Overland Park, KS – Heartland Soccer Association, the largest youth soccer league and tournament host in the United States, kicks off its 45th year of league play with a return to the pitch this weekend. Participated in by more than 36,000 players, Heartland Soccer is considered a leader in youth soccer development and a major factor in making Kansas City the acknowledged Soccer Capital of America.
League games are played at four world-class turf facilities, including the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and the newly opened Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex, as well as the Compass Minerals Sporting Fields and Swope Soccer Village.
Heartland league host players of all skill levels including recreational and premier level players and teams from the around the Midwest. Each year more than 170 soccer clubs, 1,400 teams and 36,000 youth from age 9 to 19 compete each league season. The sheer number of teams allow players and teams the opportunity to compete against similarly skilled teams at all ages.

“We feel very blessed to enter our 45th year of league play. It’s been a challenging time as everyone navigates a global pandemic. We are excited to kick-off the Spring season this weekend and look forward to welcoming back all of our players and families to the pitch,” says Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Executive Director.

In addition to league play, Heartland Soccer hosts 14 exceptional tournaments each year, with the Border Battle Tournament kicking off tournament play February 25. Heartland tournaments draw in more than 3,300 teams and 44,000 youth players, from more than 16 states including Texas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Illinois.
To learn more about Heartland Soccer league, tournaments and sponsorship opportunities visit www.heartlandsoccer.net.

About Heartland Soccer Association

Heartland Soccer Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operates to support the development of youth soccer players with league and tournament play in Kansas City. Our operations are supported through league fees, sponsorships and donations by companies and individuals.
Heartland Soccer is the largest youth soccer league in the country with more than 1,500 league teams per season, 72,000 youth league players, 3,300 tournament teams annually, 4,000 coaches and 2,000 active referees. Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 and has grown from an initial 600 players to serving more than 4,700 teams from 16 states and internationally with league and tournaments. For more information, visit http://www.heartlandsoccer.net/.

Heartland Soccer has several opportunities for league and tournament sponsorship. Heartland partners with like-minded businesses who understand that investing in young people today creates a better community for all in the future. Sponsorship provides businesses with increased brand visibility while making a direct impact on developing Kansas City’s youth through soccer. For more information on sponsorship, please contact Bridgette Samuelson, Director of Partnership Development and Operations at bridgette@heartlandsoccer.net.