LOWER ISLAND SOCCER ASSOCIATION
CANADA SOCCER’s ACTIVE START SOCCER FESTS
Saturday, October 19, 2019
The schedule for LISA’s annual Under-11 festival – Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests – co-hosted by the Lower Island Soccer Association and the Lakehill Soccer Association is attached and also posted on the LISA website. Each team is scheduled two games. Your games will be played either on campus at the University of Victoria or at Braefoot Park in Saanich. The UVic fields are artificial turf. The Braefoot fields are natural grass.
All coaches are to check in at the LISA administration table to pick up their T-shirts and game packages. The LISA Administration table will be located at the University of Victoria as all teams have at least one game at Uvic. There will be LISA representatives at the festival all day at both locations should you have any questions for them.
This is a tight schedule with little, if any, time in-between games so make sure you arrive well enough ahead of time in order to find parking and to have your team ready to play. There are 43 teams participating, plus match officials, volunteers and others using the festival venues which means parking space will be in high demand all day long, so it would be a great idea to car pool. There is a charge for parking in the University of Victoria parking lots. Parking at Braefoot will also be a challenge as regular LSA programing will be taking place during the day.
Also there will be little, if any, warm-up time allowed on your field of play so you will need to find a suitable area nearby for your players to warm up safely and properly.
The home team (listed first on the schedule) is responsible for the game ball and must wear a jersey colour different than its opponent.
This is not a competitive tournament. There are no trophies to be won and no standings will be recorded. Do your best to make it a fun and enjoyable time for everyone, including the match officials and volunteers.
In order to provide all teams two games on the same day all games in the festival will be two halves of 25 minutes each, 8 v 8. As previously noted, this is a tight schedule so no additional time can be added to either half and the half-time interval will be brief.
The following rules used in your weekly inter-club schedule will be in effect throughout the festival:
OFFSIDE for Under-11: When a team is on the attack, the FIFA offside rule is in effect in the attacking one-third (1/3) of the field and shall be applied accordingly by the referee. If line-persons are used they only need take reference at the 1/3 field marking. Cones on the sideline will be needed to mark the 1/3 field limits.
GOAL KICK RETREAT LINE for Under-11: All players from the opposing team will retreat back behind the existing offside line marked by cones at the 1/3 mark of the field, which will be also known as the retreat line. Players from the opposing team may not pass the retreat line until the ball has been touched by the player receiving the goal kick. If the goal kick is kicked past the retreat line the ball is deemed in play as soon as it crosses the retreat line. In case of a violation of this rule the restart will be a retake of the goal kick.
We are looking forward to a fantastic day, and a fun festival.
See you there.