Fall Kick Off Challenge Hits Record Breaking Registration

Aug 13, 2017News

Media Contact:
Katie Falco
Media Relations
Heartland Soccer’s Fall Kick Off Challenge Hits Record Breaking Registration
 Overland Park based soccer tournament will generate up to an estimated $1 million economic impact.

Overland Park, KS- August 11-13, 2017, Heartland Soccer Association will give teams their first opportunity to get early games in with the start of the fall season in the sold out Fall Kick Off Challenge.

In its 8th year, the Fall Kick Off Challenge has grown into the largest early season fall tournament in Kansas City. The tournament features three levels of play (Gold, Silver and Bronze) providing excellent competition and is formatted to be particularly family friendly.

The Fall Kick Off Challenge is headquartered at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and also features the first tournament games at the new Wyandotte Sporting Fields. Both are central locations with many hotel, restaurant and entertainment options to suit every team’s budget and taste.

Heartland’s tournaments continue to grow and attract teams from all around the region. This 2017 tournament is the largest Fall Kick Off Challenge to date as it will welcome in 246 teams from 5 states; Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

With teams traveling in from all over the KC metropolitan area and various states, the economic impact is expected to be up to $1 million over the weekend.

“The Fall Kick Off Challenge has grown into an important part of our tournament series.  It’s a great way to get the kids excited and back into the swing of things as the fall season begins,” said Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director. “We are continuing to experience significant growth in our regional tournaments as teams travel from across the Midwest to visit our world class facilities and compete on the fields.  We are excited to host thousands of families this weekend.”

The first set of games will start at 5:00PM on Friday. Saturday and Sunday games will begin at approximately 7:00AM with the award ceremonies set for Sunday early evening.

Executive Director, Shane Hackett, will be available on-site for interviews. Please contact Katie Falco ([email protected] or (913)909-8676) if you would like to set up an interview.

Up next for Heartland will be the Heartland Midwest Classic at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, which is expected to bring in approximately 250 teams. The tournament is set for Labor Day weekend, September 1-3rd with no games on Labor Day.

About Heartland Soccer Association
 Heartland is recognized as the largest soccer league and tournament host in the United States. From recreational to premier, 1,300 teams participate each season in league play and 2,500 teams participate annually in our tournaments. Between fall and spring league and annual tournaments, Heartland hosts nearly 85,000 players.

Heartland plays at world class turf facilities, Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, Swope Soccer Village and Wyandotte Sporting Fields, as well as grass fields at Heritage Soccer Park and Legacy Soccer Park.