Where to Play Pickup Soccer in Toronto

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These are some of the best places to play pickup soccer in Toronto, with international friends

#1 The University of Toronto — Back campus

Games that have been here: https://www.opensports.ca/posts/5dd724353075bd33d670

UofT Back Campus Turf — Where we found our community.

The back campus turf fields at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus, are almost as good as it gets for free pickup. They have been hosting “supervised” drop-in soccer on Back Campus, M-F, 4:30–7:30, starting May 1st 2017. This means you can just show up there and there will be games to join.

Spanning two professional sized fields that are also split into smaller sections with white lines, this is convenient for smaller games when all you need to use is 1/4 of the field and don’t have your own pylons. The University does run the field with their own programming so sometimes it is booked. Back campus fields are home to a lot of pickup soccer games that are run during the spring and summer on weekday and weekend mornings.

Location bonuses: Close to St. George Station, and Tim Hortons.

Tip #1: No cleats allowed here.

Tip #2: Lights go off at around 10pm so make sure you start your game on time. There is also a lot of pickup after 5pm EVERY day of the week in the summer, so you can usually just show up and join some local players.

Want to find out if the back campus fields are booked? E-mail intramurals@utoronto.ca

#2 The University of Toronto — Front campus

Games that have been here: https://opensports.ca/posts/ce442ba22908b553888d

UofT Front Campus Grass— Where everything is green and beautiful.

The front campus grass at the University of Toronto is also a great place for pickup soccer, as well as other recreational sports. The university cuts the grass and maintains this park space until the fall. It can be muddy so don’t go after a night of rain (no underground vacuums here!)

Location tip: You can usually find a fairly large patch of grass in this large open space, but watch out for convocation times! UofT uses this large space to pitch their massive convocation tent(s) and they will not let your footy game get in the way of their academics graduating, even if you plea that this is for exercise and the health of the city (we’ve tried!!)!

#3 Central Tech Stadium

Games that have been here: https://opensports.ca/posts/c3eda5156555c7520a62

Central Tech: Toronto’s newest and most innovative indoor and outdoor facility!

Central Tech (CT) is Toronto’s newest indoor and outdoor sports space, with bright lights that will make you beam! This gorgeous facility runs an 8pm to 10pm Saturday pickup soccer session every week for $10 a session. The dome usually goes up in October, and comes down at the end of April, meaning it is an outdoor turf in the summer. A huge track surrounds the field, making it a perfect spot to walk/run around if you just want cardio. Parking is sparse and it’s pretty much up to you to find a hidden gem.

Location bonus: CT is a two minute walk from Bathurst Subway Station, and close to a LOT of bars and restaurants in Bloor Street’s famous Annex strip, for some eats and drinks after a game.

Tip: Cleats are just as allowed as indoor shoes are. Hooray! Rock your new Copa Mundial’s.

Want to rent a field at Central Tech Stadium? Contact paul@monarchparkstadium.ca and specify what date range, time, and amount of space you need. Note: For a 7v7 game you will need 1/4 of the whole field.

Rates can range from $100–225 for one hour on 1/4 field, depending on the time of year. Weekday evenings are usually sold out, while mornings, daytime, and Saturday evenings are usually available. Rates are usually lower on long weekends. A sample rate in the winter is $225+tax/hour for 1/4 field on Saturday between 5- 10pm.

#4 Christie Pits Park

Mixed Sports Areas: Playing soccer next to softball games, all summer long!

Christie Pits, one of Toronto’s most well known park spaces, is very busy on a Saturday morning. There’s always communities of Torontonians playing different sports like baseball and frisbee, plus friends and couples frolicking in the sunshine on the surrounding hills. There’s frequently a pickup soccer game going down in the summer, which you can usually just join in on. We also list games and work with other organizers who post games at this spacious location.

Location bonus: This is a public space that’s right next to Christie Pits Subway Station.

Location tip: If all of the field spaces are taken with baseball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer players, there are some nearby spaces like Bickford Park and Palmerston Avenue Jr Public School that you can bring your pickup crew to.

#5 North Toronto Collegiate Institute

Games that have been here: https://opensports.ca/posts/8eb14d79690963351239

Don’t want to play? You can always go for a jog around the track!

North Toronto Collegiate High School boasts a really fresh soccer/football field (turf). Since NTCHS is a high school, it’s off-limits during traditional school hours, but it’s great to plan a pickup game at on weekends in the spring/summer, when it’s normally not overly busy. Sometimes, local soccer organizers plan pickup soccer games here or you can organize one on the OpenSports app (people are eagerly waiting to join your game).

Location bonus: Close to the Eglinton subway station at Yonge and Eglinton (5 min walk). If you’re anything like me, you can grab your Tim Hortons and Cinnabon on your way home, or pop by the Cineplex to watch a film with friends from your game.

#6 Monarch Park Stadium

Games that have been here: https://opensports.ca/posts/06950b566909995b93e8

Monarch Park Stadium regularly picks up the coveted five-star review on Google and Facebook. It’s known for its superior turf quality. The spot hosts a weekly 11pm to 12am drop-in soccer game on Thursdays for $10 per person, and you can wear cleats or turf shoes.

Location: Not bad. This complex is just a 7 minute walk (A decent warm up!) from Coxwell subway station, in the east end.

Want to rent a field at Monarch Park Stadium? Contact paul@monarchparkstadium.ca and specify what date range, time, and amount of space you need. Note: For a 7v7 game you will need 1/3 of the whole field.

Rates can range from $100–225 for one hour on 1/4 field, depending on the time of year. Weekday evenings are usually sold out, while mornings, daytime, and Saturday evenings are usually available. Rates are usually lower on long weekends. A sample rate in the winter is $225+tax/hour for 1/3 field on Saturday between 5- 10pm.

#7 Jesse Ketchum

A beautiful turf in a beautiful location.

Jesse Ketchum Public School is located at Bay and Bloor St. near Yorkville Village, but don’t let it’s pristine location deter you. Ketchum’s mid-town location and close proximity to multiple subway stations (Bay, Bloor) makes it a good option for people in most areas of the city. So your friends have no excuse! Local Toronto soccer organizations like XTSC and TSSC host plenty of leagues on this glorious turf.

In terms of pickup soccer…it is difficult to know when leagues and locals are not taking up space on this turf. The TDSB permits this field out.

#8 Regent Park Athletic Fields (480 Shuter St)

This gem of a turf field will make you think any claims about Regent Park being a priority neighbourhood are outrageous. As this space continues to gain popularity, your chances of finding a chunk of space to play on will decrease, but the good news is there are some grassy fields nearby that you can walk to, like the Regent Park Aquatic Centre at Sumach and Dundas.

Want to rent Regent Park Field? Contact alicia@opensports.ca for tips on how to use the booking system.

#9 Eglinton Flats

The South East Eglinton Flats grounds has 3 fields (seen above)

Eglinton Flats is split into two complexes, with completely separate parking lots. The North West area has six soccer fields, while the South East area has three fields (everything is grass). The three south east fields are are under flood lights so it’s a popular spot at night for outdoor soccer teams playing in proper leagues. The fields are historically poorly maintained. But, it’s still a big, clean (by Toronto standards), free space. If you venture out to this area, between the 9 fields, you are bound to find empty space for a pickup soccer game.

Location: Busses will bring you to the exact intersection of the fields. However, this is an area where you’ll prefer to get a ride to, as it is relatively far from any subway station.

#10 Earlscourt

Earlscourt Park, located at St. Clair West and Lansdowne, houses a gorgeous turf soccer field with bleachers and all. South of that field is a less beautiful but fully functional grass field surrounded by a concrete track and an area to shoot some hoops too. In general, there is a lot of grass space for pickup soccer, even if you are not right on the areas delineated for soccer.

The internet warns that the public bathroom isn’t always open so plan ahead.

Location bonus: Earlscourt is right in Corso Italia, aka Little Italy, so there are plenty of local bakeries (such as Nova Era right across the street) and restaurants to fill up on carbs after your game.

Want to rent Earlscourt field? Contact alicia@opensports.ca for tips on how to use the TDSB booking system, and some last minute deals on field time.

#11 SoccerWorld

SoccerWorld has a fairly nice complex, with a heated dome, a bar (pints) and free parking. We’re still not convinced that their bar is ever open.

Their two indoor turf fields are perfect for 6v6 or 7v7 matches. The company operates pickup on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $10 per person (schedule in the link). They also have an outdoor mini pitch, perfect for 3v3 or 4v4 pickup games that they host!

Location: SoccerWorld is quite difficult/frustrating to get to via public transit, but still accessible. There is about 10-15 minutes of walking from the closest bus stop.

Want to rent a field at Soccerworld? Contact coordinator@soccerworldcentral.ca and specify what date range, time, and amount of space you need.

Rates can range from $100–200 for one field, depending on the time of year.

#12 Cherry Beach

Cherry Beach is a great spot in the summer. There’s a lake so you can practically smell the water, and go swimming after to cool off on hot days (there really is a fun little beach near by). The Cherry Beach Soccer Club offers leagues for adults while the fields at 275 Unwin Ave are owned by the city and open for public use. It’s first come first serve or you can reserve the field via the city of Toronto’s parks and recreation website.

Location: Not too far from SoccerWorld (above), Cherry beach is also not the most TTC friendly location (we recommend car pooling).

#13 Toronto SoccerPlex

This place is like an arena- turned-soccer facility!

Toronto SoccerPlex lives up in the northern part of Toronto. It has free parking and an on-site bar, foosball and pong tables and sitting area to watch. The four turf fields are a bit smaller than your average indoor pitch (best for a 5v5, or max 6v6 match). They have organized pickup soccer times from 2pm to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday for $10 for the two hours, and Tuesdays from 10pm-midnight.

Location: A bit off the beaten path if you are a TTC only traveler, but easy to get to if you have a car!

Want to rent a field at Toronto SoccerPlex? Contact alexm@torontosoccerplex.com and specify what date range, time, and amount of space you need.

Rates can range from $80–150 for one field, depending on the time of year. A sample rate is Saturday evenings in the winter $120/hour from 5pm and on.

#14 Ultra Sports Centre

Located East of the city in Scarborough, Ultra Sports currently has a super cheap pickup soccer deal: Two hours of pickup soccer is only $5 on Friday mornings (click the link to join the next game), in response to people with more flexible schedules and who work nights and weekends (Update: Friday morning pickup was only until March, 2017).

The complex also has $5 drop-in for two hours of play on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (see schedule in link).

Location: If coming from the city, take the TTC to Warden Station, followed by a 20 minute bus ride up Birchmount Rd.

Want to rent a field at UltraSports? Contact richard@ultrasports.ca and specify what date range, time, and amount of space you need.

Rates can range from $100–200 for 1.5 hours of field rental.

#15 Centennial Park

Centennial Park in Etobicoke is the king of all soccer fields in Etobicoke. It’s so fit for a king, you might spot King George there. The park has seven soccer fields and a 3,500 seat stadium primarily used for athletics and soccer.

There’s only regular scheduled games so you have to create your own or look out for one on the app.

Want to rent a field at Centennial Park? Contact alicia@opensports.ca for tips on how to use the TDSB booking system.

#16 NEW FIELD! St. Patrick Secondary School

“An investment of more than $1.5 million is being made for a new FIFA-Standard (turf) soccer field at St. Patrick’s Catholic Secondary School. The new field will be limited to use by St. Pat’s students during regular school hours, and the remaining time will be available for community use. It should be noted that community use indicates both permit use, as well as free community use. Community and permit use times will be posted on a Community Bulletin Board.”

Want to rent a field at St. Patrick Secondary School? Contact alicia@opensports.ca for tips on how to use the TDSB booking system.

#17 University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium

Located right outside of St. George Subways Station in the heart of Toronto, this Football size turf field is exceptional! They usually only rent it out to UofT students for an incredibly high price.

Want to rent a field at Varsity Stadium? Contact intramurals@utoronto.ca

Rate is around $261/hr (with tax) for 1/3 field.


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