An Update from Board of the Scottish Youth Football Association (Posted 21/04/2020)
The SYFA Board has today issued the following update regarding some of the key matters arising as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Following extensive discussions, the Board has made the decision that no further league fixtures should be played as part of the 2019/2020 season, therefore drawing the 2019/2020 season to a close.
The Coronavirus Joint Response Group’s update, issued on the 9th April, advised that the suspension of all football in Scotland had been extended until at least the 10th June 2020. Should football activities recommence on this date, this leaves less than three weeks of the standard season remaining. There is no feasible way of squeezing training and fixtures into this small window. We must also remember that this date signifies a best case scenario, and there is still a strong possibility that it may get pushed further back.
The Board also considered extending the 2019/20 season beyond the summer, however this doesn’t appear to be practicable. Not only would it raise issues with registrations and insurance, it would also result in problematic scheduling matters from a league perspective, in trying to hurry through one season (with a recommencement date still unknown), only to immediately restart the next. There is also the substantial likelihood that players may face an unnecessary overload of games at the beginning of the new season which would go against child wellbeing and player development best practice.
Football under the SYFA’s jurisdiction is age-specific, and each age level brings changes and challenges in terms of both development and match duration. We all must accept that the 2019/2020 season has been unexpectedly and irrefutably disrupted due to the current circumstances, however, by ending fixtures now, we stand the best chance of restarting the 2020/2021 with as little delay or disruption as possible.
It is at each league’s discretion how they choose to calculate final placings, and we would expect teams to give their full support and patience as their league works through this.
Referring back to the matter of the 2020/2021 season, we are pleased to inform you that league, club and team registrations will open in early May. We are finalising matters with the IT department and hope to announce the specific date on which the window will open in the coming days.
We would stress that members should only register if the relevant club and / or team secretary is already in a position to execute the task from home. Under no circumstances should officials be meeting up in order to prepare for their membership application. Teams unable to register at this stage will not be disadvantaged however those that are able to register will be assisting their fellow members in doing so.
Opening early helps to prevent an unmanageable number of applications being submitted within a very short space of time, which would likely be the case if we held-off opening registrations until an official restart date had been confirmed. This could lead to further delay and, ultimately prevent teams getting back to games at the earliest possible opportunity. It also allows leagues and clubs who are in a position to do so, to complete the administrative side of things well in advance, ensuring football itself can be their key priority down the line.
Full details of the registration process, including player registrations, will be confirmed once finalised with both the IT and Registrations departments at the Scottish FA.
Rule 84 of the Supplementary and Playing Rules allows for special permission to be granted to complete unfinished cup ties:
Exceptionally, in the case of unfinished Cup Competitions, special permission may be granted by the SYFA for delayed Cup ties to be played on or after 1 August in the following season. Only players who were eligible to play for the teams involved in a delayed Cup tie at 15 June in the preceding season may play in such Cup tie for which special permission has been granted.
Whether or not it is possible to complete cup ties will depend entirely on when football activities can resume. If it is possible to complete cup competitions by Sunday 6th September then we will grant approval to complete competitions, giving priority to the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup, followed by regional competitions and then league cup competitions.
There is a strong possibility that even if we can resume activities in June, league cup competitions will not be completed due to time and facility restrictions. Again we expect teams to fully support their league in whatever decision is reached.
If football has not resumed before August, 2019/2020 cup competitions, including the inspiresport SYFA cup, will not be completed.
Extensive work has also been carried out in relation to the AGM which is due to take place in June. We have still to receive further clarification from our legal advisors regarding the meeting itself, and will provide you all with a further update on this in due course.
Rule 11 of the Supplementary and Playing rules outlines the process for members to submit resolutions for the AGM:
Notice from a member of any proposed addition or alteration to the Supplementary & Playing Rules to be put forward for consideration at the Annual General Meeting must be sent by Recorded Signed for or Special Delivery by the proposer and seconder in separate letters, signed by the respective secretary of the member club, league or association proposing and seconding, to the SYFA c/o National Secretary, before the 30th day of April in the then current year. Notice from a member of any other Resolution to be brought before an Annual General Meeting must be sent in like manner before the 30th day of April in the then current year.
Given the current situation, the Board has temporarily amended this rule. As we do not currently have access to our Hampden office, resolutions must be submitted via email to the National Secretary. The following process must be followed:
1. 1. Resolutions must be attached to emails in the form of a letter, and sent to by 30th April 2020.
2. 2. Emails from both the proposer and seconder must be sent from the registered email address of the league or club secretary.
3. 3. Resolutions must be signed (either via verified electronic signature or scanned copy of signed letter)
4. 4. Hard copies of letters must be retained by the sender for retrospective verification.
5. 5. National Secretary will confirm receipt of resolution.
We would ask that any members who have submitted resolutions via postal delivery on or after 19th March 2020 resubmit these using the process above.
We also want to take this opportunity to raise the matter of summer football. Some of you will be aware of the petition regarding switching our 11 a side age groups from a winter season to a summer season. In addition to this petition we have also received three emails from club officials supporting this change.
Such a change would require extensive consultation and planning, and would be a huge undertaking for ourselves and our league volunteers. Our current structure, resources and IT provision are all currently set up for the dual- season system and implanting such a change at a national level is clearly a broad and complex undertaking. However, we have a duty to listen to our members and respond appropriately and responsibly to such suggestions and as such will be conducting an extensive consultation project, initially with our member leagues, in order to discuss the practicalities of this suggestion.
We sincerely hope that you are all well in these unprecedented times, and thank you for your ongoing efforts and commitment.
Suspend Hand Shaking (Posted 04/03/2020)
We are grateful for your co-operation on this matter as we take a common sense approach to the current situation.
Following on from the SFA announcement yesterday it has been agreed that with immediate effect the SYFA would seek to suspend the traditional practice of shaking hands between opponents and match officials prior to and following matches.
This is in keeping with the Scottish Government’s circulated guidance on appropriate steps to reduce person-to-person contact and the resultant spread of the infection, and will remain in effect until further notice.
We would request that you instruct all players, coaching staff and match officials on the latest guidance.
Kickabout Newsletter (Posted 23/12/2019)
Please CLICK HERE the link below to view our Christmas Edition of our newsletter
Festive Office Closure (Posted 23/12/2019)
The SYFA Office at Hampden Park will be closed for the Christmas Holidays from 2pm on Monday 23rd December 2019 until 9am Monday 6th January 2020
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Small Sided player registrations (Posted 09/12/2019)
Reminder to all small sided teams!
Your players will become unregistered on 31st December - please make sure you register your team in order to re-register your players for the 2020 season.
It may be helpful if you take note of the Player ID numbers now before they drop off to make the registration process easier for you.
Office Closure (Posted 05/12/2019)
The SYFA office will be closed on Friday 6th December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 9th December
inspiresport U16 Development Squad Tour 2020(Posted 26/11/2019)
We are delighted to announce that this season our u16 development squad will be travelling with our official Scottish Cup sponsor inspiresport to their exclusive club Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands.
The tour will take place from Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th March 2020.
Here is what the squad will enjoy during the tour:
- Return flights to Holland
- 3 nights full board at Hotel Papendal (on site)
- 1 high quality training session with Vitesse Arnhem academy coach
- 2 SYFA lead high quality training sessions
- All training sessions take place at Vitesse Arnhem Academy
- 2 matches vs similar standard Dutch opposition
- Behind the scenes of GelreDome stadium tour and museum tour
- Cultural visit
- Watch Vitesse Arnhem first team and academy train
Here is a link to Papendal / hotel / complex which is home to as well as Vitesse Arnhem also the elite centre for Dutch athletes:
Here is a link to Vitesse on our website:
Training Ground and Hotel
The Papendal hotel is on site and a 5 minute walk to the academy.
Situated in the woods near Arnhem, the Papendal Sports Centre includes 6 full size football pitches of which one is artificial turf. Since the arrival of the new owner of Vitesse the Papendal football facilities have been upgraded to the highest level in Dutch football. One of the pitches has a small stadium which has a 500 people capacity. The reserve squad and academy teams all play their matches here. The training ground is used regularly by the 1st team for training sessions.
Guidelines for 2020 registration (Posted 05/11/2019)
A post box has now been installed at the main reception so that any members wishing to drop off paperwork with the SYFA can simply post it via our dedicated mailbox, which we’ll be checking twice a day. Letters, player registration forms, cheques, and any other relevant paperwork can be posted in here, though we ask that no cash payments are left in the post box. Visits to the office will be by appointment only to allow us to advise the main reception of who is coming and going. Hampden staff at the desk will be unable to give access for any unplanned visits, so please ensure to contact us before you come to Hampden.
The SYFA welcomes these access adjustments which provide a safer working environment for everyone based at the stadium. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries on how you may be affected.
inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup third round draw (Posted 09/10/2019)
Draws for the next round of the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup will be made at Hampden tomorrow (Thursday 10th)!
You can watch the draws on Facebook from 5pm onwards and find out your team’s next stop on the road to Airdrie!
inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup first round draw results(Posted 16/08/2019)
The 2019/20 inspiresport Scottish Youth FA (SYFA) Cup first round draw has been completed!
This season’s competition will see more teams than ever before compete for the coveted trophies, with a record-breaking 1,615 taking part.
The prestigious tournament will see sides from across the country compete at U21, U19, U17, U16, U15, U14 & U13 levels with the competition ultimately culminating in seven cup finals over one weekend.
SYFA National Secretary, Florence Witherow, said:
“The first round of any national competition like this is always a special and exciting time with this year being no different. Teams from across the country will be dreaming of making the finals weekend and for 14 teams it is a dream that will become a reality.
“On behalf of the SYFA I would like to take this opportunity to thank inspiresport for their continued support of the competition. Jed and his team are fantastic to work with and the support they provide to us and the opportunities they offer to the young people in our national development squads through their sponsorship of this competition is absolutely fantastic.
“Last season’s competition saw some fantastic ties with all of the finals being played in the right spirit, with the coaches, players and volunteers all espousing the ideals of the association. Everyone involved with the association is looking forward to this season’s competition and I would like to personally wish all the teams the very best of luck as they set out on their 2019/20 Scottish Youth FA Cup journey.”
Jed McCabe, Inspiresport’s Head of Sales for Scotland said:
“It is a source of great pride for inspiresport to once against back this competition as part of our ongoing partnership with the SYFA. Some of the stories and positive messages to come out of the competition last season were absolutely fantastic and we’re looking forward to once again getting out and meeting as many of the teams involved as we possibly can.
“We are already looking forward to the finals weekend and, in consultation with Florence and the board at the SYFA, plans are already afoot to make the competition even bigger and better than ever before.”
So, without further ado, here are the draws for the first round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup.
Scottish Youth FA Cup Entry Deadline! (Posted 19/07/2019)
All teams wishing to take part in the 2019/20 Scottish Youth FA Cup must have completed their registration on ScottishFA Live by Friday 2nd August.
Teams registered after this date will not be eligible to participate in the competition.
Registrations information (Posted 01/07/2019)
As it is now past 30th June all teams need to re-register for season 2019/20 before they will be able to access the tournaments and player registrations
Office Closure (Posted 15/05/2019)
Due to the Cup Finals weekend taking place, the SYFA office will be closed Friday 17th and Monday 20th May.
Please make sure all player registrations are emailed by 2pm on Thursday 16th May to enable us to process these on time.
Guidelines for 2019 Registrations; Small Sided Games (Posted 04/01/2019)
Please read this information carefully prior to starting your club/ team renewal.
• League registration for the 2019 season is now open.
• Club registration for the 2019 season opens on 22nd December 2018.
• Team registration for the 2019 season open on 3rd January 2019.
• Teams will not be able to register until their club has successfully completed their 2019 membership.
• All registrations must be completed via the SFA Live system
• Club membership is a simple process and is free of charge. Club secretaries should check their list of officials and admin contacts are up to date (removing anyone who is no longer with the club). They should then go to the Membership tab to read and acknowledge the rules of membership and finish their registration.
• On the 31st December 2018, all team officials will be removed from their respective teams and placed onto a list of club officials. It will then be the responsibility of the club secretary to place team secretaries into their respective teams and ensure they have full access to their team so that they in turn can select the required team officials.
• ‘Team Official’ is no longer an accepted role on the system and therefore anyone listed as such should be amended to an accepted role.
• A guide on how to check and change System User permissions has been sent to all club secretaries. They should consult this guide when altering officials’ permissions.
• It will not be possible to place any officials who do not have PVGs with the SYFA into teams.
• It will not be possible to place any officials who have not completed the e-learning course ‘Children's Wellbeing in Scottish Football’ or PVG into teams.
• Any individuals who have not completed the e-learning course and require help on how to do so should go to the Child Protection section of the SYFA website (www.scottishyouthfa.co.uk) and read the information under ‘SYFA Online Protection Training’.
SYFA National Development Player Signs for Partick Thistle
One of Our National Development Player Cameron Crook signed with Partick Thistle Under 18s just before Christmas.
Cameron's Father stated:
'We’d like to put on record our appreciation and thanks for your time and support for Cameron since he was first selected at Under 14 level. It’s been an incredibly positive experience, culminating in the superb trip to Eindhoven last April. He has developed immensely as both a footballer and a person under your guidance and coaching – it’s been a big part of his life and he’s been so proud and privileged to be part of it.
Good luck for the rest of the season, and thank you once again for everything you’ve done for Cameron.'
SYFA are proud of the signing of this individual by Partick Thistle, wishing the player the best of luck in his achievement.
Guidelines for 2019 Registrations; Small Sided Games
Guidelines for the 2019 registration process can be found on the homepage of the Scottish Youth FA website.
Please read these carefully prior to starting your club/ team renewal.
The Christmas edition of our Kickabout Newsletter is now available online:
Festive Office Closures
The SYFA office will be closed on Friday 14th December 2018 for Training.
The shut down for our Christmas holidays is Friday 21st December 2018 and we will re-open on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
National Sports First Aid Course
Florence Witherow Appointed as National Secretary
The Scottish Youth Football Association can today confirm that, after a thorough and exhaustive recruitment process, Florence Witherow has been appointed as the organisation’s new National Secretary.
A lifelong football fan, Florence joins the SYFA from SecuriGroup where she was a Senior Project Manager, a role that saw her take charge of a number of successful national events and contracts, managing hundreds of staff.
On making the appointment SYFA chairman, John McCrimmond, said:
“First and foremost we are extremely pleased to be welcoming Florence to the organisation. As a board of directors, we are confident that she is the right person to take the organisation forward as we continue to grow and provide greater access to safe, organised football for Scotland’s young people.
With a wealth of experience in administration, project management and communication we are excited to start working with Florence to move the SYFA forward during this challenging yet exciting time for youth football in Scotland.”
On being appointed to the role, Florence said:
“I’d like to thank the SYFA board of directors for giving me this incredible opportunity to work with the amazing staff and volunteers at the SYFA. I really can’t wait to get started and I’m very excited about the coming weeks, months and years.
I’ve been playing and watching football for as long as I can remember, and ever since my dad took me to my first ever game I have been hooked. This is an organisation filled with fantastic people and there is an enormous amount of potential here. I will be doing everything I can to unlock that potential and help get more young people playing football in Scotland.”
inspiresport are running a Teachers/Coaches inspection visit to Real Madrid, Valencia CF, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven over the next 6 months.
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Please Note| Access to the main SYFA office will only be allowed from 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday
When sending in a player registration form where some players have still to sign, please score through these players and add them onto a new form with a NEW FORM NUMBER. We cannot process a form number more than once and there are a lot of players not being registered due to this problem.
SYFA and Teamer Partnership
We are delighted with our sponsorship with Teamer - owners of the FREE sports Club and Team management app.
Find out more information here: https://teamer.net/
We have recently had some artwork added to the new SYFA Development Van...
It is with great sadness that the Scottish Youth FA announce the passing of
John was a long time administrator and friend of youth football in Scotland and sadly passed on the evening of 6th August 2018. He held many positions within the game and was a well-respected member of the SYFA since its formation, serving on various committees.
John, until recently, volunteered one day per week within the office at both Park Gardens and ultimately at Hampden and he will be sadly missed by his colleagues.
ALL TEAM SECRETARIES
Please Note| When Corresponding with the office by email, please make sure you include your Team ID Number.
Without the Team ID Number it is impossible for us to deal with your enquiry.
Emails received without a Team ID Number cannot be dealt with and will be deleted
Sponsorship Deal between Teamer and The Scottish Youth Football Association
The Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA) are delighted to announce a 3 year Partnership Agreement with Teamer Group who operate a number of digital sports assets including teamer.net, leaguewebsite.net, clubwebsite.net and fixtureslive.net.
The 3-year partnership will see Teamer working closely with the SYFA to provide education on the digital platforms, on-boarding assistance and dedicated customer support to the 900 clubs associated with the organisation. Together, Teamer and SYFA aim to keep the game alive and grow youth football in Scotland by increasing participation, enhancing the organisation of coaches, volunteers, officials and parents, and make it more enjoyable for all involved.
There are still spaces on the below Managing Children’s Wellbeing Courses:
Hampden this 25th June 2018 – 9 places available
Dundee 26th June 2018 – 7 places available
For information on how to create an account and book a place please click the following link:
If you already have an account and know your login details please click on the following link:
11 A-Side Teams PLEASE NOTE:
All 11 a side teams should print off their list of players with their SFA ID numbers.
These will disappear off of the system on 30th June 2018!
Urgent Child Wellbeing and Protection Training
Please be reminded that the Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer of ALL Clubs MUST complete the Managing Child Wellbeing Workshop by 30 June 2018. To book on this course please click here
Also, All SYFA member officials, regardless of their role, must complete the Children’s Wellbeing in Football e-learning online module by 30th June 2018. To access the e-learning course click here
Please read the following guidance for details on how to book:
For all Clubs and Members who have already completed this vital training
- Many Thanks!
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Pitch Finder from Community Sponsorship Partners Scotland
The CSP Pitch Finder application allows parents, guardians and supporters of youngsters playing youth football in Scotland to check on upcoming fixtures as well as locate the pitches where those fixtures are to be held.
The CSP Pitch Finder is now available for Android and iOS phones and tablets providing an intuitive and convenient mobile solution wherever you are, as long as you have a mobile data or wifi signal! More information: Pitch-Finder-App