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Largest soccer tournament in Kansas City history coming to Overland Park
- May 20, 2013
 
 

Overland Park, Kansas - Organized by Heartland Soccer Association, the Kansas City Invitational tournament is kicking off this weekend with record attendance. From May 24-27, 352 teams will take over the Overland Park Soccer Complex, equating to about 5,000 athletes ages nine to 19. In 2012, the tournament drew 47 less teams compared to this year's tournament.
  
"The 2013 Kansas City Invitational is the largest tournament in Kansas City and Kansas history," says Shane Hackett, executive director of Heartland Soccer Association.
  
Drawing athletes from 11 states, the tournament will generate 3600 room nights for Overland Park and economic impact is expected to reach $900,000. About 35% of the teams are coming from outside the Kansas City metro.
  
The tournament's growth is complemented by Heartland Soccer Association's overall increase in participating member teams. From 2003 to 2013, the league has doubled from under 500 teams to 1,012 and is now regarded as one of the largest youth soccer leagues in the entire country.
  
"Soccer is experiencing exponential growth and we are at the forefront," continues Hackett. "We continue to see growth each and every season for both league play and tournaments with teams traveling from all parts of the country to experience the world-class Overland Park Soccer Complex."
  
The public is welcome to attend and price of admission is complimentary. For additional information including the tournament schedule, please visitwww.heartlandsoccer.net.

About Heartland Soccer Association

Based in Overland Park, Kansas, Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 as the Johnson County Soccer League for the purpose of promoting soccer in Johnson County, Kansas. Today it is a nonprofit and educational youth soccer association representing more than 1,000 teams, 13,000 youth players, 2,000 coaches, and 650 referees per season. Heartland is a proud member of the Kansas Youth Soccer Association, the US Youth Soccer Association, and the US Soccer Federation.

 

 

 

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HEARTLAND SOCCER ASSOCIATION SPRING SEASONONE OF THE LARGEST ASSOCIATIONS IN THE NATION

Heartland Soccer Association has 820 teams registered to play in their league this spring at the new state-of-the-art Overland Park Soccer Complex and Heritage Soccer Park.

Heartland Soccer Association (non-profit) is primarily a youth soccer league. With more than 800 teams, 12,000 players, 500 coaches and 600 referees, Heartland is one of the largest soccer associations in the nation. In addition to league play, Heartland hosts about 8 tournaments a year ranging anywhere from 90 to 450 teams per tournament. Overland Park Soccer Complex is Heartland’s primary tournament venue.

With the success of the leagues and tournament, Heartland has seen a large increase in teams each season. Dating back to spring 2009, there were 689 teams; spring 2010 had 766 teams and fall 2010 had 803 teams.

Despite the out-of-town teams traveling to participate, Heartland Soccer is made up of mostly Johnson County and Kansas City metro teams. 55% of their tournaments and 90% of their leagues are local Kansas City metro teams.

Spring season starts March 12th and runs through June 5th. Heartland will host The Border Battle Tournament on March 4-6th at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

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HEARTLAND SOCCER ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE BORDER BATTLE TOURNAMENT
One of the largest tournaments in the Midwest at the new Overland Park Soccer Complex

Heartland Soccer Association will be partnering with GSI to hold their annual Border Battle Tournament the weekend of March 4-6th at the new Overland Park Soccer Complex on 135th and Switzer. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Border Battle Tournament continues as one of the biggest and best tournaments in the Kansas City area. This particular tournament will have 299 teams playing in it, bringing in competition from 11 different states including; Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansa, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  With the tournament being so large, overflow of games will be played at Heritage Soccer Park, Heartland’s primary league venue.

The host of the tournament, Heartland Soccer Association, is primarily a youth soccer league. With 820 teams, 12,000 players, 500 coaches and 600 referees, Heartland is one of the largest soccer associations in the nation. Heartland hosts about 8 tournaments a year ranging anywhere from 90 to 450 teams per tournament. Overland Park Soccer Complex is Heartland’s primary tournament venue.

Despite the out-of-town teams traveling to participate, Heartland Soccer is made up of mostly Johnson County and Kansas City metro teams. 55% of their tournaments and 90% of their leagues are local Kansas City metro teams.

 

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