Kings Hammer FC Announced as Newest Member of USL W League

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Ohio-based club set to begin play in women’s pre-professional league in 2022

CINCINNATI, Ohio- The United Soccer League (USL) today announced Kings Hammer FC as the latest club to join the USL W League. The Ohio-based club will compete in the W League’s inaugural season in 2022.

“All of us here at Kings Hammer are excited to announce our USL W League team,” said Paul Nicholson, Kings Hammer FC Technical Director. “As a club we are very proud of our female programming and the strong pathway we have been able to create. The addition of the USL W League will allow our female alumni as well as other talented pre-professional soccer players from around the country to compete at a high level right here in Cincinnati.”

As one of the fastest growing soccer clubs in the Midwest, Kings Hammer FC was founded to provide soccer and educational opportunities to players of all ages and playing abilities in the Cincinnati community to create a lifelong passion for the sport of soccer. The club prides itself on its positive training environment, developing collegiate, professional, and national team level athletes through its holistic player development model. Beyond performance, Kings Hammer FC fosters an environment where the leadership, development, and personal growth of its players remains at the forefront of its mission to grow the game in the United States.

Kings Hammer FC’s unwavering dedication to its club and community is driven by its active membership in the Cincinnati community, as evidenced by its year round service initiatives, local partnerships, and community programs. The club strives to be best in class both on and off the pitch and uses these activations as a basis for creating a united front within the community around the game of soccer.

In joining the W League, Kings Hammer FC will further its commitment to the growth of the women’s game and continue its success in developing first-class athletes. The club has notably been the home to championship-winning players such as Aubrey Bledsoe and Bayley Fiest and international talent in the likes of Katie Murray. Through membership in the USL’s pre-professional women’s league, Kings Hammer FC will now offer athletes in the greater Cincinnati area access to a competitive gameday experience and a direct pathway to the professional game through the USL’s robust women’s pathway.

“We are excited to welcome Kings Hammer FC to the W League for our inaugural season in 2022,” said Betsy Haugh, USL Director of Women’s Soccer Operations. “By joining the W League, Kings Hammer is taking a huge step towards offering players in the region equal opportunity on both the men’s and women’s side of the game. We look forward to seeing all that this team will accomplish in its first season in the League.”

Kings Hammer FC will be holding its first USL W League tryouts on Thursday, January 6 from 2-4:30pm at Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder, KY. For more information and to register visit

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Tryout FAQ’s

How do I register for tryouts?
ALL soccer-athletes MUST COMPLETE the tryout registration online before participating in the tryout process. Click here to register now!

*Please make sure that you register online at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that the soccer athlete is in the system and we have your information to notify you after the tryout process.  There is a Registration Steps document on the Tryouts page that will walk you through the process. Each soccer athlete should attend both tryout days if possible. If you are unable to attend both days please reach out to the Program Director listed below.

Birth Years for the 2022/2023 Season
For the 2022/2023 season, Kings Hammer will follow U.S Youth Soccer’s guidelines and will organize its teams by birth year:

*Interested players must register to try out for their birth year.

Can my child play up an age group?
Any player playing up will be at the discretion of their respective director. All players need to register and attend the tryout for their correct age group.

What should I wear/bring to tryouts?
Please come prepared with a fully inflated soccer ball, proper footwear, shin guards, and water. Each prospective soccer-athlete will receive one free Kings Hammer Soccer Club tryout t-shirt with a tryout identification number on the back of the t-shirt.  Each prospective player will be identified by the identification number throughout the process and MUST wear this t-shirt at each tryout session for the 2022/2023 soccer year.

We will not be able to attend tryouts or are new to the area and missed tryouts. Is there a process in place to allow for an alternate tryout?
Yes! If you are not able to attend tryouts or missed the tryout dates, please register and then contact the Director for the Program/Age Group you wish to tryout for so that arrangements can be made. We also hold supplemental tryouts throughout the year. Roster openings may be limited after the initial tryout period.

What are the differences between Academy and Premier?
Our Academy provides a highly competitive environment for higher-level soccer athletes. This program provides those athletes with the best local training offered by our qualified and professional staff. Our Academy teams play at the highest possible level providing showcase opportunities to College, Professional, and National level programs.

The Premier Program is a community-based program. The Premier Program provides the opportunity for players to play other sports or have other interests outside of soccer. This program is designed to be flexible, convenient, and affordable.

Can I try out for multiple programs?
We encourage anyone who wants to tryout for all levels to do so. Current KHSC players can ask their coach/director for guidance if they are unsure about which program to tryout for. You will need to register for each tryout separately.

If I tryout for a program and don’t make it, can I try out for another program?
Yes. If you don’t make an Academy team, we strongly encourage you to tryout for a Premier team, attending tryouts for at least one day.

If you don’t make a Premier team, the Classic Program may be an option. Contact Michelle Okumura ( if you’d like to pursue this option.

Will there be more than one team in each age group?
Yes, when possible, there will be more than one team per age group, per program. It all depends on the number of players at tryouts and their skill level.

If my child doesn’t make the top team, can they move up during the year?
Yes, there may be opportunities to move up throughout the year as long as the coach/director feels it is in the best interest of the player’s development. There may also be opportunities to guest play across all levels.

What can I expect after tryouts?
After tryouts you can expect communication from the club in the form of an email.  (Please double-check that your email is correct in the PlayMetrics system, this is the email we use) This will either be an acceptance email, offering your child a position on a team, or an email letting you know that they should tryout for a different program. Players who are offered positions on a team may also receive a phone call from their coach. All communication will come within 24-48 hours of the end of the last tryout. You will then have 24 hours to either accept or decline your email before your spot is offered to another child.

What are the next steps if my child makes a team?

  1. If you are new to the club, you will receive more information regarding your uniform ordering in your confirmation email.
  2. If you are part of the Academy or Premier Programs, you will receive the link to Demosphere to register your child in the state system in your confirmation email as well.

How long is the season?

  • Academy
    • U11-U14: August-November, January-May (possible post-season in June)
    • U15-U19: November-May
  • Premier
    • U7-U14: August-October, March-May
    • U15-U19: November-December, March-May

My child is in middle school but plays on a U15 team. Will there be a fall U15 program for trapped players?
Yes, we will offer a program for trapped 8th graders for the fall season depending on interest. The program will run from August to October and is open to players that are currently in the 8th grade that will be playing on a U15 team starting in November 2022. Questions please contact:

Academy North: Ryan Handbury |
Academy South Boys: James Thomas |
Academy South Girls: Chris Black |
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley  |
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins |

Can a team come to the club and join as a team?
Yes! The team can join the Classic Program. For more information please reach out to Michelle Okumura at

Who is in charge of hiring coaches?
If you are interested in a coaching opportunity, please fill out the following coaching form –

Program Directors:

Academy North: Ryan Handbury |
Academy South Girls: Chris Black |
Academy South Boys: James Thomas |
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley |
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins |
Premier Xenia: Brent Lewis |
Premier North: Wil Cagle |
Premier Sycamore: Ryan Handbury |
Premier Central: Michael Ratliff |
Premier South: David Shemilt |
Premier Versailles: Brandon Cummons |
Premier Lexington: Fonyam Atanga |