Scottish FA allow early cup kick-offs as energy costs for clubs rise

The governing body has taken steps to help clubs deal with spiralling bills.

Scottish FA allow early cup kick-offs as energy costs for clubs rise SNS Group

The Scottish FA is allowing clubs to schedule early kick-off times in the Scottish Cup this season to save on energy bills.

The governing body has written to all of its member clubs advising of the change, in the hope that it will help clubs reduce their costs as the price of energy increases significantly.

If both competing clubs agree, games can kick off early to cut down on the use of floodlights and heating.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA chief executive said: “We are cognisant that the effects of the current cost-of-living crisis are being felt by Scottish football clubs and we are committed to exploring methods that could help mitigate the effects of the crisis within Scottish football.

“This logical step to help reduce match day costs is just one avenue in which the Scottish FA will look to support clubs throughout this challenging period and we welcome further discussion on ways to help alleviate the increase in costs that could be incurred over the coming months.”

The Hampden bosses have also said that they will allow non-televised games that kick off outwith the traditional Saturday afternoon blackout period of 2.45pm-5.15pm to be streamed, with discussions to take place about a similar arrangement for later rounds.