The Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club is committed to a safe environment for our youth and their families. The club supports the following program to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of soccer for all.
Any coach, parent, grand-parent or guardian judged by the Club Discipline Committee to be guilty of abusive conduct toward a match official before, during or after a game will be reprimanded in writing. A second conviction, during the same season will result in the member being restricted from all services rendered by the Club including attendance at all soccer activities within the Club. In extreme cases, as determined by the Discipline Committee, a member may be reinstated subject to a review hearing.
When a Match Official feels that they are being abused, as per the scope of this policy, by either a coach or supporter, the Match Official can suspend the playing of the game. If the abuse is physical, the game official is advised to inform the coaches that the game has been abandoned and then proceed with the following process.
The Match Official will then verbally advise both coaches that the game has been stopped due to the abuse and inform both coaches as to the source of the abuse. If the source is one of the coaches, the Match Official will advise the coach that the next occurrence of a similar nature will result in an abandonment of the game and that a report to the Club’s Discipline Committee will be sent in for review. If the source is a supporter, the appropriate coach will provide the Match Official with the name of the supporter and the coach must advise the fan that the next occurrence of a similar nature will result in abandonment of the game.
A report to the Club’s Discipline Committee will be sent in for review. If the supporter is not associated with either team, both coaches are asked to speak to the supporter and ask the individual to leave.
Once the prescribed action has been completed, the game will restart with a dropped ball between the
two teams at the location where the play was stopped. If the abuse continues, the Match Official will be allowed to stop any further playing of the game and advise the coaches that the game has been abandoned and that a Special Incident Report will be forwarded to the Club’s Discipline Committee.
The official must clearly indicate on the game sheet that the game was abandoned due to abuse and if abandoned:
- The game official must contact the Club Coordinator to verbally report the incident within 24 hours.
- A Special Incident Report, with the assistance of the Club Coordinator, must then be forwarded to the Club Manager within 72 hours.
- The Club’s Discipline Committee will then review and deal with the report as per their guidelines.
- If the game was abandoned due to the conduct of a fan not associated with either team, the Club Manager will determine the status of the game.
In the case where the alleged abuse is of a physical nature the Match Official should contact the local police service and file a complaint.