Player Pathway

The game that grows with the child

If you are involved in youth football in Scotland, as a coach, volunteer, club leader, player or parent then understanding the National Player Pathway is important to you.

Why? Because the youth recreational game across Scotland is now structured in a pathway proven to provide the right environment and challenges for each player at their age and stage of development.

The National Player Pathway fundamentally promotes the small-sided game, where young players will get plenty of touches of the ball, opportunities to score a goal, chances to make a successful pass, and find themselves in plenty of 1v1 situations.

Disability Football

Borders Sport and Leisure and the Scottish FA aim to ensure those with disabilities have the opportunity to take part in football, and are able to progress through a player pathway and fulfil their potential. Key Aims within disability football:

• Increase participation

• Develop a programme of training and competition

• Develop a pathway to allow footballers with disabilities to compete at the highest level

• Raise the standard of Football coaching

• Raise the profile of disability football and provide appropriate structures that support the programme centrally and locally