Tournament 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-a-side teams will play under SFA/SYFA/SWFA playing rules which is subject to change and set by event organizers.

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 participate in the competitive tournament, BU11*, BU12*, G13 and ALL 11-a-sides and will begin with a group play. Teams are divided into groups of six (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, fourth, fifth and sixth placed teams of each group will either play in the play off B section for final positions or eliminated from the event. 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*, G9, G11, 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

Three (3) players with maximum of one year older than the standard age can be permitted to play, however, special dispensation is required 28 days prior to event start date. 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 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 450 teams and that most younger age groups tend to be fully booked very early.


All players at 4-a-side, 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 9-a-side non competitive event will receive a commemorative medal at the end of each age group event. For teams playing 7, 9 & 11-a-side in the competitive event and 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)

A trophy is awarded to the best player at each competitive 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 or communicable diseases. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Scotland must have personal medical insurance.


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 not automatically approved when you register and pay.

If you have been placed on the ‘standby list’ your payment has been received and our team are reviewing the registration until otherwise notified. If at any point you withdraw after being approved and have paid the registration fee, the fee can not be refunded (in some cases a credit can be offered). If The Edinburgh Cup do NOT approve your team or you withdraw at anytime after being placed on the standby list a full or part refund will be provided.

*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 withdrawn 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 organisers (force majeure*) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence or the festival organisers, the festival organisers 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 organisers 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 organisation 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 participation 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

AgeGroups / GameTimes / Finals
4-a-sides10 minutes-
5-a-sides10 minutes-
7-a-sides1 x 20 minutes2 x 20 minutes
9-a-sides1 x 25 minutes2 x 25 minutes
11-a-sides1 x 30 minutes2 x 30 minutes

Number of players per team / Age control

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