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Joy for U21 and U22 players as Scottish FA extension granted

The Scottish FA has confirmed that players born 2000 will be able to participate in the Scottish Youth FA’s Under 21 league, and players born 2001 can play in the Scottish Lowlands Development League, this coming season. This comes after a story broke last week (click here to read more), which highlighted the possibility of 400+ players being left without a club for the coming season.

The statement, published on Twitter by the Scottish Lowlands Development League, reads as follows:

The Scottish FA can confirm that agreement has been reached across the game to allow the Scottish Lowland Football Development League to extend the age group limit to Under-21 for season 2021-21.

The decision enables around 400 players who would otherwise have become ‘over-age’ to remain eligible to participate in the coming season’s development league. The Scottish Youth FA will also extend their age limits to include Under-22 players for the coming season only.

Initially, concerns were raised about the potential negative impact on the player pathway should an extension be permitted to one element of the game in isolation.

Due consideration and discussion was required to ensure that no other age groups across the game were adversely affected by any changes.

The Scottish FA would like to thank the Scottish Youth FA and SLFL for their collaborative approach to reaching an amicable solution.



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