The Ohio Champions League (OCL), started in 2009, is designed for youth soccer teams above the recreational level between the ages of U-07 and U-15. This season, we are pleased to be expanding "up" to include the Central Ohio Premier League (COPL). The COPL will include the top teams from the top clubs in the Central Ohio area. Nearly all of these teams are professionally-coached teams.
The COPL will offer an Elite Division for top level teams and a Premier Division for mid level teams. The Ohio Champions League will continue to offer the Blue Division for the upper level teams, the Red Division for mid-level teams and the White Division for lower level teams. In the Spring 2020 season, we expect to offer a full program up through U-19.
The primary mission of the OCL is to provide an enjoyable soccer environment for a wide range of players desiring to play above the basic community-based recreational program. The OCL provides its teams, coaches, parents and players with tremendous flexibility in terms of game scheduling dates/times, opponents (including younger/older aged-teams as desired by the coaches), number of games, etc. The league allows for in-season roster flexibility as well.
The primary mission of the COPL is to provide a competitive local soccer environment for the upper and mid-level teams from some of the top clubs in Central Ohio that will play games in Central Ohio. The COPL will offer teams with the opportunity to play against upper level and mid-level competition right here in Central Ohio without playing "home games" 60 miles from Columbus. The COPL will share many of the qualities of the OCL including flexibility in scheduling, roster flexibility and a willingness to be flexible to work for the benefit for all teams.
Teams from the OCL will be able to schedule games with COPL teams. Players will be able to move freely between the two programs within the same club.
In addition, the OCL and COPL will offer a joint season-ending tournaments at the end of each Fall and Spring season.
Should you have further questions about the OCL, please feel free to send us an e-mail
should you have any questions.
Ken and KC McMahon
Update from the State
As many of you know, the Governor/Lt. Governor gave a briefing yesterday. While we were not given the "All Clear", we were provided with some information and some possible hints at timeframes.
1. The testing "requirement" currently in place for "Contact Sports", including soccer, will not be included in the final guidelines. It was conceded that that regulation was in place solely for the ESPN Basketball Tournament Event earlier this month.
2. The Governor's timeline appears to be tied completely to the OHSAA schedule (they both mentioned the OHSAA by name during the briefing).
3. Since the OHSAA Regular Season for Soccer (August 21st) and Football (August 28th) are still weeks away, the Governor believes he still has time.
4. I believe that Soccer and other contact sports (there is a pending lawsuit attempting to reclassify Soccer as a non-contact sport like volleyball/baseball/softball) will be given similar guidelines to what the non-contact sports are playing under today.
5. I further believe that this will include spectator attendance that employs social distancing.
6. If the numbers continue downward (the 7-day average has decreased by nearly 10% the past six days with four days in a row under 1150 cases for the first time in a month), I am hopeful we will get an opportunity to begin play sometime in the next two to three weeks.
You Want to Become/Continue to Be a Referee (New Links)
I just got off the phone with the State Director of Instruction. We worked through the issues that folks have been experiencing. He is in the process of updating the OSSRC site. In the meantime, here are three links to get all referees started down the right path.
ALL Referees Start Here (this will enable the referee to create a profile -- you can skip this step IF you have a USSoccer Profile):
Both Coaches and Referee Rules Meetings Delayed Until Next Week
Based on the timing of the Law Changes Videos, we are going to delay the meetings scheduled for this Afternoon/Evening. We will be rescheduling those meetings within the next two weeks. More soon. We are beginning the process of making referee assignments. We will be locking down the scheduling system as soon as we begin the actual process of assigning games online. That will happen sometime in the next 24 hours.
We are heading down the home stretch in terms of scheduling. We have well over 98% of the expected games entered into the system. We will be finalizing some field assignments over the next few days. For games where fields, dates and times are known, we will begin assigning referees this weekend. This process takes a couple weeks, at least, to complete.
For now, the scheduling system is still open for teams to enter games. If you already entered games and get an error when you try to add another one, it is likely because we locked the system for updates in order to get started with the referee assignment process.
NOTE: In order to facilitate referee scheduling, your games may get moved by up to 30 minutes. If you or your opponent CANNOT make the new time, please simply follow the Game Modify process in order to change the time of the game back to your original time. That game will lose the current referee(s) assigned to the game, but we will attempt to fill the game as part of our normal process.
Much more soon. Coaches and Referee Meeting this Sunday evening that will discuss Law Changes for this upcoming season. LINK will be broadcast Saturday or Sunday before 2PM.
Interested in Becoming an OHSAA High School Referee?
If interested in becoming an OHSAA referee, please reach out by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of OHSAA Referee Bridge Class. I am considering offering the class online within the next couple weeks, IF there is sufficient interest.
In order to be eligible for this Bridge Class, you must already be a registered USSF Referee (or were last year). Those courses can be completed online as well (www.ossrc.com and click on link at the very top of the page for information) if you are NOT currently a USSF referee.
Referee Availability Form for Fall 2020 Now Available
The COPL/OCL Fall 2020 Referee Availability Form is now available. As you will notice, we are requesting availability much earlier into the Summer. As soon as the State, USSoccer, and the Clubs all approve play, we will begin scheduling games. We just hope that is sometime soon! Here is the form: