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Ohio Premier is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1993. Based on the core principles of Dedication, Discipline, and Teamwork, Ohio Premier has grown to be one of the most successful soccer clubs in the nation.  Originating with three girls teams at inception, more then 60 teams took the field for Ohio Premier during the 2017-18 season in the U-8 through U-19 age groups.  Over 1000 players ages 4 through 18 participated in Ohio Premier programs during the 2018-2019 season.

 
Virtually all Ohio Premier players who wish to continue their soccer careers in college do so, and the vast majority receive scholarship offers.
 
After formation in 1993, Ohio Premier began adding teams in the U-15 and above age groups in 1996 and immediately achieved great success.  Since 1996, Ohio Premier players individually have been placed on ODP State, Regional, and National teams at the most prolific rate in Ohio South.  As for the Ohio Premier Soccer Club teams, after just two years as an all-encompassing club, in 1998, Ohio Premier achieved more State Cup Championships than any other girls' club in Ohio South, and had three teams advance to play in Region II Championship games.  In 2000, Ohio Premier repeated the feat, taking home four state championships, while no other Ohio South club won more than one girls' state championship.  These teams also competed well at the 2000 Region II Championships, with two teams playing in the semifinals and one in the championship match.  After near misses again at Regionals in 2001, in the summer of 2002, Ohio Premier won the U-13 Region II Championship culminating a fantastic run at seven Regional Championship matches in 5 years.  The U-13 team also won the prestigious Surf Cup in the same season.
 
Ohio Premier's 2000 State Cup success marked the beginning of an unprecedented five-year run in which the club captured 19 State Cup Championships from 2000 to 2004.  No other club in Ohio South has earned more girls' State Cup Championships than Ohio Premier.  Regional and national success followed, and in 2007 the club's U-12 team captured the US Club Soccer National Championship.
 
In the fall of 1999, Ohio Premier hosted its first Ohio Premier Invitational youth soccer tournament.  The tournament has grown to be one of the top U-9 through U-14 tournaments in the country, attracting over 300 teams to Dublin each September.
 
In the fall of 2001 Ohio Premier began an exciting program called the "Fall Team".  This team is offered to players as an alternative to high school soccer.  Players compete for Ohio Premier in the fall season and travel to some of the top tournaments in the nation, including Surf Cup, WAGS, and the St. Louis Scott Gallagher College Showcase.  These players then rejoin their age appropriate Ohio Premier teams after the high school season has completed and their teammates have returned to the club.  While such programs have been developed in a few clubs nationally, Ohio Premier was the first to offer an alternative team for high school age players in Ohio South and in Region II.  The Fall Team has achieved significant success over the last several years, including undefeated campaigns in 2009 and 2011, while producing numerous Division I college players.
 
Ohio Premier's unique relationship with NIKE, Inc. dates back to 2000.  In 2005, Ohio Premier was recognized as one of NIKE's "elite" clubs.  Currently Ohio Premier is recognized as a NIKE Premier Club, and the club's relationship with NIKE has resulted in many benefits including participation in the Manchester United Premier Cup at NIKE world headquarters, special access to the U.S. Womens National Team, and unique opportunities within US Club Soccer.
 
The club reached several significant milestones in 2009:
  • Ohio Premier opened its Indoor Facility on Post Road in Dublin
  • Ohio Premier entered into a partnership with NCSL Eagles
  • Ohio Premier added boys teams
  • Ohio Premier was a founding member of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), the top national league for female youth soccer players
  • Ohio Premier was a founding member of the Boys Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)

The boys' side enjoyed immediate success, winning two State Cup Championships in May 2010.  Boys' teams earned two more State Cup Championships in May 2013.  The boys' U-15 team competed in the prestigious USYS National League during the 2012-13 season.  In July 2014, Ohio Premier continued it's boys excellence with the U16 Boys' team reaching the USYSA National Championship Match.  Although the team lost on penalty kicks, the team was awarded the Fair Play Award and placed two players on the Best XI.  In 2017 both the boys U-17 and boys U-19 participated in the USYS National Finals in Frisco, TX.

Currently the club's top boys and girls' teams at the U-13 through U-18/19 age groups participate in the ECNL, competing in regional games and national events throughout the season to earn the right to play for a national championship at season's end.  In addition to providing the top-level competitive environment, the ECNL created the Player Development Program (PDP) to identify elite players for the US Soccer youth national teams. From 2011 to 2013, the ECNL selected 25 Ohio Premier players to participate in the PDP.

In June 2013, Ohio Premier reached the pinnacle of youth soccer when the U-18 girls' team captured the ECNL National Championship by winning four games in four days in the sixteen team National Championship Playoff in Aurora, Colorado.

In June 2018, Ohio Premier captured our first Boys National Championship, as the u19 ECNL's brought home the 3rd Star to the club. 

A key component of the club's success is the quality of the coaching staff, which includes local college and high school coaches, and Ohio Premier alumni.  The club is committed to coaching education, including providing financial support for continued education for licensure.

The Ohio Premier Soccer Club is unique in that it is not just a loose collection of individual teams, but a true soccer club in which teams get to know and support each other, both on and off the field.  This spirit is reflected in the Club's #dedication, #discipline, and #teamwork.