Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ evolves based on the questions we receive.

General

We are first time members, what does our player need?

Players are required to supply soccer shoes, soccer shin guards, soccer socks and comfortable shorts (no zippers).  Players under 7 can participate in running shoes.  Soccer shoes are not mandatory for the 4 – 7 age group.

How do I register to coach?

If you are registering online, there is a place for you to fill out your volunteer request.  If you are filling out a registration form, you will be given an email address to send your request.  Once we begin to form teams, the convenor will be in touch with you.

Does the club provide training for coaches?

WOSC is committed to the training of our coaches in order that our players receive the best experience possible.  To that end, we will reimburse coaches for completing training offered by the Ontario Soccer Association.  We also offer in-house coach training every spring.

I would like to volunteer, what sort of help does the club need?

There are many different ways to get involved in the club.  Here is a list of some of them:

  • Coaches
  • Assistant Coaches
  • House League Conveners
  • Equipment Organizers
  • Executive Positions
  • Short Term Projects (tournaments etc)

When you complete your registration, just select your preferred volunteer role.  Or, if you find you have time, contact the General ManagerWe’ll be happy to utilize your expertise.

What is the minimum age requirement to play soccer?

We have programs for children in their 4th year.  We require that a parent or guardian be present at all events in case of cancellation or emergency.

How can I register?

We encourage everyone to register online here

What forms of payment do you accept?

You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard  while you are registering online.  You can also come in during business hours to pay by debit, Visa, Mastercard, cash or cheque.

How do I get a refund?

Please send an email to Refunds including the player’s name and reason for the request.

How can I get my tax receipt?

The Receipts tab is located half way down the left hand side of this page. Click on the Receipt tab and you will be navigated to the Receipt page where you can make your selection on the receipt that you would like to access.


Outdoor Soccer

When does registration start?

Registration for summer programs begins mid to late January. The early registration period ends late March.  After this date, additional fees will apply.  Your registration is considered complete once you have submitted the waiver, either online or by completing a registration form, and providing payment.  Players registering for Representative Assessments are considered registered to the Club as of that date and will receive the early registration discount for their summer team registration, regardless of how late assessments go.

When does the outdoor season start?

The outdoor season starts after May 15th and runs until the 3rd or 4th week of August for Development and Recreation, and into early September for some Representative teams.

How do I tell what age group my child is in?

We use the age your child will be at the end of the year eg. Someone 9 yrs old on December 31 would be U10 for the following year even if they turned 10 January 1st.

My child wants to try out for a Representative team.  What are the added commitments?

Teams in our representative programs practice 1 to 3 times per week and play one game per week.  They may also attend 1-3 tournaments per season. See the Program Guide for further information.

What equipment do I need?

Development and recreational players will need soccer shin guards, soccer socks, and comfortable shorts (no zippers). We recommend that all players wear outdoor soccer cleats. We will provide either a training shirt or jersey, depending on your program.  Representative players will need soccer shin guards and outdoor cleats.  Please note that OSA Published Rules prohibit the wearing of any jewelry on the field.

Jewelry

No item of jewellery of any sort will be allowed on the field of play, even if it is ‘taped’.
This includes but not limited to necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather or rubber bands or visible body piercings. Loose beaded hair is also not permitted unless tied back or covered by a net.
Exceptions to this interpretation are:

  • Smooth wedding bands, which, when the referee is convinced cannot be removed may be taped.
  • Medic Alert Bracelets are allowed but must be taped. The taping should be such that the description of the medical problem is clearly visible.
Headwear

No hats are allowed on the field of play. The exceptions to this interpretation are:

  • The goalkeeper may wear a hat with a soft brim
  • A player may be permitted for medical reasons on the presentation of a letter signed by a medical professional and validated by the District Association and a copy to the OSA.
    • the hat may not be a baseball cap, and
    • If cap has a peak it must face forwards and have a soft peak. and
    • contains no metal or plastic parts
  • Bandanas – no bandanas are allowed.
  • Sweat bands – no sweatbands are allowed.
  • Head protectors: only those permitted by FIFA are allowed.
  • Eyeglasses: are allowed if they are sports spectacles and are safe for the players themselves and for other players. Materials such as metal or glass are not acceptable. In recreational and house league games referees are expected to show common sense and allow spectacles as long as the basic principals of Law 4 are met.
  • For all WOS Soccer recreational (house league) games, referees are expected to apply the basic principles (ensure that glasses are not broken or have a sharp edge). However, at the recreational level, the “streetwear” eyeglasses are acceptable to the club and referees are directed to let the players play while wearing these eyeglasses. Note that wearing non-prescription eyeglasses (i.e. pure sunglasses) is not acceptable by any player at any time.
Orthopedic Supports

FIFA Circular 863 states that the vast majority of commercially manufactured supports are safe to use. The major concern is not the ‘hardness’ of the equipment alone, rather that any part of it can cut or wound another player. Any support must be safe for all players, and adequately padded and covered if necessary.

Casts

Players wearing a soft cast will be permitted to play if the cast does not present a danger to him/herself or any other player. All casts must be adequately padded by suitable material such as foam or “bubble wrap”.

Prosthetics

A player wearing a prosthetic device should be allowed to play providing the basic principals of Law 4 are met.

Footwear

Referees are encouraged to incorporate a footwear inspection in the pre-match safety check of players’ equipment. – Poorly maintained studs or blades on the sole of the boot can constitute a danger. – When inspecting footwear, referees are to be alert to the possibility of the edge of the blades or studs developing rough areas on either the plastic or metal used in their construction. -These burrs can become very sharp and have been the cause of lacerations to opponents. A referee who is concerned over the condition of blades or studs should refuse their use until such time as the unsafe condition has been removed.

Jerseys

All jerseys must have sleeves. The players may not roll the sleeves up or tie them at the shoulder level.

What types of adult soccer do you offer in the Summer?

We offer Men’s and Women’s open age and age restricted teams.  In the open age teams (18+) we offer recreational and competitive play.  The Men’s Oldtimers division is for men over 35, with games on Friday evenings.  We offer an over 30 women’s program. Games are on Sunday evenings. Please see the Adult Program Guide for more details.

Now that I have registered, what happens next?

Recreation and Development (age 4 to 21) – You will receive an email or call from your child’s coach at least a week before season kick-off which is the week of the May long weekend.  The coach will provide you with a schedule and where your sessions will be each week. The regular outdoor season games are played on the same day each week. Once you know your child’s team number, you can access their game schedule at any time via our website.Representative – You will be required to attend player assessments. It is your responsibility to know when those sessions are being held. Spring assessments begin as early as February depending on the age and level of team you are trying out for. If you are not successful in making a representative team you must notify the club if you would like to be placed on a recreational team.

How are Recreational league teams formed?

The main focus of our house league is to form teams that are as even as possible.  Convenors use information from previous coaches, as well as age to create the teams. At some levels there will be a sort-out session in order to even the teams. There are no tryouts for any of our Rec teams.

The field is not close to my home, can I change teams?

We do our best to have young players play close to home but that is not always possible. You might drive by a field closer to your home with soccer players on it, but they are likely a different age group or it is such a populated area that we have more players than a field will accommodate.  We cannot change your field location after the groups have been formed.

How far will I have to travel for my child to play soccer in the summer?

In WOSC houseleague, depending on the age of your child, you will travel through Kanata, Stittsville, Richmond and Munster.  In the instance that we cannot accomodate your child in their preferred community we will offer them a place in the next closest community that has room. If that is not acceptable, that will consitute a voluntary withdrawl from the program.

Do you have make-up games for games that are cancelled?

Unfortunately, we do not have the field time or space to re-schedule all of the games that are cancelled due to weather.  We will attempt to re-schedule house league games to a weekend.  Often times though, two house league teams may decide to re-play their game on one of their practice nights and fields.

What happens if my child tries out for a Representative team but isn’t selected?

If your child is not selected for a Representative team and you would like him/her to play on a recreational team, you must make that request to the office. If your child was registered with the Club before April 1 you will receive the early registration fee for summer recreation soccer.  Tryout fees are non-refundable so if your child does not make a representative team and you do not want them to play in our recreational league, you do not need to do anything else.

What do I do if the weather is bad?

Games and practices may be cancelled due to inclement weather or poor field conditions. It is in the referee’s discretion to cancel a game should he/she deem that to be necessary.  WOSC has a severe weather advisory policy posted here.

Do I need a player card?

Every player and team official in the ERSL and OCSL are required to have their OSA ID card with them at all games.  This card uses a digital photo that must conform to the specs required for the card printer.  The photo card is valid for three years for Youth players and five years for Adult players.  Cards can be ordered online via the EODSA website or in person at the EODSA office.


Indoor Soccer

When does registration start?

Indoor registration begins in August.  The early registration discount period ends mid-September. After the early registration period, additional fees apply.

How long is the indoor season?

The indoor season begins in the second week of October. The Program Guide gives details on program lengths.

What equipment do I need?

You will need soccer shin guards, soccer socks, and comfortable shorts (no zippers). We recommend wearing outdoor soccer cleats on our indoor turf. We will provide either a training shirt or jersey, depending on your program. If you are playing in a gymnasium, you can wear either running shoes, or indoor soccer shoes.

How do I choose between House League and Development?

If your child is interested in improving his/her skills, no matter what their present skill level, then a technical (skill) training program is appropriate.  If your child only wants to play games, then the Recreational league program is the right choice.

You have several development programs, how do I know which one is right for my child?

One of the goals of WOSC is to provide training for children with all different skill levels. See the Program Guide for detailed information.

I have chosen a program and time slot for my child.  Will that time slot change?

We do reserve the right to alter time slots depending on the number of players registered for a program.  We will provide you with an alternative.  If that alternative is not suitable to you, we will issue you a full refund.

What types of adult soccer do you offer?

We offer Women and Men’s Rec, Men’s Over 35, and Women’s Over 30.  We take registration by team in the winter time. If you are an individual looking to join a team, we may be able to match you with a team looking for players.  Email the Registrar for help with this.

Now that I have registered, what happens next?

You will receive a call or email from your child’s coach at least a week before season kick-off.  The coach will provide you with a schedule. The regular indoor season games are played on the same day each week. Once you know your child’s team number, you can access their game schedule at anytime via our website.

What do I do if the weather is bad?

Our programs will continue to run through most weather conditions.  The only time we would cancel programs is if we were unable to keep access lanes clean for emergency vehicles to approach the building.  In the outstanding circumstance where we cancel programs, a notice will be posted on this website.