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
ONE WAY EACH WAY in the Parking Lot
In an effort to improve traffic flow, please travel in a "loop" around the parking lot. Enter along the WEST lane (the side with the smaller fields). Continue all the way to the back of the lot and "loop" back on the other lane on the EAST side of the lot straight out (or into the grass parking area).
The Ohio Champions League and UScore is combining to offer a unique opportunity for all OCL Teams (and others) to participate in a "New" Tournament this coming Spring for NO CHARGE!
The Tournament (Details still being finalized with Hilliard Locomotive and the OCL) will be held in the Spring of 2017 (weekend in April or the first week of May TBD). The entry fees will be $450 for U-08 to U-10 teams, $475 for U-11 and U-12 teams, and $495 for U-13 and up teams. BUT, for every bucket of detergent a team member sells ($45 for a 5 GALLON Bucket!), the team will be credited $8 toward the entry fee for the tournament. NO MAX for credits!
Look for the UScore Van at the Hilliard Soccer Complex! More information soon!
Six Worthington Games MOVED! Rules Tab Added to Schedule
The six games scheduled to be played in Worthington TONIGHT have been moved, PLEASE review the schedule! Some of those games remain on the schedule tonight -- being moved to Hilliard at 5:45PM. Others have been moved to tomorrow morning or tomorrow afternoon. Coaches and Admins should have automatically been notified of these changes.
IF the late time/location change creates an issue, PLEASE CONTACT 614-402-9916 ASAP! Thanks. Sorry about the changes, but when a city closes its fields, there is not much that we can do!
Worthington Fields are CLOSED this Evening -- Changes Coming
Coaches and Admins,
All Worthington fields have been closed. I am in the process of identifying slots for these games. The Hilliard fields are in reasonable shape at the moment. We are hopeful that the Hilliard fields will be playable this evening. More soon....THOSE SCHEDULED TO PLAY IN WORTHINGTON will see their games changed tonight EITHER to a Hilliard field TONIGHT OR moved to a Hilliard field tomorrow.
Here is some additional information concerning this weekend:
ALL Vendors are expected to be located on the WEST side of the parking lot (roughly across from the white storage building near the mid-point of the parking lot.
1. We will have an apparel vendor -- They have received rave reviews for their unique tournament Shirts, etc.
2. We will have a photographer -- once again, they have received rave reviews for their unique team photos.
3. We will have multiple food vendors in this area as well.
4. The schedule was published earlier in the week to the web site like the regular season games. Only the Championship games do not appear (I will be publishing this list to the site shortly). REMEMBER: Five team division play a round robin with NO CHAMPIONSHIP game. Four, six and eight team divisions have a CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. In some cases, there will actually be multiple championships within the division (U-09/U-10 Girls White, U-10 Girls Blue/Red, U-10 Boys Blue/Red Divisions are examples where there will be TWO Championship games within those divisions).
Several Important Tournament Updates -- PLEASE READ!
As of now, the tournament is ON as scheduled. This COULD change if the weather does not!
PARK ADDRESS ERROR:
Hilliard Soccer Complex is located at 6371 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard, OH. The address on the MAP is incorrect (last two digits transposed). The address when clicking on the field is CORRECT on the web site.
Field Map for HOSA Soccer Park (HSP-02 and HSP-03) Added.
If you are playing on HSP-02 and/or HSP-03 those fields are in the HOSA Soccer Park located just EAST of the Hilliard Soccer Complex. The map has been added to the Tournament Folder (under DOCUMENTS on the OCL site).
DUE TO THE RAIN, PARKING WILL TRULY BE LIMITED -- PLEASE CARPOOL to the extent possible!
Due to the rain, parking in the field areas may be an impossibility! Parking across the street in the shops' lots is ILLEGAL and could result in your car being towed and/or ticketed. Parking along Scioto Darby is ILLEGAL as well. Last year, parking worked, BUT we used the grass in some cases. We may NOT be able to do that. PLEASE consider carpooling for the benefit of EVERYONE!
It is possible that we may have to rework the schedule due to field closures, etc. These contingencies MAY include shortening of games, rescheduling of games (possibly moving tonight's games to the beginning of the day tomorrow, for example), or other solutions. ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION may be to reschedule the entire event next weekend. Coaches may want to begin polling players to check on player availability. We have had to reschedule the entire tournament before. If this has to happen, rapid turnaround of availability for teams will be critical.
I realize that all of you are anxious to get all of the information on field locations, rules, etc. concerning the tournament. I get the fact that everyone wants to pass all information on to parents. At the same time, there are two of us doing the lion share of this work and we have day jobs that keep us busy. When we are bombarded with e-mails asking questions that apply to the masses, we are not able to get referees assigned, get teams loaded into the system in the proper divisions, verify check-in information, etc.
We are still waiting for an updated final field map since we have been forced to drop one field due to field damage. Please refrain from sending e-mails asking about specific field locations (they will ALL be loaded into the schedule before Friday), tournament rules (they will be uploaded by Friday as well) and other logistical questions. Teams should all know when they play, generally.
Other than games on Friday, all games are being played in Hilliard (HOSA Soccer Park and Hilliard Soccer Complex). The specific addresses for each field WILL be published BEFORE FRIDAY. The specific field map WILL be published as soon as Hilliard is able to update it with the field change and parking specifics. Thanks for your patience.
I have FINALLY (the final team provided information yesterday afternoon!) have the status of all teams for the tournament. For those who wonder, had I strictly followed our rules, FIVE TEAMS would have been scheduled for the tournament (NO PARTICIPATION FORM COMPLETED indicating the teams were not playing!) even though they did not plan to play in the tournament.
NET IS: By waiting to get final confirmations from all teams, we eliminate late schedule changes, forfeits, etc. I now have the final list of teams in the tournament.
A number of teams (close to 40) will be playing on Friday evening/night. IF YOU DID NOT INDICATE YOUR TEAM WAS AVAILABLE, you will NOT have a game on Friday night! NO GAMES will be played on Thursday night.
I hope to have the preliminary schedule available by NOON on Saturday. As is always the case, there are a number of coaches conflicts that I have been attempting to schedule around. I CANNOT accommodate all changes (for example, one team in the Boys U-09 Blue Division may say CANNOT play on Sunday morning while another in the same division says they CANNOT play on Sunday afternoon. In this case, scheduling a final game that accommodates both teams is simply a logistical impossibility!).
MANY, but not all of the division change requests have been accommodated, but some could not. There are some unusual divisions developed to create the best possible match-ups overall. Over a dozen teams requested to move DOWN while ONE requested to move up! Not all will be happy, but I spent many hours looking over different scenarios over the past several days before making final decisions on divisions.
1. Initial Preliminary Game Schedule made available by Noon or so on SATURDAY (this will be sent to COACHES/ADMINS for their review before finalizing)
2. Schedule finalized by SUNDAY at NOON
3. Referee assigning will begin on SUNDAY at NOON and will continue throughout SUNDAY.
4. The final schedule will be online (in spreadsheet form) by SUNDAY at NOON. The final schedule will be loaded into the site (like regular season games) by MONDAY at 11:00PM. This schedule will be IDENTICAL to the spreadsheet schedule.
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!).