COLISEUM RULES

 

Overview

1. General

2. League Membership & Application Fees

3. Age Groups & Divisions

4. Player Registration 

5. Rosters. 

6. Coaches & Team Officials 

7. Playing Up 

8. Game Sheets

9. Number of Players & Substitutions

10. Duration of Games

11. Scheduling 

12. Standings

13. Equipment 

14. Protests

15. Discipline

16. Communication

17. Other Matters

 

1. General

A. Rule Changes

  1. Rules may be changed at any time, with 14 days notice to affected clubs

  2. Clubs and teams will be notified of any changes to these rules via email

 

2. League Membership Application and Fees

A. Membership 

  1. Any Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association (EODSA) club member that is in good standing and has permission to operate youth soccer may participate in the league 

  2. Clubs and teams will be notified of any changes to these rules via email

B. Applications

  1. Applications must be completed through the Coliseum website 

  2. The application deadline is October 15

C. Fees

  1. The 2023-24 team fee is $2,600 + hst

 

3. Age Groups and Divisions

A. Offerings

  1. A division in the age groups U13-U18 for both boys and girls

  2. A tier 2 division where possible 

B. Division Size

  1. A minimum of four (4) teams

 

4. Player Registration & Transfers

A. Players: 

  1. Must be registered and approved in Sports Engine (Quebec teams are exempt from this)

  2. Must submit a signed waiver to the Coliseum 

  3. Must play in ONE (1) regular season game to be eligible for playoffs

  4. Can register to a maximum of TWO (2) teams. If a player is registered to two teams, both registrations must be with tier 1 teams. Players registered to tier 2 can only be registered with one team. 

  5. Cannot be registered to multiple teams in the same division

  6. Must be registered to a Coliseum team in Sports Engine by the February 16 roster freeze (see 5.C)

  7. Can only be transferred to a different team once during the season

 

5. Rosters

A. Minimum  

  1. Teams must have a minimum of SEVEN (7) players registered

B. Maximum 

  1. A team cannot have more than EIGHTEEN (18) players registered

C. Roster Freeze

  1. February 16 is the last day to make changes to rosters. Players must be assigned to a Coliseum team in Sports Engine by this date, or will not be eligible to play February 24/25 & March 2/3. As of February 17 roster changes can no longer be made. 

 

6. Coaches and Team Officials

  1. Each team must appoint a head coach

  2. All team coaches and assistant coaches must be certified in accordance with Ontario Soccer (OS) policies and published rules.

  3. All coaches and other team officials must be registered in accordance with the OS policies and published rules

  4. All coaches and other team officials must be registered in SE

 

7. Playing Up

A. Call Ups

Goalkeepers are exempt from the following callup rules below: i., iii., v., and viii.

  1. Players can be called up to a maximum of ONE (1) game per weekend. This includes both players that are registered to a Coliseum team and players registered to a non-Coliseum team (i.e., house league, travel/tournament teams, etc.). Keepers are exempt from this rule. 

  2. There is no limit on the number of players a team can call up per game, except for playoffs, where teams are limited to a maximum of FOUR (4) call ups per game. 

  3. A team may not call up a player that is registered to another team playing in their division except for clubs with two different age group teams both playing in the same merged division. In this case the older team may call up players from the younger team. Keepers are exempt from this rule.

  4. Non-Coliseum players born in 2012 or later cannot be called up unless approved by the EODSA.

  5. Tier 2 players can be called up to a same age or younger (see vi.) Tier 1 team a maximum of FOUR (4) times over the course of the season (i.e., U14 tier 2 ­čí¬ U14 tier 1). This limit does not apply to Tier 2 players that are called up to an older Tier 1 team (i.e., U14 Tier 2 ­čí¬ U15 Tier 1). Keepers can be called up as often as needed. 

  6. Tier 2 players are able to play down an age group, to a tier 1 team if they meet the age requirement (i.e., a U15T2-registered, U14-aged player can play up to a U14T1 team). Players registered to a tier 1 team cannot play down to a lower age classification, even if they meet the age requirements. 

  7. 'House League Rosters' are a lower classification than Coliseum teams. Players registered to a House League Roster may be called to any Coliseum team they meet the age requirements for (i.e., a player registered to a U14 House League Roster can be called up to any U14 or older team). Players assigned to house league rosters are not eligible to participate in playoffs. 

  8. Outfield players can play with a maximum of ONE (1) team per division in the playoffs. Keepers can play with multiple teams.

B. Temporary Eligibility Permits (TEPs) are NOT permitted

C.  Short Term Registration Permits (STRPs) are NOT permitted

 

8. Game Sheets 

  1. Game sheets are printed by the league. All players that have been registered AND approved to the roster will be printed on the game sheet. If you have given the league a list of your players' jersey numbers (ii.), do not have any call ups (iii.), and all of your players are at the game (iv.) you do not need to stop by the desk and can go straight to enjoying the action. 

  2. Jersey Numbers: Numbers can be printed directly on the game sheet. To have this done, email admin@coliseum.ca with each player's name and jersey number. Numbers will be printed on the game sheet for the remainder of the season. If you do not email us know your players' jersey numbers your team manager must come by the front desk before each game to manually fill them in. 

  3. Call Ups: Call ups names and jersey numbers must be manually added to the game sheet at the front desk before kickoff. 

  4. Late/Absent Players: The names of players and team officials who are not present at the game must be crossed off the game sheet. If you know a player will not be there, cross them off the game sheet before the game. If you are not sure whether a player will be attending, wait until halftime. If they arrive, inform the referee of their jersey number, if they are not there ask the referee to cross off the player's name. Players that arrive during the second half are not permitted to play

  5. We ask that managers complete the steps above no later than ten (10) minutes before their scheduled 1-hour time slot (8:50am, 9:50am, etc.)

  6. Coliseum staff will give the filled out game sheet to the referee five (5) minutes before kickoff

  7. Referees will bring the game sheet to the desk after the game. Managers may come to the desk to verify information or take a picture for their records

 

9. Number of Players & Substitutions

A. Number of Players

  1. Teams must always have a minimum of FIVE (5) players on the field. Teams that field fewer than this at any point in the game will forfeit

  2. Teams can dress a maximum of EIGHTEEN (18) players on game day

B. Substitutions

  1. Unlimited substitutions may be made throughout the game. All outfield players can substitute ‘on the fly’ and do not need the referee’s approval

  2. The goalie may substitute only at the discretion of the referee

 

10. Duration of Games

A. Regular Season

  1. Games are two, twenty-five (25) minute halves with a half time of up to (5) minutes

  2. All games will start at the top of the hour (i.e., 8:00am, 9:00am, etc.)

  3. All games will end five minutes to the top of the hour, regardless of if the game started late (i.e., 8:55am, 9:55am, etc.). 

B. Playoffs

  1. Games are two, twenty-five (25) minute halves with a half time of up to three (3) minutes

  2. All games will start at the top of the hour (i.e., 8:00am, 9:00am, etc.)

  3. All games will end five minutes to the top of the hour (i.e., 8:55am, 9:55am, etc.). 

 

11. Scheduling 

A. Weekends

  1. Teams will play a minimum of twelve (12) regular season games and two (2) postseason games. 

  2. Games will be scheduled every Saturday/Sunday from November 4 & 5 through to February 24 & 25, except in the case of bye-weeks (b.) & blackout dates (c.)

B. Bye Weeks

  1. Teams may have up to two (2) bye weeks

C. Blackout Dates

  1. December 23 & 24 

  2. December 30 & 31

  3. February 17 & 18 (teams that made scheduling requests, or are in a division with an odd number of teams may have a game(s) this weekend)

D. Reschedules

  1. See ‘Rescheduling Policy’. Please note we only have the ability to accommodate reschedules on February 17 & 18 (Family Day weekend). Space is limited. 

E. Playoffs

  1. The league will finish with a two-week playoff tournament on February 24/25 and March 2/3

 

12. Standings 

A. Points

  1. A team will be awarded 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw

B. Forfeits

  1. A team forfeiting a match shall lose the game 3-0

C. Tiebreaker

  1. If two or more teams are tied on points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken by the following process: 

    1. Cumulative head-to-head score

    2. Most wins

    3. Goal differential 

    4. Most goals for

    5. Coin toss

 

13. Equipment

A. Jerseys

  1. All players on the same team (except the goalkeeper) shall wear matching shirts

  2. Where, in the opinion of the Match Official, a similarity of the uniform colours could be confusing, the home team shall change provided the away team has their jersey colour listed on the website. It is the responsibility of the coach of the team that is required to change to have alternate shirts/pinnies available

  3. The goalkeeper shall wear a shirt of a different colour from those of his/her team and the opposition

B. Shin Pads

  1. Must be completely covered by the socks

  2. Are to be made of rubber, plastic, or a similar suitable material

C. Footwear

  1. Shoes with metal studs are not permitted. Any other indoor shoes are acceptable 

D. Ball

  1. The home team shall provide TWO (2) game balls

E. Jewelry  

  1. Jewelry is not permitted and cannot be taped. Medic Alert bracelets and necklaces are the exception if they are fastened securely so as not to bring danger to any other player. The referee should be aware of any player that is wearing one of these

F. Hair apparel  

  1. Must be of soft fabric, no plastic or metal items are to be worn 

G. Sports hijabs/headscarves are permitted

  1. Sports hijabs / headscarves are permitted. 

*If in the opinion of the referee, any of the above-mentioned criteria is not met, the player may be requested to leave the field of play to rectify the situation before returning to the field of play*

**Referees have the FINAL say on the safety of equipment**

 

14. Protests

A. Player Eligibility 

  1. All protests regarding the eligibility of a player that arise before or during the game must immediately be brought to the attention of the referee and Coliseum staff. Protests brought forward more than 15 minutes after the end of the game will not be entertained. 

  2. The Coliseum’s decision may only be overturned by appeal to the EODSA

B. Other

  1. Protests pertaining to the turf, goal posts, crossbars, ball, colours, etc. will not be entertained. These issues must be brought to the attention of the match official and Coliseum staff

 

15. Discipline

A. Yellow Cards

  1. Player is sent off for TWO (2) minutes. Their team must play short during this time, regardless of if their opponent scores

  2. The referee will advise the team when the two minutes are up, and the player is permitted to re-enter the game

  3. Yellow Cards issued in an abandoned or not complete game shall stand

B. Red Cards

  1. Player is dismissed for the remainder of the game and must leave the bench area

  2. The player’s team will play shorthanded for FIVE (5) minutes, regardless of if their opponent scores

  3. Red Cards issued in an abandoned or not complete game shall stand

  4. The red card will be reviewed by the Discipline Panel to determine the appropriate charge

C. Suspensions

  1. Coaches will be advised of the length of a player’s suspension via email by the following Tuesday after their game at 12:00pm

  2. The individual must serve the suspension on the game(s) indicated on the suspension notice 

  3. If a game a player is to serve a suspension on is defaulted the suspension will be considered served 

  4. If a player is to serve a suspension for a specific game, and the game is rescheduled, the suspension follows that game

  5. Suspended players cannot be called up 

D. Hearings

  1. Hearings for players cannot be requested for the following: 

    1. OS Misconduct 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 (yellow card accumulation) 

    2. OS Misconduct 1.13, 1.14 and 1.14A (two yellows in same game)

    3. Match official assault. This results in an immediate suspension from all soccer related activity until the accused has attend a disciplinary hearing with the EODSA

  2. Hearings are held virtually every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm

  3. A club official must attend the hearing

  4. Coliseum decisions can be appealed to the EODSA. If you wish to appeal, email da@eodsa.ca

E. Appeal Process

  1. The accused has the right to appeal a red card not mentioned in Section 15.d.i

  2. The player or team official has until the Wednesday after their game at 5:00pm to appeal. The request must be made by a team or club official

  3. Coliseum staff will communicate the date and time of the hearing

  4. The accused is permitted to play until their hearing has been held (except in the case of match official assault)

  5. The fee will be returned if the charge is downgraded or found not guilty

 

16. Communications

  1. The league shall mainly use its League Management System for all communications with its member clubs, and their team officials. Communications shall be by e-mail. Clubs must ensure they always have valid email addresses in the league management system for the designated club and team positions

 

17. Other Matters 

  1. All matters not included in these published rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the OS published rules 

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