The Scottish FA has been in dialogue with Scottish Government and sportscotland to seek clarification on the implications of the heightened restrictions announced by the First Minister on 8 October and to articulate concerns raised by the grassroots football community.

Having communicated the government advice via our Affiliated National Associations – including the Scottish Youth, Schools and Amateur FAs – we have received considerable communication from parents and coaches on the unintended consequences on travelling restrictions outwith high risk local health board areas which prevent some young players from being able to participate in training and matches.

We have conveyed to the Scottish Government and sportscotland the impact within these affected areas and to request an exemption on these travel restrictions for youth footballers. They have responded to reiterate that the current travel restrictions must remain in place and that no exemptions can be allowed.

The health and safety of all who participate in Scottish football is of the utmost priority to the Scottish FA. While we recognise that the restrictions have a negative impact on some of our players, it is imperative that we all follow the latest government advice in order to reduce the impact of the ongoing pandemic.