The Saskatoon Soccer Centre Inc. (SSCI) was born of a dream by the local soccer community to grow the sport through the operation of their own facilities. SSCI first registered as a non-profit corporation in 1993 when representatives of Saskatoon Adult Soccer Inc. (SASI) & Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. (SYSI) established a committee to raise funds to construct a building primarily for the sport of indoor soccer. With the help of the City of Saskatoon, organizations & individuals the Saskatoon Kinsmen/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre was opened for its first game in 1998. Since then SSCI has been home to more than 10,000 soccer players annually.
In 2003 the soccer family determined that if soccer was to continue to grow, another facility was necessary. The design included one indoor & two outdoor artificial grass fields as well as hardcourt surfaces. SYSI & SASI previously utilized city fields for all their outdoor programs. This new facility allows leagues to schedule a significant number of games on the three artificial fields as they don’t need the rest that natural grass fields require.
The SaskTel Sports Centre is attached to Centennial Collegiate & the city operates a walking track & circuit centre within the complex, with a future civic facility planned. The partnership with the Saskatoon Public School Board & the City of Sasktoon was the first of its kind in Saskatoon & in Canada. The first indoor games were in January 2006 & the hard court fields, pub & deck, cafeteria & walking track were opened shortly after. More recently bleacher seating & beach courts have been added to the outdoor park.
SSCI also offers a number of programs to the community beyond hosting leagues, tournaments & special events of all kinds. SSCI is proud to own & operate the two world class facilities that now enjoy over 1.4 million visitors annually. We regularly host soccer, volleyball, ball hockey, ultimate disc, football, baseball, roller derby, rugby, lacrosse & other sports, as well as cultural & special events. The support of the community is key to our success through rentals, advertising & sponsorship.