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Table of Contents
I. Applications...................................................................................................................................... 3
II. Categories and Divisions.................................................................................................................. 4
III. Player Registration........................................................................................................................... 5
IV. Playing up Permits, Trial Permits, Temporary Eligibility Permits and Reserve Teams.....................6
V. Player Identification......................................................................................................................... 8
VI. Number of players and substitutions............................................................................................... 9
VII. Duration of Games........................................................................................................................... 9
VIII. Scheduling ......................................................................................................................................10
IX. Postponement of Games, Defaulted Games, and Abandoned Games.......................................... 10
X. Standings........................................................................................................................................ 12
XI. Defunct Teams............................................................................................................................... 12
XII. Protests.......................................................................................................................................... 13
XIII. Discipline .......................................................................................................................................14
XIV. Club and Team Official Responsibilities.........................................................................................15
XV. Equipment...................................................................................................................................... 16
XVI. Game Reports ................................................................................................................................ 17
XVII. Match Officials..............................................................................................................................18
XIX. Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup..............................................................................................................19
XX. Additional Rules............................................................................................................................. 20
1. Any Clubs wishing to return to the OCSL from the previous outdoor season must submit a fully
completed Returning Club Application to the OCSL office on or before March 1st of each calendar
year. All outstanding fines or fees must also be submitted with this application.
2. Any clubs wishing to join the OCSL must submit a New Club Application with the application fee
and bond on or before February 1st of the calendar year of the upcoming competition.
3. All clubs in the OCSL must be in good standing with their district organization. The League
Management Board can refuse the application of any club that is not in good standing.
4. All team applications must be submitted to the OCSL office on or before March 1st
a. Acceptance of any late applications will be at the discretion of the League Management
Board. When making this decision the LMB will consider:
i. Need to create balanced divisions
ii. Need to make a division viable
iii. Convenience of teams that have met the deadline
iv. Playing facilities and availability
v. Past financial and discipline record of the club
vi. The administrative cost of adding the team
5. All team fees must be submitted with the team applications. Fees are set at the previous year’s
AGM. These fees include team entry fees, any field rental and marking fees. Clubs whose total
fees are in excess of $2000 can:
a. Pay $2000 with the application plus 50% of remaining balance at time of application.
Pay the remaining balance in the form of a post-dated cheque, dated on or before May
1st and submit it with the application.
b. Pay the full amount with the application
6. Clubs are to apply for teams in the same division they participated in the previous season. In
cases of promotion or relegation, clubs are to apply for teams in the divisions they are entitled
a. Requests to change divisions must be submitted to the OCSL office on or before May 1st
Requests made after May 1st may be charged a fee as determined by the LMB.
7. A team position spot is held by the club that the team is registered for. If a club wishes to
transfer their spot to another club, they must take the necessary steps as outlined in the OSA
Published Rules. If a club does not host a team in a team position spot they hold, they will lose
their right to that spot.
8. Team withdrawals must be submitted in writing to the OCSL office.
a. Teams that are withdrawn after May 1st and before May 14th inclusive shall be liable for
the full team entry fee of the division in which they have entered plus an administrative
fee of $500.
b. Teams that are withdrawn on or after May 15th shall be liable for the full team entry fee
for the division in which they have entered plus an administrative fee of a minimum
$500 and a maximum of $1000 as determined by the LMB.
9. Each team will be identified only by its club name and/or by the addition of a simple name,
colour, letter or number, except in the case of a conflict between teams of the same club.
10. It is the responsibility of all clubs with the OCSL, who provide their own fields, to have their field
allocations in to the OCSL office on or before May 1st for the upcoming season. If not provided
by May 1st clubs will be subject to corrective action on a per team basis as indicated in the fee
table. If no fields are assigned by May 15th the team may be withdrawn from the OCSL.
11. NSF Cheques - Any Club/team whose cheque is returned by the bank because of insufficient
funds will be charged an administrative fee in addition to the amount of any fee charged by the
bank. This will also include any charge disputes or chargebacks through PayPal or any financial
II. Categories and Divisions
1. The OCSL will operate divisions in the following categories as applicable in accordance with OSA
a. Senior District Competitive League
b. Senior District Recreational League
2. Teams that are new, returning from suspension or from a one year lapse in participation (or
more) will be placed at the discretion of the LMB.
3. The LMB may recognize any group of six (6) or more teams wishing to organize and operate a
division or category not currently existing where not prohibited by the OSA.
4. All efforts will be made for even numbers in divisions
a. The Senior District Competitive divisions will have a minimum of four (4) teams and a
maximum of ten (10) teams.
b. The Senior District Recreational divisions will have a minimum of four (4) teams and a
maximum of sixteen (16) teams
i. OT1 is the only exception with the maximum number of teams being ten (10) in
5. At the end of each season the bottom two (2) teams from each of the divisions will be relegated
to the next lower division. The top two (2) teams in each division will be promoted to the next
higher division. Additional divisions will be added as needed. The following exceptions apply:
a. Recreational teams have the option to not accept promotion
b. Competitive teams may elect to not accept promotion, however a team cannot refuse
promotion in back to back years.
c. When a team that is in a promotion spot elects to not accept promotion, then the team
with the next best record will be offered promotion, at the discretion of the LMB.
d. There will be no promotion from Senior Recreational to Senior Competitive divisions.
Any team willing to make the move, must apply for the position.
6. Where expansion or contraction of any of the competitive divisions is considered necessary, a
meeting will be held with the involved clubs to determine and recommend to the LMB the most
appropriate divisional competition.
7. A club may have a maximum of 2 teams in a Premier division.
8. More information regarding promotion, relegation, and the placement of teams can be found in
the OCSL Configurations and Scheduling Policy.
III. Player Registration
1. Teams must be created in AIMs by May 1st of the competition year. Clubs may be subject to
corrective action if not done.
2. All players shall be registered with their District, through their respective clubs, in accordance to
OSA Published Rules. All Quebec based teams shall be registered with the Federation de Soccer
du Quebec. Quebec based teams must have their official rosters on file with the EODSA.
3. All players must possess a valid form of player identification, which they must produce upon
request. For EODSA teams, this is a signed player identification card.
4. All teams must have an official roster with them at every game.
5. Any player under the age of 18 who is registered in the OCSL must have a signed Waiver filed
with the OCSL office prior to their first game
a. Any call up player under the age of 18 must use the Minor Call Up form. They do not
need a waiver on file, unless they register with the team.
6. Any player playing in an age restricted division must satisfy the age requirement as outlined in
the OSA Published Rules.
7. A team shall forfeit the game and be subject to disciplinary action if they play a player who:
a. Is not registered in accordance to OSA Published Rule for Ontario teams, or in
accordance to FSQ Published Rules for Quebec based teams
b. Is ineligible to compete at the level of play of that team
c. Is serving a suspension
d. Playing a player under a different name
e. Does not present a valid ID card
f. Does not have a valid play-up permit, TEP, or Trial Permit with them at the field
8. All transfers of players from one team to another must be done in accordance to OSA Published
9. OCSL players may play on multiple teams, however they can only register to one competitive
team. Any disciplinary action they earn will be tracked based on the team they earned it with.
a. All registrations must be in different divisions
10. On July 31st of the competition year, the OCSL rosters will be fixed and only the players
registered to the teams at that point will be eligible to play in the OCSL competitions.
IV. Playing up Permits, Trial Permits, Temporary Eligibility Permits
and Reserve Teams
1. A team may “call up” a player from a lower competition level. The ranking of OCSL divisions
based on competition level are as follows:
a. A player must be called up from the highest team they are registered for.
b. Any call ups to an age restricted division must satisfy the age requirements.
c. Recreational players can play up to any Competitive team.
d. MR1 can only play up to OT1 or to competitive. OT1 can only play up to MR1 and
e. MR2 and lower and OT2 and lower can call up from any OT2 and lower division or MR2
and lower division
f. Players on W30+ and Masters 50+ are allowed to play up to any OCSL team. W30+ and
Masters 50+ may call up from any Recreational team as long as they qualify by age.
g. Players who are only registered on Coed teams can be called up to any OCSL team. Coed
teams can call up from any recreational team.
2. Any team wishing to call up a player from another team from within their own club must submit
to the Match Official at the start of the game, a completed OCSL Play Up Permit.
a. The player must meet the requirements as listed above
b. No more than three (3) players from one or any combination of lower teams may play
up for a team in a game. This does not apply for Senior Competitive teams after August
1st . A team found to be playing more than
3 players up at a time may be subject to
c. A player is restricted to six (6) call ups per season. Once a player has played up for a
maximum number of games, they cannot play any further games with a higher team
unless that player is registered to the higher level team in accordance to OSA Published
d. Any team found to be using a call up player from within their own club without using
and submitting a completed OCSL Play Up Permit will be subject to disciplinary action.
3. A team wishing to call up a player from a lower team in a different club must use a Temporary
Eligibility Permit (TEP). This permit is to be obtained from the district the player is registered in.
It is not possible to call up across provincial boarders.
a. A copy of the completed form must be submitted with the game sheets to the Match
b. In the event that players play up without such authorizations the team and club may
face disciplinary actions.
c. A player can only play up on a TEP 3 times in a season.
d. A player on a TEP must also have with them a valid form of player identification and
must present it to the Match Official during card check.
e. A Senior club can call up a youth player from another club without a TEP if there is a
signed affiliation agreement between the two clubs.
4. A team may give a trial to a player without registering them. The team must obtain a Trial
Registration Permit from the district they are registered in. A Trial Registration Permit is valid for
two (2) games over fifteen (15) days. This player must not be registered anywhere for that
competition season to be eligible for a Trial registration Permit. A copy of the completed permit
must be submitted with the game sheets to the Match Official at the start of the game they are
5. Teams in the Premier or C1 divisions are permitted to designate a reserve team.
a. The team must be a competitive team from within their own club
i. A club may designate a youth competitive team from within their own club as
their reserve team
ii. A club may designate a youth competitive team as their reserve team from
outside their own club as long as there is an approved affiliation agreement filed
with the EODSA.
b. A Reserve Team Designation Form must be completed and submitted to the OCSL office
by May 15th of the competition year to designate a team.
c. A team may use a maximum of 6 reserve team players per game until August 1st. After
August 1st there are no restrictions on the number of players
d. There is no limitations on the number of games a reserve team player can play up
e. Play Up permits are not required for reserve players. Player’s full names are to be added
to the game sheets with an indication that they are reserve players.
V. Player Identification
1. Player identification will be in accordance with OSA Published Rules
2. Each player must have a signed, valid form of OSA player identification available at every game
they participate in. Valid Identification must have:
a. a picture of the player
b. the full name of the player as it appears on their OSA registration
c. their OSA number or player registration number
d. the player’s signature
e. a valid expiration date
3. The Match Official must perform a check of the identification prior to the start of the game.
4. Team officials must present the game sheet and players to the Match Official at least ten (10)
minutes before the scheduled kick off time.
5. If a player identification or permit is not available to present at the field the Match Official is to
indicate it on the game sheet. This player is considered ineligible to play. Any team found to be
playing an ineligible player will be subject to disciplinary actions.
6. If a team does not have valid player identification at the scheduled kick off time or within 20
minutes after the scheduled kick off time, the game will be forfeited by that team. The team
without the identification will be subject to disciplinary action.
7. If a team questions the legitimacy of the opposition’s identification or permits presented at the
field, this must be noted by the Match Official and the game shall be played. The questioning
team should protest according to the protest procedures.
8. Players who arrive after the game has begun, but before the start of the second half are allowed
to play immediately. These players are to show the Match Official their identification at half.
Players who arrive after the start of the second half are not eligible to play.
9. It is the expectation of the OCSL that the Match Official will be able to do card check with teams
without encountering any harassment from the teams, players or coaches. If a team is reported
to be harassing Match Officials in regards to, or during the process of Card Check, the team may
be subject to corrective action.
VI. Number of players and substitutions
1. A minimum of seven (7) and a maximum of twenty five (25) players shall constitute a team at
any Senior level.
a. Coed teams must maintain a maximum of seven (7) players of any one gender on the
field at all times.
2. In any case where kick off has been delayed due to either or both teams having fewer than the
minimum number of players the game will kick off as soon as both team can field the specified
minimum number. If unable to start within twenty (20) minutes of the scheduled kick off time,
the game will be abandoned and a report filed with the OCSL office. The defaulting team may be
subject to disciplinary action.
3. Substitutions shall be allowed on the signal of the Match Official at halftime, goal kicks, after a
goal, and to replace and injured player.
a. Senior Recreational teams may additionally make substitutions on their own throw-ins
or on the opposition’s throw in if they are also making a substitution.
b. There shall be no limitations on the number of substitutions a team can make in any
game in the OCSL
c. A team may change its goalkeeper for any player already on the field at any stoppage in
play provided proper notice is given to the Match Official in accordance within Law 3 of
FIFA Laws of the Game.
VII. Duration of Games
1. Games shall be two, forty five (45) minute halves.
a. Games may only otherwise be shortened by the separate rules of competition by the
b. Games may also be shorted at the discretion of the Match Official with the mutual
agreement of the teams in the case of cloudy and dull nights or shortness of light late in
the season. These changes should be noted on the respective game sheets by the Match
2. Extra time will only be played in games which may be required under rule 10 or where Cup rules
require it to be played.
a. If teams are tied at the end of regulation time they shall toss for selection of ends and
play two 10 minute halves
b. Teams shall be entitled 5 minutes rest between halves.
3. Where a game is still tied at the end of the prescribed extra time, the tie will be broken by the
taking of FIFA penalty kicks
4. There is no extra time for regularly scheduled games
1. Games will not be scheduled on July 1st
2. The outdoor season will start in May on a date determined by the LMB. Clubs will be notified of
the start date by May 1st of the competition calendar year
3. The OCSL will attempt to schedule around the following competitions for teams as long as the
OCSL office is given notice of participation by May 1st of the competition year:
a. CSA or OSA sanctioned Cup competitions
b. Local tournaments that are sanctioned by the EODSA
c. Soccer related travel outside of the country which is EODSA Approved
4. Games will be rescheduled by the league in the following instances. Teams will be given at least
one (1) week of notice of the time and location of the rescheduled games in the following
a. The assigned match official does not appear for the match and no suitable stand in is
available or agreed upon at the field
b. The field is closed by the organization that issues the permit
c. If Match Official judges the field to be unfit to play. The club holding the permit to the
field may be issued a fine.
d. There are weather factors, such as electrical storms, which in the opinion of the match
official, warrant not playing the game or its abandonment
5. Each team is permitted to request to reschedule two (2) games that do not fall under one of the
a. The request to reschedule the game must be submitted in writing to the OCSL at least
one (1) week prior to the game.
b. The request must include three (3) suggested dates that the game could be played. The
OCSL office will then help to facilitate the rescheduling of the game.
c. An agreement of the new date and location must happen within a week of the originally
scheduled game date. If no agreement is reached in this time the OCSL office will
schedule the game as they see fit.
6. More Rescheduling information can be found in the OCSL Rescheduling Policy.
IX. Postponement of Games, Defaulted Games, and Abandoned Games
1. Notification of league postponements shall be made to both teams at least 24 hours before the
game, except in those cases where the Field Permit issuer declares the field unusable. These
cases might not have prior notice. Notification will be made by email or telephone to the
contact information provided by the team officials.
2. Clubs or teams must notify the OCSL office in writing at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled
kick off time if they are not able to field a team. Less than 24 hours of notice will be subject to
a. Any Match Official fees may also be assessed to the defaulting team
b. Competitive teams that default a game more than 24 hours in advance of the kick off
may be subject to corrective action.
c. Competitive teams may also be fined the cost of the field if the defaulting team is not
the permit holders
i. The field costs will be returned to the permit holder as an account credit if the
field costs are fined.
3. The Match Official is the sole judge of postponing/abandoning a game at the field.
a. Any team which fails to field the allowable minimum number of players within twenty
(20) minutes after the scheduled kick off time shall be considered to have failed to
appear and they shall default the game. The Defaulting team shall be subject to fines.
The score will be recorded as 2-0 for the opposition.
b. If both teams fail to appear, both teams will be subject to corrective action. There shall
be no points and no score for the game, but each team will have one loss added to its
c. The LMB may order a defaulted game rescheduled where:
i. The defaulting team benefits from having defaulted,
ii. A team other than the defaulting team is adversely affected by the default. Any
team which refuses or is unable to replay the game may have its record deleted
from the league records
d. Any team which fails to field the allowable minimum number of players at any time
after the match has commenced shall be considered to have failed to appear and they
shall default the game. The defaulting team may be subject to fines. The score shall
appear as 2-0 for their opposition or the score at the time the game was stopped,
whichever score is more beneficial to the remaining team.
i. Any Match Official fees may also be assessed to the defaulting team
ii. Competitive teams may also be fined the cost of the field if the defaulting team
is not the permit holders
iii. The field costs will be returned to the permit holder as an account credit if the
field costs are fined.
4. If the game is abandoned by the Match Official for reasons of weather, including visibility, or
field conditions before the completion of ¾ of the normal playing time it may be rescheduled.
Games abandoned in the final ¼ of normal playing time will be considered complete. Inclement
weather is not, by itself, sufficient grounds for cancellation but a game shall be delayed, at least
until the danger passes.
5. If the Match Official is required to abandon a game at any time for any reason then noted
above, the LMB will determine the outcome of the game. If warranted, such decision may wait
until any related discipline matters are decided.
6. The EODSA will bill the OCSL any Match Official fees for any games that are not completed or
are defaulted. If it is determined there is a team at fault for the non-completion of a game (ie.
Defaults the game, fails to maintain 7 players, or forces the abandonment of the game) the OCSL
will bill the club for the Match Official fees of that game. If there is no one team at fault for the
non-completion (ie weather forces the abandonment) the OCSL will bill both clubs participating
in the game 50% of the match official fees for that game.
1. In all league games a team will be awarded 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The team
with the most points at the end of the regular league schedule shall be the division champion.
2. Tie Breaking - If two (2) or more teams are tied on points, then the first tie breaker will be each
team’s total goal difference over the season. If the teams are still tied with total goal difference,
then the team with the most goals for will be the winner.
3. If a division has been split into two (2) subdivisions on a basis other than playing ability, overall
first place shall be determined by one play-off game between the division leaders. No other
places will be ranked overall. If a division has been split into more than two divisions, then a
modified round robin format will be used to determine overall first placing.
4. A team forfeiting a game shall lose the game 2 - 0 in addition to suffering any other penalties
prescribed by the LMB. Forfeits will be subject to extra scrutiny.
5. Play-off games shall be played under extra-time rules as stated above.
XI. Defunct Teams
1. A team will be declared defunct if
a. It withdraws from the league
b. It fails to field enough players (defaults) for two (2) consecutive games, where those
games are six (6) or more days apart
c. It fails to field enough players (defaults) for four (4) games over the course of the
2. Only games that are not played at all or not played to completion can make a team defunct.
Games that are played to completion, but then later defaulted will not make a team defunct.
3. Any extraordinary or extenuating circumstance will be taken into account.
4. A defunct team will have its entire record for the season expunged from the standings. The club
will lose the right to that team position spot. All fees associated with this team will be forfeited
and an administrative fee will be levied against the club in accordance to Rule 1.8b
1. A Protest Panel shall hear all protests arising out of any game within the OCSL. The Protest Panel
shall consist of at least three (3) members of the LMB and/or Discipline Panel.
2. The Protest Panel will deal only with matters raised in the Protest. Any other issues that arise
(e.g. Discipline) will be dealt with at subsequent hearings as may be necessary.
3. Any protest concerning ineligible players must be noted on the official’s game sheet at first
opportunity indicating when the player in question arrived i.e. start of game, first half, halftime,
or second half. If this is not noted on the game sheet the protest will not stand.
4. Failure to meet the following submission requirements will result in the protest being
a. Protest fee shall be as established by the LMB and must accompany any protest.
b. Intention to file a protest shall be recorded within 24 hours of the game to which it
relates by phoning the OCSL office, at its current telephone number, leaving all
pertinent details. Notice of intention to protest may also be filed by fax and/or email
within the specified 24 hours.
c. The written protest must be filed on the official protest form, counter-signed by a Club
official, and addressed to the OCSL Secretary c/o OCSL office at its current office.
d The written protest must be received at the OCSL office by recorded delivery (i.e.
registered mail, hand delivery, courier, etc.) within three (3) working days of the game in
question. The stipulated protest fee must accompany the written protest.
e. The protesting team must send a copy of the written protest (by recorded delivery) to
its opponent in the game being protested within three (3) working days. A copy of the
receipt from the recorded delivery must be submitted (with the written protest) as
proof that this requirement has been met.
f. No responsibility shall be assumed by the LMB for protests not received within the
specified time period unless they are sent by registered mail.
g. Successful protests will be refunded the protest fee, while those which are denied will
lead to forfeiture of the fee.
5. Any protests relating to the grounds, goal posts, crossbars, ball, colours or other appurtenances
of the game shall not be entertained unless notice of complaint was lodged with the Match
Official prior to the game or at the time it was discovered during the game. The Match Official
shall record details of the complaint on the game report immediately upon being informed. The
Match Official shall require that the cause of the objection be rectified by the team responsible
(or by the teams) if this can be accomplished without unduly delaying the game. The Match
Official may abandon the game if rectification is not possible and to continue would, in his/her
opinion, be dangerous or otherwise unfeasible.
6. The decision by the Protest Panel on a protest may only be overturned by appeal to the EODSA
or higher body in accordance with that body's rules.
7. In the event that the OCSL or a higher governing body takes discipline action (charges with a
misconduct) which pertains to the matter being protested, and the accused does not attend the
hearing, the Protest Panel shall make a decision based on the information provided in the
written protest and information provided at the Protest meeting.
1. If authorized to do so by the EODSA, the LMB shall be delegated responsibility for discipline and
appoint a Discipline Committee to deal with infractions occurring at games under the
jurisdiction of the OCSL but not including misconduct directed at game officials.
2. The rules and procedures followed for discipline shall be those as established by the OSA and as
set out in the Published OCSL Discipline Procedures.
3. The Discipline Committee shall be empowered to bond, fine, suspend or deal with in accordance
with the OSA Published Rules those Clubs, teams, players or Club officials whom it shall find
guilty of any form of misconduct. The notification of the hearing shall include a complete listing
of the charges to be faced, including appropriate references to this and other applicable
I. The accused has 72 hours from the game to request a hearing
II. A hearing cannot be requested for the following OSA disciplinary Codes
1. 1.3 – 3 Yellow cards in a season
2. 1.5 – 5 yellow cards in a season
3. 1.6 – 6 Yellow cards in a season
III. There is an administrative fee that is required to accompany the request for a hearing.
This must be paid before the request will be processed
IV. The fee will be returned if the player is found not guilty on all charges.
4. All unpaid fines and fees at the end of each season (received by an individual or organization
under the jurisdiction of a Club) will be the responsibility of the Club.
5. All suspensions issued by the OCSL will have a fine attached to them. The individual will remain
suspended until the fine is paid.
a. Coaches or team officials found guilty of an OSA charge will also be administered a fine
in addition to the suspension.
6. Serving of suspensions
a. At least 72 hours of notice will be given prior to the game the suspension will be served
b. The individual must serve the suspension on the game(s) indicated on the suspension
c. If a game a player is to serve a suspension on is defaulted the suspension will be
d. If a game a player is to serve a suspension on is rescheduled to a different day, the
suspension follows that game
e. If a game a player is to serve a suspension on is started, but not completed for whatever
reason, and needs to be replayed, the suspension will be moved to the new game and
will be served there.
7. More information can be found in the Discipline Policy
XIV. Club and Team Official Responsibilities
1. Each team at minimum must have two team officials and/or coaches and/or managers listed in
the OCSL Website as contacts.
a. It is the responsibility of the club to update the OCSL on any staff or board member
changes and to update the OCSL Website if they are any changes to the club contact
b. Club and team officials are fully responsible for the conduct of their players, officials and
spectators at, and at the vicinity of, games in which they participate.
c. Club Officials are responsible for keeping Club practices and non-scheduled games off
publicly owned fields for which they have no permit.
d. Claims for losses or damages against the League arising from misconduct may be
assessed by the LMB against the player, officials(s) or Club(s) deemed to be responsible.
e. Club Officials are responsible for their players arriving on time and where the game is
delayed due to insufficient number of players arriving on time corrective action may be
f. Violation of any of the above could result in corrective action
a. All competitive teams must have certified coaches. Coaches for Ontario teams must be
certified according to the OSA Published Rules and all coaches must be registered with
the OSA. Coaches for teams from outside Ontario must be certified and registered
according to their team’s governing body. A copy of the coaching certificate must be
filed with the OCSL office. For every game a properly registered individual shall be
designated by the Club as team coach or manager. The coach or manager is responsible
for the conduct of his/her team.
b. The coach's name shall be entered on the game report and he/she shall identify
him/herself to the Match Official.
c. No coach, manager, trainer or other Club/team official may enter the field of play unless
requested to do so by the Match Official.
d. No coach or manager has the right to withdraw his or her team from the field of play
without the approval of the Match Official except as specified herein.
e. Objectionable conduct by a coach or any team official may result in the coach or team
official being warned, ejected or reported by the Match Official to the OCSL/EODSA and
may be subject to further disciplinary action.
f. If the coach/manager does not enter the game feedback information into the League
Management system within 48 hours, they may be subject to corrective action.
4. The home team shall assign the two team "benches" to separate areas on the same side of the
field. Coaches shall restrict their activities to their own bench area. Each team shall be
responsible for restricting their spectators to the opposite side of the field from the teams.
Children under the age of 12 of team officials and/or players will be entitled to remain in the
immediate area of their team bench.
5. For more information, please refer to the Club and Team Official guide published in the spring of
each competition year.
a. All players on the same team (except the goalkeeper) shall wear shirts of the same
colour. The goalkeeper shall wear a shirt of a different colour from those of his/her
team and the opposition.
b. All teams shall register their colours with the OCSL Office prior to playing their first
game. If possible they should state their colours when initially applying to the League.
c. Where, in the opinion of the Match Official, a similarity of the uniform colours could be
confusing, the home team shall change providing the visiting team's colours are as listed
with the League. If not, the visiting team shall change. It is the responsibility of the
coach of the team that is required to change to have alternate shirts ready.
d. In all OCSL games shirts must be numbered, except for goalkeepers’ jerseys which may
or may not be. Numbers must be at least 8 inches in height. No two players may wear
the same number. The player's number shall be indicated on the Game Report beside
his/her name and no player shall change his/her number during the course of the game
without the permission of the Match Official.
e. Competitive team outfield players must wear matching shorts and socks.
f. Teams that do not adhere to the above rules may be subject to corrective action.
2. Each team shall provide, and correctly install, two corner flags at one end.
3. Each team shall provide, and correctly install, a good net at one end of the field.
4. The home team shall provide a properly inflated size 5 ball
5. The wearing of safety/protective equipment, e.g. safety glasses, by players shall be permitted
where it is deemed by the Match Official as not constituting a hazard. Such equipment shall be
examined on the individual merits of the player and level of competition. All jewellery items, including rings, bracelets, earrings, etc. shall be removed before the game. Any items identifying
medical conditions, i.e. Medical Alert bracelets, necklets, etc., should not be removed, however,
they do need to be taped down on the player. Any such items are to be identified to the Match
Official before the start of the game in accordance with FIFA rules.
6. Every team shall ensure that an adequate first aid kit, and someone to use it, be at each game.
7. If a team does not provide a goal net, corner flags, or a game ball, or is late starting the game
due to any of these aforementioned items, they may be subject to corrective action
XVI. Game Reports
1. Three (3) copies of OCSL Game Sheets (signed by the designated coach present at the game)
with attached permits, must be provided to the game official prior to the start of the game.
a. These sheets must contain typed list of all registered players’ full names (first and last
names) together with their shirt numbers and game related information (Division, Date,
Team Names, and location etc).
b. Any player listed but not in attendance must have a line through their name or he/she is
deemed to have played that game.
c. Any player under suspension must be listed in the Suspension box at the bottom of the
sheet. Failure to identify players under suspension may result in disciplinary action by
d. At the end of the game, the game official will provide each team with one completed
copy of the respective team sheets and return a signed copy to the OCSL with any
e. Failure of a team to properly fill in a game sheet as noted above may result in the team
being subject to corrective action.
2. The Game Report shall consist of both teams' Game Sheets, complete with the applicable
Caution Forms, Dismissal Forms, Match Official Assault Forms, Special Incident Report Forms,
and Permits. The Match Official must sign all sheets. The Match Official must enter all
information in the game report section of RefCentre and submit the Game sheets and any
permits or forms to the OCSL office.
3. The Game Sheet, when complete, shall show the final score, scorers and any incident which
resulted in a caution or ejection of a player or team official, or other Special Incident.
4. Game Sheets are required for all scheduled games. If a game is not played the Game Sheet(s)
shall be filled in as completely as possible and the reason given why the game was not played.
5. Failure to provide the required equipment, including a Game Sheet, shall be noted on the Game
Sheet and the team(s) may be subject to fines.
6. The Match Official is responsible for transmitting the complete game report to the League office
within 48 hours. In the event that no one notifies the office of the game result within five (5)
days, the game will be recorded as un-played with no points being awarded to either team.
7. Anything that might need to be communicated to the office should be entered as a Special
Incident Report by the Match Official. This can include, but not be restricted to, questioning
player eligibility, noting the cards were not checked, or attempts were made to check cards but
other team did not wish to check cards, etc. The OCSL Office staff will follow up with all
comments noted for appropriate action.
XVII. Match Officials
1. Registered Match Officials shall be appointed to all games in those divisions which have been
given such notice by the LMB, from provincial association lists of currently registered Match
Officials. All Match Officials will be appointed according to the OSA Published Rules. Match
Officials shall be appointed by the EODSA through RefCentre.
2. Match Officials are expected to be at the game site (scheduled field) at least 20 minutes prior to
the scheduled kickoff time, or face disciplinary action.
3. The game official(s) will obtain the game sheets at least ten (10) minutes before the scheduled
game start to verify the valid player identification, player and game sheet. If a player does not
have valid player identification it must be noted on the game sheet and the player notified
immediately that (a) the card is not valid and is being marked on the game sheet and (b) the
player should ask his or her coach/manager about penalties.
4. Match Officials (and assistant Match Officials) officiating OCSL games shall receive fees for their
services in the amount set by the EODSA. Game reports must be received in the OCSL office
within forty-eight (48) hours of the game in order for all officials involved to receive credit for
the game and to be guaranteed payment with the next monthly payment. No payment for any
game will be processed until the game sheet has been received.
5. Where an appointed Match Official fails to appear within 20 minutes after the scheduled kickoff
time either team has the right to leave with an automatic right of reschedule. The teams
concerned should however endeavour to agree on a person, not necessarily on the official list,
to act as an appointed Match Official and this shall be so noted on the game sheet by both
coaches. Once so appointed, such an individual shall have any and all powers of an official
Match Official. Game reports must be received within the stipulated time period(s) for
payment(s) to be processed and issued.
6. The Match Official shall be responsible for the conduct of the game in accordance with the FIFA
laws and the rules and regulations of the League.
7. Subject to such rules laid down by the authority responsible for permitting a facility, the Match
Official shall have the power to decide on the fitness of the grounds in all matches and his
decision shall be final.
8. Immediately at the conclusion of a game the Match Official shall complete all sections of the
Game Report and delivers or makes all reasonable effort to deliver one complete copy of each
team’s portion of the Report to each team’s manager or coach. Information to be given to each team must include a list of all goal scorers as well as a description of all discipline (cautions and
dismissals). He/she must transmit the signed documentation including discipline reports and
special incident documentation (including as detailed as possible description of any injuries) to
the OCSL office within 48 hours following the game. Failure to abide by this regulation may
result in disciplinary action.
9. The Match Official shall ensure that the wellbeing of the players is given priority over the
progress of the game. If there is any doubt about the seriousness of an apparent injury the
Match Official must immediately stop play and ensure the player receives appropriate attention.
10. The Match Official shall prepare a Special Incident Report and submit it to the OCSL office in all
cases of apparent serious injury including, but not limited to, those of broken limbs and all head
11. The Match Official shall immediately abandon play, at least temporarily, in any game during
which an electric (lightening) storm occurs. Failure to do so will result in a report being
forwarded to the EODSA for possible disciplinary action. No action will be taken against a Coach
who removes his/her team from the field under such circumstances where the Match Official
fails to act.
a. The Match Official and teams must follow the 30/30 rule in the instance of lighting.
b. The Match official may be brought up on disciplinary action if the OCSL feels they did
not follow the 30/30 rule.
12. During extreme hot weather, before the start of play, if either team requests that water breaks
be taken - the Match Official must comply with this request. Such breaks should occur
approximately midway through each half and be at an appropriate stoppage in play e.g. goal
kick, injury, substitution.
13. More information can be found in the Match Official Policy
1. Team trophies, cups and shields are the property of the League. They are presented to the
appropriate winners on an annual basis on the condition that they be returned.
2. Each club must ensure that all League property presented to a representative of their Club is
returned to the OCSL prior to July 1st of the following season.
3. Failure to do so will result in the Club being fined an appropriate amount per trophy, cup or
shield or the cost of replacing the trophy, cup or shield (whichever is higher).
XIX. Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup
1. The OCSL will run, in addition to the regularly scheduled league play, a cup for the following
a. Men’s Competitive
b. Women’s Competitive
c. Men’s Recreational
d. Women’s Recreational
2. The entrance fee, cup format and rules of the cup will be reviewed and published prior to the
start of each competition season
3. Cup fees are required to be remitted to the OCSL prior to participation in the cup
4. All teams in the OCSL are eligible for participation in the cup that corresponds with their division
5. For more information please refer to the Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup Rules published each spring
of the competition year.
XX. Additional Rules
1. The LMB may amend, clarify, add or delete by majority vote at a LMB meeting, additional rules
and regulations pertaining to any or all divisions of the League provided that they are sent to the
clubs and teams concerned before the start of the season during which they are to have effect.
2. The LMB may make emergency rulings during the season on matters not currently covered by
the existing rules and regulations. These rulings must be communicated immediately to the
membership and will be enforceable on a moving forward basis, and not on a retroactive basis.
3. The LMB may modify existing rules and regulations during the season if required. Such changes
must be communicated immediately to the membership. Enforcement of any such change will
be on a moving forward basis, and not on a retroactive basis.
4. Such Rules, Regulations and Rulings shall have effect for the current season only and may be
subject to ratification at the next Annual General Meeting.
5. The OCSL, may at its discretion, levy fees for the provision of services to its members.