Category Archives: SOCCER

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.

Sporting KC Academy lifts U15 trophy

Sporting-Academy

NOVEMBER 2015 – The future of soccer in America is bright, and nowhere in America is it brighter than in Kansas City.

The growth of youth soccer in the area is shown in the rise of youth organizations like Heartland Soccer – the largest youth soccer organization in the United States – and the opening of world-class facilities such as Swope Soccer Village.

One highlight of this growth came this summer when Sporting KC Academy won the U15 championship

Sporting Lee’s Summit moves forward into 2016

Sporting-LS

NOVEMBER 2015 – One of the oldest and largest soccer clubs in the state, Sporting Lee’s Summit is
an all-inclusive, year-round program for kids from 3 to 63.

Founded as the Lee’s Summit Soccer Association in 1992 with 55 teams and about 600 players, the club has grown to include 4,300 players in their recreational division and another 2,100 players in their spring and fall competitive division.

The club was the 14th program to join Sporting KC, becoming Sporting Lees Summit (Sporting LS) in January.

The club also hosts a wide variety of training camps, participates in Sporting KC Academy and includes a well-regarded special-needs program.

“We do a lot of fun things here,” said Sporting LS president Ron Cox. “It starts at age three and it goes all the way through to adult.

Former Chief Deron Cherry: A Futbol Ambassador

Soccer-Cherry

AUGUST 2015 – Kansas City sports fans recognize the name Deron Cherry. After all, Cherry starred as a Chiefs free safety for more than a decade, earning All-Pro honors six times and was named to the NFLs all-decade team for the 1980s.  In 1995, he became a part-owner of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, thereby becoming the first NFL minority owner.

It is in a different kind of football, however, where Cherry has garnered new recognition. While he still enjoys American football, futbol – or soccer – has become his passion, and Cherry has his family to thank for that.

Coaching or managing a team isn’t for everyone

Coaching

AUGUST 2015 – From age seven to 37, I played baseball under the guidance of dozens of coaches and managers.  From age 7 to 22, I played as an amateur, and then, after I signed my first pro contract with the Washington Senators in 1971, I played 16 years as a professional, including under Royals Hall of Fame manager Dick Howser. I would like to offer some personal views on the subject of coaching and/or managing.

Heartland Soccer builds capable, strong referees

JULY 2015 – In every soccer match there are actually three teams taking the field. There are the two teams most people immediately recognize – those competing to score more goals than the other.

There is also a third team made up of referees.

Although often unnoticed until they don’t perform well, the referee team is just as important to the match as either of the other teams. 

The dangers for one sport athletes

one-sport-athletes

JULY 2015 – In today’s world of ultra-competitive children’s athletics, there is more and more pressure on parents and kids to begin specializing in one sport at a very young age.  While it may seem like choosing one sport and sticking with it will give an athlete an advantage, we are finding out more and more specialization does not necessarily lead to better performance.

In addition, it also puts these young athletes at much higher risk of injury. 

$300 million Gateway Village Sports Complex coming to Grandview

Gateway-Village

JUNE 2015 – The Kansas City area continues to grow its reputation as a soccer hotbed with the May announcement of the Gateway Village development project.

The 230-acre, $300 million project off 150 Highway in southern Grandview is centered on soccer fields and will include 42 homes and 300 upscale apartments, along with restaurants, retail, recreation and two hotels.

KC Invitational soccer tournament is region’s biggest

Soccer-KC-Invitational

MAY 2015 – The Kansas City Invitational Soccer Tournament is one of the constants of youth soccer in Kansas City.  It is the season-ending tournament and the largest of the year.

This most popular of tourneys attracted a record number of teams last year from all across the region and organizers expect even more this year.