HISTORY & MISSION OF THE LEAGUE
The Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) is a non-profit organization. The league’s objectives are to teach and encourage fair play, good character, social responsibility and sportsmanship among young athletes. The Mission Statement of the OVFL is "To provide players, ages 19 and under who reside inOntario, the opportunity to play football where their skills will be upgraded and opportunities provided to continue their football career's through education or junior football." We promote amateur football and the development of youth. The OVFL emphasis is on teaching skill, sportsmanship and developing football fundamentals while playing at a competitive level. We encourage athletes to improve academically and athletically subsequently helping to lead them to post secondary education.
The OVFL began in 1999 with 10 teams at the varsity level of play. Expansion began quick and at the beginning of 2000 season the league had expanded to two levels of play Varsity and Junior. Between 2000 and 2006 the league grew to many cities from Sault Ste. Marie to Ottawa. This expansion made the OVFL the largest amateur football league in Ontario and a true Ontario league. By 2007 the league was strong enough to expand to another level of play with the beginning of the Bantam level. With this growth the OV had a total of 60 teams at three levels across the province of Ontario. To keep league parity the OVFL has implemented scheduling similar to the NFL schedule, which has teams play same,or similar rated teams throughout the season. The league has shown its continued success and parity by having 12 different franchises win Ontario Provincial Football championships.
As of 2011 our 13th year of existence, the Ontario Varsity Football League is still organized into three levels of play. The three levels of play are Varsity for players 19 and under, Junior for players 16 and under and Bantam for players 14 and under. Each level of play has two conferences called the Wettge sand Adam. Within these conferences are four divisions called the Adam Golden Horseshoe, AdamWest, Wettges Central and Wettges East.
The league has 23 franchises across all of Ontario. The OVFL is the only league in Ontario that plays for an Ontario Varsity Football Provincial Championship.
Many franchises have a team in Varsity, Junior and Bantam. The Varsity level has 22 teams,the Junior level has 20 teams and Bantam level has 18 teams.