Discipline / Complaints / Appeals

Safe Sport Position Statement: BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved. CLICK HERE to view BC Soccer's Safe Sport information.

All complaints, discipline, and disputes under the jurisdiction of BC Soccer as outlined below will be received by safesport@itpsport.ca, reviewed, managed, and investigated by ITP Sport in collaboration with BC Soccer Judicial and Appeals Chairs:

  • Any form of excessive physical assault
  • Language and/or profanity directed at a Match Official
  • Attempted abuse of a Match Official
  • Intimidating and/or threatening behavior
  • Misconduct involving racist or sexist comments
  • Complaints or inquiries referred to it by another Provincial Association
  • Misconduct by an Association Official within Members or Affiliated Organizations (even if participating in another capacity)
  • Misconduct at BC Soccer’s Provincial or Regional Competitions
  • Any other matter directly related to BC Soccer which the Judicial Chair of BC Soccer, in their sole, discretion chooses to handle

Below is information on Discipline including jurisdiction as well as the BC Soccer current sanction list.

Compliance with Canada Soccer: As a member association of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is required to comply with the bylaws, rules, regulations and formal directives of Canada Soccer. As it relates to Judicial (discipline, appeals and protests), BC Soccer is required to appoint an independent Judicial Chair, Appeals Chair, as well as independent Judicial Panel Members that form the various judicial panels. BC Soccer implements this independence which also means that all BC Soccer Board and Staff Members, including BC Soccer's President and Executive Director, have no involvement or influence on judicial/discipline decision-making.

Judicial Chair: Dave Jones

Appeals Chair: Sean Donlan

BC Soccer Judicial Update - Discipline Hearings Proceeding via Video Conferencing

After consultation with Canada Soccer, the Judicial Chair of BC Soccer has determined that discipline hearings, previously postponed due to COVID-19, will be now proceed via videoconference. Please click here to read the full memo. To assist in delivering hearings via videoconferencing, BC Soccer has prepared the resource document: Video-Hearing Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is ITP Sport?

ITP Sport is Canada’s first full service and programming Safe Sport agency. With a combined 20 years of experience and unparalleled expertise, we are leading the charge in the Safe Sport movement. We have curated Canada’s top professionals in the space of safeguarding, communications, legal, and operations.  With every expertise, and all angles of change considered, ITP offers an organization a custom offering of services and consultation to ensure participants are kept as safe as possible, and organizations remain strong, consistent, and proud in their commitment to Safe Sport.

Q2. Why is BC Soccer bringing an outside organization to manage discipline and complaints?

BC Soccer is seeking to provide a more efficient and effective mechanism to receive, triage and resolve complaints. Ultimately, the goal is for participants to feel safe in reporting and going through the process. An outside organization also provides a higher level of independence that ensures transparency, total removal of conflict of interest, and expertise in managing this important aspect of association activity. From a capacity and resource standpoint, ITP Sport will be able to provide enhanced customer service with reporting channels operating 24/7.

Q3. Does ITP Sport replace the Judicial Chair and the Appeals Chair of BC Soccer?

No, ITP Sport’s role is to support the functions of the Judicial and Appeals Chair of BC Soccer, working in collaboration to conduct proper triage, investigation of cases and discipline matters received by BC Soccer.

Q4. What type of complaints will be received by ITP Sport?

ITP Sport will receive, review and manage complaints under the jurisdiction of BC Soccer, in accordance with BC Soccer’s Judicial Code. This includes:

  • Any form of excessive physical assault
  • Language and/or profanity directed at a Match Official
  • Attempted abuse of a Match Official
  • Intimidating and/or threatening behavior
  • Misconduct involving racist or sexist comments
  • Complaints or inquiries referred to it by another Provincial Association
  • Misconduct by an Association Official within Members or Affiliated Organizations (even if participating in another capacity)
  • Misconduct at BC Soccer’s Provincial or Regional Competitions
  • Any other matter directly related to BC Soccer which the Judicial Chair of BC Soccer, in their sole, discretion chooses to handle

Example 1:  A misconduct by a player while playing at an Adult Provincial Championships.

Q5. What type of complaints will NOT be received by ITP Sport?

All discipline matters and complaints that fall outside the jurisdiction of BC Soccer will be dealt with by the Member or Affiliated Organization in whose jurisdiction the alleged offence took place. The Member or Affiliated Organizations will ensure that their disciplinary procedures, Rules and Regulations and Sanctions are consistent with those of BC Soccer. 

Example 2: A discipline matter, involving two players from the same league and that does not meet the threshold outlined in question Q4, will be dealt by the league in which the incident took place.

Q6. I need to report a situation that falls outside the jurisdiction of BC Soccer. Who should I contact?

Situations that fall outside of the jurisdiction of BC Soccer should be reported to the local club, league or member organization. The club, league or Member Organization in reviewing the complaint can determine if the complaint should be referred to BC Soccer.

 


Discipline Overview

Players, team officials, game officials and clubs, districts and leagues (and their appointees, volunteers and staff) have a duty and responsibility to conduct themselves appropriately while respecting the FIFA Laws of the Game, BC Soccer rules, regulations and policy and the rules of the clubs, districts and leagues.

BC Soccer Rule 9 - Judicial Matters provides BC Soccer broad responsibility to ensure the proper conduct of all individuals involved in sanctioned soccer. 

The Judicial Code & Policies of BC Soccer provide details on polices, procedures, and jurisdiction.

Are you looking for BC Soccer's Discipline Management System - CLICK HERE


Submitting a complaint: If you have a complaint that you feel meets the requirements with the Judicial Code & Polices of BC Soccer, please submit your completed Complaint Form with supporting information to the attention of the Judicial Chair, per 1.10 on page 14, to the e-mail address on the Complaint Form.

Judicial Process Flowchart / Complaint Review Process


Jurisdiction - BC Soccer: The Judicial Chair of BC Soccer holds the jurisdiction for discipline over all of its member organizations. The main areas in which BC Soccer administers discipline directly are:

- BC Soccer Provincial Championships and Regional Qualifying Competitions
- Club/District/League Administrators and Executives
- Egregious Offenses
- Referee Abuse
- Abuse Against Youth by an Adult
- Matters that are referred to BC Soccer for any number of reasons.


Jurisdiction - Full Member Organization (Youth Districts & Adult Leagues): Full Member Organizations of BC Soccer (Youth Districts and Adult Leagues) are empowered to handle any/all matters that relate to individuals and clubs that are registered within in them, unless specifically specified in BC Soccer’s Discipline Policy. For example, a player registered with a club under the jurisdiction of that Youth District. hat district or league that is ejected from a game, would be handled locally.

Exceptions to this are:
- if the person being brought to discipline is a District or league Administrator/Executive. This should be referred directly to BC Soccer.
- where the Youth Districts involved have given Jurisdiction to the Inter District League in which they participate.


Jurisdiction - Affiliated Soccer Organizations: Affiliated Soccer Organizations in general are empowered to handle any/all matters that are completely internal to the club itself. For example, teams and/or players that are not following the organization's Code of Conduct.

Exceptions to this would be if the person being brought to Discipline is a Club Administrator/Executive. This should be referred to their direct governing body to avoid any clear conflict of interest.


Jurisdiction - Youth Leagues: Youth Leagues have two main discipline functions.

1. To uphold discipline decisions imposed by the districts and by BC Soccer.

2. To administer discipline when the districts/clubs participating in the league have empowered them to do so.

Protests ($262.50 includes GST) - Please find BC Soccer's full Protest Policy in the Judicial Code & Policies of BC Soccer

A protest will only be considered on the grounds of misinterpretation of F.I.F.A. Laws of the Game, on the eligibility of players, or on breaches of Competition Rules & Regulations. An affiliated team may lodge a protest with a district, league or inter-district league arising out of any league or district cup game scheduled by a district, league or inter-district league.  Such protest must be in writing, stating the grounds upon which the protest is lodged.

A protest of any league, district or provincial cup game must be submitted within forty-eight (48) hours of the date of the match to which it relates.  In the event that the protest is mailed, the post-mark shall be taken as the limiting date in all cases.

A copy of the protest shall be forwarded by the association having jurisdiction to the opposing team within two (2) working days after the receipt of the protest.

The protest shall be signed by the team coach or manager, club or member association official.

The protest fee must accompany the protest when filed with the association having jurisdiction.

The fee (payable to the association having jurisdiction) shall be determined and circulated by the Association prior to March 15th annually, in advance of the forthcoming season.


Appeals ($525 includes GST) - Please find BC Soccer's full Appeals Policy in the Judicial Code & Policies of BC Soccer

Named parties of the decision from the following may apply to the Appeals Chair of BC Soccer for leave to appeal:

  • A Youth District or Adult League
  • An Inter-District Youth League
  • A BC Soccer Committee
  • The Judicial Chair and/or Discipline or Protest Panel

Appeals from the decision of a League under the jurisdiction of a District shall be made to such District.

A decision rendered may not be appealed if the sanction pronounced is:

  • A warning
  • A reprimand
  • A suspension of three (3) or fewer matches or up to two (2) months
  • A fine of up to $1000 imposed on a member or affiliated organization
  • Decisions passed in compliance with the Judicial Code & Policies of BC Soccer
  • Decisions passed in compliance with the Competition Rules & Regulations of BC Soccer or an affiliated organization where such decisions are final and binding.
  • Decisions passed by a Protest Panel of BC Soccer during BC Soccer Provincial Cup Finals.

Any party intending to appeal shall inform the Appeals Chair of its intention to do so in writing within ten (10) business days of notification of the decision being appealed.

To submit an appeal, the appellant must apply in writing to the Appeals Chair within ten (10) business days after the receipt of the decision being appealed.

The written application to appeal must contain:

  • Decision being appealed;
  • Reason for Appeal;
  • Notice to Other Party or Parties;
  • Statement of facts;
  • Rule or regulation that has been contravened;
  • Remedy sought;
  • The appeal fee as determined annually by BC Soccer’s board of directors.

Sanctions imposed, other than financial orders, remain in force until the Appeals procedure is completed.

Appeals to BC Soccer can be submitted to the Appeals Chair of BC Soccer via safesport@itpsport.ca using BC Soccer's Appeal Form. 

Complete list of all BC Soccer Bylaws, Rules, Regulations & Policies

In BC Soccer’s on-going effort to provide appropriate and relevant information to the membership and wider soccer community, based on Rule 9.i. (below), BC Soccer is providing the below list of organizations and adult individuals that have recently received a sanction from the BC Soccer Association.

Rule 9 - Judicial Matters

i) BC Soccer and member organizations may publicly post discipline decisions and sanctions imposed on organizations and adult Registrants or other adults under the jurisdiction of BC Soccer.  

Please note: the below list only reflects those currently under a suspension of 6 months or greater with appropriate information associated to each.  This is not designed to be an exhaustive list of all historical sanctions, however does include sanctions applied by a member association within their local jurisdiction, as provided to BC Soccer.

For records of all sanctions applied by BC Soccer and member association / leagues, member discipline representatives have the ability to log onto the BC Soccer Discipline System to search and view.  IMPORTANT NOTE: not all member associations / leagues currently use the BC Soccer Discipline System, therefore sanctions applied by those members will not be available via the system. 

If your member association / league wants to learn more about the BC Soccer Discipline System and/or would like to start using, please contact: safesport@itpsport.ca

Date Issued First Name Last Name Role Sanction Length & Dates Sanction Details & Notes
January 17, 2022       Alexis    Stevens Player 3 years (November 18, 2021- November 17, 2024)  
June 11, 2020 Herman Sidhu Player 24 months (June 11, 2020 - June 11, 2022) All Soccer Related Activity
May 29, 2020 Peter Mothe Player 10 matches and then 6 months (dates to be determined) All Soccer Related Activity
March 17, 2020 Bryden Massey Player 2 years (February 21, 2020 - February 21, 2022)  
November 1, 2016 Ross Thompson President of Pacific United Football Club 7 years (Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 1, 2023 inclusive) Prohibited from holding any position as an administrative official
April 30, 2016 Jamie Booth Team Official 10 Years (April 30, 2016 to April 30, 2026 inclusive) Suspended from All Soccer Related Activity
*per the Judicial Code and policies for BC Soccer: “Association Official: Any person appointed by, volunteering for, or employed by a Member or Affiliated Organization participating in sanctioned Soccer in BC, excluding Team Officials and persons acting as Match Officials.”
           
Below are the individuals that are indefinitely suspended (pending hearing within BC Soccer; did not attend)
Date Issued First Name Last Name Role Sanction Length & Dates Sanction Details & Notes
April 26, 2021                           Ray Goldenchild Individual Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity
September 22, 2020 Anmoll Atwal Player Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity
July 20, 2020 Nicoara Timis Player Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity
July 24, 2019 Franco Di Odoardo Player Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity
May 9, 2019 Zoran Miletic Player Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity
January 18, 2019 Alex Tiet Player Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity
April 27, 2017 Mike Chernoff     Individual Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer) Suspended from All Soccer Related Activity
February 7, 2017 Jerry Chao         Player Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity 
November 23, 2016 Jennifer Buchanan     Individual    Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  All Soccer Related Activity
December 7, 2015 Ray Innes Team Official Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  Suspensed from All Soccer Related Activity
July 28, 2015 Jodh Malhi         Player Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)    Suspended from All Soccer Related Activity
February 4, 2015 Kuldip    Mahal    Team Official Indefinitely Suspended (pending hearing with BC Soccer; did not attend)  Suspended from All Soccer Related Activity