Heartland Soccer Association
9161 W 133rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: 913-888-8768


Heartland Soccer Association is recognized as one
of the largest soccer leagues and tournament hosts in the country.
We offer recreational to premier divisions,
ages U8 through U19.

2018 Spring Season is right around the corner!
That's right! The 2018 Spring season kicks off in less than a month!
With 1,276 teams participating, Heartland Soccer Association will 
remain t he largest youth soccer league in the country.   Heartland was formed in 1977 as the Johnson County Soccer League and has grown  from an initial 600 players to its current size.  We are so incredibly proud of the soccer community here in the Kansas City area.

2018 will  kick off with our annual Border Battle tournament, February 23-25.  Then, league play will start up the first weekend of March!  We are looking forward to another great season!  Thank you for your ongoing support and b est  of luck to all of our teams! 

KC Champions Cup logo from Huw 
Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and
Wyandotte Sporting Fields
Apr 13th - Apr 15th, 2018


TThis tournament is in its 9th year and is established as a top spring event and attracts teams from throughout the Midwest. This year the tournament will be open to teams of all levels of play within the following age divisions - Boys U8-U19 and Girls U8-U14.  

*Registration Deadline: 
March 5th, 2018






Spring 2018 Calendar
Feb 21 Spring 2018 schedule posted after 5pm
Feb 23-25 Border Battle Tournament
Feb 23-25 Dick's Sporting Good Discount Weekend for Heartland
Mar 2-4 First weekend of League play
Mar 9-11 League play
Mar 16-18 League play
Mar 23-25 League Play
Mar 30-31 League Play
April 1 Easter Sunday/No Games
Apr 6-8 League Play
Apr 6-8 Dick's Sporting Good Discount Weekend for Heartland
Apr 13-15 Kansas City Champions Cup /League Play
Apr 20-22 League Play
Apr 27-29 League Play
May 4-6 League Play
May 11-13 Midwest Mother's Day Classic / League Play
May 18-20 Rainout Weekend
May 25-27 Kansas City Invitational Tournament

Come out and support youth soccer! 
Border Battle traditional logo
Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex
February 23 - 25, 2018

The 2018 Border Battle Soccer Tournament will be held at one of the country's finest soccer facilities, the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, home of the 2013 USYSA National Championships.  This tournament has already been established and recognized as one of the top spring tournaments in the Midwest.  It annually attracts ECNL, NPL, State and Regional Champion teams from up to 14 different States.  We are anticipating another sell out event in 2018 with teams traveling from all over the Midwest! 

Registration is closed.


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This Month in History: February
Happy Birthday Month to Cristiano Ronaldo!

Cristiano celebrated his 33 rd birthday on February 5 th . He was born in Sao Pedro, Funchal from the country Portugal. Ronaldo was actually named after his Father's favorite actor, Ronald Regan.
Ronaldo is one of the top soccer players in the world. He rose to fame playing for Real Madrid as their best forward, where he was acquired from Manchester United for $131.6 Million. He was ranked as one of the highest paid athletes in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2016 and 2017, as well as ranked as one ESPN's most famous athletes in the world. In 2008, Ronaldo was captain for the Portugal National Team and he also received the Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the year in: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. In Spain, Ronaldo has won 14 trophies, including two  La Liga  titles, two  Copa del Rey  titles, three Champions League titles, two  UEFA Super Cups , and three  FIFA Club World Cups .

Dave & Buster's, Overland Park is now open! Be our guest and get $20 in FREE Game Play! Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports
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KSYSA Appoints a New Executive Director
Kansas State Youth Soccer Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Dragan as the Executive Director of our organization.
 
Joel joins Kansas State Youth Soccer Association from Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, where he serves as Director of Member Services, a position he's held for the past seven years. In this role, Joel oversees over ninety member associations, risk management duties, and administrative responsibilities.
 
Prior to his position with the State Association, Joel worked at the Total Sports Complex and Michigan State Premier Soccer Program. During his time at these organizations Joel was in charge of budgets, collecting member fees, and supervising teams, players, and facilities.
 
In addition to his work at the State Association level, Joel also currently holds the role of Committee Chair for the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Soccer Across America program.
 
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Joel! 

US Youth Futsal has launched a new logo and  website:    www.usyouthfutsal.com
U.S. Youth Futsal National Championships
February 16-19, 2018
Kansas City 

2016/17 Heartland Numbers


Fall league teams
1,260
Spring league teams
1,296
League players 
42,000
Tournament teams
2,634
Tournament players 
44,000+
Referees
2,000+
Coaches
4,000
2017 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)
 
Border Battle '17
181
Sport Shake KC Champions Cup '17 407
Mother's Day Classic '17 407
KC Invitational '17
282
Fall Kick Off Challenge '17
246
Heartland Midwest Classic '17
228
Midwest All Girls '17
289
ALDI Heartland Invitational Girls  '17
311
ALDI Heartland Invitational Boys '17
435

*In the last 12 months Heartland welcomed teams
 from a total of 17 states and Canada.
Disturbances in the Force 
 Teach us what is most important!
On any given weekend at any Heartland Soccer Complex, the soccer ecosystem is fully engaged and at work.  The complexes are ready for the club to send their teams to take the fields.  The coaches have planned their lineups and have their game strategy ready.  The players and Referees have put on their uniforms in preparation for the upcoming contest.  The parents and fans are ready to cheer effort and success.  A typical weekend where we will experience the "thrill of victory" and the "agony of defeat".  It feels like life and death at the time, but we know that when the game is over we go home and get ready for next week.  The Heartland Soccer "force" is well.  We all feel it.

The Heartland Soccer ecosystem includes the interaction of complexes, clubs and their team, coaches, players, parents and fans and Referees.  When everything is cooperating, the force is good.  

This winter there were some disturbances in the force.  We lost
some very special people.  They left us way too early.  They were coaches, players, fans and Referees.  The memories we have of
them are real.  The memories make us laugh and they make us ask the question, "what if?".  Yes, we all felt the disturbance.  It was real.  It was personal. It was powerful.

Now we are getting ready for the Spring season and we are  reminded again that soccer is more than just a game.   It  is  a
shared experience where we all give our best efforts to feel the rewards that come from playing this beautiful game.  We make friends and create memories that will last a life time.  Soccer isn't life or death.
The winter disturbances in the force reminded us that there a difference between the game of soccer and life.  We play many games, but we get only one life.  This Spring, let each of us commit to play/coach/cheer/referee our hardest and best and live our lives to the fullest together.  Let us feel and use the power of the Soccer force for good.





The Spring 2018 State Cup, Presidents Cup, & Jr. State Cup will be held at the Wyandotte Sporting Fields, 
May 29th through June 6th!

Congratulations to Kansas Youth Soccer's 
February  Players of the Month! 

Caroline from Overland Park Soccer Club &
 Riley from Wichita FC Premiera (SCSA)!  

 

We Want your Photos!

Heartland Soccer Association is seeking action photo shots of kids of all ages and abilities playing soccer in Heartland League Games or Tournaments.  Submitted photos may be included in Heartland Tournament, League and other promotional materials as well as social media posts.

Instructions for submitting photos:
All submitted photo files must be .jpg format, must be a minimum of 1,200 x 1,600 pixels, and no larger than 2 MB in size.  Submitting a photo doesn't guarantee that it will be used.
By submitting a photo for consideration for use in Heartland Soccer Association promotional materials, you agree that:
1.      You are the sole author of the photograph and control all rights for its use.  The photograph is original.  You have the rights to grant usage of the photograph as stated below.  There has been no prior sale, publication or transfer of rights to the photograph. The photograph shall not contain any libelous or scandalous matter.  To the best of your knowledge, the photograph's creation, publication and use shall not infringe any copyright, right of privacy or right of publicity, or infringe or violate any right of any third party.
2.      You grant to Heartland Soccer Association all rights to use the photograph in any and all forms of media, including but not limited to electronic, digital media and print.
3.      You allow Heartland Soccer Association the right to edit, revise, adapt and crop the photo as necessary.
Please send all photo submissions to Bridgette at [email protected]
 
 
FCFA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Powered by Fountain City Futsal Academy

FCFA is excited to announce Fountain City Futsal Academy Development Program. This is a six week, training only program focusing on the technical aspects of futsal.  
It will be offered to players of all ages, all play levels.

Session 2: 
February 23

Cost:
$150 per session ($275 for 2 sessions)
Cost includes uniform kit - t-shirt, shorts and futsal ball

 All sessions will be held at SportPlex in Olathe.   Additional information can be found on at: www.fountaincityfutsalacademy.com


Coaching Requirements
 
Heartland Soccer League is sanctioned by Kansas Youth Soccer. There is a minimum coaching requirement.  All recreational and premier coaches must complete the F license course.  It is online and can be found at the following link. 
NATIONAL "F" LICENSE
 
Attention!
 
If you have a referee, coach, club, team or player accomplishment or photo that you would like to share please email Katie Falco at
 
 
Inside the 2018 Heartland Soccer Association Awards Gala
"Success isn't given. It's earned"





Heartland Soccer Association held our 2nd Annual Awards Gala on        F ebruary 3rd, 2018 at Museum at Prairiefire.  This was the time to take off the cleats, put away the whistles, and forget about competing, while we recognized those individuals who have made a positive impact in the soccer community.
 
Awards were given to those involved within our member clubs and referees to  name a few ;  Administrator of the Year, Girl's and Boy's Coach of the Year, Hall of Fame Player, Field Manager of the Year, Most Improved Referee, and Referee of the Year.
 
The evening was wonderful and a great time was had by all, as our soccer community came together and celebrated the accomplishments of those who won awards.  We are excited to see how much the event has grown in such a short amount of time and have great anticipation for next year's Gala!
 
Thank you Museum at Prairiefire for hosting our second annual Gala Awards night and Rock & Brews for catering.  We would like to extend a Huge Thank you to Mark Alford, as our Master of Ceremonies.  Thank you HCA Midwest Health and Stann Tate as our guest speaker.  Thank you AC Print for providing the program guides and Kansas City Centerpiece for the beautiful table d├ęcor.  Thank you to Dick's, Soccer Master, Stem, Kansas City Chiefs and KC Royals for providing the Raffle items.  

Thank you to Vibrant Snaps Photography and Design for taking photos of the evening. 
All photos can be found at  www.oliviareyesphotography.shutterfly.com.

Kansas Youth Soccer Awards Video was provided by ProPotential and can be found at   https://www.youtube.com/user/KansasYouthSoccer .
For a copy or download please contact [email protected].

HEARTLAND SOCCER AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Administrator of the Year
Laurie Powers - KC Fusion

Melinda Green - Kansas Rush

Julie Weinrich - SBV
Chuck Grinstead - OPSC Carol Stovall (KC Legends) - KPSL Tony LaRose - SLS
Pam Drummond - NEU

Special Recognition
Nathan Herrington - KC Fusion

Scott Terwilliger - Kansas Rush

Alex Churchman - SBV
Janet Peterson - OPSC Melanie Davis (Jambars) - KPSL Zoran Savic - SLS
Judi Hammes - NEU

Girls Coach of the Year
Chris Anderson - KC Fusion

Randall Porter - Kansas Rush

Steve "Shinner" Davies - SBV
Max Cookson - OPSC Matt Iverson - KPSL Rachel Obert - SLS
Erica Henley-Ganz-NEU

Boys Coach of the Year
Jimmy Perez - KC Fusion

Dalio Mercado - Kansas Rush

Gabe Thompson - SBV
Christophe Nicot - OPSC Pat Oxburn - KPSL Shaun Owens - SLS
Chad Middleton - NEU

Heartland Soccer Hall of Fame
Nate Houser - KC Fusion

Phil Thacker - Kansas Rush

Dale Ramsey - SBV
Len Boxler - OPSC Johnny Duker - KPSL Ron Cox - SLS
The Hippe Family - NEU
Heartland Soccer Hall of Fame
Kayla Hamner - KC Fusion
Player
Abby Rhodes - Kansas Rush

Mandy Laddish  - SBV
Joah Hickel (Jambars) - KPSL Annie Henley Spillman - NEU
Distinguished Service Award
Mark Christophel

Matt Ireland

REFEREE AWARDS
IRON MAN


Sterling Hammett Alan Rosenak Marlin Wallenburg
Mourad Khalil
Velimir Stefanovic

Assistant Referee Outstanding
Nate Hampleman
Performer
Abby Scheier

Riley Alt
Field Manager of the Year
Kaitlyn Cody

Mike Whalen

Rookie of the Year
Laura Brown

Emily Ngo

Sydney Hammett
Gavin Ayoade


Most Improved
Nicholas Gulley

Drew Klemp

Omar Abdelmoity
Sophia Hall
Isabelle Carroll

Referee of the Year
Nate Bross


Kansas State Youth Soccer Association AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Young Female Referee
Lauren Saunders
Young Male Referee
Tom Fabing
Administrator of the Year
Sarah McTighe
Volunteer of the Year
Alyson Mitchell
Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
Sara Matthews
Girls Recreation Coach of the Year
Brandon Johnson
Boys Recreation Coach of the Year
Kyle Bockover
TOPSoccer Coach of the Year
Jenna Winans
Lauren Ewald
TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year
Hayden High School Team Soccer
Save of the Year
Will Lowry
Goal of the Year
Matthew Blalock

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Carrie Ogonowski - Outstanding Achievement

Jon Kempin - Outstanding Achievemen
Michael Whitemore - Lifetime Achievement



Congratulations to Julio and Omar Tinoco
   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight!


Julio and Omar Tinoco :   One of the reasons teams elect to play in the Heartland League is because of the level of competition.  On any given weekend you will see teams from Overland Park, Kansas City, Springfield, Topeka, Wichita, Omaha, Columbia and other cities around the region.  This level of competition has also reached the Referee level.  Referee's want to officiate the best competition and are willing to go distances to get these levels of matches.    The Tinoco brothers appreciate the Heartland competition and drive to Kansas City from  Marshall, Missouri which is over 100 miles away from the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex just  so they can get better as Referees.  The Heartland experience reaches to all categories of the soccer eco system.  For this reason we highlight the Tinoco brothers this month.

 
Dear All,

I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying your winter seasons, whether you are travelling, playing outdoor, indoor, Futsal or taking some time off.

Seeding is complete, we sincerely hope everyone is excited about their divisions and will be getting some very competitive match ups in their games during the Spring '18 season.

Scheduling is underway, this is a very long process as we strive to be user friendly and accommodate as many requests as possible.  We will avoid coaching conflicts on the head coach and we will schedule the turf fields first and then supplement with the grass fields.  You are more likely to be playing on turf if you did not request off for the non-heartland tournament weekends or other weekends where we have all of the facilities at our disposal.

We do have a rescheduling process, but with so many teams in the league there are very limited game slots open to move games.

Thanks as always for participating in our league and tournaments, we truly appreciate your support.

See you on the fields!!

Sincerely,
Heartland Staff

Health Tip: 
What If My Kids Don't Like Sports?
by Betsy Kellerman, ATC/LAT, Manager of the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Sports Medicine and Concussion programs

Not everyone likes organized sports or team sports. If this sounds like one of your kids, don't sweat it. With a better understanding or a few changes, you and your kids might find out there is an athletic activity out there that they could like. But if not, we'll suggest other fun ways to stay active.

Learning about sports
Sometimes, kids feel that they don't like sports because they might not understand how to play them or they haven't had much practice doing them. Sports can also seem complicated because of all the rules and special equipment. Remind your kids that athletes spend many years learning about sports and practicing how to do them well. So they shouldn't feel bad if they don't know the difference between a "corner kick" and a "goal kick" in soccer before they start playing the game. If they want to learn more about a sport, you might see if your kids want to participate in camps or programs that introduce kids to new sports. These may be better than just joining a team that starts playing games right away.

A bad sports experience
Some kids don't like organized sports because they were once on a team and they didn't have fun. Maybe all of the other kids seemed to know what they were doing and your kid felt unsure.

Sometimes, kids on a team get so fired up about winning that they may yell or get upset at a player who makes a mistake. This can be stressful - especially if it's you who made a mistake!

But make sure your kids know that everybody makes mistakes sometimes and no one should tease them for it. If they do, encourage your child to talk with the coach or yourself so those other kids can be reminded about being understanding and respectful to each other.

Parents and coaches also can get upset about a game situation and put too much pressure on kids. Kids might feel confused and stressed out during games if they're not quite sure what they should be doing.

If your kid had a bad experience with a team, maybe it's time for them to try a new sport or a new league. Some leagues and programs emphasize skill building over competition - and some leagues don't even keep score.

The right sport
It can be easy to think of popular sports like baseball, softball, football and soccer as the only sports out there, but there are dozens of sports! What if the best sport for your child is volleyball, cheerleading or gymnastics? They'll have to try it and find out!

Just remember that different sports require different skills, so you'll want to encourage your child to try different sports to find one that suits them. Some activities you might not think of as sports, such as karate or cheerleading, are actually "sporty" and can be great for staying active.

If your child doesn't like being on a team, that's okay too. You might consider having them try an individual sport competitively or just for the fun. Some individual sports include:

biking
bowling
diving
golf
gymnastics
ice skating
in-line skating
martial arts
running
skateboarding
swimming
tennis
wrestling

What's the big deal about sports?
Kids might wonder why grownups want them to try sports and be active. There's a good reason: playing sports is a great form of exercise and exercise keeps the body healthy. Playing sports can also give kids a group of friends with common interests, an understanding of sportsmanship and something new and interesting to do.

We've already talked about the many sports to choose from, but there's even more good news - many other non-sport activities can provide exercise and keep you active, including playing at a playground, jumping rope, working in the garden, washing the car, raking leaves or making snowmen.

You also might find that by limiting the use of electronics - TV, computers, cell phones, etc. - for you and your children, you'll all just naturally be more active.

So, no, your kids don't have to play sports, but they might still find one they like. The most important thing is to keep your kids active without forcing them into a sport they really don't enjoy even after giving it a fair try.

To learn more about HCA Midwest Health visit us online at hcamidwest.com 
 
Take 20% Off Your Online Order at Minsky's!
 
 
 
 
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  The Referee Corner
Heartland - We had a problem ...
Many of us will remember the Apollo 13 mission to the moon from the movie.  The memorable line, "we had a problem", got the attention of Mission Control.  They didn't point fingers or try and come up with talking points that made another group look like it was their fault.  Instead, everyone knew the only way to respond was to work together to come up with a plan to get the crew home safely.  And this is what they did.
What did the Apollo 13 mission then and Heartland Soccer Association today have in common?  NASA wanted to get the astronauts home safely.  Heartland Soccer wants you (the players, coaches, fans and Referees) to have SAFE and FAIR and ENJOYABLE soccer experiences every week.  The common thread is this will only happen when everyone works together to solve those problems that could get in the way of the goal.

Players want the opportunity to use the skills they have worked on in getting ready for the game.    The players need to understand the Laws of the Game and to play within them.  Coaches will take advantage of chances to provide positive feedback (and corrective feedback when needed). The fans need to keep their focus on the players (they are the reason Heartland Soccer was established) and share the enjoyment of the beautiful game of soccer.  Referees need to know the Laws of the Game and consistently and fairly apply them. We mentor the Referees on how to balance control of the game (calling fouls) and management of the match (letting them play at their skill level).  It isn't easy to do.  Have you ever shouted at a Referee to "let them play" and then turned around and shouted, "you are losing control of the match!".  If so, you know what I am talking about.
Here are some of the issues we can work on together:
  • Players:  Soccer is a game you can play if you are big or are small, or a boy or a girl.  It is a game you can play your whole lifetime.  It teaches players the importance of developing skills, using these skills in dynamic situations, and working as a team.  However, the numbers drop off significantly when the players enter their teenage years.  For many it is a choice because they have found something else that gets their interest.  For some, it could be because soccer is no longer fun.  Why does the game stop being fun?  This is something we can all work on.  We don't want players to stop playing soccer because someone is putting unrealistic expectations on them.  It is their game, not a chance to relive our youth through them vicariously.  Just a thought.
  • Coaches:  Many of our coaches are paid to share their knowledge with their players.  This has made the skill levels significantly better, the tactics more effective and the competition much stronger.  Most coaches are demanding and they are fair.  Occasionally, the drive to win gets the best of them and they look for someone else to blame.  This happened in a Futsal U11 semi-final match.  The final score was 3-2.  The coach of the team that scored only 2 goals blamed the result on officiating.  I am sure there were differences of opinions, but what was the lesson being shared with the players?  
  • Referees:  The largest number of our Referees are teenagers who are working their first ever job.  In training these young officials are taught that being a Referee is a job.  Jobs require someone to provide value.  In the case of the Referees it is hustle and a knowledge of the Laws of the Game.  If you talk to these young Referees who are getting to be in the Center for the first time to a person, they are anxious and a little scared.  Makes sense when you think back on your first day at work.  We are asking them to start as managers (players, adult coaches and adult fans).  They worked hard to get certified.  They invested in their uniforms.  They are excited to "earn" that paycheck.  What scares them the most?  If you said parents shouting at them, you would be right.  
Do they make some mistakes?  Do some of these mistakes result in goals?  Do they do this on purpose?  Two of the three questions are yes, but not the 3 rd question.  If they are afraid to make a decision because they might get yelled at, what do you think they will do?  Correct, many of them will not make a decision because they see it as the lesser of evils.  This is the reason why Heartland has invested in the "Peer Mentor" program.  We want to give them help so they will make the best decisions for your players.

And, sometimes we all get lucky and the Referees will decide they want to do this for real.  One of your youth officials has just been named to the US FIFA panel for 2019.  Another has been assigned as a Video Replay Assistant for the MLS.  They both started by doing youth matches for Heartland.  We wish they could do every match, but this isn't possible.  So, we train new ones every season, and ask for your help as they gain the experience.  Will one of them become the next FIFA from Kansas?  We hope so, but our bigger goal is that each one of them becomes a soccer-loving and contributing member of the
United States.

Like the Apollo 13 mission, the way to success is to work together with a sharedgoal.  We look forward to seeing you on the pitch (for Futsal and for the Spring season).  Let's make every week a SAFE, FAIR and ENJOYABLE soccer experience for everyone.  Thank you from your Heartland Referees.


Coaches Corner:
'Counter Attacking' Drill - (All Ages)
35 x 25 yard area. 
Goal at each end. Players line up in gates to sides of goals.

Players in left hand gate start with ball each.

The first Yellow player breaks out from the gate and tries to score in the opposite goal, players must be over the halfway line to score. Once the player has shot they immediately become a defender, the next two Blue players (one with ball) look to attack the other way in a 2 v 1. Once the Blue players have shot they act as defenders, the next 2 Yellows break out and join the existing Yellow player to make it a 3v2. The game continues with a 4 v 3 Blues, 5 v 4 Yellows and 6 v 5 Blues. The team with the most goals at the end of the sequence scores the point. Play again with the Blue team starting.

Progressions:
-2 goals for a One Touch Finish
-Play to a conclusion (the next two players don't enter until a goal is scored or the ball is out of play at one end or other)
-Players join in one at a time instead of two (e.g - 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 3v3 etc.)
-Overload in favour of the Defenders to increase Attacking difficulty.

Developing and identifying creative young
soccer players for the 
Kansas Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
ATTENTION all 2007 to 2009 Boys and Girls!
Registrat ion is now open for the 2017-18 
Centers of Excellence (COE) Training! 
 
L ocations: Kansas City, Salina, Topeka and Wichita

Fee: Winter Session (6) six for $120
{All players will receive a training top to be worn at all COE trainings}

The goal of our  Centers of Excellence Academy Training is to create a fun and challenging environment that helps develop and identify creative young soccer players for the Kansas Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.  We want to help create a passion and love of the game in the players we work with.  We emphasize developing the complete player in all 4 pillars of the game including, technical, tactical, physical and psychological components of the game. 

Our Centers of Excellence Academy Training offers something different because our licensed coaches are innovative in their training techniques and foster playing environments for developing soccer players.  Our goal is to provide a great soccer experience emphasizing learning in a creative, fun and challenging environment where players have the opportunity to develop both as soccer players and as individuals. 

We want our participants to improve, have fun, make friends and look upon their time playing.

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Stinkboss
Storage Mart
Stroud's
Sunflower Bank
Swope Park Rangers
The Foot Spot
The KC Steak Company
The Roasterie
The Sports Medicine Store
The Storage Place
Tick Tock
Timber Challenge
T-riffic T-shirts
Twisted Fresh
University of Missouri Kansas City
Urban Air
Wendy's
Which Wich
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun
Ya Ya's
Zaxby's 
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