POLICIES / RULES 2017-05-06T22:18:20+00:00





Coaches, Players, Parents, and Spectators.

Everyone involved in sports – from parents and spectators to athletes, officials and coaches – can and should lead by example by promoting positive behaviour on and off the soccer field. The easiest way to do this is to respect the written and unwritten rules of the game. Respect is the communal responsibility of each participant in soccer to create an environment that is both safe and enjoyable for all who take part.


REP team financial responsibilities to the Club and membership.

Football’€™s Rules

Want to know the rules of the game we and our kids have such fun playing? The ONTARIO SOCCER ASSOCIATION has the FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME on their website, under “The Game”. Check it out!

Smoking is not allowed on RFC fields

SMOKING is no longer allowed at publicly-owned outdoor sporting areas, spectator areas, sporting areas and public areas within 20 metres of any point of the edge of the sporting or spectator areas.

  • owned by the province, a municipality, colleges and universities,
  • used primarily for sports, such as soccer, football, basketball, beach volleyball or
    skateboarding (with the exception of golf),
  • open to the public whether or not a fee is charged to enter.

Lightning Safety / Severe Weather Policy

The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by the CSA. By understanding and following the information below, the safety of everyone shall be greatly increased. Ultimately the referee has the final say over delaying or restarting a match due to weather. Waiting to stop play or not waiting to start play may result in a serious injury or loss of life. Referees are expected to act responsibly when dealing with such events during matches they are controlling When lightning is detected, you can determine the distance of lightning in your area by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the first sound of the thunder and dividing by five(5). This will give you the distance in miles from your location. Remember, if you are in a higher elevation, the lightning can come upon you much quicker and your reaction time is greatly hindered.
30/30 RULE
When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is thirty (30) seconds or less, seek proper shelter. Wait thirty (30) minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving the shelter. If you can not see the lightning, just hearing the thunder is a good back up rule.
Additional Information
Please note the following recommendations from Environment Canada: The existence of blue sky and absence of rain are not protection from lightning. Lightning can and does strike as far as ten (10) miles away from the rain shaft. It does not have to be raining for lightning to strike. Many lightning casualties occur in the beginning, as the storm approaches, because many people ignore initial precursors of high winds, some rainfall and cloud cover. Generally, the lightning threat diminishes with time after the last sound of thunder, but may persist for more than thirty (30) minutes. Lightning can strike ahead of the parent cloud – take action even if the thunderstorm is not overhead. Be aware of how close lightning is occurring. The flash-to-bang method is the easiest and most convenient way to estimate how far away lightning is occurring. Thunder always accompanies lightning, even though its audible range can be diminished due to background noise in the immediate environment and its distance from the observer. Lightning awareness should be increased with the first flash of lightning or the first clap of thunder, no matter how far away. This activity must be treated as a wake-up call to all. The most important aspect to monitor is how far away the lightning is occurring, and how fast the storm is approaching, relative to the distance of a safe shelter. Recognize that personal observation of lightning may not be sufficient. Additional weather information may be required to ensure consistency, accuracy and adequate advance warning.

CSA Referees Committee
July 2008

Mini Soccer Guide and Rules

There has been concern raised by a number of referees regarding the failure of the published “Mini Soccer Guide and Rules” to address technical infractions.The concern hinged around the specific technical infraction involving dangerous play. Dangerous play includes a high kick, falling on the ball where the player is in danger of being kicked or lowering the head into the kicking area to play a ball.

Please insert the following additional instruction into Rule #10 of the Mini Soccer Guide and Rules:

If a player plays in a dangerous manner such as executing a high kick or falls on the ball and is in danger of being kicked or lowers his/her head into the kicking zone, the referee will stop play and award a free kick to the opposing team. If the dangerous play occurs inside the player’s own penalty area, the referee will stop play and award a free kick from the edge of the penalty area perpendicular to the goal line and closest to the spot where the dangerous play occurred.

Other technical infractions such as intentional pass to the keeper, throw-in to the keeper and keeper holding the ball for more than six seconds are to be ignored. (Mini Soccer Only)

Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the Long Term Player Development Program. All laws for small sided soccer are being rewritten by O.S.A. and will be available for the 2014 outdoor season.

CSA Ruling on Headscarves and Turbans

Please find photos and information attached from the CSA regarding headscarves and turbans. Click Here: HEADSCARVES and TURBANS


These Bylaws relate to the general conduct of the affairs of the Rockwood FC, a Corporation incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.38, as amended.


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