9th October 2017
fixture page is back up and running - sorry for
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.
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
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
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)
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
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
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).
5th January 2017
All club officials should be registered on the SYFA system. All club
officials must be members of the PVG Scheme through
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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
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