The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
October 2018

Heartland Soccer Association 
Celebrates 40 Years of Soccer!
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND REGISTER TODAY!

Join us as we acknowledge and celebrate those individuals who have made a positive impact in our soccer community. The 3rd Annual Awards Gala will be an amazing night with something for everyone! We will again be partnering with Kansas Youth Soccer Associaiton to put on this extraordinary event. 

Saturday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm 
 at Museum at PrairieFire
 5801 W. 135th St. Overland Park 

Concussion ImPACT Testing

ALDI HEARTLAND INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex
Swope Soccer Village
Wyandotte Sporting Fields
Girls- November 2-4, 2018
Boys- November 9-11, 2018

2018HITpromo
The ALDI Heartland Invitational continues its reputation as the biggest and the best tournament in the Kansas City area. Between the two weekends last year, almost 750 teams from throughout central United States traveled to compete in this end-of-the-year showdown. It's sure to give your team some well-matched competition.
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This Month in History: October
October 24th: Happy Birthday Wayne Rooney!

 

Wayne Rooney was born October 24 th , 1985. Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for D.C. United in the MLS. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in various midfield roles. He is the record goal scorer for the England national team and Manchester United. At club level, he has won every honor available in English, European and Continental football, with the exception of the European Super Cup. Along with Michael Carrick, he is the only English player to win the Premier League, FA Cup (Football Association Challenge Cup), UEFA Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, and the FIFA Club World Cup. He's got quite the talent! Everyone here at Heartland is wishing you a very happy birthday, Wayne!
Dave & Buster's, Overland Park is now open! Be our guest and get $20 in FREE Game Play! Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports

2017/18 Heartland Numbers

Fall league teams '18
1,264
Spring league teams '18
1,296
League players 
42,000
Tournament teams
2,634
Tournament players 
44,000+
Referees
2,000+
Coaches
4,000
THE FIFA WORLD CUP IS COMING! #KC2026
 
Sign the petition and show the world that Kansas City 
deserves to host the WORLD CUP GAMES!!!

Kansas City - In The Heart of It All

#KC2026 #United2026

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*Congratulations Carrie Buchta! Your picture submission was chosen for the Heartland Soccer September Social Media Contest. Carrie won a $25 Minsky's gift card.
SAVE THE DATE: 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.  

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:

September Scheels Gift Card Winners: Abby Curphey, Kyler Murphy, Trey Torrez, Lucas Cuejilo, Brooke Nolkemper, Chris Savoy, Scott Weiman, Kaitlyn Savoy, Ashley Tuttle, Jason Worley 
Thank you Scheels for the gift cards!  
We appreciate your continued support of 
Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program.

September Other Gift Card Winners:
Dick O'Leary (Minsky's), Peyton Burnett (Dick's), Ryan Toon (Subzero), Jacob Whitehouse (Dicks), Chris Waldock (Minsky's)
Thank you to all our sponsors for the gift cards.
We appreciate your continued support of 
Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program
US Youth Futsal has launched a new logo and  website:    www.usyouthfutsal.com

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
SPRING 2019
Nov 1
Spring 2019 online registration opens
Jan 7
Spring 2019 online registration deadline by noon
Jan 10
Recreational seeding
Jan 11
remier pre-seed & Recreational Final seed posted after 5pm
Jan 11-16
Premier seeding challenges via email deadline noon on January 16
Jan 18
Final Premier seeding posted after 5pm
Feb 20
pring 2019 schedule posted after 5pm
Feb 22-24
Border Battle Tournament
Feb 22-24
Dick's Sporting Goods Discount Weekend for Heartland
Mar 1-3
First weekend of League play
Mar 8-10
League Play
Mar 15-17
League Play
Mar 22-24
League Play
Mar 29-31
League Play
Apr 5-7
League Play/ Dick's Sporting Good Discount Weekend for Heartland
Apr 12-14
Kansas City Champions Cup / League Play
Apr 19-20
League Play
Apr 21
Easter Sunday / No Games
Apr 26-28
League Play
May 3-5
League Play
May 10-12
Midwest Mother's Day Classic / League Play
May 17-19
Rainout Weekend
May 24-26
Kansas City Invitational Tournament

The Referee Blog
Seeing the game from everyone's point of view....  

Last week at a Tournament at Overland Park, there were 3 teams preparing for the Championship match.  One team had qualified. The other 2 teams were equal on all the tie breakers. This meant they would have to take part in a "Kicks from the Mark" shootout to determine who would be in the final.  The field players were in the Center Circle. The goalies were on the goal line. The Referees were ready to start the shoot out, and the parents were on the side lines. You could feel the excitement and the pressure.  Would you want to be the goal keeper? What about the players taking the shots? How did the parents feel? And, for once, it was easier to be the Referee team.

The first 5 players from each team scored.  Now we are in sudden death. The goal keeper stopped the 6th shot from the first team.  Now, the chance to win was on the shoulders of the 6th kicker from the second team and the pressure was on the goal keeper.  The goal keeper won this battle. The pressure increased as the next 2 kickers both made their shots. The final score was 8 - 7 determined on the 10th kickers.  Soccer at its best.  As ABC's "Wide World of Sports" used the say - the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.  The final match took place and all the teams will be back next week to play again.

I said it was easier to be the Referee in this situation.  Why? Because everything was 1 on 1. Blow the whistle, the shooter kicks and the goal keeper saves or doesn't save the shot.  Rinse and repeat. Keep score.

After the shootout, the Referees had to officiate a Championship match.  Now, they are managing 22 players in motion across the field. The stakes are high (it is the Championship match), the teams are psyched (they want to win) and the Referees need to make decisions in real time.  It is still the players' game. The fans are engaged. The Referees are doing what they are trained to do. And, because it was a Championship game, the assignors selected seasoned Referees.

Referees don't start out seasoned.  They are seasoned through experience.  Experience means making mistakes and learning from these mistakes.  Every Referee who becomes certified starts by going through a course to know and understand the "Laws of the Game".  They are shown what is a foul and how to keep the players safe and the game fair. Referees need to be fit so they can keep up with play.  They need to know how to communicate with each other so that throw-ins and goal kicks and corner kicks and offside infractions are managed in the right way.  As they become more experienced they develop more confidence (you can tell this by how they blow the whistle).

What is your role in helping young Referees become seasoned?  Put on their glasses so you can see things from their point of view.  Remember your first day of work? What if your boss shouted at you the first time you tried to do something?  How would you react? Yes, Referees are people. Yes, many of them are doing this as their first job. Yes, they are nervous when they go onto the field.  Most of them want to do a good job (for those who don't want to work, it is our job to either change their behavior or replace them - but this is a very small number of the total).  Look at the game through their glasses. If you have comments, talk to your coaches and have the coaches tell us. This way we can focus on seasoning your Referees for the "good the game" at Heartland.  Thank you.


KSYSA September Players of the Month


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

 

Bella Smith - Kansas Rush Wichita

Current Team:   06/04 Kansas Rush Wichita
Player Position:  Attacking Midfield
Player Experience:   3 years
Most Memorable Soccer Experience:   USWNT Tournament of Nations game!! I will never forget the opportunity when I got a few autographs from some of my favorite USWNT players and I even got to meet Graham Zusi and Matt Besler!!!
Soccer Achievements:  Kansas ODP Team, Midwest Region ODP Camp Attendee, US Soccer Training Center Attendee
Academic Achievements:  Principles Honor Roll

Amanda Hamm - KC Scott Gallagher
Current Team:  KCSG Girls Academy 01 Team Copa
Player Position:   Holding Mid, Defense
Player Experience:   12 Years
Soccer Achievements: (2018) New York Cup Champions, Florida Elite Invitational Champions, Heartland Midwest Classic Champions; Committing to play D1 college soccer for the amazing UMKC ROOS!!
Most Memorable Soccer Experience:   Snacks and juice boxes after games when I was little, scoring from midfield when I was 10 years old. Becoming a KSYSA Soccer Referee and doing my first middle.
Community Service:   I have volunteered at the Kansas Missions of Mercy which provides free dental services to the residents of Kansas.  I also enjoy assisting with Backyard Baseball, a nonprofit which allows recreational baseball players to play ball "sand lot" style regardless of their level of experience.
Academic Achievements:  4.5 GPA, Scholar Honor Roll- 2017, 2018, Duke Talent Identification Program

Kansas State Cup & Presidents Cup Seedings ReleasedClick the below images to see where your team is seeded and how the division looks.   



2019 Fall Girls U15-U19
Kansas State Tournaments at Swope Soccer Village
October 25th-30th, 2018

Important Dates for Teams Registered:
Schedules Posted - 10/10/2018
State Tournament Check In Events:
(All events will be from 5-7pm)
Wichita Check In at SCSA - 10/15/2018
Topeka Check In at Sunflower - 10/16/2018
KC Check in at SportsPlex - 10/17/2018
ALL TEAMS SHOULD BE CHECKED IN BY - 10/18/2018

2017 and 2018 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)
 


Border Battle '18
191
KC Champions Cup '18 436
Mother's Day Classic '18 sponsored by Holiday Inn Express-Shawnee 431
KC Invitational '18
260
Fall Kick Off Challenge '18
207
Heartland Midwest Classic '18
194
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.
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 

Sign Up to Become a Referee for the Fall 2018 Season.
Coaching Requirements
  All premier and recreational coaches  that currently have an "F" license are eligible to coach. Any coach without a current license is temporarily eligible to coach until the new US Soccer Grassroots courses are available on line.
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.  
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]
  Attention!
 
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]  
2018 Midwest All Girls Tournament in the books!
This long-time classic tournament brought together thousands of girls from 333 teams from throughout the Midwest. It was a phenomenal event to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.









Thank you to all our Referees that supported Breast Cancer Awareness 
during the Midwest All Girls Soccer Tournament. 
Winners of the Support Breast Cancer Awareness Referee Photo Contest are:
Julie Shaeffer, Niki Ahmadian, Ally Owens, Truman White, Brayden 
and Ryan Souter, and Christina Dulany. 





A special Thank you to the Field Marshalls and staff that caught 
the moments on camera.
Contributing Winners are:
Jeff Bingman, Travis Feeback, Odaine Sinclair and Dan Smith.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, how important is it to you and Heartland to recognize this month at the Midwest All Girls Tournament?  T he MAG has always been one of my favorite tournaments as I have so many great memories of my daughters playing in it. As a dad of four girls, we always looked forward to the MAG. Our partnership with HCA has grown over the years and one of the many programs we support together is Breast Cancer Awareness.  Many of us have loved ones, family and friends that have been affected by breast cancer and this is our way of spreading the message.   

One tournament left this season. Why is HIT a great tourney to end the year with?  Because the HIT tournament weekends fall at the end of the season, this tournament has grown into the largest in the midwest. This year over 800+ teams will compete with over 500+ on the boys weekend alone.  What a fun time for everyone. 

Of course, it has to be asked, what's new at the Olathe Soccer Complex?   We were lucky to get early access to the Olathe Soccer Complex fields with six of the nine opening early. The turf is world class Shaw Turf and even under construction you can see how special this complex is going to be for our kids. 

When does your staff start working on Spring registration? How much work goes into that with there being over 1,200 teams to accommodate? S pring registration starts almost at the end of the fall season. With so many teams creating the largest soccer league in the country, we have to register, go through the seeding process and schedule games, with conflicts, across Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, Olathe Soccer Complex, Sporting Wyandotte Fields and Swope Soccer Village.  We've got an experienced team of extraordinary people that make it happen each and every season. 

Any advice to the players and teams as the season starts to wind down?  Most importantly, enjoy the time out on the fields.  Work hard, be a good sport, a good teammate and enjoy this beautiful game.  

Celebrate National Pizza Month this October at Minsky's!

October is National Pizza Month and we're celebrating with 31 days of Gourmet Goodness at Minsky's! All October long Minsky's is offering Heartland Soccer players  and families $3 off any Large Gourmet Pizza AND $2 off any Large Gluten-Free Gourmet Pizza . That's two awesome specials available October 1 st - October 31 st !

Place your carry out or delivery order online! At checkout,  use one of the following codes:
$3 off Any Large Gourmet Pizza: HSA3Bucks
$2 off Any Large Gluten-Free Pizza: HSAGF2Bucks

Prefer to dine in? Must be Minsky's VIP to take adva ntage of these October dine in specials! Not yet a VIP? Click here to sign up!   We'll send you back your coupon right away with even more great deals in the future!

Offer valid Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Dine in, carry out, delivery or order online. Offer valid at all Minsky's Pizza locations. Discount applied before tax, excluding alcohol. May not be combined with other discounts, promotions or package deals.
Health Tip:
Kick the Flu this Season!

Influenza, or flu, can easily turn serious or even deadly. Those most at risk for complications include older adults, children and people with chronic health conditions.

The best way to prevent a case of the flu is a yearly influenza vaccine, or flu shot.

Flu season typically begins in October. Most cases hit between December and February. Health care providers recommend flu shots be given by the end of October or when the vaccine becomes first available.

What is a flu shot?
Flu vaccines help your body fight off influenza viruses. Many viruses can cause flu. Flu vaccines are reviewed yearly to be sure the one you receive targets the most common flu viruses.

A flu vaccine can be given through a shot or nasal spray. A shot is recommended for most people. Talk with a healthcare provider to decide what's best for you.

A vaccine cannot guarantee you won't get the flu, but it will make any flu sickness much milder.

Who should get a flu shot?
Healthcare providers recommend a yearly flu vaccine for anyone older than six months.

The flu vaccine is especially important for:
  • Adults 50 and older
  • Children 6 months to 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • Anyone with a chronic health condition, such as asthma, heart disease or kidney disease
  • People who spend time with a person at risk for flu complications

The flu vaccine is NOT recommended for:
  • Infants younger than 6 months
  • Anyone who has had allergic reactions to past flu shots
  • Anyone with allergies to eggs or other vaccine ingredients
  • Anyone who currently has a fever
  • Anyone who has had Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves

Ask a healthcare provider for specific recommendations.

Find an HCA Midwest CareNow location to get your flu shot today for only $20. https://www.carenow.com/locations/kansas-city/

To learn more about HCA Midwest Health visit us online at  hcamidwest.com 


   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Q & A with the Michauds
When did you start reffing? 
Chris: Started refereeing in 2010 (This is my 9 th year!)
Quinn: At age 12 in the spring
Kieran: At age 12, in the Spring....on my 12th Birthday

What made you decide to get certified to referee? 
Chris: I coached recreational soccer for 4 years, and when Quinn wouldn't listen to me anymore, I retired from coaching, but still wanted to stay involved in the game, so I decided to start refereeing.  As a result of coaching and refereeing, I have come to love the game.
Quinn:  I want to be around soccer as much as possible and it is a good way to make money.
Kieran: to be around soccer, learn more about the game, and make money

What is your favorite part about reffing? 
Chris: My favorite part is helping the younger referees get started with their careers and providing tips and pointers to help them along their journey.  We have such a hard time keeping young referee's, I do everything I can to help them get started off with the right tools to want to keep doing it.
Quinn:    I like teaching the kids the laws of the game so they can know them while playing
Kieran: developing leadership skills

What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing? 
Chris: For me, maintaining an even temperament.  Despite the yelling and comments from parents/coaches, I have learned to ignore it all and call the game as I see it.
Quinn:  Your opinion may not always be popular but it can often be right
Kieran: you can enforce the laws but do it in a respectful way

When did you start reffing futsal? 
Chris: I started refereeing Futsal about 4 years ago.  It is a nice change of pace from refereeing outdoors, and still allows me to get my exercise during the winter months.  But, by the time the season ends, I am definitely ready to get back outdoors.
Quinn:   At age 13
Kieran: at age 12

What is your favorite part about reffing futsal? 
Chris: Since I end up doing quite a bit, I am lucky enough to referee the same teams multiple times over the season.  Futsal is such a wonderful game for the players to improve their foot-skills, and seeing the improvement of players from the beginning of the season to the end is very satisfying.  Then, when I see them outdoors, they are better soccer players because of the experience.
Quinn: It is fast paced and I like getting fitness from there only being 2 refs
Kieran: fast paced and developing/making quick decisions

What level of referee to you aspire to be? 
Chris: At some point in the near future, I plan on trying for my Grade 7.  Time is the biggest factor as Quinn and Kieran being players as well, they keep my wife and I extremely busy.
Quinn: If I don't become a pro soccer player or coach/manager then I would like to be a FIFA level referee
Kieran: at least a state level (7) referee

Do you play soccer? 
Chris: No, I do not play the game.  Growing up, it wasn't something I was exposed to.  Didn't even know anything about the game until Quinn was 2 ˝ years old and had boundless energy that we had to find an outlet for.
Quinn: Yes, Sporting BV Preacademy '02 (Club), Bishop Miege High School
Kieran: Yes, Sporting BV Wigan '05, no high school since I am in 8 th grade, but will probably play for Lansing High next year

How long have you played soccer?
Quinn: Since I was age 2
Kieran: Since I was 4 years old

Do you participate in any sports/activities/clubs/ youth groups/ community service?  
Chris:   In addition to refereeing and shuttling the boys around to their activities, I serve as Administrator/Treasurer for Kieran's team.  Outside of soccer (which there isn't much time), I am a member of my church's Finance Council.
Quinn: I constantly volunteer at various organizations. I like the feeling of helping others
Kieran: I volunteer when time allows, and am an altar server at my church

Do you have another job in addition to reffing? 
Chris: Yes.  I tell people my real job is an AVP, Facilities for Synchrony in Merriam.  My "Fun" job is refereeing!
Quinn: I do a work study program at my school where I help the custodians and my pay goes straight to my tuition.
Kieran: No, being 13, I can't really have another job.

What was the last book you read? 
Chris: I generally read a lot.  Well, now with all the running around I do, my reading is actually more in the way of Books on CD that I listen to in the car.  I also read books online.  The book I am currently reading on my phone is "Riptide" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  It is about discovering and uncovering hidden pirate treasure from a privately owned island in Maine.  Many have tried to recover the treasure and many have perished or gone bankrupt in their unsuccessful attempts.  Favorite part is learning of the elaborate way (along with hidden traps) that the pirate treasure was originally buried and the use of current technology to overcome the pitfalls.
Quinn: A narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. I liked that it showed the struggles slaves endured.
Kieran: Pokemon. Learning the different types and where they are usually found.

What types of movies do you like? 
Chris:   I typically like Drama movies and am a big fan of most Marvel and super hero movies.  The last movie I remember seeing was Justice League.  Favorite part of the movie was the coming together of multiple super heroes to defeat the otherworldly bad guy.
Quinn: Action movies. Incredibles 2
Kieran: Rated PG and G movies. Incredibles 2

What is your favorite sports team? 
Chris: When it comes to sports teams, I am a homer.  All things Kansas City!  But, the top of the list is Sporting Kansas City.  I am also a big Liverpool fan!
Quinn:  (Tottenham) Spurs
Kieran: Manchester City

Stop by your local Heritage Tractor on Saturday, Oct. 28 for their Halloween Howl. Bring the kiddos in their Halloween costumes and get a FREE JOHN DEERE TOY TRACTOR! Not to mention the sweet treats and fun photo ops. Plus save 15% on toys.
 
Dear All,


I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Fall weather and having fun watching the kids playing and competing on the fields.  It is amazing that we only have a month left in the season, it has literally flown by.  It has been a great season with some fantastic games, sportsmanship and individual brilliance.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for participating and spending your weekends with us. We know that without the support of the parents and guardians, there would be no league for these players. THANK YOU!

We are excited that the new fields at OSC are open and hopefully a ton of you will get to play there in the near future. We are so fortunate to be playing, coaching and administering a league that has the most unbelievable playing surfaces in these world class complexes. It is a great time for soccer in KC.

Enjoy the rest of the Fall season, have a great winter and we will see you in the Spring!

~Heartland Staff
The Referee Corner
Handling Revisited

Last year we looked at "Handling" in one of the articles in the Heartland Newsletter.  Because of comments from you, our customers, we are reviewing this topic again. You are reporting that "handling" isn't being called consistently .  We understand that with a developing team of officials, many fouls are not being called consistently.  So, let's look at what your Referees are being taught regarding the specific foul of handling.

Is handling an easy decision for a Referee to make?  Did you watch the World Cup Final between France and Croatia this summer?  The Referee who worked this final was selected because of his consistent and effective performance throughout the tournament.  In the first half, France sent a ball into the Penalty Area. It hit the hand of one of the Croatian players. The Video Assistant Referee suggested this play should be reviewed.  The Referee went to the monitor and after several minutes of looking at the play, the Referee decided it was handling and awarded the Penalty Kick. If you ask people about it today, many will still disagree with the decision of this FIFA Referee who spent several minutes watching the replay on the monitor.  As we said last year, handling can happen at the highest levels of soccer, can be done by some of the best players in the world, and can be missed by the most trained and experienced officials in the world.

Let's review the FIFA Laws of the Game. Handling is a part of Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

Handling the ball
Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with the hand or arm.

The following must be considered:
  • the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
  • the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
  • the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement
  • touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shin guard, etc.) is an infringement
  • hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shin guard, etc.) is an infringement

The goalkeeper has the same restrictions on handling the ball as any other player outside the penalty area. Inside their penalty area, the goalkeeper cannot be guilty of a handling offence incurring a direct free kick or any related sanction but can be guilty of handling offences that incur an indirect free kick.

It is NOT an automatic foul if the ball touches a player's hand. It is only a foul if the player deliberately makes contact with the ball with the hand or arm. If a defender kicks the ball right into a player's hand or the ball bounces up and hits an arm, it may not be a foul.

The Law also does not say anything about whether the player gains an advantage by the ball hitting his or her hand. In other words, even if the ball were to hit a player's arm and drop right at his feet or even were to go directly into his opponents' goal, these are not fouls if they were not deliberate acts. Since 1996 FIFA specifically changed the laws to make it very clear that it is only a foul if the player handles the ball deliberately.

So how can you tell if a hand ball is deliberate or not?
If a ball, such as a clearance out of the defense, hits a player so fast that they have no time to react then this is not handling. Likewise, bouncing balls that come up and hit a player's arm or balls that hit a player's arm when his or her back is turned are generally not fouls. In particular on wet fields the ball tends to skid off quickly giving players no chance of moving away. On the other hand, when a player uses her hand at her side to control a ball that comes in at waist level or has time to reach out and touch a ball, then these clearly should be called. A good rule-of-thumb to use is if the player's hand comes to the ball, it is a foul. If the ball comes to the hand, it is not a foul. Remember the key word is deliberate.  

Is this an easy decision for an experienced Referee to make?  No. It isn't an easy decision for a new Referee to make either.  How can we get more consistent decisions?
  1. If you have questions (or complaints) let your coach know.  If the coach agrees, then we go to step 2.
  2. Coaches should share the concerns with the Referee Assignor (this helps us identify the specific Referee.  We will talk with them and help them to understand the application of the Law as shared above. We might assign a more experienced Mentor to work with the Referee to improve their understanding of handling.)
  3. You want the new Referees to come back next week, so we can help them improve.  If they don't come back, we all get to start over and that is not the way to resolve the problem.
Thank you for reviewing the Laws of the Game and helping us build the Referee teams that make Heartland Soccer Association the league of choice in the Midwest.


The Coaches Corner:
Up Back Layoff to Shoot

Half Field - (up - back - drop pass - lead pass and shot)

Organization
Same as previous with a slight change at the end
No turn - now it's a drop pass
Short lead pass to the top player
First time shot

Coaching Points
Same as the previous drill
The last pass must be quick and well played
Keep the ball away from the keeper
Top player should check and then go to goal
The timing of the last sequence is very important

2018 BIG 12 Soccer Championships Coming to KC!

Join Kansas Youth Soccer in supporting the 2018 Big 12 Conference Championship coming to Swope Park Village that begins during the Kansas State Cup and Presidents Cup on October 28 th , 2018.  Click the image for more info.


US Soccer Grassroots D License Course Coming to Wichita Area

Kansas Youth Soccer will be hosting an upcoming D License in Valley Center, KS.  If y ou need to get your D License, this is a good chance as it is at the end of the fall season and finishes up in mid-January. Course dates and times for Winter and early Spring courses will be posted by late October. Details about the course and what you need to register are below.

C ourse Information:
  • Dates:  October 26-28 th and January 12-13 th
  • Location: Valley Center High School, Valley Center, KS
  • Registration Link:   CLICK HERE
Prerequisites:
  • Have a current E License AND have completed the free intro to grassroots course in the Digital Coaching Center (DCC)
  • Have completed two (2) In Person Courses, one of the In Person courses must be the 11v11 course AND have completed an online course AND have completed the free intro to Grassroots course in the DCC
    • Online courses include the previous 2 hour F License or one of the online courses; 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11
  • All candidates must have a DCC account to register and partake in the course
Questions please contact:
Nathan Hunt
KSYSA Director of Coaching

Kansas ODP Girls Train at Rock Chalk Park




For questions on the Kansas ODP program please email Amy Cramer at [email protected] For more information on Kansas ODP check out the KSYSA website by clicking HERE .

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