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
NEW Summer League Opportunity
Due to all of the changes coming this Fall including changes to "birth year" age cut-offs and changes to the number of players on the field, the OCL will be combining with the Central Ohio Youth Soccer League (COYSL) and the Central Ohio Select Soccer League (COSSL) to offer a summer league that will offer a 7v7 program for U-07 to U-10 teams, a 9v9 program for U-11 and U-12 teams, and an 11v11 program for U-13 to U-16 teams.
The program will also be used as a referee mentoring program with the goal of improving our referee pool in a lower pressure environment. The program will run through parts of June and July. We expect to use facilities in Dublin and perhaps other communities as well (before anyone asks, we will NOT be at Darree Fields or Avery Park).
The program will be at a lower cost than the OCL and will likely only have teams playing a 4 to 8 game season over a four to six week period of time.
Online team registration will open around June 1st (tryout/player evaluation time).
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.
I am attaching an updated listing of teams with their tournament status for the OCL Spring 2016 League Tournament that is being hosted for the first time at the Hilliard Soccer Complex. I will be providing tentative divisional placement by no later than this coming Monday evening. This initial placement will be based on the results from the Fall Tournament along with results this Spring. A few notes on results:
1. When recording results, please use the actual score for the non-winning team and EITHER four more than that number or the actual score, whichever is LOWER. Do NOT use parenthesis just enter a WHOLE NUMBER for each score. For example, if the actual score is 4-1, record 4-1, but if the score is 9-2, please record 6-2 (NOTE: do NOT record as (9) 6 or 6 (9) as this defeats the purpose of score recording.
2. I have just updated ALL scores to reflect the above. NOTE2: I record scores EXACTLY in this way for the tournament as, for all intents and purposes the maximum four goal differential IS the actual score.
3. Please ENTER RESULTS as soon as you can as I do use these results in calculating scores. At this point, I really do not care WHO records the score (winning team or losing team or either team in the case of a tie).
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!).