Soccer Challenge


Boys or Girls ages 9 to 14


Saturday, September 30, 2023

Check in 9am | Start 9:30am


School Fields @ SSJ


Penalty Kick (see below for details)



Each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the designated penalty line for their age group. 

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 and the central region is a five-point zone. To construct the five scoring zones, a piece of rope approximately 6 1⁄2 to 7 feet in length will be attached diagonally across the four corners of the goal as shown in the diagram below. This will be secured to the ground using tent stakes.

Each contestant receives three practice kicks followed by 15 consecutive kicks from the designated penalty line for their age group. In the event a tie breaker is necessary, it will be conducted as follows: each contestant will have the opportunity to take three kicks from a position three yards behind the designated age penalty line. If the contestants are still tied, they will then continue to take turns of three kicks each until a clear winner emerges.


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. Scorers should record shots made and missed according to the instructions on the entry form/score sheet. It is also recommended that multiple scorers be assigned to each goal for scoring accuracy and comparison. All scores should be verified before the next contestant is allowed to shoot. The use of video tape recording is not recommended to resolve questions on scoring totals. Judges and scorers are given final authority in verifying all scores and violations.


The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is open to all boys and girls in the community, ages 9-14. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of September 1.

Proof of age may be required.

Athletes in high school are advised to check with their school athletic directors or their jurisdictional high school athletic associations regarding possible eligibility conflicts.

Age Specifications

2019-2020 Winners

District Winners

State Winners from SSJ