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Association football is one of the national sports of Scotland  and the most popular sport in the country. There is a long tradition of "football" games in Orkney , Lewis and southern Scotland, especially the Scottish Borders , although many of these include carrying the ball and passing by hand , and despite bearing the name "football" bear little resemblance to association football. Founded in ,  Scotland has the second oldest national Football Association in the world behind England's FA , and the trophy for the national cup, the Scottish Cup , is the oldest national sporting trophy in the world. A game known as " football " was played in Scotland as early as the 15th century: it was prohibited by the Football Act and although the law fell into disuse it was not repealed until
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It was formally founded in when Scottish Football League club Queen's Park decided that their fourth team needed regular competition. Queen's Park were successful in winning the first league title, but Edinburgh Civil Service won the league the following year, so Queen's Park decided to enter their third team for the third season of the competition, indicating a high standard of football was played at this level from an early stage. Despite being called the Scottish Amateur Football League, the league has never included clubs from across the country.
An affiliate of the Scottish Football Association , the SAFA has in turn 50 regional associations affiliated to it and some 67 different league competitions organised by these associations. There is estimated to be over 35, amateur footballers in Scotland, and all of their competitions are co-ordinated at some level by the Scottish Amateur Football Association. The SAFA was formed in with the purpose of legislating for and fostering the amateur level of football in Scotland. The first office bearers were appointed in January This was referred to the Special Committee who reported back in November of that year that a decision would be deferred until a full list of SAFA member clubs was submitted for approval.