The mission of the OSA Pyramid of Play
1. To ensure that the player is the number one priority and has the opportunity to play at a level appropriate to his or her skill and ability.
2. To recognize the Club as the main vehicle for the provision of opportunities for the player and to safeguard its needs and interests with respect to the Pyramid of Play.
3. To clearly establish the principle that the most productive environment for every player at every level of play, from mini-soccer to international competition, is to play in a balanced league.
4. To provide a stable organizational structure to ensure the ongoing viability of Teams, Clubs, and Leagues.
How the OSA Pyramid of Play is implemented
The highest part of the youth pyramid is the Ontario Youth Soccer League, where the best teams from the province compete. Typically each division is 10 teams playing 18 games.
Below the OYSL are 4 Level 3 Regional Leagues, the East Region Soccer League is one of these leagues. The others are from the West, Central, and the South Regions of the province.
At the end of each season 2 teams are relegated from the OYSL to their appropriate Regional League. Their place in the OYSL is taken by 2 of the 4 champions from the Regional Leagues. A play off will be used to determine which of the 4 Regional Champions will win the 2 promotion spots.
Below the ERSL Regional Division is the Level 4 with Premier and Division 1 Divisions.
Promotion and relegation will take place between the Level 4 and the Level 3 Leagues.
The top 4 levels of the pyramid are all considered competitive soccer. The 4th level is considered recreational soccer or House Leagues. The soccer clubs organizes the House Leagues. There is no promotion and relegation between the House Leagues and Division 1 of the ERSL. Instead teams who want to move from the House Leagues must apply to the ERSL to progress