The Knights of Columbus Soccer Championship

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. 

Bishop John Barres of Allentown, Penn., a former collegiate basketball player at Princeton University, is a strong supporter of the Soccer Championship. He sees the focus and discipline required to achieve athletic excellence as being valuable in the faith formation and character development of young people. In addition, healthy competition helps young people to handle both good fortune and adversity with grace and dignity.


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Who May Enter

All boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 are eligible to compete in the Soccer Championship. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of September 1.


High school-age athletes should be advised to check with their school athletic directors or their state’s high school athletic association regarding possible eligibility conflicts.


Each youngster may compete in only one council competition. Local champions may not represent more than one council.

Championship entrants compete against youngsters of the same age and gender in six age divisions: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. At the council level, each competitor gets 15 penalty kicks, and the one who makes the most points wins.


If there’s a tie, five-shot tiebreaker rounds follow until a winner emerges. Use a tiebreaker if there is a tie for second place; the second place finisher will move on to successive levels of competition if, for whatever reason, the winner is unavailable. In the event that the winner in any level cannot participate in the next level of competition, the second place winner should represent the area group.


All contestants must register using the official K of C Soccer Championship Entry Form/Score Sheet (#4578). All entry forms/score sheets must include a parent’s signature. Proof of age must accompany all registration forms and should be verified at all levels. 


The entry form/score sheet also contains spaces to record the contestants’ scores. This form must accompany each champion as he or she progresses through the competition.