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
Tickets to the Real Madrid v. PSG Game Information
The OCL has an opportunity to purchase tickets for a once in a lifetime event at Ohio Stadium on July 27th at 7:30PM. Real Madrid is playing PSG. Discounted tickets can be purchased for this event. I have created a form trying to determine interest levels for these tickets. Please complete this form, if interested:
Missing Referee Bag (from Field HC-D3 6PM Sunday Game)
For the first time in the history of the league (and for that matter, any league in any sport with which I have been associated), a referee bag is missing. The bag was seen prior to the 6:00PM game on Field HC-D3 on Sunday. It was either accidentally or intentionally removed before half time.
If you accidentally (or intentionally) picked up the bag, please call Ken (614-402-9916) as soon as possible. If you happened to have a son playing in the 6:00PM game and took any pictures or videos that would include the team sidelines near midfield during the first half, please text Ken (number above) as soon as possible.
We currently have a young referee who spent the entire weekend working at the tournament (including agreeing to add this game to the end of a full day!) who is out $200+ in referee money, an iPhone and and iPad. If you can provide any assistance with this one, please let me know (number above).
Tie-Breaker Rules and NO OT (Straight to Kicks, if tied!)
Here at the tie-breaker rules (from the rules tab):
1. Total Points (THREE points for a win, ONE for a tie and ZERO for a loss),
2. Head-to-head (if three or more teams are tied, will only be used if ONE TEAM has beaten ALL of the others),
3. Goal Differential (maximum of four per game),
4. Goals Conceded (maximum of four more than scored),
5. A 3-player for each team Kicks from the Mark (i.e. PK Shootout).
** If one or more teams drop out at one level leaving more than one team, the remaining teams return to the top of the tie-breakers. In the event of a three way or more tie, teams are dropped out at each level and ranked (for ex. if three teams have a 1-0-1 record, with Team A having +4 goal differential, Team B having a +2 goal differential, and Team C having a +1 goal differential, the three teams are ranked based on their goal differential numbers). In the event that three or more teams tie, the group starts at the top tie-breaker and continues down the list until there is a tie-breaker in which not all teams tie. If two teams drop out at a single point, the two teams revert back to the top of the tie-breakers to determine their positions (i.e. head-to-head, goal differential, goals conceded). If three or four teams are involved the tournament director shall determine format of the PK shootout.
For the most part, the updated standings are available online (and in the tent at the Hilliard Soccer Complex. We are still missing a number of scores from yesterday. If a team only has one result, it is likely because a game card is missing. We will be tracking these down throughout the early part of the morning. The site will be updated as quickly as possible to include teams advancing to the Finals.
Coaches, if you have results of a missing game from yesterday, please text 614-402-9916 with the score including two teams, score for each team, time of game and field (IF YOU REMEMBER!).
ALL 1st and 2nd place teams will get trophies. We will be presenting these at TWO locations (The Hilliard Soccer Complex and the Soccer Learning Center).
Fine Designs will be at these two locations to select customized apparel to celebrate the tournament.
NEW Apparel Provider this Year at the OCL Tournament
For the first time ever, the OCL is utilizing a new Apparel Vendor (thanks Ares for all of your past support). This new vendor does custom on-site apparel. Please stop by and check them out at the Soccer Complex and at the Soccer Learning Center! You can also get information by going to this link: https://fdsportswear.com/events.cfm?eventid=355
They have some really unique items that can be customized while you wait!
Before I get 100 e-mails, the ONLY WAY to get the latest OCL Spring 2016 League Tournament Schedule is to follow the instructions in the message I posted, yesterday.
Over the next 24 - 36 hours, I will gradually be building the OCL Spring 2016 Tournament Schedule. During this process, teams will appear to be in improper divisions (I cloned the regular season as a starting point), games will appear to be among non-existent teams, multiple referees will be assigned to what appears to by U-08 games (ALL games are being loaded for referee purposes, initially), etc.
1. Parking is going to be EXTREMELY TIGHT at the Hilliard Soccer Complex.
* PLEASE Carpool whenever possible!
* Once your games are completed, please depart in order to leave spaces for incoming teams.
2. The full schedule will be loaded into the OCL site by Friday morning.
* Parents will be able to look up their schedules just as they do for regular season games beginning on FRIDAY.
3. The most current OCL Spring 2016 League Tournament Schedule is available by:
* Hovering over LEAGUE
* Click on DOCUMENTS
* Click on the OCL Spring 2016 League Tournament
* Locate your team number
* Click on the schedule tab to locate your games
4. I have made a tremendous number of changes, unfortunately, as I have attempted to accommodate coach requests AND Conflicts PROVIDED ON THE CONFLICTS FORM.
* No tournament can be a "Create your own custom schedule" event.
* I have tried to accommodate requests, but some simply cannot be met.
5. Team placement was developed based on a number of factors
* Finish in last Fall's tournament (this is the #1 criteria for placement this Spring)
* Results of this Spring season (used for placement of teams within division)
* The team numbers are NOT absolutely equal to a "seed" within the division
* Some team numbers have been adjusted to accommodate coach conflicts or play time requests.
6. Tournament Formats vary by # of teams in the division
* 4-team divisions play a 3-game round robin format with a pure championship game
* 5-team divisions play a 4-game round robin format with champions/finalists being determined based on the tie-breaker model (i.e. points, head-to-head *, goal differential, goals allowed, etc. -- see tournament rules for specific details)
* 6-team divisions will play three games by playing the two teams in a team's pool and one crossover game. All games will count in the standings (tie-breakers as above). In the case of at least one 6-team division, there are actually two 3-team divisions and they will EACH have a championship game.
* 7-team division will each play a pair of "play in" games. Tie-breakers will be used to seed the teams 1 through 7 after these games are played. The top four teams will play in semi finals with a final following. The remaining three teams will play one or two games on Sunday (schedule has these games identified).
7. All games are being played in one of three locations
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.
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).
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!).