2021 Regional Rules and Regulations
As approved at the 2019 ERSL AGM
Some special notes related to the 2021 season specifically have not been updated in the printable version. Please review the rules version below for these changes.
Article 1: General
1.01 A copy of the current Rules and Regulations shall be posted on the
ERSL website. 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”.
1.02 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 (AGM) or a Special General Meeting (SGM)
convened to review League matters.
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 the Club.
1.04 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 OS Published
1.05 In this document, OS means the Ontario Soccer Incorporated, EODSA
means the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association, and SOSA means the
Southeast Ontario Soccer Association.
Article 2: Age Groups and Divisions
2.01 Subject to OS Published Rules and the approved Terms of League
Operations, the ERSL may operate:
a) Male and female
Regional divisions in all competitive Age Groups from Under-13 to Under-18;
2.02 Each ERSL division shall be established in accordance with OS
Published Rules. The teams participating in ERSL divisions each season shall be
determined in accordance with applicable promotion and divisional set up
policies. Any changes to this process require the prior approval of the ERSL
Management Board and/or OS when required by OS Published Rules.
Article 3: Club Membership and Team Entries
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 January 7thof 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 per team,
to a maximum of $500 per Club. The late fee shall not apply to late
applications for U18 teams.
3.02 Applications shall only be accepted if the required documents are
properly completed, signed by a Club Officer, and accompanied by all required
Club membership and team entry fees for the season, as determined by the
3.03 Withdrawals must be made through the ERSL League Management system
3.04 For each Team withdrawn between February 28thand March
31st, the applicable Club shall forfeit 100% of the Team
registration fee. For each Team withdrawn between April 1stand
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
Teamwithdrawn after May 1st, the ERSL shall assess an additional
fine of $1000, such fine to be payable by the applicable Club.
3.05 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
Article 4: Team Eligibility Rules
4.01 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.
4.02 Promotion and relegation rules for Regional shall be defined in the
ERSL Promotion and Relegation Policy as amended by the ERSL Management Board,
from time to time. These Rules and any amendments thereto shall be communicated
to all Clubs prior to the start of each outdoor season.
4.03 Team(s) relegated from Regional shall be relegated directly to
District Competitive. There shall be no playoff to determine relegated Teams.
4.04 Notwithstanding 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
Article 5: Registration of Players
5.01 All players shall be registered with their Club’s respective
District Associations in accordance with the OS Published Rules.
5.02 No player may register with more than one team in the ERSL.
5.03 All players shall be in possession of a valid OS Registrant Book,
or a valid OS ID Card.
5.04 The deadline for placing a player on the Team roster is July 31stof
5.05 Players may transfer to a Team by submitting a properly completed
Application for Player Transfer to the appropriate District Association in
accordance with OS Published Rules.
Article 6: Coaches and other Team Officials
6.01 Each Team must appoint a Head Coach. In accordance with OS
Policies, all Coaches and Assistant Coaches must be fully certified in the
“Soccer for Life”; and
in Soccer”; and
Ethical Decisions”; and
6.02 All Coaches and other Team Officials shall be registered with their
Club’s respective District Associations in accordance with the OS Published
6.03 All Team Officials shall be registered in the Team section of the
6.4 The Head Coach is responsible for the activation of their Team on
the ERSL League Management System on or before April 30thof each
season. Failure to do so shall result in fines as per the published ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
Article 7: Play-Up Permits, Temporary Eligibility Permits and Short Term
Registration Permits (STRPs)
7.01 A Team may use a player as a Play Up as follows:
a) A District
Competitive player may play-up to Regional teams in the same Age Group, or to a
higher Age Group;
b) A Regional player may
play-up to a Regional team, in a higher Age Group;
c) An OYSL player may play-up to a
Regional team in the immediately higher Age Group;
d) An OPDL player is subject to the restrictions of
OPDL play-up rules;
e) The player may not be
registered with another Team playing in the same Division;
f) The player must be
registered with a team affiliated with one of the District Associations within
the East Region of OS and cannot exceed the age category of the Team
playing-up said player;
g) The player must not
be currently suspended by any league or governing organization affiliated with
h) Playing-up is
controlled through the ERSL League Management system accessed through the ERSL
website. Once the player is approved by the Club, the player’s name will appear
on the game sheet with an indication they are a Play Up. In addition to being
printed on the game sheet, a valid OS Registrant Book, or a valid OS ID Card
and roster, shall be presented at the game in order for the player to be
eligible to play;
i) Subject to all other
conditions in this Section 7.01, any player may play-up under the
Play-Up-Permit system an unlimited number of times per season;
j) A team may not use more
than three (3) players, playing as Play Ups, in any one League game. Players
with a TEP or a STRP shall be included in the total of three (3) play-up
players per game;
k) Players registered to
Teams not playing in an Ontario Soccer Incorporated league are not permitted to
play in the ERSL;
l) If a player is
registered as both a competitive player and a recreational player, he/she may
only play-up from the competitive team; and
m) If a player is registered
to a team playing in an age division which is older than their true
chronological age, they may play-up to a team in an age division equal to their
true chronological age, provided that the team to which they playing-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 play-up to a team playing at U16 Regional and U16 OYSL. In
short, age correct, level up.)
7.02 Temporary Eligibility Permits (TEP)
All Play Up who are registered with a team in another Club must have a
Temporary Eligibility Permit (TEP). A player playing-up under the TEP system
can only play- up three times per season in the ERSL. In addition to the TEP, a
valid OS Registrant Book, or a valid OS 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. There is no deadline for the use of TEPs for the 2021 seasons.
7.03 Short Term Registration Permits (STRPs)
Players in possession of an OS issued STRP are eligible to play in
Regional games. A STRP entitles a non-registered player to play two (2) games
for a registered team during a fifteen-day period. In addition to the STRP, a
valid OS Registrant Book, or a valid OS ID Card, shall be presented at the
game(s) in order for the player to be eligible to play under STRP. A player may
only be issued one STRP to play for any one Club. A player may obtain two
STRPs during one playing season. The registration period for each shall not
overlap. STRPs may not be used after July 31st. There is no deadline for the use of STRPs for the 2021 season.
Article 8: Game Sheets
8.01 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 STRPs, no player’s or team
official’s name or OS number may be hand-written on the game sheet. If a team's
game sheet has hand-written names or OS numbers, 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 the hand written player(s) or
team official(s) once the game sheet is received. Any player(s) approved by
their Clubs as a Play Up will be automatically printed on the game sheet.
Player jersey numbers may be handwritten on the game sheet.
8.02. 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.
8.03 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,
including Play Ups, whose names appear on the game sheet that 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 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
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 OS 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 per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
8.07 Each team is required to provide three (3) copies of their game sheet to
Article 9: Player Verification
9.01 The checking of each player’s OS Registrant Book or OS ID Card (and
OS Team Roster Report for the team to which the player is registered), and
applicable TEP’s, or STRPs, against the game sheet 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 OS
Registrant Book or OS ID Card (with OS Team Roster) and applicable TEP’s, or STRPs
checked. Players not in possession of a valid OS Registrant Book, or a valid OS
ID Card (with OS Team Roster Report), are considered to be ineligible to play
and Articles 9.04 and 9.05 are applicable. There are no exceptions to this
9.02 Each team will present its signed game sheet as well as all valid
OS Registrant Book or valid OS ID Card (with OS Team Roster Report), and any
TEPs of those players participating in the game to a representative from the
opposing team who will verify the OS Registrant Books or OS ID Cards (with OS
Team Roster Report), against the names on the game sheet.
9.03 After completion of this procedure, a Team Official will initial
the game sheets in the appropriate box to certify that the card checking
procedures were followed and return the game sheets to the Referee prior
to the starting whistle (or kick-off), who shall retain them.
9.04 The Referee will note all questions regarding a player’s
eligibility or the validity of a player’s OS Registrant Book or OS ID Card or
OS 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 OS Registrant Book or OS ID Card or OS Team Roster Report is
questioned, the Referee will retain said OS Registrant Book or OS ID Card or OS
Team Roster Report and submit it to the League Office as per the procedures
outlined in 11.02.
9.05 A player arriving after the player verification is completed may
play but must first report, with his/her valid OS Registrant Book or valid OS
ID Card (withOS 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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule, if they play.
9.06 In exceptional circumstances where a team official who is in
possession of the valid OS Registrant Books or valid OS ID Cards (with OS Team
Roster Report) and any TEPs or STRP, fails to appear to permit the inspection
of the documents as per 9.01 of these Rules and Regulations, prior to 20
minutes after the scheduled kick-off time, the opposing team could accept to
play the game under protest and this shall be noted on the game sheet.
9.06.01 Should the team official who is in possession of the required valid OS
Registrant Books or valid OS ID Cards (with OS 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.
9.06.02 Should the team official who is in possession of the required valid OS
Registrant Books or valid OS ID Cards (with OS Team Roster Report) not arrive
or does not have in their possession the required valid OS Registrant Books or
valid OS ID Cards (with OS 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.
9.07 Any player whose name does not appear on the game sheet or who does
not have a valid OS Registrant Book or a valid OS ID Card (or is not on the OS
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. The only exception to the player
leaving the technical area is extenuating circumstances, with the permission of
the referee (to be noted on the game sheet) due to the unavailability of safe
and appropriate adult supervision for the player(s) away from the bench.
9.08 Any Team that fails to produce a game sheet or its valid OS
Registrant Books or valid OS ID Cards and OS Team Roster Report will be subject
to a fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule. The team Officials
may also be required to attend a Discipline Hearing.
9.09 In the event that an opposing team player, who is not in possession
of a valid OS Registrant Book, or a valid OS ID Card (and the OS Team Roster
Report for the team to which the player is registered), or applicable TEP, or STRP,
participates in a game the opposing team Head Coach must note the discrepancy
on the game sheet. Failure to note the player’s ineligibility on the game
sheet may result in the Opposing Team Head Coach being subject to a fine as
specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule. The opposing Team Head
Coach may also be required to attend a Discipline Hearing.
Article 10: Player Eligibility
10.01 No more than 18 players may participate in any game.
10.02 Where it comes to the attention of the League, through any means,
that one or more unregistered or ineligible players have allegedly participated
in a game, the League will investigate and take appropriate disciplinary
10.03 Any team playing an unregistered player, or a player who is not
registered with the team (excluding players playing with a valid TEP or STRP),
or not eligible to play in that age division, 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
10.04 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 OS Published
Rules as well as any applicable fines as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines
10.05 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
any games where the unregistered or ineligible or suspended 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 OS
Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as per the published ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
Article 11: Submission of Game Reports and Scores
11.01 EachCoach 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 League Management System 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 ERSL Fees and Fines
11.02 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 email, mail, fax or deliver to the League office the paper copy of all
game sheets and permits as well as any player OS Registrant Book/OS ID Card
retained in accordance with article 9.04 within forty-eight (48) hours of the
completion of the game. A Referee, who fails to submit the required documents and
complete the game report electronically within seventy-two (72) hours of the
completion of the game, shall be reported to the appropriate District
Association for discipline.
Article 12: Equipment
12.01 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 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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
12.02 The game ball shall be size 5.
12.03 All Teams must register their regular and alternate Team colours
with the League prior to the startof 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.
12.04 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.
Player’s numbers must be recorded on the game sheet and cannot be changed after
the start of the game without the referee’s permission.
12.05 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.
12.06 All teams are required to have a copy of the Regional Rules and
Regulations at every game.
Article 13: Duration of Games
13.01 Games shall be of the following duration:
a) U-13 - Two 40-minute
b) U-14 to U-18 - Two
45-minute halves; and
Article 14: Responsibilities of Coaches and Team Officials
14.01 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
14.02 Only the eighteen (18) players listed on the gamesheet 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.
14.03 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
14.04 The ERSL does not require a certified coach to be in the technical
area at all times. In the event that the team appointed coach is not
present for the game, or at any time during the game is dismissed from the
technical area, the most senior Team Official whose name and signature appears
on the game sheet shall be deemed responsible for all Head Coach duties.
14.05 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 14.02 above.
14.06 No Coach or Team Official may enter the field of play at any time
without the prior approval of the Referee.
14.07 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
14.08 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.
All Team Officials must remain in the Technical Area and may not sit on
the spectators’ side of the field.
14.09 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.
14.10 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
OS Published Rules as well as any applicable fines and bonds as per the
published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.11 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 OS Published Rules and any applicable fines as per the
published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.12 At the discretion of the Discipline
Committee any suspended Team Official may also
be barred from being present at or in the vicinity of the field for
any League game throughout the period of his/her suspension. Failure to comply
with the decision of the Committee shall
result in further disciplinary action and a fine as per the published ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
Article 15: League Standings
15.01 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
15.02 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
15.03 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.
15.04 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 standings
shall be determined in the following order:
a) The team with the
most points in the head-to-head games played between the tied teams shall be
declared the winner of the tie-breaker;
b) The team with the
highest goal differential (GF minus GA) in the head-to-head games played
between the tied teams shall be declared the winner of the tie-breaker;
c) The team with the
most wins in all regular season games shall be declared the winner of the
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
15.05 In cases where the process above has decided the winner of a tie
between three or more teams, then the process shall be repeated to break the
tie between the remaining teams. As an example, if three teams are tied for
first place, the process above shall determine the champion, and then the
process above shall be repeated to determine which of the remaining two teams
receives the second place position.
15.6 Medals will be awarded to each player registered with the champion
team of each Division.
Article 16: Game Start Times and Abandoned Games
16.01 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 kickoff.
16.02 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 ERSL Fees and
16.03 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 seven
(7) players within 20 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time shall be
considered to have failed to appear for a scheduled game. The Team must start
the game immediately upon arrival of the seventh player if the player arrives
within the prescribed 20-minute grace period.
16.04 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 ERSL
Fees and Fines Schedule.
16.05 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.
16.06 The ERSL Management 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.
16.07 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 13.01, 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.
16.08 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 OS Published
Rules as well as any applicable fines as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines
16.09 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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
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 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 sheet shall be deemed to have acted in a manner detrimental
to the game and the applicable penalties as per the OS Published Rules shall
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 16.07 to 16.10,
the ERSL Management Board 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
17.01 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.
17.02 The end-of-season date, for all Divisions of play within the ERSL,
shall be 11:59 p.m. of the first Sunday after the Labour Day long weekend. All
games must be completed by this date, except where the ERSL Management Board
has decided to extend the end date (by e-mail notice to applicable Clubs and
Teams) for any or all Divisions.
17.03 The Rescheduling of games shall be in accordance with the ERSL
Game Reschedule Policy. In the event teams agree to an unauthorized game
reschedule, team officials from both teams will be assessed any applicable
fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 18: Player Substitutions
18.01 Player substitutions shall be permitted with the consent of
the Referee during stoppages of play forthe following reasons:
a) Goal Kicks;
b) Scoring of a goal;
c) To replace an injured player;
d) Half time;
e) On a team’s own throw in only (at which
time the opposing team can also make a substitution); and
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.
18.02 No substitution is permitted for a player who is ejected by the
18.03 Substitutions will take place
at mid-field except unless otherwise expressly permitted by the referee.
Article 19: Referees
19.01 Referees shall be appointed in accordance with the ERSL Referee Appointment
19.02 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 checkand other pre-game procedures, including facilitation of
the compulsory checking of player OS Registrant Books or OS ID Cards and OS
Team Roster Report. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action by the
appropriate District Association.
19.03 Referee and assistant referees assigned for ERSL Regional games
shall be paid for their services in accordance with the ERSL Referee Appointment
19.04 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.
19.05 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
Grade 7 or higher Referee as required for the level of match or one of the
Assistant Referees may assume the duties of the Referee, if he/she meets the minimum
requirement of being an OS registered Grade 7 or higher Referee as required for
the level of match. If the game is played with a substitute Referee, the
results of the game shall stand.
19.06 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 risk.
Article 20: Protests
20.01 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 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.
20.02 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.
20.03 Game points may be adjusted based on the decision of the League on
20.04 The $150 protest fee shall be refunded if the protest is upheld.
20.05 Correctly submitted protests within the specified deadlines shall
be heard by the Discipline Committee. All other protests will be ruled out of
order and will not be heard.
20.06 No protests pertaining to the decision of the game official shall
20.07 Objections to field conditions, goalposts, balls or team colours,
shall not be considered as grounds for a protest. Objections of this nature
shall be brought to the attention of the Referee and noted in writing on the
Game sheet. If in the opinion of the Referee, the objections do not constitute
a valid reason for abandoning the game, no further action will be considered by
the League. In all other cases, the league may take appropriate action based on
a review of the Referee’s written report.
Article 21: Discipline
21.01 Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the OS
Published Rules and the ERSL Discipline Procedures. The following guidelines
a) In cases where OS
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 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 OS
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 within 72 hours
of the game where the offence occurred. A Hearing Fee of fifty dollars ($50) in
the form of a cash, cheque or money order payable to the ERSL must be 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 person
not guilty. An accused person who has requested a hearing and fails to appear
for the hearing shall forfeit the Hearing Fee.
21.02 Where the OS 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
Management Board shall appoint a Discipline Committee or Panel to hold a hearing
and deal with the alleged infractions.
21.03 Where disciplinary action results in a suspension, the suspension
shall not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the date of issue of
the notice of discipline. For example, a player issued with a suspension notice
on Friday would serve the suspension for the game(s) scheduled on or after the
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 players suspension is
deemed to have been served.
21.04 Failure of an accused player or Team Official to appear at a
Disciplinary Hearing will result in the immediate suspension of the accused and
fines shall be imposed as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines. The suspension
will continue to be in effect until the accused appears before the Disciplinary
21.05 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.
21.06 Clubs shall ensure that accused players and Team/Club Officials
appear for their DisciplinaryHearing. 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 ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule shall be assessed.
21.07 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.
21.08 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 22: Appeals
22.01 Appeals of any decisions related to the Regional competition made
by the ERSL Management Board or a Disciplinary Panel of the League or one of
the District Associations shall be dealt with by OS in accordance with its
Published Rules. Information concerning Appeals can be found on the ERSL
Article 23: Club Representatives
23.01 A Club that is accepted into membership shall designate up to five
(5) 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 ERSL Management Board.
Article 24: Communications
24.01 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;
24.02 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.
24.03 Teams shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the league
management system from May 1stuntil September 30thof
each season for the following positions as a minimum:
a) Head Coach; and
24.04 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.
24.05 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.
24.06 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 Club.
24.07 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 1stto
March 1st: 7 days after transmittal of the e-mail.
24.08 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Teams:
a) May 1stto
September 30th: 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail; and
b) October 1stto
April 30th: no e-mails will be sent to teams other than for
Article 25: Pre-Season Meeting
25.01 Each March, there may 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 Schedule.
25.02 Each May, prior to the start of the season, there may 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 26: Other Matters
26.01 All matters not included in these Rules and Regulations shall be
dealt with in accordance with the OS Published Rules.