UPWARD Soccer is for boys and girls 4 years old (by August 1) through 6th grade.
Registration is closed.
More information about our 2013 season coming soon!
1. Since 1989, soccer participation in America has increased by more than 72%.
2. More than 7 million 6 to 11-year-olds participate in soccer in America (the largest participating group).
*source: 2004 Sports Participation in America Report, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
UPWARD Soccer provides a chance for our church to use the fastest growing sport in the US to evangelize our community. By keeping in mind that Every Child is a winner, UPWARD is able to help build a league that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in all who participate through:
1. Sportsmanship and competitiveness in proper perspective by not maintaining league standings in any
2. Maximizing the family schedule by having only one hour of practice and one game each week.
3. Equipping coaches and referees to minister by providing extensive teaching tools and simplified rules
4. Providing opportunities to promote other church ministries to all participants and families.
5. Allowing the coach to focus on ministering to children and their families, instead of game strategy,
by having a set substitution system where all players are allowed equal playing time and equal
opportunity for improvement.
6. Maximizing ministry opportunities by exposing players to Scripture-hased devotions during each practice
and spectators to halftime testimonies each game day.
7. Encouraging each player with a game day award following every game.
8. Providing opportunities to see changed hearts and lives among children, family members, and volunteers
who experience an UPWARD ministry.
9. Conducting an UPWARD Awards Celebration where participants and parents are given an opportunity to
respond to the gospel.
For more information or to volunteer contact Michelle Van Pelt
in the Children’s Ministry Office at 281-446-8168.