MAINEVILLE, Ohio (November 22, 2022) – Ohio Soccer Association announces today that the Ohio Soccer Developmental League (OSDL) will become a division of Buckeye Premier Youth Soccer League (Buckeye, BPYSL), effective Spring 2023. OSDL will keep the same playing format as in years prior, with the flexibility of head-to-head and Group Play weekends.
“This really is a win-win for teams in both leagues,” said Bill Glaze, OSA Chief Technical Officer. “Teams in BPYSL can elect to participate in Group Play weekends, while OSDL teams benefit from entering the BPYSL league structure.”
OSDL will maintain its name and divisions under Buckeye, including OSDL Columbus, OSDL Cleveland, and OSDL Southeast. Each division will field teams in its specified region, i.e., OSDL Columbus will consist of Columbus area teams. OSDL will accept teams in the U8-U12 age groups, with the U8/U9s having the option to play with no keepers and no referees in a 4v4 (U8) or 5v5 (U9) structure. Teams will play eight matches (four home/four away) during the season, any of which may be scheduled to play on a Group Play weekend.
OSDL will continue its popular group play weekends and now extend an option for other BPYSL teams to participate. The festival-like environment offers many benefits, including making it easier to obtain referees. In the fall 2022 season, OSDL recorded 100% coverage by referees during each of the four group play weekends. Opportunities are available if your club is interested in hosting a Group Play weekend.
BPYSL is also excited to unveil a new brand identity. The identity refresh includes a new logo as well as an enhanced website. Both help usher in a new era for the league.
“We are excited to launch this new identity – a strong identity – to mark our recent evolution as a league. With a slight nod to our history, we have given ourselves a more modern feel that speaks to what this league is becoming and where it’s going”, said George Sauer, BPYSL Commissioner.
Additional announcements regarding BPYSL will be released in the coming weeks.
About Ohio Soccer Association (OSA):
OSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing youth soccer in the State of Ohio. Our singular goal is to support, inspire, and grow youth soccer by unlocking the potential within every community. We support clubs, leagues, teams, coaches, referees, parents, and players with resources, expertise, and programs that it easier for young people to get involved and stay in the game. We stand for innovation, integrity, teamwork, inclusion, and trust.