The Midfielder
Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter     
 December 2015



9161 W 133rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66213

Phone: 913.888.8768

2015 Tournament Numbers
(number of teams)
                        KC Champions Cup : 391                                Mothers Day Classic:  309
KC Invitational :359
Fall Kick Off Challenge:224
Sporting KC Affiliate Friendlies:125
Heartland Midwest Classic:202        
Midwest All Girls:300
Girls HIT:238
Boys HIT:382
NCAA Men's College Showcase:104

Adding up all of these tournaments, Heartland has welcomed teams from a total of 17 states in 2015.
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.

Spring 2016 Heartland League

Registration Now Open.



Last Day to Register

is January 11th

1,182 league teams last spring
1,265 league teams last fall
39,000 league players in 2015
1,400 plus coaches 
 2,634 tournament teams this year
42,000+ tournament players this year
1,600 plus referees

Heartland 2015 Referee Awards

Rookie of the Year
Male, Bobby Wimpey
Female, Maggie Courtney
Most Improved
Male, Rhys Gaunt
Female, Linda Arterbaum
Most valuable small field
Male, Adam Royer
Female, Morgan Cossairt
Most Valuable Big Field
Male, Brandon Hunley
Female, Cally Busby
Heartland All-star
Male, Aaron Middaugh
Female, Lauren Saunders
Most Valuable Mentor
Male, Phil Gomez
Female, Tatum King

Sign up to be a referee for Spring 2016 Heartland  league.
here is the link:



At Overland Park Regional's new ER of Olathe your family will have access to the lifesaving expertise backed by the largest physician network in the area along with an accessible, family-friendly environment. With short wait times, an array of amenities and the comfort of one-on-one attention, we provide a unique emergency room experience. If you or your family require hospitalization, Overland Park Regional Medical Center is nearby.                         


If you have a referee, coach, club, team or player accomplishment that you would like to share please email
If you would like to nominate a player for the play of the month for the November newsletter, please email
2015: Heartland Soccer Association Continues To Grow

Every year, Heartland Soccer Association continues to grow, and 2015 was no exception to that. This fall, Heartland represented nearly 1,300 teams in league play. There were teams from all over the Kansas City metropolitan area and  the Midwest.  Which continues to make Heartland the largest youth association in the country.

With the addition of the Swope Soccer Village in 2015, the Heartland accommodations ranked among the best in the country. On any given weekend during league play, Heritage Soccer Park, Scheel's Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village remained busy from sunrise to sunset to when the lights were turned off. Each of these complexes have a unique identity and Heartland is privileged that our players get to play on these fields each and every week.

Heartland tournaments continue to be the home of the nation's largest youth tournaments. In 2015, Heartland hosted or co-hosted nine successful tournaments. Although, all of them were outstanding, the Heartland Invitational continues to standout every year. It is by far the biggest and the best tournament in the Kansas City area. Over 600 teams from throughout central United States competed in this end-of-the-year showdown.

In the last year there were about 5,000 games scheduled each season, while there were 8000+ tournament games scheduled.   When you add up league and tournament teams, Heartland represents thousands of teams.  Heartland couldn't have done it without it's amazing staff and all of the teams that make up this unbelievable organization.

(You can find the total tournament numbers on the left hand side of the page)
Showcase Coming to Kansas City

On December 11-13, Heartland Soccer Association, Sporting KC and the NCAA hosted the NCAA Men's College Cup Showcase in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men's College Cup.  (Winner of the 2015 College Cup was Stanford University.) We welcomed 102 teams totaling 2,000 youth players to the Showcase. It was held at the Scheel's Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village. Nearly 400 college coaches from all over the country to attended the event.
You're invited to the
Magico El Clasico
For division 2 teams and below not competing in the Central Regional Championships


  • Dates: January 2nd - 3rd
  • Entry Fee: $495 per team
  • Age Groups: U8-U14 Boys & Girls
  • Registration Deadline: December 15, 2015
  • Facilities:  Johnson County Community College and MAWC
Questions please contact 
Lisa McCaughey at:

US Youth Futsal Regional Championships
Qualifiers For The 2016 U.S. Youth Futsal Nationals


The tournament will be hosted in some of Johnson County's premier indoor sports and multi-use facilities.

  • Dates: January 15-18, 2016
  • Age Groups: U9-U18 (Boys and Girls).
  • Location: Overland Park, KS
  • Facilities: Roeland Park, Johnson County Community College and Mid America West Complex.
  • # Of Games: 3 minimum
  • Awards: 1st place player awards and 2nd place player awards.  1st Place Teams qualify for the 2016 U.S. Youth Futsal National Championships.
  • Qualifiers: Champions in each division receive a bid to the U.S. Youth Futsal Nationals.  February 12-15, 2016 in New Century, KS
  • Fees: $575 per team
  • Registration Deadline: January 3rd, 2016
This is a play-to-stay tournament.
Questions please contact
Lisa McCaughey 

2014: Heartland Tops KC Attendance
The 2014 attendance numbers have been gathered and released, showing Heartland Soccer at the top. With the Scheel's Overland Park Soccer Complex and Heritage Soccer Park , HSA welcomed well over 2.8 million people last year. This is the highest attendance in the history of Heartland Soccer. With the continuous growth of Heartland, the 2015 numbers are expected to be even higher.

(And we do recognize that Royals attendance took a big jump in 2015.  We'll have those numbers for you next year.)
On Behalf of Heartland Soccer Association, Congratulations!
Sporting Kansas City Academy defender Jaylin Lindsey has been named to the U.S U15 Men's National Team.
Parker Roberts named to the U20 Women's National Team.

Christian Duke, First player to sign to the Swope Park Rangers.

2016 National Training Camp Roster Invites
January 21-26, 2016
Dilary Heredia-Beltran  Wichita, KS Wichita Rush & Amelia Horton Olathe, KS Sporting Blue Valley

New Rules Limit Soccer Heading by Kids to Help Diminish Injuries

Dr. Dana Brewington talks about new recommendations from the U.S. Soccer Administration that sets age limits on youth players heading the ball. Dr. Brewington discuss what the recommendation could mean for young soccer players like 16-year-old Zack, who she is currently treating for a concussion.

To learn more about the OPRMC Concussion Program, visit us at   or call (913) 541-3365.


This month's Papa John's Referee Spotlight is about Matt Griffin, a referee who has gone on to become a Field Marshal for Heartland Soccer Association.  (Field Marshals are among the people you see driving around on golf carts during league weekends and tournaments.  Heartland Field Marshals wear many hats, including referee mentoring, trouble shooting and problem solving, and fan assistance.)
Matt started young as a referee.  At 12 years old Matt was asked if he would be interested in officiating with the youth recreational program for Olathe Soccer Club (now called Kansas Rush).   He saw this as an opportunity to make some money , since he was too young to work other places.
Fifteen years later you can still find him working at the fields on the weekends.
In his role as a Field Marshal Matt particularly enjoys working with young referees. He likes that being a Field Marshal lets him pass along the knowledge and skills that he gained through his years of experience to the younger referees.
He also says, "Reffing and field marshalling have given me the opportunity to be part of the game, but with a different perspective.
I get a different role in which life lessons are still being presented to me and shaping my maturity as an adult."
Matt enjoys meeting new people each weekend and sharing his passion for the game.  Among all the different people Matt met at the fields, he met his now fiancĂ©.
When Matt is not reffing  or field marshalling he works as a firefighter for the City of Shawnee. He refers to it as, "My Big Boy Job". When Matt's not putting out fires he enjoys spending time with his fiancĂ©. He also loves the outdoors and hanging with his brother and buddies riding motorcycles, working out, and fixing things. 




 Coaches Corner

  6 vs 3 Drill

The main purpose with this drill is to improve your players' ability to seek out free space and make them playable.
Drill Set Up
Separate your players into small teams by using colored vest's (three players per team). Create a small field and use cones or similar to mark the lines.
Execution of the Drill
You should start the drill by having 3 different colored teams facing each other.
One team should be the chasing one which means that the rest of the players would play in the same team (despite that they are wearing different colors).
For example: at the image above the gray team is the chasing one, while blue and the red team is playing as one unit.
Once the grey team conquers the ball, the other team becomes the chasing one. For example; if a red player loses the ball, his team would become the chasing one and vice versa.
Equipment Needed
Balls, cones, marking vests
You can vary this drill by restricting the amount of touches on the ball or increase the amount of players.






2016 Heartland Calendar 



101 Ladies Accessories

Academy Sports and Outdoors


American Family, Stanfield


Burger Fi


Chick fil A

Corner Bakery Cafe

Damsel in Defense

Dicks Sporting Goods

Edible Promotions

Elle's Bakeria

Farmer's Insurance, Nienhuser

FC Kansas City

Global Connections


Hasty Awards

Hayward's Pit BBQ



It Works

J&K Soccer


Jimmy John's

Johnny Cascone's

KC Running Store/The Sports Medicine Store

Kincaid Coach

Lenny's Subs


Levine Advertising

Mary Kay

McCarthy Auto Group

Menorah Medical Center

Missouri Comets

Molle Toyota

Momo Bands


Nill Bros.


Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Overland Park Soccer Club

Papa John's



Portable Soccer Goals


Premier Designs Jewelry

Price Chopper 

Rasmussen College

Research Medical Center

Rock and Brews

Salty Iguana


Scott the Electrican


Slim Chickens

Soccer Master

Sporting KC

Storage Mart


Tastefully Simple

Team Snap

The Storage Place

Thirty-One Gifts

Three Sisters

T-riffic T-shirts

TSS Photography

Brent Walton, photographer 

Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun

You Oughta Be In Pictures

Young Living Essential Oils