Rules – U9-U18

U18B Aiello team – City A champs

General Rules for Recreational Teams

Whyte Ridge soccer welcomes everyone to join our recreational program. We hope that the following will help you in your planning for the new season:

  • Be sure to review the WYSA Rules and Regulations which can be found HERE
  • It is the responsibility of the team officials to be aware of and comply with the Rules and regulations.

ROSTER SIZE and PLAYERS’ NUMBER – According to WYSA these are:

  • U9-U10 – maximum roster size is 14 (12 recommended); 6 vs 6 players (including the goalie), minimum of 7 players per team to have a game.
  • U11-U12 – maximum roster size is 14;  9 vs 9 (including the goalie), minimum of 7 players per team to have a game.
  • U13-U18 – maximum roster size is 18; 11 vs 11 players (including the goalie), minimum of 8 players per team to have a game.

SCHEDULES – All games need to be played as scheduled.  Note that ONLY the WYSA office has the authority to make any changes to the schedules.  Any changes to the schedules will be communicated by email to the affected teams.

GAME CANCELLATIONS – In the event of an individual game cancellation email notification will be sent to the affected teams.

  • In the event of a league cancellation, the notice will be posted on the GAME CANCELLATION LINE at 204233-9100 and on the WYSA Website home page
  • If no notice is posted either on the website or phone line, please attend your game as scheduled.  If the field and or weather conditions are unplayable, the referee has the authority to cancel a game at the field.  If the referee cancels a match, the home team should send an email to the WYSA office providing the details in regard to the match.

DEFAULTS – All games must be played as scheduled.   Any teams that default a game without notice will have five (5) points deducted from the standings.

  • Please contact the WYSA office and the opposing team coach at least 48 hours before the scheduled game if you know that you will be unable to field a team for a game.  We will make every effort to reschedule, however, if we are unable to it will be recorded as a 0-1 loss for your team and no points will be deducted from your team.


  • All team officials, except for the same gender parent, are required to have a coach’s card.  Only Team officials with valid coaches’ cards are allowed in the team’s technical/bench area.  Team officials who are not able to provide a valid card at the beginning of the match will not be permitted in the bench area until they can provide the card.
  • Teams are required to provide both team official and team roster to the referee before the start of the game.

GAME SHEETS – Game sheets should be picked up before the season at the WYSA office.

The Coach or manager of each team will list the names of all coaching personnel present at the game and only those players’ names and uniform numbers that are present and dressed to play on the game sheet.

  • A maximum of three guest players may be used for league matches.  Guest players must be registered from the home club and also registered with a team participating in a younger league
  • Guest players must be clearly identified on the game sheet with “GP” beside their name.
  • The referee is required to submit the white copy of the game sheet to the WYSA office (u9 –u18) within 5 days of the match.

SCORING OF MATCHES – Teams can self-score from the WYSA websites.  Instructions on how to score are on each website.  Games should be scored within 24 hours of the completion of the game.

  • All scores should be entered with no more than the maximum 5-goal differential.
  • Teams should not be running the score up beyond the maximum five-goal differential at the u9 – u12 age groups.  Coaches of teams repeatedly violating this recommendation will be contacted by the Discipline Director

DISCIPLINE – Any team member ejected from a game is automatically suspended for ONE GAME, which is to be served in the next scheduled league, play-off or organized WYSA tournament.

  • When a team member is ejected, the referee will submit the game report to the MSA or WYSA office.  The league disciplinarian will review this report and any additional correspondence that has been submitted regarding the incident, before determining any potential additional disciplinary action.
  • Disciplinary minimums and the definition of “suspension from all soccer” are posted on the WYSA website.
  • In the event of a red card being given to a player or team official, please notify WYSA Disciplinary ( and your CC convenor to ensure that WRCC is aware and can assist you in the disciplinary process.

FAIR PLAY– All players should expect to play around 50% of the game.  It will be accepted that under certain disciplinary circumstances that on-field playing time cannot be guaranteed.  It is the responsibility of the coaching staff to clearly communicate ANY disciplinary action to the player and his/her parents.

REFEREES –If in unforeseen circumstances a referee fails to appear for a game or is unable to officiate due to illness or injury, a qualified referee on-site may replace them.  Failing that, the teams are responsible to agree on an alternate to officiate.   The decisions of a person assuming the duties of the referee in such a situation shall have the same powers and duties as a person on the official list of referees.  Upon completion of the game, this individual shall complete the game sheet and file an official referee report if necessary.

PRACTICE – Teams will be responsible for finding their own practice space and times.  However, in the event of a game being rescheduled, league play will always take precedence over practice.

  • In addition, teams should respect field conditions and the impact that practices can have on our fields, particularly in wet conditions.  If it appears that practicing will damage the fields we expect that practices will be cancelled or moved to a field or green space that is in better condition.

OUT-OF-PROVINCE TRAVEL –  Any teams wishing to travel out of the province will need a travel permit approved by WRCC and the MSA.

TEAM MANAGEMENT – Good, clear communication is critical.  We encourage each team to hold a parent meeting at the start of the season outlining the expectations of parents, players and coaches.  WRCC has posted a summary of the roles of coaches, assistant coaches and managers on the website.  We recommend finding a team manager, and all teams should have a parent representative to provide a liaison between parents and the coach if a parent is uncomfortable

REFEREE LIAISON – A referee liaison is required for every game, and should be indicated on the game sheet.  Your team’s referee liaison should identify themselves to the referee, and their role is to assist the referee by managing the behaviour of their team’s spectators and/or coaches.

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL – Please review this with the parents/players on your team.  It applies to players, parents, coaches, convenors, etc.

  • All teams should have a parent representative.  Always observe the 24-hour rule (If you have an issue, wait 24 hours before raising it with the appropriate person according to the following flow chart).  If the issue remains unresolved at one level, proceed to the next level:

Who to contact

  • Team Manager – with questions
  • Parent Rep – with concerns
  • Community Club Convenor
  • WRCC Recreational Soccer Director
  • WRCC President

Note: Do not contact the WYSA, MSA or CSA without first following the communication channel above in an attempt to resolve your issue.

Coaches Resources

Whyte Ridge Coaching page –

Coaching Resources –

Coaching Certification Program –

Coaching Technical Programs Package –

Coaching Clinics –

Schedule and Standings

WYSA leagues –