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Poll and petition set up following Scottish FA announcement

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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.
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.
Do you feel strongly about either moving to summer football or staying with the traditional season? YFS is looking for video messages from members of the youth football community explaining what they believe is the best approach and why. Record these with your screen landscape and send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by WhatsApp to 07753 364692.
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