Soccer tournament set to bring in an estimated economic impact of $5.3 million over the weekend

OVERLAND PARK/OLATHE, Kan., May 26, 2022 – Heartland Soccer Association, the largest youth soccer league and tournament host in the U.S., will welcome more than 370 teams this weekend to the sold-out Kansas City Invitational. This long-standing Memorial Day weekend tournament has grown to be one of the largest in the region. Tournament games will be played at the world-class SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex and the Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex.

With teams traveling in from all over the Kansas City metropolitan area and various states, the economic impact is estimated to be $5.3 million over tournament weekend.

“The Kansas City Invitational continues its reputation as one of the biggest and best Memorial Day weekend tournaments in the region,” explained Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director. “This tournament is always a great way to wrap up the spring season. We are so excited to welcome in teams from all over the Midwest, giving them the opportunity to play at our world class all turf soccer complexes.”

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.

Up next for Heartland is the Kansas City 3v3 Challenge on June 18, 2022 at Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex. Interested teams can register up until June 6 at www.heartlandsoccer.net.

About Heartland Soccer

Heartland Soccer is the largest youth soccer league in the country with more than 1,350 league teams per season, 3,300 tournament teams annually, 72,000 youth league players, 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 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.

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