festival information

The Edinburgh Cup Formats

All clubs, which are members of their FIFA affiliated national associations, are welcome to participate in The Edinburgh Cup. In countries where football is operated by the schools, we also allow teams affiliated by their school football association. All small sided 4, 5, 7 and 9`side teams will play under SFA/SYFA/SWFA playing rules which is subject to change and set by event organisers.

The Edinburgh Cup will offer two formats to suits teams of all abilities, these will be a non competitive festival or a competitive tournament.

The following age groups teams will particapate in the competitive tournament, BU11*, BU12*, GU13 and ALL 11-a-sides and will begin with a group play. Teams are divided into groups of five (depending on teams registered), where all teams are playing each other once. The top two of each group will play each other in the play off A for The Edinburgh Cup, third, fourth and fifth teams of each group will play in the play off B section for final positions. All players must be insured, both for games and leisure time. 

The Following age groups will particapate in the non competitive festival; BU7, BU8, BU9, BU10, BU11*, BU12*, GU9, GU11, all teams will play in round robin games with a minimum of 5 games throughout  the event.

* Have the option to to select non competitive or competitive

Player Dispensation

In all 11- a- side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to three (3) players per squad who are maximum one year over age. For 9- a- side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two (2) players per squad who are maximum one year over age. For 7- a- side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two (2) players per squad who are maximum one year over age. For 5 & 4-a-sides, no dispensation will automatically be granted. Girls may play in boys’ teams in all age categories, as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.    

Number of teams at The Edinburgh Cup

In recent years we have not been able to accept all teams that wished to join. At 4-a-side and 5-a-side we limit no more than 5 teams per age group, at 7-a-side we limit no more than 3 teams per age group, At 9-a-side we limit no more than 2 teams per age group. The teams that have registered and paid the registration fee have first priority. Registration counts as the date we receive the registration fee. Please keep in mind we are expecting over 400 teams  and that most younger age groups tend to be fully booked very early.  


All players at 4`side, 5`side, 7`side and 9`side (except those selected competitive tournament and GU13) will receive a commemorative medal at the end of each age group event. For teams playing 7, 9 & 11`side reaching the play off finals, each player will receive a medal, and the teams will receive a specially designed Cup (1st), Trophy (2nd) and Plaque (3rd)

A trophy is awarded to the best player at each age group category. This is determined on technical skill, hard work and enthusiasm and will be judged by our age group host.

Insurances & Responsibility

Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field. The Edinburgh Cup does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Scotland must have personal medical insurance. 


Entry & Payments

Please keep in mind that most of the younger categories are fully booked very early. To be secured a space at the Edinburgh Cup - register and pay the entry fee as soon as possible. The time of your registration counts from the day we receive the registration fee. The registration fee must be paid within 14 days of submitting the registration online (though no later than 1st July). However please note that teams are not officially entered until you are approved.

If you have been placed on the `standby list` your payment and space remains valid until otherwise notified. If at any point you withdraw and have paid the registration fee, the fee can not be returned. If The Edinburgh Cup do NOT approve or a space does not become available a full or part refund will be provided.

Cancellation of the tournament and Force Majeure

In the event that the Edinburgh Cup can`t be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the festival organizers (force majeure*) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence or the festival organizers, the festival organizers cannot be held liable by the delegations for any damages, costs or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, costs for additional orders, financial losses etc. Under these circumstances, the festival organizers reserve the right to either retain the entire registration/accommodation fee and to use it for a future tournament, or to reimburse the delegations after deducting costs already incurred for the organization of the tournament and which could not be recovered from third parties. 

 *The Edinburgh Cup is in no way responsible for injury or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events.  

Playing periods

Age Groups / Game Times / Finals
4-a-sides 10 minutes -
5-a-sides 10 minutes -
7-a-sides 1x 20 minutes 2x 20 minutes
9-a-sides 1x 25 minutes 2x 20 minutes
11-a-sides 1x 35mins 2x 25mins

Age Categories 2018

Festival (4v4) Boys U7`s - Born Jan 1st 2014 and after
Festival (4v4) Boys U8`s - Born Jan 1st 2013 and after
Festival (5v5) Boys U9`s - Born Jan 1st 2012 and after
Festival (7v7) Boys U10`s - Born Jan 1st 2011 and after
Festival (7v7) Boys U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 and after
Festival (9v9) Boys U12`s - Born Jan 1st 2009 and after
Grassroot/Academy Tournament (7v7) Boys U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 and after
Grassroot/Academy Tournament (9v9) Boys U12`s - Born Jan 1st 2009 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U13`s - Born Jan 1st 2008 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U14`s - Born Jan 1st 2007 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U15`s - Boys born Jan 1st 2006 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U16`s - Born Jan 1st 2005 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U17`s - Born Jan 1st 2004 and after
Tournament (11v11) Girls U15`s - Born on or after 1st Jan 2005 or before 31st December 2008
Tournament (7v7) Girls U13`s - Born on or after 1st Jan 2007 or before 31st December 2010
Festival (7v7) Girls U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2009 or before 31st December 2012
Festival (5v5) Girls U9`s - Born Jan 1st 2011 or before 31st December 2014

Number of players per team/Age control

*festival organisers can waive maximum players per team if known in advance and approved by festival committee*