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					                 MANITOBA SOCCER REFEREES' ASSOCIATION

                       MANITOBA MAJOR SOCCER LEAGUE
                       GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
                          PERTAINING TO REFEREES

       DEFAULTS

       Any club defaulting a regularly scheduled game and agreeing to play a friendly
game must give written notice to the referee and the opposing club's secretary or other
responsible officer prior to starting the friendly game, and said officer will ensure the
League secretary is advised immediately of such agreement.

       MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS, GRACE TIMES

        Any club fielding less than eight (8) players at the time set for commencement of
the game shall be allowed fifteen (15) minutes grace in May, June, July, and August. In
September, grace time is still 15 minutes, but GAME TIME WILL START FROM THE
SCHEDULED TIME AND THE HALVES REDUCED ACCORDINGLY up to the
allowed grace time. Any club failing to field at least eight registered players in the required
time aforementioned shall forfeit such game and the points thereto. After commencement, a
match may not continue if either team consists of fewer than 7 players (FIFA rule).

       PLAYING GROUNDS AND FACILITIES

1)     All games must be played on fields that are properly marked and have nets on the
       goals.

2)     If it appears on the referee's report that a game was played on a field, which was not
       properly marked or had no nets on the goals, the home team shall be fined.

       GAME SHEETS

1)     Before game time, the home team and visiting team must submit completed official
       team lists (one list each, for a total of two game sheets) with player’s names and
       numbers corresponding, to the referee. However a player registered with a team and
       in good standing is eligible to play for that team in all competition under the
       jurisdiction of the C.S.A. whether or not his name appears on the official form
       provided for that purpose (C.S.A. directive distributed May 5th, 1976).
                                       MMSL - 2

2)   Properly completed guest youth player permit forms signed by youth and senior
     clubs (if any) must be attached to the team sheets and forwarded to the referee
     before game time. Valid youth player ID cards with current date stamp(s) for guest
     youth players must also be provided – no exceptions, otherwise the player cannot
     play.

     For rural youth players only, not registered with WYSA: These players still
     require a permission form signed by youth and senior clubs, along with a photo ID
     card, either soccer specific, student ID, or driver’s license as not all rural clubs use
     soccer ID cards (this is the ONLY exception for using alternate photo ID).

     The names of all guest players involved must appear in the guest player section of
     the game sheets corresponding to the appropriate designations (youth, senior). Dual
     player cards (will contain an additional MSA stamp) are to be provided by
     Winnipeg Division players who also play divisions 1-5, & Premier.

3)   Before game time opposing team captains must hand the referee their ID cards. At
     expiration of the game, ID cards will be returned to the respective clubs, except for
     players that are ejected before, during, or after the game, and for those players
     whose ID card validity are in question. Their ID cards will be forwarded to the
     League Disciplinarian.
     (See #6 of "PRE-GAME DUTIES" in the REFEREE GUIDE)

     Players who cannot produce a valid MSA ID card will become ineligible to play in
     that scheduled game. Exception will be the yellow permit from the League
     Disciplinarian. The permit will be issued for specific games and is to be sent in with
     game reports. Refer to MSA directives concerning ID cards to determine if the
     player is eligible to play and whether or not to retain ID cards should their validity
     be in question (old date stamps, improper signatures, photo does not resemble
     player, etc.)

4)   Coaches and team officials on the team bench are required to carry proper MSA
     identification and be written on the game sheet. Failure to produce a valid ID card
     will mean the person may not be in the technical area. This includes all team
     officials/staff.

5)   MMSL game report on back of game sheets is to be completed (one report only)
     with fair play ratings for both teams, Youth player permit forms (if applicable) are
     to be attached to the game sheets and forwarded by the referee to the MMSL upon
     conclusion of the game.
                                         MMSL - 3

       BALL

         The home club must provide the match ball, but both clubs must have a reserve
ball, in good playing condition, available for referee inspection before the game and must
be kept near sidelines for use.

       COLOURS

       In cases where club colours are similar, the visiting club will be required to change.
The goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing colour at all times.

       SUBSTITUTIONS

       In all senior games under the jurisdiction of the league, substitution of players shall
be governed as follows, unless otherwise stated:

1)     A maximum of five substitutions will be allowed at any time during the playing
       time of single game. However, unlimited substitutions will be allowed at half time.

2)     Substitutions shall only be made when the ball has ceased to be in play, and with
       the permission of the referee.

3)     Substitutes must report to the referee giving their substitution cards before being
       allowed to participate in the game.

4)     No substitution is allowed for a player ordered off the field of play for misconduct.

       DURATION OF GAME

        Normal playing time is 2 X 45 minute halves, half time interval of 5 minutes. A
league game shall be considered an official game when at least two thirds (60 minutes) of
the scheduled time has been played.

       GUEST PLAYERS

1)     One team in one game can use a maximum of three guest players, any
       combination of senior and youth for premier, divisions 1 - 5. For the Winnipeg
       Division, a maximum of two guest players are allowed, both of which must be
       senior players.
                                        MMSL - 4

       REMINDERS

1)     Report division, home and away team names, and final score to 654-9574 BY
       10:00 PM (OR BY NOON NEXT DAY FOR OUT OF TOWN GAMES).
       FAILURE TO CALL IN THE SCORE BY THE PRESCRIBED TIME WILL
       RESULT IN A $5.00 FINE TO THE REFEREE BY THE MMSL.

2)     Disciplinary reports to be sent to:
       Brent Boulter, 784 Montrose Street, Wpg. MB, R3M 3N3.
       Include dismissal report and two-part MSA ID card within 48 hours.

3)     Check the MMSL hotline, 654-9574, for weather cancellations.

4)     Report improper field markings, missing goal nets, or corner flags on the MMSL
       game report (game may still be played).

5)     Remember to return I.D. cards (other than those for dismissals) with copy of
       completely filled out game sheet, and youth permit forms if applicable.

6)     Durations, numbers of players, grace time:

       Playing time is 2 X 45 minute halves, half time interval of 5 minutes, for all
       divisions. Eight (8) players of each team must take part at the commencement of
       the game. Teams will be allowed fifteen (15) minutes in spring and summer to
       acquire sufficient players to start (8). In September, grace time is still 15 minutes,
       but GAME TIME WILL START FROM THE SCHEDULED TIME AND THE
       HALVES REDUCED ACCORDINGLY up to the allowed grace time.


7).   Mail white copy of the game sheet, COMPLETELY FILLED OUT MMSL GAME
REPORT FORM WITH FAIR PLAY SCORES, and copies of any permit forms to: Brent
Boulter, 784 Montrose Street, Winnipeg MB, R3M 3N3. Must be done within 48 hours of
the game. WYSA may also need a copy of multi-part youth permit forms -. 523-167
Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0V3.

8)     Assault reports to be sent within 24 hours to MSA Disciplinarian: 200 Main Street,
       Winnipeg MB, R3C 4M2. GET HELP FROM AN EXPERIENCED MSRA
       EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER.

9)     Payment will be received monthly from the MSRA.

				
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