Playing for CDLFC

The goal of the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC is to win the PDL National Championship and be a pathway for players that are looking for the best possible environment to pursue their dream of signing a professional contract.

CDLFC’s new ownership group is committed to this goal by creating a highly professional environment for players to grow, compete and excel in by providing:

  • Housing, food and job opportunities for players
  • A professional staff that know the demands of playing at the next level
  • Top notch training and playing facilities
  • An attractive and challenging style of play
  • Comfortable travel conditions

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC’s very own 50+ passenger bus:


Players that join the club for the 2017 season have to want to be part of a highly professional and demanding environment where hard work, dedication and commitment will be awarded, playing time is not a guarantee and winning is very important.

The proven development leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure, the PDL featured 67 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada in 2016, including 10 teams affiliated with USL or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience.

The PDL season runs through the summer and consists of 14 regular season games for each team, seven home and seven away, followed by possible playoffs. It provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. It is also a great showcase opportunity for international players looking to play college or professionally in the United States or Canada.

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC competes in the strong Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference. Other teams in the division include 2016 Champions Michigan Bucks and 2015 Champions KW-United from Canada.

Please visit to read more about the PDL.

Path to Pro
One of the advantages of playing for the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC is the proximity and relationship of the club and its staff with FC Cincinnati, providing players with a direct pathway from the PDL to professional soccer.

For the 2017 season the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC will play its games at Northern Kentucky University.


The team will train during the morning on NKU’s practice fields also located on campus.

All players interested in playing for Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC’s PDL team for the 2017 season should send their resume and video to

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