Who We Are – Chinooks Soccer Club

Chinooks Soccer is home to the best soccer players in Calgary since 1974.

Our club offers programs for all ages U8 and older geared towards the Tier 1, 2 and 3 levels of play, a grassroots program for ages 4, 5 and 6, and an adult program for men and women. Focused on skill development for the individual player with the team concept at heart, we are your top choice for the game we all love so much, and we can prove it.

Minor soccer was first organized in Calgary in 1964 with the formation of CMSA (Calgary Minor Soccer Association). In 1974 there were six zones formed – Blizzards, Eagles, Eastside, Celtics, Foothills, and Chinooks. In the early years, zone teams were only under-16 and under-18 boys. The communities still managed the under 14’s and younger. In subsequent years the Chinooks, which in the early years had a western boundary of 37 Street S.W., merged with the western zone of Tornadoes (west of 37 Street S.W.) and was incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta as an Association. Chinooks maintained its headquarters at the North Glenmore Park Community Association for many years.

CMSA added a U14 boys program in the late 1970’s and later added a girls program.

During the 1980’s, Chinooks supported up to 24 teams. Over the next period of time the population of the Chinook’s zone matured, reducing our program to an average of 14 teams.

1992 saw the start of the next generation for our zone, with the club fielding a total of 21 teams outdoor and 14 teams indoor. Chinooks has continually increased the number of teams entered as a result of the growth of Calgary, and CMSA’s move to open boundaries. As a result, players are able to play at any club in Calgary regardless of where they live.

The creation of a U-10 program in 2006 further expanded the number of teams fielded by Chinooks. Fielding 34 teams in the Outdoor 2007 season, Chinooks continues to grow. In particular, the establishment of the Chinooks Training Centre (located in the Curry Barracks) was very beneficial to the teams. Since the closure of the Chinook Training Centre, we have moved to The Absolute Training Facility, located at 2243 Crowchild Trail N.W., with a large field covered with high quality turf and is an excellent facility for training during the indoor season, and is also utilized in the event of inclement weather during the outdoor season.

Focusing on the premier level of soccer from U-8 to U-18, continuous player development remains a key focus at Chinooks. On graduating from the minor program, our players have the opportunity to move up into our Club’s Senior Ladies and Men’s Program where teams are entered at a variety of levels.

Chinooks is home to many players that have gone on to pursue post-minor soccer with many types of scholarships. Our club name is recognized across North America with team travel and provincial/national caliber teams wearing the red, white and black.

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