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 are subject to change and set by event organizers.

Boy 11`sides team will play on Fri 6th & Sat 7th with the final on Sun 8th Aug if successful.
Boy 9`side non competitive teams will play on Sun 8th Aug.
Boy 9`side (Academy teams) competitive teams will play on Sat 7th and Sun 8th Aug.
Boy 7`side non competitive teams will play on Sat 7th Aug.
Boy 7`side (Academy teams) competitive teams will play on Sat 7th and Sun 8th Aug.
Boy 5`side teams will play on Sat 7th Aug
Boy 4`side teams will play on Sat 7th Aug.
Girl 7`side teams will play on Sun 8th Aug.

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

The following age groups teams will participate in the competitive tournament, BU11 (Academy Only), BU12 (Academy Only), 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. Subject to entry uptake, the top three teams of each group will progress to The Edinburgh Cup cup, trophy and plate finals, All players must be insured, both for games and leisure time. 

The Following age groups will participate 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.

We ask that all teams follow your governing body player pathway guidance.

Player Dispensation

In all 11- a- side categories, dispensations will be given to three (3) players per squad who are maximum one year over age. For 9- a- side categories, dispensations will be given to two (2) players per squad who are maximum one year over age. For 7- a- side categories, dispensations will 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.   All request for player dispensation require to be emailed 30 days prior to event date or given prior approval by the TECC.

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 2 teams per age group if participating in the competitive tournament, otherwise this can be extended to 4 at the non competitive festival, 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 Plate (3rd)

Due to COVID restrictions, no presentation will take place for all non competitive age groups and teams not qualifying for the final within the competitive age group, this will only apply for teams that reach the finals. However, medals are available for collection at the stage.

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 or communicable diseases. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Scotland must have personal medical insurance.  You can find insurance options here - Football Insurance | Insure4Sport UK

Entry, Payments & Additional Fees

Please keep in mind that most of the younger categories are fully booked very early. To be considered for a space at the Edinburgh Cup - all teams require to 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 30 days of submitting the registration online (though no later than 1st July). However please note that teams are automatically put onto the `standby list` once paid and are not officially entered until you are approved.

Once you are registered and placed on the standby list, any team you have registered may be approved at any point without notice, this can be up to one week prior to the event.

If you have been placed on the `standby list` your payment has been received and our team is reviewing the registration until otherwise notified. If at any point you withdraw ,paid the registration fee and been APPROVED, the fee can not be refunded. If The Edinburgh Cup do NOT approve your team or a space does not become available after being on the standby list AFTER registration closes (usually one month prior to the event) a full or part refund will be provided.

*Entry Fee (COVID Control):

In line with advice from the site owners (supersedes any other authority), we are required to limit spectators at the event. All teams attending The Edinburgh Cup will be limited to a maximum number of etickets per team set out by the venue management, this number is expected to be below the one for one player/parent ratio set out by the SFA, all team leaders will be provided with the exact number in advance of the event via email and the online registration portal. 

With COVID controls in place to ensure numbers are limited and other large COVID safety related costs, all spectators (not coaches and players) will be required to purchase an e-ticket (£5) to enter the event. (any siblings aged 5 and under enter for free). eTickets can be found here - e-Ticket for The Edinburgh Cup (Available on or after 16th July)

The e-ticket will be sent to you as a QR code which will be offered as a print-at-home etickets, mobile ticket or postal tickets.

All spectators who`s purchased will be required to present your QR code to event staff at entry which will be sent to you as an email ticket, mobile ticket or postal ticket. Failing to present the eticket at entry will result in no entry to the event.

In the event your team(s) withdrawal from the event, ticket allocation already purchased will be refunded, reduced or redistributed to other teams within the age group. 

*please be aware that etickets can`t be used more than once.

*Accommodation Fees Clause:

Teams that are based 40 miles or further from the venue that choose to stay in their own accommodation. which is NOT our accommodation partners recommended options will be required to pay an additional fee of £10 per player to The Edinburgh Cup (This excludes all non competitive age groups). Failing to do so may result in a breach of the conditions of entry and withdrawal from the event.

Please check with The Edinburgh Cup Tour and Accommodation partner for T&Cs.

Cancellation of the tournament and Force Majeure

*Our COVID-19 Promise - 100% Cash refund if the event can`t take place due to covid-19*

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. 

All team leaders that register a team(s) into The Edinburgh Cup enter into an agreement the our `service` includes access to our online portal and particapation in the event.

 *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 or communicable diseases 

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 25 minutes
11-a-sides 1x 30mins 2x 30mins

Age Categories 2018

Festival (4v4) Boys U7`s - Born Jan 1st 2015 and after
Festival (4v4) Boys U8`s - Born Jan 1st 2014 and after
Festival (5v5) Boys U9`s - Born Jan 1st 2013 and after
Festival (7v7) Boys U10`s - Born Jan 1st 2012 and after
Festival (7v7) Boys U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2011 and after
Festival (9v9) Boys U12`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 and after
Academy Tournament (7v7) Boys U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2011 and after
Academy Tournament (9v9) Boys U12`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U13`s - Born Jan 1st 2009 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U14`s - Boys born Jan 1st 2008 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U15`s - Born Jan 1st 2007 and after
Tournament (11v11) Boys U16`s - Born Jan 1st 2006 and after
Tournament (7v7) Girls U13`s - Born on or after 1st Jan 2008 or before 31st December 2011
Festival (7v7) Girls U11`s - Born Jan 1st 2010 or before 31st December 2013
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*