15th June 2019
Season 2019 Second Half
The 2019 Second Half will run from 25th August 2019 to 1st December 2019
- 2008 (11s) age group will move to play Nines 9s
The match supervisor must be an SYFA registered official or SFA Referee. The
use of an SFA Referee is optional.
- 2009 (10s) & 2010 (9s) will continue to play Soccer 7s
- 2011 (8s) will continue to play Fives 5s
- 2012 (7s) will continue to play Football 4s
Teams are not allowed to switch age groups at this time.
All players MUST be SYFA registered to play ESSDA Football. Players should be
registered to the age group they are playing in.
eg If a 2010 child is playing in a 2009 team, that player should be registered
to the 2009 age group, and thereafter cannot play in 2010 teams.
All changes should be sent to me before 15th August 2019.
All teams have a free choice of which league they would like to play in.
Teams will automatically be moved to play 2019 Second Half from First Half -
there are no more fees to pay for existing teams.
New teams should complete a new team application form - see
15th June 2019
ESSDA Winter Football 2020
The SYFA operate a complete winter shutdown of all outdoor development
football in December & January. In previous years, ESSDA has organised an
indoor winter football event at World of Football and Oriam. However, the
SYFA registration regulations and the SFA Live registration system make it
impossible to organise a winter event like ours.
As such there will be no ESSDA winter football for any age groups in
January & February 2020.
Thank you for your support with our event over the last 15 years.
Please remember that no football activity is allowed in 2020 until
after your team is properly registered with SYFA for 2020 season.
Permission is required from Hampden to play in any indoor event in January
& February - even if the event organisers claim otherwise.
2nd June 2019
SYFA AGM 2019
SYFA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of SYFA LIMITED will be held at Stirling
University (Cottrell Building), Stirling, FK9 4LA on Saturday 15 June 2019
at 1pm for 1.30pm
All SYFA registered Clubs (age groups) are entitled to attend and to
vote at this event.
For further details, including how to proxy vote, see
27th May 2019
SERYFA Season 2019/2020
ESSDA Clubs age group 2007 who plan to move to SERYFA to play 11 a side
should note that applications are due by the SERYFA AGM on 17th June 2019.
Late applications will not be accepted.
15th May 2019
ESSDA Quarterly Meeting
The May 2019 ESSDA Quarterly Meeting will take place -
- on Sunday 26th May 2019
- at 7:30pm
Laura Ferguson Court Lounge at
72 Craigmount Brae, Edinburgh EH12 8XF
As space will be limited, please let me know if you intend to come along so
that we can prepare the venue. Use Contact Us page.
Items for the agenda should be sent to me.
15th May 2019
Hearts Coding Club
The perfect way to introduce young people to technology!
Coding and digital skills are vital skills in today’s world, and
computers are an ever more important part of life and work. Understanding how
computers work and the best ways to interact with them will open up lots of
opportunities for young people!
The coding clubs at Hearts build an excitement and interest around digital
technology and supports young people to develop valuable skills for the future.
Young people attending the clubs will explore digital technology in a fun,
informal, creative and social environment while developing problem solving,
communication and presentation skills.
The clubs run once a week for six weeks, with all equipment provided,
easy-to-follow instructions and no previous experience is necessary!
The clubs are completely FREE for girls and boys aged
At present, Hearts are running two Introductions to Coding Clubs that are as
Introduction to the Microbit with CoderDojo
Introduction to Robotics with Robotical
See Hearts website for more details -
28th April 2019
SFA South East - Coach Education Events
- Transition to 9v9 (ID: 20096)
- Monday 10th June 2019 18:30 - 20:30
- Player Pathway 11v11 (ID: 19829)
- Saturday 11th May 2019 09:30 - 11:30
Both courses can be booked using SFA Live -
28th April 2019
SYFA and Winter Football
Sadly, constraints within the SFA Live system make registration at the start
of the season difficult. Over the last two years, this has severely impacted our
ability to put on a Winter Football programme. Last year, although permission
was eventually given, this was less than 48 hours before the event was due to
ESSDA cannot plan a Winter event if SYFA cannot guarantee that registration will
be available. Despite promises last year, the registration process was worse
than the year before.
I have offered to go through to Hampden to discuss this situation, but
despite repeated attempts to contact SYFA, I have not had any reply.
The SYFA promotes indoor football during the winter shutdown, but their SFA
Live system will stop all football being played in January/February.
Unless this situation changes very quickly, the ESSDA 2020 Winter Football
event will be cancelled.
12th March 2019
ESSDA PVG Night
With thanks to Craigroyston FC, ESSDA will be holding a PVG night
Where: Craigroyston FC club rooms on Muirhouse Parkway
When: Monday 18th March 2019
From: 18:30 to 19:30
ESSDA Coaches who intend to come along should bring:
- SYFA Official Form (or proof that they are registered to ESSDA Club
on SFA Live)
- Driving Licence
- NI Number
- Existing PVG Scheme Membership Certificate (if you have one)
- Proof of current address (recent bank statement or utility bill)
Please note: Passport and/or Driving Licence are NOT proof of current
25th February 2019
ESSDA Fixtures 2019 First Half
Fixtures are back and can be viewed on Fixtures Page.
They are are correct as per the information I had last week. Urgent changes
will be made as soon as possible.
If there is a problem with your fixtures, please drop me a note and I will try
to correct them as soon as possible.
Switching between leagues depends on the availability of a team with which
you can swap
19th February 2019
ESSDA Season 2019
Applications for 2019 First Half have now closed. I have started to prepare
the schedule of fixtures.
Late applications may not be included in the fixtures and will have to wait
to be added in upcoming weeks.
Fixtures for age groups 2007 (12s) - 2010 (9s) will be published on ESSDA
website Fixture Pages on Sunday 24th February 2019.
The 2019 Season First Half will start the following weekend 2nd/3rd February
19th February 2019
SYFA and Winter Football
The SYFA/SFA Live system cancels the registration status of all development
football clubs at the end of the year.
This forces all Clubs to re-register for the new season. Some Clubs have
still not completed that process for 2019.
SYFA Rules say that Clubs are not allowed to play any form of football unless
Clubs are properly SYFA registered (and insured).
As SYFA Offices are closed over the New Year period, it is impossible to be a
registered development football club early in January. The registration process
did not open until 5th January 2019, so anyone playing football before this date
cannot have been registered/insured. The average date of registration this year
was 25th January 2019
Unless this changes, there will be no ESSDA Winter Football next year,
as no Clubs can be registered in time to play.
Unless this changes, no Clubs will be able to train (even indoors) in early
January as they will not be SYFA registered (and insured).
Unless this changes, no Club can take part in fixtures or festivals over the
New Year period as they will not be SYFA registered (and insured).
I have tried to take this up with SYFA at Hampden, but to date that have
refused to comment or clarify the situation.
I will post further news if I get it.
2nd February 2019
ESSDA PVG Night
With thank to Craigroyston BC, ESSDA will be holding a PVG Night at the
Craigroyston BC clubrooms on Muirhouse Parkway on Monday 4th February 2019 from
18:30 to 19:30
If you plan to attend, please let me know.
Please bring ALL the necessary document not what you think you might need.
See PVG page for details
27th January 2019
Registration for 2019 is now open.
All Clubs must register with SYFA for 2019 at SFA
Live. This is free and must be done before registering age groups.
All Age Groups (except 2007) must register with SYFA at SFA
Live. (But only after their Club has registered)
All Teams must register with ESSDA for 2019. (Age
Group 2007 only registers for half a season).
All teams playing Nines or Soccer 7s must select their league for the 2019
First Half (Pele > Maradona > Zidane > Beckham).
For age group 2009 (10s), there will be five leagues (Pele > Iniesta
> Maradona > Zidane > Beckham)
You can check your ESSDA & SYFA registration status at the
Registration Page. If you are not properly registered
you will miss the start of the ESSDA season. Please
27th January 2019
Outdoor Football in December and January
The SYFA rules are very prescriptive about what football can be played and
when. No teams should be playing in 2019 until they are properly registered with
SYFA for 2019. Check your registration status at the
ESSDA permission is required for all indoor fixtures and festivals in January
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 January 2019
Winter Football is up and running at Riccarton Campus (2011) and World
of Football (2007, 2009 and 2010).
Fixtures for the remainder of the session are now
published for World of Football.
It is best viewed via the Fixtures Page but you can
see all the fixtures in the PDF of World of
The rules for our Winter Football can be seen on the
Any comments or criticism about Winter Football should be returned to me. I
hope everyone is enjoying it.
6th January 2019
SYFA Membership for Coaches
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.
Coaches who have not completed the online training will shortly have their
SYFA membership suspended - do it now!
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.
19th November 2018
ESSDA Registration 2019
ESSDA registration for 2019 will open in December 2018. All
teams playing ESSDA football in the new 2019 season must register.
All Age Groups must also register with SYFA (see below).
Each team playing Soccer 7s or Nines 9s will have a free choice
of league : Pele > Maradona > Zidane > Beckham
SYFA SFA 9v9
SFA Player Pathway 7v7
SFA Player Pathway 4v4 and 5v5
15th November 2018
All Clubs are encouraged to read the attached Concussion Report and pass
round their coaches
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
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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