Kansas City is the Soccer Capital of America
In a city that’s as passionate about sports as Kansas City, it only makes sense that locals have embraced a rapidly growing soccer culture that’s become an integral part of the regional sports scene. Plus, with the addition of a new, state-of-the-art training facility, KC has taken its rightful place as the national leader in soccer development.
See how KC has become the soccer capital of the United States:
Crazed Fans and Championship Traditions
KC’s resident MLS club is Sporting Kansas City, a two-time MLS Cup champion (2000, 2013) that plays home matches at Children’s Mercy Park. Games are a sight to be seen thanks to the masses of chanting, singing and flag-waving fans, making the Sporting experience one of the hottest tickets in town.
Sporting also touts four U.S. Open Cup championships, tied for most in league history. It’s this winning tradition that fuels locals’ passion for soccer and their hometown team. Their affiliated USL club, Sporting Kansas City II, also takes the pitch at Children’s Mercy Park, where they’re greeted with equal enthusiasm.
Fresh off its inaugural season, the Kansas City Current is making a splash on the KC landscape. The National Women's Soccer League club has plans to build a $15 million training facility and an 11,000-seat stadium purpose-built to host the team—a first for the league and a landmark development in women’s professional sports.
Located in Berkley Riverfront Park and steps from a planned extension of the KC Streetcar, the stadium is slated to host its first matches in 2024. In 2022 and 2023, home matches will be played at Children's Mercy Park.
Not to mention the Kansas City Comets, a popular Major Arena Soccer League team that plays in Independence's Cable Dahmer Arena.
Children’s Mercy Park stands out as one of the finest sports structures in the city. However, it’s the new Compass Minerals National Performance Center that combines athletic science with player, referee and coach training into a single world-class facility.
The center, which was developed in collaboration between U.S. Soccer, Children’s Mercy and Sporting KC, is the training home for Kansas City’s MLS soccer team and houses the U.S. Soccer National Coaching Education Center and the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center at Village West. Pinnacle also hosts national teams and clubs from all around the world, with amenities including five soccer fields, a sports performance lab, workout facilities and more.
Other soccer setups shine in Kansas City as well. Swope Soccer Village and the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex regularly hosts local leagues and regional tournaments throughout the year.
When it comes to hosting a large-scale athletic event, Kansas City has no problem pulling out all the stops.
KC has hosted the MLS All-Star Game, several Big 12 Soccer Championships and the NCAA Division III Soccer Championships, further proof that regardless of the age level or the stakes on the line, KC is the country’s most vibrant and thriving destination for soccer fans.
World Cup 2026
With a soccer fan base as passionate as the one in Kansas City—and not to mention the world-class training facilities—it comes as no surprise that the City of Fountains has been officially named a host city for match play during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
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