Soccer in Canada is the most popular sport in terms of participation rate and according to FIFA's, 2,695,712 people played in Canada in 2006.The first ever professional game was played in Vancouver between the Callies and Rovers in 1910. In 1912, the founding meeting of the Dominion of Canada Football Association was held in Toronto on May 24, when provincial soccer executives laid the foundation of what is today's Canadian Soccer Association. The organization became a member of FIFA December 31, 1912. In 1926, the National Soccer League was formed with teams in Ontario and Quebec.
Many members of the world diaspora living in Vancouver are now taking advantage of being part of a Diaspora Nation. Diaspora networks are increasingly powerful social and economic forces with cultural knowledge and substantial connections to economies and communities beyond Canada’s borders. Canadians are connected to all corners of the world in unprecedented ways and one of those connections is through the Diaspora World Cup. The Diaspora World Cup in Vancouver-Surrey provides many members of the World Diaspora an opportunity to play and make a difference; a huge difference in the lives of many around the world.