Section 1 – Governance
1.1. The VMSL is a registered not-for-profit entity under the BC Society Act.
1.2. All competition in the league is governed by the VMSL Board of Directors.
1.3. The VMSL operates under its own Constitution and Bylaws, as well as pursuant to the BC Soccer Association’s
Competition Rules and Regulations.
1.4. Discipline will be applied according to the VMSL Discipline Policies and Procedures
Section 2 – League Fee
2.1. 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.
I-All VMSL teams $ 250.00
ii- BCSA Registration fee $50.00
iii- Performance bond for new team $500.00
a- Player registration Forms $40.00
c- Player transfer fee $15.00
d- Replacement identification card $ 10.00 per card.
e- Fields fees will be charged according to teams field’s usage
2.2. All new member clubs shall post a five hundred dollar ($ 500.00) performance and behaviour bond per team.
Existing clubs are grandfather at the existing rate of two hundred and fifty dollar ($ 250.00) 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 VMSL
Section 3 – Competition Prize Tokens
3.1. 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 of Directors.
Section 4 – Schedule
4.1. The VMSL Board of Directors shall be responsible for the scheduling of all VMSL games.
4.2. The VMSL Board of Directors shall appoint all game officials.
4.3. In the event that a match cannot continue through to full regulation time due to inclement weather or extenuating circumstances, it will resume within the next 24 hours (or some other date/time agreed upon by the competing teams and the VMSL) starting at the same minute that the match was originally suspended and with the same score, accumulation of cards ( if there was any) and same players that were listed on the teams’ rosters and were present at the game at the time it was suspended. The VMSL Board of Directors shall have discretionary powers to decide whether unfinished games are to be replayed or the result declared officially completed.
4.4. 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.
4.5. Any team responsible for defaulting or cancelling a game will be charged with all the expenses incurred in preparation for such game as per Section 8.e. of the VMSL rules and Regulations.
4.6. To change a scheduled match, the following process must be followed:
a- Any team wishing to change or postpone an scheduled VMSL home game must apply in writing to the VMSL President explaining the reasons and/or circumstances of the change.
b- Any team wishing to change or postpone a scheduled VMSL away game must apply in writing to the VMSL President explaining the reasons and/or circumstances of the change. An agreement of acceptance from the opposing club/ team will be required before changes be made.
c- A new date and field must be provided and no changes will be accepted within 14 days of a match, except under special circumstances, i.e., weather, National Championships, and health related issues.
d- Approved match changes with new dates are subjected to a fee of $ 25:00 to the club initiating the change.
e- Time changes within 14 days may only be allowed upon approval of the VMSL Executive.
4.8. 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.
4.9. Points shall be awarded on the basis of three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a draw and cero (0) point for a loss.
4.10. In the event of inclement weather, teams must,
(a) Assist to the field of play and wait for the decision of the referee as to determine if the ground is in playable condition, unless previously been advised to the contrary by the Scheduling Secretary.
(b) Be prepare to play if, within 24 hours, the game is changed to a venue, day and/or time different to the original schedule.
(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.
Section 5 – Division Section Championship
5.1. At the completion of the league schedule, the team with the most points shall be declared the Division Section Champion.
5.2. 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.
5.3. 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.
Section 6 – Promotion and Relegation and Vacancies
6.1. At the end of each season, the VMSL shall promote and relegate teams as follows;
(a) The two (2) last place teams in the Premier Division will be relegated to Division 1.
(b) The first and second place teams in Division 1 will be promoted to the Premier Division.
(c) The last two (2) teams in Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2.
(d) The winner of each of the Division 2 sections will be promoted to Division 1.
(e) Three (3) teams from Division two (2) will be relegated to Division 3 as follow,
i- The last place team in each the Division 2 group will be relegated to Division 3.
ii- A one game playoff- on a neutral ground- shall take place between the two (2) penultimate teams in each of the two Division two (2) groups . In case of a tie, e extra time periods will be played, followed by penalty kicks if needed. The losing team will then be relegated to Division three (3)
(f) Three (3) teams from Division three (3) shall be promoted to Division 2. The procedure to identify the teams will vary, depending on the number of groups in
Division three (3).
(g) In all of the above cases, the placement of promoted or relegated teams will be decided by a random draw.
6.2. 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 5.3 of the Rules and Regulations will be used.
6.3. Vacancies in any Division, except the ones covered by Section 6.1 shall be filled as follows,
6.4. Realignment within each Division.
The final League standings of the previous playing season shall apply for the following:
(a) Teams finishing in the third, fourth and fifth place positions in each divisional section shall move laterally to the next section in their
respective 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”
Division 3 “B”: third, fourth, and fifth place teams to Division 3 “A”
(b) Where two or more teams are tied in points standing, the formula outlined in section 4.3 shall apply.
Section 7 – Clubs/Teams Responsibilities
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.
7.1. Clubs failing to send a representative to any VMSL meeting will be subject to a twenty-five ($25) dollar fine.
7.2. 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.
7.3. 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.
7.4. 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.
7.5. 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.
7.6. Any club wishing to change its name must apply to the VMSL for permission to do so.
7.7. Every team must have available two sets of jerseys of substantially different colours.
7.8. If, in the opinion of the referee, a conflict of jersey colours exists, it is the responsibility of the away team to change jerseys.
7.9. 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.
7.10. 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.
7.11. 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 the game.
(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.
7.12. The home team must make available two (2) high quality soccer balls.
7.13. 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.
(d) Fields shall be booked for not less than 2 hours for a regular League games and not less than 2:30 hours for a Cup games.
7.14. 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.
7.15. For all games, other than scheduled regular league games, the referee and assistant referee fees are to be shared equally by both teams.
Section 8 – Clubs/Teams Fines
8- Clubs/Teams found guilty of committing the following offences will be fined as follows,
8.a. Team fails to appear for a scheduled game,
Penalty: Minimum $100.00 fine, plus game official/s, if under 24 hours notice, ($70/80) and Field cost, for away teams, ($75 +)- 3-0 result will be given to the opponent.
8.b. Use of ineligible player,
1)- First Offence-Penalty; $100.00 fine. and a lost of three (3) points.
2)- Second Offence- Penalty; $ 200.00 fine and the lost of six (6) points.
3)- Third offence- Penalty; The team shall be expelled from the VMSL, and its bond forfeited.
4)- Cup games- Penalty; $ 100.00 fine and expulsion from further cup competition.
8.c. Forgery of Player’s Signature on Registration form,
Penalty: Minimum $50.00 fine.
8.d. Team fails to commence a game or withdraws from the game after it has started unless so directed by the Referee, Penalty: Minimum $100.00 fine, plus game official/s ($70/80) and Field cost ($75 +)- 3-0 result will be given to the opponent.
8.e. Defaulting, forfeiting or cancelling a game, Penalty: $100.00 fine, plus game official/s ($70/80) and Field cost ($75 +)- 3-0 result will be given to the opponent.
8.f. Delay of start of game, Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
8.g. Failure to pay referee(s) before start of second half, Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
8.h. Insufficient or unacceptable uniforms, Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
8.i. Team fails to,
1) Mark field properly; Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
2) Supply appropriate goal nets; Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
3) Supply appropriate corner flags; Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
4) Supply match ball and/or spare match ball; Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
5) Provide team lists before kickoff; Penalty: Minimum $50.00 fine
6) Provide identification cards before kickoff; Penalty: Minimum $50.00 fine
7) Supply substitution slips; Penalty: Minimum $50.00 fine
8.j. Team or teams held to be at fault for abandonment of a game,
Penalty: Forfeiture of the game, Minimum $50.00 + fine plus game official/s ($70/80) and Field cost ($75 + for the away team)- 3-0 result will be given to the opponent.
8.k. If requested by referee – lack of spectator control by team official(s) including failure to address the referee, Penalty: Minimum $50.00 fine and may be suspended from further participation in the competition.
8.l. Harassment of referee, persistent criticism of the referee or disputing calls of the referee by team officials and/or players,
Penalty: Minimum $50.00 fine and may be suspended from further participation in the competition.
8.m. If requested by referee – failure to identify spectator(s) responsible for misconduct towards a referee or linesperson,
Penalty: Minimum $50.00 fine and may be suspended from further participation in the competition.
8.n. Player/team official, while under suspension and attending a game as a spectator, behaves in a manner that brings the game into
disrepute, Penalty: Minimum $100.00 fine and suspended from attendance at the game sites.
8.o. Team fails to send a representative to the VMSL Annual General Meeting and/or a pre-competition meeting, Penalty: Minimum $25.00 fine.
8.p. Team fails to fulfill Provincial and/or Club National commitment, Penalty: Minimum $100.00, plus the BCSA and CSA fines that are assessed to VMSL.
Section 9 – Players
9.1. All players to be eligible to take part in VMSL games must be registered on a form provided by the BCSA, and filed by the VMSL with the BCSA Registrar.
9.2. A player shall be eligible to take part in any VMSL game from the date of registration with the BCSA providing he has a valid VMSL identification card.
9.3. A player under suspension by the VMSL or BCSA is an ineligible player and may not participate in a VMSL game.
(See section 7.19 of the Rules and Regulations)
9.4. It is the team’s responsibility to use and protect a player’s identification card. A player who fails to produce a valid identification card or a special permit issued by the VMSL is deemed to be an ineligible player.
9.5. Subject to the rules of the BCSA, all player transfers must be filed with the VMSL.When transferring to another team, a player’s identification card must be submitted with the transfer form.
9.6. Any player playing under more than one name, for one or more teams, shall be immediately suspended for the balance of the season. In addition, his club will be liable to a one hundred dollars ($ 100.00) fine. Any subsequent infringement of this regulation by the club will render the club liable to expulsion from the VMSL.
9.7. 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.
9.8. To be current and acceptable, every identification card must indicate:
(a) Name in full.
(b) Current team playing for.
(c) A passport size photograph of true likeness of player.
(d) Annual authentication by the VMSL.
9.9. A youth player playing in the VMSL on permit must have a current BCSA identification card.
9.10 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.
9.11 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.
9.12. 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.
9.13. Managers are responsible for ensuring that all identification card information is correct. Any discrepancies must be reported to the VMSL Board of Directors immediately.
9.14. 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.
9.15. 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.
9.16. A list of the games “sat out” by the player must be submitted at the time the identification card is retrieved.
9.17. The clubs should retain all identification cards at the end of the season.
Section 10 – Substitutes
10.1. 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 entire game, which includes extra time when played.
10.2. In the CAT and U 21 divisions unlimited substitutions will allowed at half time.
10.3. In the Masters Divisions unlimited substitutions will be allowed during the entire game.
10.4. Players substituted shall be permitted to take further part in a game, each change to be counted as a substitution.
10.5. With the exception of the Masters’ Divisions, and U 21 and CAT at half time, a substitute player must present to the referee a valid substitution slip upon entering the field of play.
10.6. With the exception of the Masters’ Divisions, and U 21 and CAT at half time, 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 8.b of the Rules and Regulations shall apply.
Section 11 – Discipline Committees
11.1. 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.
11.2. 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.
11.3. 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.
11.4. A suspended player in League play, with the exception of players suspended by BCSA, will be allowed to play in League Cup games.
11.5. A suspended player in League Cup play, with the exception of players suspended by BCSA, will be allowed to play in League games.
11.6. Accumulations of yellow cards in League play will not be carried over to Cup play and accumulation of yellow cards in Cup play will not be carried over to League play.
Section 12 – Club Affiliated Teams
12.1. Clubs fielding more than one team in the VMSL may operate a Club Affiliated Team (CAT) system.
12.2. 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.
12.2.1.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.
12.2.2.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 or relegated.
12.2.3.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.
12.2.4. 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.
12.3. 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.
12.4 Players are only eligible to compete in Cup competition for the team with which they are registered.
12.5. Players on the CAT system will serve their suspensions with the team with which they are registered.
Section 13 – Premier Division
13.1 The Premier Division shall be limited to one team per club.
Section 14 – Masters’ Divisions
14.1 For the 2014-2015season, players born in 1979 and older will be allowed to play in the Masters’ Over 35 Divisions.
14.2 Each team except teams in the Over 40s Division will be allowed to register 3 underage players for the 2014-2015 season. These players must be born in 1980, 1981 or 1982. 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 2014-15, teams in the Over 40s Division will be allowed to register up to 1 player born in 1975 or 1976. This is the final year in which an underage player is permitted in o 40’s play.
14.3 There will be 4 Masters’ Divisions: Premier Division, Division 1, Division 2, 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;
a) The two bottom teams from Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2.
b) The two top teams from Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1;
c) The two bottom teams from Division 2 will be relegated to Division 3.
d) 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 entitle to enter the Masters B Cup.
14.4 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 1or 2 but not the other way around.
Section 15 – Under 21 Division
15.1 For the 2014-2015 seasons, players born in 1994 and younger will be allowed to play in the Under 21 Division.
15.2 The CAT system will be in effect in the Under 21 Division.
15.3 Each team will be allowed to use a maximum of 2 overage players, belonging to the club’s CAT system, in every league game.