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 3 practice shots and then,15 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal) at the local Council level. In the event of 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 until a clear winner emerges.
Winners progress to the District, Chapter, and State levels, where each player will be allowed 3 practice shots and then, 25 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal).
To view a short video of Bishop Barres discussing the virtues of both the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge, click here.
The recommended time frame for the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Program is:
Council Championship – Early September 2017 (2nd weekend)
District Championship – Early October 2017 (2nd weekend)
Chapter Championship – Late October 2017 (last weekend)
State Championship – Early November 2017 Saturday, November 11, 2017 (for both the Northern and Southern Regions)
State Chairman Soccer Challenge Program 2017-2018
Percy Park (06197 – 1903)
Northern State Regional Chapters
- Northern California Chapter (1-14)
- Redwood Chapter (15-21)
- St. Francis Chapter (22-27)
- San Jose Chapter (28-32)
- Oakland Chapter (33-45)
- San Joaquin Chapter (46-52)
- Junipero Serra Chapter (53-59)
- Central Chapter (60-70)
- Kern-Inyo (71-74)
State Co-Chairman Soccer Challenge Program 2017-2018
Julio Jiminez (03601 – 0065)
Southern State Regional Chapters
- Los Padres Chapter (75-79)
- Mission High Desert Chapter (80-82)
- Southern California Chapter (83-99)
- San Gabriel Valley Chapter (100-109)
- Diocese of Orange Chapter 110-120)
- Arrowhead-Desert Valley Chapter (121-133)
- San Diego Diocese Chapter (134-150)
Implement these tips and guidelines into your Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge to ensure fun, fairness, and success!
- Set a time and place. Contact schools, community centers or youth centers and reserve a soccer field. Ask sports teams, colleges or universities to work with your council on the Soccer Challenge as part of their community outreach program.
- Contact the schools in your area to explain the program. Seek permission from the principals, athletic directors and superintendents to conduct the program as part of their physical education or intramural programs.
- Display Soccer Challenge posters prominently to generate attention and participation. Ask to display posters in elementary schools, middle or high schools, youth centers, Church halls and vestibules, libraries, Boys & Girls clubs, shopping centers, YMCA and YWCA buildings, and Columbian Squire meeting places. On the poster indicate the name of the contact person; the date, time and location of the competition; and a telephone number to call for additional information.
- Pre-registration of athletes will boost the number of participants and save time at the actual event. Distribute entry forms/score sheets to approved locations. Personally deliver entry forms/score sheets to physical education teachers and coaches when possible. Have an announcement made in schools or send out a reminder of the competition immediately before the event. Be ready to accept entry forms/scores sheets from walk-in participants on the day or the competition.
- Build public interest. Use the sample press release to announce the competition in local newspapers and through radio announcements. Always use the program’s official name: Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge.
- Present Participation Certificates (#4573) to all participants, and Council Champion Certificates (#4575) to the winners at the end of the competition. Please order your Soccer Challenge Kit (#SC-KIT) which contains 75 certificates for competitors (including 10 for champions) at least 60 days before your 2017 Council level competition date, time schedule and location has been established.
- The Supreme Council Supply Department has plaques, prizes, and promotional items available which are suitable for council champions.These items include regulation-size soccer balls, glow-in-the-dark miniature balls, plaques and trophies – all bearing the K of C logo. Cash or bonds must not be awarded at any level of competition since that may compromise the amateur status of the contestant.
- Use the Soccer Challenge Report Form (#4567) to report the results of your competition.
- Provide the entry form/score sheets form (#4578) and the proof of age (copy of birth certificate) must accompany every entry form/score sheet for the council winners to the district deputy in order to advance to the district competition. Inform council competition winners of the date, time and location of the district competition and any other levels of competition to which they are advancing.
- For more information on how to conduct a council, district, chapter and state competition rules, regulations, tips, and information, please to refer to our Soccer Challenge Program Guide (#SC-4576).
The importance of helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders is also a huge focus of the Order. Through activities as the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest, the Substance Abuse Poster Contest and the annual Soccer Challenge and Free Throw Championship programs. The Knights of Columbus assists youth in building a strong sense of civic and religious responsibility.
“Whatsoever you do for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for me.” Matthew 25:40
Yours in Christ,
Mahalo and Aloha,
Soccer Challenge Program
California State Chairman