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 with their school football association. All small-sided 4, 5, 7, and 9-a-side teams will follow the events set by event organizers.

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 group teams will participate in the competitive tournament, GU14, GU16, BU13, BU14, BU15, and BU16, and will begin with a group play. Teams are divided into groups of six (depending on the 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, 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 be eliminated from the event. Alternatively, teams may be in groups of 4, in which all teams progress to a quarter-final based on the standings (top two progress to advance Q/F), bottom two progress to development Q/F), if you are successful you would progress to the S/F, fail to progress you will compete in a final position game.

Additionally, it’s important to mention that BU13s are divided into two segments: a competitive tournament and a one-day development festival with a non-competitive focus. The latter option is designed to accommodate teams with lower skill levels

 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, GU10, and GU12, all teams will play in round-robin games with a minimum of 5 games throughout the event.


Age eligibility for season 2024

Boys Categories:

BU8 – must be born on or after 1st January 2017
BU9 – must be born on or after 1st January 2016
BU10 – must be born on or after 1st January 2015
BU11 – must be born on or after 1st January 2014
BU12 – must be born on or after 1st January 2013
BU13 – must be born on or after 1st January 2012
BU14 – must be born on or after 1st January 2011
BU15 – must be born on or after 1st January 2010
BU16 – must be born on or after 1st January 2009

Girls Categories:

GU10 – must be born on or after 1st January 2014 – must be born on or before 31st December 2016
GU12 – must be born on or after 1st January 2012 – must be born on or before 31st December 2014
GU14 – must be born on or after 1st January 2010 – must be born on or before 31st December 2012
GU16 – must be born on or after 1st January 2008 – must be born on or before 31st December 2010

Age Group Days

Friday 2nd of August 2024

BU13, BU14, BU15, BU16, GU14 & GU16 – Group Stages

(Note: The event begins at 12noon, but specific age groups may start later throughout the day. Times are subject to operations and may change up to 48 hours before the event.)

Saturday 3rd of August 2024

BU8, BU9, BU10*, BU11*, BU12* – Round Robin Festival

BU13, BU14, BU15, BU16, GU14 & GU16 – Group Stages and/or Play-Offs

(Note: The event starts at 10am, but certain age groups may begin later. Timing is determined by operations and may change up to 48 hours before the event.)

Sunday 4th of August 2024

BU10*, BU11*, BU12* – Round Robin Festival

BU13, BU14, BU15, BU16, GU14 & GU16 – Finals

(Note: Finals day kicks off at 10am with the youngest age group, followed by older age groups later in the day. Example kickoff times: BU13 – 10am, BU14 – 11:15am, GU14 – 12:30pm, BU15 – 1:45pm, GU16 – 3pm, BU16 – 4:15pm.)

*The age group marked has the option to select one or both days.

** Age group marked has the option of a low/development level round robin festival

Player Dispensation

Up to four (4) players with a maximum of one year older than the standard age can be permitted to play at all 11’side age groups, however, special dispensation is required no later than 14 days prior to the event start date. For 4, 5, 7 & 9-a-sides, a dispensation will automatically be granted to up to 4 players. Girls may play in boys’ teams in all age categories, as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.

Number of teams and Players 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 & 9-a-side we limit no more than 2 teams per age group ability tier. 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 550 teams and that most younger age groups tend to be fully booked very early.


4v4 – minimum 5 / Maximum 7

5v5 – minimum 6 / Maximum 9

7v7 – minimum 8 / Maximum 11

9v9 – minimum 10 / Maximum 14

11v11 – minimum 14 / Maximum 20

Please note that additional players can be permitted in certain circumstances, however, this required to be approved by the event committee.


Each team at the event is permitted to bring a number of team leaders/officials to the event, however, for the purpose of child protection we can only permit a limited amount of leaders/officials per team, please note you will be required to add leaders/leaders  to your; team login‘ page, below is the amount permitted:

4V4 Teams – 2x Leaders Per Team

5V5 Teams – 2x Leaders Per Team

7v7 Teams – 2 Leaders Per Team

9v9 Teams – 3 Leaders Per Team

11v11 Teams – 4 Leaders Per Team

Please only add qualified leaders/officials that have been approved by the national body, all leaders/officials will receive ‘leader’ passes at registration. Proof may be required at registration. 


All players will receive a commemorative medal at the end of each age group event. Please note we are not able to send medals out by post in the event you miss the presentation times.


All teams are advised to request a tournament permit to participate in the event from your local/national association, however, this is not a requirement to participate in The Edinburgh Cup, and failing to receive a permit from your local/national FA will not affect your team’s registration. (Please note a permit is required from the SYFA)

Insurances & Responsibility

Ensure all your players are insured 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 be aware that the younger categories tend to fill up quickly. To secure a spot at the Edinburgh Cup, all teams must promptly register and pay the entry fee. The registration time is calculated from the day we receive the registration fee, and it must be paid within 30 days of submitting the online registration, but no later than 1st July. It’s essential to note that registration and payment do not automatically guarantee team approval.

If your team is placed on the ‘standby list,’ it means we have received your payment, and our team is reviewing the registration, or the event is currently full until further notice. In case you withdraw after approval and payment, the registration fee is non-refundable, though credit may be offered in some cases. If The Edinburgh Cup does not approve your team or you withdraw after being placed on the standby list, a refund will be provided (minus a 3.9% transaction fee).

accommodation fee clause 

Teams participating in the BU13-BU16 and GU14-GU16 age categories, located 60 miles or more from the event venue or residing outside Scotland, are mandated to stay in official accommodation. Teams selecting non-official lodging will incur an extra fee of £360 per team, payable to The Edinburgh Cup. Furthermore, teams or individuals within the group choosing to directly approach an approved accommodation partner and opt to stay will result in the cancellation of their registration. Failure to comply with any of the above requirements will breach entry conditions, leading to potential withdrawal from the event. If you opt for daily commuting over official accommodation, formal approval must be sought from The Edinburgh Cup.

Please refer to The Edinburgh Cup Tour and Accommodation partner for detailed Terms and Conditions.

Spectator ETICKET

A modest fee of £9.50 is set for spectators aged 16 and above (Players and children under the age of 16 and coaches enter for FREE). Please note this is only those that enter Peffermill Sports Village, all other venues are free to enter.

The above amount not only grants entry to the event but also serves as a contribution towards supporting a large number of diverse initiatives such as accessing all entertainment activities including gaming zone, inflatables and face painting. Please check our HERE for more details.

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 organisers (force majeure*) or due to events that 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 or `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 period

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*