Soccer Challenge

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. 

To view a short video of Bishop Barres discussing the virtues of both the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge, click here.

2016-17 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Winners

2015-16 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Winners

2014-15 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Winners

The recommended time frame for the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is: Council Championship – September; District Championship – October; Regional Championship – October/November; and State Championship – November


Tell Us About Your Programs

Help us improve the Service Program activities offered by the Supreme Council office by sending reports on your council’s successful activities and/or any suggestions you may have on improving our programs. Send this information to Fraternal Mission Department, Service Program Suggestions, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326 or contact us. Please include “Service Program Suggestions” in the subject line.

Action Steps

Implement these tips and guidelines into your Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge to ensure fun, fairness, and success!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. Present Participation Certificates (#4573) to all participants, and Council Champion Certificates (#4575) to the winners at the end of the competition. The Soccer Challenge Kit (#SC-KIT) contains 75 certificates for competitors (including 10 for champions).

  7. 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.

  8. Use the Soccer Challenge Report Form (#4567) to report the results of your competition.

  9. Provide the entry form/score sheets and the proof of age for the council winners to the district deputy for 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.

  10. For more information on how to conduct a council competition, please to refer to our Soccer Challenge Program Guide (#SC-4576).

Support Materials

The Supreme Council has printed and promotional items available designed to enhance the council, district, regional and state competitions. Many of the printed items are included in the Soccer Challenge kit (#SC-KIT); and the promotional items are ideal to distribute to participants at the various level competitions; present to winners; and assist in conducting the competition.

Printed Materials

Name Form
Participation Report Form 4567
Soccer Challenge Program Guide 4576
Council Champion Certificate 4575
Participation Certificate 4573
Soccer Challenge Poster 4571
Soccer Challenge Poster 4572
Soccer Challenge Entry Form 4578


Promotional Materials

Item  Form  Cost (US Funds)
Competition Soccer Balls   SC-2 $125
Council Plaques   SC-4  $115
Regional Trophies   SC-5  $160
State Trophies   SC-6  $175

When ordering materials, please use the online request form when available; or mail or fax a Requisition Form (#1) to the Supply Department.

Orders made online or faxed in should not be mailed because it may result in duplicate order. Please allow four weeks to ensure delivery by the event.


DepartmentPostal ServiceTelephone / Fax
Supply Department

Knights of Columbus
P.O. Box 1670
New Haven, CT 06507

Tel: 203-752-4214
Fax: 800-266-6340

Fraternal Mission

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510

Tel: 203-752-4270
Fax: 203-752-4108



The following forms are available to help your council in conducting the Soccer Challenge Program.

Forms can either be electronically submitted, or mailed to the respective department at the Supreme Council office.

Soccer Challenge Forms

Form Name Form #
Soccer Challenge Kit Order Form  SC - 1
Soccer Challenge Report Form  4567
Promotional Items Order Form  4616
Soccer Challenge Entry Form / Score Sheet  4578
State Council Soccer Challenge Report Form