SVICSA Discipline Process

Red and Yellow Cards

Red card = automatic one game suspension + $50 fine
Yellow card = $20 fine

Suspensions cover the schedule for the team the player was playing for at the time of the incident. So if the player was
playing for TEAM A (and they are also signed as a player for another team, TEAM B), they are not permitted to play for EITHER TEAM (or ANY team) until the suspension runs its course. Thus, a one game suspension means the player misses the next game for TEAM A and any and all games TEAM B might have scheduled from the beginning of the suspension period (game when incident occurred) until the opening whistle of the next sanctioned game for TEAM A. Thus a player couldn't simply miss the next TEAM A game on the schedule but play a TEAM B game that might be scheduled later the SAME DAY.
Looking at it another way, if you missing a game with TEAM A means you wouldn't play again for TWO WEEKS, then the next time you can play for ANY TEAM is in TWO WEEKS. 

Red Card fines are payable by the player/team to the league prior to the player’s return to the field of play following suspension.

Generally, referees submit referee game report and Yellow/Red card reports, via forms on, within 24 hours of game

These forms are automatically forwarded to the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee, Bill Nieuwenhuis, as well as League President Rick Hoogendoorn and Referee Coordinator Keith Thompson, among others. It may also be prudent to contact the Chair directly to ensure receipt of reports where serious incidents have occurred.
Bill Nieuwenhuis

If a player accumulates three yellow cards during the season, the player must miss the regular league game next following the third yellow card.

The Chair of the Discipline Committee should contact the League President Rick Hoogendoorn, or League Secretary Derek Graham, as well as Referee Coordinator Keith Thompson, so that notice of longer term suspensions are provided to all team managers, and referees.

SVICSA Discipline Committee


Anyone, including a game referee, may refer a matter to the SVICSA Discipline Committee for consideration, whether punishment has occurred as above or not. They will only be considered if they are in writing and specific. They should be sent to the Disciplinary Committee Chair

Bill Nieuwenhuis
Forms are available at

If a matter is referred to the Committee, the Committee must assemble all relevant evidence, including the game report, share it with the player, and give the player an opportunity to be heard by the Committee within a reasonable time set by the Committee. This will normally occur by email transmission of written records.

Once the deadline for comment by the player has passed, or once the player has commented, the Committee must consider what punishment, if any, to order. The Committee must communicate the result to the player and his team manager. Further communication to team managers and referees league-wide should occur (as above).

The Committee may disqualify a player from playing in the league for up to 12 months. If the Committee thinks that punishment exceeding that is also appropriate, it may so recommend to the membership for consideration in a general meeting.

If a matter is referred to the membership, the Committee must assemble all relevant evidence, including the game report, share it and the recommendation with the player, and give the player an opportunity to be heard by the membership. The player can elect to do this in person at a general meeting, in writing, or not at all.

The members may disqualify a player from playing for a period or indefinitely. i.e. kick him out of the league.

Punishment Guidelines

In general, the game referee and the Committee will be guided by the punishment guidelines of BC Soccer and the BC Old Timers Soccer League. But also in general, SVICSA punishments will exceed the punishments of those other leagues. There is no place for bad behavior in SVICSA and it will be dealt with firmly.

The Committee should bear in mind the timing of any tournaments that occur outside of the regular SVICSA season and be specific about the effect of any ruling on the player’s opportunity to play in those tournaments.

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