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.
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.
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.