Players aged 18 yrs and over who are not eligible to compete based on the Regulations for National or Regional Championships may apply, through their Provincial Association, to the Canada Soccer Eligibility Panel for an exemption. Based on the criteria below, the Canada Soccer Eligibility Panel may grant previously ineligible players the ability to participate in the National or Regional Club Championships. All decisions made by the Canada Soccer Eligibility Panel are final and binding, and not subject to appeal.
Player must currently have Government of Canada approved right of abode in Canada and provide a copy of the appropriate paperwork that must be valid to December 31 of the current playing season or beyond;
Player must have received an approved International Transfer Certificate;
Player must be registered with their Provincial/Territorial Association as of July 31st of the current playing season; in Coastal BC must be registered by March 31st;
Player must have arrived in Canada prior to the start of the outdoor registration;
The deadline for submitting the exemption request is July 31st of the current year and Coastal BC is March 31st;
Teams can only apply for three (3) exemptions per playing season;
Exemptions need to be applied for annually.