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
Ken, Barb, KC and the Program Team
Updates for Fall 2022
First of all, we hope tryouts/evaluations went well for all of you! Four quick topics for all:
2. The OSPL/COPL/OCL Fall 2022 Tournaments will be held as follows: ALL Stripes/Stars Teams will play on October 22nd/23rd. All Blue, Red, White teams along with all OSPL and COPL teams will play the weekend of October 28th/29th.
3. New Grassroots Referee Courses will begin on SUNDAY, July 10th! We need more referees! We intend to have a total of 9-10 classes between July 10th and August 15th. The courses will open as soon as the USSoccer Learning Center is updated for the 2023 courses. In the meantime, if interested in becoming a referee, please complete this form to be added to the email list:
4. Each year the Dublin United Champions Cup (September 24th/25th) provides a great chance for mid-level Club teams to compete in a nice local tournament. The DUCC is one of the larger local tournaments offering divisions down through U-08 and up through U-16. Registrations are now being accepted: http://www.dublinunitedchampionscup.com/
OSPL/COPL/OCL Fall 2022 Team Registrations are now being accepted! Before registering, PLEASE CHECK with your Club! In many cases, a DOC or Club Admin will register all teams within a Club. Registrations will be open through July 3rd. For those who know they are registering, here is the form: