Last updated : Monday, 27 November 2023

Lake Effect Conference

The Lake Effect Conference is an amateur football league in Northeast Ohio. It was founded in 2016 and currently has 10 teams.

  • Grand River Academy
  • St. Martin de Porres
  • Open Door Christian
  • HEARTS for Jesus Christ
  • First Baptist Christian
  • Andrews Osborne Academy
  • Bard Early College
  • Horizon Science Academy
  • Lake Ridge Academy
  • Lawrence Upper
  • Northeast Ohio College Prep

The teams compete in a 10-game regular season, followed by a playoff to determine the conference champion.


Lake Effect Conference action

The Lake Effect Conference was founded in 2016 by a group of football coaches and administrators in Northeast Ohio. The goal was to create a league that would provide a competitive outlet for amateur football players in the region.

The inaugural season of the Lake Effect Conference featured eight teams. The first champion was Grand River Academy.

Lake Effect Conference match

The league has grown steadily since its inception. In 2023, it has 10 teams, the most in its history.

Rules and RegulationsThe Lake Effect Conference follows the rules and regulations of the National Football League. However, there are some minor modifications to the rules to accommodate the amateur level of play.

Lake Effect Conference teams

For example, the regular season is shorter than the NFL season, and there is no playoffs for the bottom teams.


The Lake Effect Conference is sponsored by a variety of businesses and organizations in Northeast Ohio. These sponsors help to fund the league and provide equipment and other resources for the teams.

Lake Effect Conference coaches

Some of the sponsors of the Lake Effect Conference include:

  • First National Bank
  • Nike
  • Pepsi
  • Geico
  • UPMC


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