The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
February 2019

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.
2017/18 Heartland Numbers

Fall league teams '18
Spring league teams '19
League players 
Tournament teams
Tournament players 
The 2019 Kansas City Champions Cup is in its 12th year and is established as a top spring event that 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.

SCHEELS  Overland Park Soccer Complex
Olathe Soccer Complex
April 12 - 14, 2019

Registration Deadline:
Mar. 4th, 2019

Order New Apparel Today!
HSA apparel
Concussion ImPACT Testing
SCHEELS  Overland Park  Soccer Complex
February 22 - 24, 2019
Registration Closed
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2019borderbattle 2

T he 2019 Border Battle Soccer Tournament will be held in one of the country's finest soccer facilities, the 
SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex , home of the 2020 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 have a sold out event in 2019 with teams traveling from all over the Midwest!

Come out to the fields and help support all the talented teams competing!
2019 Referee Meeting Dates

  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.  

2019 Referee Meeting Dates
Mon Mar 4
Wed Apr 3
Thur May 2
Mon Aug 5
Mon Sept 9
Wed Oct 2
Thur Nov 7

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:

Congratulations to our February Gift Card Winners!

SCHEELS Gift card winners: Lula Edwards, Gavin Kirchman, Brennan Kuzmic, Brooke Knolkemper, Kyler Murphy, Jack Schaal, Sammy Kopekny, Maria Adams, Kristina Edwards

Other Award Winners (Sub Zero, Minsky's, Dave and Busters, Papa Johns) 
Ryan Toon, Christian Landa, Kenny McLain, McClain Scheitz, Hayden Roy, Thomas Edwards, Nicholas Edwards, Lucas Cuejilo 
 (not pictured:  Gordie Wetmore, Logan Clark

Thank you to all our sponsors for the gift cards.
We appreciate your continued support of 
Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program!

Dave & Buster's, Overland Park is now open! Be our guest and get $20 in FREE Game Play! Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports
First time checking out The Midfielder?
Executive Director Shane Hackett explains why this is a 
great tool for players, coaches and parents. 
Announcing the Winners of our #HeartlandSoccer 
'Social Media Giveaway'
Congratulations  Justin Roberts your picture submission for 
January's  Heartland Social Media contest  is the 
winner of the $25 Minsky's Gift card.
Congratulations  Lena Duncan your picture submission for 
January's  Academy Sports Social Media contest  is the winner 
of a $50 Academy Sports gift card.

This Month in History: February
What links Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Carlos Tevez, Vedran Corluka and Gheorghe Hagi?

They all share the same birthday- February 5 th .

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the world's best player and five-time Ballon d'Or winner turns 34. He continues to play at an elite level and hope to achieve success with Juventus by winning the Series A championship, in which would be the 8 th straight year for Juventus. PSG's dynamic Brazilian playmaker Neymar will be just 27 on the 5th. Neymar is considered to be one of the best players in the world at the moment. He made his professional debut at just 18 with Santos and has been an essential part of Brazil's national team success. Carlos Tevez will be turning 35. He is the winner of the 2004 Summer Olympics Golden Boot for most goals scored in the tournament. He currently plays for Boca juniors where he began his professional career. Vedran Corluka will be 33 yet is still continuing to play soccer at a high level. He recently just finished as runner up in the 2018 World Cup with Croatia. Finally Gheorghe Hagi will turn 54 this year. He is known as "The King" in Romania. He is considered by most to be the best Romanian soccer player of all time. Gheorghe currently is the owner and chairman of the Romanian club Viitorul Constanta. All of these players have achieved great success in the professional career and will forever be tied by their birthday date.

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

Share a picture of your favorite soccer memory from 2018 


SBV Holland 09 won the Winter Freeze Futsal Tournament last month in Lawrence! They went 4-0! Congratulations!


2018 Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees

Alan Jones & Victor Boydo

Congratulations to the 2018 Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees!

The Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame was started in 2009 and set up to honor outstanding contributions of individuals whose significant accomplishments and effect upon the sport in Kansas merit the highest recognition.  With this Hall of Fame many deserving individuals' legacies will be preserved for their contributions to the soccer community in our state.

Feb 20
Spring 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
May 26 and 29 Heartland Awards Night at Sporting KC

The Referee Blog
Newton's Laws of Physics and Heartland Soccer 
On the field and on the sidelines
We are getting ready for the Spring season.  The teams are practicing, and we are looking forward to the warmer weather and the opportunity to cheer our players on to doing their best.  Soccer is a simple game. When you have the ball, you want to score. When you don't have the ball, you defend with the goal of getting the ball back.  How do these facts and the Laws of Physics come together on the field and on the sidelines? Let's see how they apply on the field:
  1. The first law says that a body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by a force .  An attacker is making a run on goal.  What would stop the attacker from successfully completing this run?  The force that would act to stop the attack on goal are the defenders.
  2. The second law states that a body's rate of change of momentum is proportional to the force causing it.   So, the defender wants to get the ball back from the attacker and change the momentum from defending to attacking.  We know that soccer is a contact sport. However, challenges have to be fair and safe to be within the Laws of the Game.  The Referee is charged with keeping the contact within the Laws of the Game.
  3. The third law states that for each and every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.   This law can describe multiple scenarios.  If the attacker loses the ball, they will immediately go on defense and try and win the ball back.  You will definitely hear this from the coaches and the fans. It might also symbolize that if the attacker (or defender) gets fouled, they would retaliate.  In this case we have an opposite reaction, but it might not be an equal reaction.
Now let's see how these laws apply on the sidelines:

The Referee is calling the game at the best of their ability (OK, we will agree that this doesn't always mean that the fans will agree).  When they call (or not call) a foul, the sidelines let him/her know what they think. Most of the time the reaction is for the negative. The Referee is now being acted on by a force.  In a recent Referee Entry Level Course, we asked the new Referee candidates to share what they think will be their biggest challenge as a Referee. The number one answer by a mile was getting yelled at by parents.  One of the candidates wrote that she would always like to be on the coaches' side, never on the parents' side for this reason.

The comments from the parents get into the Referee's mind.  The louder they complain the more potential for problems. The Referee is now thinking should I blow the whistle or not?  What will result in the least amount of noise from the sidelines? Our mentoring advice is for them to call the foul when they see the foul.  

Which leads to the third law, the equal and opposite reaction.  I like to position myself at the midline during games. It is interesting to try and understand the game from this vantage point.  One side thinks it was a good tackle. The other side is sure it was a foul and there needs to be a card given. The more competitive the match, the more differences between the two sidelines.  It is the same game, but it seems different when we are emotionally involved.

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 Soccer and keep the laws of physics for the players. Looking forward to seeing you on the pitch.

2017 and 2018 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)

Border Battle '19
KC Champions Cup '18 436
Mother's Day Classic '18 sponsored by Holiday Inn Express-Shawnee 431
KC Invitational '18
Fall Kick Off Challenge '18
Heartland Midwest Classic '18
Midwest All Girls '18
ALDI Heartland Invitational Girls  '18
ALDI Heartland Invitational Boys '18

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

2019 Spring State Tournament Registration NOW OPEN!

Kansas Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that we will host a US Soccer Grassroots Licenses this Spring 2019 for soccer coaches across the state.   Register now for your course to improve your coaching education! Click here to find a course near you.

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]

Kansas Presidents Cup Champions & Finalist   


 Go to to find out more on the Champions that will be representing Kansas at the Midwest Presidents Cup that is being hosted in Overland Park,

 Kansas in June 2019!

Coaching Requirements
  All premier and recreational coaches  that currently have an "D" 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.  
Red Carpet Rolled Out for the Soccer Community

On February 2nd, Heartland Soccer Association and Kansas State Youth Soccer Association hosted its 3rd Annual Awards Gala at the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, KS. The spectacular event honored many volunteers including coaches, referees and administrators for their hard work and giving back to the soccer community. 

The Gala featured a silent auction, cocktails, and a dinner, followed by an upbeat and outstanding awards ceremony that was emceed by Mark Alford and Alford Realty Group, the Official Realty to Heartland Soccer.

As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of individuals like the 68 award winners to help us continue our vital work. Thank you and congratulations to everyone in our community for their efforts in helping Heartland Soccer Association continue to be one of the largest and most competitive youth soccer leagues in the United States.
We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to Heartland Soccer Executive Director Shane Hackett, Kansas Youth Soccer Association Executive Director Joel Dragan, the Gala Coordinators Phillip Gomez, Bridgette Samuelson and Jack Dietz, our extraordinary organizing committee, volunteers, the Museum at Prairiefire, Rock & Brews, Hy-Vee, our generous sponsors and elegant attendees for making this event a resounding success.

This year's 2019 Annual Gala was made possible by the following sponsors: AC Print, Hy-Vee, Rock & Brew, Soccer Master, Dick's Sporting Goods, KC Comets and Museum at Prairiefire.

To sponsor the 2020 Awards Gala or Heartland Soccer Association, please contact Bridgette Samuelson at [email protected] 

To find out more, please visit

To see more photos from this magical night, visit our facebook page @heartlandsoccer

Minsky's is incredibly proud to be a major partner with Heartland Soccer, and we're excited about our newest Minsky's Pizza located at 10540 South Ridgeview Road - right in front of the Olathe Soccer Complex!
The newest Minsky's location in Olathe seats up to 200 guests and includes a full bar, outdoor patio and private party room for up to 50 people! At Minsky's there's never a space fee to reserve private rooms. We offer multiple HD TV's with your favorite sports on the big screen and of course, free Wi-Fi. Select from our full menu of gourmet pizzas, creamy pastas, hot calzones, fresh appetizers, and crisp salads.
For our health-conscious patrons, we have Gluten-Free crust and vegan Daiya Cheese, plus, we now offer Cauliflower Crust as a healthier alternative for any small gourmet pizza! The Cauliflower Crust offers all of the health benefits - for just 2 bucks extra! At Minsky's we believe if you eat well, you live better. The best part? It's so delicious, it's hard to believe it's healthy!  
We know you'll love Minsky's casual-friendly service and, if you've not yet tried Minsky's Pizza, you're in for a delicious gourmet treat! Stop by Minsky's Pizza on Ridgeview Road (or any of our 18 locations in Kansas City) after your game at Olathe Soccer Complex! Click here and we'll email you right back with a 20% off coupon the next time you dine-in or order online - plus other great dollar-saving deals in the future - all to say thanks for being part of Heartland Soccer!

1. Border Battle is coming up at the end of the month, why is this tournament a good way to kick off the spring season? The Border Battle is the last weekend in February and was created to provide an early season tune up for outdoors as we emerge from the indoors. It's growing in popularity every year and we have a lot of teams travel in from out of town to get some field time.  
2. Registration for KC Champions Cup is open until March 4th, why should a team register for this tourney?  I've never figured out why specific tournaments have grown so much. KC Champions Cup is the largest single weekend tournament in Kansas City. Due to the size, with so many teams traveling in from 16 states, you are almost guaranteed to play some new and exciting competition.   
3. These are just 2 of the 4 tournaments this Spring. How much planning goes into these events?  I'm biased but I believe we have the best tournament staff around. Everyone on our team has been working on these large scale tournaments for at least 10+ years and we open registration 8 months before the tournament date. From there, our team works to accommodate hundreds of teams around the midwest. I"m very, very proud of our great group. 
4. So many local business' continue to sponsor Heartland each and every season. What do these partnerships mean to you?  As we've grown over the past 15 years, we've added on-site medical, field marshals, referee mentors, referee training and development academies as well as the largest group of world class turf fields.  Our business partners and sponsors help us in a large way financially and allow us to add all of these incredible enhancements as our game has grown.  
5. What are some of the perks of sponsoring Heartland?  I believe sponsors look to connect with our soccer families for products and services that can benefit us in our daily lives. I also see sponsors that want to support our local community and support healthy athletes and kids.  
6. HSA hosted the 3rd Annual Awards Gala, how was it? Did you have a favorite moment from the night? This years awards gala was fantastic. I love seeing our coaches, players, administrators and referees recognized for their extraordinary commitment to the game. As always, Mark Alford was a terrific emcee bringing tons of great energy, humor and professionalism to the the awards gala. I'm already looking forward to next year! 

February Health Tip:
Female Athlete Triad
Exercise is part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle and sports can be an excellent form of exercise. Kids and teens who play sports are healthier; get better grades; and are less likely to experience depression, use alcohol and drugs. But some young girls who play sports or exercise intensely are at risk for developing a health problem called female athlete triad. Female athlete triad is characterized by having one or more of a combination of three conditions:

Disordered eating: Teen athletes may try to lose weight as a way to improve their athletic performance. Disordered eating includes not consuming enough calories to meet energy demands, avoiding certain types of food (such as foods containing fat), and serious eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia nervosa.
Amenorrhea: Exercising intensely and not eating enough calories can both lead to decreases in the hormones that help regulate the menstrual cycle. As a result, a girl's periods may never start, become irregular or stop altogether.
Osteoporosis (loss of bone density): Teens should be building up their bone mass to their highest levels - called peak bone mass - during their teenage years. Osteoporosis for a teen is particularly bad because it can ruin an athlete's career and cause lifelong repercussions.

What are the signs and symptoms?
-Weight loss
-No periods or irregular periods
-Fatigue and decreased ability to concentrate
-Stress fractures (fractures that occur even if a person hasn't had a significant injury)
-Other injuries, particularly to the bones or joints

Other signs and symptoms include common signs of eating disorders, such as:
-Continued dieting in spite of weight loss
-Preoccupation with food and weight
-Frequent trips to the bathroom during and after meals
-Using laxatives
-Brittle hair or nails
-Dental cavities
-Sensitivity to cold
-Low heart rate and blood pressure
-Heart irregularities and chest pain
-Diagnosis and treatment of female athlete triad

Doctors can perform a physical examination to help diagnose female athlete triad. They will ask questions about periods, nutrition, medications and exercise habits. Your doctor might request or suggest:
-Blood tests
-Bone density tests
-Other tests to rule out other potential medical problems
-An appointment with a psychologist to help with the emotional aspects of female athlete triad
-Hormone, calcium or vitamin D supplements
Once it has been diagnosed, female athlete triad can be treated with help from coaches and trainers, parents, physical therapists, pediatricians, adolescent or sports medicine specialists, nutritionists and dietitians and mental health specialists.

What if I think I have it or a friend has it?
It might be tempting to shrug off several months of missed periods, but getting help right away is important. Female athlete triad may lead to reduced physical performance, stress fractures, other injuries, long-term bone weakness, permanent effects on the reproductive system and heart problems.

You might worry about seeming nosy when you ask questions about a friend's health, but you're not: your concern is a sign that you're a caring friend. If a friend, sister or teammate has signs and symptoms of female athlete triad, discuss your concerns with her and encourage her to seek treatment. If she refuses, you may need to mention your concern to a parent, coach, teacher or school nurse.

Tips for female athletes
-Keep track of your periods. And talk to your doctor if you miss any.
-Don't skip meals or snacks. Eating now will improve performance later.
-Visit a dietitian or nutritionist who works with teen athletes to make a dietary game plan.

It's your body and your life. Pressure from teammates, parents, or coaches can turn a fun activity into a nightmare. You - not your coach or teammates - will have to live with any damage you do to your body now. For more information on HCA Midwest Health and our services, please visit

To learn more about HCA Midwest Health visit us online at 
Dear All,

The new season is almost upon us!

The seeding saga is over and the schedule is being finalized. In multiple age groups we had many teams all requesting the same division. We tried to accommodate all but with 1,315 teams it was impossible. We appreciate your patience and we assure you every decision is based on trying to make competitive divisions.

The schedule will be posted on February 20 th after 5PM. Again every attempt is made to accommodate scheduling requests but with over 1300 teams, some of those are impossible.

We are very excited to have Olathe Soccer Complex come on line fully this Spring. Those fields, plus the other world class facilities that we are lucky enough to use, make the standard of play and amenities second to none in the Country.

Enjoy what is left of your Winter and get ready to watch the players back on the pitch this Spring.

Heartland Staff

Heritage Tractor has gifts for everyone on your list! Stop by and see them this month for 10% toys and apparel, visit

The Referee Corner
Law 11 - Offside Again:

Many of us have been playing Futsal during the winter months.  Law 11 in Futsal states " there is no offside in Futsal".   Now that we are going outside, Offside is once again in play.  We wanted to use this month's Referee Corner to again review this important Law with the goal of helping all of us better understand what factors the Referee and Assistant Referees use when evaluating an Offside infraction in your team's matches.

Let's start off by sharing one of the videos that every certified Referee goes through in their first day of class, The Offside Rule explained in 2 minutes . You can click on the link to view this quick overview.  Sounds simple, right? Did you go to the PRO training exercise?  If you haven't, go there now PRO AR offside exercise  and test yourself.  If you didn't get 100%, don't get discouraged.  None of our certified Referees in Kansas got them all right either.  This exercise highlights the many moving parts of the offside infraction and how much focus needs to be applied by the Assistant Referees.  Think about how you could get more correct and what changes in focus would make that difference.

Offside Position is the easier part to understand because it is defined as being closer to the opponent's goal line than either the 2 nd to the last defender or the ball.  Assistant Referees are trained to focus on the 2 nd to the last defender and to position themselves even with this person.  The challenge is to keep your focus on this person when the fun stuff is happening around the ball.

Position is black and white.  Agreed? But soccer is a dynamic and always moving game.  What is the next condition we need to concentrate on to correctly make an offside decision?  It is the timing of the touch by the player's team mate. The Law says you need to be in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched by a team mate.  This means expanding your field of focus on both the position of the 2 nd last defender and the ball so you can tell when the ball was last touched by a team mate.  And, the Law says that deflections by the defense do not negate offside. Multiple moving pieces to the decision.  Assistant Referees are making judgements based on all these moving components. Experience is key to correctly judging the components for an infraction.  

Finally, the decision is made based on active involvement which means:
  • Interfering with play by playing a ball played or touched by a team mate
  • Interfering with an opponent by preventing them from playing the ball or obstructing their line of vision
  • Gaining an advantage when the ball has deflected off the goal post, cross bar, match official or an opponent or if the ball was deliberately saved by any opponent (i.e., a save is when a player stops or attempts to stop a ball which is going into or very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms unless it is the goal keeper within the Penalty Area).
Do they sometimes miss an offside infraction?  It is safe to say that might happen. Do they sometimes make the wrong decision?  Again, this could happen. Do they get it right sometimes? Definitely. Is it always an easy decision?  Does it build their confidence when they are able to make the correct decision in front of players, coaches and you the fans?  Always.

You now know what the Assistant Referee is thinking about before they raise the flag.  Think along with them and congratulate them for making the decision because you now know it isn't that easy.

   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Q & A with the Stosberg's
When did you start reffing? 
Collin: 2016
Colbey: 2016
Kayden: 2017
What made you decide to get certified to referee? 
Collin: Following the opportunity to coach for eight years, this allows added time by working together with my children.
Colbey: The money.
Kayden: The money as well.

What is your favorite part about reffing? 
Collin: The entertainment value of the game of soccer.
Colbey: I get paid money to do something I enjoy.
Kayden: It has allowed me to build confidence and see the game from a different perspective.
What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing? 
Collin: Still learning... a work in progress.  
Colbey: Wisdom does not always equal age (i.e. parent behavior.)
Kayden: Responsibilities of being on time, having a good attitude under difficult circumstances and weather.
What level of referee do you aspire to be? 
Collin: I would like to continue to expand my knowledge, skills and abilities at my current level before moving up. 
Colbey: I am open to challenges so wherever it takes me I am certainly looking forward to opportunities to get better. 
Kayden: I would like to be a professional referee.
Do you play soccer? 
Colbey: I have played for 10 years and am going to try out at Ray-Pec High School this summer. 
Kayden: I play for KCSG and Ray-Pec High School.
How long have you played soccer?
Collin: 40ish years... How is that possible?
Colbey: 10 years.
Kayden: 10 years.
Do you participate in any other activities?
Collin: We enjoy volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Charities in KC, MADD Heartland Chapter, Make A Wish Foundation, Raymore-Peculiar School District Activities, Extempore, and members of the Saint Paul's Methodist Church in Raymore.
Colbey: I also compete in Varsity Forensics, Debate, Theatre and Student Senate.
Kayden: I play high school basketball, soccer and student senate, but I enjoy soccer above all! 

Do you have another job in addition to reffing? 
Collin: I am a Missouri State Trooper assigned to Troop A, Lee's Summit, for the past 22 years.  I am currently assigned as the Public Information Officer which allows me to provide safety education among other duties to the citizens we serve in west-central Missouri.  Unlike working the road full-time.... People are happy to see me for educational programs.  I also get to work with our media outlets to discuss Patrol operations. 
Colbey and Kayden are both full-time 9th grade students at Raymore-Peculiar High School and keep very busy with school activities; I am considering starting a "Dad Uber".... I really do not mind because they enjoy school, school activities and opportunities to get better at everything! #Blessed
What was the last book you read? 
Collin and Colbey: "No Other Home" our favorite part of the book was when he, Matt Besler, shared about becoming a Father and scoring a goal in the USMT game. 
Kayden: The last book I read was "Series of Unfortunate Events - The Bad Beginning" and my favorite part was when they outsmarted Olaf.
What types of movies do you like? 
Collin: My favorite movie is "Remember The Titans" so many great leadership attributes. 
Colbey: The last movie I saw was the "Incredibles" and my favorite part is 'Jack - Jack" because he is a spitting image of my Baby Brother, Greyton. 
Kayden: The last movie I saw was "Coco" and my favorite part is the happy ending.
What is your favorite sports team?  Collin, Colbey, and Kayden: We are Sporting Kansas City fans for life and Season Ticket holders.

Manhattan, Kansas Soccer Coach Awarded the 2018 Kansas Youth

Soccer Presidential Exemplary Service Award for Years of Coaching


Frank Alonso, was more than just a soccer coach in the Manhattan, Kansas community.  He was an icon to other coaches, a role model to the soccer players he coached and a beloved father to his two daughters and a husband to his lovely wife. 

It was an honor for Kansas Youth Soccer to award his family with the most prestigious award bestowed on a KSYSA Member during a seasonal year for his 19 years of soccer development in the Little Apple.   Click here for more information 

The Coaches Corner:
Y Shooting Pattern

Start with an up - back
Then play wide to edge of the box
Central player turns, receives pass
Shoot first time
Follow shot for rebound

Coaching Points
Quick up - back at the start of the play
Angle off to receive the drop pass
Pass to the right foot of the player at the edge of the box
Lay-off first time pass
Central player, turn and shoot first time
Follow shot for possible rebound

2019 Spring State Tournament Registration NOW OPEN!

The Spring 2019 Kansas State Cup, Kansas Presidents Cup & Kansas Junior State Cup will be held at the new Olathe Soccer Complex between the dates May 28 th - June 6 th , 2019!!!!

Early Registration Deadline is March 1 st , 2019!!!

Don't forget to Register your team!

Winners of State Cup advance to the Midwest Regional Championships in Saginaw, MI June 21 st - 26 th , 2019! #KSStateCup

Winners of Presidents Cup advance to the Midwest Presidents Cup in Overland Park, KS June 13 th , - 17 th , 2019!  #KSPresidentsCup

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.

2018 Kansas Youth Soccer Awards Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Kansas Youth Soccer Award Winners!

Click here for more info on this past years winners.

4 Wheel Parts
7 Eleven
AB May
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Big Whiskey
Chick fil A
Commercial Capital
Dairy Queen
Dave and Buster's
Dick's Sporting Goods
Drs. Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel
Dunkin' Donuts
FC Kansas City
Fry Wagner
Go Ape
Hasty Awards
HCA Midwest Health
Heritage Tractor Supply
Jimmy John's
Jon Russell's BBQ
Kansas City Comets
KC Motor Company
KC Steak Company
Krusich Dental
Lenny's Subs
Levine Advertising
Menorah Medical Center
Minsky's Pizza
Molle Toyota
Momo Bands
Morrill & Janes Bank
Museum at Prairiefire
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Oxford Animal Hospital
Pacific Dental Services
Papa John's
Penn Station East Coast Subs
Pizza Hut
Raising Cane's
Research Medical Center
Rock and Brews
Rosati's of Overland Park
Salty Iguana
Scott the Electrican
Security Bank
Soccer Master
Spin Pizza
Sporting Kansas City
Storage Mart
Swope Park Rangers
The KC Steak Company
The Storage Place
The Rub Bar-B-Que
T-riffic T-shirts
Urban Air
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]