The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (CDLFC) are the first club to commit to playing in the inaugural 2020 season of the Ohio Valley Premier League (OVPL). Since the first season in 2014, CDLFC have been a member of USL League Two and will continue to field a first-team in the League. In 2018, CDLFC created a second team that was committed to provide more opportunities for players in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions. The creation of the OVPL has provided CDLFC a place for those players to continue playing.
Home games for CDLFC are played at Northern Kentucky University’s soccer stadium. The venue is home to NKU Norse men’s and women’s NCAA Division I soccer teams and has been the CDLFC home venue since 2017. A soccer-specific stadium with brand-new turf, the venue is one of the finest in the region.
The Club will enter its seventh year in USL League Two in 2020. In 2016, the Club was the first Ohio South amateur team to qualify and play in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup since the 1960s. Former FC Cincinnati player and seven-year professional player Paul Nicholson will enter his third season as the head coach. Since the Club was founded, twelve players have moved onto professional ranks after having worn the CDLFC orange and blue.
About the OVPL
The Ohio Valley Premier League (OVPL) was created to operate a competitive soccer circuit offering the only adult amateur competition throughout the tri-state (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky) region. Player development is a central focus of the League, as the League strives to promote the region at a national level.The OVPL seeks to grow the game of soccer in the region by providing a highly-competitive soccer league for men, women, boys, and girls of all ages. The League is sanctioned through US Club Soccer and provides access to competing in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the nation’s longest running tournament.
About US Club Soccer
US Club Soccer will foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the United States to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club