Rules and Regulations

Any questions or queries relating to the following rules and regulations should, in the first instance be directed to your own SYFA National Secretary, Mr. David Little on 0141-620-4590 or mail syfa@scottish-football.com

Alternatively contact Registrations manager Sandy Bryson at the SFA 0141-616-6052 or email at sandy.bryson@scottishfa.co.uk

Unfortunately, the RealGrassroots Team do not have the resources to deal with any queries.


Click here to download the SFA Articles of Association


Click here to download the Youth Initiative Terms of Reference document


Click here to download contact information for all youth initiaitve clubs


1. Registration Forms

1.1 Recreational Player Registration — Youth

Recreational Form
A club in membership of the Scottish Amateur FA, Scottish Welfare FA, Scottish Women's FA, and the Scottish Youth FA may sign and register a player upon a Recreational Form.

Key Terms and Conditions
a) A player signing a Recreational Form shall be subject to the Articles and the Procedures of the SFA and the rules and regulations of the affiliated national associations where applicable;

b) The player's status must be declared upon the form;

c) A player signing this form shall not be paid by the club or any third party any remuneration for his playing activities other than reimbursement of any expenses incurred through involvement in a match such as travel, hotel expenses, equipment, insurance and training costs nor shall a player accept any other payment other than the aforementioned;

d) The registration of a player with a club upon this type of registration will lapse automatically at the end of the season (30th June each year) in which he signed the form and the player will be free to sign for the club of his choice thereafter;

e) A player who is registered for a club by means of a Recreational Player Registration Form may, from 1st May each season sign and be registered for that club for the ensuing season;

f) A player who is registered for a club by means of a Recreational Player Registration Form may, from 15th May each season sign and be registered for another club for the ensuing season, provided he is otherwise eligible to do so;

A player who is serving a dated suspended may not sign a Recreational Form.


Eligibility to Play
g) A player who is registered upon a Recreational Form may only play for the club for which he is registered provided that to do so is not contrary to these Procedures and the rules and regulations of the Scottish Youth FA.

Such a player may also play for:

1) A representative team selected and organized by a recognised football body having jurisdiction over all the professional players in the team;

2) In any circumstances governed by any agreement between the Scottish Junior Football Association and the Scottish Youth Football Association provided that the player is not currently registered by means of a Non-Recreational Youth Player Registration Form for a club in full or associate membership of the Association or in membership of an affiliated association;

3) For a club in full or associate membership of the Association or in membership of an Affiliated Association in any match in which he is eligible to play provided that the written permission of his club is obtained prior to each match, unless he is currently registered by means of Non-Recreational Amateur or Youth Player Registration Forms for a club in full or associate membership of the SFA or in membership of an affiliated association in which case he may only play for the club that he is registered with upon a Non-Recreational Amateur or Youth Registration Form.


Registration of Current Recreational Form Player
A club in full or associate membership of the SFA or a club in membership of an affiliated association or in membership of the Scottish Junior FA, which desires to register upon a Non–Recreational Player Registration Form, a player of who is registered for a club upon a Recreational Form may do so without seeking permission. 7 days' notice of such proposed registration must be given by recorded delivery letter to the Recreational Form club concerned, the SFA Secretary and to the Secretary of the Scottish Youth FA. If the player concerned is under 16 years of age then a club must not contact the player directly. All contact must be made via the player's parent(s)/guardian(s).


a) It shall be deemed a breach of these Procedures and a club may be liable to sanctions should a club approach a Registered Recreational Form player prior to carrying out the above procedure.

b) If Recreational Form Player is signed upon a Non-Recreational Youth or Amateur Player Registration Form then no compensation is due to his former Recreational Form Player club.

c) A junior club may approach and sign a player who is registered by means of a Recreational Form for a club in membership of the Scottish Youth Football Association provided that to do so is in accordance with the terms of any agreement that may exist between the Scottish Junior Football Association and the Scottish Youth Football Association.


End of Season Procedures
A Recreational Form player may;

• sign and be registered for his current club for the ensuing season between 1st May and 30th June (in the following year) each year; or

• after 15th May sign and be registered for any affiliated national association club for the ensuing season.

• A Recreational Form player will be free from 1st July each year to sign for a club of his choice providing he has not signed for the ensuing season in the above mentioned terms.


Cancellation of Recreational Player Form Registration
Registration by means of a Recreational Form Player may be cancelled -:

i. on a written request by the club concerned to the secretary of the relevant
affiliated national association, if required, which in turn, shall request that the Association cancel the registration ; or

ii. by the Authority of the SFA:
or

iii. by the player writing to the SFA Secretary stating the name of the affiliated national association club for which he wishes to play. Confirmation of his eligibility to play for the club concerned will be confirmed and thereafter his Recreational Player Form registration will be cancelled when a period of 28 days has elapsed from the date of application.


Compensation
Compensation will be due to the SYFA Recreational Form club if a player currently registered for that club signs a contract or non-contract registration form for a club in full or associate membership of the SFA or in membership of an Affiliated Association to the sum of:
Contract £200.00
Non-contract £120.00
Amateur Zero
Youth Zero
Should a player who had been registered upon a Non - Recreational Player Amateur or Youth Registration Form sign a contract or non-contract registration then compensation will be due to his former Recreational Registration Club as above.


Training Fund Contribution
When a senior club signs a recreational form player upon a Non-Recreational Player Youth Form a fee of £10.00 must be sent by the senior club to the Secretary of the Scottish Youth FA.

This fund is to be redistributed by the Scottish Youth FA to its member clubs in recognition of its member clubs contribution towards the training and development of youth players.



FIFA Regulations For The Status And Transfer Of Players
To view the full information on the FIFA regulations for transfer of players and compensation for Recreational Clubs view the Scottish FA Handbook (P. 218, 2008 version).



1.2 Non-Recreational Player Registration — Youth
(i.e. SFA Performance or Youth Initiative Club Programmes)

A player qualified by age as stipulated below may be registered upon this type of registration by a club in Full or Associate membership of the SFA or in membership of an Affiliated Association or Scottish Junior FA subject to Scottish Junior FA rules and any agreement that may be in place between the Scottish Junior FA and Scottish Youth FA. The player's status must be stated upon the form.
Key Terms and Conditions;
a) A player who has attained 10 years of age is eligible to sign and be registered with the Association upon this type of form;

b) The qualifying date for each age group is a player born on or after 1st January of the appropriate year up to and including age group 17;

c) A player who is registered with a Performance Club in the SFA Youth Initiative match programme may only play for the club which he is registered. Click here to view the list of clubs participating in the YI programme this season.

d) Therefore, a player registered with a Performance Club will be unable to represent their school team or an SYFA registered club in any game during the time that player is registered.

d) A player who is registered upon this type of form for an Initiative Club in the SFA Youth Initiative match programme CAN play for the initiative club and his school team (but not an SYFA registered club).

e) A player in primary school education who is registered with the Association on this type of form may play for the club and his school team (no matter whether a Performance Club or Initiative Club).

f) A player who is registered upon this type of form for a club in full or associate membership of the Association or in membership of an affiliated association which does not compete in the SFA Youth Initiative match programme may play for his senior club, providing he is eligible to do so, his school team and his Scottish Youth FA club where applicable.

g) A club participating in the Highland Football League Youth Initiative may sign and register a player of a Scottish Youth FA club and such a player will be eligible to play for the Highland Football League Club and the Scottish youth FA club subject to the terms and conditions of any existing agreement between the Highland Football League and the Scottish Youth FA.

h) A club competing in the SFA Youth Initiative programme is permitted to sign and register up to a maximum of twenty players in each age group at any one time.

i) A club which does not compete in the SFA Youth Initiative programme may sign up to a maximum of twenty players in total.

j) The registration of a player with a club upon this type of registration for age groups 10 through to 14 will lapse automatically at the end of the season in which the player signed the form and the player will be free to sign for the club of his choice thereafter.

k) Registration at age group 15 allows a club should it wish and providing it has conformed with End of Season Procedures to bring the player's registration forward to age group 16 for the ensuing season.

i) Registration at age group 16 allows a club should it wish and providing it has conformed with End of Season Procedures to bring the player's registration forward for the ensuing and final season upon this form at age group 17.

NOTE: If a player signs for the pro-club at the 15 age group, the club can retain this player for a further two years!

m) A player who is registered for a club upon this type of registration may, one month prior to the end of season sign and be registered for that club for the ensuing season unless his current registration is at age group 17 in which case the registration will lapse at the end of that season unless cancelled at an earlier date.

n) To be valid the registration of a player upon this type of form who has not yet attained 16 years of age at the date of signing must in all cases be signed by the player's parent/guardian.

o) Should a player's registration upon this type of form aged 10 and 11 be cancelled at the request of the player's parent(s)/guardian(s) then such a player will not be eligible to sign another Non-Recreational Youth Player Registration Form for any club participating in the SFA Youth Initiative during the course of the remainder of the season of cancellation.
*This would permit players to sign under a recreational form and play under membership of an SYFA club.

p) A club shall not, either directly or indirectly, make any approach to or communicate with a player whom is registered upon a Non-Recreational Youth Player Registration Form for any club participating in the SFA Youth Initiative nor should a player who is registered upon a Non-Recreational Youth Player Registration Form for a club participating in the SFA Youth Initiative, either directly or indirectly, make any approach to another club.


End of Season Procedures — Youth Registration
Not later than 30th June in the playing season of signing at age group 15 the club shall by recorded delivery, advise the SFA, the player and any other recognised football body where applicable confirming whether a player's registration is to be continued for the following season. Registrations at age group 14 and below are for one season only. This procedure must also be carried out if a club intends to continue a player's registration from age group 16 to 17. Failure to advise the SFA in writing will result in a player's registration lapsing.



Cancellation of Non-Recreational Form Registration — Youth
Registration upon this type of registration may be cancelled:
i. on a written request to the Secretary duly signed by an accredited official of the club; or
ii. by the authority of the SFA; or
iii. as otherwise provided within these Procedures


Senior Club Exit Strategies
The Terms of reference document governing the Youth initiative programme contains the following information:

3.3 Player Exit Strategy

An Initiative club will be required to demonstrate that it has formally recorded, and communicated, procedures in place which define the club’s obligations when releasing a young player. Moreover, the club shall also ensure that the details of players being released are provided to the SFA in order that these may be circulated to other clubs participating in the Scottish Football Youth Initiative programme and other organisations within Scottish youth football.


2. Breaches of the Regulations
Breach of Codes By A Member Club / School
Coaches and Club Officials must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance. Any breach of any provision(s) of this Code of Conduct by a member of The South East Region shall constitute a breach of the Rules of The National Governing Body and shall therefore be dealt with under the procedures as set out in the Rules of the appropriate organisation.


Breach of Codes By a Senior Club Signing/Approaching a Recreational Player (SYFA / SSFA)
If Senior Clubs (Performance or Youth Initiative) fail to follow any of the rules and regulations, it shall be deemed a breach of the Procedures as stated under the Scottish FA rules and regulations and a club may be liable to sanctions should a club approach a Recreational Form player prior to carrying out the above procedures.

Failure to adhere to this procedure will result in the matter being referred to the General Purposes Committee of the Scottish FA for investigation and possible sanction.


Procedures for Complaint Against a Senior Club by an SYFA / SSFA Registered Club
Recreational Form clubs (SYFA / SSFA) should in the first instance compile the appropriate evidence and make a formal written statement to their respective local league association. The local league will forward any correspondence directly to the National Secretary of their respective National Affiliate Association (ANA), either, the Scottish Youth Football Association or Scottish Schools Football Association..

Depending on the severity of complaint the relevant ANA will forward to the General Purposes Committee of the Scottish Football Association.




Procedures for Complaint Against a Recreational Club (SYFA or SSFA) by a Senior Club

Senior Clubs (Performance or Youth Initiative) should in the first instance compile the appropriate evidence and make a formal written statement to the appropriate Affiliate National Association (ANA) National Secretary (SYFA or SSFA). The ANA will deal directly with any club under their National Disciplinary Procedures.



3. Codes of Conduct

Scouts Operating on Behalf of Professional Clubs

1. Scouts must always carry their club identification badge and present it to all club secretary's and team managers without being asked.

2. Scouts must always identify themselves to club officials.

3. Scouts must never approach young players, without asking the club's permission.

4. The function of a scout is to identify to his club, players with whom his club may wish to enter into negotiations with a view to securing their registration. Scouts are not themselves entitled to enter into any such negotiations nor are they able to make promises to or offer inducements to any players whom they approach.

5. Scouts are employed by and represent their clubs and are officials within the meaning of the rules of the Scottish FA by which they are bound.

6. Scouts must therefore be familiar with the rules and in particular the section relating to Youth Development. They must maintain an awareness of and at all times comply with the rules setting out the circumstances in which their club may make an approach to a player, whose registration is held by another club.

7. When acting in the course of his duties, a scout shall at all times carry the formal means of identification, issued to him by his club and shall produce the same upon demand.

8. Scouts are responsible for the conduct of the contacts and shall be liable for any act or omission by contact, which constitutes a breach of rules.

9. Scouts shall conduct themselves in a manner befitting their role as officials of their club and shall take all possible steps to promote the reputation of the game of Association Football and to prevent it being brought into disrepute.

10. A scout shall forthwith disclose to his club the nature and extent of any direct or indirect interests he may have in any transaction or arrangement involving his club and he shall account to his club for any benefit which either directly or indirectly he derives there from.

11. A scout shall conduct himself at all times in an ethical and professional manner and shall observe the highest standards of integrity and fair dealing.

12. All scouts must adhere to the rules of the Regional Committee, as regards the way to approaching players as stated in these Codes of Conduct.

13. Scouts are not allowed under any circumstances to approach players direct.


Scouts breaching Rule 13 can be reported to the Scottish Youth FA and then to the Scottish FA.