Discipline & Appeals

Posted by Rosie McWhirter on May 10 2017 at 05:00PM PDT in 2018-2019 Indoor Season

The administration of discipline can be slightly confusing or intimidating; the information on this page is provided to shed some light on the issue. The information presented here is meant to help detail the application of the OSA Discipline Policies at BQWISL. If there is discrepancy between the information presented here and that provided by the OSA Discipline Policies, the later should be taken as authoritative.

The Discipline Panel will meet as required to review or hear discipline matters as appropriate.

Every player, coach, and administrator should ensure they are familiar with the penalties for offences and the procedure for administering the discipline process.


BQWISL follows the Ontario Soccer Association’s policies with regard to discipline. These policies govern Discipline Hearing Panels at every level of soccer sanctioned by the Ontario Soccer Association. Discipline issues are handled by a discipline panel appointed by the Club Discipline Chair. The committee does not necessarily consist of the same people for each matter being reviewed. An accused is to continue their soccer activities until notification is received from the Discipline Panel stating otherwise.

Discipline by Review (DBR) / Discipline by Hearing (DBH) There are two systems used to deal with discipline matters. Guidelines are set out by the Ontario Soccer Association and followed in determining if a case is to be handled by DBH or DBR. Discipline hearings (DBH) or reviews (DBR) are conducted as required. Persons required to attend a DBH are advised in writing in advance of the hearing date.

DISCIPLINE BY REVIEW (DBR): Certain types of misconduct are routinely handled using the Discipline By Review system. Under DBR, the Discipline Committee reviews the information provided (e.g. Referee's Report) and imposes the appropriate and mandated penalty. If, after reviewing the case, the Discipline Review Panel determines that a more serious charge is warranted, the matter will be referred to Discipline By Hearing. Under the DBR system, the parties involved are not required to attend. An individual who is subject to the DBR system has the right to a hearing. A request for a hearing together with the fee ($50) must be received by the League in writing within three days of receiving the dismissal. NOTE: THERE ARE NO APPEALS OF DBR DECISIONS.

DISCIPLINE BY HEARING (DBH): Some discipline matters must be conducted under the Discipline By Hearing (DBH) method. A DBH requires the attendance of the parties involved. The involved parties are provided with at least 15 days' notice. The accused may choose to be accompanied by another adult who may act as an adviser. An accused less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who shall act as an adviser, failing which the hearing will not proceed and the accused shall be suspended until the hearing is held. If the accused does not appear, the hearing will not proceed, the accused will be fined in accordance with the "Schedule of Fees, Fines, Bonds and Penalties" as published by Ontario Soccer and available on the Club website, and the accused will be suspended from all soccer related activities until he/she requests and attends a hearing. Any party required to attend a hearing may request one (1) postponement of a hearing. The party must submit such request to the League in no later than four days prior to the date of the hearing, stating the reason for requesting the postponement. DBH DECISIONS CAN BE APPEALED TO THE NEXT HIGHEST LEVEL.

Discipline hearings or reviews are also held for matters of misconduct involving persons other than players, such as coaching staff, parents, spectators or any other person reported for misconduct.

Penalties: The Ontario Soccer Association’s guidelines are followed in determining what punishment, if any, is to be applied. Any issues being handled by the League, as dictated by the Ontario Soccer Association guidelines, require the League to impose penalties that are no less severe than those specified by the Ontario Soccer Association. If the discipline committee concludes that such action is appropriate, the League has the option to impose penalties that are more severe than the minimums specified by the Ontario Soccer Association.



  • Game Official assault
  • Physical or attempted physical assault of a youth player by a team official or administrator (reported by the Game Official) 
  • Offences of Moral Turpitude  


NOTIFICATION OF PENALTY: Decisions of the Discipline Review Panel for all matters will be communicated in writing and are effective immediately. Ontario Soccer Suspension Terms As our League is governed by the Ontario Soccer Association, it is imperative that any suspension term imposed by the BQWISL Discipline Panel must comply with the Ontario Soccer Association Mandatory Minimum length of suspension. While the League may determine that a longer term is appropriate, the Panel has no jurisdiction to reduce the term to less than that set out in the Ontario Soccer Association Policies


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