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Posted 11/26/2019 Ref # 71

Referee Abuse

Have a watch, an interesting spin........I will not be asking the referees to do so, but is a valid point.
Let's start treating them with a little more respect and decency.

Posted 11/23/2019 Ref # 70

PFC Tourney

Should be a good tourney to take in, the first of many for the community to be involved in.

Posted 10/17/2019 Ref # 69

October Notice

Happy post Thanksgiving !!

Here are some updates/opportunities for October and beyond.

1)As part of our sponsorship arrangement with Lifemark, we are happy to provide some baseline concussion testing at no charge to you. This is a great thing to have on file - especially before you may experience some head trauma. 
The (1 hours max) sessions will be held in Esquimalt  on 527 Fraser St. (By the Rec Centre)
The dates we have are Thursday October 24, and Wednesday November 7.
Times available are 5:30 and 6:30 pm. There will be overflow 7:30 pm slots if the others get filled up.
First confirmed with me will get a spot.  Please email to
Please let me know what team and division you are with when you well as what slot you would like.

2)The McGavin Cup Final is just around the corner. It is Monday November 11, at Layritz Turf. K/O of 2:30 pm.
Concession will be open. Gorge FC Div 1 vs Juan de Fuca Allflows Div 1.

3)A reminder that the Team Officials Handbook is fully updated and online to read. 
Please ensure you follow proper procedures - especially the most recent hot topics of permitting players properly, listing permitted players properly on the teamlist, correct uniforms, changing of playing surfaces, Criminal Record Check requirements, and proper registration information/payment procedures.

4)Last PFC game this Saturday Oct 19.  It should be a busy one, hope to see you there.  

5)It's getting cooler out on the pitch and is time to grow out a lip scarf and participate in Movember! This is a great opportunity for you and your teammates to set up a team to grow out some impressive Mo's while raising funds for this important cause.

Setting up your team and participating in Movember has never been easier. Just follow the steps below to set up your team and recruit your teammates:
Step 1 – Register at
Step 2 – Build your team and invite your teammates to join:
  • Go to your Movember page and click ‘Start a team’ and enter your desired team name
  • Once in your team page send invites to your team to register by hitting 'Recruit to Team' and recruit via email or facebook message requesting players to join your team.
Step 3 – Shave off the facial hair today, November 1st, then groom and grow the best moustache
Step 4 – Raise awareness and funds for men’s health
Step 5 – Celebrate your success at a gala or team party

Mo On!

6)Last but not least, the Allstar Coaches have been selected for this years event.
This event is heavily funded by league and sponsors, and we hope membership can enjoy the day.
That is a bid reason why the weekend is a blackout as far as rescheduling games goes.
Here are the game times and venue confirmations. 
Coaches may be contacting you to solicit your opinion, or you can contact them via the info at bottom of this page.
Thanks to all involved for time invested, and for the abuse you will receive for selecting some players and not others.
These are select teams. While it would be great to have all teams represented, that may not happen.  Coaches will be encouraged to have good divisional representation, but they will not be overly handcuffed. 
Layritz will have full concession and it should be a lively day in recognizing individual players for their play in the VISL.  We look forward to hosting our FVSL friends for a couple matches, and having a little fun after the battles on field are complete.
While we do not pay players to participate, there will be other forms of appreciation shown.......:)

U21 - Guest Head Coach; James Merriman of Pacific FC. Assistant Coaches Bill Merriman & Craig Glennie of Mid Isle Mariners. Contact Bill at
Div 4 - Head Coach; James Spence, Assistant Coach Glen Williams. Both of JDF Spartans.
Contact James at

Div 2 - Head Coach Fernando Zilli, Assistant Coach Nav Jhawer. Both of Hellas FC.
Contact Nav at 
Div 3 - Head Coach Geoff Pakos, Assistant Coach Jesse McCullough. Both of Gorge Us-Guys.
Contact Geoff by text at 250-920-6348

Masters VISL - Co Coaches Moreno Stefani of UVic Alumni and Kevin James of Cowichan 49ers.
Contact Moreno - and/or Kevin -
Fraser Valley Soccer League Masters.  
Contact Dave Hleuka at or IgotluckyinPK'

Div 1 VISL- Head Coach Richard Fast, Assistant Coach Nico Craveiro. Both of Bays Utd
Contact Rich at
Fraser Valley Soccer League Premier.
Contact Thomas Mills at or

As always, feel free to contact me with any concerns/questions.

Vince Greco
VISL Executive Director

Posted 9/20/2019 Ref # 68

September Notice

All VISL members:

Just a few notes that will hopefully help out with game day procedures and other events moving forward.
As a FYI, this same note will be sent to all the referees as well.

1) Games have a start time. Teams are supposed to be ready before the game – at very minimum 15 minutes before kickoff to ensure field is good to go, as well as uniforms and ID cards checked. The “grace” time is up until kickoff.  Should teams not be ready to go by kickoff, the game should not take place. Refs should be making their way from the park as a team was not ready to start at the proper time.

2)ID Cards (please advise if they are not being checked)

This is how to do an ID card check:   (or something very close to)

A) Have all players present

B) Start from the top of list and work down with photos – they will be in the same order as it is all alphabetical. Look at team list, call name, look at player face, and look at ID card. Using the computer generated team list is STRONGLY recommended.

C)Having the player call out and show you their jersey number after these steps is great.

D) Dismiss player that was just completed. Go through entire list.

By the end, there should be no players in front of you, and you should have made your way through the entire photo listing. Poorly taken pictures were deleted at beginning of week, please ensure you still have a picture posted on website.

*Notes – no picture ID and/or not on team roster = no participation. On rare occasion there might be a special circumstance, if so, you will get an email or phone call from me.

**Refs, Please do not bury head in roster, call out name, and then just have player tell you their jersey number. I am not sure how this constitutes checking ID, but it is very popular apparently.

3) Fake emails and inaccurate addresses on roster.  Apparently this is happening, and it is causing a lot of grief on the registration side of things. All individuals are to have their own account. That means their own login and password specific to them. Multiple accounts with 1 email, or 1 same address are not allowed to strictly attempt to make the registration process easier for this year. All accounts are date stamped and get filed into a database.  When registration accounts are verified, should there be false information, sanctions will start at $50.00 per infraction and could include up to a 1 year suspension. Please fill out the paperwork (Online information) correctly. If you need to change your email from last year, let me know and I can adjust your account.

4)So happy to report we have a new Gold Sponsor, and will have options for future advancement with them.  Fort Royal PHARMACY is on board and will be our go to PHARMACY.  Besides their financial support, they will also be providing essentials - ADVIL, TYLENOL, and magic special spray. Be on the look out for more information in the near future. They have 3 locations at present, with more to open soon.  See them at 1803 Fort, (Fort & Richmond) or at 2217 Oak Bay Ave, or at 797 Hillside.  (Hillside & Blanshard)

Besides having the lowest prices in town, they will also offer seniors 20% off, so get your parents involved. They do the blister packaging at no extra charge, and they have free local delivery.  All you have to do is say that you are a VISL member when you are on site. 

5)Criminal Record Checks - again, if you have a youth player registered to your team or you plan to permit a youth player, then you need a valid VISL CRC on file. It is very specific and might be different than the one you have already, please ensure you do 1 through our account that is no charge to you.
Online Link:
Access Code: BNJ3WMPBS5
You will also need to make sure that there is a parental liability form filled out and on file with us. You can find the form under resources, then documents.

6)Discipline & Rules:
All are listed on the website. Is a good idea to be familiar with the rules even if not a manager. It will only help moving forward. Please make sure you stay up to date with suspensions and payments so there are no further casualties. Another good thing to be aware of is game rescheduling and procedures to follow if a referee does not show up.

7)Intra VISL Permits. All are done online now. Please get personal confirmation from the releasing team before you bring up a player via computer. All of the Intra VISL permits are done online with ID cards and player names being automatically added to game day rosters. Should players be found playing on another team, without the proper authorization from the releasing coach, there will be serious sanctions for those involved. Youth permits are still done through the appropriate youth league. (LISA or UISA) 

I think that is about it for reminders.  Hope to see you at a VISL game somewhere, or at 1 of the few remaining Pacific FC games.

Vince Greco
VISL Executive Director

Posted 9/17/2019 Ref # 67

Rule/Law Changes


A player who is being substituted must leave the field by the nearest point on the touchline/goal line (unless the referee indicates the player can leave quickly/ immediately at the halfway line or a different point because of safety, injury etc.).

The ball is in play once the kick is taken; it can be played before leaving the penalty area.

The team that wins the toss can now choose to take the kick-off or which goal to attack.
(Previously they only had the choice of which goal to attack).

• When there is a ‘wall’ of three or more defenders, the attackers are not allowed within 1m (1 yd) of the wall; an attacker less than 1m (1yd) from the ‘wall’ when the kick is taken will be penalized with an indirect free kick;
• When the defending team takes a free kick in their own penalty area, the ball is in play once the kick is taken; it does not have to leave the penalty area before it can be played.

If the referee is about to issue a Yellow Card/Red Card but the non-offending team takes the free kick quickly and creates a goal-scoring opportunity, the referee can delay the Yellow Card/Red Card until the next stoppage if the offending team was not distracted by the referee.

• If play is stopped inside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for the goalkeeper;
• If play is stopped outside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the point of the last touch;
• In all cases, all the other players (of both teams) must be at least 4m (4.5yds) away;
• If the ball touches the referee (or another match official) and goes into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts, a dropped ball is awarded.

A team official guilty of misconduct will be shown a Yellow Card (caution) or Red Card (sending- off); if the offender cannot be identified, the senior coach who is in the technical area at the time will receive the Yellow Card/Red Card.

Deliberate handball remains an offence. The following ‘handball’ situations, even if accidental, will be a free kick:
• The ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking player’s hand/arm;
• A player gains control/possession of the ball after it touches their hand/arm and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity;
• The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger;
• The ball touches a player’s hand/arm when it is above their shoulder (unless the player has deliberately played the ball which then touches their hand/arm)
The following will not usually be a free kick, unless they are one of the above situations:
• The ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from their own head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/near;
• The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which is close to their body and has not made their body unnaturally bigger;
• If a player is falling and the ball touches their hand/arm when it is between their body and the ground to support the body (but not extended to make the body bigger);
• If the goalkeeper attempts to ‘clear’ (release into play) a throw-in or deliberate kick from a team-mate but the ‘clearance’ fails, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball

The following offences should usually result in a warning; repeated or blatant instances should result in a caution or sending-off:
• Entering the field of play in a respectful/non-confrontational manner;
• Failing to cooperate with a match official e.g. ignoring an instruction/request from an assistant referee or the fourth official;
• minor/low-level disagreement (by word or action) with a decision;
• Occasionally leaving the confines of the technical area without committing another offence
Caution offences include (but are not limited to):
• Clearly/persistently not respecting the confines of their team’s technical area;
• Delaying the restart of play by their team;
• Deliberately entering the technical area of the opposing team (non-confrontational);
• Dissent by word or action including:
 throwing/kicking drinks bottles or other objects;
 gestures which show a clear lack of respect for the match official(s) e.g. sarcastic clapping
• Excessively/persistently gesturing for a red or yellow card;
• Gesturing or acting in a provocative or inflammatory manner;
• Persistent unacceptable behaviour (including repeated warning offences);
• Showing a lack of respect for the game
• Delaying the restart of play by the opposing team e.g. holding onto the ball, kicking the ball away, obstructing the movement of a player;
• Deliberately leaving the technical area to:
 Show dissent towards, or remonstrate with, a match official;
 Act in a provocative or inflammatory manner;
 Enter the opposing technical area in an aggressive or confrontational manner;
 Deliberately throwing/kicking an object onto the field of play;
 Entering the field of play to:
- Confront a match official (including at half-time and full-time);
- Interfere with play, an opposing player or match official
• Physical or aggressive behaviour (including spitting or biting) towards an opposing player, substitute, team official, match official, spectator or any other person (e.g. ball boy/girl, security or competition official etc.);
• Receiving a second caution in the same match;
• Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures;
• Using unauthorised electronic or communication equipment and/or behaving in an inappropriate manner as the result of using electronic or communication equipment;
• Violent conduct