The Midfielder

Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter

March 2015


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. Over 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.


Click here to Donate to the Cady Housh-Choose Life Soccer Memorial Fund



Ciara Webb Memorial Fund


Ciara Webb was a vibrant and bubbly teen who had a strong passion for the game of soccer. If you would like to

help pass that passion on to other

youth soccer players please consider

a donation to the

Ciara Webb Memorial Fund.


Checks Payable To: KC Comets

Mail To: 15454 W. 139th Street

Olathe, Kansas 66062


An account for these contributions has been set up at the Wells Fargo Bank.

Heritage Soccer Park

Concession Staff needed for Spring 

Position: Seasonal / Part-time Concession

Description: This position is working register and food prep at the Heritage Soccer Park concession stand.

Compensation: $7.25 hour

Seasons: March through May and August through October

Please email your resume to 

Referee Reminder:
Remember to submit your referee availability online for Spring 2015. 

 Mark your calendars:
Heartland Days at Worlds of Fun will take place on May 2-3, 2015.
 Mark your calendars:
Dick's Sporting Goods Heartland Discount Weekend     
March 28-29
HSA by the numbers for the spring...
1,180 league teams
18,000 players per season 
 1,400 tournament teams
21,000 tournament players
1,300 plus referees
1,400 plus coaches

Spring 2015 Calendar


Mar 13-15- League play

Mar 20-22- League play

Mar 27-29- League play

Heartland Discount Weekend

 with Dick's

Apr 3-4- League play

Apr 5- Easter. 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 1-3- League play

Heartland Days at Worlds of Fun

May 9-10- 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- Rainout Weekend

June 6- Division Winner Awards Ceremony at Sporting KC game

June 27- Division Winner Awards Ceremony at Sporting KC game


Heartland Soccer's New Referee Development Academy Program (RDAP)


    This spring Heartland is rolling out a new Referee Development Academy Program.  The goal is to educate and encourage every single referee in Heartland through the Mentor Program, Monthly Meetings, and Tournament Clinics.  Each part is designed to reach different populations of referees, ranging from the brand new to the extremely experienced.


    The original Mentor Program is now part of the RDAP and remains largely unchanged. Young, peer mentors, chosen largely from the State Regional and Developmental groups, spend every league weekend watching the small fields (6v6 and 8v8), focusing on helping new referees through their first few games.  By supporting, praising, and guiding young referees from the very beginning, the Mentors are coaching the most vulnerable part of our community through some of the most trying days of their refereeing careers.


    In addition to the Mentor Program, the Mentors are helping with the new Heartland Tournament Clinics. These clinics are invitation-only Referee Academies, where young, motivated, and recommended referees are watched, evaluated, and allowed to discuss more advanced topics under the guidance of the Mentors and RDAP staff.  We hope participation in these Academies will yield more qualified referees for State events, as well as create a desirable structure for other Heartland referees to work toward.


Finally, Monthly Meetings are back and open to all Heartland (and even non-Heartland) referees to attend.  These meetings will be run by RDAP staff with the help of the Mentors and Academy participants (eventually).  Several topics will be covered throughout the season using more small group activities and less classroom lecture, keeping the meetings fun and fresh. Keep an eye out for signs in the complex and emails from Gordon with upcoming meeting dates!

At Large Player Policies for Heartland Soccer League

Individuals who have at large cards need to notify the office of which teams that player will be playing for, before the season starts.

The guest playing rules still come into play, whereby an at large player can only guest play with a 2 division spread. For example a player could play D1, 2 and 3, but not 1, 2 and 4.

Heartland Soccer Association

Player Accomplishments & Achievements


Congratulations to

Sporting KC Academy's Cameron Duke

Cameron Duke pictured as Captain,

wearing No. 4 jersey for US U14 BNT

Cameron Duke was one of 20 players selected to travel with the US U14 BNT Trip to Madrid, Spain.  Fantastic Job Cameron! 



Congratulations Maycee Bell - U16 WNT

Congratulations to Sporting Blue Valley Lazio's Maycee Bell who recently attended the U16 WNT Training

Camp in California.




Congratulations Layne Thompson & Jay Stephenson

 ODP Costa Rica Roster

Layne Thompson, pictured center in white, Costa Rica


Congratulations to all the Heartland  players

on their accomplishments!


If you would like to share your team/player accomplishments 


Include a brief summary of the accomplishment and picture  






Kansas State Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that we have been approved to host a National C License course in 2015.  The course will be held July 25th to August 2nd at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS.  Registration for the course will be available February 2nd, 2015.  





As of January 2015, coaches must hold a National D License for a minimum of 12-months or hold an approved waiver by U.S. Soccer to register for a C course; no other waivers will be accepted.


2015 Spring Tournaments
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


KCCC Traditional Logo  

Registration in now closed for this tournament.  Approximately 400 teams will participate.  It will be held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, Swope Soccer Village and the Polo Fields the weekend April 10th-12th, 2015.  We will report results in the April newsletter. 



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.




Be Prepared for Spring Fever


With spring and warm weather just around the corner, the experts at Overland Park Regional Medical Center  and Menorah Medical Center want to help keep you safe.


This time of year the top ER visits we see are typically from yard work around the home such as lacerations and puncture wounds. Additionally, general outdoor activity that kids and adults enjoy can also result in bone fractures as well as joint sprains and strains.


You can prevent most spring outdoor activity injuries by ensuring that the equipment you use is in good working order and by wearing the proper safety and protective gear.


And remember, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center Emergency Rooms are prepared for emergencies with patients of all ages, 24 hours a day. We provide a family-friendly environment thanks to our array of specialized amenities, one-on-one care and short wait times.  Visit to learn more.




Start with a full sized field with a two lines 30 yards from each end line. 

There are two teams of 6 in the middle and a keeper in each goal. 

There are 4 neutral players on the sides, between the end line and the 30 yard lines.



The two teams in the middle play regular soccer with the exception that no one can go into the end thirds until the ball first gets played to one of the neutral players.  The neutral players are restricted to one touch.  The idea of this game is to play the ball out wide, and get runs into the box quickly, and in an organized manner.




The key to this is to time the runs properly and to take good angles to increase the probability of scoring.





Academy Sports and Outdoors


AYC Health and Fitness  

Baker University


Chick fil A


Dicks Sporting Goods

FC Kansas City

Fox & Hound

Fry Wagner

Futbol Eatery

Global Connections

Hasty Awards

Italian Gardens to Go 

J&K Soccer

Jimmy John's

Johnny Cascone's

Krazy Net

Lennys Subs

Levine Advertising

McCarthy Auto Group

Menorah Medical Center

Missouri Comets

Molle Toyota

Momo Bands

Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas

Nill Bros.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center


Planet Sub

Portable Soccer Goals

Prairie Fire

Price Chopper

Pride Cleaners 

Rasmussen College

Rock and Brews

Salty Iguana

Select Photo-Graphics


Simmons First National Bank

Simply Soccer

Soccer Master

Sporting KC


T-riffic T-shirts

The Egg & I 

The Storage Place

Verizon Wireless