LOWER ISLAND SOCCER ASSOCIATION
The attached master re-scheduling notice is four pages in length and lists the games that are to be played in every division this weekend, February 9/10.
In addition to league games there are two cup competitions on this weekend: the finals of the LISA Cup and, in most draws, the finals in the Lower Island playdowns of the Provincial/Coastal B Cup.
All of the finals in the LISA Cup will be played on the artificial grass field at PISE in Saanich (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, 4371 Interurban Road, on the Camosun College Interurban campus). While those teams in the LISA Cup finals will be playing on their usual game day in almost every case their start time will not be their weekly standard.
At the time of the distribution of this email eight of the 10 draws in the Lower Island playdowns of the B Cup were scheduled for this weekend. The Boys U18 Lower Island final has been postponed to Sunday, February 17, as one of the semi-finals that was supposed to take place this past weekend could not be played because of a closed field. That semi-final, Prospect Lake/Peninsula Ablitt vs. Sooke Stratton, has been re-scheduled for this Sunday, February 10. The scheduling of the Girls U16 Lower Island B Cup final has not yet been confirmed as the Prospect Lake/Peninsula Longpre vs. Bays United Cockayne semi-final is under review. Once the review of that semi-final has been completed the February 9 re-scheduling for Girls U16 & U15 Gold will be updated and distributed.
At this time of the season the LISA office sends out re-scheduling notices on a weekly basis. While every attempt is made to have these notices ready for the Monday of each week, if there are delays, sometimes they can not be distributed until the Tuesday and, on odd occasions, not until the Wednesday. In order to do the re-scheduling, results from games played the previous weekend, especially the cup matches, need to be known and if games were not played that also needs to be known.
So it is important that you report to your score recorder on time. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BOTH TEAMS TO REPORT ALL THEIR GAMES (league and cup) TO THEIR SCORE RECORDER. If you did not play your scheduled game then both teams still must report to their score recorder and you need to include why you did not play. When submitting your report include the gender, age division, level of play (e.g. Gold, Silver) and the name of both teams. If you played a cup match (LISA Cup or B Cup) please identify it as such. Make sure you have clearly indicated with team won – or, if a league game, if it was a draw.
For B Cup matches decided in extra time include the tied score at the end of regulation time in addition to the final score.
For B Cup matches decided by a penalty shootout (PSO) include the tied score at the end of regulation time, the tied score after extra time (a.e.t.) and your penalty shootout score. Do not add the goals scored in the penalty shootout to the tied score after extra time. And please clearly indicate which team won.
Re-scheduling is done on a weekly basis in order to accommodate the Coastal/Provincial B Cup and LISA Cup competitions as those matches have priority over league games, both in scheduling and in field assignments. Teams playing in the Coastal/Provincial B Cup or LISA Cup will not be available for league play that weekend so schedules have to be revised in order to compensate for their absence.
Re-scheduling is also done for teams when the last date on their league schedule has passed and their District Cup playdowns have yet to start. For example, the last date on the original schedule for Girls U18/17 Gold was January 27 (the end of their Round 2). LISA will continue to schedule games for such leagues on a weekly basis until their District Cup playdowns begin.
In addition, re-scheduling is sometimes done in order to play some outstanding games.
Once the pairing for teams in one game is changed that impacts the match up of teams in other games which then leads to those pairings being changed. When re-scheduling is done sometimes games are played in advance of the date for which they were originally scheduled. When that original date arrives re-scheduling has to be done again as one or more of those games have already been played.
When LISA re-schedules one of your games for the upcoming weekend you play that game instead of the game listed on your original schedule. The game that was originally scheduled for that day then becomes an outstanding game.
Make sure you check the League Play section of the LISA website to confirm all the games you have played have been posted. Please note that games are identified by the date for which they are listed on your original schedule. So if you are checking for scores for outstanding games or for “games played in advance” they will be posted alongside their original date not the date on which they were actually played.
In order to make up any outstanding league game “on your own time” (i.e. outside of the standard weekend time for which LISA schedules) both teams must agree upon the re-scheduling. One team can not schedule the game and try to force the other team into playing it then. Teams can only play a game in advance of the date for which it was originally scheduled if LISA has included that game in the weekly re-scheduling or if both teams apply for and receive LISA approval.
If you have made arrangements to make up an outstanding game then both teams need to inform LISA (through your score recorder or the district scheduler) as far in advance as possible. By doing so hopefully we will be able to avoid the double-booking of games such as when two teams agree to play an outstanding game, for example, on a Wednesday evening and then receive their weekly re-scheduling notice listing that game to be played that Saturday or Sunday.
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.
PROVINCIAL/COASTAL B CUP
The winners of the Lower Island playdowns in the B Cup will go on to represent the Lower Island district in the inter-district Coastal B Cup competition. The first inter-district match for the Lower Island reps will be against the Upper Island reps the weekend of February 23/24.
The hosting agreement between the Upper and Lower Island districts is as follows: the Upper Island hosts the U13, U15 and U17 divisions for both boys and girls and the Lower Island hosts the U14, U16 and U18 divisions for both boys and girls. Both the Lower Island and Upper Island districts will not be competing in the U13 age division this year, for boys or girls. (Note: The Upper Island usually plays its B Cup matches on Sundays so if your team is playing away in the Upper Island expect to be playing on the Sunday.)
The start time for matches between the Upper and Lower Island can not be before 12 noon or after 4:00 p.m. (unless both teams are in agreement) and any Lower Island home match involving Powell River needs to take into account their ferry schedule and travel plans. Powell River teams playing in the Lower Island sometimes want to travel to the Lower Island and return home the same day. And sometimes they travel here the day before and want to play the following morning (starting before 12 noon) in order to have more time to travel back up-island to catch the ferry back home.
The winners of the matches between the Lower Island reps and the Upper Island reps (those matches are known as the “Island qualifiers”) will represent the Vancouver Island/Powell River region at their provincial tournaments in July. These Island winners also continue on with the Coastal B Cup playdowns advancing to the quarter-final rounds where they will play Lower Mainland teams.
In addition, the losers of the Island qualifiers (known as the “Vancouver Island/Powell River runners-up”) will continue on with the Coastal B Cup playdowns advancing to the quarter-final rounds where they will play Lower Mainland teams. If an Island runner-up wins the Coastal Cup final that team also qualifies for the provincial tournament as the “first place Coastal B Cup” team.
NOTE: There will be NO Upper Island B Cup rep in Girls U16. Therefore in the Girls U16 division the winner of the Lower Island playdowns will win the “first place Vancouver Island/Powell River” berth for their provincial tournament in July. This “first place Vancouver Island/Powell River” team will also continue on into the quarter-finals of the Coastal B Cup where it will play a Lower Mainland team.
In addition, in the Girls U16 division the team that loses the Lower Island final is not eliminated from the Coastal B Cup. Since there will be no Upper Island U16 Girls B Cup rep the loser of the Lower Island final will become the “Vancouver Island/Powell River runner-up” and continue on into the quarter-finals of the Coastal B Cup where it will play a Lower Mainland team. The Girls U16 “Vancouver Island/Powell River runner-up” can also qualify for the provincial tournament by winning the Coastal B Cup final.
The quarter-final rounds of the Coastal B Cup are scheduled for the weekend of April 13/14. The semi-finals of the Coastal B Cup will be played on the weekend of April 27/28. All Coastal B Cup finals will be held the weekend of May 4/5 on the Lower Mainland.
While the B Cup competition is under way teams will play their B Cup match instead of the league game that was originally scheduled for them that weekend. The league game will then become an outstanding game and can be made up by agreement of both teams involved.
B Cup matches have priority over all other youth games in regards to scheduling and fields. If any B Cup match can not be played because fields are closed (both the designated home club and the visiting club do not have an open field on which the match can be played) the re-scheduling of that match is up to LISA. Note that LISA can re-schedule an outstanding cup match, or a cup match that needs to be re-played because of a successful protest, for any time, any day.
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 U14 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.
FOR ALL TEAMS STILL ALIVE IN THE B CUP PLAYDOWNS
All teams that represent the Lower Island in inter-district play MUST have and use the official BCSA photo ID cards for all inter-district matches – there are NO exceptions.
Except for U16 Girls, your first inter-district match will be against the Upper Island the weekend of February 23/24. The first inter-district match for U16 Girls will be the Coastal Cup quarter-final, April 13/14.
Please make sure you allow yourself enough time to have your photo ID cards produced as delays could cause eligibility problems for some of your players, team officials (coaches, managers, etc.) and even your entire team. The whole process might only take you a few days but, for instance, just getting individual photos for everyone might take longer than that.
If you are unfamiliar with the BCSA photo ID cards they are mandatory for every single player on your roster and all your team officials.
In order to make the cards you will require a head-and-shoulders photo for every player and team official. These photo ID cards must be given to the referee prior to the start of every inter-district match. The officiating crew (referee and assistants) is suppose to check to make sure there is an ID card for every player and team official. And remember to get them back after the game as you will need them for your next match.
If you do not have your photo ID cards for your team – or even if just one player is missing a card – and you win that game you could end up losing it via a forfeit if your opponent submits a protest. Claiming you did not have enough time to get all your ID cards made has not been an acceptable defence in the past.
To get your photo ID cards produced, or to find out more about the process, contact your club registrar.