OHIO NORTH AND SOUTH ANNOUNCE UNIFIED STATE LEAGUE
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (May 8, 2020) - The Ohio South State League (OSSL) in cooperation with Ohio North Youth Soccer Association is excited to invite teams to apply to the league for the 2020-2021 season. OSSL provides elite teams a structured and competitive environment for player development while providing teams the ability to qualify for higher levels of competition in the US Youth Soccer Great Lakes Conference and US Youth Soccer National League Showcase Series. By accepting the best teams in both Ohio North and Ohio South, OSSL will showcase the strongest teams throughout Ohio.
“Ohio South is excited to announce a unified State League with Ohio North,” said Ohio South Executive Director Gordon Henderson. “This is an incredible opportunity for teams in Ohio to play in one of the strongest state leagues in the country and expand the competitive experience for many clubs and teams.”
OSSL Structure Overview
- Playing Season
- Boys and Girls U12 – U14: August 7, 2020 – June 6, 2021
- Boys and Girls U15 – U18/19: November 6, 2020 – June 6, 2021
- Age Group Structure
- Two divisions per age group per gender
- Each age group divided into a Premier Division (top) and First Division (bottom)
- 10 teams per division for U12-U14 age groups (20 total teams per age group)
- 8 teams per division for U15-U18/19 age groups (16 total teams per age group)
- Game Structure
- Yearlong season
- OSSL provides home and away schedule
- Self-schedule format
- All games required to be played
- League fee of $700/team (this includes player/coach carding fees)
- Coaching License Requirements
- One coach on the roster must hold at a minimum U.S. Soccer Provisional ‘D’ Coaching License or NSCAA National Diploma
OSSL Application Periods
- U12-U14 Application Period and Fee Deadline: Monday, June 8th - Wednesday, June 24th
- U15-U18/19 Application Period and Fee Deadline: Monday, July 20th - Wednesday, August 26th
“Ohio North is thrilled to announce the creation of a unified State League with Ohio South,” said Ohio North Executive Director Jen Fickett. “The OSSL will offer a superior level of competition with proven depth and quality as well as serves to provide Ohio North’s top clubs with a state-wide option to minimize costs and travel.”
#TakeFlight with us! For more information to find out if OSSL is the right fit for your team, visit https://www.osysa.com/ossl/ or contact Jen Schuppe, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-576-9555.
Q: Who is my main contact person if teams have questions.
A: Jen Schuppe will be your main contact personal out of the Ohio South State Office. Her office hours are Tuesday - Thursday 9:00am - 2:00pm. Her email address is email@example.com or 513-576-9555.
Q: What are the rules for Ohio North Teams and GLC qualification in the new league?
A: The rule for Ohio South teams, is that they must qualify for GLC by playing in the OSSL the year prior. Ohio South teams accepted into the GLC First Division and GLC Premier II, are required to also play in the OSSL. Teams in GLC Premier I, have the option of playing in OSSL.
As this is a transitional year, OSSL is not requiring Ohio North teams to follow the above rule this year. Ohio North teams are encouraged to apply and play in OSSL. If they want to play in the GLC, they will go through Ohio North for placement. GLC is rolling over teams from last season due to COVID-19. The only difference is for teams also playing in NWOSL. NWOSL is an OSYSA (Ohio South) registered league. Teams playing in NWOSL and applying to OSSL will have to follow the above rule for Ohio South teams.
Q: Are there guaranteed spots for Ohio North teams within each age group?
A: Ohio North teams that were accepted in the GLC for the 2019-2020 season will have a place in OSSL.
Q: How will the 13s qualify for GLC seed this fall?
A: Ohio North teams will go through ONYSA for seeding in the Ohio North GLC. To determine your seed, the teams will need to participate in the Northern Conference Blue Division for the Fall ONLY. This will allow for our Technical Director's to seed teams accordingly.
Q: Are team fees per season or year?
A: OSSL is one season. The league fee is paid when teams submit their application. The fee to participate in the OSSL is $700.
U12-U14 Boys and Girls season runs from August 7, 2020 - June 6, 2021
U15-U18/19 Boys and Girls season runs from November 6, 2020 - June 6, 2021
Q: Are we carded by Ohio North or Ohio South?
A: Ohio South teams will card through Ohio South Demosphere and Ohio North teams will card through Ohio North Demosphere. Ohio South and Ohio North will share system access, so teams can go through either for changes to their roster.
Q: What/how does this affect the Cup Series requirements?
A: As these are separate Cup Series, teams can only play for the State Association they are registered in.