VANCOUVER METROPOLITAN SOCCER LEAGUE
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1.1. The Board of Directors shall establish the Annual Membership fees, subject to approval of the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The fees
shall be payable at a date fixed by the Board of Directors.
1.2. All member clubs shall post a two hundred and fifty dollar ($250.00) performance and behaviour bond per team. The bond may be increased by the
Board of Directors for teams, who, by their conduct, show a disregard for the Laws of the Game, the By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations of the
2.1. Divisional competition prize money may be established and funded by the clubs within each division and shall be subject to the approval of the Board
3.1. The VMSL Board of Directors shall be responsible for the scheduling of all VMSL games.
3.2. The VMSL Board of Directors shall appoint all game officials.
3.3. The VMSL Board of Directors shall have discretionary powers to decide whether unfinished games are to be replayed or the result declared official.
3.4. In accordance with Article 4.7 of the By-Laws, the VMSL Board of Directors may institute temporary rules to deal with interrupted schedules,
determining which games must be played, where and under what conditions, and how points are to be awarded.
3.5. Any team responsible for defaulting or cancelling a game will be charged with all the expenses incurred in preparation for such game, Officials,
Field Rental, etc, and will be fined the additional amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
The opposing team will be awarded a win ( 3-0 on League Games)
3.6. Teams that default two games in a season may be expelled from the VMSL.
3.7. Any team wishing to postpone a scheduled VMSL game must apply in writing to the VMSL President at least ten days before the date of said
game for the League to discuss and consider the request.
3.8. The standing of teams resigning or removed from the VMSL before completion of the schedule will be expunged from the record as follows:
(a) If a resignation or removal occurs prior to the completion of the first round of the schedule all results involving that team will be expunged from the league record.
(b) If a resignation or removal occurs prior to the completion of second round of schedule, only the second round results will be expunged.
(c) The same formula shall apply for any subsequent rounds.
3.9. Points shall be awarded on the basis of three (3) points for a win and one (1) point for a draw.
3.10. In the event of inclement weather, teams must attend the grounds and await the decision of the referee as to the playability of the field, unless they
have been advised previously by the Scheduling Secretary to the contrary.
3.11 (a) in a regular VMSL game played in an enclosed park for which an admission is charged, the home team will retain the net gate.
(b) In regular VMSL games, which form part of a double header, and for which an admission fee is charged the net gate will be divided between
the two home teams.
(c) In regular VMSL games played on open parks the home team is entitled to take and retain the proceeds of any moneys collected.
4.1. At the completion of the league schedule, the team with the most points shall be declared the Division Section Champion.
4.2. In the event of two teams having the same number of points, the Division Section Champion shall be determined by the result of a one game playoff.
The game will be played on neutral ground, with extra time periods, and a penalty kick series if necessary.
4.3. In the event three or more teams are tied for first place a round-robin playoff will take place. If the Board of Directors feels that there is not sufficient
time to complete the round-robin playoff, the following formula will be used to break the tie:
(a) Total points in games played among tied teams.
(b) Goal difference (goals for minus goals against) in games played among tied teams.
(c) Goal average (goals for divided by goals against) in games played among tied teams.
(d) Goal difference in all games played.
(e) Goal average in all games played.
If, after the round-robin playoff, two or more teams are still tied, the mathematical formula for breaking the tie will be the same as the one above.
5.1. Each year the VMSL shall promote and relegate:
(a) The first and second place teams in Division 1 shall be promoted to the Premier Division. The two (2) last place teams in the Premier
Division shall be relegated to Division 1.
(b) Three (3) Division 1 teams shall be relegated to Division 2.
(c) The three (3) Division 2 section winners shall be promoted to Division 1. The last place teams in the three Division 2 sections shall be
relegated to Division 3.
(d) The top three (3) Division 3 teams shall be promoted to Division 2.
(e) In all of the above cases, the placement of promoted or relegated teams shall be decided by a random draw.
5.2. In the event of two teams having the same number of points at the end of the league schedule, and providing that this situation affects the promotion
or relegation of teams, a one game playoff on a neutral ground shall take place with extra time periods. If the teams are still tied after extra time, a
penalty kick series will be used to decide the winner. Where three or more teams are affected, a round-robin tournament among the tied teams will
take place and the tie breaking formula outlined in Section 4.3 of the Rules and Regulations will be used.
5.3. Vacancies in any Division, except vacancies covered by Section 5.1 shall be filled as follows:
(a) The next place team by points standing in its respective division, regardless of section, shall be promoted, assuming that the teams have
played an equal number of games. If the teams have not played an equal number of games, then the team with the highest points/games
quotient (points divided by number of games played) shall fill the vacancy.
(b) Where two or more teams are tied in points standing, regardless of section, then the team having the best goal difference shall be the next
Goal average will be used if goal difference fails to resolve the tie.
5.4. Realignment within each Division.
The final League standings of the previous playing season shall apply for the following:
divisions as follows:
Division 2 "A": third, fourth, and fifth place teams to Division 2 "B".
Division 2 “B”: third, fourth, and fifth place teams to Division 2 "C".
Division 2 “C”: third, fourth, and fifth place teams to Division 2 “A”
Division 3 "A": third, fourth,
and fifth place teams to Division 3 "B"
The rules and regulations set forth in this Section are to be administered and enforced by the VMSL Board of Directors. Infractions may result in such
disciplinary action as may be considered necessary.
6.1. Clubs failing to send a representative to any VMSL meeting will be subject to a twenty-five ($25) dollar fine.
6.2. Every club is responsible to the VMSL for the actions of its teams, players, officials and supporters and is to take all necessary precautions to prevent
behaviour that may bring the game into disrepute.
6.3. Any club, team, or individual who induces or attempts to induce a registered player of another club in the VMSL to leave his club without first giving
seven (7) days notice in writing to the club for which the player is registered, shall be deemed guilty of misconduct and be dealt with as provided for in
Article 4.4 of the By-Laws.
6.4. All decisions and reports of the Board of Directors, or any business transacted at any meeting may be published at the discretion of the Board of
Directors whether such publication shall or shall not reflect on the character or conduct of any club, player or spectator, and in the event of such
publication, every club, player or spectator concerned or referred to therein shall be deemed to have assented to such publication
6.5. Each club must, at least two weeks before the commencement of the season and on the form provided by the VMSL, submit a completed list of its
officers together with the club address and phone numbers to the VMSL Board of Directors. Any changes to this list must be communicated in
writing to the VMSL office immediately.
6.6. Any club wishing to change its name must apply to the VMSL for permission to do so.
6.7. Home teams must have available two sets of jerseys of substantially different colours.
6.8. If, in the opinion of the referee, a conflict of jersey colours exists, it is the responsibility of the home team to change jerseys.
6.9. Each player must have an easily identifiable number displayed on his jersey that corresponds with the number on the team list. The same number
must not be allotted to more than one player in any game.
6.10. Each club is responsible for seeing that the players are properly dressed and equipped and is expected to do everything possible to make the
game as attractive as possible for the spectators.
6.11. Team lists shall be properly filled out in triplicate on a form provided by, or approved by, the VMSL. The list shall be printed legibly and shall state the
numbers and full names of all the players that the team intends to use in the game. Players not listed on the team list become ineligible players for
(a) All 3 copies of the team list shall be handed to the referee at least ten (10) minutes prior to the commencement of the game.
(b) The referee shall sign all 3 copies of the team list. He will retain the original copy and, prior to the commencement of the game; give each team
a copy of the team list.
6.12. The home team must make available a high quality soccer ball and a spare ball for each home game.
6.13. Each home team must provide the following (according to the Laws of the Game):
(a) The field must be properly marked to the referee’s satisfaction.
(b) Regulation size corner flags properly and securely placed.
(c) Goal nets in satisfactory condition and properly hung.
6.14. In all VMSL league games, it is the home team’s responsibility to pay the referee and the assistant referees prior to the commencement of the
second half of the game.
6.15. For all games, other than scheduled regular league games, the referee and assistant referee fees are to be shared equally by both teams.
7.1. All players to be eligible to take part in VMSL games must be registered on a form provided by the BCSA, and filed by the VMSL with the BCSA
7.2. A player shall be eligible to take part in any VMSL game from the date of registration with the BCSA providing he has a valid VMSL identification
7.3. A player under suspension by the VMSL or BCSA is an ineligible player and may not participate in a VMSL game. (See section 7.20 of the Rules
7.4. It is the team’s responsibility to use and protect a player’s identification card. A player who fails to produce a valid identification card is deemed to
be an ineligible player.
7.5. Subject to the rules of the BCSA, all player transfers must be filed with the VMSL.
7.6. Any player playing under more than one name, for one or more teams, shall be immediately suspended for the balance of the season. In addition, his
club will be liable to a one hundred dollars ($ 100.00) fine. Any subsequent infringement of this regulation by the club will render the club liable to
expulsion from the VMSL.
7.7. Any player without a valid identification card, or a special permit issued by the VMSL, will be deemed an ineligible player.
7.8. Only eligible players’ names may appear on the team list. Identification cards for all players in the current line-up must be presented to the referee,
together with the team list, before the commencement of the game.
7.9. To be current and acceptable, every identification card must indicate:
(a) Name in full.
(b) Current team playing for.
(c) Photograph of true likeness of player.
(d) Annual authentication by the VMSL.
7.10. A youth player playing in the VMSL on permit must have a current BCSA identification card.
7.11 An eligible player who is late for the kick-off may participate in the game upon presentation of his identification card to the referee, together with a
substitution slip if required.
7.12 The referee will check the identification cards prior to the commencement of the game to verify the identity of each player. Any discrepancies must
be reported to both teams prior to the commencement of the game and a detailed report submitted to the VMSL president within 24 hours. The
referee will retain the identification cards for the duration of the game.
7.13. Should the manager or coach insist on fielding a player without a valid identification card, the referee must inform the opposing manager or coach
and report the infraction to the VMSL within 24 hours?
7.14. When transferring to another team, a player’s identification card must be submitted with the transfer form.
7.15. Managers are responsible for ensuring that all identification card information is correct. Any discrepancies must be reported to the VMSL Board of
7.16. Any player ejected from the game by the referee, shall have his identification card forwarded, with the referee's report, to the Player Discipline
Committee, within 48 hours.
7.17. The player or a club official must retrieve the identification card from the Player Discipline Committee when the player’s suspension has been
completed and his fine, if any, has been paid.
7.18. A list of the games "sat out” by the player must be submitted at the time the identification card is retrieved.
7.19. The clubs should retain all identification cards at the end of the season.
7.20. Any team playing an ineligible player shall be subjected to the following:
(a) First offense—League games: $50.00 fine and the loss of three (3) points. Cup games: $50 fine and expulsion from further cup competition.
(b) Second offense: $100.00 fine and the loss of six (6) points.
(c) Third offense: The team shall be expelled from the VMSL, and its bond forfeited.
7.21. The cost of replacement identification cards shall be $10.00 per card.
8.1. In all matches under the jurisdiction of the VMSL, with the exception of the Masters’ Divisions, each team is allowed to make a maximum of five
substitutions during a total game, which includes extra time when played.
8.2. Players substituted shall be permitted to take further part in a game, each change to be counted as a substitution.
8.3. With the exception of the Masters’ Divisions, a substitute player must present to the referee a valid substitution slip upon entering the field of play.
8.4. With the exception of the Masters’ Divisions, a team proven to have made more than five (5) substitutions in a game shall be considered to have
played an ineligible player.
The provisions of Article 6.5 of the By-Laws and Section 7.20 of the Rules and Regulations shall apply.
9.1. The Board of Directors shall form a Player Discipline Committee. Such committee shall consist of three (3) members, including a member of the
VMSL Board of Directors who shall act as chairman of the committee.
(a) The chairman shall only have a tie-breaking vote.
(b) Attendance by any other person at committee meetings shall be by invitation only.
(c) Player Discipline Meetings shall be held at a time and place as designated by the Board of Directors.
9.2. The Board of Directors shall form a Club Discipline Committee. Such committee shall consist of all members of the Board of Directors, including a
member who shall act as Chairman of the committee.
(a) The Club Discipline Committee Chairman shall only have a tie-breaking vote.
(b) Attendance by any other person at committee meetings shall be by invitation only.
(c) Club Discipline meetings shall be held at a time and place as designated by the Board of Directors.
9.3. Decisions made by the Player and Club Discipline Committees shall be based on the guidelines regarding discipline as declared in the Constitutions
of the British Columbia Soccer Association and the Canadian Soccer Association respectively.
10.1. Clubs fielding more than one team in the VMSL may operate a Club Affiliated Team (CAT) system.
10.2. Only one CAT system team is allowed per club per Division (not including the Under 21 Division). If two (2) or more teams from the same club are to
compete in the same division then the club must declare, prior to the commencement of the VMSL season, which one (1) of those teams is to be
part of their CAT system.
10.2.1. With the exception of the first team in a club’s CAT system, teams operating within a CAT system will be placed in a separate division so that they
will not compete against non-CAT teams during league play.
10.2.2. The CAT teams mentioned in section 10, subsection 10.2.1 will not be promoted or relegated unless the first team in their club is also promoted
10.2.3. The CAT teams mentioned in section 10, subsection 10.2.1 will not be allowed to drop their CAT status and return to the regular divisions.
10.2.4. If there are an insufficient number of CAT teams in division 3, the CAT teams may be placed in the same division as the non-CAT teams.
10.3. Players registered on teams designated by a club to be within their CAT system are eligible to play (in league games only) on any other team also
designated to be part of that club’s CAT system without a transfer. Players registered on teams not designated by a club to be within their CAT
system are not eligible to play on any other team in the league without a transfer.
10.4 Players are only eligible to compete in Cup competition for the team with which they are registered.
10.5. Players on the CAT system will serve their suspensions with the team with which they are registered.
11.1 The Premier Division shall be limited to one team per club.
12.1 For the 2012-2013 season, players born in 1977 and older will be allowed to play in the Masters’ Divisions.
12.2 Each team except teams in the Over 40s Division will be allowed to register 3 underage players for the 2010-2011 seasons. These players must
be born in 1978, 1979, 1980 or 1981. These players will be allowed to participate in regular league play as well as league cup play. However,
they will not be allowed to participate in the Provincial Cup competition. For 2012-13, teams in the Over 40s Division will be allowed to register
up to 5 players born in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 or 1977.
12.3 There will be 5 Masters’ Divisions: Premier Division, Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Over 40s. The following promotion/relegation system
will be in effect:
· the two bottom teams from the Premier Division will be relegated to Division 1, while the two top teams from Division 1 will be promoted
to the Premier Division;
· the two bottom teams from Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2, while the two top teams from Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1;
· and the two bottom teams from Division 2 will be relegated to Division 3, while the two top teams from Division 3 will be promoted to Division 2.
Relegation and promotion from and to the Over 40s Division will be determined at a future point as necessary.
Teams in Masters Premier and Division 1 are entitled to enter the Masters A Cup. Teams in Masters Division 2, 3 and Over 40s are entitled
to enter the Masters B Cup.
12.4 The CAT system will not be in effect in the Masters’ Divisions except for the Over 40s Division. Over 40s players will be allowed to play in
league games with a club affiliated team in Masters Premier, Division 1, 2, or 3 but not the other way around.
13.1 For the 2012-2013 seasons, players born in 1992 and younger will be allowed to play in the Under 21 Division
13.2 The CAT system will be in effect in the Under 21 Division.
13.3 Each team will be allowed to use a maximum of 2 overage players, belonging to the club’s CAT system, in every league game