NOTE: Please limit game attendance at the field to immediate family members only.
Failure to abide by Facial Covering and Social Distancing Protocol can result in suspension of the individual(s)/teams involved up to and including removal from the COPL/OCL for the remainder of the Fall 2020 Season.
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
Final Call for New and "New" Again Referees
It has NEVER been easier to become a new referee or get your license, again, than it is right now!
Bernie Sanders and his $15/hour minimum wage was surpasses long, long ago in the referee profession within the COPL/OCL! Pay ranges from $34 to $80 PER GAME!
Even though no formal announcement has been made, there is a good chance that the normal "in class" structure will be put back in place with limitations on dates, etc. before the Fall Season. The schedule for the classes is normally fairly rigid. The student would get a finite amount of time to complete the online portion and then would have to attend one 3-hour classroom session and a 2-hour on-field session on a specific date or dates. Candidates must turn 14 during 2021 (i.e. be a 2007 player or older).
With the current system, the entire class is online and can be completed at the referee candidate's schedule in about six total hours! For those under 18, the class is $35 -- almost completely paid for in a referee's first game! For those over 18, the fee is $30 more due to the background check, but that check is good for two years.
If you or someone you know is considering becoming a referee for the first time or getting their license, again, NOW is the time to get certified.
In order to start the process, click on the appropriate link:
New referees or those who have not been registered since 2017 or earlier
COPL/OCL Spring 2021 Referee Availability Form is Available
With the COPL/OCL Spring 2021 Season rapidly approaching, it is time for the the COPL/OCL Spring 2021 Referee Availability Form. Please complete this form in order to be considered for COPL/OCL Spring 2021 games. Our program still assigns referees individually to every game attempting to put referees on games in order to assign the games that best utilize the individual referee's skill and time throughout the season. If you do not yet know your schedule, please delay completing this form until you do. We will not begin the assignment process until February 15th, at the earliest! Please wait until you know your schedule rather than "DECLINING" games in 2-4 weeks.