Video technology has been all over this week's back pages, following the successful pilot in the international challenge match between France and Spain. YFS is excited to reveal that that it will be making its first appearance into the world of Scottish youth football this June, at the SPORTSassist South East Region YFA Cup final weekend.
The showpiece final weekend takes place on 3rd & 4th June at New Countess Park, Dunbar and plays host to seven cup finals over two days, with all age groups between Under 13 and Under 21 catered for. The cups are for all Scottish Youth FA teams plying their trade in the South East Region, inclusive of East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.
All seven finals will feature a 'fifth official' in the form of a video referee. The extra referee will be based at the side of the pitch (see above, for an artists impression) and watch the full match on a monitor, with YFS TV cameras providing a live stream. The fifth official will have a microphone link to the referee and at any point whereby the referee wants a second opinion on an incident relating to a goal, penalty kick or red card, they will have the option to consult the video referee.
South East Region YFA president Fraser Lawson explained: "We are very excited to be trailblazing the technology that is primed for World Cup 2018, within the youth game in Scotland. An International Football Association Board (IFAB) ruling allows any amateur association to make use of initiatives currently being piloted at senior level, so we have taken this step. Last year we were able to pilot vanishing spray, but this is a significant level up from that."
YFS will of course bring you all the action from Dunbar. Below is a list of fixtures set to take place across the weekend:
Leith Athletic FC v Hutchison Vale FC U13
Edinburgh City Blacks v Hutchison Vale FC U14
Spartans FC v Tynecastle FC U15
Tynecastle FC v Portobello CFA U16
Tynecastle FC v Fauldhouse United U17
Musselburgh Windsor FC v Broxburn Athletic Colts U19
Newtongrange Star v Murieston United U21