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
22nd April 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 30th April 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
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.