Letter to the Membership Regarding the Future of the ERSL
Dear ERSL Members:
On January 30th, 2018 the ERSL received a letter from the
EODSA notifying the ERSL Management Board:
“…that the ERSL will not be operating the District
Competitive and District Development competitions at the conclusion of the 2018
summer season. More specifically, October 1, 2018 will mark the return of those
two competitions to District operational control.”
the EODSA has not yet notified its Membership of this decision the ERSL
Management Board has determined that it is important for our members to be made
decision of the EODSA Board to take control of the District Competitive and
Development competitions will have an enormous impact on how youth soccer will
be provided to you beginning in the fall of 2018. Changes will not only directly affect the
provision of District competitions but will also have a dramatic impact on the
Regional competition which will continue to be operated by the ERSL. Currently,
309 teams participate at the District level in the ERSL while 91 teams
participate at the Regional level in the ERSL.
result of the EODSA Board decision the ERSL has begun its budget projections
for 2019 and it is evident that there will be a significant impact on the cost
of services you are provided. We will need to make significant financial cuts
to maintain the level of service currently provided and team registration fees
for Regional will increase significantly in order to offset the lower revenue
as a result of the movement of District teams out of the ERSL.
you choose to accept this change, we suggest that you begin assessing the
impact that this change will have on your operations and costs for both
Regional and District teams.
ERSL was initially given responsibility of the operation of youth District
league competitions within the EODSA so that their overall operation could be
provided in a coordinated and efficient manner alongside the Regional league
competition. This allowed for the lowest
team fees in Ontario, the integration of services, a single point of contact,
coordination of rules across all competitions, and the effective and efficient
delivery of services to our members.
ERSL has successfully and consistently provided both Regional and District
youth soccer competitions to our Members for the last 5 years; and Regional
alone for the last 16 years. You have
the ability to retain the quality and consistency of soccer operations that
this District currently enjoys. We urge
you to call on your District to continue to have the ERSL provide your District
Development and Competitive competitions.
On behalf of your ERSL Management Board,
East Region Soccer League
At the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the EODSA
the following motion was passed by the EODSA Membership following displeasure
with operations of Leagues by the EODSA, and confidence in the ERSL’s
That the EODSA Extend the mandate of the ERSL to
Manage the EODSA’s District Competitive and District Development Competitions
until October 2018.
- This will give
greater start-up stability to the ERSL through transitions of OPDL.
ERSL subsequently hired a full-time General Manager and shifted from a Board of
Directors to a League Management Board.
Shortly thereafter the ERSL was also tasked with operations of the
Indoor District Development League as requested by the EODSA and their
As you have been made previously aware, on July 11th,
2017 the ERSL was given a letter by the EODSA outlining the following motion:
“The EODSA shall
advise the ERSL that the EODSA will be operating the EODSA District Youth
Competitive and District Development Leagues commencing Oct 1st, 2017.”
The ERSL submitted an appeal of
this motion to Ontario Soccer on the grounds
that the EODSA Board did not have authority or jurisdiction to pass a motion,
in contradiction of the previously passed motion of The EODSA Membership. Upon receipt of notice of the appeal the
EODSA rescinded their July 10th motion and operations of the
District Development and Competitive competitions were returned to the ERSL for
the remainder of the mandate. The Winter
Development League, despite dispute, was not returned to ERSL operations.