Escarpment and North Peel Halton Soccer League Overview for Coaches

Schedules, Conveners, Field Locations, Rules and Regulations can be found at esl.e2esoccer.com

AGE

BALL SIZE

GAME LENGTH

MIN # PLAYERS ON FIELD

MAX # PLAYERS ON FIELD

U10

4/5 LIGHT

2 X 25 min

5

7

U12

4/5 LIGHT

2 X 35 min

7

9

U14

5

2 X 40 min

7

11

U16

5

2 X 45 min

7

11

U18

5

2 X 45 min

7

11

Rule Deviations from FIFA’s Laws of the Game (LoTG)

·       Unlimited substitutions

·       Substitutions can be made on your team’s throw in, when the other team substitutes on their throw in, on kick off, goal kick, to replace an injured player….always inform ref if changing keeper and always ask ref for permission to sub in player

Retreat Line U10/12

·       On a goal kick, the opposing team must retreat back past the 1/3 retreat line until the ball has been kicked and then touched by a second player on that team. Please talk to opposing coach and ref prior to game to confirm the retreat line to be used(there has been some confusion between 1/2 and 1/3 retreat line)

Most Commonly Misunderstood Laws of the Game

·       Law 11 OFFSIDE U12-18:  A player can be in offside position all day as long the ref does not consider the player is involved in play or interfering with the goal keeper.  The Assistant Ref may raise the flag to indicate to the ref an offside position, but it is up to the ref to determine if the player is committing an offside offense.

·       Law 12 FOULS & MISCONDUCT:  Attempts to foul are punished as if the foul occurred (eg. Trip, kick, strike the opponent).  A player can be red carded for using insulting, offensive or abusive language or gestures and must leave the field of play.  A coach cannot be sent off, BUT the ref has the authority to stop or abandon the game until the coach has left the field of play – there are disciplinary ramifications to both these cases.

Quirky sub-rules in some Laws

·       Law 16:  Goal Kick – you can score directly from a goal kick but not on your own goal

·       Law 17:  Corner Kick – you can score directly from a corner kick but not on your own goal

·       Law 8:  Start and Restart – you can score directly from a kick off but not on your own goal

·       Law 15:  Throw in – you cannot score directly from a throw in

Code of Conduct : The OSA has a  general Code of Conduct for Coaches www.ontariosoccer.net.  In addition, NPHSL and ESL requires you to:

·       Be a credit to the game – do not harm! If you yell at the ref, your players will too.  If you yell negatively at a player, she/he will stop trying

·       Ensure that each player plays 50% of every game

Do not field players from another team in the same division
No smoking or drinking alcohol near the players or the pitch
Ensure good behaviour from your players when shaking hands with the opponents and the refs...some clubs do before the game and some do after-please ask home coach

·       Some clubs/fields do not allow pets (eg. Dogs) in the proximity of the fields, please make your parents aware and encourage them to leave their pets at home

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