28th January 2020
SFA In Service
The SFA will be putting on various In Service session prior to the 2020 First
Half gets underway on 29th February / 1st March 2020.
Player Pathway Workshops
17th Feb, 18.30-20.30 – Small Sided Games
17th Feb, 18.30-20.30 – Transition to 5s
24th Feb, 18.30-20.30 – Transition to 7s
29th Feb, 10.00-12.00 – Transition to 9s
See SFA page for more details.
25th January 2020
ESSDA registration 2020
ESSDA registration for 2020 is now open. All
teams must register for 2020 - see forms page.
must be SYFA registered too (see below).
Each age group will have the choice of 5 divisions Pele (strongest) > Iniesta
> Maradona > Zidane > Beckham (Note the new Iniesta division)
In case their are insufficient teams to support an extra division, each team
must select an alternative division.
Soccer 7s & Nines 9s must register each team here.
Football 4s and Super 5s must register here
The new season will start on 1st March 2020 and run to 7th June 2020
Fixtures will be published
the week before. Applications will close on 15th February 2020.
To see what teams have registered so far and to see their chosen division, go
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21st January 2020
The next ESSDA PVG Night will be at
- Craigroyston CFC club rooms on Muirhouse Parkway
- on Monday 27th January 2020
- from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
See PVG page for details and how to register to attend
9th January 2020
First Aid Training
SYFA Approved 2-Day Activity (Sports) First Aid Course by DrABC Medical
Training. The course dates are Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th January 2020. This
First Aid course is being held in Edinburgh and costs £60pp. For more details or
to book a place on the course, please contact the training provider at
5th January 2020
Age group 2008 (12s) does not need to register with SYFA at this time. They
will next register in summer when they move to play 11v11 with SERYFA.
Only one registration is required with SYFA per age group no matter how many
ESSDA teams you have.
Every team (including 2008) must register with ESSDA for the 2020 season.
1st January 2020
SYFA Membership 2020
To play football in 2020, all clubs must be SYFA registered. SYFA
registration for 2019 expired yesterday.
Please register with SFA Live before playing any football (including futsal) in
2020. Check your SYFA registration here - registration
Age group 2008 (12s) is already registered for 2020 for their transition season.
They register with SYFA midyear for the 2020/2021 season to play SERYFA..
All Team Coaches, Assistant Coaches and First Aiders must be members of SYFA
and registered on SFA Live.
To be members of SYFA, officials must be PVG Scheme Members through SYFA.
All Officials must also complete the free online Child Welfare and Wellbeing
course on SFA Live.
Parents who look after teams on match days or who act as Match Officials
must also be SYFA registered on SFA Live as Team Helpers.
4th December 2019
First Aid Course
Spartans Youth are holding a Sports First Aid Course at Ainslie Park on
Sunday 19th January 2020.
It is a one day course being run by Hampden Sports Clinic. With spaces
available, this event might be of interest to other local clubs.
27th November 2019
Assuming ESSDA is registered, and your Club has registered for 2020, Age
Groups will be able to register with SYFA for 2020 starting on 3rd December
The ESSDA Soccer 7s and Nines 9s will start on 1st March 2020, with fixtures
published the weekend before.
ESSDA applications for 2020 will close on 15th February 2020 to allow time
for the schedule to be prepared.
I hope to offer 5 divisions at each age group in 2020 - Pele > Iniesta >
Maradona > Zidane > Beckham
However, if there are not enough teams to support each division, I may have to
merge two divisions
All Clubs must be SYFA registered for 2020 before they play any football
after New Year - including futsal.
Permission to play
- outdoor football in December/January
- futsal with another association
- indoor football with non ESSDA teams (including pro-youth and
must be sought from SYFA using SFA Live system.
6th November 2019
SYFA Registration for 2020
Sadly, too late to save the ESSDA 2020 Winter Football event, the SYFA have
changed the timetable for SYFA registration for 2020.
- Registration for associations (ESSDA) will open today 6th
- After ESSDA has registered, all Clubs can register for 2020 -
one registration per Club
- As long as your Club has registered, and ESSDA has
registered, all Age Groups will
be able to register with SYFA after 3rd December 2019
Age group 12s (2008) do not need to register with SYFA at this time as they
are entering the transition season for moving to 11v11 in summer with SERYFA.
All other age groups must register with SYFA - one registration per Age Group.
To register an Age Group, you must have -
- a Coach with SFA Level 1.2 qualification
- all Coaches PVG Checked with SYFA
- a First Aider with a valid Sports First Aid qualification
You can speed up your registration by ensuring you have the required
paperwork ahead of the registration.
After your Age Group is registered, you can then register players. All
players need to be registered and must be registered to the age group in which
they are playing.
eg A child born in 2010 but playing in a 2009 team,
must be registered to the 2009 Age Group and thereafter cannot play for a 2010
Please note, all teams must be registered with SYFA before they play any
football in 2020, including futsal.
The ESSDA 2020 Season First Half starts the weekend of 1st March 2020 with
fixtures for Soccer 7s and Nines published the week before.
6th November 2019
SYFA GUIDANCE ON HEADING FOOTBALLS
Following Dr Willie Stewart’s recent study into dementia risks in former
professional footballers, the SYFA has now updated our guidance accordingly.
We would recommend, with immediate effect, that any drills which involve
heading the ball are removed from all training sessions for age groups up to,
and including, under 11s (7 v 7 teams). As far as possible, heading the ball
during games at these age groups should also be avoided.
The SYFA would also take this opportunity to remind all of our coaches and
officials that if any player, at any age group, is suspected of having a
concussion they must immediately cease playing in the game and should not
re-join the match. Coaches and officials are also reminded of NHS advice on
concussion and head injury, and should seek immediate medical advice if symptoms
continue or worsen, or if a player is suspected of having lost consciousness.
For more details, please read the
Sport Scotland's Concussion Guidance.
The SYFA is committed to ensuring the safest environment possible for
children and young people to play football. Although there is not yet a
definitive link between heading the ball and brain injury, it is essential that
we take the relevant precautions to best protect our players.
28th September 2019
Winter Football 2020
Sadly, ESSDA will not be organising Winter Football for January / February
2020. See Winter Football page for details.
All Clubs are reminded that SYFA permission is required to play any other
Winter Football including Futsal.
Clubs which fail to get the necessary SYFA permission before playing will be
breaching rule 131 of
SYFA Supplementary and Playing Rules:-
131 All clubs, teams, leagues, associations and players under the
jurisdiction of the SYFA shall not be permitted to stage or play in any match
or competition other than those approved by the SYFA.
23rd October 2018
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All Clubs are reminded that SYFA rules prohibit the
publishing of any results of development football on social media.
"Club A won 10-0" "Club B beat Club C" and similar statements are not
Results : It is unacceptable for a league and/or club to post results from
development matches on to any website or publish in any newsletter or
28th July 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 January 2018
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