The Niagara Soccer Association adheres and complies with the Discipline Policies and Procedures established by the Ontario Soccer Association.
The complete OSA Policy is available at: OSA - Governing Documents
Delegation of Misconduct Jurisdiction
Where permitted, an Organization (Clubs, Leagues, Tournaments) may be delegated, by its Governing Organization (NSA), the responsibility for establishing a Discipline Hearing Panel to deal with one or more Misconduct Types. This responsibility may be revoked at any time by the higher Governing Organization (NSA). Registered Leagues, Clubs and at Tournaments shall ensure that their disciplinary rules, regulations and policies are consistent and do not conflict with those published by the O.S.A.
Rights and Responsibilities
The OSA and NSA may, without notice, audit any organization who has been delegated the responsibility to administer discipline to ensure full compliance with these Procedures. If an organization fails to administer discipline in accordance with these Procedures the OSA and NSA has the right to:
- a) intervene to correct the problem
- b) withdraw the delegation to administer discipline; and
- c) subject the organization to discipline
Every Club is responsible for the actions of its Players, Team Officials, Administrators and spectators. Every Club and League is required to take all precautions necessary to prevent its Players, Team Officials, Administrators and spectators from threatening or assaulting anyone present at games, and especially the Match Official(s).
Referral of Misconduct Cases
A Governing Organization (Clubs, Leagues, Tournaments) which has jurisdiction over a specific misconduct category may refer a misconduct incident to its higher Governing Organization (NSA). If the higher Governing Organization (NSA) determines that the referral is valid, it shall handle the case.
Who Can Be Disciplined?
Discipline action may only be taken against a Registrant or Registered Organization of the O.S.A for misconduct occurring at the time of the incident, and cannot be retroactively charged for incidents prior to registration of such person or organization.
A Registrant and/or Registered Organization is accused of an offence as identified in the Standard Penalties for Misconduct in Operational Procedure 9.0 and is subject to discipline when:
- A Match Official reports an offence to the applicable Governing Organization electronically and/or by hardcopy;
- A Registrant or third party submits a written complaint and all supporting evidence and documentation that supports the complaint to a Governing Organization (NSA) that an offence has been committed. Action shall only be taken if the Complainant willingly agrees to act as a witness;
- A report submitted by a Match Official will be subject to Discipline By Hearing or Discipline By Review. A report submitted by a Registrant or Third Party may be subject to Discipline Hearing if investigation warrants further action.
NSA table of Discipline Fees and Fines 2016.pdf
Discipline by Review Procedures.pdf
E2E Discipline example.pdf
Referee complaint form.docx
2016 Discipline Hearing dates and times.pdf
Notice to Appear.pdf
Rights of the Accused - Discipline by Hearing.pdf
Rights to Appeal a Hearing Decision.pdf