The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill – the penalty kick. Open to all boys and girls in your community, ages 9-14, where each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal). Winners progress to the district, regional, state and international levels. CLICK HERE for more information including forms.
Soccer Challenge Competition Levels
Each contestant receives three practice kicks followed by 15 consecutive kicks from the yard penalty line. All age groups kick from the same distance. In the event a tie breaker is necessary, it should be conducted as follows: each contestant will have the opportunity to take kicks from a position three yards behind the penalty kick line, if the contestants are still tied then they will continue to take turns of 3 kicks each until a clear winner emerges.
District, Chapter, Regional/State Level
Each contestant receives three practice kicks followed by 25 consecutive kicks from the yard penalty line. In the event a tie breaker is necessary, it should be conducted as follows: each contestant will have the opportunity to take 3 kicks from a position three yards behind the penalty kick line, if the contestants are still tied then they will continue to take turns of 3 kicks each until clear winner emerges.
The recommended time frame for the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is:
Council Level Championship – Early September
The Grand Knight and/or Council Soccer Challenge chairman should notify their council members, parish, schools, religious education classes, and community and soccer organizations the date, time and location of their Council level competition.
District Level Championship – Early October
The District Deputy is responsible for notifying their councils of the date, time and location of the their District level competition.
Chapter Level Championship – Late October
The Chapter President and/or Chapter Soccer Challenge Chairman should notify each of their Districts and Councils well in advance concerning the dates, times and locations of the Chapter Level competition.
Regional/State Level Championship – Early November – (Northern Southern)
Specific date, times and locations for the Regional/State Championships are available from the State Soccer Challenge Chairman, State Program Director, Youth Activities Chairman and both Regional Coordinators for the Northern and Southern regions.
Each level of competition should be held on a local soccer field or suitable facility approved by and under the supervision of a participating Knights of Columbus council. Check with your parks and recreation department for availability and usage regulations. Do this as early as possible, because school/recreation teams are also reserving field space.