OPL Adopts Minimum Club Standards

Effective June 1, 2012, the Oregon Premier League will now require clubs to meet certain standards before gaining entry for participation in the League. Prior to this, any team or club could enter the league, provided they acquired US Club Soccer player cards and registered their team(s). This was approved at a meeting of the Oregon Premier Council earlier in the week, 

Based on the Youth Club Standards created by US Club Soccer, the Minimum Requirements to Qualify as  Club are to hold clubs to a higher standard and ensure all particpants in the Oregon Premier League are unified with the common purpose of raising the quality of competitive play in Oregon. 

"The goal in adopting these standards is simply to ensure all clubs are focused on providing the best possible programs they can for their players," said John Bain, Executive Director of the Oregon Premier League. "As a League, we continually want to raise the standard of competitive soccer in our state, and we believe by requiring clubs to meet these standards, they can then begin to target other areas for improvement in their club, such as field and coaching development, which we think is vital for clubs to continue to thrive and excel." 

Any new club not currently in the league will have to meet these requirements prior to competing in any League-sanctioned event. Current clubs in the league will have until July 31, 2013 to come into compliance with these standards.