Discipline, Appeals and Protests

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

May 15, 2020 - 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 video-conference. Please click here to read the full memo. To assist in delivering hearings via video-conferencing, BC Soccer has prepared the resource document: Video-Hearing Procedures


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 informaiton.


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


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 discipline@bcsoccer.net

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 publically 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 abiltiy 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 Systemn and/or would like to start using, please contact: discipline@bcsoccer.net

Date Issued First Name Last Name Role Sanction Length & Dates Sanction Details & Notes
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)  
February 1, 2019 Yi Yang Player 3 years (February 1, 2019 - January 31, 2022) All Soccer Related Activity
November 1, 2016 Gurinder Badwal Director of Pacific United Football Club 5 years (Nov 1, 2016 - Nov 1, 2021 inclusive) Prohibited from holding any position as an administrative official
November 1, 2016 Kam Badwal Executive Director of Pacific United Football Club 5 years (Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 1, 2021 inclusive) Prohibited from holding any position as an administrative official
November 1, 2016 Pritesh Desai Director of Pacific United Football Club 5 years (Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 1, 2021 inclusive) Prohibited from holding any position as an administrative official
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