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 2019 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
Tournament Updates and More
I have finalized divisions with many changes. Due to the large number of requests (all to move down a division), I had to spend considerable time going back through each division. This work has now been completed. I will be broadcasting the final divisonal placements. There will be no additional changes made to these placements.
The second step in the process is to determine which match-ups can actually be played on the Saturday through Friday prior to the weekend of October 27th/28th. This could not be compiled until the final divisions were determined. I have compiled this list of potential match-ups during the early period.
Before I can actually schedule any of these "early" games, I need to ensure that we have two additional resources: a field that is available/accessible to the two teams AND a referee team available for the game. I will be finalizing the field portion this morning. We continue to receive game rescheduling requests, as well. These games, along with rescheduled high school games and OHSAA tournament games, further depletes the referee pool.
I expect to be able to reconfirm referee availablity over the next 14 days, today.
Bottom line: I am hoping to have all pre-tournament weekend games confirmed by the end of the evening. I will also be working on the tournament weekend schedule. Historically, this schedule is available seven to 10 days prior to the weekend. I expect to be able to meet that objective.
FINALLY, the tournament schedule will eventually be loaded into your team's game schedule. There are website limitations for this. More soon.....
The OCL, when combined with the Central Ohio Premier Divisions (on top of the OCL) now has over 350 TEAMS! It is the largest league in Central Ohio. These teams vary in skill from ECNL to Lower MOSSL/Ohio Champion League. ALL of them are from the Central Ohio area. Here is the form: