Border Battle

February 25th - 27th, 2022

Registration Ends:
January 31, 2022

Midwest College Showcase

March 4th - 6th, 2022

Registration Ends:
February 7, 2022

Heartland Spring Cup

March 18th - 20th, 2022

Registration Ends:
February 21, 2022

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. 
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Upcoming Events
Feb 11-14 Dick’s Sporting Goods Discount Weekend
Feb 16 Spring 2022 schedule posted after 5pm
Feb 18-20 Academy Sports + Outdoors Shop Event
Feb 25-27 Border Battle Tournament / First weekend of League play
Mar 4-6 Midwest College Showcase / League play
Mar 11-13 League play
Mar 18-20 Heartland Spring Cup / League Play
Mar 25-27 League Play
Apr 1-3 League Play
Apr 8-10 Kansas City Champions Cup / League Play
Apr 8-11 Dick’s Sporting Goods Discount Weekend
Apr 15-16 League Play
Apr 17 Easter No Games
Apr 22-24 League Play
Apr 29-May 1 League Play
May 6-8 Midwest Mother’s Day Classic / League Play
May 13-15 League Play
May 20-22 Rainout Weekend
May 27-29 Kansas City Invitational Tournament
June 18 Kansas City 3v3 Challenge
Radar view and heat maps from Trace help players visualize where they were positioned during the match and how team formations affect performance.
Happy New Year to all our talented teams and sponsors. We are so excited for what is to come in 2022 at Heartland Soccer. As we reflect on the past year, we realize how much you all have done for our organization. We want to thank you for your continued support. May the upcoming season give us more reasons to serve you and bring happiness into your lives. We are so proud of all of you! Be sure to check out our spring 2022 calendar and register for upcoming tournaments. We can't wait to see you on the pitch!
Referee Review
We would like to have each team have at least 2 or 3 certified referees this Spring season to help with the ref shortages! 
There are approximately 400 - 800 games a weekend held at 
4 - 6 locations so you can choose the day, times and number of games you can work, some referees earn $400 a weekend working multiple games! 
Click where it says “Entry Level Referee Classes”, it does not look like it is a link, but it does link you to the site where you sign up for the classes.
Classes are at the SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex at the following dates and times:
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January 8th – 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and older
January 9th – 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and older
January 15th – 8am – 4pm – 12 years old and under
January 16th – 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and over
January 22nd – 8am – 4pm – 12 years old and under 
January 23rd – 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and over
January 29th – 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and over
January 30th – 8am – 4pm – 12 years old and under
February 5th – 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and older
February 6th – 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and older
February 12th 8am – 12pm – 13 years old and older
February 13th – 8am – 4pm – 12 years old and under
All questions regarding these classes please email:
Christine Kramer
Referee Corner
An Offside story – Understanding Law 11… 
Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to be one of the instructors in an Entry Level Clinic for 12-year-olds. One of our students brought his father along for the morning session. The father is a National Referee and is a part of the MLS PRO staff.
In the introductions, our National Referee was challenged by the class on a decision that was made in the final season match between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake. The class was sure that the Referee team missed an offside that led to the game winning goal in stoppage time.

It turns out that our National/PRO Referee was the 4th official on this match. We started our session on Law 11 (Offside) with detailed footage from the match. The students got a frame-by-frame explanation of the decision-making process and theapplication of the Law from the high-level crew assigned to this professional match.  

The interactions started with total confidence by the students that the PRO team missed this match critical decision. They described where they were sitting (some of them said that they were sitting right behind the AR) and knew that he missed this one. Jon (our PRO Referee) started by reviewing the Law.

Law 11 (Offside) has three major parts.
Position: A player is in an offside position if they are closer to the goal line than the second to
the last defender or the ball.  
One of the Real Salt Lake players was in fact in an offside position. This caused us to go further into the Law to finalize our decision.
Timing: Timing is defined as when the ball is last touched or played by a teammate.
In this incident the ball was played back to a Real Salt Lake player, who then played it to one of his teammates. The teammate then bicycled the ball forward. So, we had to go even further into the Law to finalize our decision.
Actively involved in play: The final consideration in determining Offside according to the Law is
that the player has to be actively involved in play by either:
Interfering with play: This is defined as playing the ball touched or played by their teammate. It was determined by the students that the player who they identified as being in an offside position was not actively involved in the play.
Interfering with a player: Blocking the line of sight of the goalkeeper or keeping another player from being able to play the ball is the definition of this interference. Everyone agreed that this was not a factor in this specific incident.
Gaining an advantage: Did the player benefit from his position? In this incident the Real Salt Lake player was one-on-one with goalkeeper and was able to shoot and make the winning goal. But this wasn’t the end of the review.

All three conditions need to be evaluated at the same time. Jon showed that the bicycle kick that moved the ball forward occurred while the player that received the ball was behind the defender. Split second decisions while evaluating all the parts of Law 11 is what is ultimately expected of the Referee team. 

The class, after looking at all the information, concluded that the Referee team got the decision right. It was an opportunity to see the dynamics of the Laws of the Game in action. Jon doesn’t attend every class, but every Referee candidate gets detailed instructions on the Laws. If you want to better understand soccer within the context of the Laws, join us and become a Referee. If this is not your plan, then please reread this review of Law 11 so that you can get the call right when you are a fan.  

Thank you for your continued support of your Referees.
The Referee Blog
Getting Ready for the Spring Season …. Referees and the soccer community. How are things shaping up?

Earlier this year the Kansas City soccer community hosted FIFA representatives as a part of our bid for the World Cup 2026. We continually hear about our city being one of the centers of soccer in America. We are fortunate to be in a city and a State where soccer continues to grow. We will see the fruits of our love of the beautiful game when the Spring season gets underway in late February.

Teams are being established for the Spring season. Players are signing up for their current team or trying out for new teams. Some players are participating in strength and endurance training programs to make sure they are ready for Spring. Practices will start soon and before we know it the Heartland complexes will be bustling with players, coaches, and fans. A question on many peoples’ minds – will we have the Referees we need to support the leagues and the teams? This is a question the Kansas State Referee Committee and Heartland are asking. It is something we have been working on since the end of the Fall season. How are things shaping up?
Because of Covid, the US Soccer Federation offered states the option of recertifying 2020 officials at no cost for 2021. The rationale for this decision: because games were not allowed in 2020 in response to the pandemic, this was the only fair thing for those Referees who invested in their certifications but were unable to work. Many of the Referees who would have elected to not come back are still in the database which means we are starting over in building our pool of officials for 2022.  
In 2020 there were approximately 2,400 certified soccer Referees in Kansas. Our challenge is to increase this number to support the increased number of games anticipated for the Spring season. Here is a progress report as of January 3, 2022:
We are at approximately 40% of the total we are looking for. We have plenty of opportunities for growth. What can you do to help?
If you are a certified Referee, please consider recertifying for 2022. The 2022 recertification process is being done totally online. Sign up at
To become a certified Referee, sign up at
For those who are 13 or older we have scheduled classes for the following dates and locations:
As of now, for the safety of the Referee candidates and their instructors, masks will be mandatory at all classes held indoors.

Working together with a common goal (a systematic progression of officiating to mirror the technical advances of the game we love) we can be ready for the Spring season.
Thank you for the opportunity of being your Referees in 2021. We look forward to doing an even better job for you in 2022. See you in class and on the pitch in the Spring.
Heartland 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. 
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 
Get to know Marek

When did you start reffing? 2016
What made you decide to get certified to referee? I loved the game and wanted to experience a different part of it
What is your favorite part about reffing? The ability to keep getting better
What is a life lesson you feel you have learned from reffing? How to be more confident and assertive 
What level of referee to you aspire to be? Fifa
Do you play soccer? I play high school for Olathe North
How long have you played soccer? I have played for about 13 years
What was the last book you read? The last book I read was The Catcher in the Rye. I liked how it showed all the thoughts of a very imperfect character.
What types of movies do you like? I like sci-fi movies. The last movie I watched was Spider-Man: No Way Home. I thought it was awful.
What is your favorite sports team? Sporting KC
2022 Spring State Tournaments Registration Open!
The Spring 2022 Kansas State Cup, Presidents Cup and Junior State Cup will be divided into separate events this Spring season. The registration dates and deadlines for each event will be different so all teams interested should be check each events website for more details.
2022 Kansas State Cup
Age Divisions: 
Boys 13U - 19U
& Girls 13U - 14U 

Group Play Game 1: 
 May 12th & 13th, 2022
Group Play Game 2:  
May 19th & 20th, 2022
Group Play Game 3:  
June 2nd & 3rd, 2022
 Semi-Finals & Finals Weekend: June 5th & 6th, 2022

Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex
10529 South Warwick St Olathe, KS 66061
State Cup Website: Click Here
2022 Kansas
Presidents Cup 
Age Divisions:
Boys 13U - 19U
& Girls 13U - 14U 

Dates:  May 4th - 8th, 2022

Stryker Sports Complex
2999 N Greenwich Rd. Wichita, KS 67226
Presidents Cup Website:
2022 Kansas Junior
State Cup

Age Divisions: 
Boys & Girls 11U - 12U 

Dates: April 22 - 24th, 2022

Stryker Sports Complex
2999 N Greenwich Rd. Wichita, KS 67226
Jr. State Cup Website: 
The 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Kansas Youth Soccer will be done VIRTUALLY on Sunday February 27th, 2022. All soccer clubs in Kansas are invited to attend and get updates from the past year and plans for the future. Registrar & Club Members of KSYSA will be eligible to vote on any bylaw, constitution, policies and elections that are needed to be voted on during the AGM. Non-Direct Members are able to register and express concerns or questions to their district commissioners representing their area of the state. Here are the details:
Date: February 27, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Virtually on Zoom 
Deadline for Amendment Proposals: December 29, 2021
KSYSA Board of Directors Positions for Election: VP of Competitive, VP of Recreation, Secretary, All District Commissioners and Alternate District Commissioners
KSYSA Board of Directors Candidate Applications Deadline: January 28, 2022
For more detailed information and to RSVP please visit or CLICK HERE. 
Kansas City to Host The Coaching Event of the Year, Register Today!  
The 2022 United Soccer Coaches Convention returns to Kansas City, January 19-23, 2022. The Convention is the ultimate event for soccer coaches and those who work in the game. Rekindle your passion through presentations, on-field demonstrations, exhibits, and events for coaches at every level. Whether you're attending alone or bringing the whole coaching staff, there’s no better place to learn, network, and experience all aspects of the game. Register for the convention before the price increases on Dec. 16 to secure the best rate. 

All Female Course Led by Female Instructors!
Our Coaching Education Department is excited to bring all current female coaches to assist in your knowledge of the game and enhance your coaching abilities. Become a better coach for your players development!
US Soccer Grassroots D License
Virtual Meeting: January 31st
In-Person Weekend #1: March 4-6th
In-Person Weekend #2: April 8-10th
Compass Minerals National Performance Center

The Grassroots D Course is held over two weekends this fall for coaches that meet the prerequisites of US Soccer. The focus of this course is to facilitate the improvement of the candidates in the Six Tasks of a Coach across all four game models (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11) with a particular emphasis on Coaching Training Sessions.
To see what coaching courses are coming up please CLICK HERE.

Questions on Coaching Education please contact Kansas Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Paul Fabry via email at [email protected].
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Academy Sports and Outdoors
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Barley's Kitchen and Tap
BFAME KC Entertainment
Capelli Sport
Commercial Capital
Dick's Sporting Goods
Drs. Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel
Discount Tire
Easton Roofing
Hasty Awards
HCA Midwest Health
Jersey Boyz Deli & Subs
Jimmy John's
KC Current
Kansas City Comets
K.C. Hopps
Krusich Dental
Land of Paws
Levine Advertising
Menorah Medical Center
Molle Toyota
Momo Bands
Museum at Prairiefire
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Papa John's
Pittcraft Printing
Raising Cane's
Rob Ellerman and 
Reece Nichols Real Estate
Research Medical Center
Salty Iguana
Security Bank
Slim Chickens
Soccer Master
Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City II
Starting Point Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
State Farm-Harlan Parker
Taco Bell
The Merchant Fitness
The Rub Bar-B-Que
The Sheridan at Overland Park
Trace (Alpine Replay, Inc.)
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
TW Sportswear + Print, Ship & Signs
Urban Air
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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