Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Members of the SFA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national associations as well as local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world.
The Scottish Football Association sits on the International Football Association Board which is responsible for the laws of the game. The SFA is also a member of FIFA and founder member of UEFA. It is based at Hampden Park in Glasgow. In addition, the Scottish Football Museum is located there.
The Scottish Football Association is responsible for the operation of the Scotland national football team, the annual Scottish Cup and several other duties important to the functioning of the game in Scotland.

The chief executive of the Scottish Football Association oversees the development of football in Scotland and the administration of disciplinary matters, and is also responsible for the general organisation of the national side. One of the most prominent roles of the chief executive is to hire and dismiss Scotland national team managers.

John McDowall (1882–1928)
George Graham (1928–1957)
Willie Allan (1957–1977)
Ernie Walker (1977–1990)
Jim Farry (1990–1999)
David Taylor (1999–2007)
Gordon Smith (2007–) Chief executive
As well as the Scotland national football team, the Scottish Football Association is also currently responsible for organising the Scotland B national football team, as well as men's national teams at under-21, under-19, under-18 and under-17 levels. There is also a semi-professional team. In women's football, there is the full Scotland women's national football team and an under-19 team.

Scottish FA National teams
The Scottish Football Association organises the following competitions:
Although the SFA are not involved in the day-to-day operation of the Scottish Premier League or the Scottish Football League they do appoint referees to officiate the games in these leagues.

Scottish Cup
Scottish Qualifying Cup
Scottish Youth Cup Club competitions

Scottish FA Local associations

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