Code of Regulations
Ohio Soccer Association is governed by a Code of Regulations adopted by our Board of Directors. Select this section to view the latest Code of Regulations.
Select this section to view the Playing Rules for OSA.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is Ohio Soccer Association’s yearly conference, which includes a meeting of the Board of Directors and a general session for our membership to vote in board elections. Please visit Annual General Meeting page to register for this year’s AGM, gather information on the event and review the schedule.
2023 Board of Director Elections
Information about the 2023 Ohio Soccer Association Board of Director Elections can be found on the Annual General Meeting page.
Board of Directors
A Board of Directors governs the affairs of Ohio Soccer Association. Please visit this section to learn more about Ohio Soccer Association leadership and review past Board Meeting minutes.
Tryout & Offer Policy
After careful consideration, including a series of discussions with a broad panel of club representatives across the state, the following policy will go into effect immediately regarding tryouts.
- Clubs may extend offers internally (i.e. to players currently registered within their organization) at any given time.
- Clubs may extend offers to players outside of their club beginning on the first Tuesday following Memorial Day weekend.
- The administration and registration for tryouts is left to the clubs to manage.
A “technical advisory group”, or TAG committee, was created that included 20 members from across all seven OSA districts. It included executive/technical directors, club coaches (from both large and small organizations), club administrators, club parents, OSA staff, and representation from the OSA Board. The committee was tasked with developing a single, statewide tryout policy for Ohio Soccer Association.
A single word. Under Ohio South’s policy, it was stipulated that clubs could not hold tryouts (the process of evaluating players AND extending them an offer) until after the established date. The word “tryout” has been replaced with “offer”. Clubs can, and will, still hold tryouts. They just cannot extend an offer until after the established date for a player outside their club.
Perhaps the better question to ask is what has not changed.
- Clubs have always had the ability to make offers to their currently registered players at any time. This has not changed from the old policy under Ohio South.
- Clubs can hold open house sessions, or bring a friend to practice sessions, at any given time. This has not changed from the old policy under Ohio South.
- The date for which a club may extend an offer to a player outside their club remains as it has in years past (for Ohio South) – the first Tuesday after Memorial Day. This has not changed.
- Clubs have always been empowered to manage “tryouts” or “evaluations” or “sessions”, etc. This has not changed.
Clubs can extend offers to players currently registered in their club at any given time.
Clubs may extend offers to players outside their club beginning on the first Tuesday following Memorial Day weekend.
There is nothing that stops a club from hosting a tryout. Clubs have, just as in years prior, the flexibility as to when they can hold their player evaluation process. Tryouts/player evaluations can be held at any given time… they can hold them before the offer date, they can hold them after the tryout date – they just cannot extend an offer until the first Tuesday after Memorial Day.
This is not something regulated by the state association. This is a club operation.
Board Of Directors
The Board of Directors of Ohio Soccer Association (OSA) is the governing board of the Association. Consisting of elected members representing different facets of soccer in Ohio, the Board administers the affairs of the Association.
The OSA Board of Directors is comprised of 11 board members. All members have one (1) vote.
- One (1) President
- Elected in a statewide election by membership
- 3-year term
- One (1) Vice President
- Elected in a statewide election by membership
- 3-year term
- Seven (7) District Directors
- There will be seven Districts. Each was created with geography, population and culture in mind
- Each District Director shall be elected by majority vote of those Full Members eligible to vote for a respective District Director.
- 3-year term
- Two (2) Independent Directors
- Independent Directors are appointed by the Board from a recommendation of the CEO
- 2-year term
OSA Board Members
The OSA Board consists of the following individuals:
|Vice President||Paul Holdgate|
|District Director – District 1||Lori Williams|
|District Director – District 2||Oliver Condell|
|District Director – District 3||Scott MacMillan|
|District Director – District 4||Cheryl Henderson|
|District Director – District 5||Mo Razack|
|District Director – District 6||Greg Hirschauer|
|District Director – District 7||Zach Breth|
|Independent Director||Gary Lindgren|
|Independent Director||Sally Gladwell|
OHIO NORTH, OHIO SOUTH MEMBERSHIP APPROVE HISTORICAL MERGER
CINCINNATI, OH (December 4, 2020) – For the first time in history, two State Associations will merge as one.
Ohio Youth Soccer Association North (Ohio North) and Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (Ohio South) are excited to announce that earlier in the week, both respective memberships voted to approve the merger proposal and come together as Ohio Soccer Association (OSA). The membership vote took place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for each State Association.
The newly formed Ohio Soccer Association will focus on joining the soccer landscape in Ohio, encapsulating the idea of bringing together organizations and communities across multiple affiliations into a state united. OSA seeks to give a greater voice to its membership, which includes both clubs and leagues. OSA desires to demonstrate greater flexibility with its membership to allow them to accomplish their own organizational goals and enhance player development. Additionally, OSA plans to place more attention on the grassroots/recreational soccer sector and connect communities through the sport to provide growth opportunities together.
“I am truly thrilled for the sport of soccer in Ohio”, said Gordon Henderson, Ohio South Executive Director. “This merger will enable us to create a ‘Big Tent’ that we think the whole soccer community – large and small, city wide and rural – will desire to be a part of. The future is very bright and we will move forward as an organization that listens to our members and solves issues at the local level in order to help our league and club members grow. This truly will be an organization that will create a state united for all.”
Ohio North President Paul Emhoff agrees, stating “Right now all eyes are on us within the US Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer landscapes. This merger is a unique opportunity to build a model state association. The merger will give members a solid foundation to build on moving forward. The important piece in making OSA one of the best in the nation is its membership. This is their opportunity to help build OSA by getting involved while we reinvest back into them. I would like to thank Jen Fickett, Tom Turner, Gordon Henderson, Bill Glaze and John Ruffolo, as well as the Ohio North and Ohio South Board of Directors for their selfless vision and support during this process.”
Ohio South Board President John Ruffolo added, “I am personally pleased and excited that the merger between Ohio South and Ohio North was formally approved by both organizations this week. This merger was pursued to improve the landscape of youth soccer in Ohio. The goals of this merger were to create one strong association that could integrate programs and resources to provide an improved environment for player development, technical instruction, improved competition, and centralized management.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Ohio South, I want to say “thank you” to all those who were instrumental in allowing Ohio South and Ohio North to merge and form “Ohio Soccer Association”. I specifically want to thank our Ohio South Board members who devoted numerous volunteer hours to craft a solution which would not only be acceptable to our current league members, but also, our clubs and teams. I further want to thank our associates at Ohio North, specifically their President, Paul Emhoff, for their professionalism in the negotiations of this merger. Finally, I want to thank our Executive Director, Gordon Henderson, and our Assistant Executive Director / Director of Coaching, Bill Glaze for their efforts in steering Ohio South to the finish line. All were vital to getting us to accomplish our goals.”
Considering this historical moment, US Youth Soccer CEO Skip Gilbert adds, “USYS is about bringing communities together through the power of soccer. Sometimes, the best and most efficient way to support our players is to bring two great State Associations together. This is what Ohio North and South did and their efforts will surely impact the growth of the game statewide and the overall success of the USYS Family in Ohio. We thank all of the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this merger happen.”
The new Ohio Soccer Association will officially launch on January 1, 2021, pending filing with the state of Ohio. Ohio North and Ohio South programming will continue as normal through the Spring 2021 season. The first official season under Ohio Soccer Association will be Fall 2021.
For additional questions or information, please contact Gordon Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Code of Regulations
- Ohio South Board of Directors Meeting 10.6.20 – Approval of Merger Resolutions
- Merger Resolutions for Membership
- Agreement of Merger
- Merger & Rationale (SUMMARY)
- Ohio Soccer Association Merger Information [FULL DECK]
- 9.8.20: Merger Talks Announcement [RELEASE]