Started by Norwegian immigrants in 1911, SC Gjøa (pronounced YO-ah) is the oldest youth soccer club in New York and quite possibly the nation. Our Brooklyn-based program provides Camps, Clinics, and Travel Soccer for Girls & Boys ages 4 to 18 years, and the club has over 400 participants each year.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, we put kids before earnings in every aspect of our approach to teaching young people the beautiful game.

Why Choose Gjøa?

Brooklyn has seen a proliferation of mostly for-profit soccer clubs in recent years. What makes Gjøa’s non-profit approach different from other programs?
– Reasonable fees and financial aid provided to many families in need.
– Only full-time USSF & UEFA licensed professional coaches in all programs.

Travel Soccer Benefits…
– Each player has an Individual Development Plan guided by their coach.
– Goalkeepers have their own extra practice with our professional GK Coach.
– Optional weekly Club Practice at no additional charge.
– Winter practices at Socceroof, Brooklyn’s premier indoor turf field.
– A dedicated home field with a new turf surface for all home games.
– Most teams play away games within the five boroughs of NYC.
– A philosophy that puts player development before winning at all costs.
– Every travel team player plays at least 50% of every game.
– Community service involvement via our Playing it Back program.


The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen is best known as the first man to reach the South Pole. However,  his initial fame came in 1906, when he and his crew became the first to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Northwest Passage, a goal that had eluded explorers for centuries. This feat was accomplished aboard a ship named ‘Gjøa’. Five years later, in 1911, members of the Norwegian Seamen’s Association organized a sporting club. Inspired by the spirit of that hardy band of explorers, the new club adopted the name of their ship. Initially, the Sporting Club only organised whale fishing and the tug of war,  but in 1918 they started playing soccer.

In more than 100 years since, the club has won more soccer trophies than can fit inside our clubhouse, from the Scandinavian-American Athletic League in the early years, to the local or regional leagues over the decades and even international silverware from the Norway Cup in Oslo. The club has always been proud of its focus on individual success rather than purely teams winning trophies, however, and some impressive alumni came through the ranks at SC Gjøa, including:

William Andersen – Gjøa’s first Men’s “A” Team Manager, US Soccer Hall of Fame

Lloyd Munsen – US Men’s National and Olympic Teams, US Soccer Hall of Fame

Amr Aly – Captain of the US Olympic Team and winner of the Hermann Trophy

Tom Kain – US Olympic Team and  winner of the Hermann Trophy

Michael Windischman – Captain of the US National Team in the 1990 World Cup, US Soccer Hall of Fame

Gregg Bergstrom – US  Men’s National Team

Today the club strives to continue this legacy by placing a focus on each individual player, maintaining at least one team for every age group on the boys’ side, growing our girls’ program, celebrating our heritage and taking teams to the yearly Norway Cup international tournament in Oslo, Norway. Our community is proud to share in something that has lasted for so long and has so many years left to look forward to!