The Ohio Champions League (OCL) is a youth soccer league with nearly 200 teams ranging in age from U-07 to U-14. This season, we are pleased to welcome teams from the Central Ohio Select Soccer League (COSSL) into our program. These teams are nearly all professionally-coached teams. They will be a welcome addition to our league.
As our program has continued to evolve, professional training and/or coaching has become more prevalent each season. While most of the teams in the program are parent-coached, nearly all have access to professional trainers either for individual player skill development or team technical or tactical training. Most of our U-07 to U-09 teams are professionally-coached club-level teams.
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.
In addition, the league sponsors season-ending tournaments at the end of each Fall and Spring season.
Beginning with the Spring 2012 season, the OCL is partnering with a brand new referee association -- the Mid Ohio Soccer Officials Association (MOSOA) -- in order to provide a development environment for our referee community as well.
Should you have further questions about the OCL, please feel free to send us an e-mail
Natalie Baker Stellini and Ken McMahon
Update on the Status of Referee Assigning
After a challenging Fall Season, I have been working very aggressively to get referee assignments locked in for the entire Spring Season.
Here are some stats on the status:
1. Over 75% of all season assignments have been made AND ACCEPTED.
2. Over 16% more have been assigned and are awaiting ACCEPT/DECLINE decisions from referees (REFEREES, please check your schedules as MANY of you have new assignments made this week!).
3. Less than 8% of ALL games -- including those added as recently as YESTERDAY -- are lacking referee assignments.
4. Over 98% of ALL games have had referees ASSIGNED per availability forms (about 17% of those have been DECLINED resulting in reassignments).
5. I will be working throughout the weekend in an attempt to fill the remaining openings.
6. Traditionally, i have less than 40% of assignments ACCEPTED with less than 50% assigned at this point.
7. I have already started lining up referees for the OCL tournament and will be making preliminary "hold" assignments BEFORE the beginning of April.
More soon....NOW, if only we can get some warm weather!!!
OCL Announces Plans for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Seasons
The OCL intends to offer the following for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Seasons:
U-07 (2010 Birth Year) 7v7
U-08 (2009 Birth Year) 7v7
U-09 (2008 Birth Year) 7v7
U-10 (2007 Birth Year) 7v7
U-11 (2006 Birth Year) 9v9
U-12 (2005 Birth Year) 9v9
U-13 (2004 Birth Year) 11v11
U-14 (2003 Birth Year) 11v11
U-15 (2002 Birth Year) 11v11
U-16 (2001 Birth Year) 11v11
Please note, it is possible that some age groups will be combined (most likely U-07s/U-08s, U-13s/U-14s and U-15s/U-16s. Also note, the U-15 and U-16 age groups will be NEW for the OCL. We believe that the large number of high school players who are getting cut from Olentangy, Dublin and a few other communities combined with a large increase in the number of U-15s in 8th grade will provide us with a large enough player base to offer a U-15/U-16 age group in the Fall AND in the Spring. In the past, only those players who "started later than permissible by school rules" with a birth date EARLIER than August 1st were U-15 players with the new "birth year" cut-off, ALL players born EARLIER than JANUARY 1st will now be U-15 players.
We expect teams will have a large number of players "playing up" (WITH THEIR CLASSMATES!) this coming season. While many of the "elite teams" in the country (Developmental Academy teams, National League teams, Midwest Regional League teams, and State League teams) may not have many players "playing up" this coming season, we believe that MANY of the mid-level teams (such as OCL teams) will have a mix of players including a number "playing up" this Fall.
More soon....including information on a Summer League that will give teams a chance to get accustomed to the new 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 numbers.
New "No Heading" Rules in Effect for OCL this Spring
Referees, Coaches and Parents,
Effective at the beginning of the OCL Spring 2016 season, players 10 years old (U-11) and under are prohibited from heading the ball during games. Any time the ball is INTENTIONALLY played by a player with his/her head, his/her team will be guilty of "Dangerous Play." We will be implementing the following as a result of the change:
1. Intentionally play the ball with the head in games being played as U-07, U-08, U-09, U-10 and U-11 games will result in the offender's team being guilty of a Dangerous Play resulting in the opponent being awarded an INDIRECT Free Kick just as would be the case for any "Dangerous Play."
2. The referee MAY play ADVANTAGE in the event a defender intentionally heads the ball and it ends up in his team's goal.
3. Coaches and referees are to remind players 10 and under that heading the ball is no longer a legal play in a U-11 and under game.
4. In the event a team is playing against a U-12 or older team, the GAME shall be considered to be a U-12 game resulting in no penalties being enforced for heading. At the same time, coaches of 10 year old and under players are still to remind players NOT to head the ball for safety reasons. However, the referees are NOT to penalize heading in a game considered to be a U-12 or older game.
USClub Soccer took a very aggressive stance on this change. Other organizations are not implementing the new rule until some point in the future.
Thank you for your support of this rule (the decision was made FAR ABOVE my pay grade!).