6 vs 6" and "11 vs 11" games. With no in-game officials, teams must call their own fouls and rate their opponents based on spirit points. If you are seeking a less competitive and more social dynamic then this is a great choice.

Writing by Saleem Haddad / Photo by Jen Tse

Discussion

38 Comments

Moose / May 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm
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Tssc & hangar are both terrible. Make the extra effort in distance and go with Sportzone (beside Hershey Centre) A beautiful facility and high skill level
Todd replying to a comment from Moose / May 14, 2012 at 11:45 pm
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Hershey Centre!!! That's in Mississauga! What gives - I'm not going all the way out there to play some pick up soccer!!
Dan / May 15, 2012 at 04:51 am
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TSSL got kicked out of the OSA, that's why they have to use their own unqualified referees this season.
Lindsey / May 15, 2012 at 09:16 am
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I play soccer with the TSSC and most of the locations are a joke. They are often on the outskirts of town with long commutes and sometimes not even TTC accessible. This city is in serious need of a legit downtown co-ed soccer league where most of the fields that people can bike or TTC to.
Mike / May 15, 2012 at 09:29 am
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I defended against the guy in the picture last season and his jersey absolutely stinks. I think it's a strategy on his part. If you get within 3 ft., you're retching.
Moose replying to a comment from Todd / May 15, 2012 at 09:53 am
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True, but my point is TSSL home games are at Centennial Park which borders Etobicoke & Mississauga, while Hershey Centre is just a 8-10 minute drive away and you have all-season soccer leagues, pick-up, & field rental.

@Lindsey: Agreed. I filled in for a friend for last week's tssc opener and we played on an uneven, weed-filled, uncut patch of grass at some elementary school yard.

Soccer City (during the outdoor season) is pretty good, and Polson (outdoor) is nice too. Maybe avoid Polson during the winter season. There were too many games when the dome was absolutely freezing.
Trogdor / May 15, 2012 at 04:50 pm
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I play at Soccerworld on Polson Pier, and have done so for 3 years now. I bike from the financial district and it takes less than 10 minutes. The location is amazing and the league is consistent, ie. same teams coming back and people know each other and understand the meaning of rec sports. I found hangar far too aggressive and competitive. This for me is the key thing in a league, I don't want to pay to see injuries and red cards every game.
Jim / May 15, 2012 at 06:15 pm
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I play with Toronto Rush outdoor I tried TSSL. TSSL was a bit cheaper but found the quality lower. The refs weren't as good and the fields weren't nearly as nice
Mehmet replying to a comment from Mike / May 15, 2012 at 09:26 pm
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Whatever you do.. do not play in jlsoccer's outdoor league. I signed up last year because the price was cheap but it was a complete nightmare! So unorganized, worst ref's and so many default games. My best advice is stick to sanctioned leagues that are under the Ontario Soccer Association! THey cost a bit more but refs have to go for testing etc. throughout the season it makes a big difference!
rmadridca / May 16, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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Does anyone have any experience with the Leaside Adult league (over 35)? It's 2 days before the league is supposed to start and they still haven't contacted me on where I'm playing, with which team, etc... so far I'm not impressed. They don't even have a 2012 adult schedule posted up yet.
erik replying to a comment from Lindsey / June 22, 2012 at 02:05 pm
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+1
SoccerMike / July 13, 2012 at 02:25 pm
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If anyone is interested in pick-up games of soccer, The Toronto Outdoor Club is a free, member-run outdoor, sports and social club.

Pick-up sports played include: Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey (Floor or Road), Dodgeball, Kickball and Ultimate Frisbee are all played. There is no fee for joining and the majority of events are completely FREE.

http://torontooutdoorclub.com/

If anyone is interested in organizing pick-up soccer or other sports with the Toronto Outdoor Club, please contact volunteers@torontooutdoorclub.com. Anyone can become an event coordinator with the club. All you need to do is undergo a short training session. Events are always well attended because of their online reservation system.
Anit / August 2, 2012 at 10:06 am
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Anyone knows about Toronto Tigers Soccer Club, this is new and started just three years ago, they register only U14 kids.
Michael replying to a comment from Dan / August 8, 2012 at 03:41 pm
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Actually the TSSL chose to leave the OSA, they were not "kicked out". Essentially the OSA does absolutely nothing for men's soccer except charge high player and team fee's. The TSSL left the OSA as a means to save their membership money. They also have now developed their own referee association which will take some time, but they are doing good things for men's soccer in the city.

Other leagues that I've been a part of which I think are very well run is Toronto Rush FC and Soccerworld @ Polson Pier which are both mentioned above.

The TSSC is good if you don't really care about the final score, and are just out for a good run.
Amin replying to a comment from Mehmet / August 30, 2012 at 03:02 am
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Hi Mehmet,

It is unfortunate to hear that that was your experience and how you felt. Feel free to to message me for a free indoor pickup soccer match on the house for your troubles. Please keep in mind we are an independent league and much younger than our competitors who some have been around 30+ years. If you compare our first year to our current season is it night and day.

Last year, there was a lot of rain which forced field closures all over the city hence the default matches. In terms of referring, everyone has their own opinion on refs. Mistakes are made even on a professional level. Although, referees have been changed around this year along with linesmen.

With that said, I find that a lot of players do not know the full rules of soccer nor have read the Laws of the Game, yet they like seem very opinionated. Anyway, not say you are one of those people. Just trying to clarify that JLSoccer is committed to providing good quality service and of course, soccer!

Thank you,

Amin Kardan
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Adam / September 5, 2012 at 02:14 am
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neil / October 14, 2012 at 08:12 pm
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i am looking for a competitive over 35 team to play on. I live in north york and am willing to drive 10-15 kms to games
thanks
neil

Mycle / January 13, 2013 at 09:51 pm
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I've played with Soccer World and Toronto Rush the last couple of years, I was under the impression they are the same thing. I don't like that Rush does not have linesman for their outdoor games, but most of the refs are decent.

The indoor at soccer world is fun for the most part.

I also play indoor and outdoor with the TRSL, it's actually a great leagues, maybe not the best pitches/gyms, but a well run league for the price, ultra-competitive teams need not apply.
Rocco Sciaraffa / March 20, 2013 at 08:36 pm
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I have played in most leagues in toronto, vaughan and Sauga's Hershey. They all have their Pros and Cons, for players who just want to kick the ball around with friends or family I suggest Power Soccer Centre (across from the vaughan mills mall) Its one 5 v 5 Private Field Best Turf youv ever played on, and the hourly rental Rates are very affordable...

They also do monthly Cash tournaments there $1000 prize regardless of team entrys.

Soccer / May 9, 2013 at 05:40 pm
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^^^^^^ Rocco, you sound pretty bias. Maybe that's because you are advertising your own Tournaments...? LOL Yes, it is! :)
Geoff / June 14, 2013 at 09:22 am
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You know one comment I will say for those complaining about referees (regardless of the league) is that I encourage everyone to go and try to do it. It's not easy. As a referee I can't tell you how many thousands of times I heard 'unintentional handball ref!' (like that's a foul - yes that's right if the ball accidentally hits a players hand, even if the ball goes in the other team's net aftewards, that's not a foul) or 'offside' (even though the player being accused of being offside was in their own half).
Chris / June 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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Work League Soccer is a good option for men's recreational. It's very cheap and the owner maintains a weekly blog and email newsletter to keep all of the players up to speed.
David / July 2, 2013 at 09:58 am
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Hosting a 20 over International Soccer Carnaval Tournament in Harrow , Ontario Featuring Windsor Stars vs Niagara of the Canadian Soccer League!

We also need another Pro team to play against our Michigan Pro Team Cavaliers .

Thank-you , we hope you can pass on our Tournament
David / July 2, 2013 at 09:58 am
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$400 per Team
George replying to a comment from David / July 26, 2013 at 11:57 am
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I am looking for a Striker, open age, to play for a Canadian Soccer League Team. If you are someone you know might be interested please let me know.

Thanks
Lambros / August 18, 2013 at 05:10 pm
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Hello, I am writing on behalf of ALS Society of Canada. We are having a charitable soccer tournament to raise funds for research and also to help families devastated by ALS.

When? Sat, Sept 14
Where? Pickwick Green (1335 Pickwick Drive, Mississauga)
How much? $160/team (4 games guaranteed)
Format: 4v4 coed, 30 min. games

Other fun stuff: BBQ, raffle, ice cream, Z103.5 on site

Please send an e-mail blast to your player database to visit our website (www.als.ca/2013cupforacure)

Thanks!
Albert / September 17, 2013 at 12:44 am
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The newest addition to this list is the Canadian Corporate Soccer League - Toronto Division. The league will launch this winter season with an inaugural 2 division winter 7x7 season. We are offering an 18 game season with accredited referees, physio therapists and online statistics. Contact us to register your office team.
www.corporatesoccer.ca
Hassan / November 3, 2013 at 08:26 pm
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Hi Guys,

I arrived from MONTREAL 3 months ago, and I can't decide about which soccer league, I have to register.

My goal is not to play like the champions league, but meet also some peoples interesting and whom are sociable, with for sure at least a good game where man and woman play together, not where there is 2 girls among 20 guys, but more mixed.

From what I read the SoccerWorld is intresting for his quality
Thanks for advice
Jim Nanos / November 13, 2013 at 05:35 pm
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Check out Vaughan Senior Soccer League in Vaughan...competitive and organized. They offer indoor and outdoor.
joe / December 9, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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any thoughts on triosports plex for their indoor league??
Chris / February 17, 2014 at 02:09 pm
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Work League Soccer has opened their Spring 2014 campaign. Details on their website www.workleageusoccer.com

Looks like a good deal, $1450 all in - refs, shirts, championship prizes, 14 regular season games, 3 rounds of playoffs.
Steve / February 21, 2014 at 04:21 pm
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If you check out www.bookitsports.com there is a "Find a League" Index for all sporting leagues across Southern Ontario. While there is no feedback or reviews on the site, it provides the essential info (price, location, dates, competition level) If you run your own league be sure to sign up. It takes 2 minutes and is absolutely free!

For those not interested in joining a league, but renting 1 off field rentals for their friends/group every now and then bookitsports.com is great for that, as it has the best prices for last minute rentals across the GTA including 7 primary soccer facilities
Dave / February 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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The new Monarch Park domed stadium has a league and a unofficial drop in soccer league which is very popular on Friday nights.
Gio / March 1, 2014 at 10:03 am
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I am looking for a summer outdoor league to join i am in Toronto and i prefer something on a Sunday. I use to play as a team but its hard these days to register as a team with everyone on a different schedule. Would appreciate some suggestions please!!!
Shen / March 15, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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There is free women's indoor soccer at Jimmie Simpson rec center. We start on March 30, 2014 from 9-11am. Intermediate players wanted, will be for about 4 weeks ends before the outdoor season.
Tomas / March 28, 2014 at 09:18 pm
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Hi, im from Argentina im new in town. I would like to know if there is some adult soccer league that playes hole year 11 vs 11 players? Indoor or outdoor doesnt matter Thanks
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Danielle / July 14, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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Thoughts on the TCSC for pretty competitive women soccer? And the hangar?

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