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Welcome to the 2017/18 Lower Island soccer season. Inter-club play for the Under-12 division begins Saturday, September 16.

It is each team’s responsibility to check the website schedule to make sure the contact information for your team is correct. If there are any mistakes or updates please let your club registrar know as soon as possible (they will inform the LISA Office). In addition, inform your opposing teams so they will know how to get a hold of you.

While email addresses are included in your team’s contact information on the website LISA does not consider the sending of an email an official communication between teams. When exchanging game and field information there must be definite confirmation. “Read Receipts” are not considered definite confirmation. Initial contact with your opponent must be by phone.

Scores and standings are NOT recorded in the Under-12 age division. So you do not report results to a Lower Island score recorder as standings and scores are not posted on the LISA website. Inter-club competitive league play begins at U13.

If you are wondering why Home Fields are not listed on your schedule many clubs assign fields on a week-by-week basis depending upon how many home games they have and what fields are available for their use that weekend. In addition, some clubs rotate their teams through their various fields.

So Home Fields do not exist on the schedules. Besides team officials are supposed to be in contact with each other as their games approach in order to confirm their scheduling data. It does not matter which team, home or visitor, initiates the communication.

If a club does not have enough fields to accommodate all its home games the teams without an assigned field should contact their opposition to see if the “visiting” team’s club can supply a field in order to play the game. If the teams can not play their game because a field is not available at either club they should try to agree upon a date to make it up as soon as possible.

The schedule for the Under-12 age division lists games up to and including Saturday, March 3.

The following weekend, March 10/11, LISA will be hosting its annual U12 full-field 11-a-side festival for all U12 teams. The festival will be played on fields supplied by co-host Saanich Fusion. More details about the festival will be circulated closer to that weekend.

LISA will not be scheduling U12 games after the March 10/11 weekend.

Under-12 teams play 8v8, with 2 x 30-minute halves, using a size #4 ball. Their match day is Saturday and their start times vary.

Please note that the following two rules will be in effect for the 2017/18 Under-11 and Under-12 Lower Island season:

OFFSIDE for U11 and U12: 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 U11 and U12: 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.

Good luck with your games

Make it a fun and fantastic season for everyone

LISA’s scheduling committee