About BSSA

Blue Springs Soccer Academy was founded by local soccer standouts Ari Rodopoulos and Nick Howard to provide an advanced, affordable option for youth soccer players in Jackson County, Missouri. 

Click here to learn more about Coach Ari.  

Click here to learn more about Coach Nick.  

Ari and Nick were childhood friends who grew up playing soccer together.  They played on the same teams all the way from recreational soccer to competitive soccer and high school soccer.  One of their highlights playing together was leading Blue Springs High School to the Missouri Class 4A State Championship tournament.

key features of BSSA

The Academy is intended for aspiring youth soccer players (and their families) who:

  • have already played at least one season of recreational soccer; 

  • seek to participate in competitive soccer but at an affordable price;

  • prefer to have all practices at local fields and at regular times;

  • wish to avoid the politics, excessive fees, and complex rules common to large youth soccer clubs;

  • still play other sports;

  • want to receive advanced coaching in a fun but competitive and challenging environment; and

  • prefer coaches who were successful players, who know the game, and who can physically demonstrate the required techniques.   

Please contact us for additional information.

results
  • Thundercats 2011 -- 1st Place Heartland D7 -- Fall 2021

  • Stingers 2013 -- 1st Place Heartland D7 -- Fall 2021

  • Mambas 2012 -- 1st Place Heartland D8 -- Fall 2021

  • Challengers 2010 -- 1st Place Heartland D8 -- Fall 2021

  • Soul Crushers 2011 -- 2nd Place Heartland D4 -- Fall 2021

  • Hackers 2009 -- T-2nd Place Heartland D5 -- Fall 2021

  • Wolfpack 2009 -- T-2nd Place Heartland D4 -- Fall 2021

  • Thundercats 2011 -- 1st Place SLS Cup -- Fall 2021

  • Mambas 2012 -- 1st Place SLS Cup -- Fall 2021

  • Stingers 2013 -- 2nd Place SLS Cup -- Fall 2021

  • Yellowjackets 2011 -- 1st Place KC Invitational -- Spring 2021

  • Soul Crushers 2011 -- 1st Place Heartland D5 -- Spring 2021

  • Hackers 2009 -- 1st Place Heartland D6 -- Spring 2021

  • Unknown 2007 -- 1st Place Heartland D7 -- Spring 2021

  • Thundercats 2011 -- 1st Place Heartland D8 -- Spring 2021

  • Wolfpack 2009 -- 1st Place Crossroads Classic -- Spring 2021

  • Yellowjackets 2011 -- 1st Place KCML -- Spring 2021

  • Rumblers 2012 -- 2nd Place KCML -- Spring 2021

  • Cheetahs 2012 -- 2nd Place Autumn Bash Tournament -- Fall 2020

  • Hackers 2009 -- 1st Place Heartland D7 -- Fall 2020

  • Unknown 2007 -- 2nd Place Heartland D8 -- Fall 2020

  • Soul Crushers 2011 -- 1st Place Heartland D6 -- Fall 2020

  • Thundercats 2010 -- 1st Place KCML -- Fall 2020

  • Soul Crushers 2010 -- 1st Place KCML -- Fall 2019

  • Nickelback 2008 -- 1st Place KCML -- Fall 2019

  • Hackers 2009  -- 1st Place SLS Spring Classic -- Spring 2019

  • Wolfpack 2009 -- 2nd Place SLS Spring Classic -- Spring 2019

  • Hackers 2009 -- 1st Place KCML -- Spring 2019

  • Wolfpack 2009 -- 1st Place KCML -- Spring 2019

  • Toe Bashers 2007 -- 1st Place KCML -- Spring 2019

  • Hackers 2009 -- 2nd Place KCML -- Fall 2018