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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
FEBRUARY 2015 – In 38 years since the Blue Valley Soccer Club was founded, it has grown to become one of the most important youth soccer organizations in the region.
One of six Heartland Soccer Association member clubs, it grew to become an ideal place to find a variety of services for young soccer players.
A year after becoming an affiliate of Sporting KC, BVSC merged with KC Football Club to become Sporting Blue Valley.
“Sporting Blue Valley is the largest club in Kansas and KC, actually, one of the largest in the country,”
JANUARY 2015 – The opening of Swope Soccer Village was intended to bring a soccer presence to the inner city and give kids greater access to the “world’s game.”
It has become so much more than that.
Contributing to Kansas City’s growth as soccer capital of America, Swope Village has become a place to inspire kids and soccer enthusiasts of all ages.