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 clubs 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 15 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 U12 & U13 age groups to allow for less stoppage of play
  • 7v7 Game format in the U12 age group
  • 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

Fall 2021 League Standings

U12 Boys

Sporting Springfield 2010186-0-030136
Sporting Columbia 2010103-1-215156
Sporting Wichita 201093-0-324226
Sporting Nebraska 201093-0-322226
Sporting Blue Valley 201093-0-315296
Sporting Iowa 201062-0-421286
Sporting United 201031-0-413235
Sporting Missouri Valley 201041-1-321295

U13 Boys

Sporting Blue Valley 2009186-0-02346
Sporting Iowa 2009124-0-21786
Sporting Nebraska 2009124-0-216276
SKC Academy Indigo103-1-220156
Sporting Springfield 200993-0-313136
SKC Academy Argyle93-0-317186
Sporting Missouri Valley 200972-1-317186
Sporting Wichita 200961-3-223156
Sporting Kaw Valley 200920-2-46236
Sporting United 200910-1-58196

U14 Boys

Sporting Wichita 2008155-0-118106
Sporting Iowa 2008134-1-115136
Sporting Blue Valley 2008103-1-221106
Sporting Springfield 2008103-1-2886
Sporting Nebraska 200872-1-3796
SKC Academy U1372-1-38126
Sporting Missouri Valley 200841-1-46106
Sporting Kaw Valley 200831-0-54146

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