Master Re-Scheduling Notice March 3rd and 4th

Weekly Re-scheduling Notice for March 3 & 4 weekend

Below is the master list of games to be played this coming weekend, March 3 & 4. This is the updated complete listing of games. Late yesterday a preliminary list was sent to the clubs (not the teams) but it was missing two groups (Girls U14 Silver and Girls U15 & U16 Gold). The issues associated with those leagues have now been addressed and their scheduling for this weekend has been added.

The attached master re-scheduling notice is four pages long and includes the complete listing of games (Island B Cup qualifiers for the provincials that were postponed from last weekend, league games and District Cup matches) that are to be played in every division.

Master Re-Scheduling Notice Here: Re-scheduling 2018 March 3-4 complete

The District Cup playdowns for Boys U13 Silver began last Saturday. Those District Cup draws with five to eight teams entered start this weekend. The District Cup competition for draws of three or four teams will begin March 10/11.

District Cup games in the attached master re-scheduling list are identified as such: District Cup Quarter-final . (The District Cup draw grids will be sent out in a separate email and will also be posted on the LISA website.)

League winners in Bronze and Silver are promoted for District Cup play. If your team is a Bronze league champion your District Cup match will be listed in the Silver scheduling group. If your team is a Silver league champion your District Cup match will be in the Gold scheduling group.

Regarding league play, in Girls U14 Silver the Juan de Fuca Vanlierop/Ortega team has folded and will not be able to meet their remaining commitments. As they will be unable to finish Round 3 of their league schedule all their remaining games will be recorded as forfeits wins for their opponents. Also, since they have folded, they will not be in District Cup.


Six Vancouver Island finals in the Provincial/Coastal B Cup competition are to be played this weekend. Three are at home in the Lower Island and three are away in the Upper Island. Those finals are included in the attached re-scheduling notice however, at the time this notice was prepared, their game field and start time had not yet been confirmed.

The winners of these Island finals will all qualify for their provincial tournaments, July 5-8 (the boys in Burnaby and the girls in Kamloops). Both the winners of these Island finals and the losers will continue on in the Coastal B Cup carrying on to play Lower Mainland teams in the quarter-final rounds the weekend of April 14/15.

Remember:  there must be a winner in all ‘B’ Cup matches

If the two teams are tied on goals at the end of regulation time the teams will play two equal halves of extra time as per the duration for their age division. From U13 up to and including U16 that is 2 x 10-minute halves. For U17 and U18 that is 2 x 15-minute halves. The full length of the extra time will be played no matter how many goals are scored during the two extra-time halves.

If the score is tied at the conclusion of the full extra time session the outcome of the match will be decided by kicks from the penalty spot, as per FIFA rules.

SCORE REPORTING – For the Island finals all Lower Island teams are to report their score to their league score recorder as well as the district scheduler (Brian Davis  or 250-598-6274) as soon as possible. You must also report if your match is not played and provide the reason why.


The rules for determining league champions are posted on the LISA website. In the drop-down box for the ABOUT tab go to “Rules” and click on “LISA Rules and Regulations.” (See Chapter 3, rule 303 Determining League Winners.)

The team that is declared the league champion is not always the team with the most points at the end of the league season. Because of field closures and league play being interrupted by cup competitions (Provincial/Coastal B Cup, LISA Cup) teams do not always play the same number of games against the same opponents. In addition the reason for outstanding games can vary. So when it comes to determining the league champions LISA applies the rules mentioned above.

As noted in the rules, league winners are determined by “completed rounds.” That is why the schedules are drawn up on a round-by-round basis – teams are scheduled to play all their opponents once (which constitutes a “round”) before they are scheduled to play any opponent a second time.

The first definition of a “completed round” is as expected:  all the games scheduled for that round have been played. LISA’s rules also define a “completed round” as one in which a team has mathematically clinched first place. In other words, no team could catch the first-place team even if they won all their un-played games in that round.

Continuing with the rules to determine a league champion, the first time two teams play each other it is their Round 1 game. The second time they play each other it is their Round 2 game, and so on. It does not matter where the game was played (i.e. which team was home or which team was visitor).

For instance, if two teams played each other during Round 1 as listed on their schedule, missed playing during Round 2 because the field was closed, and then played each other during the Round 3 dates on their schedule, in order to determine the league champion the result from the game played during Round 3 would officially be considered their Round 2 result.

Another part of the rule that sometimes has to be taken into consideration:  a team can be eliminated from winning the league title during a round that does not meet the definition of “complete.”

For instance, after two complete rounds the Maroon Team is in first place but during Round 3 the Maroon Team starts losing games. At the end of league play Round 3 can not be classified as “complete” as no team has mathematically clinched first place. However after losing Round 3 games the Maroons can no longer mathematically end up in first place. So even though the Maroons were in first place at the end of the last completed round they can not be declared the league champion as they had played themselves out of contention.

If in applying LISA’s rules for determining league champions two (or more) teams end up tied for first place they will play a tiebreaker match in cup format (i.e. extra time and a FIFA penalty shootout, if needed) with the winning team capturing the league title. No other tiebreakers (e.g. head-to-head, goal differential, winning percentage etc.)  are used to determine a league champion.

For more information see Chapter 3 on the Rules and Regulations page on the LISA website.

All league champions will receive a trophy and medals. If you are a league winner (the list of league champions, as of February 26, has been posted on the LISA website) in order to pick up your awards contact the LISA office at 250-382-7489 Monday through Friday to make arrangements.


The Vancouver Island champion is determined by the Island Invitational Cup which features the Lower Island Gold league champion vs. the Upper Island winner. The 54th edition of Island Cup, also known as the Tournament of Champions, will be hosted by the Upper Island district April 28/29 in Powell River.

The Vancouver Island Invitational Cup is not part of the Provincial/Coastal B Cup or associated with it in any way. It is a separate competition. The winner of the Island Cup does not advance to any other competition.

Please note that there will be Island Cup finals in both Girls U17 and Girls U18 as well as for both Boys U17 and Boys U18 so, even though U17 and U18 teams play in the same league and there will only be one league champion recognized, two teams – one U17 and one U18 – will represent the Lower Island in the Island Invitational Cup. One of those reps will be the U18/17 Gold league champion and the other will be the highest-finishing team (based upon LISA’s rules for determining league champions) in the other age group.

In the U13 division for both boys and girls the Island Invitational Cup will be 8 v 8 (not 11-a-side).

Gold league champions, Island Invitational Cup reps and the Lower Island B Cup reps are not eligible for the Lower Island District Cup.


The District Cup is the final competitive program of the Lower Island season. It is not a league playoff. It is a single-elimination, random draw, cup competition for Lower Island teams that are not Lower Island representatives in an inter-district competition (e.g. B Cup, Island Invitational Cup). The winner of the District Cup does not advance to any other competition.

For the Lower Island District Cup Silver and Bronze league champions are promoted to a higher level of play. The Bronze league champion competes in the Silver District Cup and the Silver league champion competes in the Gold District Cup as those teams have, over the course of the season, proven themselves to be the best team in their league.

The Gold league champion is not eligible for the District Cup. The Gold league champion represents the Lower Island in the Island Invitational Cup and will play against the Upper Island rep for the Island championship.

All District Cup finals will be hosted by the Sooke Soccer Association the weekend of April 7/8.

When teams lose in the District Cup playdowns they are eliminated from the competition and LISA stops scheduling for them. In other words, their 2017/18 Lower Island season is over.

Once their District Cup play begins a team can no long make up any outstanding league games – no matter how many outstanding games that team might have.

There must be a winner in all District Cup matches.

During the playdowns leading up to the final (i.e. “the round of 16,” the quarter-finals and semi-finals), if the score is tied at the end of regulation there will be extra time. Extra time is not sudden death. The full amount of extra time must be played no matter how many goals are scored. Extra time for those divisions that play the full 90-minute game (i.e. U17 and U18) is 2 x 15-minute halves. All other divisions play 2 x 10-minute halves.

If the score is still tied after the full extra time is played the winner of the match will be determined by a FIFA penalty shootout.

Please make sure your referees are aware that games tied at the end of regulation will go to extra time and if still tied to a FIFA penalty shootout. The rules for the LISA Cup playdowns were different.

BOTH TEAMS must report their District Cup score to their score recorder. If your match went into extra time or a FIFA penalty shootout please include that information as well. For example, the score at the end of regulation, the score after extra time and, if you know it, how many goals each team scored in the penalty shootout itself. Please report the goals scored in a penalty shootout separately from the game score – do not add the shootout goals to the number of goals scored by the teams during regulation and extra time.

Youth-to-youth permits can not be used for the District Cup competition.

For more information see Chapter 1 on the Rules and Regulations page on the LISA website.

*** At this time of the season communication between teams, their opponents and their clubs is very important. Do not assume everybody will receive the re-scheduling notice that is emailed out every week. Teams should contact their opposition far enough in advance to confirm their games for each weekend.