2017 District Development Rules and Regulations
As Approved at the
Article 1: General
1.01 A copy of the
current Rules and Regulations shall be posted on the ERSL website.
1.02 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
1.03 All fines
resulting from breaches of rules identified in these Rules and Regulations,
including the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule, shall be assessed against
1.04 In the document,
a reference to an “Age Group” refers to any one of the U9, U10, U11, or U12 age
cohorts as defined under OSA Published Rules.
1.05 In this
document, OSA means the Ontario Soccer Association, and EODSA means the Eastern
Ontario District Soccer Association.
Article 2: Age Groups and Divisions
2.01 Subject to OSA Published Rules, ERSL may operate a District Development
Competition for U9 to U12 teams within the Eastern Ontario District of the
Ontario Soccer Association, and to operate these competitions based on the TOLO
approved by the EODSA.
Article 3: Membership Applications and Fees
3.01 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 March 28th of each
year for the forthcoming Outdoor season.
If the ERSL Office is not open on March 28th, then the
documentation and fees must be received by the first day the ERSL Office is
open after March 28th. Late
entries may be accepted at the ERSL Management Board’s discretion, and only
upon receipt of a late fee of $100 per team, to a maximum of $500.
3.02 Withdrawals must be made through the ERSL League Management system (Web
3.03 For each Team withdrawn after March 28th, the Club shall
forfeit the full fees paid. For each team withdrawn after May 1st, the ERSL shall assess an additional fine equal to the Team registration
3.04 Any Club whose cheque is returned by the bank will be charged an
administrative fee in accordance with the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 4: Team Eligibility Rules
4.01 All ERSL Clubs approved by the EODSA to operate Youth teams may
enter teams in any division of the ERSL District Development League. Clubs will
self-select into which tiers they wish to enter teams.
4.02 No Club shall enter more than 2 teams in a Tier 1 division unless
expressly approved by the ERSL Management Board.
Article 5: Registration of Players
5.01 All players shall be registered with the EODSA, through their
respective Clubs, in accordance with the OSA Published Rules.
Article 6: Coaches and Other Team Officials
6.01 Each Team must appoint a Head Coach. In accordance with OSA
Policies, all Coaches and Assistant
Coaches must be fully certified in the following categories:
OSA “Learn To
6.02 All Coaches and other Team Officials shall be registered with the
EODSA in accordance with the
OSA Published Rules.
6.03 All Team Officials shall be registered in the Team section of the
ERSL League website.
6.04 The Head Coach is responsible for the activation of their Team on the ERSL
League Management System on or before April 30 of each season. Failure to do so
shall result in a fine as published in the ERSL
Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 7: Playing Up
7.01 OSA underage player rules will apply to all District Development
7.02 Underage player approval is controlled through the ERSL Management
System. Underage players must be made
available in the system by the League in order to be added to your game sheet.
Article 8: Game Sheets
8.01 The names of 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. If a team's game sheet has hand-written names, the Club will
be subject to the applicable fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines
Schedule. The ERSL will manually verify
the registration status of any handwritten players once the game sheet is
received. Player jersey numbers
may be handwritten on the game sheet
8.02 Only 12 players may be listed on the game sheet and are eligible to play
in the U9 and U10 divisions. Only 16 players may be listed on the game
sheet and are eligible to play in the U11 and U12 divisions. 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.
8.03 The 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 and are not crossed out, shall be deemed to have
played, or participated in the game.
8.04 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 Office 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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
8.05 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.
8.06 Any Team that fails to produce a game sheet will be subject to a fine as
published in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule. .
8.07 Each team is required to provide One (1) copy of their game sheet to the
referee. The referee will retain this
game sheet and use for reporting purposes.
Article 9: Player Eligibility
9.01 Where it comes to the attention of the ERSL, through any means, that one
or more unregistered or ineligible players have allegedly participated in a
game, the ERSL may investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action.
9.02 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 published in the ERSL
Fees and Fines Schedule.
9.03 Any team playing an unregistered or ineligible or suspended player under
the name of one of its other registered players and 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
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 10: Submission of Game Reports
10.01 There will be no standings and no recording of game results.
10.02 The Referee must mail, fax or deliver to the ERSL Office the paper copy
of all game sheets within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the game.
A Referee, who fails to submit the required documents within 96 hours of completion
of the game, shall be reported to the EODSA for discipline.
Article 11: Equipment
11.01 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 game balls that are acceptable to the Referee. Failure of the home team to provide
the required equipment shall result in fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
11.02 The game ball shall be size 4.
11.03 All Teams must register their regular and alternate
Team colours with the League prior to the start of
the League schedule. Where the Referee decides that the regular team colours
conflict, the home team is required to change to their alternate colours
providing that the visiting team’s colours are as filed with the ERSL and if
not, the visiting Team shall change its shirts to their regular team colour.
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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
11.04 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. Players’
numbers must be recorded on the game sheet and cannot be changed after the
start of the game without the referee’s permission.
11.05 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
11.06 All teams will have a copy of the District Development League Rules and
Regulations at every game.
Article 12: Duration of Games
12.01 Games shall be of the following duration:
- U9 and U10: 4 x 12 minute
- U11 and U12: 4 x 15 minute
There will be a 2 minute break between quarters and a 5 minute half
Article 13: Responsibilities of Coaches and Team
13.01 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.
13.02 Only the twelve
(12) players for U9 and U10 games, and sixteen (16) players for U11 and U12
games, 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 Article 13.01.
13.03 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
13.04 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 13.02 above.
13.05 No Coach or
Team Official may enter the field of play at any time without the prior
approval of the Referee.
13.06 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
13.07 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.
13.08 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.
13.09 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 ERSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA
Published Rules, as well as any applicable League fines and bonds as published
in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
13.10 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 EODSA League Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with
OSA Published Rules, and any applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
13.11 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 published
in the ERSL Fees and
Article 14: Game Start Times and Abandoned Games
14.01 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 kick-off.
14.02 Any Team that causes a game to be delayed beyond the scheduled kick-off
time shall be subject to a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.03 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 five
(5) 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 minimum number of players if the said players arrive within
the prescribed 20-minute grace period.
14.04 At the end of the grace period, the Team shall be subject to a fine and
costs as published in the ERSL Fees and
14.05 If both Teams fail to appear for a scheduled game, both teams will be
fined as per Article 14.04 of the ERSL District Development Rules and Regulations.
14.06 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 12.01, the game shall be rescheduled. Games abandoned in the
last ¼ of the regular playing time shall be deemed complete.
14.07 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 players and Team Officials may be subject to a disciplinary hearing and
will be assessed penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes in
accordance with OSA Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as published
in the ERSL Fees and
14.08 If a game has to be abandoned by the Referee
at any time because a team removes itself from the field, and said team is
found by the ERSL League Discipline Committee to have abandoned the game
without valid justification, any applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule shall also be assessed. The Team Head
Coach or the next most senior Team Official whose name and signature appears on
the game 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.
14.09 In the event of
a game postponement or abandonment due to weather conditions or 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 15: Schedules
15.01 The season shall begin in May on a date to be determined by the
ERSL Management Board. Notice of the season start date will be provided to
member clubs no later than May 1st.
15.02 The End of Season date for all ERSL District Development divisions 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 Management Board extends
the season for any/all ERSL divisions. The reasons for any such extension, and
the period of the extension, will be communicated to affected clubs and teams
at the earliest opportunity.
Article 16: Substitutions
16.01 Player substitutions shall be permitted with the consent of the
Referee during any stoppage of play.
Article 17: Referees
17.01 Referees shall be appointed in accordance with the ERSL
Referee Appointment Policy.
17.02 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. Failure to do so will
result in disciplinary action by the EODSA.
17.03 Referees assigned for District Development League games, shall be paid for their services in accordance with the fee
schedule detailed in the ERSL Terms of League Operations.
17.04 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.
17.05 In the event that the appointed Referee fails to appear by the appointed
kick-off time, the
Home Team will make every attempt to contact a Class 3 or Class 4
Referee as required for the level of match. If no Class 3 or Class 4
Referee can be contacted the team officials from both teams may decide whether
or not to proceed with the game under the officiating of a cooperatively chosen
17.06 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
Article 18: Discipline
18.01 Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the OSA
Published Rules and the ERSL Discipline Procedures. The following guidelines
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 or does not file an appeal within seventy-two (72)
hours of the game where the offence occurred, 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 League Administrator within 72
hours of the game where the offence occurred. A Hearing Fee of fifty dollars
($50) in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable to the ERSL,
must be delivered by registered mail, recognized courier service or hand
delivered to the League Office within 72 hours, of the completion of the game.
The hearing fee shall be reimbursed only if the Discipline Panel finds the
accused not guilty. An accused who has requested a hearing and fails to appear
for the hearing shall forfeit the Hearing Fee.
18.02 Where the OSA Published Rules provide for Discipline by Hearing (DBH),
and where the ERSL Management Board 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
Management Board shall appoint a Discipline Committee or Panel to hold a
hearing and deal with the alleged infractions.
18.03 Where disciplinary action results is a suspension, the suspension shall
not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the 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
a) Where a player is
suspended for a game(s), and the game is cancelled, or not played, the
suspension will carry over to the next scheduled game(s); and
b) If a game is started,
then abandoned, based on a decision of the referee, the player’s suspension is
deemed to have been served.
18.04 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.
18.05 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 published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule, shall be assessed against the Club.
18.06 Failure of a
Club to appear at a Disciplinary Hearing will result in a fine as specified in
the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
18.07 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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule for each team/teams, to a maximum
discipline fine of $1000 per club, per season.
Article 19: Appeals
19.01 Appeals of any decisions by the ERSL
Management Board, 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 20: Club Representatives
20.01 A Club that is accepted into membership shall designate up to three
(3) individuals as its Club Representative(s). The Club Representative(s)
shall be the official point of contact in dealings with the EODSA League
and will be available for duties in the operation of the League that may be
assigned from time to time by the ERSL Management Board.
Article 21: Communications
21.01 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
21.02 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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
21.03 Teams shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the league management
system from April 30 until October 1 of each season for the following
positions, as a minimum:
a) Head Coach; and
21.04 At a minimum, the Club President, 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.
21.05 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.
21.06 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
21.07 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Clubs:
a) March 2nd
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.
21.08 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 usually be sent to teams other than
for informational purposes.
Article 22: Pre-Season Meetings
22.01 Each March,
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 ERSL Fees and Fines
22.02 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 published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 23: Other Matters
23.01 All matters not included in these Rules and Regulations shall be
dealt with in accordance with the OSA Published Rules