The Midfielder

Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter

Happy New Year!January 2015
In This Issue
Heartland is recognized as one of the largest soccer leagues and tournament hosts in the country. From recreational to premier, 38,000+ players and their teams will have the opportunity to play competitively at all skill levels in both league and tournament play this spring.
Referee Recertification

Kansas Referee now has over 20 Recert, Futsal, Instructor, and Advanced Referee clinics posted on line.

The website ( gives directions on how to access the site used to administer clinics and clinic signups.


Referee Reminder:
Don't forget to submit your referee availability online for Spring 2015. 

Doug Bartlett

All at Heartland Soccer lost a wonderful colleague on December 22, 2014.


For over 15 years Doug was heavily involved in the local soccer community, as a referee and  field marshal. During this time he provided invaluable guidance and mentorship to  a huge number of the young referees. His energy and enthusiasm were always evident.  And the desire to pass on both the experience and knowledge he had gained never waivered.    


We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family.

Heartland Days at Worlds of Fun will take place on
 May 2-3, 2015.
Dick's Sporting Goods Heartland Discount Weekend
       February 28- March 1      
March 28-29
 Thank You!
Rock and Brews, one of our amazing sponsors, welcomed the staff of Heartland Soccer Association to their restaurant for a Holiday gathering. Thank you for allowing us to celebrate such a great 2014 with you!
HSA by the numbers...
1,150 league teams
17,000 players per season 
 1,400 tournament teams
21,000 tournament players
1,300 plus referees
1,400 plus coaches


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2015 Spring League Right Around The Corner!


Heartland Soccer has over 1150 teams  and 17,000 plus players registered to participate in the Spring 2015 league. We offer premier and recreational  divisions with 120 plus subdivisions of play. League play begins  the weekend of March 6th. We are looking forward to a spectacular season.

Heartland Soccer Association Player Accomplishments & Achievements


Dalton Souder of Kansas Rush and Lee's Summit High School selected to High School All American Game

Forty-two of the nation's top high school seniors were selected to participate in the 4th annual High School All American Game in Raleigh, North Carolina, and one of those is Kansas Rush's Dalton Souter.  Dalton plays his high school soccer for Lee's Summit and plays club for Kansas Rush on the U18 Kansas Rush Academy Blue team coached by Daouda Kante. While earning this honor was very prestigious, this was not the only honor for Dalton, as he was also was named Defensive Player of year for the state of Missouri, as well as first team all Midwest and first team all state during the fall. Dalton will continue his education and soccer career at Furman University next fall.  We here at Kansas Rush  and Heartland Soccer would like congratulate Dalton and wish him the best of luck. 




Kansas Players, Parker Roberts and Cameron Duke
Attend US National Team Training Camp

Congratulations to Parker Roberts and Cameron Duke.  They attended the US National Team Camp this October in Southern California. 

Sami Skibell is a Nominee for USYSA. 


Congratulations to Sami Skibell for being named a top 5 Nominee for the USYSA 2014 Save of the Year.  Sami plays for Sporting Blue Valley Bordeaux 99/00. 






Local Boys attend the 2014 ODP Boys Winter Interregional Event 

 Dec. 18-21 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.


Emery May - KS Rush Wichita - Wichita, KS

Chidera Ude - Sporting Blue Valley - Independence, MO

Cole McLagan - Sporting Blue Valley - Lee's Summit, MO


 Jay Stephenson - Sporting Blue Valley -Kansas City, MO



Local Girls attend the 
  Nov. 21-28 - Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, Fla.


Jamie Kutey - KC Metro Dynamos - Olathe, KS

Parker Roberts - KC Metro Dynamos - Leawood, KS


Hannah Miller - KC United - Lenexa, KS


Brionna Halverson - Futura FC Kansas City - Bolivar, MO


Maycee Bell - Sporting Blue Valley - Wichita, KS

Layne Thompson - Sporting Blue Valley - Wichita, KS




Local players represent USA in 
 Dec. 27- Jan. 1 - Toronto, Canada


Congratulations to all local players for being selected to the US Youth Futsal National Teams.


A special congratulations to Felicia Knox, Luke Rafanan and John Leisman for also being selected as Team Captains.  

U14 Boys

 David Merola - Overland Park, KS

Luke Rafanan - Overland Park, KS

Max Rugova - Overland Park, KS

U14 Girls

 Felicia Knox - Shawnee, KS 

U16 Boys

Steven Tekesky - Raymore, MO

Fernando Borges - Olathe, KS

Alex Kaddah - Blue Springs, MO

John Leisman - Kansas City, MO

Andrew McLeod - Overland Park, KS

Paul Whitener - Kansas City, MO


 Congratulations to all the Heartland  players!


If you would like to share your team/player accomplishments 


Include a brief summary of the accomplishment and picture 

2015 Spring Tournaments
Bringing you four tournaments this season!
Heartland spring tournaments typically field 300+ teams, with competition coming from 10+ states. You need to be part of that competition in 2015! Register for the spring tournaments at
Border Battle traditional logo  

This tournament will be at the Overland Park Soccer Complex  and Swope Soccer Village on February 27th - March 1st, 2015 .  Registration Deadline is January 27, 2015.  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 11 different states. We are anticipating another sell out event in 2015 with teams traveling from all over the Midwest! 


KCCC Traditional Logo  

This tournament will also be held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village. It will be the weekend April 10th-12th, 2015. Registration Deadline is set for March 9, 2015. The Kansas City Champions Cup is another large, early season tournament that consistently sells out. This tournament offers four different levels of competition: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Recreational. Teams have traveled from 11 different states to play in the Champions Cup. Seeding of teams ensures that everyone can compete against opponents of their own ability level. That makes this tournament an excellent early season opportunity for your team to test itself against comparable opponents. 



May 8-10, 2015 will be the Midwest Mother's Day Classic at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.  Registration will close on April 6, 2015. The large number of teams (246 in 2014) and three levels of play (Gold, Silver, Bronze) ensure that every team finds itself matched against similar competition. In addition to providing excellent competition, this newest addition to the Heartland tournament series is formatted to be particularly family friendly. The tournament will be hosted at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, where siblings can enjoy the multiple playgrounds, a skate park, or tennis and basketball courts. Mothers will be honored on Sunday, when each player will be given a flower to present to their mother.  


KCI Traditional Logo  

The Overland Park Soccer Complex will be busy Memorial day weekend, May 22nd-25th, 2015, for the Kansas City Invitational tournament. In 2014 about 334 teams participated in the Kansas City Invitational. The longer holiday weekend and access to additional fields make this the Heartland spring tournament that is least likely to have to turn teams away. The three day weekend allows for easy travel and game schedules, and is free of league conflicts. Your team will play against diverse teams from throughout central United States. The large tournament size and good seeding are sure to give your team well-matched competition.


Spring 2015 Calendar

Jan 12

Spring 2015 online registration deadline

Jan 14

Club team turn in to Heartland

Jan 15

Recreational seeding

Jan 16

Premier pre seed & Recreational final seed posted after 5pm

Jan 16-22

Premier seeding challenges via email deadline noon on 1/22

Jan 23

Final premier seeding posted after 5pm

Feb 25

Spring 2015 schedule posted after 5pm

Feb 27-Mar 01

Border Battle Tournament

Heartland discount weekend with Dick's

Mar 06-08

First weekend of League Play

Mar 13-15

League Play

Mar 20-22

League Play

Mar 27-29

League Play

Heartland discount weekend with Dick's

Apr 03-04

League Play

Apr 05

Easter Sunday/No Games

Apr 10-12

Kansas City Champions Cup / League Play

Apr 17-19

League Play

Team photos at Heritage

Apr 24-26

League Play

Team photos at Heritage

May 01-03

League Play

Heartland days at Worlds of Fun

May 08-10

Midwest Mother's Day Classic / League Play

May 15-17

League Play

Team photos at Heritage

May 22-25

Kansas City Invitational Tournament

May 30-31


June 6


June 27

Rainout Weekend


Division Winner awards ceremony at Sporting Kansas City game


Division Winner awards ceremony at Sporting Kansas City game

Be Proactive in Planning Your Annual Care


Make your health a priority with these handy annual pointers that will help you proactively map out medical appointments for good health year round.


You can make appointments with Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center physicians by visiting or or by calling 913-541-5562. Keep in mind if you have a chronic health condition, you should see specialists as often as recommended.



 The new year is a perfect time to schedule a general exam with your doctor or your child's pediatrician. During an exam, your provider will help you assess your risk for medical problems, suggest changes, check your blood pressure, update vaccinations and order any needed tests. Several health experts recommend low-risk women ages 40 and older get a yearly screening mammogram. Routine colorectal cancer screening for low-risk individuals usually begins at age 50.



These months typically present plenty of sneezing and eye-itching, and if you or your children suffer from these and other allergy-related symptoms, this is a great time to see an allergist, who can test for allergies, then recommend medications and, in some cases, immunotherapy - allergy shots that decrease your sensitivity to specific allergens.

Spring also is the perfect time to schedule an eye appointment. If you wear prescription glasses, you'll want a current prescription before ordering sunglasses for the summer. Children should have their first professional eye exam at 6 months, 3 years, before first grade and every two years after that. They recommend adults at low risk of eye and vision problems visit the eye doctor every two years from ages 18-60.

While you're brushing up your eye prescription, it's a good time to think about the dentist, too. One hundred million Americans skip dental visits every year, according to the American Dental Association. Most dentists recommend cleanings every six months or one year and children should start visiting a dentist by their first birthday.



Spending time in the sun means scheduling a skin check either with a dermatologist or your regular doctor. More than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer yearly; one in five Americans will develop it. Skin cancer experts recommend a monthly self-skin check and a professional skin exam every year. 

Later in the summer, start thinking about school and sports physicals. These exams allow a doctor to evaluate athletes and make recommendations about chronic conditions, such as asthma. Make sure college students receive all recommended vaccinations before heading back to campus. 



Starting in September, think about scheduling a flu shot for everyone in your family. The flu vaccine helps create antibodies to the different strains of flu - and it changes with each flu season. That's why it's important to be vaccinated every year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends babies as young as 6 months get vaccinated. Even people who previously could not get the flu shot due to egg allergies have options like nasal mist and egg-free vaccines.

December is a great time to reflect on your health during this past year, get recommendations for new healthcare providers if needed and prepare to make appointments again next year. 







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