March Break Tournament Preview
6 March 2024 @ 12:35 PM by Coliseum Admin

Everything teams need to know for the March 9-10 competition can be found here.



All games will be played at the big white dome at 2451 Riverside Drive in Ottawa, ON. There is parking at the dome. If it's full, you can park across the street by the eastern side of the RA Centre. In the event that both lots are full, there is parking at the Walmart (250-300 meters east of the dome).

The staff desk is to your right upon entry to the facility. Please have a coach or manager come by the desk to say hi and check in before your team's first game. 


Bathrooms, Food & Amenities

There is a porta potty on site (far from luxurious). It's 10-15 meters from the entrance of the dome, next to the garage. Alternatively, there are several bathrooms around the corner at the RA Centre - roughly 200 meters from the entrance of the dome. Upon exiting the facility, look to your right and you will see a blue sign that reads ‘EAST WING’. Walk through those doors, and there will be staff at the desk who can point you in the right direction. The facility is open from 7am-9pm. 

If you or any spectators need snacks or coffee over the course of the weekend, there is a Walmart and a shopping centre a couple hundred meters from the dome – opposite direction from the RA Centre. There are bathrooms there too.

We have ice and a first aid kit on hand (but it never hurts to bring your own!). 



The schedule has been posted. Once there, go to 'Switch League' (top left), 'Multiple', and select the tournament. There are three girls competitions and two boys - so be sure you are looking at the right team. 



The tournament format will depend on which competition your team is in. This information has been communicated to your coaches and managers. 

In the event two or more teams are tied in points after the group stage, the following will be used as a tiebreaker: 

  1. Head-to-head goal differential

  2. Overall goal differential 

  3. Goals scored

  4. Coin toss (have never had to use this, hope we never do!)





The dome has three (3) 7 v 7 fields, all of which will be used. Field #1 is the field nearest the entrance (south), field #2 is the one in the middle, and field #3 is the field furthest from the entrance (north). The schedule will show field you’re playing at for each game.

Teams may warm up along the space behind the nets that are along the east side of the dome (a lot more space). The east side is the far end to your right upon entering the facility. 


Bench & Spectator Area

Spectators are encouraged to come out and show their support! There is no seating at the facility, however they are more than welcome to bring portable chairs. The same goes for teams if you have a portable bench you'd like to bring. 

Teams and spectators must sit on opposite sides of the field. The idea is to have team benches adjacent to team benches.neighboring fields.

  • Field #1: South = Spectators, North = Bench Areas

  • Field #2: South = Bench Area, North = Spectators

  • Field #3: South = Spectators, North = Bench Areas

Staff will help point folks in the right direction.



There will be just five (5) minutes in between matches. After finishing your game, please direct your players to grab their gear and move it away from the bench area. The next two teams will drop their gear at their bench area and should be ready to kickoff a couple of minutes later. If the coach wants to do a postgame chat or cool down, he/she may do so behind the nets where they warmed up. 



Game sheets

The Coliseum will be providing game sheets for each match. They'll be on the front desk if you need to make changes to it before kickoff. The referee will have in on them during the game.

Here's what we need from the team manager:

  • Jersey numbers. If your team plays in the Coliseum league and players + jersey numbers are the same let us know and we'll take care of it. If not, you will either email them to us by Friday at, or come by the desk before each of your team's games to fill them in. 
  • If there are players listed on the game sheet that aren’t playing, the team manager must cross their name off.  
  • Please make sure you know what time and field # your team is playing at (particularly those teams with back to backs!).



Players must be registered in the Ontario Soccer / Soccer Quebec database and satisfy the age requirements. The same goes for coaches and managers. If they are not on the TRR they must sit with the spectators. Teams must bring a copy of their TRR with them. Please note that rosters cannot be changed after Friday. Players added to the roster on Saturday or Sunday will be deemed INELIGIBLE. 


Tournament Rules

Below is an overview of our Tournament and 7-a-side rules. If you want to get into the knitty gritty check out our March Break Tournament Rules or 7-A-Side Rules. Here's a brief overview: 


  • Players may use indoor shoes or cleats, provided the cleats do not have metal studs. Be advised that the turf is on it's last legs. Good news: it's being replaced May 2024. The new turf will be what is used at new Julian de Guzman Park

  • If teams have a similar jersey colour, it is the responsibility of the home team to change. If your team does not have an alternate jersey be sure to bring pinnies. We will have some but cannot guarantee they were previously worn that day.. 


  • All fouls/hand balls outside the box are indirect

  • Yellow cards result in the player being sent off, and the team to play short for two (2) minutes (regardless of if their opponent scores)

  • Red cards result in the player being dismissed from the game, and the team playing short for five (5) minutes (regardless of if their opponent scores)

  • Red card reports will be sent to our remote discipline panel immediately after the conclusion of the game for review and to determine next steps. A decision will be communicated before the team’s next game


  • Group games can finish as a tie

  • Playoff games that are tied after regulation will go directly to penalties.

  • Penalties are taken from the top of the box

  • Each team will have three (3) shooters. The players do not need to be on the field when the game ends – any player can shoot. If it is tied after three shooters, penalties continue in sudden death style (1 for 1). All players must shoot before the first penalty taker can shoot a second time.

7-a-side Rules

  • Seven players on the field at a time (including goalkeeper)

  • Ball size five (5)

  • No slide tackling. A slide tackle is considered a slide where an opponent is a yard or less away from a player

  • No offsides

  • Balls that go out along the sides are kick ins (not throw ins) 

  • Kickins, and freekicks outside the box are indirect

  • Corner kicks are direct, as are kickoffs and goal kicks

  • Distance on all restarts is five (5) yards

  • Outfield players can sub on the fly. If a team wants to change their goalkeeper they must notify the match official 


Participant & Spectator Behaviour

The Coliseum will not tolerate foul and abusive language. While at the venue, any coach, parent, team official, player or spectator threatening violence or verbal abuse to any individual will be ejected from the facility, and the entire team may be ejected from the tournament. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If there is an issue, do not engage. Bring it to the attention of Coliseum staff.


Social Media

Be sure to check out our Instagram page @coliseumsoccerottawa

We post in game highlights and pictures over the course of the weekend, and full game highlights for some playoff games (see reels on Instagram for reference). If your team does not want to be photographed or filmed, let us know. 


If there are items we missed, or you need clarification don’t hesitate to follow up at 


See you soon!

- Your Coliseum Team

Coliseum League Playoffs
23 February 2024 @ 11:44 AM by Coliseum Admin


Playoffs have arrived! Everything players, managers and spectators need to know for the final two weekends can be found below. 


Games at RA Centre

Teams must warm up along the east side of dome – behind the nets at the far side of the field, closest to Walmart. Have your pregame chat here. When the game before yours finishes, direct your players to the bench area to drop their bags. You’ll have about two minutes between the end of the game before yours and kickoff.

Once your game finishes, direct your players to grab their bags and go back to where you warmed up to get changed and have your post game chat.


Games at OttawaU Lees

The address of this location is 200 Lees Avenue. Upon pulling into the facility off of Lees, the parking lot will be on your left next to the 417.

Anyone parking at this facility will need a yellow parking pass. They can be picked up at:

  • The RA Centre dome Friday evening between 5-11pm, or Saturday between 7am-4pm, or
  • At the desk immediately to your right upon entering the OttawaU Lees dome. You'll need to grab the pass and run back to the car to put it in your rearview mirror. 

Our OttawaU permits on February 24 run from 4-6pm, and 7-9pm. For teams playing at 4:00pm or 7:00pm – you will not be able to enter the dome until 10-minutes before kickoff. Teams that arrive before that can go into the school’s hallway to get changed, go to the bathroom, and/or start warming up. The door to the school is across from the entrance of the dome. We'll do our best to give teams as much warm up time on the field as possible. Be sure to advise your players and parents accordingly. We appreciate teams' flexibility on this. 

Teams playing at 5pm and 8pm will be able to warm up in the dome. 


Game Length

All playoff games are standard 2 x 25-minute halves. To ensure games on kicking off on time halftimes will be reduced to 2-3 minutes.



A reminder that it's the responsibility of the team manager or coach to come by the desk before kickoff to fill in their gamesheet. Here’s what needs to be done:

  • All players must have their full name and jersey # on the gamesheet,

  • Callups must be written on with a pen

  • Players that are not playing must have their names crossed out

Be mindful that if a player plays but is NOT on the gamesheet they will be deemed ineligible. Changes can be made to the gamesheet up until the start of the second half. 


How do we know if our game goes to a penalty shoot-out?

Check the schedule on the Coliseum website. Games that have the following words will go directly to penalties if the game is tied after 50-minutes:

  • Quarterfinal

  • Semifinal

  • Final 

  • 3rd Place

  • Wooden Spoon Leg #2*

*The Wooden Spoon Leg #1 & Leg #2 is a 'home and away' between two teams. You'll play that opponent both this weekend and next. Leg #1 will not go to penalties. Leg #2 will go to penalties if the cumulative score of the two games is tied. Think Champions League home and away. 

If your team's games do not have any of the above words in their names the game can end as a tie. 


How does the penalty shoot-out work?

  • Penalties are taken from the top of the box

  • Any player on the game sheet can shoot (not just the players on the field, like in outdoor)

  • Each team has three (3) shooters

  • If teams are tied after three shooters, the shootout goes to sudden death (1 for 1)

  • All players listed on the gamesheet must shoot before the first penalty taker shoots a second time


Playoff Call Up Rules

Teams are permitted a maximum of FOUR (4) callups per game

Outfield players can play with a maximum of ONE (1) team per division. Goalies can play with multiple teams.

Outfield players can be called up to a higher-level division. Goalies can be called up to a higher-level division, or across to another team in the same division.


Other Important Rules

  • If jerseys clash, it's the home team's responsibility to change. When looking at the Coliseum schedule, the home team is on top

  • Teams can dress a maximum of eighteen (18) players

  • Players must wear shin pads

  • Only team officials and players listed on the game sheet can be on the bench

  • Slide tackling is not permitted. We've instructed referees to call slides that are performed less than a yard away from an opponent. Be mindful this is a difficult rule to officiate (and doesn't exist outdoors). There will always be a subjective element to the distance between the player sliding and their opponent, and the grey area of 'was that a slide or not'. The best way to avoid being called for it is staying on your feet. Like everything else, direct your players to play on until they hear a whistle

  • Cheering and being disappointed is okay, but any forms of abuse or harassment towards another individual will not be tolerated



A lot of information, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need clarification. Looking forward to an eventful final two weekends!




- Your Coliseum Team

Roster Freeze February 16
8 February 2024 @ 9:30 AM by Coliseum Admin

This year's roster freeze takes place at February 16 at 12pm. Please take two minutes to read through the following to find out what that means for your team as we inch closer to #playoffseason


What is a roster freeze? 

As of February 16 at 12:01pm players are 'frozen' to the roster they're on, and can no longer be added, removed, or transferred to another team for the remainder of the Coliseum season.

In addition, players playing between February 17 - March 3 must be on a Coliseum Team Roster Report (TRR) in Sports Engine (not a call up roster, tournament team, etc.). Players that are not registered to a Coliseum TRR will be deemed ineligible. 


How do we know if we need to make changes?

Check your TRR. If all of the players that will be playing between Feb 17-Mar 3 are on it, you're all set. If you need to make changes see below. 


How do we make changes?

  1. Contact your club registrar and let them know which players need to be moved. Their request will be sent to the EODSA 
  2. Then, shoot us an email to let us know which players have been moved 
  3. Once the EODSA has approved the changes in Sports Engine we'll make adjust your Coliseum roster(s)


We encourage teams to get the ball rolling on any changes they need to make immediately. Putting through a change requires action by a team manager, their club, the EODSA and the Coliseum. Because of this the process can take multiple days. Do not wait until the 11th hour!!


The information above has been passed on to club officials. If you have questions or need clarification contact your club official or our admin team at 



- Your Coliseum Team

Saturday's Jan 13 Coliseum Games
12 January 2024 @ 6:00 PM by Coliseum Admin

With 20-30cm of snow expected between now and mid-Saturday morning, we have made the decision to postpone tomorrow's 7:00AM and 8:00AM games. We don't want to jeopardize anyone's safety on the road before the snowplow has gone by and it's still dark out. Games have been temporarily moved to Family Day weekend as a placeholder. We'll follow up with available dates and times to play the game.

9:00AM teams have been spoken with on an individual basis. Games scheduled to kickoff at 10:00AM onward will be played. We'll be monitoring the weather this evening and early tomorrow morning. In the event we need to postpone more games we'll email you no later than 2.5 hours before kickoff. 


If your team is playing tomorrow, please remind any parents/players who are driving in to give themselves extra time to get to the facility.


We appreciate everyone's flexibility and understanding. As always if you have any questions between now and then don't hesitate to reach out


Stay safe, 

- Your Coliseum Team

Holiday Wrap Up & March Break Classic
1 January 2024 @ 10:36 AM by Coliseum Admin

Happy New Year!

A big thanks to all the players, parents, coaches, team managers and spectators of the 45 teams that helped make our inaugural Holiday Tournament a success - what a way to finish out 2023! Stay tuned to our instagram page @coliseumsoccerottawa for team pictures and highlights. Congratulations to our tournament champions: 

  • BU13: Ottawa Futsal Club
  • GU14: Ottawa South United
  • BU15 T1: Gloucester Hornets
  • BU15 T2: Ottawa South United
  • BU16: Ottawa South United
  • GU16: Kingston Belleville FC
  • BU18: Nepean Hotspurs

Have feedback from the event? We'd love to hear from you


If your team couldn't make it or can't wait until year's competition we got you covered. Our second annual March Break Classic is just over two months away. It will be held over two weekends: March 8-10 & 15-17. By this time next week tournament information and instructions on how to register will be posted in Upcoming Leagues.  If you have any questions along the way don't hesitate to drop us a line. 



- Your Coliseum Team

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