April 10, 2020
The Great Lakes Alliance, a US Club National Premier League, is currently in its third season covering Ohio, Indiana, Western New York as well as Western and Central Pennsylvania.
For the 2020-2021 season, Great Lakes Alliance will be a 10U to 19U regional soccer league for both boys and girls. 10Us through 14Us will begin play in the fall. New this year, we will be adding a 10U age group to our league. 15Us to 19Us will begin after the high school season. Also, new this year, the GLA will have 2 divisions, GLA_NPL and GLA Premier for 13U to 19U.
The GLA-NPL and GLA Premier plan to be divided into 2 conferences per age group. The 2 conferences will encompass teams from Indiana, Ohio, Western New York as well as Central and Western Pennsylvania. The conferences will be divided geographically to try to minimize travel as much as possible.
10Us through 14Us will play throughout the year. We will be holding 2 GLA crossover weekends in the fall and 1 or 2 in the spring. 10U-12U teams will play 2 games a day and 13U-14U will play 1 game a day and those matches will all be against teams from the other conference. The other 7 games will be self-scheduled matches. Top 4 teams per age group advance to the Championship weekend 1v4, 2v3 semifinals, then semi-final winners advance to championship game.
The cost for 10U’s through 14U’s will be $1200 for the 2020-2021 season. This will include 2 crossover events in the fall and 1 or 2 in the spring. (Field rental for the crossovers is included in the fees but referee fees are not.) The Fall crossover events will be in Canton and Hudson Ohio on September 12-13 and September 26-27 @ Batavia Sports Park, Batavia, NY. The spring crossovers will be in Canton, OH in March. 10U through 12U will be March 20-21. 13U-14U will be February 27-28 and March 27-28. These events will be your crossover games with the other Conference therefore they will be mandatory for all teams to attend and participate.
15Us through 19Us will play after fall high school season. We will be holding a 3-day Girls GLA_NPL College Showcase on March 5-7 and a 3-day Boys GLA_NPL College Showcase on March 12-14. These teams will play 1 game a day. The Showcases will be for both the GLA_NPL and GLA Premier teams. The other 8 games will be self-scheduled matches. The top 2 teams from each Conference will advance to the championship weekend. 1st seed in one conference will play 2nd seed in the other conference in the semifinals. Semifinal winners advance to championship game.
The cost for 15U’s through 19U’s will be $900 for the 2020-2021 season. This will include the GLA_NPL College Showcase in the spring. Field rental for the College Showcase is included in the fees but referee fees are not.
The GLA Playoffs will be at the Pro Football HOF Sports Complex June 5-6. The GLA-NPL Division Champions 13U to 19U will advance to the NPL Finals which will take place in late June or July in Commerce City, Colorado. GLA Premier Division Champions 13U to 19U will advance to the Midwest Regionals which will take place at Libertyville, Illinois in late June.
I know there is a great deal of information here. Please feel free to call if there are any questions or if there is anything you don’t quite understand.