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Congratulations to the 3 KHA girls teams accepted into the US Youth Soccer National League for 2016-2017!

The KHA 01 Red- 16 girls, KHA 99 Red- 18 girls, KHA 98 Red- 19 girls teams have all been accepted into the US Youth Soccer National League for 2016-2017! Big congratulations to the teams and coaches for this great accomplishment! See the full story below. 

Field of 256 teams announced for expanded 2016-17 US Youth Soccer National League



See the list of 256 teams

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40 teams to earn direct path to 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships
33 of 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations represented

FRISCO, Texas (Aug. 3, 2016) — US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 256 teams that have earned their place for the 2016-17 US Youth Soccer National League season. The league, entering its 10th season, is home to the nation’s top Under-15 through Under-19 Boys and Girls soccer teams, with each team having an individual proven track record of continued success in US Youth Soccer programs.

The National League’s alumni have gone on to prove themselves at the collegiate and professional levels, with former players competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League, English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The top pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft (Jack Harrison) and the 2016 NWSL Draft (Emily Sonnett) are both former National League players.

2016-17 US Youth Soccer National League teams [Link]

National League competition will be held for the Under-15 (2002), Under-16 (2001), Under-17 (2000), Under-18 (1999) and Under-19 (1998-plus) Boys and Girls age groups. An expanded field for the 2016-17 season will see 16 teams earn their place in the National League in the Under-15 and Under-19 age groups, while 32 teams will qualify to compete in the Under-16 through Under-18 age groups.

The top two finishers from each Under-15 and Under-19 division, as well as the division winners in the Under-16 through Under-18 age groups, will earn an automatic berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship competition — to be held July 25-30, 2017 in Frisco, Texas. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions for a total of eight qualifiers per age group at the National Championships in the Under-15 through Under-19 divisions.

The 2016-17 National League field includes 64 of the 72 Under-13 through Under-17 teams that qualified for the 2016 National Championships, 16 of the 20 finalists and nine of 10 champions. 

As is the case with the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series events and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, the National League creates another significant opportunity for the nation's collegiate, professional and national team staffs to see players in an environment of meaningful play. 

Last season, several National League players were invited into youth National Team camps, and many of the U-17 and U-18 players have committed to play collegiate soccer at some of the top programs in the country.

"The US Youth Soccer National League is expanding this season to continue to provide the top competition in the country for boys and girls, as each team must prove itself to gain entry into the league," said Paul Luchowski, National League commissioner. "National League teams have claimed 27 of 38 possible National Championships in the past four years, which speaks to the quality of the teams in the league and the value of the competition. Hundreds of collegiate, professional and national team scouts attend each National League date for just that reason."

The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (Eastern Regional League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Regional Premier League and Far West Regional League). The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development. In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the National League title and one of four slots from each gender age group to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.

The 2016-17 National League will consist of teams from 33 of the 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations. From Region I (East): Delaware, Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York West, Pennsylvania West and Virginia; from Region II (Midwest): Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio North, Ohio South and Wisconsin; from Region III (South): Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Texas and South Texas; from Region IV (West): Arizona, California North, California South,  Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Cal South has 29 teams in the league, while nine other State Associations have at least 10 teams competing in the National League in the upcoming season. Region II and Region III have the most teams in the league with 67 apiece, followed by Region I and Region IV with 61 each.

The seven-game season will begin with the National League Fall Showcase, as all 256 teams compete in Wilson, N.C. The girls will play their first Fall Showcase Dec. 1-4, and the boys will play Dec. 8-11. Half of the teams will participate in one of two other events, the first being in Orlando, Fla., alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase, Dec. 27-29 for the boys and Dec. 31-Jan. 2 for the girls. The final play date will be held in Las Vegas, alongside the Player’s College Showcase, March 10-12 for the boys and March 17-19 for the girls. The complete 2016-17 National League schedule will be announced in the fall.

Since its inception, National League teams have captured a combined 47 of 68 possible National Championships. In 2008, seven of the eight championship finals slots in the Under-15 and 16 age groups were won by National League teams, which resulted in the League's first four national championships. Since that inaugural year for the league, National League teams have continued to excel each year at the National Championships. Most recently in Frisco, National League teams took 32 of 40 possible semifinalist spots, represented 17 of 20 finalists and won eight of 10 possible National Championships.

For a list of past National League champions and history, click here.


About US Youth Soccer National League - Formed in 2007, the US Youth Soccer National League was developed as a path of advancement for the top teams from the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In addition to meaningful matches, development and identification, the league created a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.  League play features the Under-14 through Under-18 age groups for boys and girls who are seeking to advance their college, professional and U.S. National Team aspirations.  Learn more at

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information,

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Kings Hammer Welcomes Jason Balach as Boy's GK Director

Kings Hammer is pleased to welcome Jason Balach to our boy's program as Goalkeeper Director. Jason comes to Kings Hammer from Indy Premier where he was a Head GK Coach and staff coach as well as the GK Coach for Ball State University. Jason's responsibilities will include overseeing GK training for our Academy, East, and Central boy's GK's and curriculum development. We are excited to have him bring a new level of GK training and development to Kings Hammer.


Coach Balach is excited to get started stating, " The opportunity to apply my soccer experience and knowledge gained from years of playing, training and coaching soccer to the Kings Hammer organization is equally humbling and exciting. Working together with the club staff, I look forward to developing and building a top shelf goalkeeping program; that prepares our youth to realize their full potential, and be successful with the Kings Hammer Soccer Club and beyond."


We are exited to have Jason joining our staff!


Jason Balach Resume Includes:

  • 4 year GK for NCAA Division I Wright State University
  • Played for Cincinnati Kings USL team
  • Indy Premier Staff Coach/ Head GK Coach- Present
  • Ball State Women's Asst Coach. Head GK Coach- Present
  • Indiana ODP Program- GK Coach- 2014-Present
  • IUPUI Men's Soccer Asst Coach/ GK Coach- Aug 2014-July 2015
  • Noblesville United Boys/Girls Staff/ GK Coach- Aug 2010-June 2014
  • Indianapolis Premier SC Boys Staff/ GK Coach- Nov 2009-June 2014
  • Started Indianapolis GK Union- Year around GK training program Sept 2013-Present
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and KHSC are continuing their Member Club partnership!

We are pleased to announce that the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Kings Hammer Soccer Club are continuing their Member Club partnership to offer the club's coaches a variety of benefits provided by the NSCAA!

Kings Hammer Soccer Club coaches will receive an $80.00 rate on individual membership with the NSCAA, a $15.00 discount off the normal price. 

Click here to check out all the member benefits!

*The promo code is code for the entire term of the partnership, and applies to new, renewing, and past members.  Please enter the code on the payment page in the promo code field, and click apply.

Membership Code: HAMMER16

Rate: $80.00

Click here to register now!

Please contact Andrew McGinnis, Club Development Coordinator at 816-471-1941 ext: 1029 or if you have any questions regarding NSCAA individual membership.

Kings Hammer Annual Golf Outing
Kings Hammer Families-
It's time once again for the Kings Hammer annual Golf Outing, and we want to invite you to participate!
Boone Links Golf Course - Friday, September 30, 2016 
If you or a business you are affiliated with would like to be a hole or contest sponsor, please contact Cathy Schmuck at
We would love to see you on the course!!
21st Annual Special Olympics Spring Soccer Tournament hosted by Kings Hammer Soccer Club in partnership with FC Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – Kings Hammer Soccer Club hosts the 21st annual Special Olympics Spring Soccer Tournament on Saturday, May 21st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Four Seasons Marina, 4609 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati.  Over 150 players from Special Olympics Hamilton County and Special Olympics Kentucky will participate as teams attempt to qualify for Special Olympics Kentucky and Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games. 

Kings Hammer has raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics over the years at the Tournament and, in partnership with FC Cincinnati, plans for its best one yet.  FC Cincinnati players will be on hand to sign autographs, while Kings Hammer coaches and players will serve as volunteer coaches and run skills stations during the matches. 

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Connor McDermott at or (859)240-4621.

U7-U10: Developing a Better Player
2016-2017 Academy Coaches Announced
Kings Hammer SC Class of 2016 Commits

We are pleased to announce the class of 2016.  Each of these student athletes has signed with their respective college/universities to continue their academic and athletic career.  Kings Hammer SC continues to set the bar in this area in sending student athletes on to play at the next level!  Thanks to all for representing our club so well!


Holyn Alf- University of Cincinnati
Sydney Kilgore- Indiana
Caroline Mink- Dayton
Libby Greenwell- University of Cincinnati
Lexi Carrier- Illinois
Peighton Cook- Ball State
Toni Bizzarro- Xavier University
Anna Richards- Murray State
Hannah Fischer- Northern Kentucky University
Alex Powell- Dayton
Haley Jordahl- Wakeforest
Jaelyn Cunningham- Illinois
Haley Moses- Ohio Northern University
Meredith Glover- Kenyon
Camille Wiliams- Carnegie Mellon
Jameira Lunsford- Memphis
Holly Schwarber- Morehead State University
Gracie Kunkel- Morehead State University
Anna Tessoff- UC Clermont College
Paige Mersmann- Mount Saint Joseph  University
Lauren Kittle- Savannah College of Art & Design
Madison Wirth- Union University
Jodi Litzler- Cincinnati Christian University
Madison Bleska- Oakland City Indiana
Jenna Furest- West Virginia Wesleyan
Abby Thatcher- Center College
Emma Luciano- Marietta College
Allie McCauley- Mt St Joe Ohio
Ashley Schreiber- Asbury University

Mallory Valentine- Asbury University
Alonzo Garcia Alvarez - Mt St Joseph University
Bryce Day- Northern Kentucky University
Chandler Gaunce- Transylvania University
Charlie Maciejewski- Bowling Green State University
Devin Morgan - Marshall University
Jared Leyland- Northern Kentucky University
Jacob Petrey- Northern Kentucky University
Ben Thieman- Mt. St Joseph University

Logan Parson- Carson Newman College
Tate Johnson- Centre College
Jack Smith- Wittenberg University

Kings Hammer Alum drafted by Colorado Rapids of the MLS

Congratulations to former Kings SA (Kings Hammer) player Chris Froschauer from Ohio State University on being drafted in the 3rd round of the MLS draft by the Colorado Rapids. Chris played his entire youth career for Kings Soccer Academy. Great things are ahead for you Chris!! 

Hoist is offering all Kings Hammer Soccer Club teams special pricing on cases of their product for the upcoming fall soccer season. In addition, 25% of all sales will go directly back to Kings Hammer Soccer Club! Hoist is a great way to keep your layers hydrated. To place your order today contact Hoist at orders@drinkhoist or call (513)267-2137. To learn more about their product, flavors and pricing, click here.


There will be a Kings Hammer night at the Columbus Crew game on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 pm, which includes discounted tickets for our entire club! For additional information on pricing, group tickets, etc. please click here. To order your discounted tickets (before Sept. 28) please use the following link. We look forwad to seeing you there!