How do I get into playing sports in Calgary?


If you’re new to Canada and are excited to explore the country’s favourite sports, you should start with hockey! While hockey is usually played on ice, you can also play street hockey outside or floor hockey in a gym. Below are a few of the many options available for playing hockey in Calgary.


Soccer is one of the most popular sports in Calgary. There is a variety of options for recreational soccer in Calgary, ranging from competitive leagues to more casual ones. Because Calgary’s winters are so cold, soccer is played indoor during fall and winter, then outdoor for the spring and fall. Most clubs have options for both seasons, so signing up with one will usually give you the opportunity to play year-round!

Kids’ Sports

There are tons of organizations that let kids play all kinds of sports in Calgary! Some are competitive programs, while others are community-based.

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Thanks to Alexandra Hutchinson for help with this guide. If you want to suggest a correction to this guide, or want to submit one of your own, please contact us.

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TIES is located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy comprising the Siksika, Piikani and Kanai First Nations, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.