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
A Letter From a Soccer Mom
A letter to Soccer Parents who ignore sideline rules:
Good morning Soccer Parent,
Your son had an incredible game this weekend. All of his training, commitment and hard work is coming together. You can tell soccer is truly his passion and your support, I’m sure has been a key to his success. You do everything we ask of you as a parent, you get your son to every practice and event. You even invest in supplement training. You make sure he is ready for each match, he eats right, always has his gear and arrives early.
I personally love hearing your family cheer for your son and its so cool that you all support him and want to come out to his games. The excitement (and anxiety) you express in your cheers are
contagious and one of the best parts of being on the sideline with you.
There is just one thing I want to talk to you about. You see, I noticed that you refuse to wear a mask on the sideline. You acknowledged that you know that’s the rule but as you put it you would “like to see someone try and make me”. I know you don’t believe the virus is real (you make sure everyone knows how you feel) and you know all of the science on how the virus is spread. But, that's not what I want to talk to you about. What I want to talk to you about is what it's going to take to continue to allow youth sports in our area.
This spring while many parents were complaining about sports being canceled and others were denying the existence of the virus our kids were suffering. Our kids were quietly working on their craft, training and preparing for the time when games would eventually come. You see our players would do anything to continue to play. As parents we need to have enough respect for our kids to do the same, which means follow the rules.
In the end, it's not about you (and it's not about me) It's about our kids. When we finally were given the opportunity to return to play we were asked to make some compromises. We were asked to wear a mask, socially distance and limit the number of spectators. These aren’t convenient requests but they are simple and easy ways that we can keep our kids playing.
So, I am asking you out of respect for your child, his teammates, your coaches and all of us who have been working tirelessly to bring soccer and sports back to Ohio please consider following the rules. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to seeing you and your family next week!
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):
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: