5th July 2018
Child Wellbeing in Scottish Football
All SYFA volunteers must complete the Child Wellbeing in Scottish Football
The course takes about an hour and is free. It is available on the
SFA Live website
The deadline for attending this course has passed. Please do it as soon as
possible to avoid suspension.
All SYFA Child Protection and Wellbeing Officers(CPWO) must attend a Managing
Child Wellbeing Workshop.
If your Club CPWO fails to
book on a course by Monday 9 July all fixtures and tournament
permits will be suspended.
Look out for course dates in the coming week which will be published on https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/football-development/coaching/find-a-course/
17th June 2018
Permission is required for all friendlies. Friendlies between ESSDA teams
should be notified to me. See permission form for
All players should be registered on the SYFA Live system. Only registered
players are allowed to play - even in friendlies.
Players must only play for the age group for which they are registered.
A 2010 child registered to 2009, can play Soccer 7s with 2009 age group but
cannot play Super 5s with 2010 age group..
A 2010 child registered to 2010, can play Super 5s with 2010 age group, but
cannot play Soccer 7s with 2009 age group.
2010 age group play Super 5s. This age group cannot play Soccer 7s until 2019
13th June 2018
ESSDA 2018 Second Half
The ESSDA 2018 Second Half will run for 14 weeks from Weekend 25th/26th
August 2018 to Weekend 24th/25th November 2018
Fixtures will be published online on Sunday 18th August 2018.
Age Group 2009 (9s) will play Soccer 7s.
Age Group 2008 (10s) will play Soccer 7s
Age Group 2007 (11s) will play either Soccer 7s or
Teams will be rolled over into the Second Half in the same League with same
Contacts unless you notify me of a change.
Age group 2007 (11s) will be asked to pick between playing Nines 9s or Soccer
13th June 2018
SERYFA Season 2018/2019
Applications from 2006 squads to join SERYFA to play 11 a side in season
2018/2019 are due by Monday 18th June 2018. Applications can be found on
SERYFA website here.
Applications to join SERYFA must be submitted before applications are made to
Please apply now - don't leave it to the last moment.
2nd June 2018
SYFA LTD AGM 2018
Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of
SYFA LIMITED will be held in Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9BF on Saturday 16 June
2018 at 1.00pm for 1.30pm.
For member teams to gain entry to the AGM, please send an
email quoting your name, the club name where you are a registered official plus
the SYFA ID of the team for which you are a registered official plus the age
Entry is by registration only, with applications closing at
5pm on 11 June 2018.
Each team in membership of the SYFA is entitled to send one
Please see SYFA page for more
29th May 2018
PVG Scheme Applications
All Team Officials must be PVG Scheme Members with SYFA.
With the help of Craigroyston CFC, ESSDA will be holding a PVG session for ESSDA
Where: Craigroyston CFC club house
When: Monday 4th June 2018 from 18:30 to 20:00
If you plan to attend, please:
a) Confirm you will be attending the session with ESSDA
b) Check the PVG page to see what documents you must bring to the PVG
27th May 2018
ESSDA Season 2018 (Second Half)
All 2007, 2008 and 2009 teams playing in ESSDA will roll forward into the
ESSDA Second Half.
Teams will have the choice of switching divisions at this time. There are no
more ESSDA fees to pay at this time.
17th May 2018
The regular ESSDA Quarterly Meeting will be at Gyle Park (home of Beechwood
on Sunday 27th May 2018 at 7:30pm
All clubs are invited to attend
1st May 2018
I have received a number of requests to swap teams between leagues. I am
trying to co-ordinate these changes to minimise the upheaval to other clubs. I
will try to make the changes this weekend to take effect next weekend.
22nd April 2018
Anyone who wants to make a formal complaint about any aspect of ESSDA or
ESSDA match must follow the SYFA Complaint Management System. This can be viewed
Complaints must be made in writing to Hampden using the forms available on
The Complaint Process consists of several steps:
Stage 1) Discussion with the party the complaint is about
Stage 2) Telephone or email enquiry to SYFA
Stage 3) Lodging a formal complaint with SYFA
Final Stage) Complaint referred to a senior person within SYFA
Feedback on ESSDA Matches can be made using the ESSDA
1st April 2018
Place adverts for a new player on the Player Wanted page.
4th March 2018
Season 2018 First Half
Fixtures for Soccer 7s and Nines 9s are available on the
Fixtures Page including fixtures for 2006 (12s)
playing Soccer 7s
I have had to make some changes for Week 2 and beyond as some teams have had
to fold. If other teams require to move divisions, please get in touch. I cannot
promise to make the changes immediately, but I will try my best.
I'm looking for teams to move -
2007 Pele to Maradona
2008 Pele to Maradona
The Player Pathway rules are:
SYFA SFA 9v9
SFA Player Pathway 4v4 and 5v5
SFA Player Pathway 7v7
You can check your registration status at the
Registration Page. Please also check the registration
status of your opponents.
1st March 2018
Severe Bad Weather
Because of the current sever bad weather, SYFA have
cancelled all matches over the weekend of 3rd/4th March 2018
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
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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.