Scottish Women’s PL clubs to form new league and cup within SPFL

Scottish Women’s Premier League clubs will form a new league and cup competition which will see elite women’s football become the responsibility of the SPFL from the 2022/23 season.

The majority of the 17 SWPL clubs voted in favour of the move, although the exact number of clubs and the format of the league competition are to be agreed over the coming weeks.

An independent chair, a managing director and an independent non-executive director will also all be recruited to drive the new body forward in cooperation with the member clubs.

Following months of talks between clubs, the Scottish FA, SPFL and Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) clubs will be invited to become members of a new two-tier league competition, with the SPFL also running a new League Cup at the dawn of a new era for the women’s game in Scotland.

Image: Rangers currently lead the Scottish Women’s Premier League

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “The Scottish FA recently published its bespoke women’s football strategy, Accelerate Our Game, and a key pillar of that plan is to take our elite clubs and competitions to the next level. To achieve that we need to optimise the game’s governance and structures and the work undertaken by the Scottish FA, SPFL and SWF, and the clubs within the SWPL, has shown the collective desire to take the game forward.

“With Hampden Park the new home of the Scotland Women’s National Team, and the team playing in front of record crowds, I am delighted that the various constituent parts of the game have come together to agree on a positive route forward for elite women’s football.”

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Everyone at the SPFL is hugely excited by the prospect of working closely with the SWPL clubs to help increase the competitiveness, profile and income of elite women’s football in Scotland.

“I have been struck by the ambition of all clubs involved to drive up standards, take the game to the next level and increase participation across the sport.

“It is clear to see the many benefits that increased professionalism has brought to women’s football across the world. We believe we are well-placed to add significant value to the game in Scotland in both a sporting and commercial sense.

“Lastly, I would like to send my thanks to everyone at SWF, which deserves huge credit for the way it has progressed the women’s professional game in Scotland in recent times.”

Image: The majority of the 17 SWPL clubs voted in favour of the move

Scottish Women’s Football chief executive Aileen Campbell said: “SWF is committed to driving the women’s and girls’ game in Scotland. We are therefore determined to do everything we can to support the elite game as it transitions to the SPFL.

“Football can be a huge force for good and we want to maximise its potential to drive positive change across our sport and society. We need to shine a spotlight on player wellbeing, to push for structural change and equality in boardrooms, and to prioritise a respect agenda. SWF stands ready and enthused to support the Scottish football family on that journey.”

Source : Sky Sports