by Sarah Kraus
Originally published: April 2, 2016
Edmonton’s Mini World Cup is one of Alberta’s largest adult sports tournaments, but of the 1,500 players, the majority are men.
With 46 men’s teams and just 12 women’s teams, the tournament is a prime example of the gender gap that exists in Canadian sport.
Michelle Johnson has been playing soccer for years, and this is her third time participating in the Mini World Cup. She said she’s disappointed by the lack of females taking part.
“I think this is the first year that I realized there are a lot of people I know that aren’t playing,” she said. “It’s still competitive, we just all wish there were more women in it and their countries were available to play.”