Club Academy Scotland Regulations 2013-14Wednesday, 14th Aug 2013
Club Academy Scotland is a performance based youth football development programme organised and managed by the Scottish FA
a) Club Academy Scotland is a performance based youth football development programme organised and managed by the Scottish FA for clubs in membership of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League.
b) For the start of season 2013-14, clubs participating in the Club Academy Scotland programme shall be organised into a star rating structure on the basis of pre-determined 1-6 star rating criteria. Thereafter, participating clubs will be formally assessed and graded by the Scottish FA Club Licensing Department using the 6 Star Rating Programme developed by the Association's Performance Department.
c) The Scottish FA Professional Game Board will have specific responsibility for the technical review and assessment of the Club Academy Scotland programme, and shall reserve the right to appoint a Technical Review Panel comprising experts from within the Club Academy Scotland programme.
d) The Scottish FA Licensing Committee will have specific responsibility for the verification of applicable criteria standards developed for implementation within the Club Academy Scotland programme.
1. Club Academy Scotland - Aims and Objectives
a) To promote, foster and develop the game of Association football for elite and talented young players at age levels 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, and dual age band 16s/17s.
b) The development of a challenging performance environment and structure for Scotland's elite and talented young players through the implementation, assessment and evaluation of agreed Club Academy Scotland standards.
c) Compliance with, and observance of, the terms of the Scottish FA Performance Strategy.
d) The provision and control of an organised youth development match programme for clubs participating in the Club Academy Scotland programme in accordance with the principles set out above.
e) The development of world class standards in all areas of the Club Academy Scotland programme.
2. Applicable 1-6 Star Criteria
The full schedule of Club Academy Scotland 1-6 star criteria, and information related to the Scottish FA 6 Star Rating Programme, is available in appendices separate from the Regulations document.
Compliance with Club Academy Scotland criteria will be the subject of regular audit and assessment. The Scottish FA reserves the right to carry out audit spot checks at clubs without prior notice.
In observing the terms of specified Club Academy Scotland criteria, clubs are obliged to formally notify the Scottish FA of variances which occur outside of designated audit windows.
3. Games Programme
The Performance Director from time to time may make such recommendations to the Professional Game Board (PGB) in respect of invitations to such club(s) to participate at a specific level within the Games Programme. Such recommendations shall be considered by the PGB in its absolute discretion.
Eligibility to Play in the Club Academy Scotland Programme
A club may only register a maximum of 20 players per age level during the season.
In order to be eligible to participate in a Club Academy Scotland match, a player will require to be registered for his club by means of SFA "Non-Recreational Player Registration - Youth" form, with the exception of a player playing as a Trialist in accordance with the terms of paragraph 3c) below.
Exceptionally, at dual age band 16/17s, a club's compliment of 20 players may be supplemented by players registered on a Scottish FA Amateur or Professional Registration Form.
The terms and conditions of the Scottish FA Registration Procedures apply.
It is recommended that players should be involved in at least 75% of fixtures.
b) Applicable Age Levels in the Club Academy Scotland Programme
Age Level 11s - Players born on or after 1st January, 2003*
Age Level 12s - Players born on or after 1st January, 2002*
Age Level 13s - Players born on or after 1st January, 2001
Age Level 14s - Players born on or after 1st January, 2000
Age Level 15s - Players born on or after 1st January, 1999
Age Level (Dual Band) 16s/17s - Players born on or after 1st January, 1997
3-6 Star clubs only
In addition to the age levels defined above, clubs achieving 3 - 6 star status (inclusive) will require to formally demonstrate, in writing, the operation of an organised programme for the sourcing and development of players' age 10 years and below.
c) Playing of Players without Registration
No more than three (four for 7-a-side matches) trialists (per team) may be allowed to participate in any Club Academy Scotland match. Each trialist may be allowed to participate in a maximum of five matches (ten matches at age level 11s) in the Club Academy Scotland programme for any one club providing he is otherwise eligible to do so.
Use of Overseas Trialists
Within the Club Academy Scotland programme it will be permitted for clubs to bring a maximum number of 10 overseas trialists per club to train and be assessed during the season.
A club may have the trialist visit Scotland no more than twice in the season and for a maximum of two weeks in total in any season, during which time he may play in no more than two Club Academy Scotland games within his relevant age group at 14s, 15s or dual age band 17s level during the two week period.
A club may list and play only two overseas trialists in a Club Academy Scotland match at any one time (i.e. leaving space for one Scottish trialist to be fielded in a match).
The proposed use of overseas trialists requires to be formally notified to the Scottish FA Registrations Department in writing, together with satisfactory evidence of approvals and welfare arrangements in each case. Such information should be provided at least 10 business days in advance of a player's proposed visit.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Scottish FA must receive:-
1. The player's parent/guardian's written consent
2. The written consent of the player's overseas club, and
3. Details of accommodation and welfare information for the player whilst in transit and whilst in Scotland with the host club.
Upon receipt of the information above, the Scottish FA Registrations Department will contact the foreign national association and request consent for the player to play in Scotland during the period in question (NB. The 10 day period allows the Registrations Department sufficient time to pursue foreign association consent and also allows time for cancellation of arrangements by the club should consent not be provided).
d) Participation in Schools' Football
A player's participation in schools' football will be subject to the policy and discretion of the club for which he has signed, the detail of such policy having been clearly communicated to the player and his parents prior to signing the registration form.
e) Physical Development Exceptions (3-6 Star Clubs)
Specifically excluding age levels 11s and 12s, clubs participating at Elite Academy or Performance level are entitled to nominate ("in total") a maximum of three (3) registered players whom, for reasons of slower physical development, may be permitted to play at the age level immediately below their designated age category for a period of one season.
During this period any nominated player(s) must have their physical development closely monitored in tandem with sports science criteria.
Nominations in this regard must, in the first instance, be directed in writing to the Scottish FA, and may be submitted at any time during the course of the season.
f) Physical Development Exceptions (1 and 2 Star Clubs) - 2 Teams and 4 Teams
Clubs participating at Initiative level are entitled to nominate ("in total") a maximum of three (3) registered players whom, for reasons of slower physical development, may be permitted to play at the age level immediately below their designated age category for a period of one season.
During this period any nominated player(s) must have their physical development closely monitored in tandem with sports science provision criteria.
Nominations in this regard must, in the first instance, be directed in writing to the Scottish FA, and may be submitted at any time during the course of the season.
g) Approaches by and to Clubs
A club shall not, either directly or indirectly, make any approach to or communicate with a player registered with another participating club or a player with whom another participating club has entered into a pre-registration agreement which remains current.
h) Player Education / "In-Service" Training
As a minimum requirement, clubs must ensure that players have access to supplementary educational provision and career planning services developed and provided by the Scottish FA Football Development Department.
Attendance at Scottish FA "in-service" training courses for club coaches and staff involved in the Club Academy Scotland programme is mandatory.
i) Release of Players for Regional / National Performance Squad Gatherings
It is a mandatory obligation for clubs participating in the Club Academy Scotland programme to release players selected for Scottish FA Regional / National Performance Squad gatherings.5. Format of Club Academy Scotland Matches
a) Age Levels 11s and 12s (7-a-side and 11-a-side football)
At age level 11s, the Club Academy Scotland programme will involve all participating clubs playing 7-a-side matches for the duration of season 2013/14.
The Laws of the Game, as authorised by the International FA Board, relative to offside will not apply at age level 11s, however, the Laws of the Game relating to the pass back to the goalkeeper will apply.
At age level 11s a retreating line shall be introduced to help to develop the building of play from the defensive area: -
? The retreating line shall be 12 yards from the goal line.
? The opposing team shall only be allowed to have one player in the defensive area when the goalkeeper has the ball in his hands.
? A second attacker can only enter the defensive area once the defending outfield player has taken his first touch of the ball.
At age level 12s, clubs will play 7-a-side matches during the period August to December, 2013. During the period March to June, 2014 all age level 12s matches will be played on an 11-a-side basis (3 x 30 minute periods) using midi sized goals (21ft x 7ft) and a reduced size pitch.
7-a-side matches will be played between teams comprising 6 outfield players and a goalkeeper. Team squads may consist of up to 10 players with rolling substitutions used throughout the match.
For the avoidance of doubt, a 7-a-side match may involve one or two squads representing a club subject always to the prior confirmation with an opponent and the Scottish FA Performance Department.
The duration of 7-a-side matches shall be: -
1) "A" squad v. "A" squad = 2 x 25 minute periods with 5 minute interval (playing time 50 minutes)
2) "A" and "B" squads v. "A" and "B" squads = 2 x 40 minute matches (20 minutes each way) with 5 minute intervals after each 20 minute period (playing time 80 minutes)
The Club Academy Scotland match programme at Age Levels 11s and 12s is only available for 3-6 Star rated Clubs.
b) Age Levels 13s, 14s, 15s and dual age band 16s/17s
All levels 13s, 14s, 15s and dual age band 16s/17s the Club Academy Scotland programme will involve all participating clubs playing 11-a-side matches for the duration of season 2012/13.
The duration of matches played at 13s and 14s shall normally be 90 minutes. It is mandatory that matches be split into a maximum of three periods of 30 minutes with a 5-minute interval between each period. The final 30 period minute period of a match will be divided into two periods of 15 minutes in the interests of fair play (e.g. inclement weather).
The format of matches at Age Level 15s shall be 90 minutes split into two periods of 45 minutes.
The format of matches at dual age band 16/17s shall be 90 minutes split into two periods of 45 minutes.
At Age Levels, Under 11, Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14, rolling substitutions may be made throughout the match. This shall be extended to age levels Under 15 and dual age band 16/17 should the Club Academy Scotland games programme not be in tabulated format.
The Association reserves the right to organise the Club Academy Scotland games programme at Under 15 and dual age band 16/17s in a tabulated League format.
c) Match Ball Sizes
A size 4 football should be used for all matches at age levels 11s, 12s and 13s. At all other age levels in the Club Academy Scotland programme, a size 5 FIFA approved football shall be used.
d) Coaching, Advice and Tuition (All Age Levels)
At the conclusion of each period of play, the coaches of each participating club shall be permitted to offer coaching, advice and tuition to players. In addition, the match referee and where applicable, the Referee Observer in attendance, shall also be permitted to offer advice on the Laws of the Game and the reasons for decisions that have taken place during the preceding period of play.
6. Match Venues, Dates, Kick-off Times and the Fulfilment of Fixtures
a) Venues for matches played in the Club Academy Scotland programme must be selected strictly in accordance with the terms of applicable 1-6 star rating criteria.
b) The quality of pitches used within the Club Academy Scotland games programme shall be subject to a new marking system determined by the match referee.
c) Clubs are required to formally notify, in writing, the Scottish FA of the venues at which their matches will be played, and must officially register (by means of a match facilities pro-forma) their list of proposed playing facilities prior to the commencement of the season, subject to the above.
d) Matches in the Club Academy Scotland programme will be scheduled for and will normally be played on a Saturday (age levels 11s and 12s) and Sunday (age levels 13s, 14s, 15s and dual age band 16s/17s). The Scottish FA reserves the right to permit matches to be played on other days subject to the substantiated written request of competing clubs.
e) The Scottish FA reserves the right to co-ordinate the kick-off times of all matches played in the Club Academy Scotland programme.
f) The fulfilment of scheduled fixtures in the Club Academy Scotland programme is mandatory. In circumstances where a club is required to postpone or re-schedule a Club Academy Scotland fixture, formal written notice must be communicated to the club's opponent and the Scottish FA within three working days of the date of the originally scheduled fixture. An official Club Academy Scotland pro-forma will be supplied in this regard. Failure to fulfil Club Academy Scotland fixtures will result in the review of a club's status within the programme, or other financial sanctions as deemed appropriate
7. Appointment of Match Officials
The Scottish FA shall appoint, through a designated Regional Referee Co-ordinator, a match referee for all matches played in the Club Academy Scotland programme. The Scottish FA shall decide the tariff for referees at the commencement of each season.
8. Responsibility of Home Clubs
It is the responsibility of the home club to advise the Scottish FA and referee of the agreed venue, date and time of kick-off for matches played in the Club Academy Scotland programme.
Notification shall be made in writing at least one week in advance of the match and, in all cases, not less than three working days before the match. Alterations to the venue, date and time of kick-off must also be notified by the home club to its opponents, the referee and the Scottish FA.
Players having received three cautions for breaches of discipline in the Club Academy Scotland programme will automatically be subject to a one-match ban. A similar one-match ban will also be applied for any sending-off offence.
Suspensions will be recorded and effective in all Club Academy Scotland matches for which the player is eligible.
At the interval of any Club Academy Scotland match, a team which has had a player or players sent off, may introduce substitute players in order to return to a full compliment of 11 (where applicable) to start the next period. A player sent off in a Club Academy Scotland match may not play any further part in that match.
Matters of repeated indiscipline by players or clubs will be investigated by the Scottish FA as an integral part of the on going assessment and evaluation of the Club Academy Scotland programme, its stated aims and objectives.
10. Team Scouts
Team Scouts of clubs participating in Club Academy Scotland will require to complete and sign the Scottish FA's "Team Scout Registration Form" agreeing to adhere to the Scottish FA's Articles, Registration Procedures, as agreed or amended from time to time by the Scottish FA, for approaching players of Scottish Youth FA clubs or other Affiliated National Association clubs. Team Scouts will also require to attend as and when required an approved course run by the Scottish FA on the Scottish FA Protocol and any other matters concerning the duties, responsibilities and obligations on Team Scouts in relation to but not solely limited to the approach to players and clubs.
11. Technical Review and Assessment Form
Every match played in the Club Academy Scotland programme will be subject to the completion of a Technical Review and Assessment form by the appointed match referee, respective Head Coaches and, for Elite Academy matches, the designated Scottish FA Technical Observer.
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