2022 Regional Rules and Regulations
As amended at the April 2022 Special General Meeting
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 Rules.
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.
1.06 In the case of players registered in Ontario, references in these Rules to “OS ID Card” includes a digital ID card that is verifiable by the EODSA or SOSA or that may be verified before a match using the application software that has been approved by the EODSA.
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 League.
3.03 Withdrawals must be made through the ERSL League Management system (website).
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 cheques.
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 the League.
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 each year.
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 following categories:
6.02 All Coaches and other Team Officials shall be registered with their Club’s respective District Associations in accordance with the OS Published Rules.
6.03 All Team Officials shall be registered in the Team section of the ERSL website.
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 OS;
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) Ateam may not use more five (5) players, playing as Play Ups, in any one League game. Players with a TEP or a STRP shall be included in the total of five (5) 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.
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.
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 Schedule.
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 the referee.
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 rule.
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 (with OS 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 action.
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 record.
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 Schedule.
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 Each coach 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 Schedule.
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 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 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 halves;
b) U-14 to U-18 - Two 45-minute halves;
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 area.
14.02 Only the eighteen (18) players listed on the game sheet 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 prohibited.
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 Referee.
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 Division.
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 Management Board.
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 tie-breaker;
d) The team with the least goals against in all regular season games shall be declared the winner of the tie-breaker;
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 penalty kicks.
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 Fines Schedule.
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 Schedule.
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 apply.
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 last Sunday of September. 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 for the 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 referee.
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 Policy.
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 check and 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 Policy.
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 the protest.
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 be entertained.
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 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 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 following Friday.
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 Committee.
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 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 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 website.
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) Technical Director;
e) Discipline Representative
f) Field Assignor
g) Chief Referee.
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 position as a minimum:
a) Head Coach;
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 2ndto 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 informational purposes.
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.