SCI Youth Football Festivals – Your Questions Answered
SCI Youth Football Festivals are officially sanctioned by The Football Association, The Scottish Youth Football Association and The Football Association of Wales. In order to participate, teams must be affiliated to a County or Schools Football Association.
SCI Football Festivals is for grassroots teams of all abilities. All teams must be affiliated to a County, Area or School Football Association. Centre of Excellence and Academy teams affiliated to professional clubs and ‘representative’ sides are not permitted to enter the 2024 SCI Youth Football Festivals.
In accordance with FA rules, boys who are currently registered with an FA Premier League or Football League Academy are not permitted to take part in SCI Youth Football Festivals 2024.
In accordance with FA rules, girls who are registered with a Regional Talent Club are permitted to participate in SCI Youth Football Festivals 2024, providing they are currently a registered player for the team taking part in SCI 2024, and they have approval from the RTC to participate in grassroots football. Please note, girls registered with a Regional Talent Club cannot participate as a ‘Guest Player’.
Any team participating in a festival outside their own country must obtain permission from their Home National Association to participate. For example, this includes teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland playing in festivals in England & Wales and teams from Wales playing in festivals in England.
Guest Players - Teams can bring Guest Players not signed to there team, however these must not be Academy Players signed to a FA Premier League or Football League Academy or RTC Girls not signed to your team