The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
 May 2018
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.
First time checking out The Midfielder?
Executive Director Shane Hackett explains why this is a 
great tool for players, coaches and parents. 
Heartland Soccer Annual 5K
July 28th, 2018

Who:  Whether you run or walk, everyone is invited to participate in this anticipated annual event.

 What :  Heartland Soccer's 2018, 2 nd Annual 5K Run/Walk

 When :  Saturday, July 28 th , 2018 @ 7:30 A.M.

 Where :  We will announce the course location in the near future

 Why : To bring families and individuals together within the community for a morning of healthy competition and lots of fun! This is also the perfect opportunity, after the completion of club tryouts, to bring soccer teams together for team building to help players get to know each other and condition together in an exciting environment. All net proceeds from this event will go to benefit youth soccer and creating healthy athletes.
Registration to Open Soon!
Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex
May 25 - 27, 2018
Kansas City Invitational is the single largest soccer tournament in Kansas City and consistently sells out.  This tournament offers four levels of competition: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Recreational. 
Teams have traveled from 14 different states to play in the 
Kansas City Invitational.  Seeding of teams ensures that everyone 
can compete against opponents of their own ability level.
  All Kansas City Invitational games will be played at the 
Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex.
*Registration closed


"Maybe not a favorite, but definitely one to remember"

"When old and current teammates got to play with and against each other. All the love!!"

"Playing while it was raining ice"
"This was definitely a favorite moment"

"The beautiful spring weather we have had! These kids are tough!! I love the life lessons they are learning."

"Watching Hannah Miller make this save in the PK shoot-out and help her team win the KC Championship Cup 05G Gold.

"Hard to see the goal with your eyes closed"

"KC Champions Cup in the snow!"

"The sportsmanship that was displayed between these 2 teams during the championship game for U-16 Gold Bracket of the Emerald Cup continued into the awards ceremony. The games are exciting and these moments by far are my favorite memories especially when you can smile knowing that those character traits will stay with them as they become adults."

"Great weather for a soccer game!"

"Champions Cup in semi nice weather"

"My daughters team getting in their first win!"
Concussion ImPACT Testing
Spring State Cup Dates  

The Spring 2018 State Cup, Presidents Cup, & Jr. State Cup will be held at the Wyandotte Sporting Fields, May 29 th through June 6 th !
All Tournament Seeding posted on March 30 th

State Cup Schedule Link:
Click Here

Presidents Cup Schedule Link:

Junior State Cup Schedule Link:

2018 Kansas State Cup/National Championship 
Who will be #TEAMKANSAS and on the #RoadtoTX

2018 Presidents Cup 

May 18-20 Rainout Weekend
May 25-27
Kansas City Invitational
June 01
Fall 2018 Online registration opens
June 29
Fall 2018 Online registration deadline by noon on June 29
Jul 05
Recreational seeding
Jul 06
Premier pre seed & Recreational Final seed posted after 5pm
Jul 06-10
Premier seeding challenges via email deadline noon on July 10
Jul 11
Final premier seeding posted after 5pm
Jul 27
Schedule posted after 5pm
July 27-29
Dick's Sporting Goods Discount weekend for Heartland
July 28
Heartland Soccer 2nd Annual 5K
Aug 03-05
First weekend of League Play
Aug 10-12
Fall Kick Off Challenge Tournament / League Play
Aug 10-12
Dick's Sporting Goods Discount weekend for Heartland
Aug 17-19
League Play
Aug 24-26
League Play
Aug 31-Sept 02
Heartland Midwest Classic Tournament
Sep 07-09
League Play
Sep 14-16
League Play
Sep 21-23
League play
Sep 28-Sep 30
League Play
Oct 05-07 Midwest All Girls Tournament / League Play
Oct 12-14 League Play
Oct 19-21 League Play
Oct 26-28
Rainout Weekend
Nov 02-04 Heartland Invitational Tournament - Girls
Nov 09-11 Heartland Invitational Tournament - Boys
Nov 18 Heartland Soccer Rock the Runway Fashion Show
Congratulations to Kansas Youth Soccer's 
May Players of the Month! 

Dave & Buster's, Overland Park is now open! Be our guest and get $20 in FREE Game Play! Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports

This Month in History: May 
Happy 43rd Birthday, David Beckham!
Beckham was born May 2 nd , 1975 in London, England. Beckham is the star midfielder who became the first British soccer player to compete in 100 Champions League matches as well as the first to win league titles in four countries.  He led  Manchester United  to 6 Premier League titles from 1993 to 2003 before continuing his career with  Real Madrid  and the  LA Galaxy .  Although Beckham retired in 2013, he still is a big name and well-known in the MLS community.
  Dear All,

We hope the Spring 2018 season is going well for you all.  The time is flying by, especially as the temperatures have been so low. However, it does look like spring is finally with us and we are excited for great weather to see us through the end of the season. 

There has been some outstanding play on the fields with hundreds of great match ups across the age groups. 

We have had a decent amount of ejections from some of the older teams and we do ask you coaches to counsel the players in their behavior.  Fouls and injuries happen, it is a contact sport after all. But when a lot of these cards and ejection are for dissent to the officials, they can easily be avoided. 

The new Olathe Soccer Complex is under construction and looks to be developing very quickly.  We will have league and tournament access to the complex for the start of the 2019 spring season.  That will bring online another 9 state-of-the-art turf fields. 

Kansas City continues to be a leading light in US soccer and we are very excited to be a part of it. 

Thanks for your continued support. 

Heartland Staff
 2018 Referee Meetings

Referees of all ages and experience levels  are encouraged to attend Heartland's monthly referee meetings!  Join us to learn tips and tricks for ARs and Referees, fun games, vital information, and fabulous prizes!  Parents are always welcome.  
Our Next Meeting Dates: 
June 11
September 10
October 15
November 12
Mentors meet 6 - 6:45 pm and Referees meet 7 - 8:30 pm   
Meetings will be held at the "Steve D. Scheels" Training Center in the northwest corner of the second floor of the Scheels store located at:

May Scheels Gift Card Winners
Katherine Soule, Will Zellar, Frederick Marshall, Ethan Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Madison Zimmerman, John Mulvaney, Kyler Murphy, Max Gelman 
Thank you Scheels for the gift cards. We appreciate your continued support of Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program.
Additional gift card winners
(Go Ape, IFly, Slim Chickens, Dave and Busters)
Jeremy Betts, Ashlynn Engle, Brooke, Celeste Nabors
(not pictured T.J. Lipari, Alan Rosenak, Duncan Bennett)
Thank you to all our sponsors for their continued support of Heartland Soccer.
US Youth Futsal has launched a new logo and  website:
2016/17 Heartland Numbers

Fall league teams
Spring league teams
League players 
Tournament teams
Tournament players 

2017 and 2018 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)

Border Battle '18
KC Champions Cup ''18 436
Mother's Day Classic '18 sponsored by Holiday Inn Express-Shawnee 431
KC Invitational '17
Fall Kick Off Challenge '17
Heartland Midwest Classic '17
Midwest All Girls '17
ALDI Heartland Invitational Girls  '17
ALDI Heartland Invitational Boys '17

*In the last 12 months Heartland welcomed teams
 from a total of 17 states and Canada.

Kansas Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that we will host a US Soccer "C" License this year along with United Soccer Coaches.
Part I - May 14-21, 2018
 Part II - July 20-22, 2018

The Referee Blog

Spring Soccer at Heartland Soccer, April 2018 (April matches grow May Referees):

Another couple of weekends for Spring soccer have demonstrated the degree of commitment and passion of the players and fans of Heartland.  Despite the cold and the rain and the wind, the players were on the field giving their best efforts to execute the game plans of their coaches.  The fans were bundled up, drinking their hot drinks and making the noise that brings the matches to life.  And, the Referees and Assistant Referees were trying to ignore the weather and enforce the Laws of the Game.  Soccer is alive and well at Heartland.

Let me share a story from last Sunday morning.  Because Heartland plays on turf there was no concern about the condition of the fields (raining yes, but not a problem).  As the teams were warming up, the Referee crew was going through a short pre-game meeting.  The Center for this match has done close to 100 Heartland matches in the past year. However, this was going to be her first Center on the big fields.   This Referee has worked as an Assistant Referee for many big field games, but this was the first time with the whistle on the big fields.  One of the AR's has been working on the big fields for several years.  The other AR was doing their first big field match also.

I asked the Center if she was ready for the game.  She told me that even though she had Centered many matches on the small sided fields, she was a little nervous about going on the big field.  She understood fouls, was comfortable with her responsibilities, but knew the older players would move faster than the Under 12's she had been doing.  Because it was her first time and because she wanted to do well, she also knew she would have to run more than she had ever run before to cover the entire field.  The crew was ready, and the match started.  A mentor (a State Referee Emeritus) was watching to give her feedback on how she and her Assistants would respond to the new challenge.

The important point here is that the teams had an experienced Referee crew (Heartland's commitment is to develop the Referees so they are prepared for the next level of competition), and they were still nervous because they wanted to do their best job for the players, coaches and for the fans.  I am pleased to report that our Referee did a good job (as reported by the coaches and the players).  It doesn't always happen that way, but we are working to make this result the norm for your matches.  After the game we asked this Referee to provide us with a self-evaluation of how she thought she did. Here are some of the self-evaluation comments she shared:


Did I give my maximum effort throughout the game?


"I felt like I did my best to keep game under control"
Was I professional in my approach to this game?
"No favors or appearance of favor to one team or another; used my judgement"
Three things I can take away from this match:
"More comfortable, relaxed after half".
 "Kept good position to keep game in front of me".
 "Did not let outside pressure influence the outcome of the game".


Were there any situations in this game that I could have handled better/differently?


 "Addressing fouls/hard tackles".
I wanted to share how your Referees evaluate their performances so they can get better.  As a post script from this match, a parent from one of the teams came to us after the match with concerns about a decision by the Referee (on a charging foul against their son).  It was a hard charge and their son was knocked to the ground.  The foul was called but the parents thought there should have been a card.  They said they would advise their player to not take that any more - if you get charged, charge back.
The Referee and the parent focused on the same match incident.  They both asked themselves how to handle it better the next time.  This is the ecosystem at work creating a better Heartland Soccer Association.  What will you be watching at your next match?  Will it help everyone get better?  I have confidence the answer is yes!
If you have a referee, coach, club, team or player accomplishment or a  photo that you would like to share please email:
 Katie Falco at  [email protected]  
Coaching Requirements
All premier and recreational coaches must have a minimum of a USSF 'F" license to coach teams in the Heartland League.  All coaches must pass a background check prior to
being eligible to coach in the Heartland League. Heartland Soccer League is sanctioned by Kansas Youth Soccer.  
Coaching Courses
2018 Midwest Mother's Day Classic 
sponsored by Holiday Inn Express Shawnee
May 11-13, 2018
The 2018 Midwest Mother's Day Classic, sponsored by Holiday Inn Express Shawnee, took place over Mother's Day weekend, May 11-13th.  The tournament was hosted at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Wyandotte Sporting Fields.

Heartland continues to grow the event and  reached a record number of 431 teams  up from 407 teams last year.   T eams from 9 states participated in the  three levels of play (gold, silver and bronze) which ensured that every team found itself matched against similar competition. 

"In addition to providing excellent competition, this newest addition to the Heartland tournament series is formatted to be particularly family friendly. Mothers were honored Sunday, when each player was given a flower to present to their mom. I have had the chance to meet with many of the coaches and parents and they love the atmosphere and the many unique aspects of this event," said Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director. 
With both venues being in a central location surrounded by many hotels, restaurants and family friendly activities, Hackett said these tournaments continue to be great for tourism while proving entertainment for all ages. 

The next tournament for Heartland will be the 2018 Kansas City Invitational which is expected to bring in nearly 436 teams. The tourney will be held over Memorial Day weekend at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex. The Kansas City Invitational is the single largest soccer tournament in Kansas City and consistently sells out. 
2017 Mother's Day Classic

KANSAS CITY, KS. - (April 4, 2017)- Holiday Inn Express-Shawnee, KS one of Kansas City,
KS area's newest hotels, announces an exclusive partnership with Heartland  Soccer Association for 2018.  Heartland Soccer Association is the nation's largest soccer organization, and its travelers will be preferred at the 114 room hotel which offers beautifully appointed guestrooms, an indoor heated saltwater pool, and a spacious work-out center for its guests. Complimentary Breakfast is also provided each morning, and every Monday through Thursday will find guests enjoying a complimentary light meal with beer, wine, and other beverages. Free WIFI and hardwired internet are also included for all guests.

Holiday Inn Express -Shawnee, KS partnership with HSA also includes meeting space which will be utilized in conducting ongoing education courses and certifications for soccer officials. The hotel's 1800 sq. ft of meeting space offers everything needed to accommodate the classes. The hotel sits within a 2 mile radius of recognized restaurants unique to Shawnee, as well as other favorite dining options.  Various entertainment and shopping venues are also close by, including B&B Theaters. 

"We consider our partnership with Heartland Soccer Association and its travelers, officials, coaches and teams a privilege and a way to support Heartland Soccer Association as it invests in building the community around us," says Sandi Slayton, Director of Sales & Marketing for Holiday Inn Express-Kansas City West-Shawnee.  Adds General Manager Cameron Caine "Holiday Inn Express Shawnee considers its partnership with Heartland Soccer Association to be a great opportunity to support Heartland Soccer Association as it provides the infrastructure for our surrounding communities to participate in healthy and safe play for youth soccer players. It is just one way our hotel can be part of contributing to the community we live and work in every day."

For information about Holiday Inn Express-Kansas City West-Shawnee, visit .
For more information about Heartland Soccer Association, visit .

About Holiday Inn Express - Kansas City West-Shawnee  Holiday Inn Express, Shawnee is a 114 room hotel that just recently celebrated its 2 year anniversary.  Since opening day, the hotel staff has served more than 100,000 people by providing accommodations and thoughtful friendly service to travelers to Shawnee wider Kansas City area. Holiday Inn Express is owned by Liberty Hotel Groups and is operated by Midland Hotel Group. Holiday inn Express is a also a part of Intercontinental Hotel Groups which includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge and Indigo hotels, among others. For more information call Cameron Caine or JonShee' Williams - General Managers or Sandi Slayton-Director of Sales & Marketing at 913.400.2509.  You may also send email to [email protected]

About Heartland Soccer Association
Heartland Soccer Association is the largest youth soccer league in the country with more than 1,300 league teams per season, 21,000 league youth players, 2,600 tournament teams each year, 44,000 tournament players each year, 4,000 coaches and 2,000 active referees.  Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 as the Johnson County Soccer League and has grown from an initial 600 players to its current size. Today Heartland Soccer Association is a nonprofit and educational youth soccer association. Although the base for Heartland Soccer is still Johnson County, it now draws teams to play in the league from throughout the metro area. The Heartland tournaments draw teams from as many as a dozen states every year. For more information, visit

US Youth Soccer Announces New Leagues Structure 
 The USYS National Leagues
New Structure Replaces Existing Regional Leagues Programming
US Youth Soccer National Leagues Announces Initial Eight Conferences 


The Midwest Regional League (MRL) will cease to exist at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season, however teams may earn qualifying slots for the NEW
 structure US Youth Soccer is putting together.

Here is what you need to know.....
Seasonal Year: 2018-2019 
Name: The US Youth Soccer National Leagues
Starts: Fall of 2018
Features: Two tiers of competition

Tier 1: The National Tier = US Youth National League
Tier 2: Multi-State Conferences (instead of Regional Leagues)

For the 2018-2019 seasonal year, the participating teams are determined
 through a combination of qualifiers and selected teams. Qualifying slots are populated from 3 competitions held during the 2017-2018 season including:
  1. Top finishers in the 2017-18 US Youth Soccer National League re-earn 2018-19 NL slots (the number of slots varies from age group to age group)
  2. 2018 National Championship Series Regional Cup Champions/Representatives earn 2018-19 NL slots
  3. 2017-18 Regional League Champions/Representatives earn 2018-19 NL slots (process varies from age group to age group).  
   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Q&A with Alan Rosenak

When did you start reffing?  2007
What made you decide to get certified to referee?  Coached my boys. They wanted to referee. Wanted to continue to spend time with them.
What is your favorite part about reffing?  Being outdoors, running, helping youth learn and enjoy the game.
What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing?  You have to be the rock in the middle of the river (be courageous and professional despite criticism)
When did you start reffing futsal? 2007
What is your favorite part about reffing futsal?  Futsal fast play gives a referee many opportunities to get better by recognizing fouls, managing play, and getting in shape for outdoor in the Spring.
What level of referee to you aspire to be?  I am a Level 7.
Do you play soccer?   My generation did not grow up playing much soccer. I played in the BVSC men's 30 league.
Do you participate in any sports/activities/clubs/ youth groups/ community service? I have spent much of my professional and personal life helping children.  I served for years  administering our Johnson County juvenile justice system. I have served as a Guardian Ad Litem attorney for abused and neglected children and a Board Member for our local KU Marillac Children's Psychiatric Hospital. I work with community organizations helping foster care youth. Each year I try to work with state officials to advocate legislative and administrative changes to help abused and neglected children.
Do you have another job in addition to reffing?  Kansas family law attorney. 
What was the last book you read?  Natural Medicine Encyclopedia, Drs. Murray and Pizzorno. Natural therapies for promoting health and treating disease with mental attitude, healthy lifestyle, proper diet, supplements and exercise.
What types of movies do you like?  Sci-Fi and historic documentaries.   Last movie I saw was Guardians of the Galaxy II.  Cute but powerful Baby Groot: "I am Groot."
What is your favorite sports team?  Bayern Munich.Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry.
Health Tip: 
Don't Let Pollen Ruin Your Workout
Staying in the groove of an exercise routine can be challenging enough. Add seasonal allergies into the mix and between the runny nose, watery eyes, congestion, sneezing fits, fatigue and other annoying symptoms, it can be hard to be motivated to workout, especially outside.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pollen is one of the most common seasonal allergy triggers - but you don't have to let allergies take control of your workout plans.
Use outdoor exercise to help control symptoms.
Although you can't exercise away your allergies, staying active may help keep symptoms at bay. Some people find that once they start working out they might feel a little bit better. That has to do with shifting in chemical mediators and hormones that are secreted as a result of exercise. End result? Your symptoms may temporarily subside.
Time your workout right.
Pollen count varies during the seasons and time of day.  As a general rule, we try to advise people if they're going to be exercising to avoid the times of the day and the times of the season when the pollen counts are highest. Most pollens tend to be highest in the early morning hours and lower later in the afternoon. The ACAAI warns that windy and warm days can bring about a surge in pollen counts, so check your local pollen count each day before heading outside.
Keep your peepers protected.
If you feel good enough to exercise outside, great - but don't give pollen a chance to trigger symptoms. Anything you can do to cover the surfaces or areas where the pollen is going to be entering the body is going to be a help. Sunglasses can help protect and keep pollen out of the eyes. Depending on how hot or cold it is, cover your nose or mouth. Some say that breathing in through your nose instead of your mouth is effective, since the nose acts as a filter. But does it work? If you're bringing pollen into your nose and you're somebody who has seasonal nasal allergies, that's not going to benefit you.
Try OTC medicine to ease symptoms.
While symptoms are a pain, they can usually be managed. For seasonal allergies, usually antihistamines or nasal steroid sprays are the most effective. We usually prefer the newer generation antihistamines over the older ones. They don't make you drowsy and dry you out. If you still have problems with allergies when you exercise, we recommend getting an allergy evaluation. There are many things people can do that will allow them to return to their exercising.
Exercise indoors when pollen levels are sky high. 
If the only time you can exercise on a given day is when pollen count is high or you just don't want the added aggravation, head for an air-conditioned gym. Air conditioning does a pretty good job at filtering out pollen. If you can't make it to a gym, an at-home workout (especially if the A.C. is on) will do the trick, too.
HCA Midwest Health is a proud partner of Heartland Soccer Association. For more helpful tips on sports medicine, visit us at

To learn more about HCA Midwest Health visit us online at 
Carb-Up The "Eat Well" Way - and Save 20%
Carb up and perform your best match with Minsky's Pizza! For athletes like soccer players who train multiple times a week, carbs should be the foundation of your meal, especially before a game or practice. They are proven to enhance your performance and athletic ability - consuming carbs before high volume of activity will help delay fatigue and keep you competing on the soccer field for much longer! Keeping your energy levels up means better performance, more goals and a winning season!

When Minsky's says, "Eat Well, Live Better" we really mean it! You are what you eat - and as an athlete you need to eat carbs to refuel your personal engine for the next match. Carbs are an essential part of any athlete's diet, and Minsky's has something to fuel every athlete's carb craving appetite!

At Minsky's we choose only the finest fresh ingredients - we may seem to cost a little
more - but the quality in our always fresh hand-cut veggies, our finest meats and our
hand-rolled and hand-crafted dough speak for themselves. Try a bite and you'll taste what we mean. From pasta and pizza options, to our gluten-free and dairy free selections, we have delicious options for most every taste. Did we mention our salads, hot sandwiches and calzones?

Order online at and enjoy a special discount - just for Heartland Soccer families! Just enter HSA20 at checkout and enjoy 20% of your purchase!

Offer valid at all participating Kansas City area and Lawrence Minsky's location. Not valid with other offers, discounts or package deals.

Eat Well, Live Better - with Minsky's!

  The Referee Corner
The Referee Corner:  What is the difference between DISSENT and FOUL, OFFENSIVE and ABUSIVE LANGUAGE?
Over the past month we have had multiple instances where players used the F*** word when talking to Referees or opponents.   We have also had alleged incidents of racial slurs. In all cases these remarks have resulted in a punishment to the player. Since we are questioned about these calls, I went to the Laws of the Game to understand the offences and the punishments.   Both misbehaviors are found in Law 12, Fouls and Misconduct.  
  • Dissent by word or action is punishable by a Yellow Card.  The player stays in the game.
  • Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures is punishable by a Red Card.  The player will miss the rest of that game and at least one more match.
There is no additional description of what it takes to determine if an action is Dissent or if it is Offensive, Insulting or Abusive language or gestures, so we have to understand how your Referees are making that determination.  In both cases the Referee is instructed to evaluate the content, loudness (can it be heard or seen by everyone), and who the action is directed at.
Meriam defines "dissent" as differing in opinion.  If a player feels they have been wronged and the Referee does not address it to the player's satisfaction, that player might voice his opinion to the Referee creating the potential for dissent.  The Referee's judgment (discretion) is a critical element in deciding, for example, whether what a player has just said or done is dissent within the meaning of Law 12.  Questions like "What!" or "Didn't you see that?" or "Come on!" would fall under the dissent category.  These are clearly the result of a momentary emotional outburst.
Dissent is committed by words, actions (including gestures), or a combination of the two.  The Referee should evaluate dissent in terms of content (what exactly is said or done), loudness (the extent to which the dissent can be seen or heard widely), and whether it is clearly directed at an official (including Assistant Referees and fourth officials).  The objective in dealing with dissent is to support the spirit of the game, to maintain the authority of the officials, and to reduce the likelihood of such behavior becoming widespread.  In evaluating language as misconduct, the Referee must consider the particular circumstances in which the actions occurred and deal reasonably with language that was clearly the result of a momentary emotional outburst.
Meriam defines "abusive" language as harsh or insulting language.
If a player feels they have been wronged and the Referee again does not address the situation to the player's satisfaction, again the player might voice his opinion to the Referee or an opponent creating the potential for foul, offensive and/or abusive language.  The Referee should judge offensive, insulting, or abusive language according to its content (the specific words or actions used), the extent to which the language can be heard by others beyond the immediate vicinity of the player, and whether the language is directed at officials, opponents, or teammates.  In other words, the Referee must watch for language that is Personal, Public, or Provocative.  
N ow, let's get back to our League and the experiences we are seeing from your players.  Passion and emotion is a part of the game and is something we allow players to show.  However, using the F*** word is not acceptable, especially when it is directed at another player or member of the officiating crew. 
If you can't do this in High School or College soccer, is it acceptable behavior at Heartland?   The answer is NO.   Remember that the next time you want to be passionate.

The Coaches Corner:
This month's session is from Tactical Practices of the Pros
Diagram 59
4 v 4 to Goal
Two teams play 4 v 4 with goalkeepers.  The forward for each team should play high in order to stretch the defense.

Coaching Points
*  Look to play the ball forward early
*  Use combination plays to break down the defence
*  Angle and timing of the runs
*  Dribble with deception to create shooting  opportunities

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.
Send Photo submissions to: [email protected]
Get certified to be a referee!
As our local soccer community grows, the need for new and experienced referees continues.  Join America's Largest Soccer League.  More details on referee meeting schedules, training and education can be found on the 

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