LEAGUE OVERVIEW

Sporting Development League (SDL) is an independent youth soccer league featuring the Sporting KC Academy and Academy Affiliate clubs from across the region with all direction provided by the Sporting KC Youth Soccer department. Event management and execution is in cooperation with Sporting Fields + Athletics. Player and coach developmental collaboration is in cooperation with the SKC Academy.

The league currently consists of seven clubs each at the U13 and U14 levels. The top-level teams form 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 is designed to give a competitive and, more importantly, a developmental opportunity for top-level teams and coaches from each of the selected Affiliate clubs from around the Midwest region.

LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY

SDL is an opportunity for the selected Academy Affiliate clubs, players, and coaches to continually engage with Sporting KC Youth Soccer and the Sporting KC Academy regarding player and coach development. SDL provides a professional environment that focuses on this development before, during and after SDL scheduled match days. Through SDL, all entities involved strive to create safe and healthy competitive environments where players and coaches can solely focus on their development.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

COMPETITION FORMAT
AGE GROUPFORMATLENGTHFIELD SIZEBALL SIZEGOAL SIZESUBS
U139v93 x 20 min75 x 50516' 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 U13 and 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

TEAMPOINTSRECORDGFGAGAMES PLAYED
Sporting Omaha FC 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

TEAMPOINTSRECORDGFGAGAMES PLAYED
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 Omaha FC 200741-1-4496
Sporting Missouri Valley 200700-0-40154

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For any additional information about this league, please contact Ryan Wells at Ryan.Wells@sportingkc.com.