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 sixth edition of the Academy Affiliate Weekend, Academy Affiliate clubs from at least 16 major Midwestern cities across 9 different states are expected to travel to Kansas City to participate in this exclusive event. The Academy Affiliate Weekend continues to grow and is now comprised of the following events:
Academy Affiliate Friendlies
The Academy Affiliate Friendlies are exclusive to Academy Affiliates, so it is always a Sporting v. Sporting match-up! Each team is guaranteed three matches throughout the weekend against unique opponents from across the Midwest. Matches are held at Swope Soccer Village, the official home of Sporting KC. Click here to learn more!
Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience
All 15 Academy Affiliate clubs send their best 2004/05 and 2002/03 boys and girls players to part-take in the Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience. All-Stars enjoy two high-level training session with SKC's Academy staff, an exhibition match against the best boys & girls teams from KC, and recognition field side at a Sporting Kansas City match. To learn more about the Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience click here.
The annual Academy Affiliate Director's Summit allows three Director's from each Academy Affiliate club to spend the afternoon learning from the pros. Round table discussions, guest speakers from Sporting KC & on-field demonstrations create a positive learning environment where Directors can share & increase their knowledge in youth soccer.
The Academy Affiliate Weekend is always planned around a Sporting Kansas City home game at Children's Mercy Park. Constantly in the conversation as the best soccer atmosphere in the MLS, the Sporting KC match is often the highlight of the Academy Affiliate Weekend. The date for the 2017 Academy Affiliate Weekend Sporting KC home match is coming soon!