The Midfielder

Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!

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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 33,000+ players and their teams had the opportunity to play competitively at all
skill levels in both league and tournament play this spring.
1,265 league teams this fall
22,000 players this season 
 2,400 tournament teams this year
38,000+ tournament players this year
1,600 plus referees
1,400 plus coaches
  Fall team photo days at
 Heritage Soccer Park will be
  October 10-11. 



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.                         


Sign up to be a referee for Fall 2015 Heartland  league.
here is the link:
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

Register now for America's Largest Futsal League - Heartland Futsal (formerly Futsal KC).

Why Heartland Futsal?
  • Best Futsal facilities in KC
  • Flexible schedules for Coaches
  • Sanctioned Futsal Referees
  • Diversified competition with the most teams
  • Gold, Silver & Bronze Brackets for all levels of play
When: Season will run Mid November thru February
Divisions: U8-U19 (Boys and Girls)
Number of Games: 8
Cost: Registration fee per team $675

What is Futsal?

Futsal is the only form of indoor soccer endorsed by FIFA. It earned
the status of FIFA's official form of indoor soccer in the 1980s as it
was recognized as a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played
indoors. It is a 5 v 5 small-sided game played on a hard surfaced,
basketball sized court with a smaller low bounce ball. Futsal is played
with touchline boundaries and without walls.

Futsal in the United States is growing rapidly as coaches and players
are discovering the technical and tactical benefits of this fast-paced
indoor court game, not only for those that play soccer but also those
players best suited for the Futsal game itself.

  • More touches on the ball
  • Better foot skills
  • More movement without the ball
  • Quick decisions
  • Technical speed of play 
  • High-score games
  • Constant excitement.
  • Futsal is also a great tool to better your Outdoor Soccer Game.
  • Soccer Super stars like Messi, Ronaldo, Alves, Seedorf,  Bebeto,
    Marta and others all attribute Futsal with part of their 
New to Futsal? Got Questions?
We are happy to help. Call Angelo at 913- 208-7975

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 welcome well over 2.8 million 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.
Heartland continues to work with our referees...
Heartland hosted our first ever Referee Academy and MLS Training session. The turnout was wonderful as we had  33 referees present at both sessions. We want to thank everyone for the positive feedback. We were pleasantly overwhelmed by the numerous positive responses from spectators, coaches and players. We are looking forward to continuing this great event.
Below are some pictures from both events.

New in October - The Papa John's Heartland Referee Spotlight
      A new feature in the newsletter will be Papa John's Heartland Referee Spotlight.  Each month we will feature a referee or group of referees and Papa John's will treat them to a pizza party.
     This month we are featuring one of the many families that referee for Heartland.  The Shaffer family - father, Keith; mother, Jewels; son, R.C.; and daughter, Alexis - tell a fairly typical story of how an entire family became referees.
      Keith has umpired baseball for 35 years. He began officiating soccer five years ago with his son, R.C., to get another perspective on the sport his son loves. Keith enjoys the continuous movement involved as a soccer referee and loves to watch his children play. 
      "After years of playing soccer I was surprised by all the things I didn't know until I became a referee." R.C. admitted. "And I was able to purchase my own car with the cash from reffing soccer."  R.C. plays soccer for the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club, plays tenor in his school drum line, and if he's not sleeping, you'll find him playing a video game.
      Alexis and Jewels began reffing two and half years ago. Alexis'  love of the game began by playing the sport, just like her older brother. "I started reffing because it was a great way to make money and still have the flexibility to play soccer, be a Teen Chief's Cheerleader, play the flute for my school and jazz band, and participate in the percussion ensemble."
      After one of R.C's soccer games, Jewels questioned R.C about some of the decisions made by the referee during the game.  R.C. explained the referee made the correct calls.  " I decided then that I would get my referee certification to better understand the rules of the games." 
      "What better way to get paid while you exercise!" Jewels admits with a laugh.  Jewels stays busy as a team administrator, team photographer, and singing in her Synagogue choir.
      In addition to day jobs, school, soccer, band activities, and reffing soccer, the Shaffer's manage to find time to volunteer in various areas of their community: SBV Skill Camps, Restart-serving meals at homeless shelters, and maintaining the BVHS soccer photo website, to name a few.
      The Shaffer's will soon be enjoying a pizza party courtesy of Papa John's.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

Although it can be extremely powerful to understand your genetic risk for breast cancer, there are many other risk factors that women need to know, says Dr. Stephanie Graff, an oncologist with Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health. Dr. Graff explains how to determine your break cancer risk. 


Play of the month:
We would like to recognize Rockhurst senior Keaton Schieffer who had a goal and an assist in the Hawklets' 4-0 victory against St. Thomas Aquinas. The win came during the championship match of the Top Dawg Tournament. Schieffer finished the tournament with four assists in three games, being named to the all-tournament team.
Read more here:

You're invited to the
2015 NCAA Men's College Cup Showcase
Over 400+ College Coaches in Attendance

The 2015 NCAA Men's College Cup Showcase will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Men's Championship Weekend of December 10- December 13, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. The 2015 NCAA Men's College Cup Showcase is open to all boys competitive premier and elite club teams ages u15 to u19. Three (3) game showcase format. No finals or championship games. Over 400 + College coaches will be in attendance. All teams will have an opportunity to be recognized on-field during the Men's College Cup. Each team will receive 16 All-Access tickets for the NCAA College Cup. Tickets cover both Friday night semifinals and the Sunday Championship Final.  Teams may purchase additional tickets at special discounted group rate.



2015 NCAA Men's College Cup Showcase: $1,395
Included in the cost of the Tournament Entry Fee, each team will receive 16 All-Access tickets to the NCAA Men's College Cup at the beautiful Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets will cover both Friday night semifinals and the Sunday Final.
Registration Deadline:
October 19, 2015
Team Acceptance Notification:
October 26, 2015
Team Seeding/Brackets:
November 2, 2015
Schedules Posted:
Week of November 15, 2015
  • The $36 million Sheels Overland Park Soccer Complex (OPSC) features 12 lighted tournament-quality synthetic fields in Overland Park, Kansas.
  • The Sheels OPSC hosted the USYSA National Championships in 2010 & 2013 and will again host the 2019 & 2020 Championships.
  • The $20 million Swope Soccer Village (SSV) features 6 lighted tournament-quality synthetic fields in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • SSV is the home of 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City's Training Complex and is the home of 2014 NWSL Champion FC Kansas City.
  • An illustrious list of teams have trained at SSV: U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams, Manchester United, Manchester City FC, AS Roma, CD Guadalajara, Club America, Montpellier HSC, Newcastle United, Stoke City, and numerous national teams including Mexico, Panama, and Paraguay.
  • Great hotel options to suite every team budget and taste.
  • Great competition from all over the Midwest.
  • Play on a non-holiday weekend (spend those special times with family while saving more $).
  • Excellent referees.
  • Each location includes a multi-purpose building with concession areas.
  • Local attractions adjacent to Sheels OPSC include Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead and St. Andrews Golf Course.
  • Local attractions adjacent to Swope Soccer Village include Swope Park and Blue River Golf Courses, Kansas City Zoo, Lakeside Nature Center, and the Country Club Plaza Shopping District.


Importance of Breast Self-Exams

Dr.  Anne  Kobbermann, board certified, fellowship trained surgical breast
 oncologist discusses breast health and the importance of breast self-exams.              




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2015/2016 Heartland Calendar 







Academy Sports and Outdoors


American Family, Keith Stanfield

Burger Fi


Chick fil A

Damsel in Defense

Dicks Sporting Goods

Edible Promotions

Elle's Bakeria

FC Kansas City

Fox & Hound

Fry Wagner

Global Connections


Hasty Awards

It Works

J&K Soccer

Jimmy John's

Johnny Cascone's

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

Papa John's


Planet Sub

Portable Soccer Goals


Premier Designs Jewelry

Price Chopper 

Rasmussen College

Research Medical Center

Rock and Brews

Salty Iguana



Simply Soccer

Slim Chickens

Soccer Master

Sporting KC

Storage Mart

Tastefully Simple

The Storage Place

Thirty-One Gifts


T-riffic T-shirts

TSS Photography

Brent Walton, photographer

Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun

You Oughta Be In Pictures