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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 Pitches)*
Meadowmill                       - 10am-1pm (3 Pitches)   1.30pm to 4.30pm (3 Pitches)*

Clubs wanting to take part in this event should use the Application Form before 7th April 2017

26th March 2017

ESSDA Fixtures

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

ESSDA Fixtures

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

SYFA Registration - Check your club's status at Registration Page.

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

Football Festivals

Teams playing in friendlies or festivals are reminded that they should have the necessary permissions in place before the event - see Permission page.

For details of upcoming festivals, see the Festivals page.

  •   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 Rules

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 www.syfaregistrations.co.uk  
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

PVG Checking

All club officials should be registered on the SYFA system. All club officials must be members of the  PVG Scheme through SYFA.
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

ESSDA Fixtures

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 postage.
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:

  1. Go to the Post Office Sorting Office to pick up the letter
  2. 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 more postage.

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 Club page.

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.
See 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 now!
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.

See http://www.scottishyouthfa.co.uk/images/document-downloads/supplementary/Supplementary-Playing-Rules-2015-2016.pdf

pdf-icon Player Pathway Small Sided Games Rules 2015
pdf-icon SYFA SFA Player Pathway 4v4
pdf-icon SYFA SFA Player Pathway 7v7
pdf-icon SYFA 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

Social Media

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.

Archive News material can be found on the new News Archive page.


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