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13th December 2017

ESSDA Winter Football

Applications for ESSDA Winter Football is now open. Application will close on 21st December 2017.
Your place will be confirmed on receipt of your application and payment AND confirmed membership of SYFA for 2107.
All teams playing in ESSDA Winter Football MUST have completed their 2018 SYFA registration.

Clubs should apply and pay now to guarantee their place at ESSDA Winter Football but they must subsequently complete their SYFA 2018 Membership before being able to play Winter Football.

There will be four separate events:
 - World of Football at Chesser on Sunday mornings for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
 - Soccer City at Mayfield on Sunday mornings for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
 - Soccer City at Mayfield on Saturday mornings for 2010
 - Riccarton Campus on Sunday mornings for 2010

Clubs will initially be limited to 5 teams at any age group at any venue (unless venue is not filled)..
The 2010 age groups will play Football 4s while older age groups will play 5 a side football.

The event will start on the weekend of 13th/14th January 2018 and will last 6 weeks until weekend of 17th/18th February 2018

To apply go to the Forms page or the Winter Football page or by clicking here.

13th December 2017

PVG Scheme Membership

The SYFA recently announced a revised PVG Scheme Membership application process.

All officials will be emailed an SYFA Officials Form when their details are added to the SYFA Registration System by their Club.

This form must be signed by the Official and the Club and brought along when the PVG Scheme Application is being completed. The form will then be signed by the Additional Signatory and submitted with the PVG Scheme Membership application.

For more information, please see the PVG page.

4th December 2017

PVG Session

ESSDA will be holding a PVG Session for ESSDA Officials seeking to become members of the PVG Scheme.
This meeting will be held at 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Monday 11th December 2017 at Craigroyston BC, 8 Muirhouse Parkway EH4 5EU.

Any official who wants to attend should register their attendance by contact me using the Contact Us page.

Officials require to bring all the necessary proof of their identity

  •  Their existing PVG Scheme Membership Certificate
  •   Passport
  •   Photo Driving Licence
  •   NI Number
  •   A recent bank statement, utility bill or official letter as proof of their current address

If you have a passport and a photo driving licence, you MUST bring both.
If you are a PVG Scheme Member but you do not have your certificate, you MUST contact Disclosure Scotland to get your PVG Scheme Membership Number.

All Officials must be added to their Club SYFA registration prior to the meeting and MUST bring along the SYFA form which will be emailed to them after they are added to the SYFA system. This form must accompany the PVG Scheme Application when sent to Hampden.

If you have neither passport nor photo driving licence, you must bring along a certified photograph (as required to apply for a passport).
Your passport and driving licence might include your address, but this does NOT constitute proof of address.

Thank you to Craigroyston BC for the use of their Club Rooms for this event.

2nd December 2017

SYFA Registration 2018

SYFA Registration will open soon for all ESSDA Clubs. All Clubs must register with SYFA for the 2018 season,
Exception is 2006 as they only play with ESSDA for half a season . They register with SYFA through SERYFA in the middle of the year.

To be able to register, you will need to have coaches with an SFA Level 2 qualification and a valid First Aid Certificate.
All coaches will have to be PVG Scheme Members with SYFA. You no longer get any "days of grace" so please get PVG Checked now!

All teams will need to register with ESSDA and 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 will have to select which division they want to play in.

Age group 12s (2006) are not allowed to play 11 a side football until after the SFA transition festival in May.
Any rumour of a Transitional 11 a side League for 2006s (12s) in March 2018 are entirely false.
The SFA/SYFA Player Pathway does not allow 12s to play 11 a side football before the transitional festival in May 2018.

22nd November 2017

ESSDA 2017 Annual General Meeting

The ESSDA AGM for season 2017 will take place on Sunday 26h November 2017 at 7:30pm at Gyle Rec, Gyle Playing Fields.
Please note this meeting is not at the Jewel Miners Club but at Gyle Park.
As you enter Gyle Park from Glasgow Road it is in the first building on the left.

All Clubs are invited to attend. The agenda will be published prior to the meeting.

Nominations for the ESSDA Committee or items for the agenda should be sent to me.

13th November 2017

Disclosure Scotland

Disclosure Scotland will be holding a Child Protection session on Monday 27th November 2017 at Jewel Miners Club at 7:45pm

All clubs are invited to send a representative to this meeting. This meeting will be with SERYFA so please arrange for a single representative from your club. Ideally the representative should be the Club's Child Protection Officer.

8th October 2017

Football 4s, Fun 5s, Soccer 7s

ESSDA is a small sided football association.
SYFA are currently undertaking a pilot with WLSSDA and FSSDA who are playing 9 a side football. ESSDA is NOT part of this pilot and ESSDA teams should not be playing 9 a side football.  ESSDA teams must follow the SFA/SYFA Player Pathway.

11 a side football by ESSDA teams is not permitted, In particular, age group 2006 must not play 11 a side football until after the SFA in service session in May 2018. Any teams playing 11 a side football are not playing authorised football and their games will not be covered by their insurance.  Any reports of 2006 age group teams playing 11 a side football will be forwarded to Hampden. 
These teams can expect to be fined and suspended. 

7th October 2017

SYFA First Aid Courses:

SYFA First Aid Courses at Redford Barracks on 7th and 21 October 2017 will start at 9:30am.

13th August 2017

ESSDA Second Half

Fixtures are available at the Fixture Arrange Page.
Soccer 7s matches start on Sunday 20th August 2017

The SFA/SYFA Player Pathway can be found at SFA/SYFA Player Pathway


1)  Please check SYFA/SFA Player Pathway. These are the rules we play to.

2)  All players should get equal playing time.
Nobody should sit on the subs' bench all game or just get a few minutes at the end of the game if your team is winning.

3)  Players must be registered with SYFA at http://www.syfaregistrations.co.uk to play ESSDA football.
Players must be registered to the age group they are playing with.
A 2008 child playing in a 2007 team must be registered to the 2007 group.

4)  Goalkeepers must not kick from hand.

28th July 2017

Non-recent Child Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football

Following a number of allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse in Scottish football, the Scottish FA have commissioned an Independent Review of Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football.

Anyone wanting to be involved with the Review, please see the attached leaflets

SFA Independent Review (Clubs)

SFA Independent Review (Parents)

22nd July 2017

ESSDA 2017 Second Half

The ESSDA 2017 Second Half season will from 20th August 2017 to 26th November 2017 (15 weeks).
Fixtures will be published the previous weekend on 13th August 2017

Only new teams need apply for ESSDA 2017 Second Half using the 2017 Application Form.
Existing teams will be rolled forward to the new season as their 2017 membership covers the entire year.

Teams who want to change leagues or change contact details, please get in touch as soon as possible so that I can start to compile fixture lists.

SYFA registration covered the 2017 calendar year. You can check SYFA registration at Registration Page.

8th February 2017

Football Festivals

Teams playing in friendlies or festivals are reminded that they should have the necessary permissions in place before the event - see Permission page.

For details of upcoming festivals, see the Festivals page.

  •   Kildrum United  Annual Festival of Football in June over 2 weekends (10th, 11th & 17th, 18th). 

5th January 2017

PVG Checking

All club officials should be registered on the SYFA system. All club officials must be members of the  PVG Scheme through SYFA.
Any official who has not completed a PVG application is only classified as a provisional member of the club in line with SYFA procedures.  Any provisional member MUST NOT be allowed to have unsupervised access to players.
Please be advised that any breach of this condition will be referred to the SYFA Protection Panel for their action.

ESSDA will try to help with each Club's PVG Checking requirements. Both David Smith and Roger Oglesby are SYFA Additional Signatories and can witness the completion of PVG Applications.  See PVG pages for more information. Please use the Contact Us page if you want to arrange a PVG session and we will try to help.

25th September 2016

ESSDA Fixtures

Please complete a match report to describe good performances not just when you feel disappointed.

14th August 2016


Sadly I am still being sent forms with insufficient postage.
A single first class stamp is not sufficient for a large envelope
, even a large envelope with a single sheet of paper.
A large envelope needs a large envelope stamp. An extra large (foolscap) envelope requires even more stamps.

With insufficient postage, I need to:

  1. Go to the Post Office Sorting Office to pick up the letter
  2. Pay the excess postage
    The excess fine is now a fixed charge of 2 or 3

A 1st class letter requires a 60p stamp. A second class letter requires 50p stamp.
A 1st class large letter requires 90p stamp. A second class large letter requires 69p stamp.
A second class letter in a foolscap envelope is classed as a small parcel and requires 2.80 stamp
. A large letter stamp is not sufficient for a foolscap letter!

A large letter enclosing many forms and photocopies may require more postage.

Today, I had to pay 3.00 excess postage for the privilege of picking up an SYFA A/F at the post office just to sign and forward to Hampden.

Unlike me, Hampden will not pay excess postage on a letter sent to them, so the letter goes uncollected.  Please ensure you put sufficient stamps on any letter.
Please avoid using extra large (foolscap) envelopes unless you are sending 200 pages of A4 and then ensure you have the correct stamps.

14th August 2016

SYFA Community Clubs

For information on SYFA Community Clubs and why your club should perhaps consider becoming an SYFA Community Club, see the SYFA Community Club page.

A club which is not a Community Club cannot have coaches and/or officials operating across multiple age groups. A coach must only help with one age group.


14th August 2016

Protection of Vulnerable Groups

All club coaches should be registered officials of your club and recorded with Hampden.
See www.syfaregistrations.co.uk for details.

All coaches should be members of the PVG Scheme registered to SYFA Ltd.

From summer 2015, it will become compulsory for coaches to be properly PVG checked, and coaches who are not properly checked will be suspended, meaning some clubs might find their membership suspended if they do not have the required number of coaches.

Currently there are over 300 ESSDA coaches on the SYFA system who are not recorded as being PVG Scheme members from 44 different ESSDA clubs - in other words nearly every club!  I also suspect that there are coaches who are not properly registered on the SYFA system and therefore not PVG Scheme members either.

Time is running out. Please get your coaches registered and checked now!
A coach who is not a PVG Scheme member should never be left unsupervised with children.

14th August 2016

Supplementary and Playing Rules

Rules for Soccer 7s, Super 5s and Football 4s are contained in the SYFA Supplementary and Playing Rules on the SYFA website.

See http://www.scottishyouthfa.co.uk/images/document-downloads/supplementary/Supplementary-Playing-Rules-2015-2016.pdf

pdf-icon Player Pathway Small Sided Games Rules 2015
pdf-icon SYFA SFA Player Pathway 4v4
pdf-icon SYFA SFA Player Pathway 7v7
pdf-icon SYFA SFA Player Pathway 11v11

Some highlights -

  •  Goalkeepers must not kick from hand. This applies to Super 5s and Soccer 7s
  •  Age group 9s and 10s use Kick Ins and not Throw Ins. A Kick In is a short side foot pass, not a lump up the field.
  •  Super 5s is 5 v 5 including a goalkeeper. Bring substitutes if you want, but just because each team has 2 subs, please don't play 7 v 7

1st January 2016

Social Media

Have you tried Facebook to keep in touch with ESSDA?
I am not very good at Twitter, but I try to add news items to keep the world up to date with ESSDA news.

Archive News material can be found on the new News Archive page.


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