The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter
August 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.

Thank you to all of the teams participating this season! We are so excited and grateful to have you be a part of Heartland Soccer Association!
Midwest All Girls - Fueled by Tohi

Oct. 4th - 6th, 2019
Registration Deadline: Sept. 2nd, 2019
This long-time classic tournament brings together thousands of girls with more than 300 teams from throughout the Midwest, presenting a great opportunity for your team to test itself against compatible skilled level teams from many different states. The tournament will be hosted at the  SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex and the Olathe Soccer Complex. You can expect opponents matched to your level of play with multiple brackets.

Midwest All Boys

Sep. 27th - 29th, 2019
Registration Deadline: Aug. 26th, 2019

Fall 2019 marks the inaugural Midwest All Boys Tournament. This new tournament is the companion to our long-time Midwest All Girls tournament which brings together thousands of girls with more than 300 teams from throughout the Midwest. The Midwest All Boys presents a great opportunity for your team to test itself against compatible skilled level teams from many different states. The tournament will be hosted at the new Olathe Soccer Complex featuring all turf soccer fields.

2018/19 Heartland Numbers

Fall league teams '19
Spring league teams '19
League players 
Tournament teams
Tournament players 


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Fall 2019
Aug 02-04
First Weekend of League Play
Aug 09-11
Fall Kick Off Challenge Tournament / League Play
Aug 09-11
Dick's Sporting Goods Discount Weekend for Heartland
Aug 16-18
Academy Sports Shop Event Weekend for Heartland
Aug 16-18
League Play
Aug 23-25 League Play
Aug 30-Sep 01 Heartland Midwest Classic Tournament
Sep 06-08 League Play
Sep 13-15 League Play
Sep 20-22 League Play
Sep 27-Sep 29 League Play
Sep 29 Heartland Referee Appreciation Night
Oct 04-06 Midwest All Girls Tournament Fueled by Tohi / League Play
Oct 11-13 League Play
Oct 18-20 League Play
Oct 25-27 Rainout Weekend
Nov 01-03 ALDI Heartland Invitational Tournament - Girls
Nov 08-10 ALDI Heartland Invitational Tournament - Boys
Nov 15-17 Academy Sports Shop Event Weekend for Heartland
Nov 17
Heartland Soccer Fashion Show at The Overland Park Ballroom

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 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:

Congrats to our SCHEELS gift card winners!

Cody White, Megan Wiman, Todd Laytham, Irina Mikos, Trumman Bite, Brooke Nolkemper, Mark Piggott, Chris Savoy, Zach Wallenburg, Chris Savoy

Hadley Lo, Gabe Mohacsi, Nolan Lembke, Adam Riekeman, Marlin Wallenburg, Jash Patel, Scott Wiman, Brayden Souter, Emily Overton, Tibor Mohacsi

This month we had 108 in attendance! Thank you to everyone who participated and a big thank you to all our sponsors for the gift cards.
We appreciate your continued support of 
Heartland Soccer and our Referee Mentor Program!
Announcing the Winner of our Academy Sports 
'Social Media Giveaway'
"July America's Birthday, Patriotic outfit and Fireworks" 
Congratulations Jennifer Borgstadt 
Your photo was selected 
as the winner of the $50 Academy Gift Card.

This Month in History: August
On August 20 th , 1916, the U.S. Men's soccer team had played their first official international game. Although, they had played two unofficial international games in 1985, and then again in 1986. In those two games, they played Canada in Newark, New Jersey. In 1985, Canada defeated the U.S. 1-0, but the U.S. ended up getting revenge in 1986 beating Canada 1-0. The U.S. Men's soccer team played their first official international game against Sweden, after the United States Soccer Federation became founded in 1913. The U.S. Men's Soccer team went on to defeat Sweden 2-3 in Stockholm.
When the U.S. Men's soccer team traveled to Stockholm to take on Sweden, there was about 21,000 people in attendance. The U.S. went on to take a 2-0 lead before Sweden had earned their first goal. Just after Sweden scored their goal, the U.S. scored another to make the lead 3-1. Although, within the last 5 minutes of the match, Sweden had netted another goal to make the final score 2-3. 
First time checking out The Midfielder?
Executive Director Shane Hackett explains why this is a 
great tool for players, coaches and parents. 

Register Now for the Fall State Cup and 

Presidents Cup Tournaments!

Registration Deadline - September 9th, 2019

2019-2020 Kansas State Cup:   Click Here  

2019-2020 Kansas Presidents Cup:    Click Here
For more information on both Kansas State Cup and Kansas Presidents Cup CLICK HERE.

The Referee Blog
A New Season .... What will you do to make it the "best" season ever for your players and their teams?   

What a summer for soccer!  We started with the Kansas State Cup and ended with the Youth National Championship tournament being played at the SCHEEL's Overland Park Soccer Complex.  In between these youth tournaments we got to be a part of the US Women's National Team successful defense of their Women's World Cup title and watched the US Men's National Team make it to the finals of the Gold Cup.

What was special about the tournaments that the National Teams played in?  The teams include the best pool of players who earned the right to represent their country on the world stage.  Pride was on the line for the winners. They also got a lot of money for winning. Talk about reasons for pressure.  Pressure on the players. Pressure on the coaches. And, yes, pressure on the Referees (and these were FIFA level Referees, the best in the world).

And what about the Youth National Championship tournament?  The winners from each State's State Cup tournament met at Regionals.  The winners from the Regional tournaments earned their ticket to Overland Park for the National Championship.  The same with the Referees. Each Regional tournament selected their most effective Referees and sent them to Overland Park for the Nationals. The world and national championship tournaments are done for 2019.  Now it is your kid's time to be the center of the action on the soccer pitch.  Over 1,250 teams have registered for the 2019 Fall Season at Heartland. We are starting a new League season. There will be many weeks of play, and a loss in League is not the end of the road.  This chart shows the Divisions for this Fall season for the small sided fields.
Age Group

How can you make it the best season ever is the question we are asking.  Here are some ideas from US Youth Soccer to think about as you get ready for this season:
When playing the game, players' minds should be focused on making quick decisions as they maneuver around and survey the field.  Occasionally, a player's attention may be interrupted by a parent/fan actions and/or words from the sideline.  
While these actions may simply be the result of wanting the best for their child - this behavior could have a negative effect on their young athlete's enjoyment of the game.
Things you can do to make this the best season ever for your athletes include:
  1. Avoid coaching from the sidelines :  Cheering them on is not the same as coaching.  Imagine you are at work and your supervisor decides to shout out every move they want you to make.  Could this be counter-productive?
  2. Don't criticize the Referee :  Referees go to class to review the Laws of the Game (and there are some Law changes for the Fall season).  While on the field, like the players, they are focused on making quick and correct decisions as they watch play.  And, like the players, their attention will be interrupted when they hear criticism from the sidelines. We will continue to have our mentors at many of the matches.  If you have issues with Referee decisions, let your coach know. They will then share it with the Referee administrators so we can make your experience with the Referees better.  
  3. Focus on the benefits of the game rather than the score :  Most of the coaches I talk with are interested in helping their players develop soccer and teamwork skills. After the skills are developed, they will change the focus to the score. Help your coaches by looking for development, not just winning.
  4. Don't stress out over one game :  League is a season of multiple matches.  Some days the players are ready. Some days they aren't.  The one constant after this game is that there will be another game next week.
  5. Save issues with the coach for the next day :  This is keeping things in perspective.  We have all heard about the benefits of counting to 10 before we say something.  Coaches are under a lot of stress during a match. If you have questions, perhaps time will make for a better conversation and resolution.
Thank you for being a part of the Heartland Soccer experience.  Let's all work together to make this the best season ever. Thank you.  See you at the field.

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Register Now for the Grassroots In-Person License in Topeka, KS

Kansas Youth Soccer is hosting 7v7 & 11v11 In-Person Grassroots Licenses this August.  Register now by visiting

Check out future courses being hosted in Kansas by visiting Kansas Youth Soccer Coaching Education page.  Click Here

Welcome to the Brand New US Youth Soccer

US Youth Soccer launches new rebrand that represents the future 

of youth soccer in the United States.  Read more: Click Here
Referee Corner:  
When is the ball in play according to the Laws of the Game... 
If you watched the Women's World Cup, you know that there were a few changes to the Laws of the Game that are taking place for competitions after June 1.  The Fall season at Heartland will be one of those competitions where the new Laws will be enforced.  
I wanted to introduce one of the changes that each of you will see in play during the season - it has to do with when the ball is in play.

When is the ball out of play? The ball is out of play ONLY if it leaves the field of play (whole of the ball crosses over the whole of the line - touch line or goal line) or if the Referee blows his/her whistle.  At all other times the ball is in play.

When the ball is out of play, the Laws specify how it can be legally put back into play.  For this column we NOT going to talk about putting the ball back into play when it crosses over a touch line.  The special circumstance for putting the ball in play in this situation would be a throw in. We are going to talk about when the ball leaves the field of play over the goal line, or when the Referee blows his/her whistle.

When the ball leaves the field over the goal line, there are 3 possible restarts :
  • Corner kick:  when the ball was last touched by a member of the defending team
  • Goal kick:  When the ball was last touched by a member of the attacking team
  • Kickoff:  This means that the ball went over the goal line between the goal posts and under the cross bar.  It could have been touched by either team. And, to be a goal, it must be scored legally which means no handball and no offside or foul.
When is the ball in play: For each of these restarts, the ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves. Kicked means it needs to be done with the foot. Clearly moved means just that. It doesn't have to move a specific distance or direction.  It just needs to move.  
  • Corner kick:  the ball does not need to leave the corner arc.  It is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves.
  • Goal kick:  The ball no longer needs to leave the Penalty Area to be considered in play.  The new Law is that the ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves. However, the other parts of the Law are still in place.  
    • The attacking players need to be outside the Penalty Area and 10 yards from the ball
    • The player taking the kick cannot touch it a second time.  It must be played by another player first.
When the Referee blows his/her whistle, there are 4 possible restarts :
  • Direct Free Kick:  A player can score directly on this kick.  Direct Free Kicks mean a player committed one of 13 fouls listed in Law 12
  • Indirect Free Kick:  A player cannot legally score directly on this kick.  The ball needs to be touched by another player. Indirect Free Kicks mean a player committed one of 8 infractions listed in Law 12.
  • Penalty Kick:  A player can score directly on this kick.  A Penalty Kick is awarded when the defensive team committed one of the 13 Direct Free Kick fouls listed in Law 12
  • Dropped ball:  When the Referee stops play with the whistle for any other reason  
When is the ball in play: For each of these restarts, the ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves.  Kicked means it needs to be done with the foot. Clearly moved means just that. It doesn't have to move a specific distance or direction.  It just needs to move.
Yes, the Law does say that the ball needs to be played forward on a Penalty Kick.  However, the Law is clear that the ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves.  If it doesn't move forward, the Law says the defending team will be given an Indirect Free Kick.
The bottom line - on all the restarts that we have reviewed (that is all of them except for the Throw in and the Dropped Ball) the ball is in play when it is Kicked and Clearly Moves.  Now we are better prepared to be "Restart Experts".

See you on the field this Fall.
Kansas Teams Selected to National League!

Kansas Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that we have three teams selected into the US Youth Soccer National League this year and represent our state amoungs the very best youth soccer teams from across the country.  So congrats to the following teams:
Under 16 Girls:  KCSG Academy 04
Under 14 Boys: SDB Academy Galacticos 
Under 17 Boys: KCSG Academy 03

For the full article please CLICK HERE

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Get certified to be a referee!
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Sign Up to Become a Referee for the Fall 2019 Season.

Congratulations to these Kansas ODP who were selected to represent the Midwest ODP teams after attending the Midwest ID Camp in Saginaw, MI in July. Congrats and way to represent Kansas and the Midwest!

For Kansas ODP News and Announcements: CLICK HERE

2018-19 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)
Border Battle '19
KC Champions Cup '19
Mother's Day Classic '19 449
Kansas City Invitational '19 282
Fall Kick Off Challenge '19
Heartland Midwest Classic '19
Midwest All Boys '19
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.
Mark Alford is the Preferred Realtor of Heartland Soccer 

Mark Alford has been coming into your home as morning news anchor for 21 years. The trusted face and voice of Kansas City is a strong supporter of youth soccer and has donated his time and talents to Heartland Soccer Association over the years.

"Mark Alford has been an enthusiastic supporter of our youth soccer  community and we are excited to have Mark Alford, the team leader of  Vortexkc/Chartwell as the "Preferred Realtor of Heartland Soccer."  explained Shane Hackett, Executive Director.  "Mark continues to emcee  many of soccer events throughout the year and has a passion for kids and  families.  That's a great trait for helping families find their next  home."

Mark is a multimillion dollar producer, marketing and selling homes from  $2.5 million dollars, down to $67,000. 

"It's NOT the price, it's the EXPERIENCE that makes the difference" says  Alford. "It's about changing lives and helping people make memories." 

And it's because of Mark Alford's dedication, experience, passion and  CONNECTION with youth soccer and the Kansas City Metro that Heartland  Soccer Association is proud to name Vortexkc as our "Preferred Realtor." 

"I'm deeply honored to take on this role", says Alford. "Heartland Soccer  is about promoting family, building memories and developing talents, many  of the SAME things VORTEXKC is about. I'm so excited to get to know the  families involved on a much deeper level."

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]  
Register Now for 2019-2020 Kansas ODP!

Kansas ODP is looking for the very best youth players looking to enhance their technical and tactical ability as a player.  Players born from 2003-2008 are eligible to participate in these player evaluation trainings that take place throughout the year.  Kansas ODP is separate from your club team and you train with players from across Kansas.  

NEED MORE DETAILED INFORMATION? CLICK HERE or contact the Kansas ODP Administrator. 

Amy Cramer
Kansas ODP Administrator
10529 South Warwick St. | Olathe, KS 66061
[email protected]
Direct Line:  913-991-3690
3rd Annual 5K Crossed the Finish Line!

We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather as runners and walkers laced up and hit the trail around beautiful Heritage Park Lake on Saturday, July 27 th for the 3 rd Annual Heartland Soccer 5K to help support youth soccer and creating healthy athletes. 

Racers warmed up as the DJ spun some sweet tunes. They made their way to the start line to take their mark, the countdown began, 3..2..1.. and off they went as "The Eye of the Tiger" played in the background for motivation! 

The field was composed of runners and walkers of all ages and experience, from seasoned 5K runners to first-time racers. Volunteers cheered everyone on as the headed toward the finishing line where they received a finisher medal and lots of high fives! 

Awards were given to 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd place male and female racers in the categories of: Top finisher, 9 and Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-49, 50-69 and 70 and above. The Top Female Finisher was Gigi Loffredo of Stillwell, KS running in the 15-19 age group with a finish time of 00:19:40:67. The Top Male Finisher was Keegan Staats of Kansas running in the 15-19 age group finishing with a time of 00:19:00:29. 

Congrats to all our runners, for more standings and to see race results please visit

Our events wouldn't be possible without the support of our sponsors and vendors. A BIG THANK YOU to HCA Midwest Health for providing medical for the day along with swag, Molle Toyota for the race shirts, Academy Sports + Outdoors for providing the swag bags and space for packet pick-up, Dicks Sporting Goods for providing gift certificates for awards, Kona Ice and Raising Cane's for providing refreshments for the racers and Tohi, Security Bank and Chick-fil-A for providing swag.

Save the Date for Heartland Soccer's next special event, the Rock the Runway Soccer & Style Fashion Show, being held on Sunday, November 17 th at the Overland Park Ballroom. For more information on special events or how you can get involved please contact Sara at [email protected] .

5K Photo Gallery:

Visit Heartland's Facebook page to see more photos!
Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex (OSC) Ribbon Cutting!
The Olathe Soccer Complex has been officially renamed the Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex.  With nine all-weather artificial turf soccer fields, Heartland Soccer Association couldn't be more excited for this new development. Each season, about 1,300 Heartland league teams will play on these fields. 

10550 S. Ridgeview Road Olathe, KS 66061

Thank you to all the teams that participated and competed in the 2019 Fall Kick Off Challenge. This tournament is one of the first opportunities to get early games in and tune up for league play, and all of the teams did just that. The tourney featured multiple levels of play ensuring that every team found itself matched against similar competition. Congratulations to everyone and thanks for helping us kick off our tournament season!

Visit Heartland's Facebook page to see more photos!
From Heartland Soccer Staff:

As we are sure you aware, there have been some rule changes put in place by FIFA.
Heartland will be making the changes for Leagues and tournaments for the 2019 Fall Season.
Below is the list of rule changes and the link on how they will be implemented during games.
Please be patient with the officials as they are very new to them as well as the players.
·        At a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play when it is "kicked and moved", i.e., it can be played before it leaves the penalty area.
·        For defensive walls, attacking team players must be at least 1 meter away from the defensive wall
·        On Penalty Kicks, the goal keeper has to have one foot on the line
·        On dropped balls, the ball will be dropped for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the point of the last touch.  All other players must be at least 4.5 yards away.
·        Deliberate handball remains an offense.  There are some additional instruction when handling, even if accidental, will be a free kick.  (This one will take a little longer to perfect)
·        On the coin toss at the start of the match, the team that wins the toss can now choose to take the kick off or which goal to attack.
·        Finally, players being substituted can leave from any part of the field.  Substitutions still have to enter at the mid line.

New Laws implementation:


Museum at Prairiefire and Heartland Soccer Partnership

The Museum at Prairiefire (The MAP) is a proud partner and member of the Kansas City community.  Founded in 2014 Museum at Prairiefire has welcomed visitors from across the country and around the globe.  The MAP is full of Edu-taining experiences such as the ALIVE! Dinosaur Interactive, 2 Virtual Reality Experiences, The Real Story of T. rex, the Prairiefire Wetlands Park, the Discovery Room for children and rotating, dynamic Natural History exhibitions in the Main Exhibition Hall.

New and coming soon in the Main Exhibition Hall:
Featured Exhibition Opening September 2019: 
Permian Monsters - Life Before the Dinosaurs

Permian Monsters showcases an amazing collection of fossils and models from this relatively unknown time period. From giant insects, bizarre looking sharks to strange reptiles with mammal-like characteristics. Meet the top predator of the time, the giant saber-toothed gorgonopsid 'Inostrancevia' and find out what nearly killed them all to make way for Earth's next rulers, the Dinosaurs...
Membership has is its REWARDS! As a Member of the Museum at Prairiefire, you are supporting the Mission of the Museum, including important initiatives such as KC Urban Advantage which provides STEAM learning experiences for Kansas City's most under-served children.  Plus - YOU receive amazing membership privileges such as FREE programs and admission, and DISCOUNTS throughout the Prairiefire Entertainment District.

When you visit the MAP you effectively change a child's life. Your tickets and memberships support our signature initiative, KC Urban Advantage.  Learn more about how together, we can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation through education at .

For more information on Museum at Prairiefire programs, exhibitions and events go to .

About Heartland Soccer Association:
Heartland Soccer Association is the region's largest youth soccer league with more than 1,300 teams, 30,000 players, 2,000 coaches and 2,200 referees participating each season. 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

For more information please contact:
Terri Thompson
Director of Development
And Community Engagement

1) Summer is coming to an end, what was your favorite thing you did the past couple of months?  We just did the official ribbon cutting on the new Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex and announced Garmin as the naming rights partner. On the personal side, we visited Nova Scotia on vacation for the first time and are ending the summer with a trip to London and an EPL match.  

2) With students starting back at school, what is your best advice for balancing schoolwork and soccer? Growing up I loved being a student- athlete. I had to learn to balance both, especially in college. Quite frankly, I struggled academically my first few semesters as I learned how to manage the workload on the pitch and the classroom. Being a student-athlete is a privilege.  There will be times of stress to balance both and you have to dig deep and do your best. Most importantly, you have to set a schedule to study. It's easy to push it off and play video games, watch Netflix or (fill in the blank). Academics and school are vitally important and must be at the top of your priority list. 

3) Heartland held another successful 5k run, what was your favorite thing about it? 
For me, it's all about community. It's great to see our coaches, players and parents come together and work on some early season fitness. 

4) Fall Kickoff Challenge is in the books, how much fun did the teams have kicking off the season with this tourney?  These early season tournaments allow teams to get some time in on the pitch together. Many teams have new players and this may be the first time they have minutes together. It's always fun to see how many teams come in from out of state to play here in KC at our fabulous complexes.  

5) What are you looking forward to the most for the fall season? 
This is the first season that all our league and tournament games will all be played on turf.  That's a huge deal. With the opening of the new Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex, we not only have the largest league in the country, we also have the best collection of youth soccer complexes in the nation.

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Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex Facility Assistant

Olathe Soccer Complex(OSC) will see upwards of 12,000 people throughout the weeks and weekends during youth soccer seasons.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday youth teams from around the Midwest descend on OSC for games bringing with them parents and friends.  As a member of the facilities department it is our responsibility to provide a safe, fun and professional atmosphere for teams and spectators while they enjoy Olathe Soccer Complex.
We are looking for assistance in providing this environment to our clients.  The facilities team is tasked with:
  • Maintaining a clean OSC by picking up trash and emptying trash and recycling receptacles
  • Grounds keeping (leaf clean up, weeding, storm damage, watering, painting of fields, monitoring goal equipment)
  • Maintaining clean and functional restrooms, maintenance and office building throughout shift
  • Soccer field conversions: practices and games
  • Security: Building, Facility, and Parking
  • Parking, Ability to quickly determine when traffic is a danger to patrons, able to alter traffic patterns
  • Providing customer service to clients which could include but is not limited to players, coaches, fans, league personnel, concessionaires and guests
  • Providing customer service to outside properties including but not limited Kansas State Youth Soccer Assoc., WestStar, Thomas Construction
  • Monitoring field usage
  • Open and close facility and assist renters with their events
  • Enforce the rules of Olathe Soccer Complex and able to offer alternatives to guests
  • Monitor tenants of Olathe Soccer Complex and enforce provisions within agreed contracts
  • Housekeeping of synthetic soccer fields, restrooms, parking lots, access roads, offices ensuring that it is to professional standards and free of contagious diseases and infections including but not limited to fieldhouse, equipment room, referee's office, shared foyer, office area, conference room and maintenance building
  • Any other duties not contained here which may arise due to emergency, damage or necessity
For consideration, individuals must meet these minimum requirements:
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently
  • Reliable and Punctual 
  • Detail oriented
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills 
  • Able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift 35#
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • 18+ for facility assistant OR High School students: Support positions available on weekends (4-5 hr shifts )
Shifts will predominantly be nights and weekends (all day: split into an AM and PM shift); however, the timings could change based on availability and need.   This is a part-time position that could lead to expanded roles and hours.
Starting Compensation: $10/hour or more based on experience; punctuality and reliability lead to quick raises.                                                                                        

If interested, please contact Scott Frankum at [email protected] with your resume .

The Coaches Corner:

Dear All,

We hope you are having a great Fall 2019 season so far. We have seen some great games already and know that it will continue through the next couple of months.

Coaches and team administrators, please remember to go and grab your player cards after each game. Often the referees will bring them back to you, but there are times when they are running to other games when they won't have time to return them. The cards are kept in the plastic tubs at the corner of the field where the referees congregate. Please ensure you have them before you leave the complex.

Please ensure the players are suitably hydrated before games and that they have an adequate supply of water at the games. We will have water breaks in extreme temperatures but for them to be effective the players must have water with them. We all love the world class turf fields that we are lucky enough to be playing on, but the temperature is increased on these surfaces.

Thanks as always for your support of the league.


Heartland Staff

August Health Tip:
Snacks to Fuel and Re-Fuel Your Body
Being an athlete is practically a part time job. Think of the time you spend riding, running, lifting, doing drills, stretching, driving to and from the gym, taking extra showers and all the extra things that come along with training. Accomplishing this makes a person super busy and constantly on the go. It also requires having fuel on hand at all times to have energy for all the hard work-out sessions while on the go.  

Enter the gym bag. Think of this piece of equipment not only as a way to carry all your gear but as a cooler, lunch sack and portable pantry as well. To determine what fuel to stash in your gym bag, it's important to consider the following factors: training duration, intensity, temperature, travel time, performance goals and body composition goals. 

Suggestions for Your Gym Bag:

Pick snacks that are easy, portable and mess free. Choose ones with the right protein, carbohydrate, fiber and nutrients for your needs.
Quick carbohydrates like bananas, chews, gels, fruit pouches and sport drinks are essential for fueling energy needs when intense training lasts more than an hour. 
Whole foods should be brought along whenever possible to fuel the in-between of working out, commuting and working.
Recovery is a big part of a successful workout, so make sure to bring along a powder or pre-mixed protein blend.
Electrolytes are essential for gym workouts where you sweat more due to warm, dry air. Bring a tablet, pill or drink that is low-calorie with potassium, sodium and magnesium.
Investing in portable cups, containers, utensils and ice packs will go a long way in keeping your fuel fresh and easy to eat on the go.

Gym Bag Fuel Options: 
-Bananas or other whole fruit
-Protein bars 
-Hard boiled eggs
-Gummy sports chews
-Overnight oats, grab a pre-made container or make your own jar
-Single serve cottage cheese or Greek yogurts
-Trail mix or fruit bites 
-Crackers and hummus 
-Homemade sandwiches-try hummus and avocados or almond butter and honey.

Performing your best depends on a well-fueled and nourished body. Instead of leaving your nutrition to chance, be prepared by stashing a few extra snacks in your gym bag. Always keep a non-perishable option for carbohydrate and protein packed to pull out when you need an energy boost or quick recovery option. When your workouts are longer or when you'll be away from your kitchen for long periods of time, bring a whole food mini-meal along. Making room in your gym bag or backpack for some nutritious fuel will go a long way to achieving your fitness goals.

HCA Midwest Health is the official healthcare provider for Heartland Soccer Association and we work with parents and coaches to keep athletes safe and on the field of play year round, learn more about our services at  

Kansas Referee Program Highlights

Congrats to these referees who attended US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup and US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships this summer.  They were selected after performing well in their local leagues to represent Kansas at the regional level. 

   Papa J ohn's Heartland Referee Spotlight:

Q&A with Davis and Mark:

When did you start reffing?  August 2018

What made you decide to get certified to referee?
Davis:  What made me get certified was that it was the only job I could get at the age of 14.
Mark:  I originally got certified for the training, since I was already a volunteer referee in a recreational league.

What is your favorite part about reffing?
Davis: Understanding the game from the referee's perspective
Mark: It's great exercise. I also enjoy watching the many very skilled players throughout the league.

What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing?
Davis: That refereeing is a difficult job.
Mark: You're never going to have a perfect game; there will always be a missed call or a mistake. The best thing to do is learn from it and try to do better in the next game.

What level of referee do you aspire to be?
Davis: A high school referee
Mark: Haven't really thought about it.  I'm just enjoying learning and improving with each season.

Do you play soccer?  
Davis: I play soccer for Global FC.  I have been playing since I was 5.
Mark: I played recreationally as a kid and am thinking about signing up for a league this fall.

Do you participate in any activities?
Davis & Mark: We both volunteer as soccer referees for Graceway Athletics. We both also volunteer with their baseball league in the spring.

Do you have another job in addition to reffing?
Mark: I work for Property Valuation Services and have been there for almost 20 years.

What was the last book you read?
Mark: The last book I read was The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. A favorite quote from the book is "The temptation of the age is to look good without being good."

What is your favorite sports team?
Davis: FC Bayern Munich 
Mark: Deportivo Saprissa

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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]

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