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Permission for Festivals & Friendlies

Permission from ESSDA is required to play a non scheduled fixture during the ESSDA season - even if you are re-arranging because of a free week or because scheduled opposition is not available.

Permission of the East of Scotland Soccer Development Association is required before participating in any Tournament or Friendly match.
Permission is also required to be obtained from the Scottish Youth Football Association for games against :-

  •   Any non SYFA member clubs
  •   School Teams
  •   Pro Youth teams

To play in a festival, the festival needs to be approved by SYFA, and then you need to apply to ESSDA/SYFA for permission to play using the SYFA Team Permit Checklist. This should have been sent to you, but you can download a copy from here - SYFA Team Permit Checklist  (This is a WORD document).  Please complete the form and forward t ESSDA.

To play SYFA teams outside ESSDA, you require ESSDA permission to play and the opposition needs permission from their association too.

ESSDA Permission Forms are submitted electronically by completing Online Application for ESSDA Permission for Tournaments and Unscheduled Matches

Without properly authorised permission, your club insurance may not be valid.

The SYFA Supplementary Playing Rules clearly state that:-

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 the second weekend in January inclusive each year without the consent of the SYFA.
Clubs will be permitted to play friendly matches indoor or participate in Festivals during this period.


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