2017 Open Tryouts

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Sporting Kansas City 2017 Open Tryouts will take place on August 19 and 20, 2017 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, MO.

Sporting Kansas City and Swope Park Rangers hosts Open Tryouts once a year for the first 125 players (18 years and older) that apply. The Open Tryouts are held during the summer transfer window for one weekend in August. This is the best opportunity to be seen by the Sporting Kansas City and Swope Park Rangers technical staffs for evaluation.

“The last nine years we have been pleased with the number of talented players who have taken part in our open tryouts,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. “We are always looking to improve our roster, and these tryouts give us a chance to get a look at players who might be trying to take a less conventional route to MLS.”

Chosen finalists will then get the opportunity to further trial with either Sporting KC or Swope Park Rangers during the Summer Transfer Window with the chance of securing a contract. Final tryout information and times will be provided to each participant closer to the event.

Sporting KC has held open tryouts dating back to 2008, which was the first time since the inaugural 1996 season that the team had given an opportunity to players from across the globe to participate in an organized open tryout. The tryouts have consistently drawn approximately 100+ players from more than a dozen different countries annually.

Price: $250 payable by credit card or debit card.

When: August 19 & 20, 2017

Where: Swope Soccer Village (6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City, MO 64132)

Who: Only players 18 and older may register.

Recommended Hotels: CLICK HERE to find the best rates at Marriott hotels in Kansas City. Marriott is the preferred Hotel Partner of Sporting Kansas City and Swope Park Rangers. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Will Sporting Kansas City assist and pay for travel to participate in the tryout?

A: No. Participants will pay for any and all airfare, hotel, food and transportation.

Q: Will Sporting Kansas City assist in securing a visa?

A: Sporting Kansas City will not assist in securing visa for foreign players or provide any invitation letters of any kind.

Q: If I cannot participate but have already registered and paid in full, can I get a refund?

A: Sporting Kansas City will refund the tryout fee only if a player cannot participate due to injury. If a refund is processed, a refund fee of $25 will be applied. Refunds also must be requested no later than Monday, July 31, 2017.

Q: What airport should I use if I am flying?

A: If flying to Kansas City, use Kansas City International Airport (MCI, 601 Brasilia Avenue, Kansas City, MO)

Q: When do you recommend I arrive into Kansas City?

A: Participants will need to arrive on Friday, August 18 in the evening as the try-out will start as early as 8am on the 19th.

Q: When do you recommend I schedule my flight out of Kansas City?

A: Flights out of Kansas City can be arranged for Sunday, June 14 after 3pm.

Q: Where should I stay if I am from out of town?

A: All tryout players must arrange their own travel logistics. If players wish to stay at a hotel, Marriott is the preferred Hotel Partner of Sporting Kansas City and Swope Park Rangers. CLICK HERE to find the best rates at Marriott hotels in Kansas City. 

Q: What is the structure of the tryouts? Am I guaranteed to play on both days?

A: The tryout will consist of a session of small-sided games on Saturday with all tryout participants. Select players will be called back for Sunday’s session which will consist of an 11v11 full-sided game. Not all players will be selected for Sunday’s session.

Q: What do I need to bring on the day of the tryout?

A: On the day of the tryout, all players need to bring an ID that shows proof of age and a Medical Information & Waiver Form. The Form will be e-mailed to all registrants prior to 

Q: What is the difference between Sporting Kansas City and the Swope Park Rangers?

A: The Swope Park Rangers are the professional minor-league affiliate of Sporting Kansas City. SPR players in the second-division United Soccer League and its mission is to develop players for Sporting Kansas City. For more information on the Swope Park Rangers, please visit www.sportingkc.com/rangers.

Q: If I am not yet 18, may I still participate?

A: No. If you are not 18, you will not be allowed to participate in the Open Tryout. However, you are still eligible for Sporting KC Academy’s Under 19 team. All players born in 1999 or later will be eligible for SKC Academy’s U19 team. Please visit www.sportingkc.com/academy for more information.

Q: Has anyone ever been played in Open Tryouts and was offered a contract?

A: Yes. In 2008, the club signed two players to professional contracts later that season following Open Tryouts. Nelson Pizarro appeared in three matches, while Kevin Souter played in ten games over two seasons, including two appearances in the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs. In 2015, the club signed two players to professional contracts with the Swope Park Rangers, the USL affiliate of Sporting Kansas City. Zac Lubin & Alex Molano helped SPR to a USL Western Conference Championship in 2016.

For any other questions, you may email tryouts@sportingkc.com.