Saint Paul Blackhawks Soccer Club builds character in our soccer players and strengthens our community. Our mission is to develop highly skilled, respectful, competitive soccer players. As a Saint Paul-based organization, we embrace our diversity and welcome the different cultures that bring richness to our club and our players’ experience.
Founded in 1952, Saint Paul Blackhawks is a non-profit organization serving youths, their families, and the community by offering a high-quality year-round soccer program for players ages five to nineteen. This year-round program includes summer traveling teams starting at age 9, fall leagues, winter and spring indoor skills training, futsal, and summer camps.
When European immigrants settled in Minnesota following World War II they brought along their game of soccer. The immigrants played on a field near the Highland water tower in St. Paul. The game caught on and before long there were enough players to field two teams known as the Blackhawks and the Falcons.
In 1952 the Blackhawks and the Falcons founded the Saint Paul Soccer Club, establishing in one swoop both Minnesota club soccer and the Saint Paul Blackhawks Soccer Club. In addition to playing local ethnic clubs and in local leagues, the Blackhawks and the Falcons traveled to Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago to play in tournaments and friendlies. Over the years, the Blackhawks and the Falcons developed into arguably the finest adult soccer program in Minnesota. The Saint Paul Blackhawks youth soccer club grew from those roots.
On February 25, 1985—over 35 years ago—Blackhawks of Saint Paul incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation. On that date, the club refocused its activities on youth soccer programs to benefit our community. The vision, smooth execution, and breadth of training and competition that we value are the results of over 35 years experience with youth programs. Today, your Blackhawks club stands tall as one of the top competitive youth soccer organizations in the state, including a significant swath of extraterritorial clubs across the border.
In a crowded field of youth athletics options, Blackhawks’ mission withstands the test of time as a key differentiator. Your board and staff understand an important life lesson: individuals’ differences contribute to the success of high performing teams. Our players wear it on their sleeves.