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toronto’s first LGBTQ co-ed soccer league
Downtown Soccer Toronto
Anyone looking for a socially safe atmosphere to meet others in the LGBTQA+ community can really benefit from becoming a part of Downtown Soccer Toronto, (DST). This queer-friendly league was formed in 2002 as Toronto’s first official gay and lesbian co-ed, summer recreational soccer league. With the aim of providing an athletic and socially safe environment where everyone can enjoy playing soccer, the league has grown to 200+ members, boasting ten teams with roughly twenty people per team. DST operates from late May to late September and plays every Sunday.
Inclusive For Everyone
If you’re shy about your skill level, don’t be! You don’t have to be athletic to reap the benefits of this fantastic organization. DST provides an environment to meet others in the LGBTQA+ community of all skill levels. Before the season begins, all new players must be assessed in order to create balanced teams at the draft, but don’t panic, as this is more like a pre-season warm-up where you get to scrimmage and meet some of the other league members while providing a sense of your skill level so balanced teams can be created. The goal of DST is simply to bring the community together to have fun, get some exercise, and learn how to play soccer. It’s as much about building relationships as it is playing an organized game of soccer.
Even if you’re not athletically inclined to participate on the field, there are still opportunities to join as a non-playing member where you can still reap the benefits of building relationships through shared values and experiences. Non-playing members are assigned to a team just like regular players, but instead of playing, they contribute by taking on roles such as coach, manager, team statistician, or simply being a member-at-large.
Safe And Social Atmosphere
Regardless of your skill level or knowledge of soccer, Downtown Soccer Toronto is a great opportunity to increase your physical activity and hone athletic skills. At the very least, DST provides an excellent opportunity to engage with amazing people in the LGBTQA+ community in a safe, social atmosphere.
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