The sixth new women’s club to commit to playing in the 2021 season of the Ohio Valley Premier League (OVPL) women’s division is Ohio Galaxies Dutch Lions FC. The Club is a partnership between existing men’s member, Ohio Galaxies FC and the Dayton Dutch Lions FC. The women’s and men’s OVPL teams will play at DOC Stadium, in West Carrollton, Ohio. The women will be coached by current Alter High School and Ohio Galaxies FC Head Coach, Javier Iriart, while the men’s team will be coached by Wright State University and USL League Two men’s assistant coach, Arturo Rodriguez.
“We strongly support opportunities for our players to have a chance to continue to play competitive soccer in the Miami Valley beyond high school”, said Nancy Shields, Director of Operations for Ohio Galaxies FC. “This opportunity to partner with the Dayton Dutch Lions provides an excellent avenue for our players to transition to an U23 program that is focused and managed in a similar way as Ohio Galaxies FC and will provide a development and playing model to help interested players achieve their goals.”
“I firmly believe that this partnership will create a true development pathway for Dayton’s top talent”, said Dayton Dutch Lions FC Technical Director, Sid van Druenen, “DDL will get a strong youth connection and increase the local player pool for its adult teams while Ohio Galaxies FC will provide a true path for youth players that want to continue playing after they graduate from High School”.
About Ohio Galaxies FC
The Ohio Galaxies FC, part of the Beavercreek Soccer Association, serves the development of boys and girls who are interested in playing competitive soccer at the high school level and are also interested in investigating the possibility of playing soccer in college or professionally. The club boasts an impressive record of individual and team accomplishments including State Cup championships and league competition at the regional and national level.
About Dayton Dutch Lions FC
The Dayton Dutch Lions FC, part of the Dutch Lions Capital Group USA LLC, has a men’s team competing in the United Soccer League League Two, as well as a women's team competing in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
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, 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.