The Midfielder

Heartland Soccer Association Newsletter

September 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 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
HSA Futsal
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 contribute Futsal has 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.
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.


Congratulations  Kansas Young Female and Male Referees of the Year!
Congratulations to Tatum King and Peyton Brown for being selected Young Female and Male Referees of the Year for the state of Kansas. This award has been given due to not only their excellent referee skills, but also their work off the field as a mentor, and for your their work away from soccer at school and in the community. Both referees work many referee and mentor hours with Heartland Soccer. They are wonderful leaders and role models for our new referees.

Changes Coming to Youth Soccer in 2016

Press Release From US Youth Soccer
Next year, the world of youth soccer will continue its evolution as all members of U.S. Soccer will begin to transition on two keyfactors to encourage further youth development. The first change will be the nationwide adoption of Small-Sided Games and the second will be a shift from school-year to calendar year for the age grouping of teams.
US Youth Soccer, the largest member of U.S. Soccer, will assist members with information on these changes through the national office and our 55 member State Associations.
US Youth Soccer director of coaching education and long-time advocate of Small-Sided Games, Sam Snow acknowledged, "Since the mid 1980's US Youth Soccer has been an advocate for Small-Sided Games. Why? The many benefits to the players and even to novice coaches are clear. With fewer players on the field making quick tactical decisions is easier. Players are in the vicinity of the ball more often which engages them in all four components of the game. The players are realistically exposed to the principles of play frequently. In short, Small-Sided Games will accelerate the development of American soccer players."

Small-Sided Games

Small-Sided Games will be mandated come August of 2017, with specific changes occurring in regard to alterations to the field size, goals and rules. The result will be a decrease in 11-vs-11 competitions in lieu of more 9-vs-9 and 7-vs-7 competitions. U.S. Soccer will encourage the adoption of Small-Sided Games best practices in August of 2016. US Youth Soccer has been encouraging Small-Sided Games for more than 20 years and most of the 55 member State Associations have adopted the philosophy during that time.
The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved - creating a more fun and enjoyable game. 

Calendar Year

Effective August 2017, the grouping of players will also change nationwide, with encouraged adoption of best practices in August of 2016. U.S. Soccer will go back to calendar birth years to align with international standards and Youth National Team programs.
US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year for 
Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the United States and Canada; as all other FIFA members go by the calendar year. 
Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players are still allowed to "play up" or play in an older age group.
US Youth Soccer, a respected leader in player development for more than 40 years, has seen the evolution of the game and various changes. The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has used the birth year for the grouping of players since it was established in 1977. In fact, the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport, awarded at the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships also shows the history of teams named for their calendar year age group.
More details will be provided as available regarding specific implementation for these mandates from U.S. Soccer.
Play of the month:
On September 8th, Trevor Cissell scored a goal on the kickoff of his high school soccer game. Yes, on the kickoff... a 60 yard shot! Cissell plays for St. Pius X High School and helped his team beat Blue Springs South 5-2. In that game alone, Cissell scored four goals.

Just three games into his senior season, St. Pius X's Cissell has already recorded nine goals. He currently has 111 goals, just 28 goals away from breaking the school record (138) set in 1996 by John Pisani. Cissell currently sits in 10th place all-time. Last season he totaled 46 goals.

 On August 19 Sporting Kansas City hosted a very special evening for Heartland Soccer's referees.  Prior to the game, Sporting KC invited Heartland referees to participate in a chalk talk with the evening's officials.  Referee for the game was Jair Marrufo; Assistant Referees were Kyle Atkins and Peter Manikowski; and the 4th Official was Younes Marrakchi.  In addition, Sporting KC offered discounted tickets to our referees and recognized them on the field and big screens at half-time.

Advance Treatment to Help Kids Heal Quickly

Advance Treatment to Help Kids Health Quickly
Seth was playing in a soccer game and was midstride when a player from an opposing soccer team collided with him, causing a collar bone fracture.  Dr. Dan Farrell, Orthopedist at Overland Park Regional,  discusses how common these injuries are, and describes a new treatment protocol allowing patients to get back on the field quickly and safely.





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