Women’s Outdoor 11v11
Rules & Regulations
Amended April 15, 2018
League Specific Requirements
- Each team must provide, place, and retrieve two corner flags or pylons for each game.
- Each designated home team must provide 2 game balls which have been determined by the referee to be in acceptable condition
- In the event of two teams playing with similar uniform colours, the home team is responsible for providing an alternate set of colours to clearly distinguish themselves from the opposing team. Goalkeepers must wear a colour different from their own team, the opposing team and the referees.
- Solid metallic shoe studs are not permitted to be worn, nor are rugby or baseball-type cleats.
- Shin guards are mandatory.
- Braces and casts of any type must be completely covered with a protective sleeve
- All jewellery must be removed.
- The Game Official may deny participation to players for “unsafe” equipment at their discretion.
League Specific Rules
1. Rules of Play
The laws of the game shall be those adopted by CSA through its association with FIFA.
2. League Division and Schedule
The league shall be comprised of a division or divisions which will be based on the number of member teams for any given season.
Teams will receive a minimum of 10 games. Points will be awarded as follows: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss. The first place team at the end of the regular season will be declared the League Champion. In event of a tie in the League standings the following criteria, in priority order, will be used to determine the official league standings: greater number of wins, head-to-head record, goal difference, total goals for, total goals against. Should any teams remain tied after all criteria have been applied the winner will be decided by a coin toss conducted by a team official from each team involved in the tie along with a league official.
All clubs in good standing will qualify to participate in the League cup. Each team will receive a minimum of 2 cup games. The winner of the League Cup will be declared the Cup Champion. Round robin cup games can end in a tie. Knock-out (Elimination) cup games can not end in a tie. Should a tie occur in a knock-out game after regulation time has expired the winner will be decided in penalty kicks as directed by the game official. Five shooters from each team who were on the field at the conclusion of play will be selected to take the penalty kicks. In the event of a tie after each team has taken 5 penalty kicks, one additional penalty kick will be taken by a team until a clear winner has been decided. Each player can only take one penalty kick (in a situation where each player available has taken a penalty kick and no other players are available this rule will no longer apply). The game official directs and has final say in all penalty kick decisions.
3. Player/Team Eligibility
(a) All players that wish to participate in the League must complete the online waiver form prior to participating in any league activities. Failure to do so will result in said players being deemed ineligible and rule 3(c) may apply.
(b) All players who participate in the league must be registered with SWRSA a minimum of 24 hours prior to participating in any game in order to be deemed eligible. The effective registration date will be used as the official date of when the player was registered. Players in question are required to present valid photo ID to a league official or opposing team manager upon request. Players who do not show valid photo ID upon request are not allowed to play in any game until they have received approval from the league. Proceeding to play without valid photo ID may result in ineligible player and Rule 3(c) may apply. Any player whose membership has been cancelled is deemed to be ineligible player and Rule 3(c) may apply.
(c) Should a League official or opposing team manager find a team to be playing with an ineligible player at any time, the ineligible player will be ejected from the game. If a game has been completed in which an ineligible player who participated, the game points will automatically awarded to the opposing team. If the league determines that an ineligible player has been involved in any previous games, the points for each team of those completed games will be awarded to the opposing teams. The score of the game is detailed in Rule 3(d). Teams found to be playing with ineligible players be subjected to discipline by both SWRSA and the league (see rule 19).
(d) In all cases where an ineligible player has been found to have played in violation of the league rules or a team has deemed a “No-show” as per rule 8(b), The “goals for” of the offending team will be recorded as 0 in the game results. The “goals for” of the opposing team will stand. The goal scorers will be recorded on the website for both teams. If the game results in a 0-0 draw or the opposing team has not scored, they will be awarded a 3-0 win and no goal scorers will be identified on the league website.
(e) Call-ups are subject to the following restrictions:
- A youth or senior player that is registered to the same club, through an affiliation agreement, or a temporary registration.
- No more than three (3) players may be called up at any time for a particular game.
- The maximum number of times a player can play as a call-up is unlimited.
- Only players properly registered to the team (OSA Rosters) may play in the Cup/Playoffs.
- Call-ups MUST be approved by the league in writing to be eligible to play or Rule 3(c) will apply.
4. Player Age Restriction
Players must be 18 of age or older, at any point within the same calendar year, to be eligible to play in the league without an additional waiver. Players under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their parents or guardians.
5. Competitive Player Limitation
Each team may only register a maximum of three competitive player with the league . Any additional players for to play, under any circumstance, on a competitive team shall be considered ineligible by the league and Rule 3(c) and Rule 19 may apply. Competitive teams include, but are not limited to, those playing in WRSL, OYSL, KDSL and OWSL. PDL and League 1 players are ineligible.
6. League Website/ Team Roster Information
Prior to the start of each season all teams must submit their roster to the league for review and upload to their league website. Teams may register a maximum of 25 players with SWRSA and the league. It is the responsibility of each team to continually update the league with changes to their roster throughout the season. Failure to update the team roster may result in disciplinary action by the league as described in Rule 19.
7. Player Registration Deadline
The league will not accept any player registrations or transfers beyond July 31.
8. Minimum Number of Players & No-Shows
Games will not start should there be less than seven players available to each or other team.
(a) If a team has less than seven players available before the start of the game, a 10 minute grace period is allowed to complete the minimum number of players required to play (7 players). If after the grace period, The team still has less than seven players, they will be considered a No-Show. The team in question will forfeit the game and 3 points will be awarded to the opposing team with a score of 3-0. No goal scorers will be registered on the website.
(b) If a team has less the seven player during the game, the team will be considered a No-Show and forfeit the game. Consequently, the 3 points will be awarded to the opposing team. The score of the game will be reported as detailed in Rule 3(d). All games that end in a forfeit may be subject to Rule 19(J) or 19(K).
Teams having two or more No-Shows in one season may be removed from the league and subject to additional disciplinary action by the league.
9. Payment of Game officials
(a) The league will remit payment to the Game Officials as per the books and records of the Referee Scheduler and in accordance with the league schedule.
Officials are not allowed to play the 2 referee system (2 referees in the centre). If a game is played with 2 Referee system the team officials involved may be subject to discipline by the league subject to Rule 19(h).
If less than 3 officials are present for a match please contact the league immediately at (226) 336-9891. The fee payment will be adjusted accordingly with the referee scheduler.
10. Game Sheets
Game sheets must be completed in their entirety. This include, but not limited to, game time, date, location, home team, away team. and manager. Only players that physically take part in the game will be on the game sheet. Players whose names are on the game sheet, but did not play, shall be stricken from the sheet prior to the conclusion of the half-time break. If the name is not struck from the game sheet, the player is deemed to have played. All game sheets are final at the conclusion of the half-time break. A player whose name is already on the game sheet but who is unavoidably delayed will be permitted to enter the game even though the second half has already started.
11. Team Officials
Team officials will not coach within 18 yard line. Team officials shall be responsible for the conduct of their players and spectators. Spectators are not allowed in the team area or on the team bench. Spectators are not permitted behind the goal area and must remain 5 meters back from the playing field. Team officials are subject to discipline by SWRSA and the league.
12. Player Substitutions
Teams may make an unlimited number of substitutions at the discretion of the Game official. Player substitutions from both teams shall be permitted during a stoppage of play for a goal kick, following a goal, at half-time, or at the start of extra time with the consent of the referee. Teams may also make a substitution on their own throw-ins with the consent of the referee. No substitutions is allowed if a player or players are dismissed from the match with the exception of the goalkeeper. All substitutions must enter and exit the field from the field at the halfway line or as directed by the officials. All substitute players must leave the field without delay.
13. Reporting Game Scores
A team representative for BOTH teams must arrange for the game details to be reported through the league website using the “Submit your score” score reporting feature within 48 hours of the completion of the match. If the league website is unavailable please report the game details by e-mail to email@example.com within the same 48 hour time period. Anytime a team fails to report their score within the specified time period may be subject to disciplinary action by the league as specified in Rule 19.
14. Team Postponing/Cancelling a Game
Any team that takes it upon themselves to postpone or cancel a league game without the permission of the league shall forfeit the game and may be subject to further disciplinary action by the league. 3 points will be awarded to the opposing team and the score of the game shall be reported as 3-0, with no goal scores recorded.
Any team that requires a game to be rescheduled must submit their request to the league in writing at least 45 days prior to the originally scheduled game date.
15. Violent Conduction
(a) Game Suspension Due to the Conduct of a Player, Team Officials or Team:
If a game play is suspended in a league scheduled game by an official prior to full time due to the conduct of a player, team officials, or team, the offending team will forfeit the game. The opposing team will be awarded 3 points and their “goals for” will be recorded in full. The “goals for” of the offending team will be recorded as 0 in the game results. The goal scorers will be recorded on the website for both teams. If the game results was a 0-0 draw the opposing team had not scored, they will be awarded a 3-0 win and no goal scorers will be identified on the league website.
In the case of a referee assault, the offending team will forfeit its sportsmanship bond in accordance with Rule 19. The bond must be repaid prior to the team’s next scheduled game. If the team has not repaid their bond by the next scheduled league game, the team will forfeit all games until the bond has been repaid in full. The scores for the forfeited games will be recorded as 3-0.
(b) Game Suspension Due to the Conduct of Players and/or Team Officials from Both Teams:
If a game is suspended in a league scheduled game by an official prior to full time due to the conduct of the players or team officials from both teams, the score at the time of the game suspension will be recorded as the final scare if more than 75 minutes has been played. If less than 75 minutes have been played the game will be recorded as 0-0. The league will contact the referee, the team managers, and other third party witnesses to help determine the cause of the game suspension and rule accordingly. The league reserves the right to award zero points to any team involved in these situations.
(c) Player Misconduct Demerit Point System: Any player who receives a yellow card in a scheduled game will be awarded one demerit point (-1). Any player who receives a red card in a scheduled game will be awarded three demerit points (-3). If a player is found not guilty by SWRSA the demerit points will not be awarded. If a player receives a total of five demerit points (-5) they will be subjected to discipline review by the league. The demerit point count is reset to zero conclusion of the regular season.
16. Team Sportsmanship Rating
When reporting your game results, each team will provide a sportsmanship rating for their opponent from 1 to 5. The total ratings will be divided by the number of games played. This will form the sportsmanship score.
Sportsmanship Rating = 5
The other team was a great team and we really enjoyed playing against them. They were prepared to play and really showed terrific sportsmanship throughout the match, During the game they played within the ruled.Disputes and disruptions to the game were minimal. This was one of the best spirited teams we have played against. We are looking forward to playing them again.
Sportsmanship Rating = 4
The other team was a great team and we really enjoyed playing against them. They were prepared to play and really showed terrific sportsmanship throughout the game. During the game they generally played by the rules, but if we had a dispute they were receptive to the referee’s decision. This is a good spirited team.
Sportsmanship Rating = 3
The other team was a good team and we enjoyed playing against most of their players. They showed decent sportsmanship throughout the match. During the game they generally played by the rules. There were a few problematic individuals but disputes were extinguished quickly. overall, not a bad team to play against.
Sportsmanship Rating = 2
The other team was ok. We enjoyed playing against only a few of their players. They arrived late and/or were unprepared. There was poor sportsmanship throughout the match. During the game they showed disrespect for the officials and our team. This wasn’t an enjoyable game.
Sportsmanship Rating = 1
We did not enjoy playing against this team at all. They arrived late and/or showed up unprepared. They displayed little or no sportsmanship throughout the game. During the math they really didn’t play by the rules. There were many disputes and disruptions to play. There was a clear lack of respect for the game officials and/or our team.
A second sportsmanship rating (S2) will be based on the cards received by each team. One yellow card is equivalent of -1 demerit point. One red card is equivalent of -3 demerit points. At the end of the regular season, The total of all the team demerit points will be divided by the number of games played.
17. Game Suspensions Resulting from Other Conditions
In event of suspension of play by the referee due to weather or poor lighting conditions, in which 60 minutes of play have been completed, the game will be considered by the league as a complete game. The score at the time the game was suspended will be considered the final score. In event of a suspension of play by the referee due to weather or poor lighting conditions in which 60 minutes have not been completed, the game will be considered incomplete by the league. The teams involved in the incomplete game will be responsible to notify the league. All cancelled games will be rescheduled as soon as possible based on the availability. Teams will be given a minimum of 1 week’s notice except in cases of exceptional circumstances such as time sensitive games that may impact the progression of league or cup play.
(a) All protest arising from games shall be sent to the league via e-mail within 48 hours of the completion of the game being protested. All protests must be accompanied by approval to charge a protest fee of $75 from the team bond together with a copy of the game sheet. Any protests that is received will be forwarded to the team being protested against. protest request that do not meet the previously stated criteria will be deemed to be “out of order” and shall not be heard by the league.
19. Team Bond
Each team shall pay a sportsmanship bond at the beginning of the season to the league. The bond will be retained by the league at the end of the season unless otherwise directed. A team bond may be used offset any outstanding balances due. Fines for the following infractions will be deducted from the bond applied to:
a) $200 fine for a team that assaults a referee.
b) $50 fine for each time a team representative is not present at a mandatory league meeting
c) A team that plays ineligible players as defined in rule 3 shall be fined:
1. $100 for 1st offence
2. $200 for 2nd offence
3. Removed from the league
d) $10 fine for each team failing to report the game score via the website within 48 hours after the completion of the game or midnight 1 day following the scheduled date of the game, whichever is later.
f) Any team that is fined its entire $200 bond will be up for league review at the end of the season.
g) Any team that has received a minimum of 4 red cards will be up for league review prior to their next game.
h) $50 fine for each team that plays with 2 referees system.
i) $50 fine for each official that plays with a 2 referee system.
j) $50 fine for each official that considers a no-show for an accepted game.
k) Any team that has been assessed $50 or more in fines must pay the amount due before their next scheduled game. Failure to pay the fine before the next scheduled game will result in a forfeit. All subsequent games will be recorded as forfeits until fine is paid in full. In this case, the 3 points will be awarded to opponent teams and the score will be determined according to Rule 3.
l) $50 for failure to update the team roster with the league.
J) $100 for the first Forfeit/No Show by a team in a league or cup game without 48 hours notice.
K) $250 for the Second and subsequent Forfeit/No Show by a team in a league or cup game without 48 hours notice.
20. League Review
A review shall be completed by the league to determine whether a team and/or a player shall be subjected to a fine and/or face dismissal from the league for any of the infractions listed below:
1. Any team found guilty of a second offence for playing ineligible players
2. Any team that has forfeited their entire $200 bond
3. Any team that assaults a referee.
4. Any special incident not included in points 1 through 4