The Winter season registrations open on November 1st.
Spring season registrations open on April 1st.
Teams can register directly on our website by filling out the registration form. Once we have received a registration form, we send the team captain a deadline date to submit the team deposit. The minimum deposit amount is $1000, and is usually due 3-4 weeks before the start of the season. If a team has yet to pay its deposit, we cannot include them in the schedule. All deposits are non-refundable.
We currently only accept team registrations for our adult divisions. The option made available to players who are interested in joining an existing team is our 'FREE AGENCY' section. Here individuals can post their name and contact info, as well as a brief summary outlining their experience. From what we've seen, Free Agents who post during registration periods have the best chance of being recruited by a team. It is also possible for a group of individuals or team to post in the free agency section, to look for individuals to join them.
Our 35+ Division does accept a limited number of individual registrations; some of the participating teams are compiled via a draft; if you are interested in registering for the 35+ division (and are of age to do so) please email us.
FPF games are played using a 6 on 6 format. We recommend a roster made up of an absolute minimum of eight players and no more than twelve. We would advise new teams to aim for a roster size of 9-12 players. Depending on how reliable the players on your roster are, how much playing time they hope to have/expect, and what their individual budget is- you can either build a bigger or smaller team.
Teams can use as many substitutes as they'd like over the course of the season. Although we encourage teams to try to use the same player(s) multiple times to earn them playoff eligibility.
[players need to play a minimum of six games in the Winter and five games in the Spring to be considered eligible for the respective playoff season]
FPF does not charge substitutes anything to play- it is your choice on whether or not you wish to charge substitutes.
There is no special rule for substitutes; they are still limited to a maximum of three active rosters at one time, and cannot play on two teams in the same division.
FPF holds games almost every day of the week except Fridays. In the Spring season, we do not hold any games on Saturdays unless there is a national or provincial holiday on a Sunday.
Unlike other sports leagues, FPF does not commonly tie a specific division to a specific day of the week (e.g Thursday night Division 2 League); instead we employ an automated scheduling program that takes each team's day and location preferences into account and builds them as ideal a schedule as we possibly can.
Our main reason for not restricting specific divisions to specific nights is to satisfy as many teams as possible while still prioritizing the proper caliber for each division. There are enough teams in each division for us to segment teams with similar preferences into separate conferences so they are automatically scheduled to face each other.
That said, some of our smaller divisions such as co-ed and 35+ are tied to one specific night/location as of right now.
Once the registration banner is visible and registration for the upcoming season is open, you can click on the 'REGISTER' link and fill out the form.
TAB 1- requires the team captain's information; including email address, phone number and home address. The team name is also required here. A team can always change their team name once they've registered so don't worry if you haven't decided on a team name.
TAB 2- On the second tab of the registration form, the team captain is required to enter the team roster into our database by searching, selecting and adding each individual player to the registration table below the search bar.
If a player exists in the database, he or she will appear in the search bar; you can select the player, and then you will see the player added in the team roster table. Repeat this process for each member of your team.
If a player does not exist in our database, you will see 'Can't find player' and you will have the option to 'add one', click that link and you will be prompted to add him/her to the database manually. A new window will appear and you must enter the player's first name, last name and base rating. Once you submit, the player will appear on the roster.
The base rating is tied to the division the player is making his/her debut in. The higher the division, the higher the introductory rating associated to it.
At the bottom of the page, the system will automatically remove the option for any division your team cannot register for due to a cap that is higher than the maximum amount permitted.
TAB 3- The team captain is required to accept full responsibility for all unpaid fees. FPF does not deal with individual players for their payment. The team captain is solely responsible for all team fees.
TAB 4- Finally, a full recap and breakdown of the fees is given, as well as the final roster submitted. If everything looks good, the team captain simply has to click 'REGISTER' and FPF will receive the team registration.
All further information will then be sent over by email!
FPF now uses an automated program to allocate a player rating to each member of the league. [this used to be a manual and then semi-manual process]. The objective of this system is to use players' past performances and other key metrics to give them two ratings on a scale of 1 to 100 on both offense and defence. These ratings then work in conjunction with the other players on the same team roster to create a total team rating on both offence and defence. That total will reflect which divisions the proposed roster can join in the upcoming season.
You'll notice that the system only tabulates the top six offensive ratings for the offensive cap, and the top six defensive ratings for the defensive cap. (players in green are in the top six, players in red are not) The reason why is some teams have very large rosters and some teams have very small rosters- if every player's rating was included in the calculation, smaller rosters would gain an unfair advantage.
Other ideas were to use the average of all the players on the roster, rather than limiting it to the top six, but teams would then be able to add multiple lower-rated players to fill out their rosters and bring down the average.
We feel that this method is the fairest way to rate teams.
Please note that if a player does not play offence or defence, but has a rating that ends up in the top six of that same category, he will still count against the cap.
Players with two offensive ratings (WR and QB) will have the QB rating attributed for a given game if he attempts at least one pass and does not receive any passes; similarly, he will have his WR rating used if he catches a minimum of one pass and does not attempt any passes. If the payer has both at least one pass attempt and one reception, the higher of the two ratings will be used.
Unfortunately, we have no way of assessing any type of fair rating for first-time members. Thus, new teams can technically register anywhere they'd like.
What we encourage brand new teams to do is consult a league representative, and through that discussion, the league rep can assess where you would likely fit best based on experience and relative skill level.
If one or two of the team members have played in the league before, they usually have a good idea of what division would be the best fit.
Once the first season is complete, each player will receive an FPF player rating.
Once a team registers for any season of FPF, the team captain will receive an email from a league representative detailing all the specific dates and requirements for the upcoming season.
FPF offers teams three different options to pay their registration fees.
The league can play in as many as five facilities in and around the island of Montreal over the course of a season. For more information on each facility, including information about where games will be in the upcoming season, please visit our LOCATIONS page.
Depending on availabilities at each location, FPF only offers games on specific nights of the week at each specific location. Captains will have the detailed breakdown prior to filling out their preference form for any given season.
Prior to each season, FPF announces the full registration cost for that given season. The primary variable that affects a change in price from one season to another is the rental rates from our facilities.
Typically, our Spring season is 5-10% less expensive than the Winter season due to lower rental rates in the summer months.
FPF Team registration fees always include GST and PST totals.