Rules and Regulations for Level 3, Level 4 and U21
(as amended) by the ERSL Operations Committee Mar 31 2014

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Article 1: General

1.1. A copy of the current Rules and Regulations shall be posted on the ERSL web site. Note that any modifications or additions that specifically apply to East Region Cup games are outlined in a separate document titled “East Region Cup Rules and Regulations”.

1.2. The League Executive shall inform Members of any changes to the Rules and Regulations within seven (7) days of their adoption and a consolidated copy of the amended Rules and Regulations, if any that were adopted during the year, shall be submitted for ratification by the Members at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM).

1.3. All fines resulting from breaches of rules identified in these Rules and Regulations, including the published schedule of ERSL Fines, shall be assessed against the Club.

1.4. In the document, a reference to an “Age Group” refers to any one of the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 or U21 age cohorts as defined under OSA Published Rules.

1.5. In this document, OSA means the Ontario Soccer Association, EODSA means the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association, and SOSA means the Southeast Ontario Soccer Association.

Article 2: Age Groups and Divisions

2.1 Subject to OSA Published Rules and the approved Terms of League Operations, the ERSL may operate:

a)    Male and female Level 3 divisions in all competitive Age Groups from Under-13 to Under-17;

b)    Male and female Level 4 divisions in all competitive Age Groups from Under-14 to Under-18; and

c)     Male and female divisions for U21 competitive teams.

2.2 Each ERSL division shall be established in accordance with OSA Published Rules. The teams participating in ERSL divisions each season shall be determined in accordance with applicable promotion and divisional set up polices. Any changes to this process require the prior approval of the ERSL League Management Board and/or the OSA when required by OSA Published Rules.

Article 3: Club Membership and Team Entries

3.1 Club Membership Applications, associated Team Entries and all fees to play in the ERSL shall be made annually on the ERSL official application form, and received by the League no later than January 7th of each year for the forthcoming outdoor season. If the ERSL Office is not open on January 7th, then the documentation and fees must be received by the first day the ERSL Office is open after January 7th. Late applications will be accepted only upon payment of a late fee of $100. The late fee shall not apply to late applications for U18 and U21 teams.

3.2 Applications shall only be accepted if the required documents are properly completed, signed by a Club Officer, and accompanied by all required Club membership/team entry fees and Club bonds for the season, as determined by the League.

3.3 Withdrawals must be made through the ERSL League Management system (website).

3.4 For each Team withdrawn between February 28th and March 31st, the applicable Club shall forfeit 100% of the Team registration fee. For each Team withdrawn between April 1st and April 30th, the ERSL shall assess an additional fine equal to the Team registration fee, such fine to be payable by the applicable Club. For each Team withdrawn after May 1st, the ERSL shall assess an additional fine of $1000, such fine to be payable by the applicable Club.

3.5 Any Club whose cheque is returned by the bank will be charged an administrative fee of $50 in addition to any amount charged by the bank for NSF cheques.

Article 4: Team Eligibility Rules

4.1 Teams with no previous results from playing in the ERSL Level 4 in the previous outdoor season are NOT eligible to apply or be accepted to play in an ERSL Level 3 division. Teams that played in a Level 5 League in the EODSA or SOSA district may be invited to play in the ERSL Level 4 only as specified in the ERSL’s published Promotion and Relegation Policy.

4.2 Promotion and relegation rules for the Level 3 and Level 4 shall be defined in the ERSL Promotion and Relegation Policy as amended by the ERSL Board of Directors, from time to time. These Rules and any amendments thereto shall be communicated to all Clubs prior to the start of each outdoor season.

4.3 Team(s) relegated from Level 3 shall be relegated directly to Level 4. There shall be no playoff to determine relegated Teams.

4.4 Team Position Status (TPS)

a)    A Club shall have a “Team Position Status” which shall entitle the Club to operate a Youth Team in a particular Age Group of Level 3 if the Team:

i.      is promoted from Level 4;

ii.     is relegated from the Level 1 (Provincial) League;

iii.    held a position in Level 3 in the previous season and the said team has not been relegated to Level 4 or was eligible for promotion to the Level 1 League but has not accepted the promotion.

b)    A Club shall have a “Team Position Status” which shall entitle the Club to operate a Youth Team in a particular Age Group of Level 4, if the Team:

i.      is promoted from an EODSA or SOSA Level 5 League in accordance with the ERSL’s published Promotion and Relegation Policy;

ii.     is relegated from Level 3;

iii.    held a position in the Level 4 in the previous season and the team has not been promoted to Level 3 and not been relegated to a Level 5 League.


4.5 A Club may only transfer a “Team Position Status” in accordance with OSA Policies (see Section 5.0, Policy 24.2.1.2).

4.6 Notwithstanding the Promotion and Relegation Policy of the ERSL, a Club may not have more than two (2) Teams in any particular Level 3 Age Group or Level 4 Age Group of the League.

4.7 Section 4.4 with respect to Club having a “Team Position Status” in Level 3 does not apply if the Team accepts promotion to a higher level (Provincial) League.

Article 5: Registration of Players

5.1 All players shall be registered with their Club’s respective District Associations in accordance with the OSA Published Rules.

5.2 No player may register with more than one team in the ERSL.

5.3 All players shall be in possession of a valid OSA Registrant Book, or a valid OSA ID Card.

5.4 The deadline for placing a player on the Team roster is July 31st of each year.

5.5 Players may transfer to a Team by submitting a properly completed Application for Player Transfer to the appropriate District Association in accordance with OSA Published Rules.

Article 6: Coaches and other Team Officials

6.1 Each Team must appoint a Head Coach. In accordance with OSA Policies, all Coaches and Assistant Coaches must be fully certified in any of the 2 following categories:

·  OSA Senior Community Coach and “Respect in Soccer”, or 

·  OSA’s “Soccer for Life” and “Respect in Soccer” and “Making Ethical Decisions” courses

6.2 All Coaches and other Team Officials shall be registered with their Club’s respective District Associations in accordance with the OSA Published Rules.

6.3 All Team Officials shall be registered in the Team section of the ERSL website.

6.4 The Head Coach is responsible for the activation of their Team on the ERSL league management system on or before April 30th of each season. Failure to do so shall result in fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

Article 7: Play-Up Permits, Temporary Registration Permits and Trial Permits

7.1 A Team may use players as “Call-ups” as follows:

a)    A Level 5 player may be called-up to Level 4 and Level 3 teams in the same Age Group, or to a higher Age Group;

b)    A Level 4 player may be called-up to a Level 3 team in the same Age Group, or to any team in a higher Age Group;

c)     A Level 3 player may be called up to a Level 4 team, or a Level 3 team, in a higher Age Group;

d)    A Level 1 or Level 2 player may be called up to a Level 3 team in the immediately higher Age Group, or to a Level 4 team in the Age Groups that are 2 or more years higher than the age group to which the Level 1 player is registered;

e)    If the Team who is executing the call-up is in a Level 3 division, the player is not registered with another Team playing in the same Level 3 Age Group. If the Team who is executing the call-up is in a Level 4 division, the player is not registered with another Team playing in the same Level 4 Age Group;

f)     The player must be registered with a team affiliated with one of the District Associations within the East Region of the OSA and does not exceed the age category of the Team calling-up the said player;

g)    The player must not be currently suspended by any league or governing organization affiliated with the OSA;

h)    Playing-up is controlled through the ERSL League Management system accessed through the ERSL website. Once the player is approved by the Club, the player’s name will appear on the game sheet with an indication they are a Play Up. In addition to being printed on the game sheet, a valid OSA Registrant Book, or a valid OSA ID Card, shall be presented at the game in order for the player to be eligible to play;

i)      Subject to all other conditions in this Section 7.1, any player may be called up under the Play-Up-Permit system an unlimited number of times per season;

j)     A team may not use more than three (3) call-up players (including any players playing on a Temporary Registration Permit) in any one League game;

k)    Players registered to Teams not playing in an Ontario Soccer Association league are not permitted to play in the ERSL;

l)      If a player is registered as both a competitive player and a recreational player, he/she may only be called up from the competitive team; and

m)   If a player is registered to a team playing in an age division which is older than their true chronological age, they may be called up to a team in an age division equal to their true chronological age, provided that the team to which they are being called up plays at a higher level than the team to which the player is registered. (As an example - A true U14 player is registered to a U15L5 team. That player may be called up to a team playing at U14L4, U14L3 and U14L1. In short, age correct, level up.)

7.2 Temporary Registration Permits (TRP)

All called-up players who are registered with a team in another Club must have a Temporary Registration Permit (TRP). A player called up under the TRP system can only be called up three times per season in the ERSL. In addition to the TRP, a valid OSA Registrant Book, or a valid OSA ID Card, shall be presented at each game in order for the player to be eligible to play. TRPs may not be used after July 31st.

7.3 Trial Permits

Players in possession of an OSA issued Trial Permit are eligible to play in Level 3 and Level 4 games. A Trial Permit entitles a non-registered player to play two games for a registered team during a fifteen day period. In addition to the Trial Permit, a valid OSA Registrant Book, or a valid OSA ID Card, shall be presented at the game(s) in order for the player to be eligible to play under Trial Permit. A player may only be issued one trial permit to play for any one Club.  A player may obtain two trial permits during one playing season. The trial period for each shall not overlap. Trial Permits may not be used after July 31st.

Article 8: Game Sheets

8.1 All players and Team Officials participating in a game must be printed on the official game sheet as generated from the ERSL League Management System. With the exception of players using TRPs or Trial Permits, no players name may be hand-written on the game sheet. If a team's game sheet has hand-written names, the Club will be subject to the applicable fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines. The ERSL will manually verify the registration status of the hand written players once the game sheet is received. Players approved by their Clubs as call-ups will be automatically printed on the game sheet. Player numbers for call-ups may be handwritten on the game sheet.

8.2 All players and Team Officials participating in a game must be identified on the official game sheet, as supplied by the League. Only eighteen (18) players may be listed on the game sheet and are eligible to play in any game. Only four (4) Team Officials may be listed on the game sheet and all Team Officials present at the game must sign the Team’s Game sheet; the signature shall certify the eligibility of all players and officials whose names appear on the game sheet, to participate in that game.

8.3 Names of players and Team Officials not present at the game should be crossed out on the game sheet. All players and team officials, whose names appear on the game sheet that are not crossed out, shall be deemed to have played or participated in the game.

8.4 In the event that a game sheet cannot be printed from the ERSL League Management System due to technical difficulties, the team shall inform the ERSL by email or voice mail that the team was unable to print the game sheet. Notice of the difficulty must be received prior to the game start time. If notice is received after the game start time, the team's Club will be subject to the applicable fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

8.5 When a game sheet cannot be printed from the ERSL League Management System due to technical difficulties, the affected team shall create a hand written game sheet, modify a copy of an old game sheet or use the OSA Team Roster Report and add the additional game information. The ERSL will manually verify the registration status and eligibility of the listed players.

8.6 Any Team that fails to produce a game sheet will be subject to a fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

Article 9: Player Verification

9.1 The checking of each player’s OSA Registrant Book or OSA ID Card (with OSA Team Roster Report) is compulsory for all ERSL games and shall be performed 15 minutes or more before the scheduled start-time of the game. Team Head Coaches are responsible to have each player’s OSA Registrant Book or OSA ID Card (with OSA Team Roster) checked. Players not in possession of a valid OSA Registrant Book, or a valid OSA ID Card (with OSA Team Roster Report), are considered to be ineligible to play and Articles 9.4 and 9.5 are applicable. There are no exceptions to this rule.

9.2 Each team will present its signed game sheet as well as all valid OSA Registrant Book or valid OSA ID Card (with OSA Team Roster Report), and any TRPs of those players participating in the game to a representative from the opposing team who will verify the OSA Registrant Books or OSA ID Cards (with OSA Team Roster Report), against the names on the game sheet.

9.3 After completion of this procedure, a Team Official will initial the game sheet in the appropriate box to certify that the card checking procedures were followed and return the game sheet to the Referee, who shall retain it.

9.4 The Referee will note all questions regarding a player’s eligibility or the validity of a player’s OSA Registrant Book or OSA ID Card or OSA Team Roster Report on the game sheet and the player concerned must sign and enter his / her date of birth on the game sheet. Moreover, if the validity of a player’s OSA Registrant Book or OSA ID Card or OSA Team Roster Report is questioned, the Referee will retain the said OSA Registrant Book or OSA ID Card or OSA Team Roster Report and submit it to the League Office as per the procedures outlined in 11.2.

9.5 A player arriving after the player verification is completed may play but must first report, with his/her valid OSA Registrant Book or valid OSA ID Card (with OSA Team roster report) to the representative from the opposing team. A player arriving after the second half of the game has started is ineligible to play.

9.6 In exceptional circumstances where a team official who is in possession of the valid OSA Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards (with OSA Team Roster Report) fails to appear to permit the inspection of the documents as per 9.1 of these Rules and Regulations, the opposing team could accept to play the game under protest and this shall be noted on the game sheet.

9.6.1 Should the team official who is in possession of the required valid OSA Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards (with OSA Team Roster Report) arrives in time to permit the inspection of the documents as per 9.1 of these Rules and Regulations before the start of the second half of the game, the game will continue and the final results will stand and the protest shall become void.

9.6.2 Should the team official who is in possession of the required valid OSA Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards (with OSA Team Roster Report) not arrive or does not have in their possession the required valid OSA Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards (with OSA Team Roster Report) before the start of the second half of the game, the opposing team shall have the option of letting the game results stand or pursue the protest in accordance with Article 20 of these Rules and Regulations.

9.7 Any player whose name does not appear on the game sheet or who does not have a valid OSA Registrant Book or a valid OSA ID Card (or is not on the OSA Team Roster Report) or applicable TRP is ineligible to play. Such players must change out of uniform and leave the players’ bench or the Team’s technical area.

9.8 Any Team that fails to produce a game sheet or its valid OSA Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards and OSA Team Roster Report will be subject to fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines. The team Officials may also be required to attend a Discipline Hearing.

9.9 Any Team Head Coach who permits an opposing team player, who is not in possession of a valid OSA Registrant Book, or a valid OSA ID Card (and the OSA Team Roster Report for the team to which the player is registered), or applicable TRP, or Trial Permit, to play, without noting a protest to the player’s eligibility on the game sheet prior to kick off, will be subject to a fine as specified in the as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines. The Team Head Coach may also be required to attend a Discipline Hearing.

Article 10: Player Eligibility

10.1 No more than 18 players may be named (dressed) and participate in any game.

10.2 Where it comes to the attention of the League that one or more unregistered or ineligible players have allegedly participated in a game, the League will investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action.

10.3 Any team playing an unregistered player, or a player who is not registered with the team (excluding players playing with a valid Permit), or not eligible to play in that Age Group, or a player who is currently under suspension, shall forfeit all the games in which such player participates and the game points shall be awarded to the opposing team(s). If both teams participating in a game fail to comply with this rule, no points shall be awarded to either team and each team will have one (1) loss added to its record.

10.4 Any Team playing an unregistered or ineligible player will be subject to a disciplinary hearing. The Team and its Officials will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

10.5 Any team playing an unregistered or ineligible or suspended player in a game under the name of one of its other registered players shall forfeit that game. Any person aiding or abetting such action shall be subject to a disciplinary hearing. The Team, its Officials or players will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

Article 11: Submission of Game Reports and Scores

11.1 Each Coach shall be responsible for entering the game report, including the score, cards issued by the Referee as well as the game feedback on the ERSL website within twenty-four (24) hours of completion of the game. If the game report is not entered within seven (7) days, the ERSL will utilize the game sheet received from the Referee to complete the game report, and the team(s) which failed to enter the game report will be subject to a fine as specified in the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

11.2 The Referee must enter the game report electronically on the designated system within twenty-four (24) hours of completion of the game as well as mail, fax or deliver to the League office the paper copy of all game sheets and permits as well as any player OSA Registrant Book/OSA ID Card retained in accordance with article 9.4 within 48 hours of the completion of the game. A Referee, who fails to submit the required documents and complete the game report electronically within 96 hours of the completion of the game, shall be reported to the appropriate District Association for discipline.

Article 12: Equipment

12.1 At each game, the home team shall put up two sets of nets and four corner flags whose height above ground must be at least five (5) feet. The home team shall also provide two appropriate sized game balls that are acceptable to the Referee. Failure of the home team to provide the required equipment shall result in fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

12.2 The game ball(s) size shall be size 5 and the predominant colour shall be white.

12.3 All Teams must register their regular Team colours with the League prior to the start of the League schedule. Where the Referee decides that the team colours conflict, the home team is required to change providing that the visiting team’s colours are as filed with the ERSL and if not, the visiting Team shall change its shirts. The goalkeepers’ jersey colour must be different from that of either team. It is the responsibility of the Coach of the Team that is required to change, to have alternate shirts available at each game and failure to do so shall result in fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

12.4 All players on the same team, except the goalkeeper, shall wear shirts of the same colour, which must be numbered on the back. Numbers must be at least eight inches in height. No two players may wear the same number. Player’s numbers must be recorded on the game sheet and cannot be changed after the start of the game without the referee’s permission.

12.5 FIFA-sanctioned safety or protective equipment may be worn after inspection by the Referee and only if the Referee deems that the wearing of such equipment will not constitute a danger to other players.

Article 13: Duration of Games

13.1 Games shall be of the following duration:

a)    U-13 - Two 40-minute halves

b)    U-14 to U-18 - Two 45-minute halves; and

c)     U21 - Two 45-minute halves.

Article 14: Responsibilities of Coaches and Team Officials

14.1 At each game, the technical area relates to matches played in stadiums with a designated seated area for technical staff and substitutes as described below. Where no such technical area is available, the Home Team shall designate the bench or technical areas for each of the Teams, which shall be on the same side of the field. The bench or designated technical area shall start at a distance of five (5) meters and end (10) meters on either side of the centre line. If the technical area is not painted on the field, each team shall use cones to designate the technical area.

14.2 Only 18 players, and a maximum of four (4) Team Officials, are permitted to sit on the Team bench or within the designated technical area. All substitute players and Team Officials shall confine themselves to their designated technical or bench area as defined in 14.01. The set-up and/or operation of video cameras, still or digital cameras, or other similar equipment in the technical area, on the side of the field which includes the technical areas, or behind the goals is specifically prohibited.

14.3 The ERSL does not require an OSA Community Senior certified coach to be in the technical area at all times.

14.4 A Club Head Coach or Technical Director may sit on the Team bench or within designated technical area but he/she will be included in the limit of four (4) Coaches and Team Officials specified in 14.2 above.

14.5 No Coach or Team Official may enter the field of play at any time without the prior approval of the Referee.

14.6 No Coach or Team Official has the right to withdraw their Team or any of their players from the field of play without the prior approval of the Referee.

14.7 Each Team shall ensure that its spectators sit on the side of the field opposite from the side where the players and Team Officials are located.

14.8 Clubs and Team Officials are fully responsible, at all times, for the conduct of their players, other Team Officials and spectators, at and in the vicinity of any game in which their Team participates.

14.9 A player, Coach or other Team Official who tries or does impede, harass or otherwise intimidate a game official or opposing Team Officials, shall be subject to severe disciplinary action. The Team and its Officials will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA Published Rules as well as any applicable fines and bonds as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

14.10 In the event of an altercation on the field of play, anyone from the bench entering the field of play during the altercation, for whatever reasons, shall be subject to severe disciplinary action. The players and the Team Officials will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA Published Rules and any applicable fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

14.11 Any suspended Team Official may not be present at or in the vicinity of the field for any League game throughout the period of his/her suspension. Failure to comply with this rule shall result in further disciplinary action and a fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

Article 15: League Standings

15.1 In all League games, three (3) points shall be awarded for a win and one (1) point for a tie. The Team with the most points, in each Division, at the end of the regular League schedule for the outdoor season shall be the Team that places first and shall be declared the League Champion for that Division.

15.2 A Team that forfeits or defaults a game shall lose the game by a score of 2-0. Additional penalties and fines may be imposed by the ERSL Board of Directors.

15.3 If both teams jointly agree not to play a scheduled game, then each team will receive a loss (with no score) and nil points from that game.

15.4 If two or more teams in an Age Group are tied in points at the end of the League schedule, then the tie-breaker to determine the team standing shall be determined in the following order:

a)    The team with the most points in the head-to-head games played between the tied teams shall be declared the winner of the tie-breaker;

b)    The team with the highest goal differential (GF minus GA) in the head-to-head games played between the tied teams shall be declared the winner of the tie-breaker;

c)     The team with the most wins in all regular season games shall be declared the winner of the tie-breaker;

d)    The team with the least goals against in all regular season games shall be declared the winner of the tie-breaker;

e)    If the position is relevant for determining the division champion or the team’s eligibility for promotion to a higher level league or division, and if steps a), b), c) and d) do not break the tie, a playoff shall be required between the tied teams, to be played at a neutral site under the direction of the ERSL (e.g. referee and assistant referees appointed by ERSL). The game duration shall be the same as specified in these Rules and Regulations for the Age Group of those teams. If the game is tied at the end of regular time, then the game shall be decided by penalty kicks.

15.5 In cases where the process above has decided the winner of a tie between three or more teams, then the process shall be repeated to break the tie between the remaining teams. As an example, if three teams are tied for first place, the process above shall determine the champion, and then the process above shall be repeated to determine which of the remaining two teams receives the second place position.

15.6 Medals will be awarded to each player registered with the champion and 2nd place team of each Division.

Article 16: Game Start Times and Abandoned Games

16.1 Teams are required to present themselves at the game field at least 30 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time and the home team shall ensure that the nets, corner flags and other necessary equipment are installed and ready before the scheduled kickoff.

16.2 Any Team that causes a game to be delayed beyond the scheduled kick-off time shall be subject to a fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

16.3 Any team that fails to present itself at the game field within 20 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time or fails to field the minimum seven (7) players within 20 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time shall be considered to have failed to appear for a scheduled game. The Team must start the game immediately upon arrival of the seventh player if the player arrives within the prescribed 20-minute grace period.

16.4 At the end of the grace period, the Team shall forfeit the game to the opposing Team by a score of 2-0 and result in fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

16.5 If both Teams fail to appear for a scheduled game, both teams will be fined. There shall be no points and no score for the game but each team will have one (1) loss added to its record.

16.6 The ERSL Board of Directors may order a defaulted or abandoned game rescheduled where, in its opinion:

a)    The defaulting Team(s) benefits from having defaulted or abandoned the game; or

b)    A team other than the defaulting Team is adversely affected by the default.

16.7 If in the opinion of the Referee, a game should be abandoned due to adverse or dangerous weather such as in the case of electrical storms, unplayable field conditions or bad visibility, before the completion of ¾ of the total regular playing time as specified in 13.1, the game shall be rescheduled. Games abandoned in the last ¼ of the regular playing time shall be deemed as complete and the actual score at that time shall stand.

16.8 If a Referee decides to abandon a game at any time due to the actions of players, officials or spectators/supporters of a Team, the said Team shall be deemed to have forfeited the game. The game shall be automatically awarded to the opposing Team by the score of 2-0 or the actual score at that time whichever is more advantageous to the opposing Team. The players and the Team Officials will be subject to a disciplinary hearing and will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

16.9 If a game has to be abandoned by the Referee at any time because a team is unable to field the minimum number of players, the said Team shall be deemed to have forfeited the game. The game shall be automatically awarded to the opposing Team by the score of 2-0 or the actual score at that time whichever is more advantageous to the opposing Team. The Club shall also be assessed any applicable fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

16.10 If a game has to be abandoned by the Referee at any time because a team removes itself from the field, and is found by the Discipline Committee to have abandoned the game without valid justification, the said Team shall be deemed to have forfeited the game. The game shall be automatically awarded to the opposing Team by the score of 2-0 or the actual score at that time whichever is more advantageous to the opposing Team. Any applicable fines as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines shall also be assessed. The Team Head Coach or the next most senior Team Official whose name and signature appears on the game sheet shall be deemed to have acted in a manner detrimental to the game and the applicable penalties as per the OSA Published Rules shall apply.

16.11 If a game is abandoned by the Referee before the completion of two halves for any reasons other than those specified in Articles 16.7 to 16.10, the ERSL Board of Directors shall rule on the status of the game.

16.12 In the event of a game postponement or abandonment due to weather conditions or Referee/Assistant referee no show, the home team Coach shall be responsible for advising the League within twenty-four (24) hours of the scheduled start of the game.

Article 17: Schedules

17.1 The season schedule shall commence not earlier than May 22th each year, except for the U21 divisions.

17.2 The end-of-season date, for all Divisions of play within the ERSL, shall be 11:59 p.m. of the first Sunday after the Labour Day long weekend. All games must be completed by this date, except where the ERSL Board has decided to extend the end date (by e-mail notice to applicable Clubs and Teams) for any or all Divisions.

17.3 The Rescheduling of games shall be in accordance with the ERSL Reschedule Policy.

Article 18: Player Substitutions

18.1 Player substitutions shall be permitted with the consent of the Referee during stoppages of play for the following reasons:

a)    Goal Kicks;

b)    Scoring of a goal;

c)     To replace an injured player;

d)    Half time; and

e)    (Applicable to U13 and U14 divisions only) On a team’s own throw in only (If a team who is allowed to do so makes a substitution, the other team can also make a substitution at the same time).

Article 19: Referees

19.1 Referees shall be appointed in accordance with the ERSL Terms of League Operations.

19.2 Referees are required to be at the assigned game field a minimum of thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled kick-off time to complete the standard field check and other pre-game procedures, including facilitation of the compulsory checking of player OSA Registrant Books or OSA ID Cards and OSA Team Roster Report. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action by the appropriate District Association.

19.3 Referee and assistant referees assigned for ERSL Level 3 and Level 4 and U21 games shall be paid for their services in accordance with the fee schedule detailed in the ERSL Terms of League Operations.

19.4 If one of the Teams raises objections as to field conditions, goalposts, balls or team colours, the Referee may, at his discretion, require the responsible Team to correct the cause of the objection, if this is possible without unduly delaying progress of the game. The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether the matters that gave rise to the objection by one of the Teams, is sufficient cause to abandon the game.

19.5 In the event that the appointed Referee(s) fail to appear by the appointed kick-off time, the Home Team will make every attempt to contact a District Referee or one of the Assistant Referees may assume the duties of the Referee, if he/she meets the minimum requirement of being an OSA-registered District Referee. If the game is played with a substitute Referee, the results of the game shall stand.

19.6 The Referee shall ensure that the well-being of the players is given priority over the progress of the game. Consequently, the Referee must suspend play or abandon the game, if necessary, where weather conditions, and more particularly thunderstorms, or field conditions place the safety of players at risk.

Article 20: Protests

20.1 Where a game is played under protest, such fact must be noted on the game sheet. The protest shall be considered by the League only if a protest fee of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150) in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable to the ERSL, is delivered by registered mail, recognized courier service or hand delivered to the League Office within 48 hours, not including weekends or statutory holidays, of the completion of the game. A date stamped receipt must be retained as proof of the date of mailing or delivery of the protest.

20.2 In dealing with any Protest, the League or its Discipline Committee shall take into consideration the possession by the protesting Club or Team of any prior knowledge of the facts or allegations contained in the Protest, which if properly used, might have prevented the Protest.

20.3 Game points may be adjusted based on the decision of the League on the protest.

20.4 The $150 protest fee shall be refunded if the protest is upheld.

20.5 Correctly submitted protests within the specified deadlines shall be heard by the Discipline Committee. All other protests will be ruled out of order and will not be heard.

20.6 No protests pertaining to the decision of the game official shall be entertained.

20.7 Objections to field conditions, goalposts, balls or team colours, shall not be considered as grounds for a protest. Objections of this nature shall be brought to the attention of the Referee and noted in writing on the Game sheet. If in the opinion of the Referee, the objections do not constitute a valid reason for abandoning the game, no further action will be considered by the League. In all other cases, the league may take appropriate action based on a review of the Referee’s written report.

Article 21: Discipline

21.1 Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the OSA Published Rules and the ERSL Discipline Procedures. The following guidelines will apply:

a)    In cases where OSA Published Rules provide for Discipline by Review (DBR), the accused player or Team/Club Official does not have to appear for a hearing. If the accused person does not request a hearing within three days of receiving the dismissal (OSA Policy 7.5.2), the case will be dealt with by DBR and, if the accused person is found guilty, the applicable penalties and/or fines, established by the OSA for the offence for which he/she has been charged, shall apply.

b)    Any request for a hearing shall be submitted by email to the ERSL Administrator. A Hearing Fee of fifty dollars ($50) in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable to the ERSL, shall be delivered by registered mail, recognized courier service or hand delivered to the League Office within three days of the completion of the game.. The hearing fee shall be reimbursed only if the Discipline Panel finds the accused person not guilty. An accused person who has requested a hearing and fails to appear for the hearing shall forfeit the Hearing Fee.

21.2 Where the OSA Published Rules provide for Discipline by Hearing (DBH), and where the East Region League Management Committee has delegated to the ERSL the authority to handle all discipline pertaining to league activities, except where the offence was directed at a game official, the ERSL Board of Directors shall appoint a Discipline Committee or Panel to hold a hearing and deal with the alleged infractions.

21.3 Where disciplinary action results in a suspension, the suspension shall not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the date of issue of the notice of discipline. For example, a player issued with a suspension notice on Friday would serve the suspension for the game(s) scheduled on or after the following Friday.

21.4 Failure of an accused player or Team Official to appear at a Disciplinary Hearing will result in the immediate suspension of the accused and fines shall be imposed as per the published ERSL Fines. The suspension will continue to be in effect until the accused appears before the Disciplinary Committee.

21.5 All youth players attending a Disciplinary Hearing must be accompanied by an adult who shall act as an advisor, failing which the hearing will not proceed and the player shall be suspended until the hearing is held.

21.6 Clubs shall ensure that accused players and Team/Club Officials appear for their Disciplinary Hearing. If upon being advised of the failure of the accused to appear for their hearing, the Club fails in meeting its responsibility within 30 days of the date of the original hearing, the fine specified in the published schedule of ERSL Fines shall be assessed.

21.7 Failure of a Club to appear at a Disciplinary Hearing will result in a fine as specified in the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

21.8 Discipline Fine – At the conclusion of the season, every club which has a team/teams with a Discipline Index (DI) of 2.0 or greater, as calculated by the ERSL League Management System, shall be assessed a discipline fine as specified in the published schedule of ERSL Fines for each team/teams, to a maximum discipline fine of $1000 per club, per season.

Article 22: Appeals

22.1 Appeals of any decisions by the ERSL Board of Directors, a Disciplinary Panel of the League or one of the District Associations shall be dealt with by the OSA in accordance with its Published Rules. Information concerning Appeals can be found on the ERSL website.

Article 23: Club Representatives

23.1 A Club that is accepted into membership shall designate up to three individuals as its Club Representatives. The Club Representatives shall be the official point of contact in dealings with the league and will be available for duties in the operation of the League that may be assigned from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Article 24: Communications

24.1 The ERSL shall mainly use its web-based league management system for all communications with its member Clubs, and their team officials. Communications shall be by e-mail. Clubs shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the league management system at all times for the following positions, as a minimum:

a)    President;

b)    Club Administrator;

c)     Club Representative;

d)    Treasurer;

e)    Discipline Representative; and

f)     Scheduler.

24.2 Unless specified otherwise in these rules and regulations (e.g. rescheduling of games), communication with the ERSL by players, parents, or team officials is not permitted. Questions, complaints, concerns, and other matters must be communicated to the appropriate Club representative. If, in the opinion of the Club, the matter should be addressed by the ERSL, then the Club shall forward the communication to the ERSL, requesting league action. Failure to follow this process will result in the communication being discarded by the ERSL without further notice to the originator, and may result in a fine to the Club as specified in the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

24.3 Teams shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the league management system from May 1st until September 30th of each season for the following positions as a minimum:

a)    Head Coach; and

b)    Manager.

24.4 At a minimum the Club President, Club Administrator and Club Representative shall be notified by e-mail, of all new general notices or notices that pertain to their Club teams that are posted from time to time on the ERSL web-site.

24.5 At a minimum the Team Head Coach and Manager shall be notified by e-mail, of all new general notices or notices that pertain to their teams that are posted from time to time on the ERSL web-site.

24.6 Notices of suspensions, penalties or fines levied on a Club, Club Administrator, Team Staff or Player as a result of discipline hearings shall be communicated to the Club.

24.7 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Clubs:

a)    March 1st to September 30th: 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail: and

b)    October 1st to March 1st: 7 days after transmittal of the e-mail.

24.8 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Teams:

a)    May 1st to September 30th: 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail; and

b)    October 1st to April 30th: no e-mails will be sent to teams other than for informational purposes.

Article 25: Pre-Season Meeting

25.1 In March of each season, there will be a mandatory pre-season meeting for a minimum of one (1) Administrator from each member Club. There will be separate meetings held in the EODSA and SOSA. Clubs failing to send a representative to the Administrator pre-season meeting shall be assessed a fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines.

25.2 Each May, prior to the start of the season, there will be a mandatory preseason meeting for a minimum of one (1) team staff from each team in each of the Level 3 and Level 4 Age Groups and each U21 team. There will be separate meetings held in the EODSA and SOSA. Clubs failing to send one (1) representative per team to the Team pre-season meeting shall be assessed a fine as per the schedule of ERSL Fines.

Article 26: Other Matters

26.1 All matters not included in these Rules and Regulations shall be dealt in accordance with the OSA Published Rules.

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