Unlike other places in the west coast of Canada, such as Vancouver and Victoria, Calgary’s sports annual event calendar is typically split by these two classifications – indoor and outdoor.
This year, the Calgary United Soccer Association (CUSA) is introducing the Indoor Nations Cup of Soccer – on until April 9 at the Calgary Soccer Centre – in an attempt to bridge the gap between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
This tournament groups players based on their ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin, creating an exciting atmosphere that provides a stage for people to express pride in their heritage.
CUSA stresses the importance to recognize the cultural diversity that exists locally within the sport of soccer.
It is never too late for an indoor version of ‘Nations Cup’ given the fact that its outdoor version, which was inspired by the Vancouver counterpart (35 years and counting), is having its ninth edition this summer.
CUSA stresses the importance to recognize the cultural diversity that exists locally within the sport of soccer. As the sport continues to grow at the grassroots levels, Calgary’s indoor Nations Cup is a creative idea that reflects the city’s own weather pattern, as well as growing diversity.
Major cities in Canada have similar types of tournaments such as the Danone Nations Cup in Toronto and the Mini World Cup in Ottawa and Edmonton.
Brian is the the host of Flames TV Chinese, a Sports & Cultural connector and a member of the NCM Collective.