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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.

SYFA Permission is required for any outdoor fixture in December or January .
No games in January or February can be played until club have renewed their SYFA membership for the new season.

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
  •   SYFA clubs outside South East Region

If you are cancelling an ESSDA game to play another fixture, then as well as getting all the proper permissions, you must also contact your original opposition to explain the situation and to give them the opportunity to arrange an alternative fixture themselves.

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

The SYFA form can be obtained from their website -  https://www.scottishfalive.co.uk/syfa/login.cfm

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 31st January inclusive each year without the consent of the Board.
Clubs will be permitted to play friendly matches indoor or participate in Festivals during this period.


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