Winter Development League (WDL) Rules
October 11th 2019
Article 1: General
1.1 A copy of the current league rules shall be posted on the league management system.
1.2 The EODSA
staff may change these published rules at any time with the approval of the
EODSA Director of Development.
1.3 Clubs and
teams will be notified of any changes to these rules via email.
Article 2: League membership applications and fees
2.1 Any EODSA
club that is in good standing and has permission to operate youth soccer may
participate in the league.
2.2 The EODSA
will publish an application form for the league no later than September 1st
of each year. The application from will specify as a minimum the following:
i) The team entry fee.
ii) The payment schedule for team fee
iii) The date of team withdrawal without
iv) The date of team withdrawal with the forfeit of the team
v) The date of team withdrawal with the forfeit of the
complete team entry fee
2.3 Team entries
will only be accepted by the EODSA if they have been submitted on the team
Article 3: Age groups and divisions
3.1 The league
will offer divisions in the age groups under 9 to under 12 for both boys and
Article 4: Registration of players
4.1 Each club
must register all players participating in the league with the EODSA, in accordance
with the Ontario Soccer policies and procedures.
Article 5: Coaches and other team officials
5.1 Each team
must appoint a head coach.
5.2 All team coaches and assistant coaches must be certified in
accordance with Ontario Soccer policies and procedures.
5.3 All coaches
and other team officials must be registered with the EODSA in accordance with
the Ontario Soccer policies and procedures.
5.4 All coaches
and other team officials must be registered with the league management system.
Article 6: Playing up
6.1 Ontario Soccer
underage player rules will apply to games in the league.
Article 7: Game sheets
7.1 Each team
must provide the referee with a game sheet prior to each game.
7.2 The game
sheet should be generated from the league management system, however if this
is not possible the team may provide an alternative game sheet.
7.3 Hand written
names may be added to the game sheet if they were omitted when the game sheet
7.4 The names of
players and team officials not present at the game must be crossed out on the
game sheet. All players, and team officials, whose names appear on the game
sheet and are not crossed out, shall be deemed to have played, or participated
in the game.
Article 8: Player eligibility
8.1 The EODSA will
investigate and may take the appropriate disciplinary action following any
report of an ineligible player participating in the league.
Article 9: Equipment
9.1 The home team
must provide a size 4 game ball to the Referee.
9.2 Each team
must register their uniform colours with the league management system prior to
the start of the season.
9.3 When in the
opinion of the referee there is a clash in shirt colours the home team is
required to change to their alternate colours providing that the visiting
team’s colours are as filed with the league management system, and if not, then
the visiting team shall change its shirts to their regular team colour.
9.4 The goalkeeper’s
shirt colour must be different from that of either team.
9.5 All players
on the same team, except the goalkeeper, shall wear shirts of the same colour,
which must be numbered on the back. Numbers must be at least eight inches in
height. No two players on the same team may wear the same number. Players’
numbers must be recorded on the game sheet and cannot be changed after the
start of the game without the referee’s permission.
Article 10: Laws of the game
10.1 All games played in the league shall use the published WDL Game Day Rules as found on the league management system.
Article 11: Responsibilities of team officials
11.1 The home team
shall designate the bench or technical areas for each of the teams which shall
be on the same side of the field. The bench or designated technical area shall
start at a distance of 5 meters and end 10 meters on either side of the centre
11.2 Only people listed on the game sheet may be located in the
11.3 A Club Head Coach or Technical Director may sit on the Team bench
or within designated technical area as long as his or her name is added to the
11.4 No team official may enter the field of play at any time without
the prior approval of the referee.
11.5 Each team
shall ensure that its spectators sit on the side of the field opposite from the
side where the players and team officials are located. All team officials
must remain in the technical area and may not sit on the spectators’ side of
11.6 Clubs and team
officials are fully responsible, at all times, for the conduct of their
players, other team officials and spectators, at and in the vicinity of any
game in which their team participates.
11.7 A player or
team official who tries or does impede, harass or otherwise intimidate a referee
or opposing team officials, shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Article 12: Game start times and abandoned games
12.1 Teams are
required to present themselves at the game field at least 15 minutes before the
scheduled kick-off time .
12.2 If a games
start time is delayed for any reason the referee will shorten the game appropriately
to ensure that the following game starts at the correct time.
12.3 Any team
that fails to present itself at the field within 5 minutes after the scheduled
kick-off time or fails to field the minimum 5 players, within 5 minutes after
the scheduled kick-off time, shall be considered to have failed to appear for a
12.4 If a game is
abandoned it will not be rescheduled.
12.5 If a game is
abandoned due to the actions of a team or an individual from that team then
discipline action may be initiated against the club and or individuals.
Article 13: Submission of game reports and scores
the game each team and the referee must submit a game report via the league management system.
Article 14: Referees
shall be appointed by the EODSA referee assigner.
14.2 Referees are
required to be at the assigned field a minimum of 15 minutes before the
scheduled kick-off time.
assigned to the league shall be paid for their services in accordance with the EODSA
Referee Fees Policy.
14.4 If one of
the teams raises objections as to field conditions, goalposts, balls or team
colours, the referee may, at his or her discretion, require the
responsible team to correct the cause of the objection, if this is possible without
unduly delaying progress of the game. The referee shall be the sole judge as to
whether the matters that gave rise to the objection by one of the teams, is
sufficient cause to abandon the game.
14.5 In the event
that the appointed referee fails to appear by the appointed kick-off time, a
substitute registered referee may referee the game. If a substitute registered
referee is not available then the two teams may agree to a spectator to referee
14.6 The referee
must submit completed game sheets to the league within 48 hours of the game.
Article 15: Schedules
schedules will be published on the league management system.
15.2 Teams may
submit requests for reschedules to the league administrator. Consideration will
be given to each request however due to limited field availability approval of reschedule
requests can not be guaranteed.
games will only be rescheduled if there is available field time at no additional
cost to the EODSA.
Article 16: Discipline
16.1 The EODSA will manage all discipline matters arising in the league
in accordance with the Ontario Soccer discipline policies and procedures.
Article 17: Club representatives
17.1 A club that
is accepted into the league shall designate up to 2 individuals as its club representative.
The club representative shall be the official point of contact in dealings with
Article 18: Communications
18.1 The league shall
mainly use its league management system for all communications with its member clubs,
and their team officials. Communications shall be by e-mail. Clubs must ensure
they have valid email addresses in the league management system at all times
for the designated club and team positions.
Article 19: Other matters
19.1 All matters
not included in these published rules shall be dealt with in accordance with
the Ontario Soccer policies and procedures.