ERSL Game Scheduling Guidelines
All teams in divisions eligible for promotion or relegation will play a
balanced game schedule where possible, meaning they will play each opponent the same number of
This does not necessarily mean that you will an even number of home and
away games against a particular opponent. The ERSL will do its best to
balance a team’s overall number of home and away games. The number of
games per season is dependent on the number of teams in the division. The
ERSL will do its best to provide a minimum of 14 games for all teams where
possible. The number of games chosen for each division may vary depending on the size of the division, their level of play, their age category, and the number of regular games nights for the division within a season.
Where a balanced schedule is not feasible due to the factors above, the opponents selected to be played by a given team more times than the other teams in the division will be generated at random by the League Management System. All games will count towards the overall standings of the division.
Games may be scheduled on Sunday up until the end of June. In particula, all games between teams from different Districts at the Regional level
will be scheduled on Sundays up until the end of June.
All games between EODSA and SOSA (or other Districts) Regional level teams will be scheduled
on Sunday up until the end of June. By default the games will be
scheduled for 16:00. If they are both in agreement the teams may arrange
a change to the game time. The game date must remain the same.
Information regarding an agreed change to game time must be provided to the ERSL
using the process below:
Once the new game time is agreed upon:
The Home team must send an email to the Away team that shall
include the following details:
a. Game number;
b. Field location;
c. New kick-off time.
The Away team must forward the Home team’s email to the league
at GM@ersl.ca (cc the Home team)
indicating their agreement. The ERSL now has confirmation from both teams that
the new game time is agreed upon.
Note: If this process is not followed the game time will not be adjusted.
Games may also be scheduled on Sundays where necessary in order to fit the necessary number of games into the season if no other game days are available.
Schedules for all U18 teams will conclude by August 20th.
Games will conclude by August 20th for all U18 teams as players leave and prepare to leave to post-secondary school at this time.
In the event that the overall number of games for a team does not fit
within the start and end dates of the season, overflow games will be placed on
The Home team is to treat these games as reschedules and offer dates to
the Away team for scheduling the game as per the ERSL Game Reschedule Policy.
Clubs are not permitted to assign more than 2 teams to the same home
field on the same game night at the same kick-off time; where there are
conflicts fields will be listed as TBD and Clubs must assign an alternate
The ERSL scheduling system will create a schedule without conflicts in
home field assignments as much as possible. In the event that there is a
home field conflict the home field will be listed as ‘To be Determined’.
The home Club can input an alternate home field for that game if one is available,
using the “To be Determined Fields” tool on the Club section of the
website. If an alternate field is not available the Club is encourage to
secure another field permit for that game date. Otherwise, they must
notify the ERSL and the game will be moved to December 31st to be rescheduled.
Game kick-off times must adhere to the ERSL Game Kick-off Time Policy.
The system is set to automatically adjust game times beginning on August
15th, and again beginning September 1st as required by the kick-off time
policy. It is the responsibility of each team to manage their schedule
and ensure that these adjustments are reflected in all of their scheduled and
Games will only be rescheduled for reasons outlined in the ERSL Game
No exceptions to these Policies will be made. It is the
responsibility of each team and their officials to ensure that they understand
the policy and the outlined deadlines.
Requests to reschedule games outside of this policy will not be heard or
considered by the ERSL.
No games may be played after the end of season date.
The only exceptions to this is in the event that a reschedule occurs
within the last week of the season or if a playoff game must be played to
determine standings in a division with promotion/relegation.
A two-week break will be incorporated into the Schedules of all Grassroots (Development) teams.
A two-week long break will be built-in to the season schedule for all U9-U12 teams at the end of July/beginning of August.
All U13-U18 divisions will have a "blackout week" built-in to their regular season schedule for ER Cup and ER Shield Round of 16 games.
All teams in the U13-U18 age groups, whether or not they are participating in the ER Cup or Shield competitions will have one week in June "blacked out" from regular season games in order to accommodate ER Cup or ER Shield round of 16 games. Teams are expected to not reschedule regular season games to this week in order to avoid conflicts with the placement and playing of Cup or Shield games. Please see the ER Cup and ER Shield Scheduling rules for more information.