17th February 2018
SPORTS INJURIES FIRST-AID
COURSES, SYFA APPROVED
These courses are run by the FIRST
CALL MEDICAL TRAINING, and can be arranged either
for individuals or groups (minimum 10, maximum 15).
This 12 hour course costs £45.00 per
head inclusive of manual.
MEADOWMILL SC TRANENT, 24th & 25th FEB. 2018 9.30am START BOTH DAYS
CONTACT 07946 108967
15th February 2018
The SFA will be holding small sided games workshops at Oriam on Monday 26th
February 2018 from 7pm - 8pm.
Please login to SFA
Live to book onto one of the events
- Nines 9s
By booking using SFA Live you will be given CCD credit -
The SYFA have released rules for Nines 9s to be played in March 2018. Please
download by clicking here.
14th February 2018
ESSDA Winter Football
The last round of matches for Sunday 18th February 2018 are available on line
now at Fixtures Page
10th February 2018
ESSDA Season 2018
The application deadline for ESSDA teams for 2018 has now gone, but there are
still many teams who have not even applied to join ESSDA and many who have not
confirmed their applications. I have had just over 300 teams applying and I
expect at least another 50!
The season starts on the w/e of 3rd / 4th March 2018 and I will publish the
fixtures before that.
After I publish the fixtures, I won't be able to immediately add new teams,
so if your applications are not in you will miss at least the first few weeks of
the season. PLEASE APPLY NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.
Please don't wait until your SYFA membership is confirmed to apply, but please
continue to complete your SYFA application as you must be SYFA registered by
March 2018 to be able to play.
You can check your applications at the registration
page. Please don't write/call and ask me as I will just tell you what is on
8th February 2018
Postage - Recorded Delivery
Why oh why do you send things recorded delivery? What do you think this
It does not speed up delivery as if I am not here it is not delivered.
The two envelopes of applications sent by recorded delivery will now not
be picked up in time and your applications are officially late and deserve to be
excluded from the upcoming schedule.
Two applications came with insufficient postage and have been withheld by
Royal Mail. Like the missed recorded delivery, your applications are
now late and you too should be excluded from the upcoming schedule.
Why should I have to pay the fine and excess postage and hold up everyone else
because of your stupidity and incompetence?
I will publish the names of all postage offenders and perhaps next time
you will do things properly.
The deadline for applications was today, 8th
February 2018. If your applications were withheld by Royal Mail - tough!
5th February 2018
Only clubs which are properly SYFA registered and confirmed SYFA registered
should be playing pre-season friendlies . You can check your registration status
on the SYFA website or on the ESSDA registration page
(which might not be completely up to date).
To play non ESSDA clubs, you will require ESSDA permission and/or SYFA
permission. See permission page.
5th February 2018
ESSDA Applications and SYFA Applications
I have approved all SYFA applications which have been submitted to ESSDA (94
clubs!). These clubs are now waiting for SYFA approval. Check the status of your
SYFA and ESSDA application on the Registration Page.
To allow me to draw up fixture lists for the new season starting in March,
please apply to ESSDA now while you wait for
I have extended the ESSDA deadline to 8th February 2018
- but I need some time to complete my work. Please apply now
using on line forms here.
I promised to keep 2006 (12s) updated on applications. So far 26 clubs have
submitted 52 applications - predominantly for Nines 9s.
5th February 2018
ESSDA Applications for 2018
Applications for ESSDA 2018 are now open. All teams should apply to join
ESSDA now using the online applications here.
Applications are due in by mid February.
All Clubs except 2006 (12).
All Clubs must register with SYFA for the new 2018 season. Applications should
All Clubs require one SYFA registration per age group. Clubs who play in
two associations require two SYFA registrations (eg ELSSDA & ESSDA).
All 2006 (12s) Clubs.
The 2006 SYFA registration for 2017 will carry forward to the First Half of 2018
so there is no need to register with SYFA at this time.
When applying to join ESSDA, please select your required format of football as
well as division. I will regularly publish requests received so far. To allow
the final divisions and format of football to be agree early, please get your
initial applications in before the end of January. You will be able to change
your initial selection before the divisions are finalised.
Applications for Soccer 7s and 9v9s can be found
Applications for Super 5s and Football 4s can be
3rd January 2018
ESSDA will be holding a PVG Session at Craigroyston CYFC Clubrooms,
Muirhouse Parkway, on Monday 15th January 2018
Any coach who wants to attend should book a place using
Contact Us link.
For a complete list of required ID, see PVG Page.
Please make sure you are listed on your club SYFA registration and bring
along a signed SYFA Official Form.
Thank you to Craigroyston CYFC for hosting this event.
1st January 2018
|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.
31st 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 2018.
Any rumour of a Transitional 11 a side League for 2006s (12s) in March 2018 are
The SFA/SYFA Player Pathway does not allow 12s to play 11 a side football before
the transitional festival in May 2018.
31st December 2017
PVG Scheme Membership
The SYFA recently announced a revised PVG
Scheme Membership application process.
All officials will be emailed an SYFA Official Form when their
details are added to the SYFA Registration System by their Club.
All officials must be added to the SYFA Registration System prior to the PVG
The SYFA Official Form must be signed by the Official and the
Club and brought along when the PVG Scheme Application is being completed. The
signed SYFA Official Form will then be signed by the Additional Signatory and
submitted with the PVG Scheme Membership application.
A birth certificate is no longer a compulsory piece of ID
required to complete a PVG application.
For more information and a list of required ID, please see the
24th December 2017
Happy Christmas to all!
23rd December 2017
ESSDA Winter Football
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED - FURTHER
APPLICATIONS WILL GO ON WAITING LIST
IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID AND
CONFIRMED YOUR APPLICATION YOU WILL BE ON WAITING LIST
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
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
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
17th December 2017
SFA / SYFA Player Pathway
At meetings over the last few days, it has been proposed to make changes to
the SFA/SYFA Player Pathway in 2018.
Instead of playing Soccer 7s from March to June 2018, this group now has
the option to play 9v9
Soccer 7s from March to June 2018 - First Half of 2018
9v9 from August to December 2018 - Second Half of 2018
9v9 from March to June 2019 - First Half of 2019
Further age groups will play
Soccer 7s for the First Half of their 11s age group,
9v9 for the Second Half of their 11s age group
9v9 for the First Half of their 12s age group.
The 9v9s game will play as close to 11v11 laws as possible, on smaller
pitches but with regular Soccer 7s goals.
I will organise meetings in early January 2018 to allow 2006s squads to
decide on options:-
a) Continue to play Soccer 7s in 2018 First Half
b) Move to play 9v9 in 2018 First Half
c) A mixture of a) and b)
There is absolutely no option for 2006s 12s to play 11v11 before May 2018.
This change came as a surprise to me today and I don't yet understand
the full implications on Clubs in ESSDA and on ESSDA fixtures.
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
As you enter Gyle Park from Glasgow Road it is in the first building on the
All Clubs are invited to attend. The agenda will be published prior to the
Nominations for the ESSDA Committee or items for
the agenda should be sent to me.
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
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.
28th July 2017
Non-recent Child Sexual Abuse in Scottish
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
SFA Independent Review (Clubs)
SFA Independent Review (Parents)
8th February 2017
Teams playing in friendlies or festivals are reminded that they should have
the necessary permissions in place before the event - see
For details of upcoming festivals, see the Festivals
- Kildrum United Annual Festival of Football in June over 2
weekends (10th, 11th & 17th, 18th).
25th September 2016
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
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:
- Go to the Post Office Sorting Office to pick up the letter
- 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
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
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.
Pathway Small Sided Games Rules 2015
SFA Player Pathway 4v4
SFA Player Pathway 7v7
SFA Player Pathway 11v11
Some highlights -
- Goalkeepers must not kick from hand. This applies to Super 5s and
- 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