Rules & Regulations


  1. Players eligible to sign with the Club for the season must not be younger than the age of 4 on December 31st of that year.  Boys and girls are eligible through the year in which they turn 18.
  2. When proof of age is required, a birth certificate, passport, or other evidence acceptable to the Board shall be provided.  The burden of proof of age shall rest with the player.
  3. A player shall register on a registration form provided by PYSC, pay the required fee, and be registered with the Ontario Soccer Association prior to participating in any PYSC program.
  4. Players will be assigned to PYSC teams and all-star teams at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.  Players will nominally play in their own age level.  Only players that are deemed exceptionally skilled by their coach and/or the executive may be asked to play up one age level. This promotion can take place only with the approval of PYSC Board of Directors and the parent/guardian of that player.  Players who are physically disabled might be permitted to play at a younger age level if approved by the East Central Ontario Soccer Association.
  5. Any player called up to play for a competitive team game must notify their PYSC coach.
    If the competitive game is the same day/time as their PYSC game, the player must play for their PYSC team unless agreed to by the executive.
  6. Balancing Teams: The Convenor Chair is delegated the responsibility of determining which players are allocated to each PYSC team.  The Convenor Chair will attempt to balance the strength of teams within an age division and has the option to switch players up to and including the games played during the All Winners Tournament.
  7. The coach is responsible for selecting a Most Valuable Player for each game and providing the player’s name to the referee at the end of the game.
  8. Cancelled Games:  All games will be played as scheduled unless there is a general cancellation broadcast on the Peterborough radio stations.  In the event that a game is cancelled, attempts will be made to reschedule it.  PYSC retains the right, however, to not reschedule the game and in that event will consider the game to be tied.
  9. Games can be cancelled due to conditions deemed to be dangerous at or during scheduled game time (ie, lightning, heavy downpour, or darkness) only by the referee at the soccer pitch.
  10. Practice Fields:  Please contact the City of Peterborough to book an available field to hold practices.
  11. Spectators are permitted to stand at the sidelines but must remain three metres back from the field.  They must also refrain from calling instructions to the players on the field.  Spectators are not permitted to run up and down the sidelines, nor to stand behind or near the goal area.
  12. Players are requested to keep out of the Beavermead Park Campgrounds.  They are not to use the washrooms provided for the campers.  Parents are requested to not park on the grass at any park and to remain on the paved or gravel areas of the parks.  Respect no-parking zones.  When using Eastgate 3 please park at the snow dump (gravel area beside Eastgate 2), and walk behind the fence of Eastgate 2 to the Bridge.  Do not walk on the Eastgate soccer fields.
  13. Any matter not covered in these rules and regulations shall be judged in accordance with the PYSC Constitution.

Playing Rules

  1. Eligible Players: As stated in the PYSC Constitution only players registered with PYSC can play in any league game.  In the event that one team would default a game due to not having the legal number of players, the other team can lend players to make a legal side.  There is no obligation for coaches to make this trade.  Teams that are short of a full side for a game may call up a registered player or players from a division that is one age lower than the particular team.  If players arrive late, making up a normally constituted full team, the player called up will discontinue play at the next opportunity for substitutions.  An example of a call-up would be to play a U13/14 on a U15/18 team.
  2. A registered player will be assigned to play for only one team in the PYSC, other than an all-star team established for tournament play.
  3. All team coaches, assistant coaches and managers must register with PYSC to be eligible.  Volunteer screening is required in some cases to meet ECOSA requirements.
  4. Players are to receive equal playing time during the games, to the extent practical.
  5. The club uniform (shirts and socks) along with shin pads and black or dark shorts, usually provided by the club, must be worn for all games. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  6. For five aside soccer, five players normally constitute a team; at least four players per team are required to start a game (including goalkeeper).  Teams include up to nine players.
  7. For Mini soccer, seven players normally constitute a team; at least five players per team are required to start a game (including goalkeeper).  Teams include up to twelve players.Mini soccer is played from U8 through U10 age levels.  A coach from each team may be on the playing field providing he/she does not interfere with the game.
  8. Mini/Five Aside Soccer Rule: On goal kicks and goalie possession, the attacking team must retreat over the halfway line, remaining there until the ball comes into their half.  This will allow the goalie to take kicks or throws to teammates without pressure.  It will also allow the team to start a sequence of passes involving several players before being challenged for the ball.  This will have the effect of getting more players involved while teaching the concept of possession soccer.  While the opposing team is retreating to their own half, the team in possession of the ball can begin advancing play toward the other goal.  Attacking players may cross over the halfway line ahead of the ball, but they can be challenged for the ball only after the ball has crossed over the halfway line.
  9. For Full soccer, eleven players normally constitute a team; a minimum of seven players are required to start a game (including goalkeeper).  Teams include up to sixteen players.Full soccer is played at U11 and older age levels. Coaches from both teams must remain off the playing field and stay within the technical area (5 metres each side of half).
  10. The team that does not have the minimum number of players will be given 10 minutes after the regular start time to field a team.  The team that is short players, after the 10 minute grace period, will default the game.  Trading players or callups, as noted in rule 2.1, are permitted.  Otherwise, on consent of both the referee and coaches, a fun game may be played.
  11. Ball Size used:   U5 to U8 -Size 3     U9 to U12 -size 4        U13 and up -size 5
  12. Game Length: U5 to U8: 2×20 minutes, 20 minute mid-game practice; U9/10: 2×25 minutes;
    U11 to U18 – 2×35 min.  Shorter game times apply for tournaments or particular field schedule requirements.
  13. Sportsmanship: The club promotes fostering respect for the referee and all players involved in the game.  An end of game cheer for the other team and friendly handshake are encouraged.
  14. Substitution: A substitution can be made on goal kicks, goals, injuries, and possession throw-ins.  Substitutions can be made only after permission has been given by the referee.  Substitutes are required to enter the pitch at mid-field.  Goal-keeper substitutions, including those made at half time require the referee’s permission.
  15. League and Playoff titles apply for teams of U13 and older.  League standings will be determined based on three points for each game won, one point to each team for a tied game and no points for a loss.
  16. League title will not be decided by using goals scored formulae.  If two (or more) teams have the same number of points at the end of the season, then the league winner will be decided by additional game(s).
  17. League and Playoff Awards will be made to winning teams of U13 and older divisions. Token Player Awards will be made to all other players attending the end-of-season awards nights.
  18. The playoff schedule will be based on the team standings as of August 1st of the season.
  19. FIFA rules apply for game play except as modified by these PYSC Rules and Regulations.

Team Officials

  1. Coaches/ assistant coaches/ managers are responsible for the following team duties:
    1. promoting respect for game officials and the players of the opposing team
    2. ensuring the well-being and appropriate conduct of the players
    3. ensuring that all players are aware of scheduled games
    4. ensuring that all players are properly equipped
    5. ensuring nearly equal playing time for the players in each game
  2. Team coaches are responsible for good training practices of the team.  The coach’s enthusiasm is a huge factor in determining player enjoyment of the game.
  3. Coaches are encouraged to take coaching courses offered periodically by PYSC.


  1. Referees must have a formal level of refereeing instruction.
  2. Referees must wear the correct uniform and be neat and tidy for all games.  Socks must be pulled up, shirts tucked in and appropriate shorts or sport-pants must be worn.
  3. Referees must report scores to the Statistician by 9:30 P.M. each night or, except under extenuating circumstances, may be penalized in the fee paid for that game.
  4. The pay scale for referees shall be as follows:1st year referee – 1st level of fee scale;  2nd year referee – 2nd level of fee scale;3rd year referee – 3rd level of fee scale; Level 3 referee – 4th level of fee scale.Those refereeing mini or five aside soccer will receive 1st or 2nd level of fee scale.


  1. The disciplinary process for a game infraction by a player, team, or team official will be handled in accordance with the procedures published by the East Central Ontario Soccer Association.
  2. Any member who consistently infringes the Constitution and Rules and Regulations of PYSC, or brings the PYSC into disrepute may be reprimanded, suspended, or expelled from PYSC after a hearing by the Board of Directors.  The member may attend at his/her discretion.


  1. Any member may request the Board of Directors to settle a dispute by submitting in writing to the Board the nature of the dispute and requesting a hearing of all concerned.  The hearing will be held by the Board within seven (7) days from receipt of the request.
  2. Members may request a Special Meeting in accordance with the PYSC Constitution to settle any dispute.

Tournament (All Star) Teams

  1. Coaches who wish to form tournament teams must have the permission of the PYSC.  An application must be submitted by the coach, providing coaching credentials and a brief outline of team development plans and tournaments to be attended.  Approval for teams will be at the discretion of the PYSC board of Directors.
  2. Tournament or select teams from U11 and up will not be approved until after the start of the PYSC outdoor soccer season.
  3. Tryouts for select or tournament teams are to be held after the start of the PYSC season.  The executive is to be informed of tryout dates and times.  Coaches are encouraged to maintain participation of as many as possible of players who show interest in participating in the program.  Approaches such as forming more than one team or rotating the selection of players to attend the scheduled tournaments are suggested.
  4. For select or tournament teams, dates for tryouts are requested by April 25th so they can be published in the schedule book.  Otherwise coaches of the respective divisions will be requested to inform the teams of tryout dates.
  5. Teams must participate at their own age division.
  6. The PYSC executive may withdraw its approval of Development or Tournament teams at any time during the season.
  7. The club requires a list of all the players traveling to each tournament.  A “playing out” permission form must be completed for each team.  Player Registration Books are required for each of the players.
  8. Travel permission must be received from both PYSC and ECOSA.  The PYSC executive reserves the right to withdraw travel permission at any time.
  9. PYSC tournament teams are restricted to particular classifications of tournaments.
  10. All expenses pertaining to the tournament team are the responsibility of the team.
  11. Coaches should submit a written report to the PYSC executive after each tournament and at the end of the season.