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15th November 2018


The Annual General Meeting of ESSDA, including the election of the 2019 Committee will take place:

On Sunday 18th November 2018
At World of Football (Corn Exchange)
From 7:30pm to 8:30pm

The minutes from last year and the agenda for this year can be viewed by clicking on the link.

If you plan to attend, please let me know

15th November 2018

Outdoor Football in December and January

The SYFA rules are very prescriptive about what football can be played and when.

The SYFA Supplementary & Playing Rules state:-

3: Development Season : League / Association fixtures shall only be listed and played between 1 March and 30 November inclusive each year and no matches, friendly matches included, shall be played between the second weekend in December and 31 January inclusive each year without the consent of the SYFA.
Clubs will be permitted to play friendly matches indoor or participate in Futsal Festivals during this period.

15th November 2018

Concussion Report

All Clubs are encouraged to read the attached Concussion Report and pass round their coaches

28th October 2018

ESSDA Winter Football

ESSDA will be running Winter Football in January & February 2019.
Oriam for age group 2011 (8s)
World of Football for age group 2007 (12s), 2008 (11s), 2009 (10s) and 2010 (9s)

Applications will open soon and will only be available to Clubs who have registered with SYFA for 2019 season.

23rd October 2018

Twitter / Facebook

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 allowed.
See https://www.scottishyouthfa.co.uk/images/Information-Downloads/Football-Games-and-Tournaments/Laws-of-the-Game-Small-Sided-Games-and-Player-Pathway/Player-Pathway-SSG-Rules-2018.pdf

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 newspaper.
26th August 2018

ESSDA 2018 Second Half

Due to some very late withdrawals, I have had to make a few changes to the fixtures. Please check, especially

2008 Pele & Beckham

2007 Pele

Revised fixtures are now available on the fixtures page.

11th August 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 19th 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 Nines 9s.

Teams will be rolled over into the Second Half in the same League with same Contacts unless you notify me of a change.
The deadline for notification of change of division will be 11th August 2018.

Age group 2007 (11s) will be asked to pick between playing Nines 9s or Soccer 7s.

SYFA and ESSDA registration was for the calendar year 2018. Only new teams/clubs need to register with SYFA and/or ESSDA.

28th July 2018

SYFA Regulations for Friendlies

Permission is required for all friendlies. Friendlies between ESSDA teams should be notified to me. See permission form for details.

Permission to play against non SYFA teams (including Pro Youth) as well as to play SYFA teams from outside SFA South East region, is given by SYFA at Hampden. Use SFA Live system to request permission.

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 must not play Soccer 7s until 2019 Season.

28th July 2018

Formal Complaints

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 at http://www.scottishyouthfa.co.uk/index.php/members-corner/complaints-management-system

Complaints must be made in writing to Hampden using the forms available on SYFA website.

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 Monitoring Form.

4th March 2018

Season 2018

The Player Pathway rules are:

pdf-icon SYFA SFA 9v9
pdf-icon SYFA SFA Player Pathway 4v4 and 5v5
pdf-icon SYFA SFA Player Pathway 7v7

You can check your registration status at the Registration Page. Please also check the registration status of your opponents.

1st January 2018

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.

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 Application

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 PVG page.


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