Rules and Regulations
As approved at the
ERSL AGM November 29, 2014
OSA Terminology Amendments May 8, 2015
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,
or U18 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
Article 2: Age Groups and Divisions
2.1 Subject to OSA
Published Rules and the approved Terms of League Operations, the ERSL may
a) Male and female Regional divisions in
all competitive Age Groups from Under-13 to Under-18;
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, to a maximum of $500. The late fee
shall not apply to late applications for U18 teams.
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 that played
in a District Competitive League in the EODSA or SOSA district may be invited
to play in the ERSL Regional division only as specified in the ERSL’s published
Promotion and Relegation Policy.
4.2 Promotion and
relegation rules for Regional 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 Regional shall be relegated directly to District Competitive. 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 Regional if the Team:
i. is promoted from District Competitive;
ii. is relegated from the OYSL; or
iii. held a position in Regional in the
previous season and said team has not been relegated to District Competitive or
was eligible for promotion to the OYSL but has not accepted the promotion.
4.5 A Club may only transfer a “Team Position Status” in accordance with OSA
Policies (see Section 5.0, Policy 188.8.131.52).
the Promotion and Relegation Policy of the ERSL, a Club may not have more than
two (2) Teams in any particular Regional Age Group of the League.
4.7 Section 4.4 with
respect to Club having a “Team Position Status” in Regional, does not apply if
the Team accepts promotion to OYSL.
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
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 ERSLFines.
Article 7: Play-Up Permits, Temporary Eligibility Permits and Trial
7.1 A Team may use
players as “Call-ups” as follows:
a) A District Competitive player may be
called-up to Regional teams in the same Age Group, or to a higher Age Group;
b) A Regional player may be called up to a
Regional team, in a higher Age Group;
c) An OYSL player may be called up to a Regional
team in the immediately higher Age Group;
d) If the Team who is executing the
call-up is in a Regional division, the player may not be registered with
another Team playing in the same Regional Age Group;
e) 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
f) The player must not be currently
suspended by any league or governing organization affiliated with the OSA;
g) 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;
h) 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;
i) A team may not use more than three (3)
call-up players (including any players playing on a Temporary Eligibility
Permit) in any one League game;
j) Players registered to Teams not playing
in an Ontario Soccer Association league are not permitted to play in the ERSL;
k) 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
l) 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 U16 player is registered to a U17 District Competitive team.
That player may be called up to a team playing at U16 Regional and U16 OYSL. In
short, age correct, level up.)
7.2 Temporary Eligibility
All called-up players
who are registered with a team in another Club must have a Temporary Eligibility
Permit (TEP). A player called up under the TEP system can only be called up
three times per season in the ERSL. In addition to the TEP, 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. TEPs 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 Regional 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 TEPs 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
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.
8.7 Each team is required to provide three (3) copies of their game sheet to
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
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 TEPs 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 and will be subject to the applicable fine as per the published scheduleof ERSL Fines, if they 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 TEP 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
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 TEP, 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.
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;
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
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 ERSLFines.
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
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
d) The team with the
least goals against in all regular season games shall be declared the winner of
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
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
15.6 Medals will be
awarded to each player registered with the champion and 2nd place team of each
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
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
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
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 may 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 ERSLFines 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.
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
17.3 The Rescheduling
of games shall be in accordance with the ERSL Reschedule Policy.
Article 18: Player
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
d. Half time;
e. On a team’s own throw
in only (at which time the opposing team can also make a substitution);
f. Water breaks
The Referee shall have the discretion to deny a substitution if he or
she feels a coach is abusing the substitution rules in order to waste 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
19.3 Referee and
assistant referees assigned for ERSL Regional games shall be paid for their
services in accordance with the fee schedule detailed in the ERSL Terms of
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.
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
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
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
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 Schedule of 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
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
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:
b) Club Administrator;
c) Club Representative;
e) Discipline Representative; and
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
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
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:
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;
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 ofERSL 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 Regional Age
Groups. 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.