2017 Soccer Challenge

Open to Boys and Girls Ages 9 to 14

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All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge.  The event will be held Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 pm at the St. Mary Magdalene soccer field.  Winners of all age groups will be invited to participate in the district-level Soccer Challenge to be held the same day at 3:00 pm (same location). In the event of inclement weather, the Soccer Challenge will be held Sunday, November 5.

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state-level competitions.  All boys and girls 9 to 14-years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.  All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event.  Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. 

Entry forms are available HERE and at the event.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  Please email entry forms to David Tate, Youth Programs Director for Council 7186, at  

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players aged 9 through 14 to demonstrate the most basic of soccer skills — the penalty kick. Each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal).

The goal will be divided into a series of five scoring zones.

  • The upper corners of the goal will be designated as 20 point zones.

  • The lower corners will be designated as 10 point zones

  • the central region is a five point zone.

Each participant will be given 15 penalty kicks. Points will be awarded depending upon the area of the scoring zones through which the ball passes.

For example, after the player’s 15 penalty kicks, his/her scores are 5/10/20/5/5/5/5/10/10/5/20/5/10/5/5, his/her total score would be 125. A score of 125 would be marked on the entry form/score sheet.

Normal rules of soccer regarding penalty kicks apply for all levels of competition. Penalty kick violations include stepping on or over the line prior to the kick, and any contact made with the ball counts as a kick.