2015 Academy Affiliate Weekend

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Held in 2012, the inaugural Academy Affiliate Friendlies involved five Academy Affiliate clubs from four different states. Since then, it has evolved into the annual Academy Affiliate Weekend, which is now one of the largest MLS affiliate-exclusive events in the United States, offering one-of-a-kind experiences for affiliates members of all ages and skill levels.  

As preparations continue for the fourth edition of the tournament, Academy Affiliate teams from at least 16 major Midwestern cities across 9 different states are expected to travel to Kansas City to participate in this exclusive event. Participating teams in this affiliate division of play will be scheduled three friendly games at the world-class Swope Soccer Village, the home training grounds of Sporting KC’s senior and  Academy teams. Beyond tournament play, all participants will receive a free gift from the Sporting Club Network, a chance to meet & greet SKC players, and will even be able to purchase discounted tickets to the August 15th SKC home game.

To view highlights of the first three editions of the Academy Affiliate Weekend, including photo albums and video recaps, visit the links below:


2015 Academy Affiliate Friendlies

The 2015 edition of the Academy Affiliate Friendlies will now be presented as an exclusive division of play within Heartland Soccer Association's "Fall Kick Off Challenge". Entry into this division will be restricted to Academy Affiliate teams U9-U18, with each participating team being scheduled three friendly games against other affiliates; the majority of which will be played at Swope Soccer Village, the home training grounds of Sporting Kansas City. Any remaining games will be played at the world-class Overland Park Soccer Complex.

AAF Playing Formats & Cost

U9-U12: 8v8      $550

U12-U18: 11v11     $600

Note: U12 teams have option to register as an 8v8 or 11v11 team.

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 20th




Fall 2015 Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience

As in year's past, the Academy Affiliate Weekend will also include the Fall All-Star Experience. First introduced in 2013, this summer's experience will involve U12 and U14 boys and girls teams. All four teams will have representation from each Academy Affiliate, and will give this select group of players the opportunity to train the "Sporting Way" with instruction from SKC Academy staff at Swope Soccer Village, as well as a number of other exclusive benefits. To learn more about the Academy Affiliate All-Star Experiences, click here



SKC Game Day: August 15th vs. Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting Park

As part of the Academy Affiliate Weekend, discounted tickets will be made available to all Academy Affiliate teams, until the match has been sold out. A significant number of reserved seats have been put on hold for participants of this event, and Standing Room Only tickets will also be available for purchase at discounted rates by contacting your club's SKC ticket representative.

To find the contact information of your ticket representative and secure your tickets to the match, view your club's SCN member page by visiting www.sportingkc.com/scn/members


Please contact the Academy Affiliate Liaison, Liam O’Connell, via email at loconnell@sportingkc.com or 413-461-6307 for any questions or additional information on the Academy Affiliate Weekend & the associated events.