The Commanders Cup, hosted by Wayne County United Soccer Club, seeks to provide competitive opportunities for teams to engage in prior to the start of the spring season. A club-friendly environment will be maintained throughout the event which includes high quality competition for all levels of play, the use of professional referees, and first-class facilities. Wayne County United Soccer Club has partnered with Kings Hammer Event Management to facilitate tournament operations. The Commanders Cup pays tribute to the rich military history of Goldsboro, NC.
Beginning in 2024, this event will occur annually in January each year. The Bryan Multi-Sports Complex in Goldsboro, NC will host the majority of the matches and is regarded as one of the best facilities in the state, with eight high-quality fields, including six natural grass fields and two turf fields. Three of the fields are equipped with exceptional lighting for evening play. In addition to superior playing surfaces, the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex is conveniently located near many local attractions and restaurants. Supplemental fields in the area may also be used for overflow.
The Commanders Cup is the perfect event to kick off your spring season! Join us for a great weekend of fun-filled soccer in Goldsboro.
- AFFORDABLE Early pre-season event for teams and clubs of all levels. Great for club directors to see multiple teams from their club early in the season!
- The Bryan Multi Sports Complex, regarded as one of the best facilities in North Carolina, containing 8 high quality fields, 2 turf and 3 illuminated. Click here to view the field map.
- Multiple divisions in an age group/gender to promote competitive balance
- Awards for Champions and Finalists in each age division
- USSF Certified Referees.
- GotSport Scheduler used to avoid coaching conflicts.
- Please complete the online registration at the link to the right
- If paying by check make check payable to Kings Hammer SC and mail to:
Kings Hammer SC
Attn: Commanders Cup
50 E. Rivercenter Blvd. Suite 150
Covington, KY 41011
- Please include team name and age group in memo line of check.
Special Request Form
CLICK HERE to submit any special requests. Requests must be submitted by the registration deadline for each event.
Registration will be through GotSport only. Registration materials may be submitted once the application process is closed and your team has been accepted to the tournament. Registration information must be received one week prior to the event weekend. Please login to your GotSport account to upload your registration materials by clicking here.
Please upload the following items:
- Copy of Roster (validated by state association)
- Copy of Guest Player Roster
- Copy of Travel Permit (required for all teams outside of NCYSA)
- Copy of Players, Guest Players and Coaches Cards
- Copy of Coach Concussion Certificates (required for all teams outside of NCYSA)
- Liability Release
Please note: There is no onsite check-in however everything listed above MUST be accessible at EVERY game and only certified staff is permitted on player’s sidelines.
We will NOT check medical authorization forms but it is strongly encouraged that each team has in its possession a medical authorization form for each player on its roster.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com
This event is a not a “Stay to Play” event. However, All teams attending the Commanders Cup that need rooms are encouraged to stay at one of the tournament-approved hotels.
If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Prozy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Check-in/Registration will take place online through GotSport prior to the event. All information can be found at https://kingshammer.com/kings-hammer-event-management/
- US Teams Check-in/Registration Requirements
- Copy of official roster; either USYS State Association or US Club Soccer
- Copy of Guest Player Roster (if applicable)
- Roster provided by team’s state association, or
- Roster provided by the tournament (see registration information on tournament website)
- Permission to Travel paperwork
- Not Required for US Club Soccer teams
- Required for all USYS teams that are not from North Carolina Youth Soccer Association
- Copies of player/coach passes; either USYS State Association or US Club Soccer
- Copies of player passes for guest players if applicable
- Originals may be requested by referees prior to each game
- No player may not play for more than 1 team in the event
- Roster Sizes: (Per NCYSA Rules)
- U9 – U10: 7v7 teams are limited to 12 players identified at Registration
- U11 – U12: 9v9 teams are limited to 16 players identified at Registration
- U13 – U19: 11v11 teams are limited to 22 players identified at Registration. Only 18 Players may dress for each match. Remaining rostered players may sit on the bench but may not be in team uniform.
- There is no limit to the number of guest players a team may bring, provided they do not exceed the roster maximum for their age group and have required paperwork/documents for each guest player.
- Guest players must be listed on a state-approved Guest Player Form and that form must be uploaded with team registration documents in GotSport.
- The team may not go over the event roster limit for the age group the guest player is participating in during the event.
- Per new NCYSA Rules, A player may play for two teams in the tournament as long as the player does not exceed two games in a single day.
- Any guest player must be registered to the same national organization as the guest team (USYS registered player may not guest play on US Club, AYSO, or USSSA registered team)
- PLAYING A GUEST PLAYER NOT ON THE ROSTER WILL RESULT IN A FORFIET.
- NOTE: The Tournament Committee/Director reserves the right to allow a guest player to be added during the tournament in the event of injury or illness.
III. CODE OF CONDUCT
The harassment of the officials from coaches, spectators, or players will not be tolerated.
- Sideline Organization:
- Both teams will sit on the same side of the field. Only coaches and trainers may stay on the player’s sideline.
- Spectators are permitted on the opposite side of the field from the coaches and players and are limited to being in the designated area from the penalty box to the penalty box.
- NCYSA requires parents and spectators sit directly across from the team’s sideline. No crossover at the mid-field line.
- No spectators are allowed behind the goal areas.
- NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park or the parking lot of any of the game sites. Your team will be subject to forfeiting 1 game.
- Any player or coach ordered off the field by the referee for misconduct may be suspended from at least the next game, as determined by the Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee shall review each incident based on the report of the referee. The Tournament Committee’s decision with respect to any suspension shall not be subject to review or appeal.
- Any players receiving a red card are to remain on the bench in a shirt other than the jersey and the coach is responsible for the player’s behavior.
FIFA Laws of the Game will be used with the following exceptions:
- Game Duration:
- U9- 7v7, 25-minute halves, 5 minute halftime period. Size 4 Game Ball.
- U10- 7v7, 25-minute halves, 5 minute halftime period. Size 4 Game Ball.
- U11- 9v9, 30-minute halves, 5 minute halftime period. Size 4 Game Ball.
- U12- 9v9, 30-minute halves, 5 minute halftime period. Size 4 Game Ball.
- U13-U14- 11v11, 35-minute halves, 5 minute halftime period. Size 5 Game Ball.
- U15-U19 11v11, 40-minute halves, 5 minute halftime period. Size 5 Game Ball.
SEMI-FINAL and CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES – In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks (NO OVERTIME). Only those players on the field at the end of regulation are eligible for penalty kicks. 1st round of PKs shall be best of 5, if tied after 1st round, 2nd round of PKs will be 1 for 1 sudden death.
Unlimited substitution according to FIFA Rules with the following modifications:
- Before a throw-in by the opposing team if the opposing team is also substituting;
- For a cautioned player (cautioned player only)
- In case of injury, unlimited substitution for both teams.
- U8’s: Can sub at any stoppage
Cautions and Ejections:
The decisions of the referee regarding the application of the Laws of the Game are final;
- A player receiving a red card, including a second yellow, during a match will not be permitted to play in his/her team’s next match;
- If the severity of the red card offense so justifies it, a player may be suspended from playing in the next two matches. The decision to impose a two-match suspension shall be made by the Tournament Director and the Referee Coordinator;
- If a player receives a red card in the team’s final match, it will be returned to his/her team and a report sent to North Carolina Youth Soccer Association to be forwarded to the respective association. Any further penalty shall be at the discretion of the team’s host organization.
- Per regulations by the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, all yellow and red cards, as well as any matter involving misconduct by a team or coach, will be recorded and submitted to NCYSA in the post-tournament report.
- Any Players receiving a red card are to remain on the bench in a shirt other than the jersey and the coach is responsible for the player’s behavior.
Modifications for U9 – U19 Games
The tournament shall utilize US Youth Soccer Rules for Small-sided Games except as adjusted below.
The Tournament Director has the right to make any changes or modifications to the fields and/or goals. All decisions of the Tournament Director are final.
- U9 teams shall play 7 v 7. One player on the field must be a goalkeeper.
- U10 teams shall play 7 v 7. One player on the field must be a goalkeeper.
- U11 teams shall play 9 v 9. One player on the field must be a goalkeeper.
- U12 teams shall play 9 v 9. One player on the field must be a goalkeeper.
- U13-U19 teams shall play 11 v 11. One player on the field must be a goalkeeper.
Referees will enforce the offside rule for U9 and older matches. For the U9-10 age groups where one referee may be used, For a player to be offside, he/she shall be in an obvious offside position (in the opinion of the referee) and an advantage results by being there when the ball is played to him/her.
- U9-10 shall play with one referee.
- We will make every effort to ensure all games are properly staffed with three referees U12-U19. However, in our current climate where league games are being canceled due to lack of referees, we reserve the right to use only One (1) center or Two (2) referees on U9-U12 games.
- DISSENT: IN ACCORDANCE WITH FIFA POLICY, there shall be no dissent between players, coaches or fans, and the referee. Questioning a referee’s call is considered dissent. All coaches are urged to solicit the support of their fans in monitoring and enforcing this policy. Coaches will be held responsible for the behavior of their fans. Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game. For very serious offenses the player or coach may be declared ineligible for more than one game.
Build-Out line for 5v5 and 7v7
- The build-out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. If the buildout line is not available or faded, the edge of the Center Circle will be used as the starting point.
- When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build-out line until the ball is put into play
- Once the opposing team is behind the build-out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed)
- After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build-out line, and play resumes as normal
- The opposing team must also move behind the build-out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play
- Build-out lines should be equidistant between the penalty area line and halfway line
- The build-out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called
- Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build-out line
- Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line
Build Out Line Practical Applications
- Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build-out line
- However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes
- To support the intent of the development rule, coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays being caused by opponents not retreating in a timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play
- Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players
- Referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate
- Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6-second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build-out line
E. Player Equipment
- Home Team– The team listed first is the designated Home Team and must change jerseys when the referee determines a conflict to exist. However, as a matter of protocol, home teams are expected to wear their light uniforms and away teams are expected to wear their dark uniform
- Game Balls
- U9- Size 4 Game Ball
- U10- Size 4 Game Ball
- U11- Size 4 Game Ball
- U12- Size 4 Game Ball
- U13-U19 Size 5 Game Ball
- The referee’s decision as to the safety of the players is final.
- All players must wear shinguards. No metal-rimmed glasses or jewelry of any kind will be permitted.
- Casts, splints, or body braces made of a hard substance in its final form such as leather, rubber, plastic, plaster, or fiberglass must be covered on all exterior surfaces with no less than 1⁄2 inch thick, high-density polyurethane, or an alternate material of the same thickness and similar physical properties to protect the injury. A medical release for the injured player signed by a licensed physician must be available at the game site. Players may not play with these casts without the approval of the Referee.
No Heading Rule for all U12 and younger games per NCYSA Rules. Players are prohibited from deliberately striking a soccer ball with any portion of their head (aka heading). The rule is as follows:
- If a U12 or younger player engages in heading a soccer ball during the tournament the parents /guardians and the player accept the risk and/or peril of doing so.
- When a player deliberately strikes the ball with his/her head during the tournament, Referees and Assistant Referees of that game must consider the act to be Dangerous Play and handle the matter accordingly as an infraction of the laws of the games.
- An indirect free kick (IFK) is awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the infraction.
- If the infraction is within the goal area, the IFK should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infraction occurred.
- If the ball makes contact with the player’s head and the player has not deliberately played or attempted to play the ball, the play should continue as if no infraction has occurred.
- A player shall not be cautioned nor sent-off for persistent infringement, as a result of a heading infraction
- A player shall not be cautioned nor sent-off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity as a result of a heading infraction.
No Punting/Drop Kicking Rule for all U10 and younger.
- If heading or keeper punting occurs the reset is: An indirect free kick (IFK) is awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the offense. If the offense occurs within the goal area, the IFK is to be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.
Teams not at the field ready to play with a minimum of 7 eligible players (U11-U14), 5 eligible players (U9-U10) at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match at the discretion of the tournament director. Forfeited scores will be counted 3 – 0. Teams forfeiting games will not be able to advance to the playoff rounds.
Please check the web page for all updates, https://kingshammer.com/kings-hammer-event-management/. Any delay or changes due to weather will be communicated to all teams via GotSport registration system.
- The Tournament Rules Committee reserves the right to make changes to the schedule in the event of inclement weather. These changes may include relocation or rescheduling of matches, change of division structure, reduction of the duration of a match, or even cancellation of matches.
- In the event of inclement weather forcing play to be suspended and preventing the match from being completed during the scheduled time, the score at the time of the suspension shall stand as the final score. If a match cannot be completed at all during the event it will be marked as a 0-0 result. The tournament director and facility managers shall have the sole final decision on field closure. See Severe Weather Policyfor more info.
If the application is accepted then teams acknowledge that their payment will be deposited upon acceptance and if payment is refused, the application may be revoked, and teams acknowledge that:
1) Payment must be made prior to acceptance, applications may not be considered until payments are received.
2) The application must be reviewed by tournament directors before the team is accepted.
3) Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance
4) If the application is not accepted, team will receive a full refund and a letter of notification
5) Once accepted no refunds are allowed.
VII. ESTABLISHING THE DIVISIONS AND RULES FOR ADVANCEMENT
- Placement of Division:
Teams will be placed in divisions at the discretion of the tournament committee. Please Note: The Tournament Committee reserves the right to combine age groups to create the most balanced brackets possible.
- Game Points:
- 3 points for a win
- 1 point for a tie
- 0 points for a loss
- Tie Breakers:
- Head to Head
- Goal Differential (max 4 goals per game)
- Goals Against
- Goals For
- Most Shut-outs
- Penalty Shoot-Outs at first field availability and as determined by the tournament director.
If three or more teams are tied, the criteria are followed from 1 through 5 until one team is eliminated and then the criteria will start over again at Rule #2. Rules are repeated until one team remains. The decision of the tournament director shall be final on all questions regarding advancement.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH FIFA POLICY, there shall be no dissent between players, coaches or fans, and the referee. Questioning a referee’s call is considered dissent. All coaches are urged to solicit the support of their fans in monitoring and enforcing this policy. Coaches will be held responsible for the behavior of their fans. Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game. For very serious offenses the player or coach may be declared ineligible for more than one game.
- Protests: There will be no protests. All officiating decisions are final.
B. Exceptions: The Tournament Director reserves the right to modify any rule/regulations at any time with or without notice.
To ensure we can work around coaches with multiple teams in the event, please make sure the coach who will be coaching your team in the event is listed as the Primary Coach in GotSport in your team application. If they are not listed as the Primary coach for the event, the system will not recognize a coach conflict should two teams with the same coach be scheduled at the same time. To update your coach as the primary please follow the steps below:
- Make sure the coach who is coaching the team for the event is listed as the primary coach on the team registration in GotSport
- Not Listing a coach will prevent the registration from being completed in GotSport so teams must list a PRIMARY COACH.
- Click the GREEN plus button to add coach to the team for the event. If you need to update a coach to Primary, this is where you can add a coach and designate them as Primary. See below:
Notify Event Director Function
Please let the tournament committee know via the “Notify” button in your team application using the account used to register for the event if any of the following have appeared on your schedule. Please Note: This function takes the place of the Support Ticket function from the old GotSoccer system.
- A direct coaching conflict within this event for coaches who coach multiple teams (up to 2 teams. For those coaching 3 teams we encourage you to have an assistant coach).
- A major scheduling mistake (a team playing two games at the same time or back to back games).
- A schedule conflict you need to let us know about prior to publishing schedules.
Although we know life happens but we simply cannot honor requests for the following reason as there are just too many:
- Personal reasons (family events, weddings, etc).
- Non-event specific coaching conflicts not related to this event (another team you are coaching is playing elsewhere).
All “Notify” messages must be sent to Event Director before schedules become final. Once schedules are final there is little room to make changes. No changes will be made to the schedule 10 days out from the event.