PCSL RULES OF OPERATION
- The League Executive or appointee shall be the
scheduling committee and shall draw up the schedule for all
games. All scheduled games are subject to the PCSL Scheduling
Games will be credited as follows:
WIN - THREE POINTS
TIE - ONE POINT
- The League Executive shall arrange for the appointment
of all officials for games and those appointments shall be
- The League Schedule shall be played in a manner
decided by the League Executive (FIFA Rules) and if necessary, a
play-off game or games will be played if teams are tied in
points at the completion of the regular schedule, or
alternately, if necessary, between the winners of each part of
the schedule should it be played in two parts.
- Any club defaulting a game shall be charged with all
expenses incurred in preparation for said game and in addition,
will be fined $1,500.00. This decision is left to the discretion
of the League Executive.
- In the event of any Club resigning from the League
before the conclusion of the regular schedule, that Club’s
record shall be expunged in its entirety, and all points awarded
to any other Club in respect of games played, shall be forfeited
for uncompleted rounds only. If the schedule is played in two
parts, and the resigning Club has completed the first part of
the schedule, then the games played and the points so involved
in the first part only, shall stand.
- The League Executive will review all Club’s
performance in regards to how they have supported the League in
the previous year, and if they have abided by the rules of the
League, completing all obligations, i.e.: fielding competitive
teams for all games, maintaining discipline over players, team
officials and supporters, and including financial commitments.
Based on this, the Executive will make its recommendations for
entry into the League for the next playing season.
- It is the League Executive’s responsibility to
continually try to upgrade the Pacific Coast Soccer League, by
inviting good quality organizations and teams to compete in the
PCSL. Also to organize exhibition games and to make sure its
members strive for excellence on and off the playing field.
All teams will notify the Secretary of the PCSL re exhibition
games, to assure clearance from the BCSA, CSA, and the PCSL
- All scheduled games will be played in enclosed
premises or in open parks, as agreed on, subject to the approval
of the League Directors.
2. League Prize Money Credits
Divisional Prize Money Credit shall be established by the Board of
Directors annually. Prize Money Credits must be applied to League
registration fees for the following season. No Prize Money Credit can be
The play-offs for the Provincial Cup qualifications and other cup competitions
shall be determined annually by the League Executive.
A member club hosting the PCSL Challenge Cup
Tournament is guaranteed a place in the Tournament for one
team in the event none of that club’s teams otherwise qualify to
4. Abandoned Games
Should any game in the regular League Schedule or play-off competition
be abandoned, it shall be at the discretion of the League Executive, if it
is to be replayed in its entirety or at all.
Each protest must be in writing and must contain the particulars of
the grounds on which if is founded. Three (3) copies must be lodged
with the Secretary of the League, accompanied by a fee of five-hundred
dollars ($500.00) within forty-eight (48) hours of the conclusion of
the game to which it relates, (Sundays and Holidays excluded). The
mailing date (postmark) will be taken as the limiting date in all
cases. No protest made to the League shall be withdrawn except by
leave of the League Executive. The protest fee shall be forfeited in
the event the protest is not sustained, and shall be returned if the
protest is upheld.
In dealing with any protest, the League Executive may take into
consideration the possession by the protesting Club of any knowledge
which, if properly used, might have obviated the protest.
6. Ineligible Players
- Any Club proven to the satisfaction of the League Executive to
have played an ineligible player shall automatically forfeit the
game concerned, the opposing Club shall be awarded the three
points and a fine of $500.00 shall be imposed. In the event a
losing Club is proven to have played an ineligible player, the
League Executive shall determine the penalty for such
infringement, and a fine of $500.00 will be imposed.
- Clubs that have qualified to play in the Challenge Cup League
playoffs in both the Premier and the Reserve divisions are to play
the players that were signed to their teams throughout the regular
season. This is to eliminate the movement of players by clubs from
their Premier teams to their Reserve teams. Reserve team players
are permitted to move up to their respective Premier team for
playoffs. This pertains to Challenge Cup play only.
- Each Club will be allowed to
sign a maximum of twenty-five (25) players to any one team.
- All entries in the League must have
coaches who have been certified through the C.S.A./B.C. Soccer
Association Development Program, or another acceptable National,
Provincial or State Soccer Association.
- Each Club shall be registered
under the B.C. Society’s Act.
- Each Club/Team must be affiliated
with the British Columbia Soccer Association, prior to the commencement
of any season of play.
- No two players on the same
team in any given game shall use the same jersey number. Any player
using the same number shall be considered an ineligible player and the
team shall forfeit the game.
- When a maximum of
twenty-five (25) players have been signed, no additional players may be
signed until an existing player has been given his unconditional release
in letter form. There must be a MINIMUM of sixteen (16) players signed.
- A player once released may not be
resigned by the releasing Club for a period of at least ninety (90) days
from the date of his unconditional release.
- Any Club or member thereof
guilty of inducing or attempting to induce a bona fide player of another
Club in the League to leave his Club and join them, without first giving
seven (7) days notice by registered mail, to the Club with which the
player is registered, shall be deemed guilty of misconduct, and shall be
liable to expulsion or such other punishment, as the League Executive
may consider proper in the circumstances.
- When Club Colours
conflict: the Home Team must change. If no change of uniform
is available, a fine of $200.00 will be imposed.
- Each Club shall be
responsible for seeing that every player is properly dressed and
equipped, and will be expected to do everything possible to make the
game attractive from a spectator’s point of view.
- Team lists containing the
names and correct numbers of players taking part in a game, shall be
properly filled out, in triplicate, on the form provided by the League.
The team list must be signed by the Club Official. The lists are then
distributed in the following manner:
- The original copy of the team
list shall be handed to the referee, with one other copy, together with
identification cards prior to the commencement of the match.
- A copy of each team list shall
be signed by the referee official and the opposition copy given to the
Clubs at halftime or earlier.
- A copy is to be handed to the
P.A. Announcer ten (10) minutes prior to kick-off.
- Referees and Assistant
Referees will be paid by the Home Team
- Any player
selected to play in a representative match or any other match, arranged
by the League, and without good and sufficient cause, refuses to comply
with the arrangements of this League, to play the match or fails to play
in a said match, be adjudged to have been guilty of misconduct. Any Club
Official proven to have encouraged or instructed a player to commit a
breach of instruction or rule, shall deemed guilty of committing an
- Each team may dress and include on the
team list up to eighteen (18) players and must start eleven (11)
8. Game Officials
Referees must report all Game Results and Goal Scorers to the
appropriate Division Co-Ordinators on the day of the game. See Referee
- All players in the Pacific Coast Soccer
League shall be registered on Canadian Soccer Forms, to be obtained from the
British Columbia Soccer Association Registrar, Washington State Soccer
Association, or Oregon State Soccer Association.
- Player registration forms must be filed with
and registered by the Pacific Coast Soccer League Registrar, who in turn will
forward same to the B.C.S.A. Registrar not later than four (4) days after
receipt of same.
- Players shall be eligible to take part in
any League game, the day following the date of registration with the League.
However, for Cup Competition, a period of seven (7) days must elapse following
registration with the League, before the player is eligible to play.
- Clubs must declare not more than
twenty-five (25) players for League play and have a minimum of 16
- Completed transfer forms and
the required transfer fees must be filed with and recorded by the
League Registrar, who in turn, will forward same to the B.C.S.A.
Registrar, not later than four (4) days after receipt of same.
- Transferred players
shall be eligible to take part in any League game the day following
the date of registration with the League. For Cup Competitions, a
period of seven (7) days must elapse from the transfer date, before
the player is eligible to play.
- No lump sum, bonus or inducement
to transfer, shall be offered to any player.
- An active player shall not
be eligible for appointment to the Board of Directors of the Pacific
Coast Soccer League.
Division Teams (Men and Women)
Each Reserve team may dress
up to three (3) players from their parent club Premier team for any
one game. Teams must note Premier players on their game day team list.
- Temporary Player Permits
Clubs may replace unavailable players from their declared rosters on
game day with temporary players.
Temporary players are deemed to be players not included in the twenty
five (25) players under Clause 9. (d).
Temporary Player Permits must be requested two (2) days before game
Players must be registered with their Provincial or State
No player may play more than three (3) games a season for the same
team on a Temporary Player Permit.
No Temporary Player Permits will be issued to Clubs less than seven
(7) days prior to the Challenge Cup tournament.
Granting of Temporary Player Permits is at the sole discretion of the
relevant Division Coordinater.
10. Initial League Entry and Team Entry Fees
- Each new applicant club must pay a one-time
non-refundable League Entry Fee of $3,000 to join the PCSL.
- New clubs must pay a one-time non-refundable $1,000
Team Entry Fee for each team entered in the League.
- Member clubs in good standing in the League who
enter additional teams will be required to pay a one-time
non-refundable $1,000 Team Entry Fee for each additional team
11. League Fees
- League fees for the PCSL shall be determined annually by the Board of Directors. Clubs will be notified of any fee changes prior to the PCSL AGM.
- Returning member clubs must pay 50% of the Annual Team Registration Fees and where applicable, 50% of new Team Entry Fees per Clause 10 c., at or before the AGM, with the balance payable by a date set by the Board of Directors at the AGM.
- New clubs will be required to pay in full, the PCSL League Entry Fee, Team Entry Fees and Annual Team Registration Fees at or before the AGM.
- Clubs that do not enter one or more teams in consecutive seasons will be deemed to have forfeited PCSL membership.
Club grounds must conform to the PCSL Minimum Standards
and Clubs must be fully conversant with the Home Club’s
Teams must ensure that no alcoholic beverages are
brought into the dressing rooms or onto the parks or stadiums, at
any PCSL game.
13. League Ranking Discipline
During the League season the ranking of teams/clubs shall be determined
- greater number of points obtained in all matches
- goal difference in all matches
- greater number of goals scored in all matches
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the
above three criteria, their place shall be determined as follows
- greater number of points obtained in the matches between the teams
- goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned
- greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned
- a play-off on neutral ground
14. Annual General Meeting
At least one representative from each club is expected to attend
the AGM. Clubs unable to attend are required to notify the League
prior to the AGM.
PCSL Rules of Operation, effective October 2013.
Only resident B.C. Teams are eligible to play in this competition
J. F. KENNEDY CUP (Men)
KEVIN McADAMS MEMORIAL CUP (Women)
Non-resident B.C. Teams must check through, i.e. Washington &
Oregon State Soccer Associations, to determine how they may qualify for
PCSL SPECIFIC CUPS
PCSL member teams in good standing may compete for PCSL League and