With the influx of Hungarian refugees in 1956, and the presence of Germans, Italians, Dutch and British immigrants, informal soccer games began to be played in theYukon in the late 1950s. However, it was not until May 20, 1962, that the first soccer league was formed in Whitehorse. Under the presidency of Les Van Vugt, with secretary Herman Kutzscher and treasurer Ron Stevenson, a league was created consisting of five teams; Firth Canucks, Taylor and Drury, 918 Construction, Northern Commercial and White Pass. On May 27th the first official league game was played between 918 Construction and Howard Firth Insurance (Firth Canucks) and was refereed by Derek Irons from the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The first season proved to be a huge success, with an excellent brand of soccer being played and as many as 200 spectators watching the games but it was not without it’s challenges. The field at Selkirk was gravel and hard on the knees and elbows when the going got rough, the ethnic rivalries caused problems for the two officials, Derek Irons and Norm Chamberlist. Negotiations with the Territorial Government secured a better piece of land at F.H. Collins school and the league discipline committee banned ethnic teams. Soccer in the Yukon progressed from those early days and by the 1980’s, despite only having a six-week outdoor season, over 300 minor league players were registered. But the lack of fields to play on posed serious problems. With the inclusion of indoor soccer in the Arctic Winter Games, an interest in the indoor game began to grow. In 1980, the first teams played in the Arctic Winter Games held in Whitehorse. Teams began to travel to play in Juneau, Alaska and several teams made the annual trek to Fairbanks to play in the Midnight Sun Tournament. In the 1990’s soccer continued to grow rapidly and while the organization was improving, it could not keep pace with the number of people wanting to play. Recruitment of coaches proved to be a major problem for the representative teams and maintenance of the fields a constant headache.
Today men’s and women’s soccer continues to grow in the Yukon. The Yukon Soccer Association became members of the Canadian Soccer Association in 1997.