A press release issued by the Scottish Youth FA on 8th March 2017 stated:
The Scottish Youth Football Association has confirmed that 18 of its 3,500 clubs have been suspended due to a failure to complete the necessary PVG checks for coaches and officials.
The suspensions will affect around 350 of the 60,000 youths who participate in SYFA competitions, but it is anticipated that most of these will join other nearby clubs.
The announcement comes after the 3,500 clubs across 39 leagues were warned last year that they would risk suspension unless they ensured their coaches undertook the mandatory vetting procedures which are an essential element of the SYFA's operations.
SYFA chief executive David Little said: "We said late last year that clubs which do not expedite these compulsory checks would lose their member status and that those volunteers without a PVG certificate would be placed under a precautionary suspension. It is encouraging that the overwhelming majority of clubs take these responsibilities extremely seriously, but those that have not complied have now been suspended from all competitions.
"It is disappointing that we have been forced to suspend these 18 clubs, but player safety is our number one priority and we were determined to ensure that a strong signal was sent out across the country that these standards are non-negotiable.
"A total of 488 volunteer officials who have not completed PVG checks within three months of joining a club have been placed under precautionary suspension until such time as their checks are complete. It is a key principle of SYFA membership that, until they have been cleared by the Disclosure Scotland process, volunteers joining clubs are only allowed to participate in activities under the direct supervision of a PVG-checked coach or official, of which there are more than 15,400 registered with the SYFA."