Back in 2013, Desert Grace was looking for a way to provide a safe, fun activity for the children in our community. While the church had a small field, it was barely used and no one in the congregation knew how to begin hosting any type of sports. A partnership was formed between the church and a nationwide organization:    Upward Sports – and the rest is history

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Upward Soccer is a slightly modified soccer league designed to help players build skills while enjoying an appropriate level of competition – offered at multiple levels according to their age group. 


 Our youngest age groups will play a 4 vs. 4 game  format, in which the goal is smaller and there is no goalie.  


 Older age groups will enjoy a larger field, a larger goal, and a 7 vs. 7 format including a goalie. 


 Friendly competition is welcome but outstanding      sportsmanship from both players and spectators is expected at all times


This Soccer league is completely staffed by volunteers.  All of the income is used to pay for player kits, field maintenance, equipment, or other costs associated with Desert Grace’s Upward Sports programs. Absolutely NO monies are redirected to church operations or to pay any person associated with the league.

Teams have been formed for the Fall 2022 season!

Don't worry, you can still register!

Cost is $85 for registration and player kit. Team practices have already started, so register today so we can get you on a team!

We highly recommend the online registration option, and we request that you pay registration fees via credit or debit card with no additional fees.  We also offer the ability to register in-person during Church Office hours.


Player kits include the jersey, shorts, socks, and more.

The registration fee also includes the end-of-season award. We do not offer any discounts for multiple children from the same family.

Refund policy is listed at the bottom of this page, please scroll down for information.


Families qualify based on financial need and are expected to volunteer to help operate the league.

For information about any of the scholarship opportunities, contact us at (928) 305-1132 or at info@desertgrace.org


Ready to join the league? Click the button below!

First Practices
First Games
Award Ceremony

Team Rosters


We give full refunds for any or no reason until early registration ends. If a refund is requested after early registration ends and prior to the first practice, there will be a $10 fee deducted from any refund due, which is required to return the player kit to Upward Sports. After the first practice, there are no refunds. We will not provide any type of refund if a player is unhappy with a team assignment, or a coach, cannot play with a friend, etc.