2019 District Development Rules
As approved at the 2018 AGM
Article 1: General
1.01 A copy of the current Rules and Regulations
shall be posted on the ERSL website.
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
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 U9, U10, U11, or U12 age cohorts as defined under OS
1.05 In this document, OS means the Ontario Soccer
Incorporated, and EODSA means the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association.
Article 2: Age Groups and
Subject to OS Published Rules, ERSL may operate a District Development
Competition for U9 to U12 teams within the Eastern Ontario District of the Ontario
Soccer Incorporated, and to operate these competitions based on the TOLO
approved by the EODSA.
Article 3: Membership Applications and Fees
Membership Applications, associated Team Entries and all fees to play in the
ERSL shall be made annually on the ERSL official application form, and received
by the League no later than March 28th of each year for the
forthcoming Outdoor season. If the ERSL
Office is not open on March 28th, then the documentation and fees
must be received by the first day the ERSL Office is open after March 28th. Late entries may be accepted at the ERSL Management
Board’s discretion, and only upon receipt of a late fee of $100 per team, to a
maximum of $500 per Club.
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 League.
3.03 Withdrawals must be made through the ERSL League Management system (Web
3.04 For each Team withdrawn after March 28th, the Club shall
forfeit the full fees paid. For each team withdrawn after May 1st, the ERSL shall assess an
additional fine equal to the Team registration fee.
3.05 Any Club whose cheque is returned by the bank will be charged an
administrative fee in accordance with the published ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
Article 4: Team Eligibility Rules
ERSL Clubs approved by the EODSA to operate Youth teams may enter teams in any
division of the ERSL District Development League. Clubs will self-select into
which tiers they wish to enter teams.
Club shall enter more than 2 teams in a Tier 1 division unless expressly
approved by the ERSL Management Board.
Article 5: Registration of Players
players shall be registered with the EODSA, through their respective Clubs, in
accordance with the OS Published Rules.
Article 6: Coaches and Other Team Officials
Team must appoint a Head Coach. In accordance with OS Policies, all Coaches and
must be fully certified in the following categories:
- OS “Learn
To Train”; and
in Sport”; and
Ethical Decisions”; and
Coaches and other Team Officials shall be registered with the EODSA in
accordance with the OS
Team Officials shall be registered in the Team section of the ERSL League
6.04 The Head Coach is responsible for the activation of their Team on the ERSL
League Management System on or before April 30 of each season. Failure to do so
shall result in a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 7: Playing Up
underage player rules will apply to all District Development games.
player approval is controlled through the ERSL Management System. Underage players must be made available in
the system by the League in order to be added to your game sheet.
Article 8: Game Sheets
names of all players and Team Officials participating in a game must be printed
on the official game sheet as generated from the ERSL League Management System.
If a team's game sheet has hand-written names 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 any handwritten players or team officials once the
game sheet is received. Player jersey numbers may be handwritten on the
8.02 Only 12 players may be listed on the game sheet and are eligible to play
in the U9 and U10 divisions. Only 16 players may be listed on the game
sheet and are eligible to play in the U11 and U12 divisions. Only four
(4) Team Officials may be listed on the game sheet, and all Team Officials
present at the game must sign the Team’s Game sheet; the signature shall
certify the eligibility of all players and officials whose names appear on the
game sheet, to participate in that game.
names of players and Team Officials not present at the game should be crossed
out on the game sheet. All players, and team officials, whose names appear on
the game sheet and are not crossed out, shall be deemed to have played, or
participated in the game.
8.04 In the event that a game sheet cannot be printed from
the ERSL League Management System due to technical difficulties, the team shall
inform the ERSL Office by email or voice mail that the team was unable to print
the game sheet. Notice of the difficulty must be received prior to the game
start time. If notice is received after the game start time, the team's Club
will be subject to the applicable fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines
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
published in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
8.07 Each team is required to provide One (1) copy of their game sheet to the
referee. The referee will retain this
game sheet and use for reporting purposes.
Article 9: Player Eligibility
9.01 Where it comes to the attention of the ERSL, through any means, that one
or more unregistered or ineligible players have allegedly participated in a
game, the ERSL may investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action.
9.02 Any Team playing an unregistered or ineligible player will be subject to a
disciplinary hearing. The Team and
its Officials will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes
in accordance with OS Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
9.03 Any team playing an unregistered or ineligible or suspended player under
the name of one of its other registered players and any person aiding or
abetting such action shall be subject to a disciplinary hearing. The Team, its
Officials or players will be assessed penalties that the
Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OS Published
Rules as well as any applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 10: Submission of Game Reports and Scores
There will be no standings and no recording of game results.
10.02 The Referee must email, mail, fax or deliver to the ERSL Office the paper
copy of all game sheets within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the
game. A Referee, who fails to submit the required documents within seventy-two (72)
hours of completion of the game, shall be reported to the EODSA for discipline.
Article 11: Equipment
each game, the home team shall put up two sets of nets and four corner flags
whose height above ground must be at least five (5) feet. The home team shall
also provide two game balls that are acceptable to the Referee.
Failure of the home team to provide the required equipment shall result in
fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
11.02 The game ball shall be size 4.
11.03 All Teams
must register their regular and alternate Team colours with the League prior to
the start of the League schedule. Where the Referee decides
that the regular team colours conflict, the home team is required to change to
their alternate colours providing that the visiting team’s colours are as filed
with the ERSL and if not, the visiting Team shall change its shirts to their
regular team colour. The goalkeepers’ jersey colour must be different from that
of either team. It is the responsibility of the Coach of the Team that is
required to change, to have alternate shirts available at each game and failure
to do so shall result in fines as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines
11.04 All players on the same team, except the goalkeeper, shall wear shirts of
the same colour, which must be numbered on the back. Numbers must be at least
eight inches in height. No two players may wear the same number. Players’
numbers must be recorded on the game sheet and cannot be changed after the
start of the game without the referee’s permission.
11.05 FIFA-sanctioned safety or protective equipment may be worn after
inspection by the Referee and only if the Referee deems that the wearing of
such equipment will not constitute a danger to other players
11.06 All teams will have a copy of the District Development League Rules and
Regulations at every game.
Article 12: Duration of Games
Games shall be of the following duration:
- U9 and U10: 2 X 25 minute halves; and
- U11 and U12: 2 x 30 minute halves.
Article 13: Responsibilities of Coaches and Team Officials
13.01 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 area.
13.02 Only the twelve (12) players for U9 and U10
games, and sixteen (16) players for U11 and U12 games, and a maximum of four
(4) Team Officials are permitted to sit on the Team bench or within the
designated technical area. All substitute players and Team Officials shall
confine themselves to their designated technical or bench area as defined in
13.03 The set-up and/or operation of
video cameras, still or digital cameras, or other similar equipment in the
technical area, on the side of the field which includes the technical areas, or
behind the goals is specifically prohibited.
13.04 A Club Head Coach or Technical Director may
sit on the Team bench or within designated technical area but he/she will be
included in the limit of four (4) Coaches and Team Officials specified in 13.02
13.05 No Coach or Team Official may enter the field
of play at any time without the prior approval of the Referee.
Coach or Team Official has the right to withdraw their Team or any of their
players from the field of play without the prior approval of the Referee.
13.07 Each Team shall ensure that its spectators sit on the side of the field
opposite from the side where the players and Team Officials are located. All Team Officials must remain in the
Technical Area and may not sit on the spectators’ side of the field.
13.08 Clubs and Team Officials are fully responsible, at all times, for the
conduct of their players, other Team
Officials and spectators, at and in the vicinity of any game in which their
player, Coach or other Team Official who tries or does impede, harass or
otherwise intimidate a game official or opposing Team Officials, shall be
subject to severe disciplinary action. The Team and its Officials will be
assessed penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance
with OS Published Rules, as well as any applicable League fines and bonds as
published in the ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
13.10 In the
event of an altercation on the field of play, anyone from the bench entering
the field of play during the altercation, for whatever reasons, shall be
subject to severe disciplinary action. The players and the Team Officials will
be assessed penalties that the EODSA League Discipline Committee imposes in
accordance with OS Published Rules, and any applicable fines as published in
the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
13.11 At the
discretion of the Discipline Committee any suspended Team Official may also be
barred from not 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 is rule shall result in further disciplinary action
and a fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 14: Game Start Times
and Abandoned Games
14.01 Teams are required to present themselves at the game field at
least 30 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time and the home team shall
ensure that the nets, corner flags and other necessary equipment are installed
and ready before the scheduled kick-off.
14.02 Any Team that causes a game to be delayed beyond the scheduled kick-off
time shall be subject to a fine as published in the ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
team that fails to present itself at the game field within 20 minutes after the
scheduled kick-off time or fails to field the minimum five (5) players, within
20 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time, shall be considered to have
failed to appear for a scheduled game. The Team must start the game immediately
upon arrival of the minimum number of players if the said players arrive within
the prescribed 20-minute grace period.
14.04 At the end of the grace period, the Team shall be subject to a fine and
costs as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.05 If both Teams fail to appear for a scheduled game, both teams will be
fined as per Article 14.04 of the ERSL District Development Rules and
14.06 If in the opinion of the Referee, a game
should be abandoned due to adverse or dangerous weather such as in the case of
electrical storms, unplayable field conditions or bad visibility, before the
completion of ¾ of the total regular playing time as specified in 12.01, the
game shall be rescheduled. Games abandoned in the last ¼ of the regular playing
time shall be deemed complete.
14.07 If a Referee decides to
abandon a game at any time due to the actions of players, officials or
spectators/supporters of a Team, the players and Team Officials may be subject to a disciplinary
hearing and will be assessed penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee
imposes in accordance with OS Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.08 If a
game has to be abandoned by the Referee at any time because a team removes
itself from the field, and said team is found by the ERSL League Discipline
Committee to have abandoned the game without valid justification, any
applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule shall
also be assessed. The Team Head Coach or the next most senior Team Official
whose name and signature appears on the game shall be deemed to have acted in a
manner detrimental to the game and the applicable penalties as per the OS
Published Rules shall apply.
14.09 In the event of a game postponement or
abandonment due to weather conditions or a Referee no show, the home team Head Coach
shall be responsible for advising the League within twenty-four (24) hours of the
scheduled start of the game.
Article 15: Schedules
season shall begin in May on a date to be determined by the ERSL Management
Board. Notice of the season start date will be provided to member clubs no
later than May 1st.
15.02 The End of Season date for all ERSL District Development divisions shall
be 11:59 P.M. of the first Sunday after the Labour Day long weekend. All games
must be completed by this date, except where the ERSL Management Board extends
the season for any/all ERSL divisions. The reasons for any such extension, and
the period of the extension, will be communicated to affected clubs and teams
at the earliest opportunity.
Article 16: Substitutions
Player substitutions shall be permitted with the consent of the Referee during
any stoppage of play.
Article 17: Referees
Referees shall be appointed in accordance with the ERSL Referee
17.02 Referees are required to be at the assigned game field a minimum of
thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled kick-off time to complete the
standard field check and other pre-game procedures. Failure to do so will
result in disciplinary action by the EODSA.
17.03 Referees assigned for District Development League games, shall be paid for
their services in accordance with the ERSL Referee Appointment Policy.
17.04 If one of the Teams raises objections as to field conditions, goalposts,
balls or team colours, the Referee may, at his discretion, require the
responsible Team to correct the cause of the objection, if this is possible
without unduly delaying progress of the game. The Referee shall be the sole
judge as to whether the matters that gave rise to the objection by one of the
Teams, is sufficient cause to abandon the game.
17.05 In the event that the appointed Referee fails to appear by the appointed
kick-off time, the Home Team
will make every attempt to contact a Referee as required for the level of
match. If no certified Referee can be contacted the team officials from
both teams may decide whether or not to proceed with the game under the
officiating of a cooperatively chosen individual(s).
17.06 The Referee shall ensure that the well-being of the players is given
priority over the progress of the game. Consequently, the Referee must suspend
play or abandon the game, if necessary, where weather conditions, and more
particularly thunderstorms, or field conditions place the safety of players at
Article 18: Discipline
Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the OS Published Rules
and the ERSL Discipline Procedures. The following guidelines will apply:
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 or does not file an appeal within seventy-two (72) hours of
the game where the offence occurred, the case will be dealt with by DBR and, if
the accused person is found guilty, the applicable penalties and/or fines,
established by OS for the offence for which he/she has been charged, shall
b) Any request for a hearing shall
be submitted by email to the ERSL League Administrator within 72 hours of the
game where the offence occurred. A Hearing Fee of fifty dollars ($50) in the
form of 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 not
guilty. An accused who has requested a hearing and fails to appear for the
hearing shall forfeit the Hearing Fee.
18.02 Where the OS Published Rules provide for Discipline by Hearing (DBH), and
where the ERSL Management Board has delegated to the ERSL the authority to
handle all discipline pertaining to league activities, except where the offence
was directed at a game official, the ERSL
Management Board shall appoint a Discipline Committee or Panel to hold a
hearing and deal with the alleged infractions.
18.03 Where disciplinary action results is a suspension, the suspension shall
not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the issue of the notice of
discipline. For example, a player issued with a suspension notice on Friday
would serve the suspension for the game(s) scheduled on or after the following
a) Where a player is suspended for a
game(s), and the game is cancelled, or not played, the suspension will carry
over to the next scheduled game(s); and
b) If a game is started, then
abandoned, based on a decision of the referee, the player’s suspension is
deemed to have been served.
18.04 All youth players attending a Disciplinary Hearing must be accompanied by
an adult who shall act as an advisor, failing which, the hearing will not
proceed, and the player shall be suspended until the hearing is held.
18.05 Clubs shall ensure that accused players and Team/Club Officials appear
for their Disciplinary Hearing. If, upon being advised of the failure of the
accused to appear for their hearing, the Club fails in meeting
its responsibility within 30 days of the date of the original hearing, the fine
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule, shall be assessed against
18.06 Failure of a Club to appear at a Disciplinary
Hearing will result in a fine as specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines
18.07 Discipline Fine – At the conclusion of the
season, every club which has a team/teams with a Discipline Index (DI) of 2.0
or greater, as calculated by the ERSL League Management System, shall be
assessed a discipline fine as specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines
Schedule for each team/teams, to a maximum discipline fine of $1000 per club,
Article 19: Appeals
19.01 Appeals of any decisions related to the District Development
competition made by the ERSL Management Board, or a Disciplinary Panel of the
League shall be dealt with by the EODSA in accordance with its Published Rules.
Information concerning Appeals can be found on the ERSL website.
Article 20: Club Representatives
Club that is accepted into membership shall designate up to five (5)
individuals as its Club Representative(s). The Club Representative(s)
shall be the official point of contact in dealings with the ERSL and will
be available for duties in the operation of the League that may be assigned
from time to time by the ERSL Management Board.
Article 21: Communications
21.01 The ERSL shall mainly use
its web-based league management system for all communications with its member
Clubs, and their team officials. Communications shall be by e-mail. Clubs shall
ensure they have valid email addresses in the league management system at all
times for the following positions, as a minimum:
21.02 Unless specified otherwise in these rules and regulations (e.g.
rescheduling of games), communication with the ERSL by players, parents, or
team officials is not permitted. Questions, complaints, concerns, and other
matters must be communicated to the appropriate Club representative. If, in the
opinion of the Club, the matter should be addressed by the ERSL, then the Club
shall forward the communication to the ERSL, requesting League action. Failure
to follow this process will result in the communication being discarded by the
ERSL without further notice to the originator, and may result in a fine to the
Club as specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
21.03 Teams shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the League Management
System from April 30 until October 1 of each season for the following
positions, as a minimum:
21.04 At a minimum, the Club President, and Club Representative shall be
notified by e-mail, of all new general notices or notices that pertain to their
Club teams that are posted from time to time on the ERSL Web site.
21.05 At a minimum, the Team Head Coach and Manager shall be notified by
e-mail, of all new general notices or notices that pertain to their teams that
are posted from time to time on the ERSL Web site.
21.06 Notices of suspensions, penalties or fines levied on a Club, Club
Administrator, Team Staff or Player as
a result of discipline hearings shall be communicated to the Club.
21.07 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Clubs:
a) March 2nd to September
30th - 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail: and
b) October 1st to March 1st
- 7 days after transmittal of the e-mail.
21.08 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Teams:
a) May 1st to September
30th - 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail; and
b) October 1st to April 30th-
no e-mails will usually be sent to teams other than for informational purposes.
Article 22: Pre-Season Meetings
22.01 Each March, there 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 SOS. 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.
22.02 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. Clubs failing to send
one (1) representative per team to the Team pre-season meeting shall be
assessed a fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 23: Other Matters
matters not included in these Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with in
accordance with the OS Published Rules