Elgin Middlesex District Soccer
League Rules and Regulations (U13-U18)
Article 1. CATEGORIES AND DIVISIONS
1. Subject to Ontario Soccer Published Policies,
the Elgin Middlesex District Soccer League (EMDSL) may operate a district
competition for U13 to U18 teams located within the Elgin Middlesex District Soccer
Association (EMSA), based on the Terms of League Operations (TOLO) approved by EMSA.
Article 2. GENERAL
copy of the current Rules and Regulations shall be posted on the EMDSL web
2.2 The current Laws of the Game applicable in the Province of Ontario as
described by Ontario Soccer will be used, except as noted in the EMDSL Rules Summary as
published by the EMDSL.
2.3 The EMDSL Board shall inform Members Clubs 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 were adopted during the year,
shall be provided to Members Clubs at the subsequent Annual General Meeting (AGM)
of the EMDSL, or an Special General Meeting (SGM) convened to review
2.4 All fines resulting from a violation of rules identified in these Rules and
Regulations, including those published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule, shall be
assessed against the Member Club.
2.5 All matters not included in these Rules and Regulations shall be dealt in
accordance with the Ontario Soccer Published Policies.
Article 3. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS AND FEES
Club Membership Applications, associated Team Entries and all fees to play in
the EMDSL shall be made annually on the EMDSL official application form, and
received by the League no later than the last Monday of February for the
forthcoming outdoor season. Late applications will be accepted only upon payment
of a late fee as prescribed in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
Withdrawals must be made through the EMDSL League Secretary.
3.3 For each team withdrawn after March 15th, the Member Club shall
forfeit the full fees paid. For each team withdrawn after April 1st,
the EMDSL shall assess an additional fine in accordance with the EMDSL Fine
3.4 Any Member Club whose cheque is returned by the bank will be charged an
administrative fee in accordance with the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
Article 4. TEAM ELIGIBILITY RULES
Subject to section 4.2 to 4.4, all EMDSL Member Clubs approved by the EMSA to
operate youth teams, may enter teams in any division of the EMDSL District
Competitive League. Member Clubs will self-select into which tiers they wish to
Member Clubs may not enter under-age teams into Tier 2 divisions of the U13
division. Club decisions to move a team up to a Tier 1 division of a higher age
group must be approved by the EMDSL.
4.3 No Member Club shall enter more than 2 teams in a Tier 1 division unless
expressly approved by the League Management Board.
4.4 Each Member Club is required to
post a $300.00 performance bond with the EMDSL, prior to the start of the
4.5 When a Member Club has
accumulated fines in excess of their bond, and said Club has been informed of
these fines, the Club will have 14 days following such notification to
replenish their bond, or it shall be suspended from all league activities.
Article 5. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
All players shall be registered with EMSA, or their respective district Association,
through their respective Clubs, in accordance with the Ontario Soccer Published
5.2 The deadline for placing a player on the team roster is July 31st
of each year.
5.3 Players may transfer to another team in accordance with Ontario Soccer
6. COACHES AND OTHER TEAM OFFICIALS
Each team must appoint a head coach. In accordance with Ontario Soccer
Policies, all head coaches and assistant coaches must be fully certified
in the following categories;
Soccer for Life (SFL), Respect in Soccer (RIS), Making Ethical Decisions (ED), Making Headway in Soccer (MHIS)
those team officials, who are fully certified for the age division they are associated
with, are allowed on the team bench and technical areas for games.
All coaches and other team officials shall be registered with the EMSA, in
accordance with the Ontario Soccer Published Policies, and shall be registered
in the team section of the EMDSL website.
6.3 The team coach / manager is responsible for the complete activation of all
required categories for their team on the EMDSL Management System on or before
April 30 of each season. Failure to do so shall result in a fine as published
in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
6.4 All team officials must familiarize themselves
with and abide by the EMDSL Fair Play Policy. Furthermore, they are to advise
players and parents of this policy.
7. PLAYING UP, TEMPORARY ELIGIBILITY PERMITS & TRIAL PERMITS
team may use players as “call-ups” provided that:
a. the player is not registered with another team playing in the
player is registered with a team affiliated with one of the Clubs within the
EMSA and is not currently suspended by any league or governing organization
affiliated with the Ontario Soccer;
is controlled through the EMDSL Management System accessed through the EMDSL
website. Once the player is approved by the Club, their 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 Ontario Soccer ID Card, and a copy of the Ontario
Soccer Team Roster Report (EMSA approved roster sheet) for the team for which
the player is registered shall be presented at the game, in order for the
player to be eligible to play;
d. 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
district games. In addition to the TEP, a valid Ontario Soccer 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; unless they were issued before July 31st;
e. players in possession of an Ontario Soccer
issued Trial Permit are eligible to play in district games. A Trial Permit is
only valid for 3 games. In addition to the Trial Permit, a valid Ontario Soccer
ID Card shall be presented at each game in order for the player to be eligible
to play. 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; unless they were issued before July 31st;
f. a team may not use more than
three (3) players, playing as call-ups, in any one League game. Players with a
TEP or Trial Permit shall be included in the total of three (3) call-up players
g. a registered district player may only be
called-up to any team in a higher-tiered division or higher age group than the
team for which they are registered. [Example 1: A U14 Tier 2 player could be
called up a U14 Tier 1 game or to any team U15 or older.] [Example 2: If a
player who is eligible by birth year to play U15 is registered to a U16 Tier 2
team, that player cannot play in a U15 Tier 1 game, but could be called up a
U16 Tier 1 game or to any team U17 or older);
h. a player registered to a Provincial, Regional, or Academy team may
not be called up to play on any team in the EMDSL;
i. players registered to teams not playing in
an Ontario Soccer league are not permitted to play on an EMDSL team;
j. for the purposes of call-ups, youth
district recreational league players shall be considered to be in the age group
as determined by their year of birth and may be called-up to teams in a higher
level and age classification;
k. no U11 call-ups are permitted in U13;
the age classification of a team
for the purposes of call-ups and TEPs is based on their registration with the
Ontario Soccer. A team playing in a split age division (ex. Girls U15/16) can
call-up players who are eligible under their Ontario Soccer team registration
age, which may not necessarily be the division maximum age. For example, a team
registered with the Ontario Soccer as a U15 team playing in a Girls U15/16 age
division cannot call-up a U16 player. A team playing in the same division and
registered as a U16 team with the Ontario Soccer can call-up a U16 player,
subject to the restrictions outlined in rule 7.1;
Teams will often choose to
maintain a lower age classification registration with the Ontario Soccer when
playing in a split age division for the purpose of participation in tournaments
or to ensure promotion eligibility to the desired age division for the
Article 8. GAME SHEETS
The names and Ontario Soccer numbers of all players and team officials
participating in a game must be legibly printed on the official game sheet as
generated from the EMDSL Management System.
8.2 Only 18 players may be listed on the game sheet and are eligible to play in
11 aside district competitive league games. Only four (4) team officials may be
listed on the game sheet, and one team official 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. 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, including call up’s, whose names
appear on the game sheet and are not crossed out, shall be deemed to have
played, or participated in the game.
8.3 In the event that a game sheet cannot be printed from the EMDSL Management
System, due to technical difficulties, the team shall inform the EMDSL 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. The
team shall create a hand-written game sheet, modify a copy of an old game
sheet, or use the Ontario Soccer Team Roster Report (EMSA approved
roster sheet) and add the additional game information. Team sheets must be
legible and complete. If the notice is
received after the game start time, the team's Club will be subject to the fine
published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
8.4 Any team that fails to produce a game sheet will be subject to a fine as
published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
Any team that falsifies a game sheet will be subject to a fine as published in
the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
8.6 Each team is required to provide three (3) copies of their game sheet to
the Match Official.
Copy 1 (white) shall
be retained by the Match Official and forwarded to the League
Copy 2 (canary) shall
be retained by the Match Official and forwarded to the District in the event of
Copy 3 (pink) shall be
provided to the submitting team
8.7 Coaches are
required to retain their copies of all (pink) games sheets for the season, in
case they may be required by the League.
9. PLAYER VERIFICATION
The checking of each player’s valid Ontario Soccer ID Card and EMSA approved
roster sheet for the team to which the player is registered), and applicable
TEP’s, or Trial Permits, against the game sheet is compulsory for all games,
and shall be performed 15 minutes, or more, before the scheduled start-time of
the game. This procedure must be completed
before the Match Official can start the game. Team head coaches are responsible
to have each player’s valid Ontario Soccer ID Card and the EMSA approved roster
sheet for the team to which the player is registered), and applicable TEP’s, or
Trial Permits. Players not in possession of a valid Ontario Soccer ID Card
with EMSA approved roster sheet for the team to which the player is
registered), and applicable TEP’s, or Trial Permits, are considered to be ineligible
to play and Articles 9.4 and 9.5 of EMDSL Rules and Regulations are applicable.
There are no exceptions to this rule.
9.2 Each team will present its signed game sheet, as well as all valid Ontario
Soccer ID Card and the EMSA approved roster sheet for the team to which the
player is registered) and any TEPs, or Trial Permits, of those players
participating in the game to a representative from the opposing team, who will
verify the valid Ontario Soccer ID Cards and the EMSA approved roster sheet for
the team to which the player is registered) and any TEP’s, or Trial Permits,
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 Match Official, who shall retain it.
9.4 The Match Official will note all questions regarding a player’s
eligibility, or the validity of a player’s Ontario Soccer ID Card and the
EMSA approved roster sheet for the team to which the player is registered) and
any TEP’s, or Trial Permits, on the game sheet, and the player concerned
must sign and enter his / her date of birth on the game sheet.
9.5 A player arriving after the player verification is completed may play, but
must first report to the representative from the opposing team.
9.6 In exceptional circumstances, where a team official who is in possession of
the valid Ontario Soccer ID Cards and the EMSA approved roster sheet for the
team to which the player is registered) and any TEPs, or Trial Permits,
fails to appear for inspection prior to 20 minutes after the scheduled kick-off
time, the game shall not be played. The League will review these cases and may
determine that the game shall be rescheduled to a later date.
9.7 Any player whose name does not appear on the game sheet, or who does not
have their valid Ontario Soccer ID Card, and the EMSA approved roster
sheet for the team to which the player is registered), or applicable TEP,
or Trial Permit, 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 the required valid Ontario Soccer ID Cards
and the EMSA approved roster sheet for the teams to which the player is
registered), and any TEP’s, or Trial Permits, will be subject to a fine as
published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule. The team officials may also be required
to attend a Discipline Hearing.
Article 10. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
No more than 18 players may participate in any game.
10.2 Any team playing an ineligible player 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.
10.3 Any team playing an 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 Ontario Soccer Published Rules
as well as any applicable fines as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
10.4 Any team playing an ineligible player under an assumed identity shall
forfeit any games where the ineligible player participated using the assumed
identity. 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 Ontario
Soccer Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as published in the
EMDSL Fines Schedule.
11. SUBMISSION OF GAME REPORTS AND SCORES
Each coach shall be responsible for entering the game report, including the score,
cards issued by the Match Official, as well as the game feedback on the EMDSL
website within twenty-four (24) hours of completion of the game. Failure to do
so will result in a fine as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule. If the game
report is not entered within seven (7) days, the League will utilize the game
sheet received from the Match Official to complete the game report.
11.2 The Match Official 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, email, or deliver to the EMDSL Office the paper copy of all game
sheets and permits as well as any player documentation retained in accordance
with Article 9.02 within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the game.
A Match Official, who fails to submit the required documents and/or complete
the game report electronically within 72 hours of the date of the game, shall
be reported to the EMSA for discipline.
Article 12. EQUIPMENT AND FIELD CONDITIONS
At each District Competitive League 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 Match Official. The home team shall also ensure that field conditions
are adequate for a game. This includes grass cut to a suitable length and
complete field markings that are easily visible and compliant with acceptable
standards. Failure of the home team to provide the required equipment or field
conditions shall result in fines as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
12.2 The game balls size shall be size 5.
12.3 Team uniform colours must be indicated when the team is registered. Where
the Match Official decides that the team colours conflict, the away team is
required to change to an alternate jersey. The goalkeepers’ jersey colour must
be different from that of either team. It is the responsibility of the away team’s
officials to have alternate coloured jerseys (or pinnies) available at each
game, and failure to do so shall result in fines as published in the EMDSL
12.4 All players on the same team, except the goalkeeper, shall wear jerseys 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 Match Official’s permission.
12.5 Safety or protective equipment may be worn after inspected and deemed, by
the Match Official, that the wearing of such equipment will not constitute a
danger to other players.
12.6 The use of videotaping equipment of any kind,
by anyone, is prohibited in the technical areas and player benches.
Article 13. DURATION OF GAMES
Games shall be of the following duration:
U13 to U14: 2 x 40
U15 to U18: 2 x 45
Should there be a U15/U16 division the game length will be two x 45-minute
Heat advisory policy:
In the event that the air temperature
rises to above 30 C at game time, the following guidelines shall apply:
30 C and below- no action.
between 30-35 C – enforced 2-minute water breaks during each
above 35 C- referee to make final decision as to water breaks
and whether or not to play the game.
14. RESPONSIBILITIES OF COACHES AND TEAM OFFICIALS
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) metres 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.
Only the eighteen (18) players listed on the game sheet 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 14.01 of the Rules and Regulations.
14.3 A club head coach or technical director may sit on the team bench or
within designated technical area providing that the
limit of four (4) coaches and team officials specified in Article 14.02 of the Rules
and Regulations is not exceeded at anytime during the game.
No coach or team official may enter the field of play at any time without the
prior approval of the Match Official.
14.5 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 Match
14.6 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.
14.7 Clubs and team officials are fully responsible, at all times, for the
conduct of their players, their team officials and spectators, at and in the
vicinity of any game in which their team participates.
14.8 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 disciplinary action. The team and its officials will be
assessed penalties that the EMDSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance
with Ontario Soccer Published Policies, as well as any applicable league fines as
published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
14.9 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 disciplinary action. The players and the team officials will be
assessed penalties that the EMDSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance
with Ontario Soccer Published Policies, and any applicable fines as published
in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
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 EMDSL Fines Schedule.
Article 15. LEAGUE STANDINGS
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 forfeiting a game or that is found by the EMDSL Board to have deliberately
defaulted or forfeited a game, shall lose the game by a score of 2-0, and shall
be subject to any applicable fines as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
15.3 If it becomes necessary to offer divisions where two age groups play an
inter-locking schedule, each age group shall be deemed to be a separate division
for purposes of establishing league standings and determining the division champion.
For example, if the U14 and U15 age groups play an interlocking schedule, the
U14 team with the most points among the U14 teams, at the end of the League
schedule will be the U14 division champion. The same would apply to the U15
teams where first place for the U15 division will be decided based on the most
number of points earned by a U15 team.
15.4 If two or more teams in an age division are tied in points at the end of
the league schedule, then the tie-breaker shall be determined in the following
a) The team with the most points in
the games played between the tied teams from head to head competition shall be
declared the tie-breaker winner.
b) The team with the highest goal
differential (GF minus GA) in games between the tied teams shall be declared
the tie-breaker winner.
c) The team with the highest goal
differential (GF minus GA) in all regular season games (against all teams in
the division) shall be declared the winner of the tie-breaker.
d) If the position is relevant for
determining the division champion or second place, and if steps a), b) and c)
do not break the tie, a one game playoff shall be required between the tied
teams, to be played at a neutral site under the direction of the EMDSL. The
play-off game will be played in accordance with the EMDSL Rules and Regulations.
In the event of a tie at the conclusion of regulation time, there will be two
(2) x ten (10) minute overtime periods. The teams will change ends at the
conclusion of the first overtime period. Golden goal will apply to the overtime
periods. If the game remains tied at the conclusion of the overtime periods,
the result will be decided by penalty kicks in accordance with the Laws of the
e) 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.
16. GAME START TIMES AND ABANDONED GAMES
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.
16.2 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 EMDSL
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 minimum number of players if the said players arrive
within the prescribed 20-minute grace period.
16.4 At the end of the grace period, the team failing to field the minimum 7
players shall forfeit the game to the opposing team by a score of 2-0, and
be subject to a fine and costs as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
16.5 If both teams fail to appear for a scheduled game, both teams will be subject
to a fine as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule. There shall be no points
and no score for the game but each team will have one (1) loss added to its
16.6 The EMDSL Board 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 Match Official, 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 75% of
the total regular playing time as specified in Article 13.1 of the Rules and
Regulations, the game shall be rescheduled. Games abandoned after 75% of the
game has been played shall be deemed as complete.
16.8 If a Match Official 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 EMDSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with
Ontario Soccer Published Policies, as well as any applicable fines as
published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
16.9 If a game has to be abandoned by the Match Official 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 published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
16.10 If a game has to be abandoned by the Match Official at any time because a
team removes itself from the field, and said team is found by the EMDSL
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 published in the EMDSL 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 Ontario Soccer
Published Policies shall apply.
If a game is abandoned by the Match Official before the completion of two
halves for any reasons other than those published in Articles 16.7 to 16.10 of
the EMDSL District Competitive League Rules and Regulations, the EMDSL League
Management Board shall rule on the status of the game.
16.12 The home team is responsible for advising the League, in the event a game
is not played due to the non-attendance of the Match Official.
Article 17. SCHEDULES
The season shall begin in May on a date to be determined by the EMDSL Board.
Notice of the season start date will be provided to member clubs no later than
17.2 The end of season date for all EMDSL District Competitive divisions shall
be 11:59 P.M. of the first Sunday before the Labour Day long weekend. All games
must be completed by this date, except where the EMDSL Board extends the season
for any/all EMDSL divisions. The reasons for any such extension, and the period
of the extension, will be communicated to affected clubs and teams at the
17.3 The rescheduling of games
shall be in accordance with the EMDSL Reschedule Policy. All authorized
game changes made after the posting of the final schedule will be subject to a
fee. Violations of any of the policies, timelines, or deadlines of the
scheduling and rescheduling policy will be subject to a fine as prescribed by
the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
17.4 Schedules shall be completed by
the 3rd week of August, with the 4th week of August being reserved for
scheduling previously cancelled games.
17.5 The League reserves the right to
move a team to a different division and / or tier at anytime during the season
if deemed necessary to maintain a standard of fair play in that division.
17.6 The League reserves the right to
make changes to the schedule at anytime.
17.7 The League has the responsibility
to create a schedule that works towards a balanced level of play. The League
will use articles 17.5 and 17.6 to assist in creating this balance.
Scheduling, Rescheduling & Cancellation of
Scheduler must approve all changes made after the final schedule is completed.
No game will be postponed or rescheduled unless the Scheduler has received a
Game Change Request, as submitted through the E2E website.
affected coaches must agree upon a new time, date and location before
submitting a Game Change Request on the web site. The coach who submits the
original request must indicate which team is requesting the change.
coach will confirm the new time, date and location on the web site. Once
confirmed, these entries will complete a database for the appropriate Scheduler
to review and authorization. Once confirmed by the Scheduler, an email will be
processed to both teams, advising them of the approved change. This entry will
also update the League Schedule.
Change Function is meant for changes to fixtures greater than five days. Any
change required within this time frame must be called into the Scheduler for
authorization and entry of the game change.
cancellations and abandonment.
affected coaches must submit entry into the EMDSL score system any game that
was cancelled or abandoned. The two coaches will then reschedule this game in
the normal manner. The rescheduling of
these games must be submitted within five days of the postponed game. Failure
to provide the required information will result in the game being scheduled by
the League with both teams being subject to a fine. Weather and field related
cancellations will not incur the game change fine.
twenty-four (24) hours prior notice is given to the visiting team, only the
referee can determine if unplayable conditions exist. Should a private club or
City Parks & Recreation determine that unplayable conditions exist within
less than twenty-four (24) hours’ notice the postponed game will be rescheduled
in the normal manner.
scheduled within 48 hours prior to an Ontario Cup game may be rescheduled. It
is the responsibility of the Clubs to notify the League and the opposing team
of any Ontario Cup conflicts. Failure to notify the League within ten days of
the conflict will result in a default of the League game.
EMDSL Scheduler, or his delegate, are authorized to schedule or reschedule
games for the League.
scheduled or rescheduled by team officials, clubs, or persons not authorized,
will be declared null and void. Teams participating in a game not authorized by
the League will default all points from that game.
18. Player substitutions shall be permitted at all
stoppages of play, with the permission of the Match Official.
Article 19. MATCH OFFICIALS
Match Officials shall be appointed in accordance with the EMDSL Terms of League
19.2 Match Officials 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 valid player Ontario Soccer ID Cards (and the
Ontario Soccer Team Roster Report for the team to which the player is registered)
and any applicable TEP’s, or Trial Permits. Failure to do so will result in
disciplinary action by the appropriate District Association.
19.3 Match officials assigned for League games, shall be paid for their
services in accordance with the fee schedule detailed in the EMDSL Terms of
19.4 If one of the teams raises objections as to field conditions, goalposts,
balls or team colours, the Match Official 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 Match Official 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 Match Official(s) fail to appear by the
appointed kick-off time, the home team will make every attempt to contact
a Match Official as required for the level of match, or one of the Assistant
Match Officials may assume the duties of the Match Official, if he/she meets
the minimum requirements as required for the level of the match. If an
Assistant Match Official assumes the duties of the Match Official then the home
team shall appoint an individual to take the place of that Assistant Match
Official, on the line, but only to waive the flag when the ball passes over the
19.6 The Match Official shall ensure that the well being of the players is
given priority over the progress of the game. Consequently, the Match Official
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, COMPLAINTS and MISCONDUCT
matters requiring a hearing shall be dealt with by a committee appointed for
All member teams are responsible for the actions of their players, team
officials and spectators.
All protests regarding the playing of a game must be made in writing, outlining
the grounds for the protest, and delivered to the League Secretary. They must
also be accompanied by the prescribed protest fee. Delivery must be made in person, or by
postal, or courier service, and be date stamped no later than 48 hours after
the completion of the game, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays excluded. A copy of the protest must also be sent to
the opposing team within the same time frame. A date stamped receipt must be
retained as proof of the date of delivery of the protest to the opposing team.
Protests must meet all of the above requirements in order to be considered
valid. Protests which fail to meet any of the above requirements will be ruled
invalid and will not be heard.
receipt of a valid protest or complaint, the Secretary will send a notice
within ten (10) days, notifying the parties of the date, time, and location of
All valid protests shall be heard within three (3) weeks of being received by
In the event a protest is upheld; the protest fee will be returned in full. In
the event the protest is denied; the committee shall decide whether to return
the protest fee in full, or in part, or to declare that the protest fee be
forfeited. Game points may be adjusted based on the decision of the committee
on the said protest. Fines may be assessed in accordance with the EMDSL Fines
No protests pertaining to the decision of the Match Official shall be
20.9 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 Match Official and noted in writing on the game
sheet. If in the opinion of the Match Official, 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 Match Official’s written report.
Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the Ontario Soccer
Published Rules and the EMDSL Discipline Procedures.
In cases where Ontario Soccer Published Policies 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, not including weekends or statutory holidays, he/she may be
found guilty and the applicable penalties and/or fines, established by the
Ontario Soccer, or the EMDSL, for the offence for which he/she has been charged
In cases of Discipline By Hearing (DBH),
all 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.
21.2 Clubs shall ensure that accused players and team/club officials appear for
their disciplinary hearing. Failure to
attend a scheduled hearing will result in the application of the appropriate
fine in accordance with the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
22. Appeals of any
decisions by the EMDSL Board or a Disciplinary Committee of the League shall be
handled by EMSA in accordance with its Published Rules. Information concerning
appeals can be found on the EMDSL website
23. CLUB REPRESENTATIVES
23. A Club that is accepted into membership shall
designate up to three individuals as its Club Representative(s). The Club
Representative(s) shall be the official point of contact in dealings with
the EMDSL and will be available for duties in the operation of the league
that may be assigned from time to time by the EMDSL League Management Board.
The EMDSL 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. Member Clubs shall ensure they have valid email addresses
in the league management system at all times for the following positions, as a
24.2 Unless specified otherwise in these Rules and Regulations (e.g.
rescheduling of games), communication with the EMDSL 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 EMDSL, then the Club
shall forward the communication to the EMDSL, requesting League action. Failure
to follow this process will result in the communication being discarded by the
EMDSL without further notice to the originator, and may result in a fine to the
Club as specified in the published EMDSL Fines Schedule.
24.3 All 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:
Head Coach: and Manager or Assistant Coach
24.4 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 EMDSL website.
24.5 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 EMDSL website.
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 Representative.
Article 25. PRE-SEASON MEETINGS
Administrators Pre-season Meeting - In January of each season there will be a
mandatory pre-season meeting for a minimum of one (1) administrator from each
Member Club. Clubs failing to send a representative to the Administrator Pre-Season
Meeting shall be assessed a fine as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule.
25.2 Team Pre-season Meeting - In April of each season there will be a
mandatory pre-season meeting for a minimum of one (1) team staff from each
team. Member Clubs failing to send one (1) representative per team to the Team
Pre-Season Meeting shall be assessed a fine as published in the EMDSL Fines
Article 26. CUPS AND TOURNAMENTS
26.1 All League Cup and Ontario Cup games
take precedence over EMDSL regular league games
26.2 In the event of a tied game upon
completion of the match in the preliminary rounds, quarter-finals or
semi-finals, a winner shall be determined by the taking of penalty kicks, as
per FIFA Laws of the Game.
26.3 In the event of a tied game at
the completion of the match in a final, an overtime consisting of two ten
minute halves shall be played. In the event of a tied game upon completion of
overtime, a winner shall be determined by the taking of penalty kicks, per FIFA
Laws of the Game.
26.4 The EMDSL will hold an annual
cup competition known as the District Cup
26.5 The EMDSL By Laws and the
Rules and Regulations apply to all District Cup games.
Teams must participate in the District Cup. Failure to do so will result in the
being assessed applicable fines as published in the EMDSL Fines Schedule. The
only exception will be for overriding Ontario Soccer games, (IE: Ontario Cup or
Ontario Soccer player situation Provincial Team games)
26.7 The schedule for
U13 through U18 divisions will be determined by random draw, prior to the
start of the season. All Member Clubs are welcome to attend the draw. The date
and location of the draw will be posted on the EMDSL website.
26.8 The EMDSL will have accept
applications from all Member Clubs to host all, or part of the Cup competitions
26.9 The schedules and host venues
will be posted on the EMDSL website.
26.10 The EMDSL will pay all field
rental and match official fees for semi-final and final round games related to
the District Cup.
For preliminary round and
quarterfinal games, the home team will be responsible to pay field rental fees.
The home and the away team will split the match official fees (50/50).
26.11 The same guidelines shall apply
to Indoor District Cup competitions.
Article 27. FEES
Member Clubs are expected to pay
outstanding fees by the deadline, and fines that their teams accrue within 21
days of notification. Clubs that fail to pay within this time frame, without
seeking and obtaining an extension from the League, will be deemed “members not
in good standing” and this information will be forwarded to EMSA.
Clubs deemed “not in good
standing” may be fined, censured, suspended, or have all their teams expelled
from the League, pursuant to Article 4.3 of the EMDSL By-Laws. In addition,
Member Clubs that fail to pay fines, or fees, within the required time frame
are subject to an additional fine as prescribed by the Article 27 of the Rules
Payments of fees or fines can be
made by cash, cheque, money order or E-Transfer (email@example.com). However, any Club which
issues a cheque that is returned as NSF will be assessed an additional
administrative fee of $75 and the offending Club may be put on a certified
cheque, cash or money order only for all League payments.
Excuses for non-compliance with
League rules, including failure to appear to scheduled hearings, will not be
accepted unless previously authorized by the Board of Directors.
Registration fee $275.00
Registration fee $375.00 ($275.00 registration fee + $100.00 fine)
Club bond $300.00
Protest fee $100.00
Administrative fee $100.00
plus applicable fine
service charge $75.00
withdrawal (outdoor season)
15-March 30 $275.00 (registration fee)
31st $500.00 (registration fee + $225.00)
withdrawal (indoor season)
October 1st Registration
to posting the schedule Registration
fee plus $250.00 fine
schedule is posted Registration fee plus $500.00
1st Game $200.00 (as per article 16.4 of the
Rules & Regulations)
2nd Game $400.00
3rd Game $750.00
not reported by deadline $25.00 (as per article 11.1 of the Rules & Regulations)
after May 31 $50.00
after August 1st $100.00
follow rescheduling policy $50.00 (as per articles 15.3 & 15.9 of the Rules & Regulations)
hearing $250.00 (as
per article 21.2 of the Rules & Regulations)
missing an EMDSL meeting $250.00 (as per article 8.10 of the By
have or present complete
game sheet or
EMSA approved roster at game $50.00 (as per article 8.4 of the Rules &
unnecessary game delay $50.00 (as per article 16.2 of the Rules &
proper equipment or
field conditions for game $150.00 (as per article 12.1 of the Rules & Regulations)
activating his team & staff
website by deadline $50.00 (as per article 6.3 of the Rules & Regulations)
pay outstanding fee or fine
by deadline $100 (as per article 27 of the Rules &
Game Official Fees: Outdoors
U13 $45 $30 - Optional
U14 $45 $30 - Optional
$35 Tier 1 only - Optional Tier
U16 $50 $35 Tier 1 only - Optional Tier 2
U17 $55 $35 Tier 1 only - Optional Tier 2
U18 $55 $35 Tier 1 only - Optional Tier 2
Article 28. AMENDMENTS TO RULES AND REGULATIONS
to the EMDSL Rules and Regulations can be made with a majority vote at a
General Meeting, or by a majority vote at a Board Meeting. A fourteen (14) day
notice must be provided to the membership before the application of a rule
change that has been made at a Board Meeting
29. OTHER MATTERS
All matters not included in these Rules and Regulations shall be dealt in
accordance with the Ontario Soccer Published Policies.
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