Sporting Development League

Promoting Player & Coach Development

Sporting Development League (SDL) is an independent youth soccer league featuring the Sporting KC Academy and Academy Affiliate clubs from across the region.

Player and coach development is provided in cooperation with the SKC Academy.

The league consists of seven clubs each at the U12-U14 age groups. The top-level teams from each club will play a seven-game season with a flexible schedule that offers freedom to participate in additional leagues and tournaments throughout the season.

League Objective

SDL provides a competitive and more importantly, a developmental opportunity for players and coaches from each of the selected Affiliate clubs.

League Philosophy

SDL is an opportunity for the selected Academy Affiliate players and coaches to engage with Sporting KC Youth Soccer, Sporting KC Academy and continue their development.

Through this league, we strive to create safe and healthy competitive environments where players and coaches can solely focus on their development.

Participating Teams

Competition Format

U127v73 x 20 min75 x 50416' x 7'Rolling
U139v93 x 20 min75 x 504 or 516' x 7'Rolling
U1411v112 x 35 min (1 game)
2 x 25 min (2 games)
96 x 65524' x 8'Traditional

League Benefits

  • Registration is free! There are no additional fees for teams invited to participate in Sporting Development League.
  • Opportunity to play in a competitive and professional environment league against the top teams & talent in the Midwest region
  • The league has a sole focus on development for the selected Academy Affiliate clubs, players and coaches that are involved
  • Identification opportunities for U12-U14 Academy Affiliate boys linking them to the SKC Academy staff
  • Coaching education initiatives and collaboration between Academy Affiliate & SKC Academy staff
  • Referees that work SDL have the opportunity to be evaluated by an on-site assessor with the goal to help to develop their skills and knowledge to better enforce the game

Player Development Initiatives

  • Field sizes to allow for more player actions in a single match
  • Shorter time periods to facilitate a higher intensity and quality of play
  • Rolling substitutions in the U13 age group to allow for less stoppage of play
  • 9v9 Game format in the U13 age group

Coach Development Initiatives

  • Video review of matches with SKC Academy Staff
  • Game model development and improvement
  • Collaboration between Affiliate and SKC Academy coaches in activity creation
  • Collaboration between Affiliate and SKC Academy coaches in game principle development

Spring 2021 League Standings

U13 Boys

Sporting Nebraska 2008155-0-11866
Sporting Blue Valley 2008134-1-02065
SKC Academy U1272-1-212125
Sporting Springfield 200862-0-3895
Sporting Missouri Valley 200851-2-2685
Sporting United 200800-0-22132
Sporting Iowa 200800-0-54195

U14 Boys

Sporting Blue Valley 2007134-1-01135
Sporting Iowa 200793-0-1944
SKC Academy U1362-0-0612
Sporting Springfield 200741-1-21074
Sporting United 200741-1-1453
Sporting Nebraska 200741-1-4496
Sporting Missouri Valley 200700-0-40154

For any additional information about this league, please contact Diego Barrios at