Ocala Premier is the highest level of soccer in the area. Ocala Premier strives to deliver top level talent with teams competing in the best tournaments and leagues within the southeast region. Between our experienced coaches and high end facilities, Ocala Premier has everything they need to develop their players and get them ready for the next level.
By joining Ocala Premier, these are the direct benefits players will experience.
Elite coaching from ex-college and ex-professional players
Team training 2-3 nights per week
Access to Specialized, Small Group, & Private training
Team Comradery and an Identity
Technical, Tactical, Physical, & Psychological Training
Access to 3 separate soccer complexes
Ocala Premier Soccer’s (OPS) primary objective is to play attractive, attacking soccer, with a large emphasis on the technical aspect of the game. Our desire is for our players to have the ability to keep possession of the ball while having the technical foundation and tactical awareness to be comfortable playing in numerous positions on the field. Our aim is to build this into the program from a very early age. Fostering excellence in decision making and mastering the US Soccer Numbering System.
Having our players comfortable on the ball, an ability to play with both feet and the confidence to make decisions on the field will create a positive, learning environment which gives the players the freedom and confidence to express themselves.
Ocala Premier is part of the Sunshine Conference.
About the Sunshine Conference
The US Youth Soccer National Leagues program features a network of 13 conferences (formerly known as US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues) across the country. The competitions provide teams with the highest possible level of competition at the national and multi-state levels. The Sunshine Conference is one of 13 conferences that fall under the scope of the USYS National League Program and operate at a multi-state level — providing high-level competition on a consistent basis at a targeted local level (Florida).
Beginning with the 2020-21 seasonal year, all Sunshine Conference teams will have access to the new National League Showcase Series. The National League Showcase Series provides more opportunities for Sunshine Conference teams to compete within a national platform against other similarly performing teams from other Conferences. These Showcases are designed to maximize identification opportunities for Sunshine Conference players and to create efficient recruiting opportunities for the scouting community.
Ocala Premier is part of the Florida State Premier League (FSPL)
About the Florida State Premier League
The Florida State Premier League (FSPL) exists to provide elite U13-U19 teams with the opportunity to compete against the most competitive teams across the state of Florida. FSPL is operated by the Florida Youth Soccer Association State Office and serves as a statewide league designed to complement the USYS League Structure, including the USYS National League Sunshine Conference and National League Showcase Series. The overall direction of the league falls under the Florida State Premier League Commission. The 2022-2023 commission is made up of various Club Directors of Coaching and Club Administrators throughout the state.
Ocala Premier is part of the Elite Development Program (EDP) Florida League.
About the EDP League
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 8-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-10, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments through its Pathway to College™ programming is to enable youth soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 5,000 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually.
Pathway to College™
The EDP Soccer calendar includes a range of league and tournaments centered around the development of every player on and off the field. The goal of our program is to empower youth soccer clubs as they prepare their young athletes for the next stage in their academic careers; and to educate players and parents on the pathways to get there.
Ocala Premier is part of the Greater Central Florida Soccer League (GCF Soccer).
About the Greater Central Florida Soccer League
The GCF has been around for close to 30 years. Giving the kids of Central Florida a place to play organized soccer. We are a FYSA affiliated league with over 730 teams. We have competitive soccer from the U8 through U19 age brackets and all different skill levels. We have has professional players, as seen on our “Hall of Fame” page in our “Player” link, along with having many go on to play college soccer. But most of all, we have had players that just loved the game and wanted to play for the fun of it. Now their kids are playing in GCF. With the addition of the Region B Premier Division, GCF continues to grow. We embrace and learn from our past, but look forward to the future as the states largest youth soccer league. We hope that your experience while playing in GCF is a great one with long lasting memories.
Q. What if a player wants to play with his or her school friends, but is in a different age group?
A. A player will be able to ‘play up’ dependent on the evaluation process at OPS. Our process includes coach and DOC discussion on the merits of the said player ‘playing up’ an age bracket and will be determined on a case by case basis. As always, a player may not play down with a younger age group.
Q. How are age groups determined in other FIFA nations?
A. By the year in which a player is born; i.e, calendar year.
Q. I want my child to gain extra ‘private’ training, how do I go about getting information on this?
A. Private training is available, please contact your coach for more information.