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Great Lakes Conference



The US Youth Soccer Leagues program features the National League and a network of 13 conferences (formerly known as US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues) across the country.  The competitions provide teams with the highest level of competition at the national and multi-state levels.

The re-imagined Leagues Program commenced in the Fall of 2018 and features a network of US Youth Soccer Conferences that are geographically focused, under one leadership and management structure, and linked into the highly successful National League and National Championship Series.


Ohio North is guaranteed up to eight (8) slots in the National League - Great Lakes Conference. Participating teams must compete in the spring Ohio North State Cup, which determines rankings for the following seasonal year. 

Based on Great Lakes Conference (previously MRL) history, Ohio North has earned one (1) Premier-1 slot and two (2) Premier-2 slots for the boys' and girls' 13U Divisions. These Premier slots are awarded to the highest ranking Ohio North Premier League Fall 13U teams.  The remaining five (5) league slots are awarded to the highest placed finishers in the 12U State Cup. 

At 14U and older, Premier Division teams will retain their league slot, regardless of State Cup ranking; while 1st Division teams may be required to play-off against any higher ranking State Cup team.

Teams ranking outside the top eight (8) in State Cup may be eligible to participate in the National League - Great Lakes Conference if higher ranking team(s) decline their earned slot(s).  


An informational document for the Conferences outlining details, including, but not limited to team fees, rostering information, referees fees and scheduling, will be available once the team registration period opens in early June. 

2019 Fall Season 14U & Developmental 15U: Application to open on or around May 28th and close on June 26th
2020 Spring Season 15U-18U: Application to open on or around July 26th and close on August 30th
2020 Spring Season 13U-14U: Application to open on or around October 14th and close on November 11th


Great Lakes Conference Website
Conference Alignment Map
Explaining the National League and Conferences