From icy fields to warm indoor grounds, soccer can be a battle with the elements

An international student who loves soccer- Syed Muhammad Hassan Haider poses with a soccer ball on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 near SAIT. Hassan is first-year SAIT student in films and video production. Hassan has played in the Calgary Muslim league and for the Friends Cafe soccer club. (Photo by Harpreet Singh/The Press)

From icy fields to warm grounds indoors, the beautiful game can be a battle with the changing elements in Canada.

Canadian winters are not only known for creating troubles for drivers, but for also affecting daily tasks done by people. This includes playing outdoor sports like soccer. Having to play on an indoor pitch can make it more costly during the colder months. The prices can range from $10 per match to $25 per match.

“I am an international student here in Canada and I used to play soccer in my home country but here it is very different,” said Syed Muhammad Hassan Haider, a SAIT student studying film and video production.

“In winter it is very difficult to pay $10 to $20 per game as an overseas learner. The indoor grounds are too expensive and hard to book as they are usually full.”

The field size in these sports centers is comparably smaller than an actual soccer field, meaning players have to adjust their game.

“Injuries are the major concern as playing in narrow space really increase the chances of injuries,” said Hassan. “While playing outdoor we play openly but in indoor we need to be careful as the field is too shor.t. And only seven or eight players a side can play in indoor but in outdoor, 11 players from one team can play, so it is very difficult to say no to some people, it is tough to play indoor as compared to outdoor.”

During Canadian winters, people shift to other fun activities which includes ice skating, snowboarding, and sledding. This makes soccer less preferable during the cold weather.

Injuries are common in a game like soccer and changing weather can enhance the risk of cold and joint pain. Players must check the weather conditions before going outside and should do some stretching and warmup to save themselves from injuries.

“I usually wear little bit warm clothes which is better than wearing just a shirt and shorts in months like August and October, when there is no snow but still it is cold,” said Hassan,

“It saves us from the sudden change in climate as we know the weather in Canada is so unpredicted. So, carry extra piece of cloth and wear different shoes for indoor and outdoor games are the best things to do in climate change.”

Harsh weather is one of the major challenges in countries like Canada. Apart from winter soccer problems, it creates numerous traffic problems, road accident and slippery sidewalks.

An international student who loves soccer- Syed Muhammad Hassan Haider poses on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 near SAIT. Hassan is first-year SAIT student in films and video production. Hassan has played in the Calgary Muslim league and for the Friends Cafe soccer club. (Photo by Harpreet Singh/The Press).
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As a news reporting and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Harpreet Singh is working as a writer for The Press in 2024.