History of SAS
Saskatoon Adult Soccer - History
*Although soccer was played on an intermittent basis before, it wasn’t until 1907 that a city league was established in Saskatoon.
*As of 2018, Saskatoon Adult Soccer has a membership of 232 indoor teams and 137 outdoor teams. The teams position within men’s, women’s, masters men & women, and co-ed divisions.
*SAS provides services to senior men’s and women’s teams but also allows entry to the leagues to the older youth teams for developmental purposes. SAS players are all 15 years of age and up.
*In the early years the association consisted primarily of immigrant groups who had brought the game and its popularity with them to the Saskatoon area. Over the years Canadians have made the game their own, with membership Canada-wide surpassing hockey.
*The SAS is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of a President, Past-President, Vice-President, Finance Director and up to 11 Directors. The day-to-day administration of the organization is handled by the Executive Director, the Technical Coordinator and the Operations Coordinator, all three being hired staff positions.
(The history of Saskatoon soccer as well as of soccer throughout the province can be found in the book, Saskatchewan Soccer: A History.)
Hugh Cairns Soccer War Memorial
In 1921 the Hugh Cairns Memorial was unveiled commemorating local soccer players killed in World War I. Hugh Cairns played soccer for the Christ Church team while working as a plumber in Saskatoon. In 1916 he enlisted with his brother Albert in the Canadian Army. Two years later, after being promoted to sergeant, Cairns received the Victoria Cross for his part in the liberation of Valanciennes. Sadly, Cairns did not survive the battle.
The memorial is reputed to be the only war memorial in the world dedicated to soccer players. It is doubly unique considering that it is found in such a young soccer nation as Canada.
The memorial is used in the logo of the SAS and a representation appears on the medallions that are awarded each year to individual and team award winners.
Notable Soccer Individuals
The following list of individuals are prominent members of the soccer community. Each has been named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and/or the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.