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Overview of Pre-Competitive Soccer: Pre-K to 3rd grade (U4-U9)

Teams are formed by school grade

The OPSC Pre-Competitive program is the foundation of Overland Park Soccer Club and continues to evolve each year. The Pre-Competitive Program is for all boys and girls that are in Pre-K through 3rd grade. Our program is a way of introducing children, who are new to soccer or sport for the first time, without the pressure of winning at a young age. Our main focus is to educate and develop players, on and off the field, throughout the program and keeping them in the sport for a very long time.  We strive to achieve the aims in a fun and safe environment for all children participating in soccer or sport.

All training is provided by USSF licensed OPSC coaches and is included in the registration cost for each program. Simply put, no other soccer program in the Kansas City area is providing this level of experienced and qualified coaching at this value.

OPSC is dedicated in ensuring that children are receiving the correct coaching instruction at an early age to develop their skills and techniques in soccer. Parent coaching has its advantages and disadvantages. OPSC wants the children to have consistency throughout their experience by having experienced licensed coaches. Parents are encouraged to help and support the coaches, as it can have a positive impact for the child in soccer.

Pre-Competitive Player Registration Page

Meet Sean Clarke: Pre-Competitive Director

Sean Clarke – Director of Pre-Competitive Soccer

OPSC is pleased to announce that Sean Clarke will be the director of the Pre-Competitive program starting this Spring of 2018. Sean brings a ton of energy and experience to the job. He will be graduating in May with his Masters in Sport and Fitness Management from Missouri Western State University. He hales from Blackpool, England where he learned the game of soccer and also started coaching. He is fabulous with the kids and we couldn’t think of a better fit. Sean Clarke’s full bio.

Sean Clarke can be reached at


Team Information

Teams are organized by school of attendance and as a club, we consider keeping friends together on same teams when we can. However, we strive not to make teams have big rosters, as this can decrease playing time and lack of touches a player can have on the ball. Recreation/Pre-Competitive soccer is based on classroom grade (i.e., teams are formed by grade, not by birth year).


• Pre-k & Kindergarten is $85 per season (Early bird registration was until July 31, 2019, at $75)
• 1st – 3rd grade is $125 per season (Early bird registration was until July 31, 2019, at $115)
• Spring season is March-May; Fall season is August–October
• $25 late fee may apply for late registration
• Players will not be placed on a team until payment has been received



Fall 2019 calendar

June 2019 – Registration is open
July 31, 2019 – Early bird registration ends
August 29, 2019 Late registration fees start to apply
September 10, 2019 – Season begins for OPSC Dragons (1st & 2nd Grade)
September 17, 2019 – Season begins for OPSC Lions (Pre-K & Kindergarten)



New & Returning Players

OPSC’s goal in this league is to provide soccer development for all who wish to play.

New players: Will be placed on a team following the registration deadline. OPSC will contact you after the deadline with information on your practice schedule.

Returning players: Please register for the new season and OPSC will contact you after the deadline with information on your practice schedule.



Soccer Jerseys

Orange and Blue reversible jerseys are provided for all NEW pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st-grade through 3rd-grade players at the first training session or game. RETURNING players can use the same jersey they used the previous season, as one size fits all! The jerseys are meant to last throughout the duration of the program.

Black soccer shorts and black soccer socks are recommended because they don’t show dirt stains as much (not provided by OPSC).

The following items are not provided by the club, but may be purchased at any sporting goods store.

Shin Guards
Shin guards MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES! OPSC prefers the hard or plastic shin guard with the ankle protection. We have found it protects the players legs and ankles the best. OPSC does not recommend the sock shin guard combination because it does not protect the shin very well.

Soccer Socks
Soccer socks must be worn over shin guards.

Soccer Shoes
Soccer cleats or tennis shoes may be worn at the games, but not baseball or football cleats. Baseball and football cleats have a toe cleat at the tip of the shoe which can injure a player when kicked.

No jewelry allowed, including earrings or watches. Medical bracelets must be taped down on the wrist.


Practice and Game Information Schedule

All Pre-K and Kindergarten (U5 and U6) games are played at Roe Park every Saturday morning. All players will receive training session provided by OPSC staff coach before each game for 30 minutes, followed by a scrimmage for 25 minutes, resulting in an hour practice. Games are played on Saturday mornings.

U7 – U9 (1st grade – 3rd grade) games are played at both Roe Park on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. All U7 – U9 players are trained by our USSF licensed coaches at both practices and at games.


Field Information & Locations

Pre-K thru Kindergarten:
Games are played at Roe Park (104th and Roe). See maps below.

1st and 2nd grade:
Games are played at Roe Park (104th and Roe) and Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex (135th and Switzer) on Saturdays and Sundays.


Field Locations

Roe Park
10400 Roe, Overland Park KS
Google Map | Directions


Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex
13700 Switzer Rd, Overland Park KS 66221
Field Map | Directions


Rainout Information

Nall/Roe Park fields for OPSC pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade (U5-U8) games & team practices please call 913-905-6030.

Roe and Nall park will be updated on the rainout line by 4pm weekdays and 7am on weekends due to inclement weather and as needed through the weekend.  The Overland Park Soccer Complex has their own rainout line at 913-307-3684 ( Heartland also has an app, email & text alerts you can sign up for here.


Soccer Rules

Rules of the game for Pre-K
Rules of the game for kindergarten
Rules of the game for 1st grade
Rules of the game for 2nd grade
Heartland Recreational Rules for U9 and above


Player Forms

OPSC parent code of conduct
(All Players Parents Must Sign To Play Soccer)

USYSA Medical Release Form

Medical Release Form

Coaches Forms

Coaches Ethics Form (For All Coaches)


Competitive Soccer (for soccer after pre-competitive soccer)

For your information, as your son or daughter continues to play soccer, the age rules are different for competitive soccer. For competitive soccer which starts at U8 or U9 age-level the age rules are changing. In the Fall of 2016, for all competitive soccer teams (not recreation), the governing bodies, USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association), KYSA (Kansas Youth Soccer Association) and HSA (Heartland Soccer Association), have all decided to switch teams to be based on birth year, not school classroom or the previous Aug 1 through July 31 age date range.

This rule will affect those kids who were born later in the year and started school the following year – typically for kids with an August – December birth dates. Please keep this in mind as you select the age group for your child  to compete in.  Age groups are defined by age and under, so a U9 player is 9 years old and under. The kids move up in age group in the Fall season.

3rd Grade and above (U9 and older)

The Overland Park Soccer Club provides soccer for boys and girls, 3rd grade and up through the Heartland Soccer Association. We offer both recreational and competitive programs. Each year in June tryouts are organized to create new competitive teams and to complete existing teams. If you are interested in our competitive program contact the office ( If you are an independent team and want to join OPSC please contact our Director of Coaching on the Contact Us page.

All information for games, schedules, and rules can be found at Registration for either program is managed by Overland Park Soccer Club and detailed information can be found on the respective pages for each program.

  • Heartland Recreational Rules for U9 and above: Heartland Recreational Rules
  • Please contact us for more information at:


Pre-Competitive Contact

Sean Clarke
OPSC Pre-Competitive Soccer Program Director