Our history


Township of Pennsauken

“Pennsauken was first settled by the Native Americans who were part of the Delaware and the Algonquin nations.  They were called the Lenni Lenape, meaning “first people.”  Discovered in 1633, the name Pennsauken in the Lenape language, means “tobacco pouch.”  Progressive, business-oriented, and cooperative, Pennsauken has also been the home of many “firsts.”  Central Airport, which began in 1929, was the first area airport.  It provided air passenger service for Philadelphia and South Jersey and was visited by many famous people, including Charles Lindbergh and General Eisenhower.  The first drive-in movie theater in the United States was also built in Pennsauken in 1933, following the stock market crash.” (Images of America: Pennsauken. Kathleen J. Crane, 1997)

Pennsauken has also had its impact in the world of sports.  Mud from the Pennsauken Creek is used globally by professional Baseball and Football teams, to help remove shine and soften seams, which provides a better grip on the ball.  In addition, Jersey Joe Walcott, boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1951, was also from Pennsauken.

Pennsauken Youth Athletic Activities (PYAA)

PYAA Soccer is a member of Pennsauken Youth Athletic Activities (PYAA).  It is the non-profit,  governing body of youth sports programs in the Township of Pennsauken.  Other sports include: Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Football, Cheerleading, and Wrestling.

PYAA Soccer

Established in 1969 on the basic principles of Community and Volunteerism, PYAA Soccer has been a fixture in the Tri-State Area, proudly serving the residents of Pennsauken and Merchantville NJ.  With a focus on educational player development, sportsmanship and community pride, our young players are excited to meet the new challenges of an evolving national soccer landscape.


  • Founded in1969 by John Baker, Walt Nicgorski and Jack Rudderow
  • Additional contributing members included: Jack Gerst (1st President), Tom McGuirer, Juan Pena, Bob Varas, & Mike Vermees
  • South Jersey's Top Complex, built in Sept 2010, featuring over 10 Soccer Fields
  • Closed Club open to all Merchantville and Pennsauken residents
  • Intramural Program for Ages 4-15
  • Travel Soccer for Boys Ages U8-U16 (SJSL)
  • Travel Soccer for Girls Ages U8-U16 (SJGSL)