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Mississauga SportZone Youth Indoor Soccer League

2016-2017 League Rules



a.    Each Club is responsible for the conduct of all Team players/officials and for Team supporters at all times, both on and off the field. Players, team officials and spectators shall conduct themselves in accordance with the Rules of Conduct as set out by the O.S.A. and the League. Only duly registered officials and players are allowed on the players’ bench.

b.    The coach and players shall confine themselves to within 1 meter of the players' bench and outside of the playing area.

c.    A player, coach, team official or spectator impeding, harassing, or otherwise intimidating a game official, opposing coach, members of the League, or opposing players, will be subject to disciplinary action. 

d.    Team officials must be properly registered with their Club and the District.

e.    Player registration –

a.    7v7 (U9-U10) and 9v9 (U11-U12) leagues will have no maximum or minimum roster limits to each team.  There will be “Game Day Maximums” as per below.  Players registered with their respective club for the 2016-2017 indoor season are eligible to play in the appropriate age and gender classification.

                                          i.    U9 – U10 7v7 game day maximum will be “12”

                                        ii.    U11 – U12 9v9 game day maximum will be “16”

b.    U13 – U18 11v11 teams may register (Roster) a maximum of 18 players, minimum of 11 players

f.     A maximum of four registered team officials are permitted to sit on the bench during the game and their names must be recorded on the game sheet 

g.    Team officials are not permitted to enter the field of play, unless they receive permission from the referee.

h.    Game balls shall be the responsibility of the home team. Size 4 for U9 to U12 and size 5 or U13 to U18.

i.      Teams from outside of the Peel Halton must provide playing out permission from their district association a minimum of 48 hours before their first scheduled league game.  Permission forms must be sent to the league as well as the Peel Halton Soccer Association – phsa@peelhaltonsoccer.com


a.    Youth Team officials must be in possession of properly authorized OSA Team official registration book at all games.

b.    All players must be in possession of properly authorized OSA Player registration books at all games.  Players may not participate in the game without a properly authorized Player Registration book. Teams, at their discretion, may inspect OSA player/team official books of the opposing team. Inspection will take place prior to kick off and must not delay the start of the game. Upon request, teams may not refuse to have their books checked.

c.    Game played under protest – If a team feels that the opposition are playing an ineligible player, they must advise the referee before the start of the 2nd half that they wish to play the game under protest.  The team protesting must identify the player(s) (maximum of three players) that they feel are ineligible.  The referee will make note of these players on the game sheet so that the league may investigate. 

d.    Failure to produce the OSA player books for youth teams will result in forfeit of the game and potential disciplinary action.

e.    Only youth players with authorized OSA registration books may have their names entered on the game sheet and be deemed eligible to play.


a.    All youth players shall be duly registered before playing

b.    All rules and regulations as set out in the O.S.A. Policies and Procedures regarding the signing and transfer of players shall apply.

c.    Teams found to have used an ineligible player(s), shall forfeit the game(s) to its opponents. In the event that both teams are found guilty of using ineligible player(s), no points will be awarded. A team found guilty of using ineligible player(s) may be subject to disciplinary action.

d.    Ineligible Player -   Although the list below is not all exhaustive, an ineligible player is a player who:

          1)  Is not registered under OSA Policies and Procedures

          2)  Is registered under a false name.

          3)  Is under discipline suspension

          4)  Played under different name (used card from another player)

          5)  Played as a guest player without the appropriate approvals              

4.0     Trial Players/Call Ups/Temporary Players

a.    OSA rules shall apply with respect to Trial, Temporary and call up players.

b.    Trial and Temporary permits in the U13-U18 leagues cannot be used after March 1st 2017.  This rule does not apply to the U9-U12 leagues.

c.    Call ups only apply for the U13 – U18 age groups

d.    Call ups must have a valid player book stamped for the 2016-2017 indoor season. 

e.    Call ups are permitted to be used form a younger age group or lower level league (L7 Indoor Club/House league).  Call ups are also permitted from lower tiers within an age group.  Tiers for the 2016-2017 from highest to lowest are as follows – Target East, Target North, Target West and Development. 

f.     Players cannot play more then two years above their birth year.

g.    U13-U18 Players are allowed to be registered for a maximum of two indoor teams 

h.    Unlimited call ups may be used in all leagues

i.      Players that are being used as trial/call up or temporary must be noted as such on the game sheet


a.    Duration of all indoor 7v7, 6v6, 9v9 and 11v11 games is 2 x 25 minutes; duration of 11v11 outdoor games is 2 x 40 minutes.

b.    Teams shall be given five minutes (5) of grace time from the scheduled kick-off time to field the minimum required number of players (4) for small sided games, (5) for 9v9 games and (7) players for 11v11 games.

c.    In the event that one team does not field the minimum required number of players to start a game, it will be considered to have defaulted the game and shall forfeit the points.  The opposing team will be awarded the win and a score of 3-0 will be recorded.

d.    In the event that both teams are unable to field the minimum number of players to play the game, both teams shall be considered to be in default of the game and no points awarded.

e.    In the event that a team does not show up for a regularly scheduled game, it shall be deemed that the team is in default of the game and will not be awarded any points.  The opposing team will be awarded the win and a score of 3-0 will be recorded.

f.     For all U9-U10 7v7 and U13-U16 6v6 league games – standard OSA indoor rules of soccer will apply.  Ontario Soccer Association Playing Rules for Indoor Soccer Laws available online – www.ontariosoccer.net

g.    For 9v9 league games, the following rules will apply:

(i)          The maximum number of players on the field shall be nine players and the minimum number of players shall be five

(ii)         Unlimited Substitutions – on the fly within one meter of the half way line and the touch line on the team bench side of the field

(iii)        Throw ins will be the restart should the ball cross the touch line

(iv)       Offside law will be in effect

(v)         The penalty area will be proportional to the size of the field/goals

(vi)       An indirect free kick shall be awarded should the ball come in contact with the ceiling or a light fixture. The kick will be taken from the spot on the field directly below the point of initial contact

h.    For 11v11 league games, all of the OSA’s Playing Rules for Outdoor Soccer shall apply, save and except as follows:


(i)      An indirect free kick shall be awarded should the ball come in contact with the ceiling or a light fixture. The kick will be taken from the spot on the field directly below the point of initial contact.

(ii)     Unlimited substitutions will be allowed at any time. Substitution does not require a stoppage in play. All substitutions must take place within one meter of the half way line on the team bench side of the field

(iii)    Indoor games will be 2 x 25 minutes in length with a one (1) minute half time; outdoor games will be 2 x 40 minutes in length with a ten (10) minute half time.

i.      The U9 – U12 leagues will be played festival style.  No standings or results will be recorded.  Divisions will be adjusted on ongoing bases to ensure competitive balance.

  1. The Retreat Line will be in effect for all U9-U12 league games
    1. The retreat Line will be marked at the 1/3rd mark on each end of the field.  The 1/3rd will be marked by two cones outside the playing area
    2. When the goalkeeper has the ball at a goal kick or after making a save the opposing team members will “retreat” behind the designated retreat line.
    3. Once all the opposing players have retreated to the line the goalkeeper can successfully throw or pass the ball to one of his/her teammates.
    4. Once the teammate has received the ball the opposing players can then start to apply pressure to the player with the ball 

6.0     SCHEDULE

a.    All games will be played as scheduled unless the game is postponed by the League or the referee.

b.    A game is deemed to be complete, if one half plus one minute has been played.

c.    A request for a schedule change must be submitted Thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled game day. Communication must be made in writing and submitted to msz@mississauga.ca by a team official.

d.    The league will only consider rescheduling requests for Tournaments or the Ontario Indoor Cup.


a.    The player's equipment shall consist of a regular uniform with a number on the back of the shirt that corresponds to his/her number on the game sheet. It is mandatory for all players on the team to have the same shirts with different numbers.

b.    The goalkeeper must wear a numbered shirt with colours that distinguish him/her from the other players on both teams as well as the opposing goalie.

c.    The number shall be of contrasting colour to the shirt and shall be permanently affixed to the player jersey. Footwear shall be running shoes, indoor soccer shoes (Flat sole), Turf Shoe's or outdoor cleats (Molded Stud).  No metal cleats or six studs will be permitted.

d.    In the event that the teams have the same colour shirt the home team must change.

e.    Shingards and Socks are mandatory at all times.

8.0     REFEREES

a.    All games shall have an assigned OSA registered referee.

b.    Referees must be paid in full by both teams before the start of the game  

c.    The decision of the referee is final.

d.    It is the responsibility of the referee to report ALL discipline issues that occurred in the game to the League office within forty eight (48) hours from the completion of the game. In the case of alleged referee assault, reports shall be forwarded by the Referee to PHSA immediately upon receipt and a copy of such report shall be also provided to the League.

e.    The Referee is responsible for sending completed game sheets and other official paperwork to the League within forty eight (48) hours of the end of the game.


9.0     STANDINGS – U13 – U18 Leagues Only


  1. For League standing purposes, three points shall be awarded for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss.
  2. In the event of a tie in league points, the winner shall be determined as follows:


1.     Goal Difference

2.    If still tied, Goals for

3.    If still tied, Goals against

4.    If still tied, Most wins

5.    If still tied, Penalty kicks

Standings will not be recorded or posted for U9-U12 leagues.


a.    All discipline shall be conducted by the Peel Halton Soccer Association. 

b.    The Discipline by Review (DBR) process will be used for all cases as outlined in the OSA Published Rules. 

c.    In cases where Discipline by Hearing (DBH) is mandatory, the appropriate parties will be notified by the PHSA.

d.    All parties have the right to request a hearing (DBH) and such requests will be made in writing to the League no later than 48 hours following the playing of the game.  Hearing requests must be sent by the   

e.    The OSA player book must be presented at all hearings otherwise there shall be no hearing held and the player shall be considered to have missed the hearing.

f.     Failure to appear for a hearing will result in the immediate suspension of the player until a new hearing has been requested by the player.

g.    Players, team coaches and officials whose names appear on game sheets after a suspension has been imposed are deemed to have participated in the game while under suspension. They will be subject to further disciplinary action.

h.    Alleged referee assault, will be handled by the district association in which the player or team officials is registered. The Accused is automatically suspended from all soccer related activity, as per O.S.A. Rules, until the case has been disposed of.

i.      A team official, who for whatever reason during a game, pulls his team off the field will be subject to disciplinary action.

11.  Discipline Procedures

  1. Discipline action shall be taken in accordance with O.S.A. and League Discipline Policy and Procedures and the following guidelines will apply:

Discipline By Review (DBR)

All Player dismissals for:

a)           Serious Foul Play,

b)           Serious Foul Play (hand ball),

c)           Violent Conduct

d)           Foul or Abusive Language directed at game officials.

e)           Foul or Abusive Language directed at anyone other then game officials, or

f)            Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eight or more yellow cards in a season;

  1. Dismissal reports will be dealt with by Discipline by Review where the player does not have to appear to the hearing, but he can request a hearing if he wishes to do so within forty eight (48) hours of the end of the game, (weekend excluded)
  2. An accused may choose to be accompanied by another adult who may act as an adviser.  An adviser may not act as a witness nor provide any testimony at the Discipline Hearing. An Accused person less than eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The OSA Player Book must be presented by youth players before the start of the hearing, if the book is not presented the hearing may not proceed.


  1. Game protests must be made in writing to msz@mississauga.ca within 48 hours of the game being played. Protests may only be made by a team official.  Team officials submitting a protest must appear on the game sheet of the game in dispute. 

b.    Game protests will be heard by the League in accordance with OSA’s published rules. Any other protest will be heard by the PHSA.

c.    No protest pertaining to the decision of a game official will be heard.

d.    Appeals of League decisions by a player, team official or club official must be forwarded to PHSA for processing within 5 days of the decision being rendered.  A fee of $50 must accompany the appeal. If the appeal is upheld the protest fee will refunded.


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