30th March 2017
11v11 Transition Festivals 2005 (12s)
The SFA will be holding 11v11 Transition Festivals on Sunday 7 May 2017 at
Peffermill - 10am-1pm (3
Pitches) 1.30pm to 4.30pm (3 Pitches)*
Dalkeith Campus - 10am-1pm (3 Pitches) 1.30pm to 4.30pm (3
Meadowmill - 10am-1pm (3 Pitches) 1.30pm to 4.30pm (3
Clubs wanting to take part in this event should use
the Application Form before
7th April 2017
26th March 2017
I have made a few changes to fixtures for the rest of the season.
I apologise to teams who now have a Free Week, but hopefully we can pair them
off so that everyone gets a game.
14th March 2017
Any teams wanting to move leagues, please let me know. I plan to make a
series of changes to leagues and it would be easier to take on board any
upcoming requests at this time - if I can.
Any teams, especially 2005 (12s) Maradona & Zidane looking for a game Sunday
19th March 2017, please let me know.
11th March 2017
SYFA Registration - Check your club's status at
No SYFA registration = No insurance = No game
2nd March 2017
Fixtures & Contacts 2017
I have updated the contacts on the Fixtures page to
reflect changes requested since they were first published. Please check your
contact details and report any errors.
Dalkeith Thistle 2007 Beckham have dropped out of the league.
Edinburgh City 2008 Beckham have moved from Beckham to Zidane
Edina Hibs White 2008 Beckham have joined the league
I have had a further couple of requests to move, but as there are no free
places available to move immediately.
I was forced to merge the Zidane and Beckham divisions in the 12s (2005) age
group, but the original Beckham teams play 90% of their games against
other Beckham teams.
Please remember to complete a match monitoring form.
The ESSDA 2017 Season First Half will run from 4th/5th March 2017 to
10th/11th June 2017
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).
15th January 2017
SYFA Registration and Friendly Fixtures
Outdoor friendly fixtures between ESSDA Clubs is not
permitted in January 2017without permission from SYFA Board - See
SYFA Supplementary and Playing
Indoor friendly fixtures between ESSDA Clubs is not allowed until both Clubs
are properly SYFA registered for 2017. See Registration
page to check any SYFA registration.
All clubs (except existing 2005 age groups) must register with SYFA for the
new 2017 season, Please register as soon as possible at
Do not leave until the last moment and then find you do not have necessary
documents and miss the start of the season.
All teams (including 2005s) must register with ESSDA for the 2017 season.
Registrations must be
done online at Forms page. Applications must be
printed and returned to General Secretary (with sufficient postage!)
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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