Category Archives: SOCCER

The Heartland Soccer brand builds the youth soccer community in KC

When people hear the names of some of the most popular brands, they have an intuitive idea of exactly what those brands represent. They don’t have to be told that Nike sells shoes, or Starbucks coffee. In the Kansas City area, the same can be said of the Heartland Soccer Association and youth soccer.

The two have become virtually synonymous in the region, with more than 30,000 girls and boys ranging in age from 8 to 19 in recreational and premier soccer playing league and tournament games.

Kansas City’s Heartland Soccer Association celebrates 40 years

The country’s largest youth soccer organization wasn’t built overnight. Heartland Soccer Association – home to more than 30,000 recreational and competitive soccer players through its leagues and tournaments – traces its roots to 1977 with the formation of the Johnson County Soccer League.

Gateway Village brings one-of-a-kind adventure to families

Gateway Village Greg Cotton

The youth sports marketing revolution continues at Gateway Sports Village in Grandview. With technology and innovative ideas learned with Sporting Kansas City, the developers of Gateway Village will deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure for its customers.

Cooperative competition brings success for Heartland Soccer Association

Heartland Soccer

April 2017 – How Kansas City became America’s youth soccer capital is rooted in a unique idea by the Heartland Soccer Association which was born of both competition and cooperation.

The competition component is obvious: it is seen on the field by every kid who plays the game and by every coach.

What makes Kansas City’s youth soccer experience unusual is the cooperation between clubs which has allowed local soccer clubs, led by Heartland Soccer Association, to build world class facilities and operate some of the largest tournaments and leagues in the country.

Youth referees for Sporting Lee’s Summit will become strong citizens

SEPTEMBER 2016 – Without a team of referees, the game wouldn’t exist.

While they score no goals and make no saves, they are essential to the success of every soccer player on the field.

At Sporting Lee’s Summit, the team of referees which take the field in every match make youth soccer enjoyable for their kids.

“I truly believe the generation of young people will change the world,” said Sporting LS referee assignor Art Shinabarger.

His belief is reflected throughout SLS’s administration, where the referee program is the single largest employer of teenagers in Lee’s Summit.

Youngsters earn their soccer stripes at Sporting Lee’s Summit

Sporting LS Stripes

AUGUST 2016An important part of developing a successful youth soccer program is helping the youngest players start out on the right foot. Sporting Kansas City began their fledgling program – Sporting Stripes – last fall, first with a pilot program in Roeland Park, then moving to The Soccer Lot in the Crossroads.

Sporting Lee’s Summit’s affiliation with Sporting KC created an opportunity to merge their popular Lee’s Summit Juniors program with the Sporting KC Stripes.

Gateway Village: A Recreation Evolution

Gateway Village

APRIL 2016 – Gateway Village, the soccer-centric Grandview development project, will clearly change the lives of young soccer players and their families, while also providing a wide range of recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors.

Volunteers, parents drive Sporting Lee’s Summit success

Sporting LS Volunteers

MARCH 2016 – For an organization to be successful, it must have dedicated people. Sporting Lee’s Summit, which can trace its success back to its foundational days and the leadership of early volunteers.

HappyFeet makes happy soccer kids in Kansas City

HappyFeet

MARCH 2016 – Children often begin playing soccer at a very early age, and organizations like HappyFeet are instrumental in teaching the sport to preschoolers.

HappyFeet and Mini-Kickers began offering soccer programs to 3 to 5-year olds in 1988 in the Kansas City area.

Sporting Lee’s Summit players experience European soccer

Sporting Lee's Summit in Madrid

JANUARY 2016 – Among the important keys in developing young professional athletes is an opportunity to see how the world’s best and brightest play their craft, which also holds true of young soccer prodigies. A handful of Sporting Lee’s Summit players had a unique opportunity to witness world-class soccer up close and personal when they traveled to Madrid, Spain, visiting storied Real Madrid Academy, one of the world’s oldest and most acclaimed clubs.

The trip is part of SLS’ push to increase international exposure for our players. This initiative began in 2012 with the emergence of both British and Brazilian youth soccer camps hosted at Legacy Park.