Weekly Re-scheduling for March 2/3

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District Cup playdowns will be under way in most leagues this weekend. In order to conduct those draws league champions need to be determined. However because of the recent total closure for two weeks and finding out which games were played or not played this past weekend the determining of league titles has been slow and, in some cases, rather complicated. Missing all those games at such a critical point of the season has meant going back to previous rounds only to find that some of them have not been “completed” (as per LISA’s rules definition).

Generally-speaking the Sunday groups are more complicated, particularly at the Gold level as anywhere from two to four teams will not be eligible for the District Cup – and at Boys U18/17 Gold the Lower Island U18 B Cup rep still has not been decided. Therefore it is not known if the Boys U18/17 Gold District Cup will have four or five teams entered in its draw. If five teams then it has to start this Sunday March 3. If four teams then it does not have to start until March 10. A draw was done that will hopefully accommodate both scenarios. It is explained in the attached master re-scheduling list.

The re-scheduling for this weekend includes District Cup matches as well as league games and one Lower Island final in the B Cup (Boys U18). There are also two tiebreakers to determine league champions – Girls U16 Silver and Girls U18/17 Silver.

The District Cup grids will be available later this week and will be posted on the LISA website.

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 need to be known. Also if games were not played that too needs to be known.

So it is important that you report to your LISA 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 (District Cup or B Cup) please identify it as such. Make sure you have clearly indicated which team won – or, if a league game, if it was a draw.

For District Cup and B Cup matches decided in extra time include the tied score at the end of regulation time in addition to the final score.

For 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.

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.

Teams can not make up any outstanding game once the deadline for league play has arrived.

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.


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 all Silver league champions are promoted to a higher level of play. Silver league champions compete in the Gold District Cups 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 (April 6/7 in the Lower Island).

The start date for the District Cup playdowns depends upon the number of teams in each draw. If there were more than eight teams entered in a draw they started their playdowns last weekend. Draws with five to eight teams entered will start with the quarter-final round this weekend, March 2/3. The semi-finals (and draws with three or four teams) will take place March 9/10.

All District Cup finals will be hosted by the Sooke Soccer Association the weekend of April 6/7.

When teams lose in the District Cup playdowns they are eliminated from the competition and LISA stops scheduling for them. In other words, their 2018/19 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 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 (i.e. U14-U16) 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.

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.


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 & Regulations.” (See Chapter 3, rule 303 Determining League Winners.)

The team that is declared the league champion is not always as simple as 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.

As of Tuesday afternoon February 26 the following league champions have been confirmed (“completed rounds” are based on LISA’s rules definition):

BOYS U14 GOLD – Gorge/Lakehill based upon two completed rounds

BOYS U14 Silver – Sooke Demelo based upon all two rounds on their schedule

BOYS U15 GOLD – Peninsula/Prospect Lake Frank based upon all four rounds on their schedule

BOYS U16 Silver – Gorge Hanson based upon all two rounds on their schedule

BOYS U18/17 GOLD – Prospect Lake/Peninsula Ablitt based upon two completed rounds

GIRLS U14 GOLD – Juan de Fuca Haslam based upon two completed rounds

GIRLS U14 Silver – Sooke Clarkston based upon one completed round only (there were no common opponents in Round 2 for all four teams still in contention)

GIRLS U15 GOLD – Juan de Fuca White based upon all three rounds on their schedule

GIRLS U16 GOLD – Juan de Fuca Garrett based upon all three rounds on their schedule

GIRLS U18/17 GOLD – Prospect Lake/Peninsula Bissenden based upon one completed round and common opponents in Round 2

All Gold league champions will represent the Lower Island and play against the Upper Island winner at the 55th annual Island Invitational Cup April 6/7 to be hosted in the Lower Island.

All teams competing at the Island Invitational Cup will require BCSA photo ID cards for all their players and team officials.