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2018 METRO SUMMER RULES

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1.      CHANGES OR AMENDMENTS ........................................................................................................................3
2.     GENERAL RULES .............................................................................................................................................3
3.     TEAM REGISTRATIONS AND WITHDRAWALS ..............................................................................................3
4.     FEES ..................................................................................................................................................................3
5.     CREATION OF DIVISIONS (competition levels) ..............................................................................................4
6.     AGE GROUP OF PLAYERS..............................................................................................................................4
7.     COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES .......................................................................................................................4
8.     TEAMS ARRIVING LATE ..................................................................................................................................6
9.     ABSENT TEAM ..................................................................................................................................................6
10. VALID GAMES AND FORFEITS ........................................................................................................................6
11. LEAGUE STANDINGS .......................................................................................................................................7
12. PLAYER REGISTRATION .................................................................................................................................8
13. NUMBER OF PLAYERS ....................................................................................................................................8
14. FIELD AND EQUIPMENT ..................................................................................................................................8
a)     FIELD: .................................................................................................................................................................8
b)    THE BALL ............................................................................................................................................................9
15. LAWS OF THE GAME ........................................................................................................................................9
16. POSTPONED GAMES .................................................................................................................................... 10
17. REFEREE ........................................................................................................................................................ 10
18. CLUB COLOURS ............................................................................................................................................ 10
19. AUTOMATIC LEAGUE SANCTIONS .............................................................................................................. 11
20. PLAYER MOVEMENT ..................................................................................................................................... 12
21. REFEREE RESPONSIBILITIES...................................................................................................................... 13
22. FORMAT OF PLAYOFF ELIMINATION ROUNDS ......................................................................................... 13
a)     FORMAT OF QUALIFICATION ROUNDS - RECREATIONAL ...................................................................... 13
b)     FORMAT OF QUALIFICATION ROUNDS - COMPETITIVE .......................................................................... 14
c)     FINALS ............................................................................................................................................................ 14
23. COMPETITION PRIZE .................................................................................................................................... 15
24. SCHEDULE ..................................................................................................................................................... 16

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All games will be played in accordance with the IFAB Laws of the Game, the FSQ rules, policies of the ARS Lac St-Louis and the following
changes to the rules of the game and league rules. Any cases not provided for by these rules, the IFAB laws of the game will apply.

FSQ rules: http://www.federation-soccer.qc.ca/
IFAB Laws of the game:
http://www.fifa.com/mm/Document/FootballDevelopment/Refereeing/02/79/92/44/Laws.of.the.Game.2016.2017_Neutral.pdf

A match not played due to the absence of a team will be forfeited by the missing team and a score of 3-0 will be given in favor of the other
team. In case of default by abandonment of the game during a match, or if the default is pronounced after the game, the score is registered
as 3-0 in favour of the other team if they scored less than 3 goals. If they scored more than 3 goals, the goals scored by the team at fault
are removed while the goals scored by the other team are preserved. In all cases, the team at fault loses one point in the standings.

Any game forfeited may result in disqualification of the offending team for the cup matches.

     1. CHANGES OR AMENDMENTS
           3B

          No rules regarding the competition can be changed during the season. Clubs may submit their
          recommendations for next season to the Metro League committee. The committee reserves the right to
          change the regulations which are not under the IFAB laws or rules of the CSA or FSQ.
     2. GENERAL RULES
     a) All games and discipline cases are governed by the rules of the Metro League.
     b) The first named team is the home team.
     c) The playoffs are organized for all divisions in the Metro League.
     d) Each player is eligible to play for his rostered team.
     e) A reservist player can be used during the playoffs only if he has already played at least 3 regular season
        games for that team. If a player is used as a reservist without first having played at least 3 games for
        the team, the team will be fined $50, the game will be lost by forfeit with a score of 3-0 and the team   U    U

        will be disqualified from the playoffs.
     f) Accumulated games as a reservist (20-4-iv.) is not applicable to the playoffs
     g) Accumulated team warnings as well as warnings to each player will be transferred to the playoffs.

     3. TEAM REGISTRATIONS AND WITHDRAWALS
          a) Registrations and withdrawal of teams must be received by the Metro League no later than the date
             decided by the organizing committee. A fine of $150 will be imposed for any late registration or
             withdrawal. When submitting its’ request, each team must :
                   Specify the teams of male players (classified "M") specify the teams of female players (classified
                      "F") - no mixed teams will be considered;
                   Be sure to have at least one competitive reserve team of equal or immediately lower category or
                      level for each team "AA" registered (FSQ rule art. 35.2);
                   Specify the official club shirt color. Identify host fields, identify the availabilities of these fields
                      from May 1st to September 24th in PTS. A fine of $150 will be imposed if this is not the case
                      on the Friday prior to the start of the season.
          b) Any team that withdraws or is expelled from the league after the "official" distributed divisions, will see
             its statistics cancelled (goals, points) and will be subject to a fine of $445. Any penalties to the
             players and/or coaches remains effective, according to the rules of the ARS Lac St-Louis Metro.

     4. FEES
          a) Team fees are set by the league and are not refundable once the "official" divisions are distributed.
          b) The league refereeing fees will be invoiced separately and calculated according to the amount of
             games per division and must be paid to the region.

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5. CREATION OF DIVISIONS (competition levels)
     The divisions will be created following the standards established by the Metro League committee.
        AA (D1 et U21) are Inter-regional regions according to the FSQ
        A (D2M-D4M, D2F-D5F et U21) are Regional
        L (D6M et +, D6F et +, et U21) are Local
     With the approval of the Metro League committee, the ranking from the previous summer season will
     be considered for the promotion and relegation of at least the first 2 and last 2 positions in each
     division during the creation of the divisions. A "sudden-death" game may be scheduled between Lac
     St-Louis and out of region clubs to promote a team to AA. In AA, only one team per club is permitted

6. AGE GROUP OF PLAYERS
 The age groups must be those adopted by the FSQ and are as follows:

                    Eligibility Age-Group
                    U -21              Born 1998-1996                 11 aside soccer
                    METRO              Born 1995-1982                 11 aside soccer
                    O35                Born 1981 or prior             11 aside soccer

   The age categories are indicative and subject to the approval of the Metro committee

7. COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES
   a) Coaches must behave in a responsible manner (IFAB law 5).
   b) Coaches of both teams are responsible for the security of all players, coaches, spectators, referees,
      and assistant referees, before, during and after the game.
   c) The coaches present on the competitive teams (AA) must have the certifications required by the FSQ
      (S7) Competition; the competitive teams (A) must have a certified coach (S7) present in at least 75%
      of the matches. Certification is recommended for recreational teams.
   d) All competitive coaches must work towards becoming certified in accordance to the level they coach.
   e) The certification must be obtained before July 15th of the current year
   f) Any failure to c) and d) will result in a forfeit of all subsequent games starting July 15th of the
      current year.
   g) The certification of all coaches must be registered in PTS.
   h) For all games, the presence of a coach on the bench is mandatory.
   i) If a non-player coach is expelled from a game where there is no other bench coach and there is a
      player-coach who was previously entered on the score sheet; this player coach must leave the
      playing field and take responsibility as the bench coach and should be clearly identifiable as a coach
      for the remainder of the game. The expelled coach must leave the site. If the expelled coach cannot
      be replaced the game can’t continue and will be lost by a forfeit.
   j) A representative of each team must attend the Metro League annual meeting. The Metro League
      committee reserves the right to sanction those teams that do not participate.
   k) Coaches of teams must provide active FSQ players and coach’s affiliation cards as well as a pre-
      printed game sheet from PTS-league to the referee for verification at least 15 minutes before the
      start of the match but no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. Players whose
      affiliation cards are missing but listed on the game sheet will not be permitted to enter the field of
      play nor sit on the players’ bench until the affiliation card is checked by one of the referees. The
      verification of a late player or players will be done at half time. Any breach of this regulation will
      result in a forfeit by the score of 3-0.
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   l) No players arriving after the kick off of the second half will be allowed on the field or on the players’
      bench.
   m) The game must start no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled time (see 7q).
   n) All reserve players must have a validated regional affiliation card or display them to the referee from
      PTS-League (Coach, Player Photos). Failure to comply will result in a lost match by forfeit.

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o) Before signing the game sheet at the end of the game, the coaches must ensure that the absentees
    are crossed off and that the game score, the scorers, cautions and expulsions are correct upon
    collecting the affiliation cards & official league game sheet. Any intended protest must be filed within
    2 days of the game. It is the coach's responsibility to collect the game sheets and the affiliation
    cards after the game. No addition(s) or modification(s) will be permitted by the team's staff on the
    game sheet after the game is started.
p) The coach has the responsibility to enter attendance, results, cards and any observations on PTS if
    necessary within 24 hours after the match. Thereafter, the referee will enter presences, results, cards
    and any comments as necessary on PTS. Once the referee has saved the data, the coach cannot
    make changes.
q) If the referee judges the match non-playable, there will be a fine of 70$ if the visiting team does not
    have an alternative color. The match will not be postponed. The sum of 70$ will be calculated and
    given to the receiving team after the end of the season.
r) The official game sheet of the Metro League as well as the affiliation cards must be presented to the
    referee no less than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. Failure to comply with this regulation
    will result in a match lost by forfeit and a $150 fine will be imposed.
s) Results for played games, standings and statistics of teams are available on the internet
    page: (www.tsisports.ca/soccer/ligue). FSQ #23.3.
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t) It is prohibited for the coaches and spectators to be behind the goal line or to run along the touch
    line on the coaches’ side of the field. Spectators must be on the opposing side of the field to the
    teams and at least 2 meters from the touch line, at all times. Players and coaches must remain
    within their technical area as defined by the IFAB Laws of the Game (1 meter from the touch line & 1
    metre from each end of the players’ bench). The substitutions of players must be made at the center
    line, 1 meter from the sideline. Players who warm up can do it with bib.
u) Coaches must ensure that their spectators never enter the field of play. Failure to comply will result
    in a forfeit to the offending team. Teams will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Metro
    League committee or Regional discipline.
v) At any time, only identified members of the Metro League and/or club representatives, referees,
    coaches/manager, physio or athletic therapist and registered players may be present on the field and
    along the sidelines on the teams’ side. A maximum of 3 coaches/manager (excluding physio or
    athletic therapist) and a maximum of 18 players are allowed inside the technical area. They must all
    be indentified on the PTS score sheet. Failure to comply will result in a match lost by forfeit. ONLY in
    the event of an injury requiring the help of a parent or a person first aid, the referee may allow the
    presence of such a person on the field or inside the technical surface during the time medical care is
    required.
    Any sports therapist present must be available for both teams and identify to the referee before the
    start of the match.
w) In case of a brawl involving members of the team's staff, or one or more players from the bench: the
    staff members and bench players involved will be suspended for a minimum 6 games or the
    remainder of the season (if less than 6 games remain) and a $300 team fine, payable before the next
    game. Additional sanctions could be applied, at the discretion of the Metro Committee.
x) Each coach has the responsibility to be registered in PTS-league.
y) A Coach affiliated with a club (club affiliation), cannot coach a team from another club without first
    having written permission from their affiliated club.
z) A coach cannot act as Coach or Assistant Coach for more than one team in the same division.
aa) At an inter-division match (Crossover) where 2 teams have the same coach, the coach should lead
    his affiliated clubs’ primary team. The club must identify the coaches primary team.
bb) Coaches are responsible for ensuring that all players participating in the game were checked on the
    score sheet by the referee. Any name that has not been crossed out shall be considered as having
    participated in the game. All players not present should be crossed out before the start of the second
    half. Only staff (assistant coach / manager, physio or athletic therapist) can arrive during the second
    half.
cc) At any time (before, during and after the match), it is forbidden to smoke, to drink liquor and no
    drugs inside the technical area. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in additional
    sanctions imposed by the Metro League committee.

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  dd) Coaches will not attempt to unduly influence the referee's decisions. Disciplinary actions may be
      taken by the Metro League committee.
  ee) Players on the bench must wear "pinnies" at all times during the game.

8. TEAMS ARRIVING LATE
  a) If a team cannot be present after 15 minutes of the appointed time of kick-off with the minimum
     requirements of 7 players and 1 coach, the match will be forfeited in favor of the opposing team and
     a fine of 70$ if the visiting team does not have an alternative color. The match will not be
     postponed. The sum of 70$ will be calculated and given to the receiving team after the end of the
     season.
  b) Two of these forfeits will result in a fine of $140. Each additional forfeit will result in a fine of $140
     per game.
  c) Exceptional delays are noted in section 9.

9. ABSENT TEAM
  a) A team that cannot be present for a game must notify the opposing team, the league statistician and
     administrator at least 5 business days before the date specified in the schedule. The match will be
     awarded to the opposing team by the score of 3-0. A team that is absent 2 times will be imposed a
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     fine of 70$ if the visiting team does not have an alternative color. The match will not be postponed.
     The sum of 70$ will be calculated and given to the receiving team after the end of the season.
  b) In the case of absence without prior notice of 5 working days, the offending team loses the match by
     a score of 3-0, 1 point will be removed from the rankings (-1), a fine of 70$. The sum of 70$ will be
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     calculated and given to the receiving team after the end of the season and the teams’ participation in
     the playoffs could be removed.
  c) A team unable to be present for a replacement game played within the normal boundaries of the Lac
     St-Louis region or outside of the normal boundaries of the Lac St-Louis region loses the game by
     forfeit , and will be fined $500, 1 point will be removed from the rankings (-1) and their participation
     in the playoffs could be removed
  d) Any exceptions can be addressed to the Metro League committee.

10. VALID GAMES AND FORFEITS

  A match not played due to the absence of a team will be forfeited by the missing team and a score of 3-0 will be given in favor of
  the other team. In case of default by abandonment of the game during a match, or if the default is pronounced after the game, the
  score is registered as 3-0 in favor of the other team if they scored less than 3 goals. If they scored more than 3 goals, the goals
  scored by the team at fault are removed while the goals scored by the other team are preserved. In all cases, the team at fault
  loses one point in the standings.

  a) A team will lose the game by forfeit under the following circumstances:
               I. with less than 7 active competitive players on the field
              II. using a player under suspension or ineligible or without an affiliation card
             III. with a suspended coach present within the technical area or entered on the score
                    sheet.
  b) The duration of the game is set by the FSQ, as follows:

                                         2 equal halves of 45 minutes*
                        * No extra time during games of the regular season.

  c) The game will be considered valid when the following times are played:

                      Divisions "L"                      45 minutes of a 90 minute game
                 Divisions "AA" and "A"                  68 minutes of a 90 minute game

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  d) If for any reason other, than weather conditions, a referee stops a game before the end of the
     periods mentioned above, the Metro League committee, on receiving the report of the referee, will
     determine the validity of the game.
  e) If the circumstances do not permit the holding of a full game, and when the referee is informed of
     this fact before the game begins, the referee has the power to shorten each half so far as they are
     equal and that the game retains a sufficient time to be legal (see 10-c). In such a situation, the
     coaches of both teams must be informed about the reasons for this decision and the new length of
     each half. The referee is obliged to report the irregularity in writing on the game sheet and in PTS.
  f) In the event that 2 unequal halves are played, for reasons other than (10-e), and the time played is
     sufficient to be legal (see 10-c), the end result will be valid. The referee is obliged to report the
     irregularity in writing on the game sheet and on PTS.
  g) In a case where the referee shall end the first half before the normal time, the referee, after advising
     the two coaches of his decision, shall:
                  I. Play the missing time before the start of half time with a drop ball where the ball was
                     when stopping the game.
                 II. Play the second half for a period equal to the time of the first half provided that the
                     total time played is in conformity with the official minimum time required for the
                     validity of the game.
               III. Play the second half of normal time provided that the total time played is in compliance
                     with the minimum official time required for the validity of the game.
                IV. Coaches may under no circumstances attempt to influence the decision of the referee.
          The referee is required to report any irregularity in writing on the official game sheet and in PTS.
  h) Once the game starts, any coach or club representative who withdraws his team from the playing
     field or refuses to continue the match will be subject to disciplinary action by the Metro League
     committee. The offending team loses the match by forfeit and a fine of $70 is imposed immediately.
     The sum of 70$ will be calculated and given to the receiving team after the end of the season and
     participation in the playoffs could be removed.
  i) Any interruption to the normal progress of a game or the refusal to start a game can be considered a
     withdrawal.

11. LEAGUE STANDINGS
  a) Points are awarded as follows:
             • 3 points for a win
             • 1 point for a draw
             • 0 points for a loss
             • -1 point for a game lost by forfeit
  b) The ranking is calculated by adding the points won or removed as provided in section 11-a.
  c) In the event of a tie at the end of the regular season, the final standings shall be determined by the
     following (FSQ competitions section 59):
             i) The highest number of points obtained;
             ii) The highest number of points obtained in the matches between the two teams
                  concerned;
             iii) The goal differential (in the matches between the two teams concerned);
             iv) The team with the greatest number of wins;
             v) The greatest goal difference overall;
             vi) The team with the most goals scored;
             vii) Random draw.
  d) Any match lost by forfeit may result in disqualification of the team to playoff games, to the provincial
     champion "AA" cup games or to the regional cup games "A".

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12. PLAYER REGISTRATION
 a) Registration of players will be in accordance with the operating rules (section 1) of the FSQ or as
    modified by the Lac St-Louis Region. A signed application form must be activated by the club and
    validated by the the l'ARS in order to be available for any game. By signing the form, the member
    agrees to abide by the METRO regulations and IFAB laws of the game.
 b) By the last Friday before the start of the season, the list of players must be registered on PST with a
    minimum of 14 players per team (FSQ art. 35.9.4). Lack of complying with the regulations will result
    in a fine of $10 per player missing a week. A maximum of 25 regular competitive players registered
    with a regional affiliation card. If too many players are registered, a fine of $100 per player will be
    imposed (see fees table in Appendix A). In addition, each team must have a regional affiliated coach
    with an affiliated card, with minimum certification required as mentioned in section 7C.
 c) Any reservist player and all trial players must possess a validated regional membership card. Failure to
    comply will result in a forfeit game and a fine of $50.
 d) A club may register up to 3 players U17 and/or U18 per O21 team and 4 players U17 and/or U18 for a
    U21 team. An exemption from the Metro League committee may be requested to exceed the prescribed
    minimum.
 e) No player U16 or less may be placed on a list of Metro players without medical and parental
    authorization as prescribed by the FSQ (double upgrade).
 f)    Any player suspended by a club or a region for administrative reasons should not be able to enroll in
       another club while the suspension is in effect.
 g) Any team who lets a suspended player play will lose the match by forfeit.

13. NUMBER OF PLAYERS

 a) A maximum of 18 players active and in club uniform can be listed on the game sheet or
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    in a forfeited game.

14. FIELD AND EQUIPMENT
      a) FIELD:
         Clubs must ensure that their fields are safe and that games can be played at any time.

             Respect for the following points is requested:

           i.    All fields must be properly lined, have 2 player benches on one side of the field but on the
                 opposite side of the spectators and have nets at both ends of the field
           ii.   All goals must be equipped with nets in good condition. Nets must be without holes over 15 cm x
                 15 cm (6 inches x 6 inches). Nets should be securely attached to the goals on all sides and they
                 must be anchored to the ground at a distance of at least 1 m (3 ft 3 in) behind the goal line. All
                 goals must be anchored and secured or sanctioned (approved) for use on artificial and natural
                 fields. If the nets are missing, the game will be rescheduled and a fine of 150$ will be imposed
                 on the receiving team.
       iii.      Corner flags must have a minimum height of 5 feet (1.5 meters). The games can be played if the
                 flags are not present.
       iv.       Referees and coaches are required to indicate any non-compliance with Article 14-a on the game
                 sheet and PTS. No further complaints will be accepted unless indicated on the score sheet and
                 PTS.

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     v.       It is the obligation of the receiving club to notify the district/city of any issues with the field. This
              same club must notify the responsible Metro committee official of any risk to the safety of
              athletes caused by inadequate field conditions as well as any changes that may affect the game
              schedule.
    vi.       A protest concerning the condition of the field is not admissible.

   b) THE BALL

          Format no.5, circumference of 27-28 inches (68-70 cm) - Weight 14-16 ounces (410-450 g)
          The pressure should be 8.5-15.6 psi - (0.6-1.1 atmosphere). Non stitched balls, vulcanized are
          prohibited. COACHES MUST ENSURE THAT GAME BALLS ARE PROPERLY INFLATED. Host team coach
          is responsible for providing two compliant balls for the game. The ball must be ready for use and
          meet the appropriate standards and conditions. If such a ball is not available, the referee may inquire
          with the coach of the visiting team or use any other ball in good condition and meets the following
          specifications mentioned above.

   c) PLAYERS:
      1) All players must wear their clubs’ full uniform (jersey, shorts, socks) and the same color as
          registered by their club in PTS (as stipulated by Law 4 of IFAB). Any player who does not comply
          can't participate in the game.
      2) The goalie must wear a different color jersey than the other players and the referee and may
          wear either shorts or pants. The shorts, pants and socks can be a different color than those of
          the team. If a keeper is replaced and wishes to play on the field, he/she must apply Regulation
          14-C-1.
      3) The jersey must be numbered (different number) on the back (dimension 6''minimum). Sleeves
          must be unrolled. Adhesive tape is permitted to differentiate the numbers
      4) Players cannot change numbers during a game without the permission of the referee. In no case
          can a player remove his or her jersey on the field of play.
      5) Shin guards are obligatory in accordance with the IFAB Laws of the Game and must be
          completely covered by the socks at all times.
      6) Headgear approved by IFAB Laws of the game may be worn.
      7) No jewelry or dangerous objects may be worn. Medical bracelets are permitted, but the chain
          must be covered by adhesive tape.
      8) Hearing aids are allowed.
      9) Prescription eyeglass lenses are not allowed. Only sports eyewear approved by FIFA will be
          accepted.
      10) Hard casts cannot be worn (gypsum or fiberglass).
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      11) Orthopedic braces must not expose metal or plastic parts, these must be covered.
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15. LAWS OF THE GAME
   a) On the taking of a corner kick or free kick, opponents must remain at least 9.15 meters (10 yards)
      from the corner arc. The ball is in play as soon as it is kicked and is moving. The referee must ensure
      that the distance is respected.
   b) On a goal kick, players of the opposing team must be outside the penalty area for it to be considered
      in play. The ball is in play when it is struck directly out of the penalty area
   c) The offside rules will apply
   d) In a throw-in, if the ball touches the ground before entering the field of play, the throw-in is retaken
           by the same team from the same position. If the throw-in is not taken correctly, the opposing
           team retakes it.
   e) SUBJECT TO THE PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE REFEREE, unlimited substitutions may be made as
           follows:
         after a goal;
         prior to a goal kick;
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             when play has been stopped because of an injury (only the injured player may be substituted).
             At throw-ins (substitution may be made by the team taking the throw in and ONLY if they
              make substitutions, may their opponent also substitute.)
   f)   In the case of an injured player, refer to IFAB Laws of the Game (p.46).

16. POSTPONED GAMES

   a) If a game must be postponed because of bad weather or poor field conditions, the club
      representatives must immediately inform the statistician and the Metro League administrator.
      Coaches must make every effort possible to advise their counterparts in a timely fashion
   b) If fields are closed by the city/borough, the club representative must immediately notify the LSL
      Metro League administrator by phone or email. The club representative & coaches must make every
      effort possible to advise their counterparts in a timely fashion.
   c) Should a game be cancelled by the referee, the referee must immediately notify the regional referee
      assignor. The referee assignor will advise the league statistician and the Metro league administrator.
                1. LIGHTNING: At the first sight of lightning followed by thunder within 30 seconds, game
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                   stops and teams must seek shelter. Game will resume after 10 minutes have passed
                   without lightning or thunder. Teams cannot leave premises until referee officially calls
                   the game and completes the game sheets. If enough time remains to resume the game,
                   the referee must adjust his time and make a note on the game sheet as well as on PTS.
   d) The Metro league committee will analyse all requests for « black-out » dates presented before the
      release of the preliminary schedule. (maximum 3 consecutive days)
   e) Within 7 (seven) days of a posted postponed game, it is the receiving club’s responsibility to propose
      3 dates to the league scheduler. A confirmation notice is then sent to the clubs involved, to the
      Metro league administrator and to the league referee assignor. Games must be replayed on these
      scheduled dates unless 16-d applies. Should the receiving club fail to provide rescheduling dates, the
      visiting team becomes the host and proceeds to offer 3 new dates
   f) No match will be rescheduled before 12:00 on weekends unless the two coaches are consulted and
      are in agreement.
   g) No match requiring travel of 100 kilometers or more will be scheduled from Monday to Thursday.
      Exceptions may be granted by the Metro League committee.
   h) Failure to comply with regulations 16-a to g, a $150 fine will be imposed on the offending team.

17. REFEREE
   a) If the appointed referee fails to appear and neither of the two assistant referees are qualified the
      match will be postponed.

18. CLUB COLOURS
 a) At the time of registration, all teams shall declare their official club colors (one color for home games
    and a different color when away and register them in PTS.
 b) Jersey's must be numbered:
         i.      Numbers must be at least 6 inches high and on the back of the jersey.
         ii.     The numbers must be clear and legible
         iii.    Each jersey worn by team members during a game must have a unique number.
 c) The home team must wear their official colours, failing to comply will result in a 70$ fine. The sum of
    70$ will be calculated and given to the receiving team after the end of the season.
 d) In case of conflict, the non-conforming team as per sections a) and c) should change color (bibs are
    allowed) otherwise a fine of 70$ will be imposed. The sum of 70$ will be calculated and given to the
    receiving team after the end of the season.
 e) If the referee deems the game non-playable, a report will be filed with the head referee and league
    officer and the non-compliant team will lose the match by forfeit.
 f) In case of non-compliance to article 18, a maximum fine of 70$ per team will be imposed.

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19. AUTOMATIC LEAGUE SANCTIONS
  a) When a suspension occurs due to accumulated cautions the player must serve the suspension with
     the team which had these cautions written on their game sheets and in PTS. This is applicable to a
     regular player and a reservist player. The player is suspended from ALL ACTIVITIES of the Metro
     League for the whole duration of his/her suspension.
      All coach suspensions must be served with the team from which he/she was ejected. The coach may
      NOT participate in any Senior League soccer activities until the suspensions have been purged and
      the coach appears in front of the disciplinary committee. It is not necessary to show a coach a red
      card in order for an expulsion to be official.
  b) When a player earns 2 cautions in the same game, he/she is expelled from the game and
     automatically suspended for the next game. Additional sanctions may be applied if the expulsion is
     the result of misbehaviour. The combination of two cautions during the same match is not recognized
     in accumulated cautions during the season.
  c) When a player, a coach, an assistant, a monitor, or manager is ejected from the game (red card)
     he/she is automatically suspended for the next game, and a fine of $20 (first occurrence), $30
     (second occurrence), or $50 (third and subsequent occurrences) applies (Art. DC-9). Additional
     sanctions may be applied if the expulsion is the result of misbehavior. Subsequent expulsions in the
     same season can result in additional suspensions (FSQ section XI competitions).
  d) Any regular player, substituted player, coach, assistant, monitor, or manager who has been ejected
     must leave immediately the vicinity of the playing field and the technical area.
  e) When a player accumulates a total of three separate cautions during the season, he/she is
     automatically suspended for the next game. (FSQ art. 26.1) (competition section XI
  f) The fines collected from warnings (19-h) will be awarded to the team that won the FAIR PLAY per
     division (up to a maximum of $300) (the team with the least demerit points in accordance with art.
     23-c).
  g) Suspensions resulting from ejections remain in force until the players and/or coaches have his/her
     name and affiliation card number indicated on the subsequent game sheet(s) for multiple game
     suspensions, as serving a suspension. Suspensions will carry over to the next Metro League
     competition. Example :
     1. Summer season to playoffs
     2. Summer season and/or playoffs to winter season
     3. Summer season and/or playoffs to next summer season
     4. Winter of current year to next summer season
     5. To serve a suspension carried over from the previous season, a player must be registered as a
          REGULAR player on the list of players and must be able to play at least 3 games of the season
          before the end of the championship, failing which the suspension will be postponed to the next
          active season of the player.
  h) Additional discipline will follow the regional discipline guideline.
  i) The Metro League committee or Regional Discipline committee may decide that, if the managing club
     of a player, coach, parent, spectator or official club member, violates the regulations having been
     found guilty of a major violation regulations, will be required to provide a good behavior Bond of one
     thousand dollars ($ 1,000.00) for the rest of the season and the subsequent season.
            1. The Bond must be issued on the specified date otherwise all teams involved in games
               sanctioned by the region, will forfeit any ranking and all subsequent games of the current
               season, and will be excluded from the playoff games this season.
            2. The Bond will be returned at the end of the following season if there are no major infraction
               of the rules by the player, coach, parent, spectator or team official club member and at this
               at any level.
            3. The Bond will be endorsed if there is another major infraction of the rules, and at any level,
               by a player, coach, parent, spectator, a team or a club official member.
            4. The Metro League committee, the Regional discipline committee or Regional Board may
               impose additional fines, restrictions or sanctions.
            5. Another good behavior Bond of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) shall be submitted within
               one week after the official announcement of the endorsement of the first Bond.
            6. If a Bond is not delivered by the specified date, the team will be banned from participating in
               any competition prior to the issuance of the voucher.

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20. PLAYER MOVEMENT
  a) Team to team in the same Club.
             1. A player is allowed to play in several categories (as indicated by the year of birth),
                several classes or several divisions (not group) higher than his own.
             2. The movement of players between teams from the same club playing in the same
                division or the same group is not allowed.
             3. RESERVIST (for AA): A player registered with a regional team can play unlimited games
                U                          U

                with a Division 1 "AA" Metro team. An unlimited number of Metro reservists can be used
                at any time during a division 1 "AA" match.
             4. RESERVIST (for A and L) :
                U                               U

                         i.  Senior: a maximum of 6 registered players (U17, U18, U21 and O21) per
                               U       U

                             game may be called up as a reservist to a team of a higher category,
                             division class/calibre. Reservists players cannot serve as a reservist more
                             than 8 games per division (the use of juvenile players is unlimited - see
                             v). Before his 9th game, the player must to be transferred in PTS-
                             Registrariat on the list of players of the highest level team and the league
                             officer must be notified in writing. If the club has more than one team in a
                             division, the reservist player can only serve one of them per season.
                        ii.  U21: a maximum of 5 players registered on a Metro team "L" (category
                               U   U

                             U17, U18 or U21) or team U17 & U18 (L or A only) can be called as a
                             reservist player per game for an unlimited number of games.
                       iii.  All players must be linked to a team from the Youth League or Metro
                             before being called as reservists.
                      iv.    The rosters are fixed on July 15 so no movement between teams from July
                             16 onward. Only NEW affiliations will be permitted as additions to the team
                             after that date.
                        v.   To be considered as a reservist, a player must be registered with a team
                             with an inferior category and/or class and must show having played at
                             least four regular-season games with his permanent team. The failure to
                             comply will result in a fine of $100 to the team of superior category and/or
                             class per game played, calculated periodically.
                      vi.    A reserve player cannot play for two teams in the same division.
                      vii.   During an inter-division match (Cross-over), a player must play with his or
                             her affiliated team.
                       viii.   RESERVIST PLAYER Juvenile (U17/U18) - calculated from the 4 reservist players
                               allowed (iv)

                        ix.    "AA" reservist U17/U18 can be called to any number of games "AA" only
                               (U17AA/U18AA --> Sr AA only)
                         x.    "A" reservist U17/U18 can be called to any number of match in "AA"
                               and/or "A"
                        xi.    "L" reservist U17/U18 can be called to any number of match in           "AA"
                               and/or "A" and/or "L"
                        xii.   Using the player down from AAA (U21 / Senior / O35) is under the
                               jurisdiction of the operating rules of the FSQ art. 35.9 (AAA -> AA only).
                       xiii.   Failure to comply with regulations 20-a-4-ix will result in a fine of $50
                               and the offending team shall lose the game by forfeit. Any recurrence from
                               the same team will be submitted to the Metro League committee and the
                               team may be subject to further sanctions.

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   b) Movement of player - club to club
                1. The transfer fees (development fees) for a Metro player considering a change of club cannot be
                   requested.
   c) TRIAL PLAYERS: Trial players are prohibited.
   d) PERMITTED PLAYERS: Refers to senior players playing for a club or a soccer group who received
      approval from their affiliated club to participate in activities organized by other clubs and / or soccer
      pools.

21. REFEREE RESPONSIBILITIES
 a) Before kick-off, the referee must check the official game sheet, the players' and team personnel's FSQ
        affiliation cards for all players and coaches
 b) After the game, the referee must indicate the exact start time, players who scored goals, all cautions
        and ejections issued and enter the final score. For all games, the referee will also record on PTS-
        league the score and statistics from both game sheets within 48 hours of kick-off.
 c) In AA leagues, the referee will ensure that teams respect the protocol for entry on the field as well as
    the pre-game hand shake.
 d) The referee will oversee the hand shake exchange at the end of the game or may prohibit it according
    to the course of the game.
 e) If the appointed referee fails to appear by 15 minutes after the scheduled start of the game, the game
    will not be played. The Metro League committee will reschedule the game in accordance to the
    rescheduling rules. Article 16

22. FORMAT OF PLAYOFF ELIMINATION ROUNDS

a) FORMAT OF QUALIFICATION ROUNDS - RECREATIONAL
   0B

          1. All recreation teams (L) play a single elimination round to advance to the next round:

          Chart A :
        Number of
        teams                 5            6              7               8          9             10
        Number of
        matchs             16            15              18               14         16            18
        Quarter                         3vs6                          See chart b
        Quarter                         4vs5
        Quarter           1vs4           1vs             1vs4                       1vs4           1vs4
        Semi              2vs3           2vs             2vs3                       2vs3           2vs3
        Finale           finale        finale           finale                      final
          0.
                Tableau B :
          1.
                                                   #1
                                  #5               1vs8                   #7
                                  G1vsP2                                  G2vsP1
                                                   #2
               #9                                  3vs6                                   #10
               G5vsG6                                                                     G7vsG8

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                                                                  #3
                                                #6                2vs7                   #8
                                                G4vsP3                                   G3vsP4
                                                                  #4
                                                                  4vs5
                                                                  #11
                                                                  G9vsG10

                         Chart C : Local play-offs

             4 Teams
             U             U       U5 Teams U       6 Teams
                                                     U       U        7 Teams
                                                                       U             U       8 Teams
                                                                                             U      U         9 Teams
                                                                                                               U        U       10 Teams
                                                                                                                                 U       U

P01           1 vs 4                 2 vs 5          3 vs 6            2 vs 7                 1 vs 8           8 vs 9             7 vs 10
P02           2 vs 3                 3 vs 4          4 vs 5            3 vs 6                 2 vs 7         1 vs wP01             8 vs 9
P03        wP01 vs wP02            1 vs wP02       1 vs wP02           4 vs 5                 3 vs 6           2 vs 7           1 vs wP02
P04                                                2 vs wP01         1 vs wP03                4 vs 5           3 vs 6           2 vs wP01
P05                                               wP03 vs wP04      wP01 vs wP02           wP01 vs wP04        4 vs 5              3 vs 6
P06                                                                 wP04 vs wP05           wP02 vs wP03     wP02 vs wP05           4 vs 5
P07                                                                                        wP05 vs wP06     wP03 vs wP04       wP03 vs wP06
P08                                                                                                         wP06 vs wP07       wP04 vs wP05
P09                                                                                                                            wP07 vs wP08

                         2. All games of the categories will be played in the territory served by the Metro League Lac St.
                            Louis. Outaouais teams will host the preliminary match of the first draw (1st meeting of the
                            playoffs) if their ranking is better.
                         3. Referee assignements:
                                i.  All games of the round robin within the Lac St-Louis region: the referees and assistant
                                    referees will be assigned by the referee assigner of the region.
                               ii.  All games of the preliminary round outside the Lac St-Louis region: the referees and
                                    assistant referees will be assigned by the regional assigner from the host region
                              iii.  All semi-final and final games within the Lac St-Louis region: the referees and assistant
                                    referees will be assigned by the regional assignor.

           b) FORMAT OF QUALIFICATION ROUNDS - COMPETITIVE
                 1B

                      1. For AA and A divisions, only the first 4 teams in the final standings of the season qualify for the
                         playoffs. ( 1 vs 4 - 2 vs 3 )
                      2. The positioning of the teams will be determined by the official ranking of the season.
                      3. In the semi-finals, in case of a tie at the end of full time, there will be a session of 5 penalty kicks to
                         determine a winner in accordance with the IFAB Laws of the Game.
                      4. If a team is unable to meet the required minimum of 7 players and/or 1 coach 15 minutes after the
                         scheduled kick off a $150 fine will be imposed to the offending team and the game will be forfeited.
                      5. If a team does not show up, a $250 fine will be imposed to the offending team and the game will be
      2B
                         forfeited.

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c) FINALS

    The final games are scheduled to be played in September

    In case of a tie at the end of full time, there will be two extra time periods of 10 minutes each which will
    be played in full (no golden goal).

    If still tied after two extra time periods, there will be a session of 5 penalty kicks in accordance with the
    IFAB Laws of the Game to determine a winner as shown in the diagram below.

                                                               .

23. COMPETITION PRIZE
Prizes will be awarded as follows :
a) LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
                 Men & Women                  Champions             Finalists         Playoff Champions
         Division 1 - AA                        $1000                 $500                   $400
         Division 2 - A                          $800                 $400                   $400
         All other A Divisions                   $600                 $300                   $400
         Division U-21                           $600                 $300                   $400
b) METRO CUP
         Men & Women
         Alpha champions                              $1000
         Beta champions                                $500
         Alpha finalists                               $300
         Beta finalists                                $200

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c) "FAIR PLAY" CONTEST
         1. The winner of the "FAIR PLAY" contest will be a team in each division with the best result
            (lowest score) in demerit points divided by the total number of matches played by the team
            (league and playoffs).
         2. Penalty points are calculated as follows:
                i. expulsion (red card) :3 points
               ii. caution (yellow card) : 1 point
         3. In the case of a tie, the prize will be shared equally between the tied teams
         4. The prize amounts will be determined by the fines collected during the season however without
            exceeding $300.
         5. A team that lost a game by forfeit is disqualified from the "FAIR PLAY" contest.

24. SCHEDULE
 a) A schedule, based on the number of teams registered at the deadline, as defined by the Metro League
    committee, will be prepared in late April. Any delay in the preparation of this schedule will be presented
    to representatives of the Club. A season of 14 to 18 games is planned (depending on number of teams
    entered in each division).
 b) A notice of add-ons and/or withdrawals of teams from the competition must be made in writing to the
    director of the league. A $150 fine will be imposed for any delay as defined in the ‘cahier de charges’.
 c) Any Club that withdraws a team of the competition, after issuing the preliminary schedule or during the
    season, will be given a fine of $445 per team. The team entry fee will not be refunded
 d) Calendar games are scheduled from 19:00 until 21:15 from Monday to Friday between 12:00 and 21:15
    on Saturday and Sunday. Any exception must have the agreement of the two teams in the league. The
    club can provide dates of non-availability "blackout" of the teams. A period of non-availability not
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    exceeding more than 3 consecutive days per team is permitted (while respecting the restrictions
                                                                 U

    previously issued by the Metro Committee).
 e) Any request for time changes that comply with these rules will be approved by the League if it is
    accepted by the opponent and made at least five business days before the match.

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