Soccer tournament set to bring in an estimated economic impact of $11.9 million over two weekends

OVERLAND PARK/OLATHE, Kan. – Heartland Soccer Association, America’s largest league and tournament host, will kick off its first of two weekends of the Heartland Invitational Tournament starting this Friday, November 5th at the SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex and the Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex. The Girls (Nov. 5-7) and Boys (Nov. 12-14) tournaments will host more than 800 teams between the two weekends of play.

With teams traveling in from all over the Kansas City metropolitan area and various states, the economic impact is estimated to be $11.9 million over both weekends (event estimations provided by Visit KC).

“The Heartland Invitational continues its reputation as the biggest and best tournament in the Kansas City area; split over two weekends (Girls weekend and Boys weekend) to accommodate the number of teams wanting a chance to compete one last time,” explained Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director. “We are excited to welcome more than 800 teams from throughout the central United States for this end of year showdown.”

Considering the importance of local media to our sport, we encourage and invite the media to attend and cover the event! The first set of games will start at 5:30PM on Friday. Saturday and Sunday games will begin at approximately 8:00AM with the award ceremonies starting after noon on Sunday.

About Heartland Soccer Association
Heartland Soccer is the largest youth soccer league in the country with more than 1,350 league teams per season, 30,000 league youth players, 2,700 tournament teams each year, 44,000 tournament players each year, 4,000 coaches and over 3,000 active referees. Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 and has grown from an initial 600 players to serving teams from 16 states and internationally with league and tournaments. For more information, visit

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. Partners are important team members in creating an increasingly growing soccer family in our community. 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