festival information

Who may participate?

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-a-side, 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 9`side teams will play under SFA/SYFA/SWFA rules which is subject to change and set by event organisers, all U13s girls & 11-a-side teams are competitive 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 first of each group will play each other in the final for Cup, second place teams of each group will play each other for Trophy and third placed teams will play each other for The Plaque (subject to change). Girls U15 will be played with 2 groups with the top three of each section play each other to determine who wins The Edinburgh Cup, trophy and plaque. All players must be insured, both for games and leisure time. Girls U13s will play be played in a knockout format.


In all 11- a- side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad who are maximum one year over age. Again, this only applies to 11-a-side categories. For 7-a-side, no dispensation will automatically be granted. Dispensations for maximum 1 (one) player in 7-a-side teams can be applied by contacting The Edinburgh Cup office. Note that in 11-a-side categories you can`t have more than two over aged players on the players list, i.e. you can`t switch them between matches. Girls may play in boys’ teams in all age categories, as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.

Number of teams in 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. Keep in mind that most younger age groups tend to be fully booked very early.


All players at 4`side, 5`side, 7`side (except GU13s) and 9`side will receive a commemorative medal at the end of each age group event. For teams playing 11`side reaching the finals, each player will receive a medal, and the teams will receive a specially designed Cup, Trophy and Plaque.. 

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. PLEASE DO NOT KEEP ANY MONEY OR VALUABLES IN FACILITY CHANGING ROOMS.

Entry & Payments

Please keep in mind that most of the 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).

 All payments need to be done to the Edinburgh Cup bank account or at the time of the online registration: Once we receive the payment of your registration fee we will confirm your registration. 

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 18mins including finals Girls U13s Only - 18 mins inc finals
9-a-sides 22 minutes -
11-a-sides 25mins / finals 2x 25mins 25mins / finals 2x 25mins

Age Categories 2018

Boys U7`s - Born Jan 1st 2013 and after
Boys U8`s - Born Jan 1st 2012 and after
Boys U9`s - Born Jan 1st 2011 and after
Boys U10`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 and after
Boys U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2009 and after
Boys U12`s - Born Jan 1st 2008 and after
Boys U13`s - Born Jan 1st 2007 and after
Boys U14`s - Born Jan 1st 2006 and after
Boys U15`s - Born Jan 1st 2005 and after
Boys U16`s - Born Jan 1st 2004 and after
Boys U17`s - Boys born Jan 1st 2003 and afte
Boys Under 10`s (2010s) - 7`sides (Saturday 3rd August)
Boys U10`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 and after
Girls U15`s - Born on or after 1st Jan 2004 or before 31st December 2007
Girls U13`s - Born on or after 1st Jan 2006 or before 31st December 2009
Girls U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2008 and after
Girls U9`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 and after

Number of players per team/Age control

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