At Cincy SC, our directors are always trying to find the best league option for each of our teams. The league landscape changes each year. These are some of the leagues that we consider:

Cardinal Premier League

  • The Cardinal Premier League was started in 2016 as an alternative to the Buckeye Premier Youth Soccer League for 15 and older teams.
  • In 2020, the Greater Cincinnati Soccer League (GCSL), which was always run by the same group as the CPL, was re-branded to CPL.
  • The CPL was previously called the Greater Cincinnati Soccer League (GCSL) and Cincinnati United Soccer League (CUSL).
  • Additional information about the CPL can be found here.

Developmental League (DL)

  • The DL is simply the CPL for U8 and U7 players.

Buckeye Premier Youth Soccer League (“Buckeye” or BPYSL)

  • Buckeye typically includes teams from Cincy (45%), Dayton (25%), and Columbus (25%).
  • Traditionally, it was considered a step up in competition from the Cincinnati select league (CPL/GCSL/CUSL/EPL)

Elite Players League (EPL)

  • The EPL is a league managed by Ohio Elite. Although not ideally located, it has some of the best fields in the area and can be easier to manage since games are all at one location. Games are typically all at the Olberding complex on Rialto Rd. in West Chester.

Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)

  • The ECNL is a highly-competitive league with teams based all across the Midwest.
  • Additional information about the ECNL can be found on the league’s website.

Great Lakes Conference (GLC)

  • The Midwest Regional League is a highly-competitive league with teams based all across the Midwest.
  • Additional information about the CPL can be found on the league’s website.

Ohio South State League (OSSL)

  • The Ohio South State League is generally considered the most competitive league in Ohio and it includes teams from all over Ohio.
  • Additional information about the OSSL can be found on the OSYSA website.
  • In 2020, OSYSA announced a merger of OSSL and the Ohio North State League.

Cincinnati Premier League

  • The Cincinnati Premier League was started by Russell Lewis in 2013 as an adult soccer league.
  • Additional information about the CPL can be found on the league’s website.