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Ohio Valley Premier League to join Great Lakes Alliance in 2022

By Staff, 11/10/21, 3:00PM EST


The GLA_NPL is proud to announce that the OVPL will join the Great Lakes Alliance ahead of the 2022 season. One of the Ohio Valley Premier League pillars is to "grow the game" of soccer for communities. This merger will open the player pathway for GLA membership to include a U23 competition for its members.

The GLA_OVPL U-23 adult amateur division is an affordable, minimal journey, and club-driven opportunity for the region. The GLA_OVPL is open to men's and women's teams across the region. Any team that wants to play competitive soccer at the U23 level is encouraged to apply. Applications are due by January 31st, 2022. The cost of the league is $1200 and is sanctioned by U.S. Club Soccer. The 10-match schedule provides a gateway for teams to enter the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Founded in 2019, The Ohio Valley Premier League operates the largest U-23 adult amateur soccer competition in the Ohio Valley (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) region. Player development is a central focus of the league, as the league strives to develop the region at a national level. The OVPL seeks to grow the game in the region by providing a highly competitive and affordable soccer league for men and women ages 17 and older. The OVPL is a member of the American Premier Alliance (APA), which developed the OVPL and other U-23 leagues in the country's upper Midwest, South Central, and Northeastern regions.

"The Ohio Valley Premier League is excited about this progression into the Great Lakes Alliance,” said Jason Brown, OVPL CoFounder. “This move will allow for greater access to U23 competition for our members. It is great to be able to extend a player's career with their club and college-aged players."

Collaboration and cooperation among soccer clubs are an absolute necessity in today's world of premier-level soccer. The OVPL executive directors have joined together to build a better environment for clubs, their players, and their communities for U-23 adult amateur soccer. The Great Lakes Alliance (GLA) was formed in 2017 and currently has over 550 teams participating in its US Club sanctioned league. GLA has member clubs coming out of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia with approximately 8500 players. GLA is a member of the U.S. Club Soccer National Premier League (NPL) platform and the U.S. Soccer Federation.

To learn more about the Ohio Valley Premier League, contact or visit for more information. For additional information on the Great Lakes Alliance, contact Ed Bernstein at