Gateway Showcase

Women U14-U19: November 15th-17th, 2024

Deadline to Register:  October 11

Men U14-U19: November 22nd-24th, 2024

Deadline to Register:  October 18


The Gateway Showcase is designed to provide “early season” opportunities for potential college-bound athletes to display their talents in front of college coaches. Our goal is to create a high-quality competitive event for teams to compete early in the season. The Gateway Showcase traditionally attracts more than 350 teams and over 150 college coaches over the two weekends. Kings Hammer SC welcomes teams from across the country and internationally to compete in the Gateway Showcase.

The Warren Co Sports Park will host 4 turf fields and Voice of America will have 2 turf fields. Additional local Turf Facilities will also be used to ensure all games are played on the best surfaces possible.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is played over 3 days and is open to U14-U19 teams. The event is a showcase format with all teams playing 3 games. This means that teams will play 1 game per day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Friday games can begin as early as 10 am. We will continue to host ECNL, National League Conference games (Midwest, Great Lakes, Mid-south), US Club NPL and state league games (OSSL, KPL) for teams during the Gateway Showcase.

Event Highlights:

  • Over 350 teams from across the country and Canada participate each year.
  • All Games played on turf! No Rainouts!
  • Warren County Sports Park Turf and Voice of America Park Turf will serve as main sites. Additional Local Turf facilities will be used.
  • Expanded Field of Teams accepted to include appropriate levels of competition for all teams. Multiple divisions in an age group/gender to promote competitive balance.
  • Comprehensive player profiles for teams through SportsRecruits
  • Opportunity to host league matches during the event each year.
  • USSF Certified Referees.
  • GotSport Scheduler used to avoid coaching conflicts.


  1. Please complete the online registration at the link to the right
  2. If paying by check make check payable to Kings Hammer SC and mail to: Kings Hammer SC – Attn: Gateway Showcase- 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd. Suite 150 Covington, KY 41011
  3. Please include team name and age group in memo line of check.


U14-U19 – $1,150


Schedules, Bracketing, Coach Conflicts, & Field Changes:
Dave McIver

Registration/Admin, Logistics, Volunteers, Hospitality & College Coach Registration:
Lisa McIver

Sponsorships & Club Relations:
Dave McIver

To contact the events team above email:
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Gateway Showcase ID Camp

The Gateway Showcase ID Camp is an opportunity for players participating in the Gateway Showcase to train and play with College coaches prior to the tournament. A limited number of players will be selected for the ID Camp and it will be held the Thursday before the tournament. These players will be divided into teams and each given coaches to coach their team in a training session and 60 minute game.

Learn More/Sign Up

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 OSYSA)
  • Copy of Players, Guest Players and Coaches Cards
  • Copy of Coach Concussion Certificates (required for all teams outside of OSYSA)
  • Liability Release/Lindsay Law/Infectious Disease Form (signed by every parent and coach)

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.

In April 2013, the Return to Play law was passed in Ohio, requiring all youth coaches to complete a concussion training course.  All coaches participating in an Ohio sanctioned tournament must complete this course and provide a copy of their certification of completion to the tournament.  If your coach does not currently have a certificate of completion for a concussion training course, he/she can click here for information for the free online course through NFHS.

Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58, and 3707.59 went into effect on August 1, 2017. In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.



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

This event is a “Stay to Play” event.  All teams attending this event that need rooms must stay at one of the tournament-approved hotels and book through PYB Sports. Additionally, any team traveling over 100 miles to the tournament is required to book through PYB Sports AND maintain a minimum of seven (7) reservations for the event.

All hotel requests must go through PYB Sports. Click the links below to view the list of hotels.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Prozy at

1.  RULES OF PLAY:  Rules of play shall be per FIFA “Laws of the Game” except as modified by US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, Ohio South Youth Soccer Association and the Gateway Showcase Tournament. All decisions concerning rules and regulations, including the interpretation thereof, bracketing of teams, match schedules, etc. are the sole discretion of the Tournament Committee and the Tournament Coordinator. The playing rules for Sanctioned League games will supersede all rules and regulations for the Gateway Showcase Tournament games for ALL games identified.

2.  INCLEMENT WEATHER: Please check the web page for all updates, 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 reschedule of matches, change of division structure, reduction of the duration of a match, or even cancellation of matches.
B. 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 Policy for more info.
C. In the event of cold weather, we will follow US Soccer’s Cold Weather Guidelines. Please click here to view the guidelines.

3.  PAYMENTS/CANCELLATIONS:  If application is accepted then teams acknowledge that their payment will be deposited upon acceptance and if payment is refused, 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) Application must be reviewed by tournament directors before team is accepted. 3) Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance 4) If application is not accepted team will receive a full refund and a letter of notification, but 5) Once accepted no refunds are allowed.

4.  TEAM AND PLAYER REGISTRATION:  Registration for this event is through GotSoccer only unless otherwise approved by the tournament registrar.  Each player must be registered with an association recognized by US Soccer, and must be on a state/league-approved roster.  Up to four duly registered and rostered guest players per team are permitted. As part of the registration process, each team must provide an approved roster and travel permit.  Guest players must be included on an approved tournament guest player roster form by your State Association.  Each team must provide player passes to registration and to each game. Each team may roster up to 22 players max for the event. Up to 22 players may be permitted to play in a match however, if you are playing league games at the event you must follow league roster policies.

5.   MATCH LENGTH:  Unless shortened due to weather or other delays, all SHOWCASE matches will be:

  • U14: 70 minutes in duration, divided into two 35 minute halves. There is no overtime.
  • U15-U19: 80 minutes in duration, divided into two 40 minute halves.  There is no overtime.
  • Any matches that are league games are subject to league rules including match length.

6.  PLAYER EQUIPMENT: 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

7.   PLAYER SUBSTITUTION: A player may be substituted after a goal has been scored, on either team’s goal kick, on either team’s throw-in, on either team’s corner kick, or, upon any other stoppage in play, at the referee’s discretion. Each substitution must be with the approval of the referee. For age groups U15 and older, free substitution is allowed.

8. Red and Yellow Cards / Send offs:  Any player or coach receiving a red card during a match must sit out their next game regardless of the infraction- double yellow card, Foul And Abusive Language, Violent conduct or any other send off.  If the severity of the red card offense so justifies, a player or coach 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 is sent off for any reason, the team must play down a player for the remainder of that match. 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 Ohio Soccer Association to be forwarded to the respective association.  Per regulations by the Ohio 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 Ohio Soccer in the post-tournament report. If a player or coach is sent off during a league match, league rules regarding Red Card Suspensions will supersede showcase rules. Any further suspension is solely at the discretion of the team’s host organization(s).

9.  DISTRIBUTION OF PLAYER PROFILES:  Team profiles need not be distributed by the Gateway Showcase Tournament Committee only. Persons associated with any team may approach college coaches with the purpose of distributing team or personal player profiles.

10.   TOURNAMENT CHAMPION:  Teams will be placed in an age group bracket.  A champion will be named in each bracket based upon the point system below.

For each match, a team will be awarded points, as follows:

  1. Three (3) points for a win
  2. One (1) point for a tie
  3. Zero (0) points for a loss

If a team receives a forfeit for any reason, they are declared a winner with a 2-0 score.

In case of a tie in your Division Bracket, the following tie-breaker will be used to determine the champion:

  1. Winner of head-to-head competition
  2. Teams with most wins
  3. Goal differential (total goals scored minus total goals allowed)
  4. Fewest goals allowed
  5. Goals Scored
  6. Most Shutouts
  7. If teams remain tied, they will be declared co-champions

11.   PROTESTS/APPEALS:  All decisions of the referee are final and will only be reviewed by the Tournament Director for the misapplication of a Law.  All decisions of the Tournament Director are final. Protests/appeals from individuals or teams will not be heard.

12.   EXCEPTIONS:  The Tournament Coordinator reserves the right to modify any rules/regulations at any time with or without notice.

Coach Conflicts

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.

  • 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.