Academy Affiliates

Official Sporting Branded Youth Soccer Clubs

Academy Affiliates are youth soccer clubs that have re-branded under the Sporting name and strive towards a common goal of growing soccer in their community.

Affiliate players and coaches benefit from Sporting Kanas City’s resources, including coaching education, player development and more. In return, Academy Affiliates are equipped to provide the best opportunities for their players, parents and coaches.

Academy Affiliate Clubs

Benefits of Being an Academy Affiliate

  • Redesign of club crest
  • Permitted use of the Sporting KC brand
  • Sporting KC autographed home and away jerseys
  • Annual market visits & experiences with SKC Academy coaching staff
  • Discounted tickets
  • Priority access and pricing to SKC hosted competitions
  • Unparalleled access to SKC Senior team and SKC Academy
  • Top players participate in All-Star Experiences
  • Opportunity to make the jump to an SKC Academy team
  • Complete player development pathway
  • Exclusive opportunity to recommend top players for SKC DA Regional Player Pool
  • Resources and support for players in their college recruitment process
  • SKC observation days
  • Coaching educations led by SKC Academy coaches
  • Sporting Sessions (access to SKC Academy curriculum)
  • Connectivity and consultation from SKC Academy technical staff
  • Opportunity to send one director per year to SKC preseason
  • Participation in director’s summits
  • Monthly calls with SKC, involving front office and technical staff
  • Direct access to consultation from full time staff of Sporting Club
  • Behind the scenes access for SKC events (SKC trainings, chalk talks, etc.)
  • Discounted tournament prices
  • Discounted tickets to SKC and SPR games
  • SCN Uniform Scholarship Program
  • Educational resources tied to our clubs and player development practices

Discounted Sporting KC Tickets

As an Academy Affiliate member, you can receive discounted tickets to a Sporting Kansas City match!

Click the button below to find your Sporting KC ticket representative and to purchase your discounted tickets.

Affiliate Events

Affiliate All-Star Experience

We host two Academy Affiliate All-Star Experiences throughout the year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

The All-Star Experience includes four All-Star teams, two boys and two girls teams.

Each of our Academy Affiliate clubs have the opportunity to send their top boy and girl players to Kansas City to participate in the All-Star Experience.

The weekend experience includes:

  • Welcoming Ceremony
  • Training sessions with the Sporting KC Academy technical staff
  • An All-Star exhibition match versus the top Boys & Girls teams
  • Exclusive chalk-talk led by a Sporting KC technical liaison – breaking down the technical side of an SKC match

SKC Academy Regional Pool

Sporting KC Youth Soccer and SKC Academy have worked together to create a regional player pool.

For Academy Affiliate boys who are at an elite level but don’t live in the Kansas City area, the regional player pool gives them the opportunity to be a part of the SKC Academy while staying close to home.

The boys regional pool benefits include:

  • Player development and identification – linking Academy Affiliates to the SKC Academy
  • The pool allows us to support the development of Academy Affiliate prospects while keeping them on a similar trajectory to the full-time SKC Academy players
  • Academy Affiliate players receive access to SKC Academy curriculum
  • 3 visits to Kansas City to train with the SKC Academy teams
  • Evaluation period after each season where the SKC Academy coaches determine each players continuation in the program

Affiliate Observation Days

SKC Affiliate Observation Days will give the Academy Affiliate coaches the chance to observe training sessions from the youth & professional teams of SKC. Depending on the daily schedule, these on-field coaching education could include the Centers of Excellence (U9/U11), the SKC Academy (U12-U19 teams), the Swope Park Rangers (USL), and even the SKC Senior Team (MLS).

Affiliate Director’s Summit

Periodically throughout the year, SKC may host Academy Affiliate Director’s Summits. At these events, key Affiliate staff hear from guest speakers, participate in round table discussions & on-field demonstrations, and more. These events create a positive learning environment where Directors can share & increase their knowledge in youth soccer, and collectively work towards further developing their clubs.

Affiliate News

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November Academy Affiliate Club Spotlight: Sporting Blue Valley

Every month, Sporting KC Youth Soccer highlights one or two Academy Affiliate clubs and shares their club bios, recent accomplishments, coach and player spotlights and more! October Spotlight: Sporting Nebraska.

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Sporting Nebraska Named 2021 Sporting Club Network Member of the Year

We’re excited to announce that Sporting Nebraska is the 2021 Sporting Club Network Member of the Year, presented by Price Chopper.   Based in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, Sporting Nebraska provides opportunities for young players, 4-19 years old to become involved with soccer at all levels of play. These opportunities include both recreational and competitive…
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October Academy Affiliate Club Spotlight: Sporting Nebraska

Every month, Sporting KC Youth Soccer highlights one or two Academy Affiliate clubs and shares their club bios, recent accomplishments, coach and player spotlights and more! October Spotlight: Sporting Nebraska.

For more information on Academy Affiliates or on how to become an Academy Affiliate, please contact Nathan Hunt at Nathan.Hunt@sportingkc.com.