SKC Academy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When are tryouts?
How many times per week do the SKC Academy teams train and play games?
Where do the SKC Academy teams train and play home games?
How often do the SKC Academy teams travel?
Can I play for the SKC Academy and my high school team?
Can I play for the SKC Academy and play other sports?
What is a Developmental Player?
What leagues do the SKC Academy teams play in?
What is the USSF Development Academy?
Who coaches the SKC Academy teams?
I am from a different country. Can I still play for SKC Academy?
Can I wear non-adidas footwear if I play for a SKC Academy team?
Am I required to live in Kansas City to play for the SKC Academy?
How much does it cost to play for the SKC Academy?

When are tryouts?

Tryouts for U12, U13, U14, U15 are held mid to late May. Currently we do not hold tryouts for the U17 and U19 teams. If you are interested in SKC Academy tryouts, trial, or wish to be contacted when tryout information is released, please email academy@sportingkc.com

How many times per week do the SKC Academy teams train and play games?

Playing on a SKC Academy team requires a significant commitment. The U19, U17 & U15 teams train four to five times per week with one or two games on most weekends. The U12, U13 & U14 teams train three to four times per week with one to two games on most weekends.

Where do the SKC Academy teams train and play home games?

SKC Academy teams train and play all games at Children’s Mercy Training Center at Swope Soccer Village.

How often do the SKC Academy teams travel?

Playing on a SKC Academy team requires a significant commitment. SKC Academy teams travel between 10-15 times per year with mostly regional travel (St. Louis, Des Moines, Tulsa, Denver, Texas, Ohio, etc.) and some national travel (Florida, North Carolina, Las Vegas, etc.). Please visit each team’s webpage for more specific information on their individual schedules this year.

Can I play for the SKC Academy and my high school team?

No, SKC Academy players cannot play on their high school teams. The USSF Development Academy is a year-round, highly competitive league that not only conflicts with but also disallows its players to participate in high school sports.

Can I play for the SKC Academy and play other sports?

Players on SKC Academy teams can play other sports only if 1) they play on a U12 or U13 team, 2) they get prior permission from their Coach and Academy Director, and 3) it does not interfere with SKC Academy trainings or games. Players who play other sports must do so knowing that playing for the SKC Academy is a significant commitment and that the SKC Academy will come first over other extracurricular priorities. U19, U17, and U15 SKC Academy players are not allowed to play other sports.

What is a Part-Time Player?

A Part-Time Player (PT) is a player who is not a full-time rostered player but is allowed to train full time and be called into the game day roster for select league or tournament games. A PT is allowed to play for an affiliate team (see the Sporting Club Network Academy Affiliate webpage for more information) to continue their development and get an appropriate amount of competitive games. In the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, PTs are allowed to play in twelve league games. Lastly, PTs may become full-time rostered players at any time during the season.

What leagues do the SKC Academy teams play in?

The SKC Academy teams play in various leagues depending on their age. U19, U17 & U15 teams play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league. Our U14 team plays in the USYS Midwest Conference. U13 & U12 teams play in the Heartland Soccer Association League. All teams participate in the Heartland Futsal League during the winter months. 

What is the U.S. Soccer Development Academy?

Please visit the U.S. Soccer Development Academy webpage for more information.

Who coaches the SKC Academy teams?

Please visit the Academy Staff webpage for more information.

I am from a different country. Can I still play for SKC Academy?

You do not have to be a USA citizen to play for a SKC Academy team. However, non-USA citizens must have their appropriate Visa completed and approved to be eligible to play on a SKC Academy team. International players must also be eligible for an ITC transfer if under 18 years old. Please visit US Soccer’s ITC Eligibility webpage for more information.

Can I wear non-adidas footwear if I play for a SKC Academy team?

All SKC Academy players must wear adidas footwear while representing Sporting Kansas City.

Am I required to live in Kansas City to play for the SKC Academy?

A majority of our players live within 45 minutes of our training facility, however there are also players who live in a 3-4 hour radius that commit to driving the distance each day to training.

How much does it cost to play for the SKC Academy?

The SKC Academy is a strong opponent of pay to play models and does its best to reduce costs for players to play at a high level of soccer. While all SKC Academy players are required to pay a membership fee (which includes a season ticket to SKC games), the U19, U17 & U15 SKC Academy teams are fully funded and do not have to pay costs associated to coaching, facilities, travel, equipment, leagues, tournaments, and referee fees, etc. The U13 & U12 SKC Academy teams are partially funded as the players only pay for costs associated with travel (transportation, housing, and meals) related to SKC Academy trips.