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-19. In the Fall of 2018, the program expanded 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. For the Fall 2021 Season, the Ohio State Premier League (OSPL) was added as the Top Division of the Program.
The OSPL only offers one division, the State Division. The COPL continues to offer one to three Elite Divisions for upper mid level teams and Premier Divisions 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 2021 season, we began offering 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 OSPL provides top level local teams and some non-local teams the opportunity to play against the best teams in the area and beyond. 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 offers 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 shares 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 can schedule games with COPL teams. COPL teams can play OSPL teams. Players can move freely between the three programs within the same club.
In addition, the OCL, COPL and OSPL will offer joint season-ending tournaments at the end of each Fall and Spring season.
Should you have further questions about any of these programs, please feel free to send us an e-mail
We still need at least 150 MORE REFEREES to be able to cover our schedule for the Fall 2022 season. If you know anyone intererested in becoming a referee, have them go to: https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee
We currently have four more classes on the schedule for new referees.
Big announcements this week in the weekly Soccer Referees Update!
A number of new classes (and a time/location modification for a class on SUNDAY):
SUNDAY, July 31st at Hard Road Park 4:00PM-7:00PM
Saturday, August 6th in Grove City 9:15AM-1:00PM
Sunday, August 7th in Newark 1:00PM-4:45PM
Saturday, August 13th at Easton (Pathways Park) 1:00PM-4:45PM
Sunday, August 14th at Darree in Dublin 2:00PM-5:45PM
Saturday, August 20th at Shelly Park in Ostrander 9:15AM-1:00PM
Sunday, August 21st at Spindler Park in Hilliard 12:00PM-3:45PM
Here are some updates on numbers:
Total currently certified in the Columbus District: 906
Total number only missing a concussion form upload (certifed PRIOR to June 30th): 55
Total number who are awaiting the OSSRC system to add them to the system then needing to upload a concussion form: 70
Total number of candidates who have registered for a course, but missing assignments: 18
Total number of candidates registered in one of the seven courses listed above: 32 IF all of the above get certified (historically, only about 90% of those registered end up getting certified), we will end up with: about 1080.
Number of referees in Fall 2012: 1394!!!
Number of referees needed to cover all expected Club games this Fall: about 1300. Shortfall: About 220 Referees.
Know someone who can help?
Information on Getting Registered: https://ohiosoccerrefs.org/
In order to register for one of the SEVEN courses above: https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee
For those referees who were certified in 2020 or 2021 but did not recertify in 2022, the 2023 Recertification online-only course will be available by the end of next week. If you know a friend or neighbor who has been a referee in the past, reach of to them. The learning center link above is the same for recertification.
We are nearing the 45% mark of games entered into the system! We still have about five and one half days for teams to get games added into the schedule. With over 700 teams participating, we are going to need a TON of referees.
If you are a coach, consider becoming a referee. If you are a team admin, consider becoming a referee. If you are a parent, consider becoming a referee. If someone in your family is already a referee, there is no better way to spend family time together while getting paid!
We currently have FOUR courses scheduled with MORE on the way! They include:
1. Worthington on Sunday, July 31st (moving to 4:00PM-7:45PM -- sites still says 12:00PM-4:00PM)
2. Grove City on Saturday, August 6th 9:15AM-1:00PM
3. Newark on Sunday, August 7th 1:00PM-4:4:45PM
4. TBA on Saturday, August 13th (ANYONE want to host a class???)
5. Dublin on Sunday, August 14th 2:00PM-5:45PM
6. Ostrander (just north of Dublin) on Saturday, August 20th (not loaded into the system yet) 9:15AM-1:00PM
7. Worthington or Hilliard on Sunday, August 21st TBD