The newest men’s club to commit to playing in the Ohio Valley Premier League (OVPL) is Erie Commodores FC. Originally founded in 2009 the senior team has had long-standing success in the NPSL, having won their regular season five times and been a National runner-up in 2009. They will utilize their player pool to introduce another team in the OVPL.
Erie Commodores FC play at the newly renovated Erie Sports Center.
Troy Bingham, Commodores Co-Owner commented, “The success of our men’s senior team in the NPSL, the addition of a women’s teams in the UWSL 1 and the growth in our 15 junior teams in only 6 months shows the hunger for higher levels of soccer in Erie. We are always looking to give our players another development pathway opportunity, and with over 80 players trialing for our NPSL team, and strong U16 and U19 Commodores boys teams, the OVPL gives our players a great opportunity to keep developing and be ready if called into our senior team. We are looking forward to Erie’s best young players testing themselves at this level and expect to have several 16 year old players in our squad”.
About Erie Commodores FC
Erie Commodores FC is the only soccer club in Erie with a comprehensive player development pathway that starts with our community outreach and league programs, encompasses junior development and travel teams, and culminates in our NPSL Senior Men’s and UWSL 1 women’s teams. It is our mission to unite soccer in Erie through providing players of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer, develop and progress to a higher level. We employ certified coaches at all levels and our programs cover the physical, technical, mental, and emotional areas of player development. Our club home base is the Erie Sports Center, with a full size FIFA accredited indoor field and 12 outdoor fields, that gives us year-round access to facilities to keep developing our players.
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 Ohio Valley (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) 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.