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
TWO Openings in Tomorrow's Referee Class!
If anyone is interested, we still have 2 openings (38 students!) for the grassroots referee class on SUNDAY in Dublin. In order to register go to: https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee.
More detailed instructions can be found by going to www.ohiochampionsleague.com, hovering over Forms, Rules, Referees and More, clicking on Documents, clicking on Referee Information Folder and Click on How to Become a Grassroots Referee.
Well, Happy New Year to All! As we moved from December 31, 2021 to January 1, 2022, our available referee pool shrunk overnight from 965 to 249!!!
Your eyes are NOT deceiving you! Referee certifications are annual. With the exception of a small portion of our referees who have taken the online recertification course and the 150+ who took classes in the 2nd half of 2021, referee licenses expired on December 31, 2021.
SOOOOO, we need to get as many of the 716 referees who have not yet renewed in 2022 to get the online course material completed before the Spring. We will lose a number of those referees (historically, that number is about 35%) who will not recertify.
Today, we are launching the 1011 in Spring of 2022 Project and the Lucky 1300 Program for 2022. The 1011 Project (for those not big on math, the number is actually half of the year 2022) is designed to get a large percentage of the referees to recertify while also adding at least 200 new referees this Winter/Early Spring to replace those who are not recertifying while growing our group of new referees. The Lucky 1300 Program will run all of 2022 with a target of 1300 USSF Referees in the Columbus Area by the end of 2022 (which will put us in a much better position than we are in now).
When combined with the Adopt-A-Referee Campaign being implemented this Spring as part of the COPL/OCL Referee Academy, we are confident that we will accomplish a number of things:
We will increase the referee pool in the Columbus Area
We will increase referee quality in the Columbus Area
We will increase referee retention in the Columbus Area
The primary goal is to make a better soccer experience going forward for ALL of our players, coaches, parents and referees.
Know someone interested in getting certified as a referee? We already have a number of courses online including TWO this MONTH! We will be adding up to 10 MORE throughout Central Ohio wherever a Community is willing to host a class. If interested in hosting a class (ideally, we need a field that is at least 40x60 yards in size that is either indoors or on turf, but we can be flexible for about 3 1/2 hours) please email email@example.com.