Rules, Discipline & Conduct
We want to keep our players safe, and expect a high level of respect among our players. Remember, leagues run through the EMSA Zones, must have discipline information and inquiries go to the zone they play in, before contacting EMSA.
ASA Rules of Indoor Soccer
ASA Indoor Soccer Laws of the Game
FIFA Laws of the Game
For review – quick updates: Aug 2019.
The A.S.A. Code of Conduct, which seeks to promote respect and equality in the game, clearly defines the responsibilities of coaches players and guardians when they attend or participate in games in Alberta. In particular, it states that they should never question officials judgement or honesty, recognising that officials are being developed in the same manner as players.
It is increasingly more and more difficult to retain the services of younger officials who often feel intimidated by comments and actions from coaching staff and spectators, both during and after games.
In order to better support our officials, we would like to outline the expectations for conduct during the indoor season:
Coaches will be expected to:
Provide ONLY technical instruction from the bench and refrain from questioning decisions of the referees. According to the Laws of the Game, Law 5, the decisions of the referee and other match officials are final and must always be respected. (This does not mean that the referee will always make the right call, but the questioning of the decision is not permitted. However, any coach who respectfully asks for clarification of a decision should be provided one.)
Parents or Guardians and spectators:
Are expected to respect decisions of the referee and another match officials in the same manner as is the coach. Their comments and actions are monitored by the Ref Liaison. It is imperative that the coach and Ref Liaison clearly understand their responsibilities and that a failure to act appropriately could lead to a sanction against the coach.
The referee has been instructed that all instances of inappropriate behaviour or comments (by either the coach, assistant coach, or from people in the stands) are to be sanctioned according to the Rules of Indoor Soccer. (i.e. A coach will be giving a verbal warning and for a subsequent offence removed from the field of play).
Should spectators, parents or Guardians display inappropriate behaviour, the coach should be asked to remedy the situation through the Ref Liaison. In the event that this does not happen the game will be paused until such time as the facility staff have dealt with the person(s) involved in the incident. The appropriate sanction will be applied to the coach. This will almost certainly delay the restart of play.
Questions or request for clarifications from referees is always welcome after the game or in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
(as are questions on the above).
Thank you in advance for your attention to the above. Hoping you have a successful season!!
John H. Ashby