Great Lakes Alliance (GLA)
National Premier Leagues (NPL)
Great Lakes Conference (GLC)
The US Youth Soccer National League Great Lakes Conference is one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer National Leagues Program in the Multi-State Tier. The Great Lakes Conference consists of teams primarily from New York West, Pennsylvania West, West Virginia, Ohio North, Ohio South, Indiana and Kentucky. The top teams in the Conference will earn advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, as well as a chance to earn a coveted spot in the National Tier of the Leagues Program, the US Youth Soccer National League.
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation’s top teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U boys and girls age groups. The 14U through 18U divisions consist of up to 32 teams per gender age group, while the 19U age group features up to 16 teams for each gender. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country as each team must earn their place in the league.
Teams play a seven-game schedule over two weekends, facing each team within its age group division one time. The League consists of three weekends of play per gender, with each team playing two of the three weekends.
The top teams from each division advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship in the country. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions in the 14U through 19U age groups to play for the National Championship. The top teams in each 14U through 18U division also secure a spot to return to National League play the following season.
The National League’s alumni have gone on to prove themselves at the collegiate and professional levels, with former players competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Ohio State Developmental League (OSDL)
Ohio State Soccer League (OSSL)
These are what we are all accustomed to playing as tournaments we have attended (Spring Thaw, Jaguar Invitational, Grand Park Cup, etc.) Coaches choose the tournaments we attend based on reputation, quality of teams attending, and how each team will fare.
USYS State Cup
(played at Pacesetter Park and Sandusky Sports Force Park) The Ohio State Cup is the first level of competition in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. 10U – 19U teams will compete for their title within Ohio North. 13U – 19U teams who clinch the State Cup Championship earn the right to represent Ohio North at the regional competition level and potentially at the National Championships.
USClub State Cup
Showcases are usually for elite teams looking to have exposure to college coaches. The two biggest showcases in our area are Blue Chip in Cincinnati and Crossroads in Indianapolis at Grand Park. These showcases usually allow teams to only play one game a day therefore take place over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. Links for both of these showcases are below, but please know there are MANY other reputable and competitive showcases across the country.