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As part of his HND course, radio presenter Cameron Conner has produced a fifteen minute report on pathways within Scottish youth football. It includes discussions with a wide variety of guests, as listed below:
- Paul Greig (Raith Rovers Community Foundation),
- Paul Greig (Raith Rovers Community Foundation),
- Michael Wilson (Peebles FC),
- Tony Begg (Penicuik Athletic FC)
- Andrew Johnston (West Lothian Youth Foundation),
- Aaron Moffat (Corstorphine Dynamo FC)
- Declan Fergus (Heart Of Midlothian FC)
- Declan Fergus (Heart Of Midlothian FC)
- Robbie McIntyre ( Edinburgh City FC)
Listen to the production below:
Listen to the production below:
Thursday, 27 May 2010 12:21 Written by YFS Editor 1
The postponements and cancellations of many games as well as an extended period of lockdown had many concerned what may face many of our favourite teams - those concerns were brought to light following what many may feel is a disappointing end to the season, although probably bittersweet for some at the same time - Celtic have been crowned champions of the SPFL for the ninth season in a row after being thirteen points clear with thirty matches played - there has also been additional drama within the SPFL as Hearts are now eyeing legal action following their relegation as the club believes they were still eyeing a recovery if the season were to be played out.
Football fans can find a point of joy however as European football seems to be off to a great start following the delays and concerns around whether or not it was safe to do so - Germany got things started as the Bundesliga has had a couple of weeks head start, a number of players for some teams would test positive for the virus but it didn’t disrupt plans for the league to get underway again as up to eighteen games have been scheduled per week until the season is played through to completion. La Liga in Spain may be the next to see play as the restart date of June 8thseems to be pretty set in stone with fixtures already scheduled.
The two leagues yet to have any date announced within Serie A in Italy and the Premier League in the UK - UK sport has had the go ahead to get going again in June and it is believed that a restart date could be agreed upon this week with a tentative believed date of June 8thto match Spain, Italy may be a little further behind however as it has already been confirmed that games will be unable to take place until the earliest of June 15thwhich could yet also change.
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With dates all being so close, however, it does give fans something exciting to look toward - whether you’re just there for the football or you’re looking to a little something else as betting sites and non uk casinos here begin to gear up up for a full schedule, there’s a lot to be excited for. The leagues will all be pushing to have the seasons brought to an end as soon as possible to start preparations for the 20/21 seasons - if the Bundesliga is any indication of what to expect, each league could see anywhere between fifteen and twenty games played per week, which could mean up to seventy games per week across all four major leagues. There are still a number of questions to be answered for second league teams such as the Championship within the UK as some are facing financial risk, but these will look to be addressed in the coming months - for now however, football is back in a big way, and there’s a lot to come.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 09:47 Written by YFS Editor 1
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Football is a powerful sport, which is exactly why coming together and taking part in it can achieve results. Not only is the beautiful game a great deal of fun to play, but it’s good for you, both physically and mentally, and it enables us as fans of the game to look up to various footballers and draw inspiration from their respective journeys.
When it comes to Scottish football, there have been a vast array of talented footballers to succeed in the SPL and beyond. With the success of many foreign imports, it can be easy to forget some of Scotland’s excellent homegrown talent over the years. It’s even harder to recall those days when assessing the current state of the national side, too. The less said, the better at the moment, but that’s not to say Scotland can’t come again. The memorable names of old should certainly give Scottish fans hope.
The Bundesliga is hogging most of the limelight these days, certainly when it comes to football betting for the fans, with Borussia Dortmund looking to secure the title ahead of Bayern Munich at 9/2 (888sport). However, RB Leipzigat 16/1 represents excellent value given their remarkable season so far. It’s great to have the sport back today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate some of Scotland’s heroes from yesterday. So, without further ado, here is a brief look at some of Scottish football’s greatest exports.
Born and raised in Stirling, Duncan Ferguson developed a love of football in his childhood. After a promising career as a youth player, Ferguson made a name for himself at Dundee United, playing a key role in the club’s Scottish Cupwin in 1991. The rest, as they say, is history. The man labelled ‘Big Dunc’ went on to join Rangers for a then-record fee, before eventually landing himself in prison after getting into trouble on the pitch. He rose again, though, signing for Everton and eventually becoming a legend at Goodison Park. A short spell at Newcastle followed before moving back to the Toffees, a club he is the assistant manager of today and a cult hero at. He’s done all right, really.
When you look back at some of the great Liverpool sides of old, Alan Hansenwas generally a part of them. A solid, no-nonsense type of defender who wore his heart on his sleeve, Hansen is probably best known for his punditry skills with the BBC to some. Still, many will always associate him with playing a pivotal role in helping Liverpool establish themselves as the famous club of today. Born in Alloa, the former Match of the Day pundit has had an excellent career in football, both on and off the pitch.
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Where do we start with Gordon Strachan? One of the game’s great characters, the former Scotland boss is an icon of Scottish football. It’s as simple as that. Not only is he widely respected within the game as a manager, but he was also a superb player too, turning out for the likes of Aberdeen, Dundee, Leeds Unitedand Coventry City. He also shone on the international stage, earning 50 caps for Scotland and scoring two goals at the World Cup. Born in Edinburgh before eventually going on to become a household name in the UK, Strachan has been inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, and rightly so too.
Special mentions to Jock Stein, Ally McCoist, Colin Hendry, Graeme Sharp, Bill Shankly, Alex Ferguson and Matt Busby, too.
Like any country, the people of Scotland have a diverse array of hobbies and interests. From golf and mountain biking to esports and gaming – on consoles or www.casino.com/uk and other sites.
However, when it comes to the most popular hobby, it’s hard to see past football – the most spectated sport in the world. While the likes of Brazil, Germany and England have become most renowned for their love of football, Scotland has also seen it become a staple of their culture.
From the grassroots level to the top professional leagues, football’s place in Scottish life is well and truly cemented - but just how big is its place exactly?
A rich history
Historians believe Scotland was one of the first countries to play the very early versions of football in the middle ages. So, it’s understandable how the country quickly took to it when it was introduced in the late 19th century as we mostly know it now.
Scotland came to love the game as much as the English, where a particular affinity for it grew rapidly in the urban cultures of Glasgow and Edinburgh. With the development of its own league system and international side, football became a bustling business as well as a beloved game.
Over many years, Scotland has produced countless players and coaches of high quality, including Kenny Dalglish, Gordon Strachan and Graeme Souness. No figure has ever proved to be more iconic than Sir Alex Ferguson, however, who remains the most successful club manager in world history with Manchester United.
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWFjft_LU0k
While football has always been loved by much of the population, the growing engagement of clubs with their local communities has meant that game attendances have gone up in recent years.
Where some smaller urban communities weren’t interested in attending games before, clubs have imposed themselves into the culture so much so that children are growing up alongside a game that can be played at any level and anywhere.
As well as this, the engagement and opportunities available to women have grown too. Although the game is still somewhat male-dominated, the women’s side of football is far more accessible than it was for much of Scotland’s history. The 2019 Women’s World Cup was a major factor in this, as soon after the country saw a 21% rise in female engagement with football.
Though Scottish football has sadly been perceived as a step below the quality that the English leagues offer, there is no shortage of success seen across the board.
Scottish left-back Andrew Robertson became the first Scottish player to play in a Champions League final in 21 years in 2018, while the story of Rangers returning to the SPL from near-liquidation is one of football’s most inspiring tales.
Despite Celtic’s continued dominance, a bigger range of clubs across Scotland’s multiple leagues have lifted trophies than ever before, meaning more fans across the country have seen success.
All of this, including just how much people miss the game is during this postponement, shows how important football is to Scotland’s culture, economy and development.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:22 Written by YFS Editor 1
Betting on football is not as difficult or mysterious as some people would have you believe. It has risks just like every other form of gambling; but it also has several shots at winning the bet. You just have to know when, where and how to place the bet. You might not be able to able to predict the outcomes accurately every single time. But there are different segments in a match that you can place your bet and this, thus, results in a high chance of winning the separate bets. It is not much hard to understand. All you need is a bit of experience and the right awareness of how to proceed with the bet. We intend to do the same with this article. By the end of the article, you shall have a basic knowledge of how to place your bet and the things that you need to keep at the back of your mind before betting on football. It is important that you understand the sport as much as possible. These points, when applied appropriately, shall bring you great results. Therefore, ditch the apprehension about betting and give this form of gambling a shot, because it is worth a try.
Be Aware of Every Piece of News Concerning the Team:
If you have decided to give betting a shot, it is important that you pay attention to the details of the game and every piece of news that you possibly can. There is no way you can hope to follow the trend or understand what is happening in the domain of football if you are not careful about being well-informed. Follow all the news that has to do with football and the teams that you are rooting for. This will give you an edge and can help you beat the odds better. You need to keep your facts clear all the more when you are opting for an online form of betting. Online betting or online gambling for real money has to be taken up carefully if you are to make some solid profits out of it.
Observe the Team’s Form:
A lot can be understood by the team’s form; that is, if you are observant of how your team has been playing in the last few matches, you can very well understand how to place the bet. The form of a team gives everything away. Therefore, keep an eye out for the previous matches of the teams that you are considering to bet on and note down the essential points that you think might help you in analysing the factors that determine a well-placed bet. There are a number of other ways in which you can analyse a team’s form. For instance, you could also look at the match predictions and try to understand what the experts have to say. They are almost never wrong.
Keep a Weather-Eye on the Weather:
You might not want to place a lot of importance on the prevailing weather conditions. But, know that the weather plays an important role in determining the outcomes of a match. Keeping an eye out for the weather is especially important if you like to bet for the “over and under 2.5 goals” betting strategy. Check the weather updates on the day of the match to make wiser betting decisions. The importance of weather on a match might not occur to you now. But once you get the hang of the way in which betting works, you shall understand its importance. However, instead of going for the trial and error method of learning, pay heed to the point we served you on the platter.
The three points that we mentioned in the article are the most important techniques to abide by if you are to make the most out of your betting experience. Betting on football matches is not much different than gambling when it comes to the element of risks. Both the domains are interspersed with risks. But that does not mean that you should stay away from the domain. You could make a handsome income out of betting on football if you follow the basics of betting and follow your good instincts.
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:16 Written by YFS Editor 1
The Scottish Youth FA has issued an email to all member clubs, outlining the approach they have taken to leagues, cup competitions and the petition on summer football. It reads as follows:
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, I am 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:
2. Emails from both the proposer and seconder must be sent from the registered email address of the league or club secretary.
3. Resolutions must be signed (either via verified electronic signature or scanned copy of signed letter)
4. Hard copies of letters must be retained by the sender for retrospective verification.
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.
Florence Witherow (On behalf of the Scottish Youth FA Board)
Friday, 10 April 2020 08:11 Written by YFS Editor 1
A day short of four weeks following the announcement that grassroots football would stop indefinitely, the first major announcement has been made in Scotland. A statement from the Scottish FA confirmed that: "Restrictions were unlikely to be lifted for at least 13 weeks and that NHS Scotland had been placed on an emergency footing until at least 10 June 2020. Mr FitzPatrick (Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing) indicated that no group training would be permitted before the legal restrictions are lifted and noted the medical advice that competitive matches could not take place for about six weeks after training and conditioning recommences."
The news, whilst considered inevitable by many, put a level of certainty on the immediate future and sprung the youth football community to action. The most common debate following the announcement was whether this opens the door to switch to a 'summer season' for Scottish Youth FA age groups U13 - U21. The March - November football programme is currently used by Scottish Women's Football, Club Academy Scotland and Scottish Youth FA age groups at U12 and below.
Youth Football Scotland is asking your opinion through social media polls. You can join the debate and cast your vote at the links below:
- Facebook poll.
Youth Football Scotland is asking your opinion through social media polls. You can join the debate and cast your vote at the links below:
- Facebook poll.
One person who believes strongly that now is the time for change is Craig Burness, a coach at Bervie Caley in the Aberdeen & District Juvenile FA. Burness stated: "Since today's news that there can be no football across the board until 10th June 2020, we have to try and give some hope to the kids that we may return to normal at some point. Every plan will be flawed, some will be quick to point out problems rather than the solutions, however the benefits of moving Youth Football to the so-called Summer months could be massive. Polls across the country have shown a want for this from kids, coaches, parents and individual clubs. Grassroots football in Scotland already this season has decimated by a glut of postponed fixtures and training sessions due to numerous storms and freezing conditions. This debate is normally reserved for our reliably dismal winters, but surely the case for juvenile football in Scotland to be played in the spring and summer months stronger than ever?"
You and view and sign Craig's petition by clicking here.
Can Scotland U21 finally reach the major competition?
In the absence of proper football action caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to take a look at Scotland U21 team’s chances of making it to the U21 European Championshipin Hungary and Slovenia with the help of football betting tips experts at Bettingtips4you.com. The young Scots are currently halfway through their qualifying campaign. Even though they are winless in three straight affairs, the head coach Scot Gemmill can still perform the miracle and lead the team at the major youth tournament.
Fixtures against Croatia and Greece are postponed
Gemmill’s men should have played two highly-important clashes in late-March, but the matches against Croatia U21 and Greece U21 were postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The youth Scots occupy the third place in the standings of the qualifying Group 4 after five games. They got off to a fabulous start with two wins from two, a series that included the shocking 1-2 win against the group favourites Croatia U21 in mid-September last year.
However, the team failed to find the back of the net in any of the following three outings. They played back-to-back goalless draws to Lithuania U21 and Czech Republic U21 before falling 0-1 at home to Greece U21.
The young Scots conceded just two goals in five matches so far
Gemmill can clearly be thrilled about his team's stern defensive displays. Scotland U21 shipped no more than two goals in five outings even though they've played the likes of Croatia U21, Czech Republic U21, and Greece U21 in the process. The defence is obviously this side's massive strength. Can it do enough to compensate for the lack of attacking creativity at the opposite end?
Gemmill’s troops failed to score in three successive matches. The home draw to Lithuania U21 was particularly disappointing, especially if we know that it came after the initial two wins over San Marino U21 and Croatia U21.
Scotland U21 are just three points shy of the group leaders
We would’ve known much more about the team’s chances had they played the likes of Croatia U21 and Greece U21 in March. This way, it’s all still wide open. The young Scots are just three points short of the Czech Republic U21 at the top of the group. The Czechs are about to visit Tynecastle in October this year. The team can ill afford slip-ups against group underdogs (San Marino U21 and Lithuania U21). Can they do well in these postponed affairs, though?
Conor McLennan could be this generation’s driving force
Aberdeen’s striker made the difference in the aforementioned win away against Croatia U21. He came on from the bench to turn things around and bag two super-late goals within eight minutes for the youth Scots. He also earned more minutes on the pitch for the club. The 20-year-old forward bagged three goals for the Dons this season, equalling his tally from the previous term of the Premiership. He was on target in Aberdeen’s recent 2-2 draw at Kilmarnock in early-March.
We also have to mention Chelsea’s midfielder Billy Gilmour who stepped up with a phenomenal pair of performances against Liverpool and Everton respectively. He could be a vital part of the youth Scottish team in the decisive matches.
The new faces we could see in the next affairs include Stephen Welsh (Celtic), Lewis Moore and Andrew Irving (Hearts), Jamie Gullan (Hibs), Lewis Mayo (Rangers), and Louis Appere (Dundee United).
There is much to be excited for when football returns to action
Scotland U21 had a disappointing qualifying campaign in the previous term when they finished the group behind England U21, Netherlands U21, and Ukraine U21. They were nowhere near the battle for the top of the standings back then.
They now have a much easier group. They have done well without being prolific in the final third so far. However, if McLennan stays healthy ahead of the decisive affairs, we would not be surprised to see the youth Scots in serious contention for the top spot in the group.
The National Football League Draft, also known as the NFL Draft, it’s an event performed annually and is one of the many ways to recruit new players. In fact, this is the most common method of recruiting new players for the league.
According to this article, the first event was held in 1936, and ever since then, it has been done every year. Nowadays it is performed in spring, during April.
How Does It Work?
NFL teams usually complete their rosters using three methods of recruiting: trading players between teams, free-agent signings, and drafting. The NFL draft is all about how teams draft college students who are eligible through the drafting process. This even in specific lasts up to two days, and 32 teams take their turns to select players.
The draft is usually done during weekends and has 7 rounds. The first three rounds are held on Saturday, and the last four rands are held on Sunday. On average, each round consists of 32 picks. Considering that there are 32 teams participating, each team has one pick per round. In some cases, a team will not be able to draft during a round, but that depends on certain circumstances. On the contrary, there are teams that might be able to select more than once during a round.
Something interesting to add is that, between 1977 and 1993, there were 12 rounds per event, and before that, from 1967 to 1976, it was 17 rounds.
Now, when it comes to a team’s positioning in the list for the drafting process, it depends on its performance during the previous year, but in reverse. For example, the last team placed in the previous year is placed first during the draft. After deciding a team’s position, a team can either trade their position in the drafting process, trade a player for another player or select a player from the draft.
Normally, a team starts analyzing the players available for selection months, and even years, previous to the event. They compare the statistics of hundreds of players that are categorized as the best players before making a decision. Considering how important scouting is, this is an absolutely necessary step to decide whether a player is good or not.
There’s another event held previous to the NFL Draft that allows teams to get to know players available during the draft before the event. This is known as the NFL Scouting Combine and is held in February. This event lets more than 300 players showcase their skills and performance.
This lets teams create their own list of players they want during the drafting process. Also, they may create an alternative list of possible candidates considering how difficult it is to get the players they want depending on their positioning on the event.
For more detailed information, you can visit https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/nfl-draft.htm-.
Who Are Eligible For Drafting?
Well, believe it or not, teams can get themselves whoever they want. There’s a case where the Dallas Cowboys got themselves two players with no experience in playing football. Carl Lewis (Known for winning an Olympic gold medal) and Bob Hayes.
With that said, most players eligible for drafting are those who played football during college. One of the few rules of the drafting process is that players can only be eligible once three college football seasons have ended since they graduated from high school. This means that most people entering college are not eligible for the event.
For the Fans of the Event
During the start of the event, fans can actually get to cheer and enjoy the whole event if they purchase a ticket. One person can only buy one ticket, and it allows it to participate in the event for the whole two days. Most of the cases, people prefer to enjoy the event through television or streaming services, though.
You can always check Fanspeak daily draft news for more information on the recent news.
Although being the first pick is something to enjoy, some people may want to be picked last during the drafting process. The last player selected during the event is known as Mr. Irrelevant. This may sound kind of dispraising for the player, that player gets a formal celebration in its name.
Mr. Irrelevant gets to fly to California, participate in several events, and even go to Disneyland. That’s why, for some people, being Mr.Irrelevant is more than an honor.
That player also receives a trophy known as the Lowsman Trophy, which consists of a statue made of bronze representing a player with a ball. This trophy is usually described as the opposite of the Heisman Trophy, which is given to those players that are considered the best among the best.
This whole thing of formally celebrating the last pick during the NCL Draft has been done since 1976 thanks to Paul Salata, a receiver from the Baltimore Colts during 1950. This makes Paul Salata the savior of those who were selected last during each draft ever since then.
Monday, 24 February 2020 11:01 Written by Calum McCaffery
The Scottish FA has announced new guidelines for all age groups from six to 17 year olds.
Among the guidelines are recommendations not to head the ball in training for primary school children, as well as a graduated approach to heading as youngsters make their way through secondary school.
The guidelines come in response to a study led by the University of Glasgow published in October last year, which revealed insights into the impact heading had on professional footballers long term health.
The study established a link between the repeated heading of footballs and degenerative brain diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The guidelines include the following recommendations:
- Heading should not be introduced in training sessions from the age of six through to 11.
- Heading should be considered a low coaching priority between the ages of 12 to 15 years however training sessions can be introduced. These should be limited to one session of no more than five headers per week at 13 years, increasing to 10 headers per session at 14 and 15.
- It is acknowledged that heading will begin to form part of the game at 12 and should be permitted, however, coaches are encouraged to promote a style of play that limits long passing.
- Heading burden will remain restricted to one training session per week for 16 and 17 year olds and coaches should be mindful of limiting repetitions during that session.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “While it is important to re-emphasise there is no research to suggest that heading in younger age groups was a contributory factor in the findings of the FIELD study into professional footballers, nevertheless Scottish football has a duty of care to young people, their parents and those responsible for their wellbeing throughout youth football.
“The updated guidelines are designed to help coaches remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football in the earliest years, with a phased introduction at an age group considered most appropriate by our medical experts.
“It is important to reassure that heading is rare in youth football matches but we are clear that the guidelines should mitigate any potential risks. We will also look to monitor and review the guidance as part of our commitment to making the national game a safe and enjoyable environment for young people.
“I would like to thank our colleagues at the English FA for their collaboration in this process and UEFA’s Medical Committee for their guidance.”
Dr John MacLean: “I am proud that the Scottish FA has taken a positive, proactive and proportionate approach to the findings of the FIELD study. Scottish football has taken a lead on the subject of head injury and trauma in sport, from becoming the first country in the world to produce cross-sport concussion guidelines - If In Doubt, Sit Them Out - to having one of the most advanced medical education programmes in sport.
“Since the publication of the report we have consulted with colleagues on the football and medical sides at The English FA and UEFA and I believe the guidance will help provide reassurance for young players and their parents nationwide.”
Monday, 24 February 2014 09:49 Written by YFS Editor 1
The need for football socks is to ensure that they are comfortable and players can wear them for long in comfort and without having blisters. In most cases, football clubs are known to have affiliation with certain brands but players can also choose as per their individual preferences. There are several sports brands out there along with the kind of accessories they offer; hence, one can make a choice to get quality protection in the kind of budget they have in mind.
Football socks are as breathable and of comfortable fabric and design as any good quality sock; however, there are certain qualities that are incorporated in socks for sports like football which helps to soak up sweat, prevent the build-up of microbial bacteria and ensures comfort for long hours of play or practice.
Features to Look for
If one is out to buy football socks here are some points to keep in mind:
- Moisture Wicking or Breathability
This is the first factor to look into. Most sports socks ensure that this quality is inbuilt in them; since football involves considerable sweat build-up, this quality is the first aspect to look for when one is buying sportswear. It also prevents the buildup of odors.
- Anti Microbial Properties
This aspect is also important for which certain quality cotton or special blends are used in such sportswear. With sweat and dirt the buildup of antimicrobial bodies is easy; however with the right kind of fabrics sports socks are usually kept germ free as well as risks of bacterial infections reduced considerably.
- Resistant to Abrasion
Leather boots that are usually the footwear for such sports can be tough; hence, the feet need to have adequate cushioning. For such reasons, most high-quality footwear for sports like football comes in comfort fabrics as well as with inbuilt resistant liners.
- Protection from Blisters
This is important, especially when a player opts for new boots. These are usually of leather and if the inner liners are not adequate, they can form blisters on the feet of the players. A certain thickness of the sock fabric can help protect the feet skin from blisters and forming of the same. The best football socks are of a certain thickness that also lends comfort while one walks or runs around in them.
Stretchability is another important quality to look for; this also enables a sock to provide a comfortable fit. Spandex that is used in the products of top brands ensures a seamless fit, especially around the heel as well as around the toes.
It is important to check the above features when one is shopping for sports socks.
Different Sock Designs
If you are part of a football club, chances are that your gear is already provided for. However, if you are shopping for yourself or stocking up on quality sportswear, here are some options to consider among the products made available among several sports brands in the market.
- Football Socks with Vapour Cushioning
This is one category of socks from Nike Men’s range. The socks are designed for comfort and come at reasonable prices. The features include 100% nylon which ensures the durability of the socks. They are of a seamless design that makes them a perfect fit. A special characteristic is zonal cushioning that is found across the whole design. It helps to relieve clear pressure on joints and on feet. There is Achilles protection so that one’s ankles are protected, especially if one steps on the back of one’s shoes. Dri-Fit technology is another patent technology that is found in most of Nike products. This also helps in sweat drying up fast. It prevents any mushy feel and keeps the feet cool. One will also find support for the arch of the foot as well as allowing one to slide their foot into boots easily.
These are designs that work for intermediate and junior players as they are of affordable price. They are also great for new shoes as blisters are formed easily on the feet.
- Crew Socks
This is another category that is often marketed by several sports brands. These are of the athletic range of many brands and are of different color combinations. That makes it possible for players to choose as per uniform designs and colors. Socks feature acrylic cushioning that offer protection to the feet and are also of a thicker design. There are added bars at the back which are great for preventing blisters. The bars help to provide a comfortable fit on the heels. The fit is also great on ankles and provides arch support. This in turn helps reduce strain on ankle joints as well as bridge of foot. The crew sock design works great for other sports as well. These are usually more common in larger sizes while small sizes remain limited. One should check the brand and feature details to ensure that moisture-wicking features are incorporated. This would also ensure decent ventilation.
- Over the Calf Socks
This is another category of socks that is common in football. These are usually polyester and ensure adequate ventilation. The socks come of high cut design and can be used for different sports as well. Socks are usually of lighter fabrics and are thinner. They are designed to provide greater comfort and absorb sweat from feet and legs. These are great for wearing during long hours of play or practice sessions. The socks come of diverse colors and are often designed as per uniform design details of different clubs. There are some that are knee-high as well which are designed with a mix of spandex, polyester, and cotton, making them fit for long hours on the field.
Every premier sports brand, from Nike, Adidas, Under Armor and several others have different categories of football socks on offer. It is important to check the length, material and comfort aspects or review the same before making a purchase. In certain cases football coaches or trainers will provide specifications that make it easier to choose or make a purchase.
Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00 Written by YFS Editor 1
In the last decade, Scotland has been consistently producing some good footballing talent. While the majority of these youngsters are still plying their trade in the domestic Scottish Premier League, the older generation is finding way into other top European leagues. Lethal striker Mousa Dembele swapped Celtic for Lyon at a young age, and from the look of things, he could have opened the doors for other younger talents.
As Scottish football continues to receive more attention globally, you can find a list of the best betting sites that cover different tiers in the country. In this article, we look at 10 upcoming Scottish players aged 20 and below. Number in brackets denotes age).
#1. Ross McCrorie (20) – Rangers
The young midfielder may not have seen as many minutes as he would have fancied under the tutelage of Steve Gerrard, but he has proved himself in the few he has got. After the recent draw with Kilmarnock, Gerrard was full of praise for the youngster, saying McCrorie was a good ‘performance enforcer’ in the making.
#2. Lewis Ferguson (19) – Aberdeen
At 18, he made 14 appearances for Hamilton before his transfer to Aberdeen. This season is already proving his breakthrough season with 30 appearances so far for the Dons.
#3. Callum Morrison (19) – Hearts
Hearts manager is not known to give youngsters too many chances, and when he does, he fully trusts you. There is a story about the right winger who has already made over 31 appearances in a Hearts shirt.
#4. David Turnbull (19) – Motherwell
He is a central midfielder, and a five-goal return so far this season is quite something for a 19-year old. He scored back-to-back winning strikes against Hibs and Dundee.
#5. Ryan Porteous (19) – Hibernian
As recently as December, it was Porteous who starred as Hibs frustrated giants Celtic and Rangers in successive matches. He is a no-nonsense defender who has often been criticized by opponents for his tough tackling.
#6. Ethan Erhahon (17) – St. Mirren
He made his debut for St. Mirren in November against Rangers in a game the Saints lost 0-2. He has since been a regular fixture, and he looks set for a big money move abroad in a few years.
#7. Connor McLennan (20) – Aberdeen
The Peterhead-born forward has already represented his country 12 times in different categories, most recently in the Under21 side. He plays for Aberdeen, where he has 35 appearances in-between two loan spells at Brenchin City.
#8. Fraser Preston (20) – Sheffield Wednesday
He has 4 caps in total in a Scotland shirt, but the Sheffield Wednesday young forward has a future if he can keep his head down.
#9. Cammy Gill (20) – Dunfermline Athletic
He is the only goalkeeper in the list, and that tells quite a story. He plays as a back-up keeper in the Scottish second tier side, and a lot is expected of the prodigy.
#10. Ben House (19) – Reading
House was born in Surrey, England, but he chose Scotland where he has already made 3 appearances for the U20 and U21 sides. He is currently on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Thursday, 06 February 2020 17:48 Written by YFS Editor 1
After a year of tremendous success stories in 2019, Future Pro USA is back for 2020 with the first opportunity for female players. With the new female season's kick-off on the horizon, it's a busy time for club players with pre-season in full swing, so a package has been created to allow players to explore opportunities across the pond without breaking their stride.
YFS is offering female players the following:
- Filming of one or more pre-season/season opening matches.
- Showreel video production.
- Filming of one or more pre-season/season opening matches.
- Showreel video production.
- One to one meeting with Future Pro USA advisor on 15th March.
Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:33 Written by YFS Editor 1
January opens the transfer window for the second half of the season, with the Premier League and Europeans getting players to strengthen their teams. The window is already open for the French, Scottish, German, English, and Chinese clubs, with Spanish and Italian clubs waiting to join on 2nd January.
Expect to see some serious transfers with the likes of Arsenal hunting for a defender and Manchester United for a striker after their target, Erling Haaland, chose to join Borussia Dortmund. Elsewhere, Chealse will be comparing Bundesliga, Jadon Sanch and Timo Werner. So far, Liverpool has already signed Takumi Minamino. Another interesting transfer you should be aware of when placing your bets on sites like ComeOn odds, is that of former Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge. The million-dollar question is, will he join Aston Villa or Marseille?
Below we look at which clubs need to bolster their squads during this transfer window and which payer they may go for.
The club spent over £100 million pounds during the summer transfer window but still needs to spend more if they are to get out of their relegation problems. With John McGinn out for three months due to injury, the club needs to find strengthen their frontline as well as relieve the pressure on Wesley. Among their targets is Werder Bremen’s winger, Milot Rashica.
Arsenal has deficiencies for both midfield and centre-back; positions that would perfectly be filled by Thomas Lemar of Atletico Madrid and Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig. However, buying these two would cost the club approx. £100 million, money that the club doesn’t have. The club may get some money by letting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang go, but that wouldn’t be a worthy sacrifice.
Lifting of the club’s transfer ban creates a good opportunity for Frank Lampard to improve his striking team. With over £150 million to spend, the club is eyeing several players including:
- Samuel Chukwueze of Villareal
- Jadon Sancho of Dortmund
- RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner
- Fyodor Chalov of CSKA Moscow
- Wilfried Zaha and Moussa Dembele, both of Lyon
The club will be releasing Olivier Giroud.
Although the club doesn’t need any new players this January, Jurgen Klopp has already signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg. Klopp, however, admits that it’ll be tricky to fit the Japanese midfielder since the team is already performing well. There’s also the likelihood of the team signing Saint Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, and that’s all the deals the team is expected to make this season.
Ole Gunnar has a budget of £150 million set aside in case any of his summer list players become available. These include:
- James Maddison of Leicester
- Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund
- Decline Rice of West Ham
- Christian Eriksen of Tottenham
However, the midfield is the club’s weakest division and the manager should, therefore, prioritize on Eriksen, Rice, and Madison. The manager isn’t expected to let any player go unless he gets a good deal on Nemanja Matic or the player demands to go.
Guardiola insists that he isn’t signing new players despite Aymeric Larpote’s knee injury. This comes even after the team has suffered poor defence due to lack of good replacement. But in case he changes his mind, the manager will spend £50 million to buy a new player. It won’t be a surprise though, considering it’s the transfer market season.
The transfer window will close on Friday 31st January 2020 at 11 PM for Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, while Portuguese teams have until the following day to complete the signing. For the Chinese Premier League, the transfer window closes on February 27, while it closes on February 21 for the Russian teams. If any team wishes to make any deals after the deadlines, then it can do so via the “Deal Sheet.”